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Sat 14th August Styal 0 Middlewich 4; Daten Res 1 Styal Res 0
Aug 16, 2010, 7:19 am

Styal 0 Middlewich Town 4 Styal's opener in the Cheshie League saw 2 good teams playing good football and the first half as a pretty even affair. Both teams had their chances in a fairly even first 45 minutes; Garvey was denied by a flying save by the Middlewich keeper Barnes also came close fror Styal. Middlewich always looked to have a cutting edge and the referee played a good advantage as Middlewich's winger netted just before half time send them into the break 1-0 up. Styal continued to try to play football in the second half but some of the players seemed to run out of gas. With less forward option Styal's ball playing defenders found themselves longer on the ball and Middlewich managed to pick off second goal. Styal now went for broke and rearranged the formation going 3 at the back. The result was that Middlewich's right winger suddenly found himself in acres of space and he supplied some superb crosses, the one for their 3rd goal being the pick of the crop. Another late goal was probably a true reflection of the difference between the 2 teams in the second half. Styal will be keen to get back some of their injured players for the next few matches which arrive thick and fast. They will also need to make sure their fitness levels are up to scratch as some players seemed heavy legged on Saturday. The reserves went down by 1-0 away against Daten Res-report to follow

Styal FC Press Release 11th August 2010
Aug 11, 2010, 5:03 pm

Ground Improvements come to fruition


Styal FC ended their 2009/2010 campaign by retaining their Cheshire League Division 1 status with a great run of results in the last dozen or so games. The club has been back into pre season training and the seasons first league match is a 3pm kick off Saturday 14th August versus Middlewich Town. It is anticipated that Styal's new 100 capacity stand will be in place and ready for this first game so a good turnout can be accommodated whatever the weather. Entry is free. Spectators are more than welcome.

Styal F.C.'s stand and footpath scheme is a £15,000 plus development supported by grant funding with the majority of the funds provided by the Football Foundation, Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund and benefactors within the club. Styal FC is hugely grateful to the benefactors that have made this possible as replacing the old structure since the roof was blown off has been a major issue. The club seeks to maintain its standards in relation to the Cheshire Football League which is step 7 in the FA national pyramid structure. There will be an official opening of the stand at a future date (hopefully September) when we hope to have all the benefactors present.

Styal Festival and Styal Beer Festival

This was held over Friday 16th and Saturday 17th July for the second year was a sell out success again with over 1,000 people visiting the Festival on the Saturday. The new marquees the club had purchased, grant funded by Cheshire Community Action Group were invaluable when the heavens opened and guaranteed sufficient cover, although the weather was generally kind to us during the weekend.

Despite the cricket competition being cancelled due to a waterlogged wicket on Friday the Beer aficionados visited from many miles afar to sample the 50 real ales on offer. The evening entertainment was provided by Chloe who performed 2 sets of her acoustic numbers which went down as well as the beer while Graham Clough’s supporting DJ’ing and humour provided a relaxed atmosphere.

Saturday’s 5 a side Football Competition was won for the second year in succession by Style Madrid. The bouncy castle and giant slide was a big hit with the many kids that enjoyed he good weather. The evening entertainment was exceptional. Local band Bad Blood, a group of 13 year old, exceptionally talented Wilmslow kids, based in Styal played to a packed audience and had the place rocking from 7pm. Kingpin took to the stage at 9pm and followed on where Bad blood had finished off carrying the night through until 11pm with a classy performance.

The organisers of the Beer Festival were delighted to see that all the hard work preparing during the previous 6 months had paid off.

There is a great deal of local help that we receive in getting the festival going and we wish to thank all those that have played a part in organising the festival, helping in the days before and after the festival setting up and cleaning down; the local ticket vendors, barrel and glass sponsors and all those local organisations that have allowed us to borrow equipment

Jul 28, 2010, 11:36 am

Training times have changed and so has the location (pitch reseeded and fertilised at Styal yesterday). Training times are:

Saturday's start 2.00pm at the Wilmslow High.

Thursdays start 7.00 pm at Wilmslow high.

Team managers

1st Team

Manager   Zeki Istanbul

Asst Andy Cowell


Reserve Team

Manager  Mike Pochin

Asst Loz Newman


'A' Team

Manager Pete Cockitt

Jun 30, 2010, 8:28 am

Training starts NOW !!!

