In response to various comments made on social media, Atherton Collieries can confirm that they have not been invited to participate in the 2017 Bolton Hospital Cup. 

As a club, we are bitterly disappointed by the decision that the committee of the competition have made.

We have won the competition on four occasions; 1974, 1987, 2012 and 2015.

Last season, we finished runners-up when Prestwich Heys beat us in the final at The Macron Stadium.

The reasons given by the committee of the competition focus on the subjective opinion that we are now deemed “too good” to compete against the other sides. This is not a view held by anybody at the football club.

Some may argue that the competition will benefit from our absence; we certainly believe otherwise.

We have been long-standing supporters of this competition. We consistently raise a healthy sum of money for the charity. We tend to draw in larger than average crowds for the competition. More disappointingly, we have always been more than happy to go the ‘extra mile’ for the competition, hosting numerous matches and semi-final ties at short notice.

Atherton Collieries will be making no further comment on the situation and wish all teams competing this season the very best of luck.

3 responses to “Statement: Bolton Hospital Cup”

  1. GED edge says:

    Absolute joke I was with Ladybridge at the semi final stage last season when you beat us Read below sent to pete conroy “Morning pete, just read article in bolton news about colls. Ladybridge fc thoroughly enjoyed trying to compete against colls and they are the club to emulate as their success story has been fantastic for local football. So we are disappointed colls not in the comp but we look forward to be alongside them in the future. I do hope the decision does not backfire and have an adverse effect on this traditional comp. Best wishes steve hill ladybridge fc.”that’s what Ste sent in

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your kind words. We’re disappointed not to be in it, as we love playing against other local sides.

      Best of luck to you in this years competition!

  2. Darren Messer says:

    Was Burnley to good for Lincoln a much better side but Burnley lost

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