By – Sour
Some of you may have noticed/been told that cup season is upon us. Some more of you may have noticed that some we’re in the Lancashire Cup. And probably an even fewer number of have realised that some of the knock-out competitions are called Flags.
I’ll address each of those points in turn as we go on....
Why, are the knockout competitions called “Flags”?
Easy answer. Before the days of crossbars on goals, flags used to hang on the goal line. And the ones used for the first Flags Final got embroidered and are still presented to the winners of the Senior Flags competition every year.
Why are we in the Lancashire Cup?
Who knows. It wasn’t contested last year (when there were five knockout competitions as opposed to six this season) so presumably that makes us in the 6th best league....
What’s going on with our cup games?
To allow for the smaller number of teams in our cup/league than the usual 10, the 7 teams in Prem 3 plus, last year’s D5 runners up, Heaton Mersey Guild (who are in North 3 for some reason) have been split into 2 pools of 4. Each pool is decided by a single game round-robin before the top two from each pool are drawn for the semi-finals.
Our group consists of ourselves, Chester, Liverpool and Oldham, with Liverpool at home and the others away. Chester are the only team here that holds any mystery for us having played the others already this season.
What is clear though is that we’ll have to play well to make it into the semis.
There you go – a short report. How about that! See you Saturday for Liverpool (if not before)
PS this has been written for a few weeks, but the weather has precluded it being posted. The expected thaw and failure of my patience have forced us to this point.
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