The coming season is set to be a momentous one in the history of the game following the breakaway of 20 clubs from the RFU and the introduction of the Lancashire Leagues.
This is something that a lot of local clubs have been seeking for a number of years now and I am delighted that Tyldesley have taken their place in the inaugural Lancashire Premier League.
We are joined by LSH, Widnes, West Park (who all moved with us from South Lancs/Cheshire 1) as well as long standing adversaries Oldham, Littleborough, Aldwinians, Didsbury Toc H, Trafford MV and Heaton Moor.
Whilst the number of clubs in the league (10) is a little disappointing, with three fewer home league games than we’ve been used to, I expect the standard to be excellent and for each match to provide tough and enjoyable rugby.
There will also be a cup competition, where we have been drawn in a group with West Park and Didsbury Toc H. The winners of each of the groups will go through to the semi-finals so progress in the competition will give us the chance of a home draw in the last four.
Following back to back league titles the second team will now find themselves playing at a highly competitive level. This will provide a true test but we have a group of very talented players who will go into the season full of confidence having enjoyed two highly successful campaigns and I fully expect them to continue that progress in the coming season.
After two years without one, we were able to re-introduce a third team last season but due to a number of factors, not least of which was a switch of leagues half way through, we were unable to see the season through to the end. We will be having another go this year however and, I would ask all players, whatever their playing level, to support what is a vital part of our club.
With a reduced number of first team league games I would implore everyone to consider making themselves available for selection on weeks that they have no game. If just four or five players each ‘rest’ week would be prepared to do this then the ‘trickle down’ effect would provide a tremendous boost for the second and third teams and I know that any player willing to do this would find the experience very enjoyable.
For those who haven’t tried it yet, training has now got underway!
We have a top class coach in Allan Coleman who this year will be assisted by Bongs playing legends Mark Dickinson, Craig Pulman and Lee Cunliffe.
If we are to prosper this season then there will have to be a commitment to training, and not just during the light nights of September and April!
The club will be undertaking a Spanish tour in June of 2019 and Allan has already made it clear to the players that he will not be taking anyone who does not train on a regular basis. The incentive is there for everyone so why not give it your best shot and remember that ‘To get on the plane you’ll have to train’.
The season will be upon us before we know it so I wish all players, coaching staff, administrators, sponsors and supporters the very best of luck for what I hope will be a very memorable and successful season.
Updated 09:26 - 21 Jul 2018 by TRUFC Admin