LTJFC are pleased to announce that SWC have agreed to renew their sponsorship of the club. The deal will see the SWC logo on the front of the club shirts for a further 2 years. It is a massive commitment from SWC and shows the amount of support that SWC have for grassroots football in the Longridge area. The deal was a no-brainer for the club, Managing Director Ben Lee showing a real enthusiasm for the club and a knowledge of grassroots football that is second to none. He has a winning mentality and shows a commitment to drive the club forward. We are currently experiencing a global pandemic which has meant that all football has been suspended, but when we do return we want to provide to the children of Longridge, a club that they can use to get back to normality whatever that may be. Grassroots Football Clubs are vital parts of the local community, providing health and social benefits to the youngsters of the community and it will be vital to the children to have these activities. SWC's commitment ensures that this will happen bigger and better than before.
Longridge Town Juniors are hoping to find the coaches of the future by reaching out to their under 16's. The club discussed the need to retain these players and provide opportunities for them after football whether that be coaching or refereeing. It was realised that their was no support for the youngsters once they finished their footballing journey and it was a case of "thanks for the 10 years you have just given to us, but see you around." Every player that finishes their footballing with the club will now be offered the opportunities to turn their hand to coaching. In terms of coaching, what we would aim to do is bring the players in to our development coaching nights (u5-u7) and ask them to assist in a volunteer role. We would work with them to develop their coaching skills. If the player then showed a desire to continue their coaching, we would then look towards putting them forward for their Level 1 courses and eventually bring them in to take a team if this was their wish. Every enquiry would be dealt with on an individual basis, some players may just want to spend a few weeks coaching, some may want to make a career out of it. We would work to their needs. We feel that these skills look good on CV's when players enter the workforce and we could provide references for future employers.
It will be a proud moment for ex-player Finlay Cross-Adair today who has been selected for Preston North End's U18 fixture for todays game against Shrewsbury Town. Finlay started his footballing journey at Longridge Town Juniors and left the club in 2015 to join PNE academy. Today he will pull on the famous white shirt in what is a dream come true for many a footballer. This is a massive achievement and shows the potential that he has, in that Finlay is still only an u15 player and it all started at our club where his younger brother still plays. It is going to be a massively proud moment for his dad Mick, who is a massive PNE fan and also for his first coach Jeremy Riding who always predicted that he would make it, "He’s got all the necessary skills but I would say his biggest strength is his pace. He’s absolutely turbo charged" It is every youngsters dream to make it as a professional footballer and one that we are extremely proud at Longridge Town Juniors to be part of. Finlay joins one of a few players that have left the club to go on to play for professional teams and we hope he is one of many more to come. Good luck Finlay, wear that shirt with pride, and remember us when you score your first goal.
Our Under 11's enjoyed a recent social event courtesy of a grant donated by the Co-op foundation to the club. The event was the brainchild of Under 11 parent Jacqui Hulse who made contact with the co-op for funding. The grant provided by the Co-op paid for over 35 children to attend for a fantastic afternoon out at Level entertainment centre in Preston. The children firstly enjoyed running and playing around the obstacle course and this provided them with the opportunity to enjoy themselves, burn off some energy and bond with players from our other u11 teams. Following this, the children then enjoyed a meal with a drink and had great fun eating together, chatting, laughing and socialising. The children finished off with a game of bowling each and they enjoyed the competitive side of this, cheering each other on and showing great sportsmanship. These fun activities enabled the children to socialise away from modern technology, such a Xboxes and mobile phones and the children all left the event happy, contented and feeling good about themselves through the bonding/ laughing/ chatting with other children. This is a particularly important time for these children as many of them, who have never met before, will be going to the same high schools and therefore by having this event the children feel more confident about going to high school and their emotional well being has improved. It will also develop them as players as the social aspect is recognised in the FA's four corner model. None of this would have been possible without the support of the Co-op who also provided two members of their team, Sean and Liam, who were a great help and a credit to the Co-op. They were enthusiastic and helped to supervise the children throughout the afternoon as did many of the parent helpers. For further information on what the co-op foundation does, you can visit their website at
Longridge Town Juniors are pleased to reveal the 19/20 kit. The kit will see us move to a new blue goalkeeper kit which was requested by many players. Proudly displaying the SWC logo across the chest, the kit will sure be a firm favorite.
