Annual Subs 2017/18


Annual subs photo

Annual subscriptions for adults are now due. This is essential income that goes towards keeping the showers hot and the lights on. The costs are below:

Players (full membership) – £40 or £3 per month SO
Non-players (full membership) – £25 or £2 per month SO
Social (discount match/event entry only) – £15 or £1 per month SO

Cash payments can be made to the bar, ensuring that your name and ‘annual subs’ is clearly recorded. Completed Standing Order sheets should be submitted to the Acting Membership Secretaries.

In addition to payment, a Membership Form must be completed to ensure that the club have up-to-date contact and emergency contact information for everyone, and to indicate how you have paid. Membership Forms should also be submitted to the Acting Membership Secretaries.

This season’s Acting Membership Secretaries are Paul and Heather Thorpe.

The deadline for subscriptions to be renewed is Sunday 1st October. After this date any membership rewards (including eligibility to play) will be withdrawn.

Eccles unable to hold Oldham.

Eccles 1XV  0 – 14 Oldham 1XV 

Saturday 11th January 2018


15 mins  0-7  TRY Oldham; converted.

HT 0–7

75 mins  0-14  TRY Oldham; converted.

FT 0-14


Ok. Bite on a tea towel, this will not take long.  Dismal weather. Equally gloomy Eccles performance. Due to unplayable pitches at Oldham, the game was switched to Gorton Street and the pitch alongside the cheerless M60.  Eccles kicked off into touch, handing possession straight to Oldham with a scrum on the half way line. This was to be the furthest forward that Eccles would achieve for the first 40 minutes. The visitors pinned Eccles into their own half for the entire first half. Sustained pressure eventually lead to an Oldham Try on 14 minutes. Eccles toiled away but were unable to build any forward momentum.  HT 0-7.

The half time talk appeared to lift spirits and Eccles made a more positive start to the second period, but the game continued to be played in the main in the middle of the park which began to resemble the Somme. Despite an improvement in competitiveness and possession Eccles were only able to mount one serious attack which took them briefly into the opposition 22.  Eccles were unable to restrain their opponents and their exertions to even the score, combined with Oldham’s greater determination and endeavour resulted in a second try late into the game for the visitors on 75 mins, which saw Mike Shaw and Sean Baines crash into the goal post in a brave attempt to prevent the score. The referee ended the misery shortly after.  FT 0-14.


1. R Owen

2. S Baines

3. D McManus

4. N Spooner

5. P Lillie

6. R James

7. C Fortune

8. G Cahill

9. N Newlove

10. S Long

11. W Parkinson

12  G Miller

13. M Swain

14. M Shaw

15. M Parkinson


16. S Griffin

17. D ORegan

18. Nick Morrisey

Vets & Casuals, Friday 23rd Feb

On Friday 23rd February we will be hosting a Vets & Casuals Night at the Club. The event is open to all comers who fancy a game and perhaps can’t make it on a Saturday or don’t have a regular team at the moment. After the action there will be free food and beer for all participants in the clubhouse. If you’re interested in playing for the Eccles team please contact Henryk Getz on 07873 218371.

Burnley Capitulate as Junior Colts win again

Temperatures that wouldn’t look out of place in the middle of a Canadien Winter greeted the teams on the compact pitch under the railway tunnel; a pitch however, that was in reasonably good condition given the fact that the U15’s had played just 30 minutes earlier

The mood of the game was set with the very first action as straight from the Burnley Kick-Off Eccles Knocked-On. The Burnley Forwards were clearly up for the game as they forced Eccles back towards their Try line with wave upon wave of attack. Eccles concede a penalty and Burnley take the decision to kick and get some early points on the board.

0 – 3

Further bad news for Eccles as Ellis Pearson pulls up with an injury to his knee.  Ellis’ injury sees Matty Lee join a game in which he would go to excel in.

Eccles regrouped but still found themselves pinned back until a break from defence by Matty Lee saw Eccles gain valuable yards into the Burnley half. Eccles were becoming frustrated as a number of minor infringements seemed to go unpunished and decisions seemed to go against them. Without regular mouthpiece Dan, it began to look as though no one would order themselves a cheese slice. Step forward the Burnley Flanker, windmilling his Louis Vuittons like a crazed Spongebob in the direction of anyone in Navy & White (but mainly Josh Green) he found himself to be the proud owner of a Tesco SmartPrice Cheese slice and in truth, very fortunate not to have seen rouge. Shea Skillicorn too managed to collect a slice of Leerdammer and a reprimand from the referee – unsure what this card was for, although Valentines Days is fast approaching!!

