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Charity showdown to find Blackburn's best Sunday football team
THE Blackburn Sunday Football League kicks off its 43rd season with its annual Charity Shield curtain raiser on Sunday.
Thie clash between by champions Mill Hill and Blue & White Rosebowl winners Bee Hive will take place at Griffin Park (ko 11am) with all proceeds of the game will go to the Sam Shaw Appeal.
The league programme will start the following weekend on Sunday September 1 with 32 teams competing in three divisions.
This season sees three new teams join the league Whinney Hill FC, Gastec Celtic, and Hyndburn Youth who will all go in to Division Three.
In Division One (Pelle’s Menswear), last season’s Division Two champions, Longshaw Sports & Social club, and runners-up, AMT Lawyers, will take their place in the top flight in what again will be a highly competitive league.
Division Two (Station Hotel) sees three clubs promoted – last season’s Division Three champions Whinney Hill Colts are promoted as Whinney Hill FC, along with Great Harwood Rovers and Crown Paints who finished second and third respectively.
JQ Plumbing will be looking to secure a quick return to the top flight after being relegated.
Division Three (Mill Hill Car Centre) proved to be very competitive last season with any team capable of taking points of each other on their day. And that is likely to be the case again with the three new teams in the mix.
Several teams have changed their name for next season.
In Division Two, the Anchor (AFC Crown) Rishton Roebuck (Rishton United) and in Division Three Brown Cow Olympic (Pothouse).
Once again the league is proud to have secured sponsorship for all major competitions and are indebted to all sponsors in these tough financial times for their continued support.
This season’s sponsors are: Pelle Menswear: Division 1 and the Blue & White Rosebowl; Division 2: Station Hotel; Division 3: Mill Hill Car Centre; Young Player of the year: Whitehead Roe Accountants; Assistant Referee of the year: Blackburn Referees Association; Team of the Month: AMT Lawyers; Fair Play League: Colbourne Trophies.
n The Harry Dewhurst Memorial League which came close to folding during the summer wlll kick off on Sunday. A total of eight teams will compete in one division this term.
Fixtures: Bees Knees v Bay Horse (Bullough), Church Town v Abbey (Foxhill), Stanley Ultras v Baggy’s Wine Bar (Bullough).
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