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If you close your eyes, you can almost smell the eighties and
nineties, and the old NWC Division 1, as we turn our back on
the Pennines. No big fish this time to distort the league and
no obvious baby sugar daddies out to make a name for
themselves. Iíve had to stay sober a bit longer this time to
read the runes. Still, for a man of my calibre, the outcome is
as clear as if we were looking at the NLP final table at the
end of April.
Mystic Anorak Predictions - In final
Division position order :
1. Trafford -
Have felt a bit too good for this league for a couple of
seasons since they came down. Nice core of fans following
them. Always produce a side full of skill and steel. Could see
them getting on a roll. This is the tip for the top.
2. Leek Town - Lot of peopleís tip. Good set up,
strong pedigree, dabbled with the Conference. Also, the scene
of a great Paul Beck hat trick in the nineties. Might get on a
3. Prescot Cables -
Always had a soft spot for this lot. Good youthful
following breathed plenty of life into this grand old club,
now a fully-fledged community interest company. Foiled in last
season's play off finals. Think the side is only just getting
into its stride.
4. Colne - Third season at this level and gaffer
Steve Cunningham is finding his feet, including changing from
older players to a youthful set up mid season. Only just
missed the play offs last season having featured in the
previous one. Still pushing.
5. Runcorn Linnets - Reincarnation of the Conference
club. Have struggled manfully to get out of the NWC. Earned
their right to be here as champions. If they get a good start,
that promotion impetus could carry them all the way through.
6. Chasetown - A great FA Cup run turned them into a very
handy league outfit. Our furthest trip of the year. Could be a
7. Colwyn Bay - Heavily supported in the previous
couple of seasons by their chair. Their ground is improving
season on season, and at some point their Conference North
pedigree will tell.
8. Atherton Collieries - Having thrived at NWC level, they
have proved to be a well run and well supported club,
providing stern opposition wherever they went, as well as many
plenty of friends on their travels.
9. Glossop North End - Now bedding down at this level
after roaring up from the NWC. A couple of changes of manager
but the fans have just about stayed true to the club. Could be
interesting come the end of the season.
10. Clitheroe - So, what do we think? New manager,
plenty of experience, new team. Will we hit the ground running
with so many new components? Maybe an FA Cup run in the
11. Droylsden - Probably the best ground in the league.
Never quite recovered from their fall from the Conference, but
I sense that this season might be the one where they start to
make more of an impression.
12. Ramsbottom United - A mercurial side under the
tutelage of Mark Fell. Started off last season like a train
and finished like a Northern Rail train. Always a dark horse,
but Iíll say they wonít shine as previously.
13. Radcliffe - Good to see Radcliffe have started to
make a series of improvements to their ground under the
direction of a new, energetic committee. Always a good sign.
Too good to struggle although sometimes their youth links to a
variety of pro clubs means youíre not sure which team youíre
14. Mossley - Old sparring partners from the nineties
and beyond. Nothing to suggest theyíre going to kick on, but
if they did, their old following would not be far behind them.
15. Kidsgrove Athletic - Poor season in the South
division last season, but good enough to send us packing in
the FA Cup last season. Big no-nonsense side proved too much
for our younger lads. Donít see them threatening.
16. Kendal Town - Charming people. Old style town team
like ourselves. Looking to embed themselves in the community.
Their home form normally sees them through.
17. Widnes - A town of the size of Widnes could
comfortably support a team several leagues higher, but not
quite lit the local fuse in terms of support. Promoted as
runners up last year.
18. Skelmersdale United - Turfed unceremoniously off
their own ground last year but now seem close to returning to
Skelmersdale. Had a number of seasons in the NPL Premier under
the guidance of Tommy Lawson. Amazing how the spirit of any
football club shines through. Work in progress though.
19. Newcastle Town - The famous cycle track returns.
Never pulled up any trees in the South division. I expect the
trees to be safe this year as well.
20. Market Drayton Town - Had a pretty dreadful season
last year, topped off with a cameo appearance from our ex
manager Paul Moore as chair. A new ground for all of us, but
lots to do to transform their fortunes.
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