Eccles got themselves back into the game whilst Burnley had a bit of a power-nap shortly after conceding the last in a massive series of penalties. Quick thinking Matthew Walker took a Tap and weaved his way through the nodding Burnley players to score in the corner

5 – 3

Within five minutes of going ahead Eccles fell behind again as a loose pass across the Eccles line was intercepted by the Burnley Centre who ran through almost unchallenged to score under the posts.

5 – 10

As half time approached Eccles were again bossing the game. They had Burnley on the back foot and were controlling the speed and tempo of play in all areas of the pitch. Just as Burnley thought they would see out the half ahead, Harry Candland broke through the Burnley lines to score Eccles second Try of the game on the stroke of Half Time. Matthew Walker converted to leave Eccles ahead by 2 points at the break.

12 – 10 Half Time

Eccles were forced in to more changes as Matthew Walker retired injured and Ed Hampson needed to head off to work. So a 14 man Eccles side got the second half started and it would be Burnley who would take the initiative yet again, no doubt buoyed by the Eccles numerical disadvantage and the loss of Ed and our 10.

A number of Eccles players seemed to stop in their tracks in expectation of play being brought back for a forward pass but the whistle was never going to be blown and Burnley found themselves ahead again.

12 – 17

A clash of heads put paid to Tanny Kelsey’s involvement and saw Eccles down to just 13 players with almost a full half to play. Needless to say, in the face of huge adversity Eccles showed the tremendous guts, determination and spirit that they are known for, and with the additional space that fewer numbers on the pitch presented, Eccles began to play with a level of freedom and pace that previously had been stifled by the huge Burnley Pack.

Jordan Burns would be the first to capitalise on the additional space as he collected the ball at the back of the Ruck and opened his legs, bursting past the hapless Burnley defence to score right in the postage stamp at the corner of the Try line. Joe Barrett stepped up and hammered the ball between the uprights.

19 – 17

Eccles extended their lead shortly afterwards with a typically Shea like Try from Shea Skillicorn; ball tucked high under his arm and running straight through the Burnley Forwards, Midfield and Defence, scattering players like blue & yellow 10-pins.

24 – 17

Even though Eccles had scored 4 Try’s to Burnley’s 2, the game was still delicately poised as a converted Try from Burnley would rob Eccles of a victory they had fought hard for.

Eccles were still playing the better rugby and it would soon pay off as Joe Rapinett collected the ball from James Fletcher inside the Burnley half. Joe had plenty to do but, at full pace managed to hold off the tackles and plant the ball in almost the same spot as Jordan had done earlier in the half. Joe Barrett again converted from an incredibly tight angle to seal the win for the 13 men of Eccles.

31 – 17 Full Time

Eccles Junior Colts’s Vital Statistics

Todays Eccles Squad

Starting XV

  1. David Smith
  2. Josh Green
  3. Ellis Pearson
  4. Max Riley
  5. James Fletcher
  6. Joe Rapinett
  7. Ed Hampson
  8. Keiron Reed
  9. Nat Kelsey
  10. Matthew Walker
  11. Harry Candland
  12. Shea Skillicorn
  13. Jack Williams
  14. Rob Strickland
  15. Brad Palmer


  1. Matty Lee
  2. Joe Borrett


  1. Dan Aspinall
  2. Will Toone


  1. Albert Tonoyan
  2. John Grundy
  3. Chris Gillard
  4. Josh Stafford

Scores on the Doors

Half Time 12 – 10

Full Time 31 – 17

Eccles Try Scorers

  • Matthew Walker
  • Harry Candland
  • Jordan Burns
  • Shea Skillicorn
  • Joe Rapinett

Eccles Conversions

  • Matthew Walker 1 / 2
  • Joe Borrett 2 / 3


Eccles Man of the Match was awarded by Burnley to Kieron Reed who lead from the front with his relentless and powerful running from start to finish 

Notable Mentions

Eccles suffered a couple of early setbacks with injuries to Ellis Pearson and Matthew Walker, neither of whom were able to continue. Work commitments saw Ed Hampson take an early shower, leaving Eccles down to just 14 players. The lads rallied and battled on but were soon down to 13 players when Scrum Half Tanny Kelsey took a knock to the head. Ironically, being down to 13 players opened up the pitch to the Eccles brand of rugby with fast, secure ball handling and lightening quick breaks being the winning formula over the shear grunt of Burnley.

Eccles briefly fielded 16 players when Blue broke free from the grasp of Martin Parkinson and joined the Ruck. Skidding about on the mud, arms windmilling in every possible direction and blurting out some quality old Anglo Saxon literary, Martin took the Eccles numbers up to 17 as he chased Blue around the bemused Burnley Forwards and off the field.

How high was that tackle on Rob Strickland??

Lessons Learnt

Never underestimate mate your opponent! This Burnley side was unrecognised from the team we beat bu over 100 points just prior to Christmas. They came to Gorton Street off the back of two great results against Colne. Like Burnley, Clitheroe have had a mixed season so far but have beaten Burnley home & away, Oxton Parkonians and secured a draw against Colne. Sunday will be far more difficult than the home fixture late last month.


