News From The AGM

Sat 17th June 2017 | General
By Martin Fallon

Below are the main points from the Hallmark Security League's Annual General Meeting in Blackpool.

Meeting commenced at 11.00am.

The constitution was announced as follows:

  • Atherton Collieries are promoted to the Northern Premier League after winning our Premier Division during the 2016/17 season.
  • Burscough are welcomed back into the league from the Northern Premier League. They will play in the Premier Division.
  • Widnes, Charnock Richard and City of Liverpool are promoted from the First Division to the Premier Division.
  • Cammell Laird 1907, Nelson and New Mills are relegated from the Premier Division to the First Division.
  • Abbey Hulton United have been promoted to the league from Step 7 leagues. They will play in the First Division.
  • Ashton Town are relegated from the First Division to Step 7. They will play in the Cheshire League First Division.

The situation regarding Northwich Victoria is that they were relegated from the Northern Premier League. However the entity of the club has been changed to a new company, and as a result a vote was required to be put to member clubs to pass a resolution for them to take up membership of the league. This was passed by clubs, and as a result Northwich Victoria will play in the Premier Division.

Dave Tomlinson was voted on as President of the League, with Frank Clayton, John Deal and Geoff Wilkinson were all voted to be Life Members of the League. Billy Singleton has stepped down from the Management Committee. This left six vacancies for the Management Committee, including those who were seeking re-election.

Following a vote by member clubs:

  • Martin Fallon, Lesley Pierce, Stuart Taylor and Ian Williams will serve a term of three years
  • Tony McAllister will serve a term of two years
  • Joe Doran will serve a term of one year

Chairman Paul Lawler closed the meeting at 11.44am.



Following the meeting, the following Commercial deals were confirmed:

  • Hallmark Security are continuing as Main Sponsor of the League. The league will be continued to be known as the Hallmark Security League.
  • Macron are continuing as a League Partner. The League Challenge Cup will be continued to be known as the Macron League Cup.
  • LWC Drinks are announced as a League Partner. They will now sponsor the First Division Cup, which will now be known as the LWC Drinks First Division Cup.
  • The National Football Museum in Manchester are announced as a Partner. More details will be announced regarding this in due course.
  • The Royal National Lifeboat Institution are announced as the League Charity Partner for the 2017/18 season.

The cup draws for the Macron Challenge Cup and the LWC Drinks First Division Cup also took place after the meeting. These were as follows:

LWC Drinks First Division Cup
First Round North

Atherton LR v Carlisle City
Daisy Hill v Litherland REMYCA
Holker Old Boys v St Helens Town

First Round South

Chadderton v Cheadle Town
Sandbach United v FC Oswestry Town
New Mills v Alsager Town

Second Round North

AFC Blackpool v Silsden
Prestwich Heys v Bacup Borough
Holker Old Boys or St Helens Town v Daisy Hill or Litherland REMYCA
Nelson v Atherton LR or Carlisle City

Second Round South

Cammell Laird 1907 v Stockport Town
Chadderton or Cheadle Town v Abbey Hulton United
Whitchurch Alport v New Mills or Alsager Town
Sandbach United or FC Oswestry Town v Eccleshall

The Macron Cup
First Round North

Atherton LR v Carlisle City
AFC Blackpool v Nelson
Silsden v Burscough
Ashton Athletic v Daisy Hill
Prestwich Heys v St Helens Town
AFC Darwen v City of Liverpool

First Round South

Runcorn Town v Alsager Town
Sandbach United v Irlam
Winsford United v Barnton
Stockport Town v Maine Road
Whitchurch Alport v Northwich Victoria
FC Oswestry Town v Chadderton
Cammell Laird 1907 v Congleton Town

Second Round North

Squires Gate v Silsden or Burscough
Holker Old Boys v AFC Liverpool
AFC Darwen or City of Liverpool v Padiham
Bootle v Litherland REMYCA
AFC Blackpool or Nelson v Prestwich Heys or St Helens Town
Bacup Borough v Ashton Athletic or Daisy Hill
Barnoldswick Town v Charnock Richard
Widnes v Atherton LR or Carlisle City

Second Round South

Hanley Town v Whitchurch Alport or Northwich Victoria
Sandbach United or Irlam v Cammell Laird 1907 or Congleton Town
Winsford United or Barnton v West Didsbury & Chorlton
1874 Northwich v Abbey Hulton United
Cheadle Town v Runcorn Town or Alsager Town
Eccleshall v FC Oswestry Town or Chadderton
Stockport Town or Maine Road v Runcorn Linnets
Abbey Hey v New Mills

The League's Annual Dinner is this evening when all awards will be presented to clubs and players. One that cannot be presented this evening was Premier Division Club of the Month for April. This was presented to West Didsbury & Chorlton Secretary Mr Rob McKay following the AGM.


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