New players always welcome

 Presentation Evening (from last season) will be at 8pm Thursday 15th July

STYAL BEER FESTIVAL 16th and 17th July 2010


Styal Beer Festival on facebook


Sat 8th May Styal 3 Pilkingtons 1
May 10, 2010, 7:35 am

Second half goals from McGowan, Matthews and Thornton saw off Pilkington's on Saturday as Styal guaranteed their First Division status

Sat 1st May Styal 2 Knutsford 3
May 3, 2010, 9:04 am

Styal squandered an early lead conceding 2 second half goals against Knutsfords more creative game in a game where they needed the points. When considered with another home midweek beating from Gamesly by 3-0 with all the goals coming in the second half, it leaves Styal needing to take the points against Pilkingtons in this coming Saturday's fixture

Sat 24th April, Middlewich Town 0 Styal 1
Apr 24, 2010, 9:05 pm

“Styal’s Walking Wounded ‘Wup the ‘Witch”


The prospects didn’t look good when Styal arrived at what hasn’t been a particularly happy hunting ground for the Altrincham Roaders in recent years;  with that in mind and on the back of a 7 – 1 humiliation Styal arrived with their manager missing, their centre forwards in plaster casts and the comedy night still fresh in their memories.


As eight members of the Styal squad warmed up in their Fulham shirts, they had the pleasure of watching Middlewich’s 24 man squad equipped with matching bibs, an array of cones and match quality balls under the supervision of the manager and extended coaching staff, the rest of the visitors were still in the changing room trying to put themselves together again in the hope that they might be in some sort of state to start the game – finishing it hadn’t even crossed their minds.  The injury list read like an episode of Band of Brothers, Garvey (blisters like dinner plates), Simmo (Groin), Sefton (Groin), Hammy (all sorts wrong with him), Harrison (ankle), Capel (easier to mention the parts of his body not hurting), Marchbank (misplaced his heart – suspected it had dropped down the toilet).  To say it was a sorry site is an understatement.


With 3pm getting closer decisions needed to be made about who was fit to start, no one backed down and as Capel was wheeled on to the pitch to lead the team out there was air of confidence flowing through the men in yellow, a win was the only outcome as far as they were concerned and all was needed was a bit of belief and a bit of magic.


As expected Middlewich started the game with nice flowing football, and even though it looked pretty it quickly became apparent it was pretty ineffective against the solid back four, Capel playing through the pain, and after an early scare that he might be forced to hobble off, the nurofen kicked in and a captains’ performance was put in – a boost for the team who started the game second from bottom.  Styal grew with confidence as the half progressed and started to realise that there was nothing to fear, the bibs may have looked good in the warm up, but they didn’t count for anything on the pitch and the chances started to fall.  Sefton tested the keeper with a superb header, Matty O’Toole, who proved to be too much for the Middlewich defence to handle, also pulled good saves from the keeper.  And it was O’Toole’s hard work and class that led to what would be the decisive goal.  Released by Garvey down the right the stocky striker twisted and turned is way into the box and his low driven cross was met by Thornton ghosting in at the back post to head the ball home – the 3 points were there for the taking.  Simmo worked tirelessly along the line to hold the ball up and bring in the wide men, his only reward for his efforts was a yellow card and an invitation into the ref’s room at half time.  


Styal were slow out of the blocks in the second half, lacking shape and organisation, nevertheless the game could have been sealed if it wasn’t for the bobbley pitch that made Thornton’s one on one almost impossible to finish, latching on to another Garvey through ball but failing to convert; two more chances quickly followed but Styal just didn’t want to finish of the tie, and the longer it stayed 1 – 0 the more it looked like Styal might go home disappointed.  To their credit they held strong, Osbourne and Kemp were a welcome return to the defence and with Swindells putting in another outstanding performance at the heart of the defence alongside the skipper, thankfully keeper Harrison was left with very little to do, and when called upon he did enough to take the sting out of one close range effort and the evergreen Thornts was there to clear the ball of the line with composure.


Simmo still had time to miss another close range effort before he was given his marching orders, but he made sure he took one of theirs with him, after what felt like at least 8 minutes of added time, the whistle finally blew and the aches, pains and blisters hurt no more.  An all round fantastic team performance, with no one leaving anything on the pitch, and in Marchy’s case not leaving anything in his stomach.  With Billinge losing and Golborne getting a surprising draw Styal moved out of the bottom two, nevertheless there is still work to do, nothing less than a win is good enough against Gamesley tomorrow night and even then 3 more points still need to be found from the remaining 3 games to ensure safety.

1st Team away this weekend
Apr 23, 2010, 4:16 pm

Styal seek some more points to remain safe this season. Away Saturday (24th) at Middlewich and then there are 3 home games starting Tuesday night (27th). Come down and support.

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