Manx football season opens with a bang

THE Isle of Man FA fixture gods have conjured up some intriguing ties on the opening day of the 2008-09 football season.

The campaign's traditional curtain raiser, the Eric Fletcher Charity Shield, will take place on Sunday, August 10 between reigning Premier League champions St George's and Railway Cup holders Peel.

Rick Holden's Sunset City side will also be involved in one of the opening league weekend's top games six days later when they take on newly promoted Michael at Douglas Road on Saturday, August 16.

Elsewhere fellow promoted side Colby take on Rushen in tasty looking southern derby tie at Glen Road.


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Geordies open their defence away at Ayre, while St Mary's tackle Laxey and Union Mills take on Gymns at Garey Mooar.

The top flight's final game of the weekend sees DHSOB play host to Ramsey at Blackberry Lane.

In CFS Division Two relegated sides St John's and Douglas Royal begin their campaigns with games against Douglas and District and Marown respectively.

Last season's third place side Pulrose will kick-off their promotion bid at Malew, while Jurby's new era as Northern District will begin at Foxdale.

The division's remaining matches see Castletown take on RYCOB, Police welcome Braddan and Ronaldsway and Onchan do battle at the Factory Fields.


Sunday, August 10

Eric Fletcher Charity Shield

Kick-off 1pm

Peel v St George's

Saturday, August 16

Kick-off 2.30pmSure Mobile Premier League

Peel v Michael

Union Mills v Gymns

DHSOB v Ramsey

Colby v Rushen

Ayre v St George's

St Mary's v Laxey

CFS Division Two

Castletown v RYCOB

St John's v Douglas and District

Marown v Douglas Royal

Police v Braddan

Pulrose v Malew

Foxdale v Northern District

Ronaldsway v Onchan

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Martin Torr is back at Andreas!!!!!!!!


Grant Dawson training at Rushen for the last Month. Spaniards Believed to have sealed the deal with a signing on bonus of Two Dairy Milk and a slack handful of Coca-Cola Chews.


Thomas Collister and other U17's stars are being linked with St.Georges u17's squad and are sure to grace the Yellow and Black of St. Georges for both Combi and at u17's level, and are sure to have a huge impact


David Kinrade will be Malew's 1st team manager for next season.


Junior Island goalkeeper Adam Henderson registers at Rushen, following a prolonged contact dispute at Douglas Royal


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