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League fixtures for 2019 - Colwyn Bay make 260 mile round trip on opening day
Friday 14th December 2018

The league fixtures for 2019 have been issued but one can't help but ask if this is the 'joke version' before the 'true version' is published.

Once again the list is riddled with double, and even triple, home and aways. You'd have thought the person responsible would have learnt how to do them properly by now.

As has been stated repeatedly on this website, NO club should have triple home or away fixtures and each club should have one double home and one double away. Leigh, Wigan and Maghull have spells in the first half of the season where they are away five times in seven matches.

See the below table for the distribution of homes and aways.

The season begins on Saturday April 20th, which is also Easter Saturday, and ends on Sunday September 22nd.

The ECB Premier League has Colwyn Bay plunged immediately into a 260 mile round trip to Lytham with the Fylde side making the return trip on July 20th during the peak holiday period. A brilliant piece of organisation.

Reigning champions Northern entertain Rainhill whilst newly promoted Southport and Birkdale visit Formby and Orrell Red Triangle entertain Ormskirk.

Colwyn Bay make the long journey to Leigh on the last day of the season.

Northop Hall are back into the First Division and travel to newly promoted Old Xaverians who will be sampling life in the division for the first time.

As with Colwyn Bay, Northop Hall and Prestatyn also make long journeys on the last day of the season, travelling to Fleetwood Hesketh and Highfield respectively.

In the Second Division, Liverpool, relegated after a season in the First Division, travel to newcomers Norley Hall on the opening day.

In the 2nd XIs, Orrell Red Triangle go to Colwyn Bay on the opening day with the ridiculous instance of Lytham travelling to the Bay on the last day, another 260 mile round trip. Also on the last day, Alder go to Northop Hall and Leigh to Prestatyn.

One can't help but notice how 'favoured' clubs are at home at the end of the season whilst other have to travel ridiculous distances.

The fixtures are:-

doc  1st XI ECB Premier League   1st XI ECB Premier League

doc  1st XI First Division

  1st XI First Division

doc  1st XI Second Division

  1st XI Second Division
. .

doc  2nd XI Premier Division

  2nd XI Premier Division

doc  2nd XI First Division

  2nd XI First Division

doc  2nd XI Second Division

  2nd XI Second Division
. .

doc  3rd XI Saturday Premier Division

  3rd XI Saturday Premier Division

doc  3rd XI Saturday First Division

  3rd XI Saturday First Division

doc  3rd XI Sunday Premier Division

  3rd XI Sunday Premier Division

doc  3rd XI Sunday North East Division

  3rd XI Sunday North East Division

doc  3rd XI Sunday South West Division

  3rd XI Sunday South West Division

The distribution of homes and aways

ECB PREMIER LEAGUE

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
 Bootle A H A H H A A H H A H A H A H H A A H A H A
 Colwyn Bay A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A A H H A H A
 Formby H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H H A A H A H
 Leigh H H A A A H H A A H A H A A H A H H A H A H
 Lytham H A H A A A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H
 New Brighton H A H A H A A H H A H H A H A H A A H A H A
 Northern H A H A A H H A A H A H A H A A H H A H A H
 Ormskirk A H A H H H A A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A
 Orrell Red Triangle H A H A H A A H H H A H A H A H A A H A A H
 Rainhill A A H H H A A H H A H A H H A H A A H A H A
 Southport and Birkdale A H A H A H H A A A H A H A H A H H A H H A
 Wallasey A H A H A H H A A H A A H A H A H H A H A H


FIRST DIVISION

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
 Ainsdale A H A H H H A A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A
 Birkenhead Park A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A A H H A H A
 Fleetwood Hesketh H A H A H A A H H H A H A H A H A A H A A H
 Highfield A H A H A H H A A H A A H A H A H H A H A H
 Newton le Willows H A H A H A A H H A H H A H A H A A H A H A
 Northop Hall A A H H H A A H H A H A H H A H A A H A H A
 Old Xaverians H A H A A H H A A H A H A H A A H H A H A H
 Prestatyn A H A H A H H A A A H A H A H A H H A H H A
 Rainford H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H H A A H A H
 Sefton Park A H A H H A A H H A H A H A H H A A H A H A
 Wavertree H A H A A A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H
 Wigan H H A A A H H A A H A H A A H A H H A H A H


SECOND DIVISION

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
 Alder H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H H A A H A H
 Burscough H A H A A A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H
 Caldy A H A H H H A A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A
 Hightown St Mary's H A H A H A A H H A H H A H A H A A H A H A
 Liverpool A A H H H A A H H A H A H H A H A A H A H A
 Maghull H H A A A H H A A H A H A A H A H H A H A H
 Norley Hall H A H A A H H A A H A H A H A A H H A H A H
 Parkfield Liscard A H A H H A A H H A H A H A H H A A H A H A
 St Helens Town A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A A H H A H A
 Southport Trinity A H A H A H H A A H A A H A H A H H A H A H
 Spring View H A H A H A A H H H A H A H A H A A H A A H
 Sutton A H A H A H H A A A H A H A H A H H A H H A