Another fine show from the lads in difficult conditions against a side built of physicality. Matty Lee put in one of his best performances, carrying the ball on numerous occasions and even finding himself breaking the Burnley line within his own half and making 60 or 70m before setting up a Ruck.

With Matthew Walker off the field, Joe Barrett stepped up to take on the kicking duties. Joe’s kicking was fantastic and included two straight out of the Matthew Walker scrap-book of ‘Kicks from the Touch Line’.


Eccles were fairly disciplined throughout the game despite some provocation, windmilling and even the occasional karate kick. This indiscipline and red mist did see the Burnley 7 receive a lenient cheese slice. The cheese slice that Shea received is still a bigger mystery that the Bermuda Triangle

Eccles Line-Out is usually a huge strength but today it just didn’t happen for us. Clever play from Burnley stifled the Eccles Line-Out, forcing mistakes, Knock-On’s, wayward throws etc. Lets hope for better at Clitheroe.


Our battles with teams of East Lancashire continues next week as we travel up to Clitheroe RUFC. In our previous meeting at Gorton St, it was Eccles who came out on top but as todays result will tell us, this does not necessarily mean we will have it all our own way on Sunday.

Hopefully we will have a strong squad to take North on Sunday, but this will depend on how some of the lads recover from knocks and injuries – Dan, Matthew, Ellis, Tanny; the availability of our U16s Chris, John, William, Joe; and commitment from those that couldn’t make todays game – Albert


Wednesday as usual – lets see if we can get a good turn out at training this week; work on our game and take the outworking of training in to Sundays fixture.

Remember the Six P’s

Proper Preparation Prevents etc

League Status

Matches & Training Update for Sunday 11th February

Update Saturday 6pm 
So everyone is clear for tomorrow
U7s – training on muga pitch
U8s – game OFF at Tartleton
U9s – training on muga pitch
U10s – match OFF at Bolton
U11s – game OFF at Tartleton
U12s -game v Tydesley at home is ON at side of pitch 3
U13s -training is cancelled unless you can negotiate with U7s & u9s to follow them onto muga pitch
U14s -game v Manchester at home is ON @ 11 am
U15s  -training is cancelled unless you can negotiate with U7s & u9s to follow them onto muga pitch
U16s – game V Bury at home is ON @ 10.30am
Junior Colts game v Burnley at home is ON @12.30pm
Please check the board for changing rooms and pitch allocation
Also please DO NOT training on any pitches either clubs ones or school pitches
There will be no further pitch inspection in the morning so this will be the last up date from me
Leeann Aspinall
Fixture Secretary
07813 202971

2s off. 1s on. 6 Nations on.

NEWS FLASH. Today’s scheduled 1st team and 2nd team fixtures are changed:

Eccles 2XV v Littleborough 2XV is OFF – waterlogged pitch.

Oldham 1XV v Eccles 1XV is ON – due to unplayable pitches at Oldham, venue has switched to play AT ECCLES, 14.15 KO.

Today’s six nations games will be on in the club house – England v Wales 16.45 KO


Under 12s: Lymm 4 – 3 Eccles

The U12s were met with near perfect conditions in the sleepy suburbs of Lymm…. until we were moved over onto the adjacent pitch which resembled a Flanders muddy field!

Not to worry as the coaches explained, both teams have to play on the same surface!

So, at last we had a game of rugby ….. and what a decent game! Both teams looked to move the ball from the first whistle as the forwards not only secured decent ruck ball, they also exploited the rare opportunity to ‘pick and go’ from the base of the contact area, thanks to the Lymm referee asserting a tactic to encourage both teams to play attacking rugby.

With Captain Lucas electing to kick, it was Eccles who applied the initial early pressure as Jack and Lucas himself chased Ollie’s kick off which hung beautifully in the air; remarkable given the stodgy surface he had to lift the ball from!

Lymms’ defence held strong though as they realised they had to think quickly to mount any serious early attacks.

Joe had some varied options from scrum half with Shayne and Max hitting the gain line well. It was James though who took the challenge deep into the heart of the Lymm defence with some magnificent and effective carries.

Finn occupied his favoured role of hooker and once more showed how his rucking game is developing. Lewis and Johnny looked to cover the only patches of grass out on the flanks as they awaited the ball be shuffled wide.

It was Lymm however who took the first points of the day after a moments hesitation in the Eccles defence saw an attack seep through the gap. 1-0 Lymm.

From the restart Eccles knew they had to raise the intensity otherwise it could have been a long day ahead!

Jack took a great pass from Lucas and burst through to evade the tackle. As he hit the contact, Evan, Shayne and Matt cleaned out for Joe to scoop the ball and shuffle it left.

