As they prepared for the forthcoming 1998-1999 season some of the Junior Section team’s were involved in highly competitive friendly matches. The Under 10s gave a superb display against Urmston Town and goals by Gareth Caldwell (3) Kane Bentley (2) Taylor Marshall (2) Tom Worthington and Karl Haslam gave United a 9-1 victory. Cruising to a 6-1 win over Moorside Rangers were the Under 12s who’s goals came via Stephen Robertshaw (3) Gary Haslam, Luke Lacey and Stuart Musgrave. In a physical encounter the Under 14s had Simon Lawrence, Colin McDonald and Matthew Thompson on target in their 3-2 success against Atherton Boys. The Under 16s produced some attractive football but were held to a 2-2 draw by Hindsford Juniors. Grant McElroy and Ben Vernon fired in the goals. (23/8/98)
The Under 15s squad registered with the Manchester Youth League was as follows:- Nathan Adayfio, Wesley Aston, Ryan Buckley, Carl Capaldi, Colin Carter, Keith Donoghue, Sean Heard, Marc Hinde, Darren Owen, David Pettigrew, Sam Pilling, Danny Rowcroft, John Smith, Mike Smith, David Walker, Lee White and Ryan Williams. (Team Manager – Ged Goodwin)
The Under 13s lost their opening match of the new season when they went down 4-3 at home to Parkwyddn Juniors. But Manager Mel Smith was proud of his new look team who gave a creditable and sincere performance. Goalscorers were Jamie Anderson, Charlie Axon and Darren Strand. (30/8/98)
Beechfield United’s Under 12s continued their pre-season build-up by winning a six-a-side competition organised by Eccles Amateurs FC. In the final United beat AFC Bolton 2-1 with both goals coming from Daniel Tennant. This was followed by more success when goals by Paul Batty (5) Gary Haslam (2) Luke Lacey, Steven Canning and Daniel Tennant saw Beechy power their way to an emphatic 10-0 victory after a friendly match at Wigan outfit Hawkley Juniors. (29/8/98 & 30/8/98)
The 1st team produced a first-rate display and easily won their friendly with Clarksfield FC 6-0. United who had several new players on view dominated the match throughout and scored goals via Dean Aldis (2) Pete McLoughlin (2) Stuart Wharton and Mark Willis. (29/8/98) Seven days later United kicked-off their new season in the Lancashire and Cheshire League against Aldermere. In Division 3 United won 1-0 Adrian Brocklehurst getting the only goal in the first half while newcomers Chris Ellison, Carl Said and Stephen Smith gave first-class performances. (5/9/98)
When Marcus Holness (U/10s) joined Beechfield United FC prior to this season he was just another boy hoping one day he would become a professional footballer but his dream did come true. Central defender Marcus spent part of his youth career at Oldham Athletic (2005-2007) then joined Rochdale FC on loan in October 2007. He impressed the Dale management team sufficiently to earn himself a two-and-a-half year contract when the transfer window opened the following January. Marcus signed a two-year contact extension that will keep him at Spotland until the summer of 2013.
In the Salford Junior Sunday League the Under 10s produced some great team-work and first-class finishing in their 5-0 win over De La Salle. Gareth Caldwell (4) and Darren Ryder were on target. Gary Haslam and Nathan Horan scored the goal’s for the Under 12s in their 2-2 draw with Little Moss Youth. A goal by Mike Smith was the only consolation for the Under 15s (A) team who suffered a 2-1 defeat at Burnage Rangers. (27/9/98)
In the L&C League B Division the 2nd team returned to winning ways thanks to 2-0 away victory over Newton FC. United always looked the more stylish team but they had to wait until the closing minutes before making sure of the three points. Rob Urey and substitute John Walker scored the goals. The 3rd team who were in a rich vein of form triumphed again by winning 3-1 at home against Gatley FC. On target were Darren Minshull (2) and Ross Hilton. (3/10/98)
On Friday 9th October 1998 the Under 15s played a friendly match against a German Youth Team who were visiting England. Kick-Off at Beech Farm was 5pm. The team had started the season off well with two wins. They enjoyed a 4-1 away victory over Stalybridge Celtic 4-1 away then beat Manchester Eagles 4-0 at home.
Involved in a Manchester County Cup 1st Round tie were the Under 11s. Beechy met local rivals Moorside Rangers and goals from Stuart Bennett, Ross Carhill and Stephen Walton plus two own goals secured a 5-3 win. Keeper Chris Pinder who was making his debut gave a superb performance. (4/10/98)
Also in the County Cup Under 13s keeper Joe Daniels saved a penalty at a vital stage of the match against Marauders. Goals by Jamie Anderson (2) and Keiran Davies earned United a 3-1 victory. Against Radcliffe Borough the Under 16s created some exciting football and fully deserved to win 6-1. On target were Adam Thorpe (3) Paul Nunon (2) and Darren Youd. (4/10/98)
In the early part of October 1998 the Under 15s entertained VFBO8 a German Youth team who were touring the UK. United easily ouclassed their opponents and goals from Danny Rowcroft (3) Marc Hinde (2) John Smith (2) Mike Smith (2) Colin Carter and David Walker gave United an emphatic 11-2 victory.
