Not many will have heard about Rylands FC but I’m pretty sure in the coming years you’ll be hearing about them a lot more. Currently playing in the Cheshire Football League, the Warrington based side are in the 11th tier of English football, Way under the radar of most football fans only by chance did i come across them myself, and this week I’ll be reporting on them in the Cheshire Football League JB Parker cup final.
Under the financial backing of leading football agent and sports management entrepeneur Paul Stretford, Rylands are in safe hands and on the verge of a bright future. With chairman Ian Finchett and an experienced management team of Dave Parr and Paul Anderson, Stretford has big ambitions for the team to progress through the non-league pyramid and bring back former glories to a team he once used to represent. Having seen some of the plans it’s clear that with the determination and ambition of both the club and Paul the future is most definietly rosy at Rylands and success and silverware isn’t too far away.
Under the banner of his sports entertainment company TRIPLE S SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, Rylands are in a fantastic position with a lucrative sponsorship deal. Triple S are the main club sponsor along with Player of the month and player of the year sponsors. I was present last Wednesday as the team trained and held the recent player of the month award. As Paul had been whisked away on urgent business the previous day, a representative from Triple S was asked to present the usual prize. Each month the winner of player of the month receives a new pair of personalised boots and a bottle of champagne, this week it was captain Adam Prescott who picked up the award.
During my time at Rylands training ground we discussed the immediate and future plans of the club. With the next step up, the North West Counties Football League, plans are already underway to install changing rooms by the pitch and the possible inclusion of floodlights for any ground grading regularities.
I also spoke with manager Dave Parr about his thoughts on the upcoming final, and after the disappointment of losing last years final 1-0 and playing 80 minutes of the match with 10 men he’s very much looking forward to giving it another shot. Dependent on injuries from Saturday’s game just gone he has a fully fit squad to choose from and they will be being put through their paces at an extra training session put on tonight (Mon 24th) to work on a few things.
With Paul back for the final which is on this Wednesday (26th March) at Shawe View, home of Trafford FC, I will catch up with him then and be given a full interview with his ideas, plans and ambitions for Rylands along with stories of past glories and what Rylands FC really means to him.
If you can make it to the game on Wednesday, I’m sure Rylands FC and the Cheshire Football League would appreciate the extra support. So why not come along and watch one of the first finals of the season.
Admission is £4 and £2 concessions.
Link to photos on Facebook of my training session with Rylands.