As the ball found Johnny, he broke the gain line only to suffer a heavy knock that saw him taken from the mud bath. On came Adam to add his fizz on the wing!

Lymm took the next score to make it 2-0 but this only spurned the boys into some tremendous tackling and counter-rucking.

Ollie put in a great tackle as the Lymm winger looked for an odds-on try down the right. He did everything right into the contact and stopped the attack instantly.

The ball then popped up for Lucas to hit Matt with a fine flat pass. Still with some work to do, Matt changed the ball for one hand to the other as he handed off the defender before creating the gap to pull a score back for Eccles. 2-1

Once more from the re-start, the ball was sent high again by Ollie as Adam sprinted up to collect on the bounce! (you see now why we insist on pressuring the re-starts!) With the pack securing the pill for Joe, he shipped it left for Max to carry it up. As the Lymm defence floundered a little, it was Adam who took possession again to sweep away for a well deserved score. The boys were in the ascendance now and looking to stretch into a lead. With the halftime break looming, the commitment into attack again created a gap in the Eccles defence for Lymm to exploit. 3-2

A real good first half carried over into the second period and the half-time changes didn’t disrupt the game plan for Eccles. Cameron came on for Evan and Carter slotted into the mid-field along side Jack to create a solid partnership. ‘Taz’ came in for Finn who had a superb first half game.

Wit the score board so finely balanced, both teams upped their game as Eccles clawed away through some great drives into the Lymm defence. Shayne was so unlucky not to reap the rewards of a strong driving maul as he was held up just short of the line. The mistakes were always going to be punished and the Eccles boys showed very few. Ollie hit the gain line to try and get his team on the front foot; Lewis took a great catch from a high ball to set up another Eccles attack; Jake started all fired-up with some superb body angles in the rucks; Max carried hard and Matthew was constantly threatening; Cameron got his hands on the ball a number of times to secure possession.

It was a lapse in concentration though the gifted Lymm their next score.

With the attack moving wide, the Eccles defence looked to push the Lymm threat out towards touch. The winger still had a some work to do in the heavy conditions and he was rewarded with a neatly taken try right in the corner to make it 4-3 Lymm.

From the restart, again Eccles applied some heavy pressure. James, having his best game in an Eccles shirt, drove hard and presented the ball for Joe who found Lucas. With Jack on his shoulder, Lucas gave a short delivery as Jack plundered up-field.

The try line was coming nearer and nearer and the watching parents and spectators  (including an Eccles 1st team prop as well as an ex-Lancashire Capt) urged Jack forwards. The ball then came back in-field as Matt latched onto it. He just couldn’t get through the space as the closing minutes saw a tense finale deep in the Lymm half.

It wasn’t to be however, and on the final whistle, the jubilation and despair from both teams told the story!

A great game with total commitment and I’m sure both teams would relish the opportunity to take each other on again on a more accommodating playing surface!

Well done to all!

  • Thanks to Vicky for the match stats and oranges at half time.
  • Thanks to Neil from Lymm for the match day invitation.

Coaches Comments: A real toe-to-toe between a couple of heavy weights given the conditions under foot! Both teams tried to play open rugby and the score line reflected this in the end. With a little more concentration on the ‘game’ these boys will turn tight contests in their favour as they are learning that results are starting to be dictated by single errors or lapses in concentration. Their ability is unquestioned. We just need to remain focused on being sharper at the right times….. this will come! Proud of them!

  • Comedy moment of the day: The pitch! Joe having spent 30 minutes in the showers only to come out, though washed, wearing the soiled kit he’d played in!
  • Naughty step: ‘Taz’ with his desire to pirouette whilst holding onto an opponents shirt collar!! oops!


  • Eccles’ Squad:

Lucas (Capt), Ollie, Finn, Carter, Matthew, Max, Cameron, Jake, Lewis, Evan, Joe, Jack, Shayne, James, Johnny

TRAINING THIS WEDNESDAY 07th Feb; 6.30pm …….. all welcome including players new to the game!    


Sunday 4th February – Update on games and training

Saturday 3th February 8pm

U7&8 – game v AOM is ON on muga pitch
Training is cancelled for u9s and u10s
U11s game v AOM is OFF as pitch is waterlogged
U12 s game at Lymm is ON but subject to an earlŷ morning pitch inspection – they have both mine and Paul’s mobile number
The away games for U13s,u14s and u15s are ON
U16s game at Liverpool is OFF due to waterlogged pitches
U18s girls game is ON at Oswestry but venue has been switched to Whitchurch Rugby Club but Declan is aware.
Many thanks and if there are any further updates they will be post here and e mails sent to all concerned
Leeann Aspinall
Fixture Secretary
07813 202971