LIVE BLOG: The latest in North West sport today

All the latest from sport in the North West amid the coronavirus outbreak

Live sport updates from across the North West – Monday March 16

15:27 – Signing off

Well, that’s it for our live blog today.

From us here at UCLan Live, take care and we hope you’ll join us again.

15:25 – Bamber boss’ full thoughts

I’ve been busy in the last hour – and here’s why…

Read what Bamber Bridge manager Jamie Milligan had to say on how COVID-19 could affect his team and non-league on the whole when I spoke to him earlier.

14:25 – Ultimate Quaran-Team

Okay, so we haven’t mentioned this yet…

League Two’s Leyton Orient took coronavirus matters into their own hands quite literally last night.

After they organised a FIFA20 tournament, it only took our Lancashire rivals a few hours to have a bit of banter.

14:21 – Sunday league suspended

Calling Lancashire’s Sunday stars. The League has been suspended until April 3, according to the below statement.

14:10 – Cumberland Cup casualty

The first semi-final of Cumbria’s Cumberland Cup has been postponed.

West Cumbrians Cleator Moor Celtic were set to host Penrith AFC tomorrow.

No news yet regarding next week’s other semi-final – the Workington derby.

14:05 – Eyes down!

Yet another sporting event has fell victim to COVID-19; Northwich Victoria’s Bingo Evening on Friday!

13:44 – More from Lancaster

Continuing with the Northern Premier League outfit, Dolly Blues manager Mark Fell has given us his thoughts ahead of play-off-chasing Lancaster’s *potential* end to the season this spring.

He spoke to Giant Axe media assistant and UCLan Live’s Adam Smith.

13:14 – Lancaster City update

13:08 – Ridings ready to roll at Ultimate Boxxer

Middleweight boxer Ben Ridings, from Bury, is is looking to be successful in a one-night tournament in Manchester next month.

Set to be broadcast live on BT Sport, 22-year-old Ridings spoke to UCLan Live’s Liam Gilsenan here.

12:59 – Fear on the finance side

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus has been speaking to BBC Radio 4 this morning and hammered home the financial fears rugby league clubs have.

“There’s huge financial implications, the very existence of our sport is on the line,” he said.

“We’re different to soccer, probably different to rugby union, we’re at the beginning of our season, this is open-ended both in time and terms of quantum, no-one knows the full extent of it.”

12:56 – Ridsale repsonse

Preston North End ‘advisor to the owner’ Peter Ridsale has had his say following speculation on the football season’s outcome.

12:54 – Hats off, Barrow!

Barrow are back on our blog with more feel-good news. This time, it’s the chance to win a bit of club merchandise.

Who doesn’t need a bobble hat at this time of year?

12:49 – Grand National in doubt?

A British Horseracing Authority (BHA) statement said that a decision on the staging of the Grand National on 4 April would be announced “as soon as possible”.

The comment follows the sport going behind closed doors for the remainder of the month.

12:34 – Bamber Bridge boss bamboozled

We’ve just spoken to Bamber Bridge manager Jamie Milligan (right), who has described this period as a ‘nightmare.’

The former Everton, Blackpool and Fleetwood Town man also said: “At the minute, we don’t know what’s happening. We don’t even know if we’re training tomorrow night.”

Their match on Saturday against Gainsborough Trinity was postponed but the club still managed to have some entertainment on Saturday.

12:27 – Blink and you might not miss Bury

Revival group We Are Bury are holding an exhibition at the town’s Art Museum for a WHOLE YEAR from July 27.

More details are expected soon.

12:21 – Cumbrian Community

On Friday evening, Barrow’s match at home to Wrexham was postponed due to the Welsh outfit having a player with symptoms of coronavirus.
Fans who had already purchased tickets were offered refunds but one supporter decided to make this gesture to Ian Evatt’s title-chasing side.

12.12 – Rolling back the years

Many football clubs are struggling to find ways to keep up the news of their fans. But one club in the North West has had a novel idea…

11:17 – Some normal service

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes has been awarded Premier League Player of the Month for February.

In the Portuguese midfielder’s first month, United won two league matches and drew the other and Fernandes scored two goals and grabbed two assists.

11:02 – EFL statement

They say it would be ‘inappropriate to respond to the many hypothetical solutions being suggested whilst the many unknowns remain.’

EFL chair Rick Parry: “These are indeed challenging times for the League, its clubs and the game as a whole. However, now is the time for cool heads and calm reflection, rather than speculation as we look to steer our competitions and clubs through this period of uncertainty.”

10:59 – Amatuer league suspended

The Chester & Wirral Football League have suspended all fixtures.

Games in the Open Age, Flexi and Veterans divisions took place at the weekend but will no longer go ahead until further notice.

10:56 – COVID-19 hits Chorley

Chorley’s match against Bromley fell victim of the coroavirus on Saturday. This was due to a member of the Magpies’ playing squad showing symptons.

10:43 – Super League’s first domino?

2020’s latest edition to the Super League, Toronto Wolfpack, have released a statement saying they are standing down all playing staff due four players experiencing mild symptoms.

With an official course of action expected to be announced soon, this could well affect our North West teams’ fate.

10:38 – Trafford incident

Trafford were one of the teams on our patch to not have a match this weekend – but not due to the coronavirus outbreak.

An incident took place on Friday afternoon which caused their meeting with Pontefract Collieries to be postponed.

With professional football postponed across the country, non-league got its time in the limelight.

Crowds were largely up compared to an average and some of our North West sides were likely able able to welcome new supporters.

10:22 – Announcements pending

Throughout the sporting world, we’re expecting plenty of announcements from league and governing body meetings today; including Super League and the Northern Premier League.

10:20 – Hello

Welcome to UCLan Live’s sport blog on what is a very different Monday than usual. I’m Nathan Ridley and along with the digital news team, will be bringing you regular updates from across the North West regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.