where it all began
Football & Lockdown
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our first season was cut short. Government restrictions meant that amateur football was suspended twice during our first season. The amount of games that had to be played in order to finish the campaign properly proved to be too much for teams according to the league committee. As a result, we have now been entered into a league cup competition. This new format consists of all teams playing at least five fixtures followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and a cup final... Can Stephen Howson lead his side to cup glory?
Making Our Debut
After a couple more trial days, we finally had a first team and reserve side ready to enter the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur Football League. We played our first ever competitive league game against Bury Amateur, coming away with a 4-2 victory. Our first ever home game at The Butchers Arms Ground was one to remember. As the 174 in attendance watched us come back from a goal down to win the game 3-1. Two wins from two, we were ready to take on this league...
The interest was strong. So strong that over 100 people applied to come to a trial on a cold January morning. Following the trial a training group of 30-40 players was formed and we looked to formalise our foundations, register with the Manchester FA and apply to play in a league.
What's In A Name?
Following on from the Sportsman World Cup competitions, we carried on playing 5-a-side football at Powerleague. But a change of kit was needed, and the blue 1968 European Cup inspired kit was shed, and a red white and black kit replaced it, and the name was changed to 'Stretford Paddock'. Interest grew, and the desire to play more competitive, more regular and XI a side football was strong. Could we make our own club?
Studio 68 - Sportsman World Cup
As the World Cup in Russia was in full swing The Sportsman invited the Studio 68 office to enter a team into it's 5-a-side World Cup. We again lost in the semi-finals. The Sportsman repeated the competition in 2019, where we - yet again - lost in the semi-final of the tournament!
Fan League Cup
In July 2017, Stephen entered a team with Full Time Devils into the Fan League Cup. A tournament featuring YouTube teams from around the country. The competition was viewed by over 1m viewers. FTD lost in the semi-final on penalties. But an idea was sewn.
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