Stretford Paddock FC returned to training on Thursday evening after exactly days 100 since our last training session. We are working in socially distanced pods of 5 with a coach each. A lot has happened since our last session back in March, it goes without saying. The big thing is our acceptance to the Lancashire & Cheshire league. A fine local league with a good pedigree of both teams, and players. We await our confirmation of division, but considering our ambitions, I do hope it’s one of the higher divisions. I want that test.

Speaking of a test! Sunday evening we held a coaches meeting, where we planned out the next six weeks of training. That six week block culminates in a friendly with Dukinfield Town, the team currently top of the Manchester Premier Division. Or were, before, you know. That’s a right test. It’s probably a right kicking, but honestly, I want it. I want to see how far off we are going to be. As where they are, we want to be. That’s pencilled in for Thursday 30th of July.

That date, of course relies on the government and the FA giving us the nod that contact is allowed and games can be played. But we need to have something to work towards, and that is it. Immediately after the friendly we’ve also pencilled in our second trial. The location is to be confirmed, but we’d like to ideally hold it on the 1st of August. The trial will be limited to 100 places – if you want to come along, please fill out the form on the following link – – please ensure you fill out the experience section in detail, as there’s over 200 currently on the waiting list. We’ll be selecting based on experience and calling some on the list to verify their credentials.

In lockdown we’ve also interviewed and appointed several staff members; Nairobi, as reserve manager, Pete as a scout, Matt as a reserve coach, Sam Keane as a sports scientist, Josh as a goalkeeping coach and Janine to look after the merch and branding. So a warm welcome to all of those who have joined. 

We still have a couple of vacancies. If anyone is interested in taking charge of a 3rds or a position as welfare officer, please get in touch, we also require a kitman, so please get in touch if you’d like more information for any of those roles or the others available at the club –

We have had several enquiries for sponsorships that we’ve had to turn away. We are looking for club partners that are able to help us with opportunities, access or help with the logistics of running the club. There are still availabilities to work with the club commercially, but we are being selective about who we work with. If you’d like more information email –

We are currently wrapping up our final episode of Stephen Howson; Football Manager for it’s first season, we’ve got daily content planned starting very soon. We’re just getting it filmed and edited.

Feels a little like progress.


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