The FA cup will be paying a visit to Longridge this weekend as the Seniors will play in the Extra Preliminary round of the FA Cup. The seniors will welcome Barnoldswick Town to the Mike Riding Ground on Saturday 10th August 2019, in what will be the clubs first ever FA Cup game. Prior to kick-off, the trophy will be on display and there will be photo opportunities. This will surely be a once in a lifetime experience and a fantastic occasion for the Club and the town to have the trophy pay a visit. Admission for the game is Adults £6 Concessions £4 Under 16's Free
Our U12's finished their season with the match to end all matches with a dads v lads game. With a line up of just 7 parents (plus 2 coaches) and 12 lads, it was looking fairly obvious at to who was going to win this one, young, fit, able bodied lads against what could only be described as a team of has been's....... Within the first 5 minutes, the scene was set with one of the dads suffering a groin injury. The lads taking this opportunity to carve out three good chances to try and open the scoring, but it was the "dad's" who scored the opening goal and then went on to score two more to make the score 3-0. Shortly before half time though, the lads managed to score 3-2 (due to some obscure European rule that mean away goals counted double... try telling the lads it was their home pitch). It was now half time and all to play for. The second half saw some impressive football from both sides, but it was the "dads" who carved out 2 early goals making the score 5-2. It was end to end football after that and with both Englishby's on the score sheet, the pressure was truly mounting. It was the dads though, that began to show signs of fading and with injuries and aching bones, it was the lads who began the comeback, and brought the scores to 7-6, next goal certainly was the winner, but as the final whistle blew, the dads came out the winners. The lads though, clearly not to be beaten, decided that the game should be settled by a penalty shootout which they clearly won due to numerical advantage. It was smiles all round and a great way to end the season.
A set of Longridge Town Coaches became warriors this weekend as they trecked to Bramham Park in Leeds to take on Total Warrior - the great northern mud run. This character-building terrain was hallowed as the most testing ground for warriors and it was here that these warriors were born. The warriors, Sam Thurlow, Andrew Sidgreaves, Andy Davies, Stuart Bolton, Harry Bolton, Ashley Fletcher, Tony Smalley and Dave Ellis had accepted the challenge to raise funds for Miles for Mitchie and The Oliver Ashton appeal. The weather was glorious as the warriors placed on their customary headbands and set off on the 12k trek of mud, water and tears. The obstacles ahead were fabled in folklore, with such names as Cement mixer, High Jump, Trump tower, Hang Tough to name but a few and contained a mixture of mud, water, ice baths and electric shocks, what more could test a warrior? Our warriors completed the course in a commendable 2hrs 32mins, some of them overcoming fears and phobias. They raised over £2000 for the charities. Over the last nine months, these warriors have faced ups and downs while they trained making life changing journeys along the way. Friendships have been formed and the club will certainly benefit. The bruises are developing nicely and in time will fade, but the memories will last forever. Well done Warriors. There is still time to donate to our charities.
Last week was the latest in the Longridge under 10s (white) football social events. The aim of the events are to promote healthy relationships and improve emotional well being amongst the players. Their siblings and family members were also invited to promote community cohesion. There were 21 children who attended and 15 adults. They went to Francos Italian restaurant and all had a meal. The children completed competitions and won prizes, certificates were given out and chocolate goody bags at home time. Everyone had a fantastic time and the children were a credit to the team. Recent research has shown a clear link between social isolation and poor mental health. The stronger our social links are, the more likely we are to stay happy and healthy for as long as possible. Therefore the social aspect of football is very important to keep our children happy and healthy which will be an excellent foundation for the eventual transition into adulthood.
"Wet, Dark, Dismal", was the best way to summarise the performance of the coaches as the annual Parents v Coaches match concluded this weekend. It also describes the weather that presented itself to the both teams as they kicked off the end of season ritual. The turnout was good as the parents looked for revenge for last seasons defeat and both teams fielded strong squads. The match kicked off and was fairly competitive and it took 20 mins for the deadlock to be broken with the parents capitalising on some dodgy defending . Both teams fought to gain the upper hand and it was the coaches that went in at half time 2-1 Team talks at half time for the coaches was more about injuries than tactics and the parents could sense that victory was in their grasp, but it was the coaches that came out stronger and momentum turned, the coaches hit back with star player Smalley making a mockery out of the keeper to level the scores. The coaches could sense a victory. Then Smalley would secure his hatrick as he netted from the spot. But at 3-2 up, injuries took their toll and ageing legs were to be seen in the coaches team, with nothing left on the bench the coaches had nothing left to give and the parents ran riot, the game finishing 7-3. The score did not do the coaches justice, in what was a very even game, but at the final whistle, handshakes were shared and smiles were placed on faces. The trophy was handed to the parents, but it will be back with the coaches next year....
It was a proud day for our Juniors as 3 of our teams were represented at the Central Lancs Junior Football League presentation day. Our U11's who won the sportsmanship award and both our U12's and U15's who were divisional runner ups attended at the Harrington Building, part of the UClan complex to collect their awards. Coupled with the successes of our U8 Whites who lifted their league cup and our U10 Blacks and U15's who were cup runner ups, it has been a mighty successful season for The Ridge.
