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Town celebrates Prescot Cables FC promotion

by Guy Murphy

A record crowd of 2,070 people turned out this weekend to watch Prescot Cables FC achieve promotion to the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League (NPL). The team celebrated a 2-0 win against a strong City of Liverpool side to be crowned play-off champions of Division One and cement their position in the Premier Division of the NPL for the 2024/25 season.

This latest achievement marks an exciting new chapter in the fan-owned club’s 140-year history and is a welcome boost for Prescot, Knowsley and the community as a whole.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, was there to watch this historic win. He said:

“There was an absolutely fantastic atmosphere in the ground and it was amazing to see so many people turn out to cheer on the team. The club is such an important part of Prescot and a fantastic cultural and community asset. We are so proud of what they have achieved.

As a Council, we have always stood firmly behind the Club recognising what an important part it plays in the fascinating history of Prescot, so to see them achieve this promotion is just wonderful. I am sure that this success will not only be great news for the club but also for the town and for the community as a whole – inspiring lots more local young people to watch and play the beautiful game.”

Match co-ordinator and club Director, Richard Tigwell first became involved in the club as a volunteer. He also believes Prescot Cables has a big part to play in the future of the town. He said:

“Prescot has changed so much in recent years, kickstarted by the creation of the Shakespeare North Playhouse, so this promotion is more really positive news for the town and its people.

“As a fan-centred community project, the club really wants to be part of the future for Prescot and play its role – front and centre – in the town we call home.”

Founded in 1884 and originally called Prescot Town, the club took its Cables name after British Insultation Callender’s Cables (BICC) which was at one point one of the largest cable factories in the world and the main employer in the area.

Cllr Graham Morgan and Richard Tigwell

To this day, the Club continues to play its home games from its centrally located stadium in the heart of Prescot.

Other sporting milestones

Meanwhile, Halewood Apollo FC were also in jubilant mood as they secured the Liverpool County Premier League Premier Division title for the first time in their history with a 4-0 win over Liverpool NALGO.

Over 500 fans were at in attendance at Volair Halewood to see the Apollo crowned as the best team in local amateur football. Their manager Joey Stocks was delighted with the team’s achievement: “To go from a group of lads starting a team for a laugh 10 years ago to becoming the best amateur team in Liverpool is a massive achievement for ourselves and for Knowsley. We look forward to working with our community and Volair in the future to keep progressing our team, which will enable us to make the steps towards non-league football.”

Whitefield (Roby) Cricket Club also had a milestone weekend as they played their first game in the Liverpool Cricket Competition, after being promoted at the end of the 2023 season. Sutton (St. Helens) CC were the visitors to Court Hey Park and although Whitefield couldn’t secure the win, spirits were high after competing at their highest ever level since the club was founded in 1968.

More than 200 runners turned out for the 300th Knowsley Parkrun. Their message was ‘May the course be with you’, as they enjoyed a Star Wars theme event and ran or walked 5km in the beautiful surroundings of Stadt Moers Park.