After a fair bit of planning over the last six months, we are delighted to confirm the dates and clubs to be visited by the 2017 Groundhop.

In association with the UK leader in this field – GroundhopUK, are delighted to announce the host clubs for the first Groundhop of its kind in our League which will be held on Easter Sunday and Monday, 16 & 17 April 2017.

On Easter Sunday, 16 April, the host clubs are planned to be:

  • Ashton Athletic
  • St Helens Town
  • Runcorn Town

Easter Monday, 17 April, sees the Hop visit:

  • West Didsbury & Chorlton
  • Maine Road
  • Atherton Collieries

Kick off times and order of the games will be decided at a later time.

Speaking today, League Development Officer Gary Langley said “I am absolutely delighted with this line-up. These are six fantastic clubs who I know will be excellent and welcoming hosts, and everyone is excited about the prospect of the first Groundhop to be held around our League.”

Chris Berezai from GroundhopUK said “The League have come up with an excellent choice of host clubs that will prove very popular with groundhoppers. Having a fairly recent addition to the League in West Didsbury & Chorlton, and a brand new ground at Ruskin Drive marking the return home for St Helens Town will be added attractions! It’s a very popular League, and we are very much looking forward to working very closely with the Hallmark Security League to make sure it’s a fantastic event”

Further hop weekends are planned in following seasons, including a massive Easter weekend in 2018/19.

The Six Hallmark Security League matches will boost the GroundhopUK 2017 Easter weekend to a massive thirteen matches, running from Maundy Thursday to Easter Saturday with the Northern Counties East League before the North West Counties League takes over on the Sunday and Monday.

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