UPPERMILL U16 have won a treble for a second successive year in the North Manchester Girls’ League.
The footballers landed the league title, League Cup and Knockout Cup and there is no stopping the team that is unbeaten for three years.
It is made up of girls from Saddleworth, Mossley and Carrbrook, most of whom have been together since the ages of six and seven.
But in those days, it was a far cry from today as joint manager Andy Thorp recalled.
“In those days, we struggled to win a game and it was hard work. Then three or four years ago it all came together and there has been no looking back,” he said.
Andy’s daughter Nicole scored 63 goals, more than half of the total scored by the team, though it has been a collective team effort.
The team is hoping to play at U17 level in the North Manchester Girls’ League next season. But if the league cannot muster enough teams, it will move to open-age football.
They are not the only team to have won silverware in another memorable season for the club.
And there was also a double for U8 Whites who won the East Manchester League as well as the cup when they beat Denton Youth in the final.
The U15s also narrowly missed out on a double. They won the Tameside League, but were runners up in the League Cup.
The U14s won the East Manchester Junior League’s Paul Hett Trophy beating Withington Rangers 3-2 in the final.
There were successes for the U8s as Blues lifted the East Manchester Junior League’s Kestrel Cup and the Whites the Heron Cup.
It was a similar story for the U9s as the Reds won the EMJFL’s Hawke Cup and the Whites the Hail Cup.
U10 Blues lifted the EMJFL’s Sports Cup after beating Glossop North End Reds in the final.
And U10 Whites were also victorious in the Junior World Cup tournament at FC Halifax Town’s Shay Stadium as well as being runners-up in the EMJFL’s Puma Cup.
The U16 boys were runners up in both the Tameside League and Challenge Cup.
And the U7s were beaten finalists in the EMJFL’s Heron Cup.
In the seniors, the second team won reserve division three in the Huddersfield League, but failed to make it a double losing in the final of the Gee Cup.