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Craig Thompson22 Feb - 17:45
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Lancaster City continue second coming of a great tradition.

One year ago, Lancaster City and Dollies in the Community announced the revival of the much-loved and fondly remembered Easter Field event. First held in 1892 at the Giant Axe - Lancaster City’s football ground - the event was the brainchild of philanthropist and former Mayor, William Smith.

Led by Lancaster City Director Dave Evans, Easter Field 2023 returned on Easter Monday. Twenty-two teams from Lancaster and Morecambe and the surrounding district attended along with hundreds of supporters, family members, sponsors and club officials. It was an exciting and vibrant event, creating new memories especially for the young footballers taking to the Giant Axe pitch.

St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School were runners-up in both primary school competitions, losing on penalties after a goalless draw with Lancaster Road in the girls category and the boys lost 1-0 in a very competitive game against Moorside. For all participants, the overriding feeling was enjoyment and they relished the opportunity to play in front of hundreds of people inside a proper football stadium, something that the youngsters and their families will never forget.

Last year, Dave Evans commented; “Anyone who’s grown up in Lancaster will know the Easter Field Festival. It’s become enshrined in Lancaster folklore, and the connection with our club and Giant Axe goes back more than 100 years.”

That sentiment remains this time around, as we look forward to Lancaster City and Dollies in the Community hosting another superb occasion. From James Cummiskey, a devoted member of the Lancaster City FC community and Lancaster City Director heading up this year’s event, “I want to express the profound significance of hosting our annual Easter Field Tournament. This event is not just a tournament; it's a tradition that celebrates the rich history of youth football in our area and the vibrant community that supports it. Over the years, the Easter Field Tournament has become a cornerstone event, eagerly anticipated by young athletes and their families alike. It embodies our passion for the game and our commitment to nurturing the next generation of football talent.

At Lancaster City FC, our dedication to youth football extends beyond the field. We believe in creating opportunities for young players to shine, learn, and grow in a competitive yet supportive environment. This tournament showcases the best of local youth football, bringing together schools, volunteers, and the wider community in a festival of sport that transcends competition. It's a testament to our collective commitment to promoting healthy, active lifestyles and fostering a sense of belonging and achievement among our young participants.

Our history is filled with memorable moments, friendships forged on the pitch, and the joyous celebration of our local football culture. As we look forward to this year's event, we are reminded of the importance of continuing this legacy. Through the Easter Field Tournament, we aim to inspire, engage, and uplift our youth, ensuring the future of football in Lancaster remains bright and promising.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this event over the years. Your enthusiasm and commitment fuel our passion and drive us to create an even more extraordinary experience each year. Here's to celebrating youth football, our community, and the enduring spirit of sportsmanship that defines Lancaster City FC.”

Easter Field will take place on the later date of Saturday 20th April at the Giant Axe from 9:30 in the morning until 1:30 in the afternoon as we have a free Saturday following Marske United’s departure from the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division.

This is a community effort and much as last year, we are calling on local businesses and residents to support the Easter Field celebration. We’re looking for help for the following:

  • Volunteers to help out on the day

  • Businesses to sponsor the event

  • Stalls, Acts and Musicians

  • To get involved, contact James Cummiskey on

    Once again we have the opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime and give the current generation of school children the chance to experience what many did in years gone by.

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