Our Juniors braved the weather this weekend as they took part in the Longridge Field Day parade. It was a total washout this weekend as all the events of the field day were sent indoors, but it did not stop our brave little warriors from marching around. There were whistles blowing, players cheering and big smiles on faces as they all got into the spirit.
We are pleased to announce that our Under 11 have achieved the Central Lancs Junior Football league sportsmanship award for the season 2018-19. This is a massive achievement for the boys, and one that shows the respect that they have amongst their peers and is a credit to coaches Jeremy Riding and Andy Platt for the way that they have transformed the team over the last season. The award though is not solely down to the players, it is also down to the parents who turn up every week and for this, you help is appreciated in winning this award. Each week opposition managers mark the players, coaches and parents on the respect shown and these points are averaged out over a season to award this result, so it really is a team game. The players will now attend the league presentation on Saturday 8th June 2019 to collect their trophy. Well done all.
Sunday 12th May 2019, was a disappointing but ultimately a very proud day for our club as we saw our Under 10 White's and Under 15's take part in their respective cup competitions. The final result did not go our way, with both games going to the dreaded penalty shoot outs, but in both finals, watched by a strong contingent of parents and coaches, we certainly looked the better team and held leads right up until the end. Both our coaches, Tony Smalley (under 10's) and Andrew Sidgreaves/Ian Coupe (Under 15's) have worked miracles with the teams and surely will be back next year to challenge again. The facilities for the finals, Euxton Villa (Under 10s's) and Vernon Sangster (Under 15's) were exceptional and special thanks must be given to Mid Lancs Colts #mlcjfl and Central Lancs #cljfl for putting on an event that will really make the day one to remember for the boys. Although we lost on the day, the real winner was football.
Longridge Town U10 Whites had their 3rd fun activity day last weekend which went down very well. The idea is the brainchild of Jacqui Hulse, whose son plays for the team. Jacqui says that the aim of the session is "for the children to have fun and to promote healthy relationships which in turn improves mental health for the children." Mental health is an important subject, which often goes forgotten in children's sport, but it is an area that signs need to be spotted early and our coaches are given guidance on the signs to look for. It is something that Longridge Town cares greatly about and anything we can do to improve this should be taken seriously. The day involved the children attending Fulwood Leisure Centre and players and siblings were invited. The children played on the bouncy castle, had party games and joined in with football, badminton and jenga. There was also an Easter egg hunt, buffet for all and each child went home with an Easter egg. Prior to this, the children have been on activity days at Laser quest and Ten Pin bowling, and the response from the children has been "FANTASTIC". It is something that Jacqui has a strong interest in and something that we advocate more of at the club. We are very interested in setting up a parent committee to oversee these events and if you are interested, we ask that you please get in touch.
Wood you believe it - we have only gone and signed up Longridge Timber
We are please to announce the signing of Longridge Timber who will be our new U12 Red sponsors for the forthcoming season. Longridge Timber are an independent family owned Timber Merchants and pride themselves on supplying great quality timber and associated products, and offering first class customer service, to the building and joinery trades, property developers and ambitious DIY enthusiasts across the North West of England. We are pleased to have the support of local business and we believe that the support of the team at Longridge Timber will bring great quality football to the U12 team.
Longridge Town Juniors are celebrating after our coaches secured a 2 year Sponsorship with Prospect Homes. Prospect Homes have been responsible for The Ridings development on Whittingham Lane and are proud to put their name to the stunning homes they build across the North West and Yorkshire. With a focus on quality and a passion for detail, they have received a growing reputation among both house builders and homebuyers. We look forward to developing our partnership.
Longridge Town Juniors showed that "its ok to be different" as the club embraced the Downs Syndrome odd sock initiative. The idea was put forward by Glenn Joyce (U13 coach) and by looking at the pictures of the players, they looked like they really enjoyed it. It really got out the message and showed that we are a community club and that football can be enjoyed by all.
Thursday 21st March 2019 was World Down's Syndrome Day and to show our support at the club, we will this weekend join the #lotsofsocks campaign. World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness event and we plan to spread the work by wearing odd socks at all our games. But not just any old socks, the brighter, the better. We will then post photographs of our teams on facebook to spread the word. For those interested in the work of the Downs Syndrome Association, can visit and to see the work of others that have taken part, you can visit
Our under 13's reached Week 2 of their circuit sessions. The players are attending Infinity fitness in Longridge at their own cost to build on their fitness. The idea is the brainchild of Glenn Joyce and the feedback has been excellent and Glenn is seeing an improvement in fitness levels (as they’re recognising the importance of it and some are doing bits on their own) . He is proud of the boys for all signing up to it and wanting to do it 👍