The club held a Sportsman’s Dinner at the Wendover Hotel, Monton. Guest Speaker was Pat Crerand (the former Manchester United & Scotland player) and items raffled on the night included a shirt that had been signed and dontated by David Beckham.
At the start of November 1998 the weather caused the postponement of all fixtures scheduled for the first weekend and only a few games were played on Sunday November 8th. Pitch conditions were poor for the Under 14s when they met Bury FC Juniors in the County Cup and despite a below-par first half display United were 2-1 winners thanks to goals by Simon Lawrence and BJ Tennant. The Under 15s (A) beat Manchester Eagles 3-2 following a physical yet entertaining encounter. The goals came via John Smith (2) and Danny Rowcroft. Leading goalscorer Gary Ramage hit both goal’s for the Under 15s (B) team in their stylish 2-1 win over Moorside Rangers.
Playing for the first time in five weeks the 1st team regained top spot in the L&C’s Division 3 after a 4-3 victory away at Romiley FC. A goal by Paul Worley put United ahead in the 5th minute but Romiley equalised thirteen minutes later and held at 2-1 lead at half time. But the second half was only three minutes old when Carl Said’s goal brought the scores level again. The heavy pitch proved to be a real fitness tester as both teams fought fiercely for possession. On 62 minutes United were awarded a penalty and David Cox made no mistake with the spot kick as he put Beechy 3-2 up but Romiley were a constant threat especially via the quick counter attack. They drew level in the 85th minute then two minutes later Paul Worley produced a superb run from the halfway line that ended with a stylish finish as he hit the match winning goal. (14/11/98)
Making his debut for the Under 14s was Fisal Kara who scored on his debut against Lytham Juniors. Darren Ryder and BJ Tennant were the other goalscorers as United won a Lancashire Youth Cup 3rd Round tie 3-1. (15/11/98)
Despite dominating their Division B match with West Didsbury the 2nd team were happy with their 2-1 victory. Pete Bevan and Rob Urey scored the goals. Also playing a West Didsbury outfit were United’s 3rd team who retained a high position in the Division E table thanks to a 2-0 win. On target were Dean Aldis and Steve Grimes. (21/11/98)
The Under 12s managed a moral boosting 1-0 victory at home against Barr Hill. Dean Dearden got the winning goal in the last minute. Goals by Wesley Aston (2) Marc Hinde, John Smith, Mike Smith and Ryan Williams guaranteed the Under 15s (A) their place in the Manchester Youth League Cup semi-final’s. United’s performance was nothing short of magnificent as they beat Burnage Rangers 6-1 at home (22/11/98)
In the Bury and Radcliffe Junior League Stephen Robertshaw (2) Steve Canning and Gary Haslam hit the goals for the Under 12s who somehow let slip a three goal lead and had to settle for a 4-4 draw with Marauders. The Under 16s won at home for the first time this season and they did it in style courtesy of a 7-0 drubbing of Unsworth FC. The goals came via Ben Vernon (2) Paul Wilson (2) Darren Youd (2) and Grant McElroy. Man of the Match was John McGuigan. (29/11/98)
Extending their unbeaten run in the Lancashire and Cheshire League to eight games were the 3rd team. A 2-0 home victory over St Margaret Mary’s made Manager Barry Minshull a happy man. In a scrappy game United didn’t produce a stylish performance but they had a bit more quality than their opponents and secured the three points thanks to a goal in each half. Ian Wilson opened the scoring and though Beechy had most of the chances on offer they lost some fluency in the second half and failed to overcome St Margaret Mary’s boring tactics. Goal number two came from Darren Minshull who’s swerving shot from 20 yards had just enough power behind it to beat the keeper who got a hand on the ball but could only help it into the net. (5/12/98)
A superb display by the Under 15s (B) team earned an emphatic 10-1 win against Horwich Town. United who made an explosive start to the match had scored three goals inside seven minutes and led 6-1 at the interval. Goalscorers were Chris Dack (3) Gary Ramage (2) Jason Linney (2) Chris Drench, Matthew Marston and Stewart Shaw (who was making his debut) (13/11/98)
There was some pre-christmas cheer for United’s 1st team as they returned to winning ways when they beat Droylsden Amateurs 3-0. The fixture was reversed after Droylsden’s pitch had been ruled unfit but United’s playing surface quickly became muddy in some area’s due to the heavy rain. Keeper Charlie Siswick was kept busy during the first half as Droylsden Amateurs looked the better team. It was a different story in the second period as United gradually took control and produced some brilliant football that led to the opening goal on 55 minutes scored by Mark Willis. Despite the poor conditions the match was highly entertaining and two goals from Stuart Wharton in the 65th & 75th minute made sure United retained top spot in Division 3. (19/12/98)
The Under 14s moved smoothly into the quarter-final’s of the Lancashire County Youth Cup courtesy of a 2-0 win against Chorley St Gregory’s. Lee McCann scored with a well executed volley but it was Matthew Thompson’s spectacular strike which produced the highlight of the game. (20/12/98)
Due to heavy rain at the beginning of 1999 all games were postponed on the 2nd & 3rd January and only two two team’s were in action on Sunday 10th January. In a top of the table clash the Under 16s drew 3-3 with North Walkden. Goals by Paul Nunon (2) and Man of the Match Darren Youd put United 3-1 ahead but North Walkden took advantage of some slack defending and scored twice inside the last eighteen minutes. In the Salford Junior Sunday League the Under 13s made the worst possible start to the new year when they were beaten 12-1 at home by Deans Sports. Bradley Rowcroft got United’s consolation goal (10/1/1999)
When the pitch’s at Beech Farm were declared unfit the Under 10′s decided to play their match with Parkwyddn at their opponents ground. The decision proved to be the right one because United secured a 2-0 win thanks to two first half goal’s by Gareth Caldwell. The Best Player Award went to Marcus Holness. In their away game at Hindsford Juniors the Under 11s recovered superbly after conceding two goal’s in the opening ten minutes. Ross Carhill (2) Scott Taylor and M-O-M Brad Loughrey were on target in a 4-2 Beechy victory. In the Manchester Youth League Darren Owen and David Walker fired in the goals for the Under 15s (A) team who beat Bakewell Juniors 2-0. Despite the atrocious conditions both team’s produced some brilliant football. (17/1/1999)
The 1st team who were playing their first match of 1999 in the Lancashire and Cheshire League needed two goals in the last five minutes to force a 2-2 draw with Irlam and Cadishead. Mark Wills and Steve Lines (penalty) were on target. (23/1/99)
Goals by Kevin Bailey and John Walker helped the 2nd team secure a 2-0 victory over Stretford Victoria. Some of the football United created during the contest was outstanding and they could easily have reached double figures but five efforts hit the post and three hit the crossbar. (23/1/99)
Extending their unbeaten run to eleven games were the 3rd team who ran out easy 4-2 winners against Flixton Town thanks to goals by Rob Worley (hat-trick) and Darren Minshull. (23/1/99)
A sparkling exhibition of superb attacking soccer by the Under 10s was rewarded with a 6-0 win over Moorside Rangers. Goalscorers were Gareth Caldwell (3) Donovan Holmes, Jordan Lange and Phil Jones while Marcus Holness was voted Man of the Match. (31/1/99)
On Sunday 14th February 1999 several Beechfield United Junior team’s produced quality performances. In the Bury and Radcliffe Junior League the Under 11s who drew 0-0 with Boothstown Lads issued a big thank you to keeper Chris Pinder for his outstanding display. Goals by Matthew Thompson, Sam Jackson plus an own goal secured the Under 14s a 3-1 home win over previously unbeaten side Pine Villa. The Under 16′s beat Somerton Rovers 3-1 away courtesy of a hat-trick by Paul Wilson. Central defender Peter Jones was voted Man of the Match. Manager Ged Goodwin praised his Under 15s (A) team following their 8-0 thrashing of Northside FC. This latest victory in the Manchester Youth League kept Beechy in second place in the table. Mike Smith (4) John Smith (3) and Danny Rowcroft got the goals. (14/2/99)
Three weeks later the Under 15′s (A) team reached the final of the Auto Centre League Cup thanks to a 3-2 win in the semi-final’s over Blackley Jets. Goals by David Walker, Danny Rowcroft and Mike Smith crowned a fine all-round team performance. United were beaten 4-1 in the final by Woodbank FC but they got revenge over their opponents by winning 2-1 in the final of the Tony Hunt Knockout-Cup.
In the Senior Section the 2nd team celebrated after their 4-1 success over title contenders Oldham Albion. A 3-1 victory in Division B of the Lancashire and Cheshire League was guaranteed with goals via Kevin Bailey (2) Pete McLoughlin and John Walker. The Man of the Match vote went to full back Martin Lewis. The unbeaten 3rd team’s wonderful season in Division E continued when they went goal crazy beating Romiley FC 7-1. This latest victory entended the winning run to fourteen games. Goalscorers were Darren Minshull (3) Andy Wilson, Ian Wilson, Paul Wilson and Geoff Worley. (7/3/1999)
In the final of Lancashire FA County Youth Cup the Under 14s were beaten 2-0 by Lostock Hall Juniors. The match played at Accrington Stanley’s ground attracted a crowd of almost 400 spectators which included scouts from several professional club’s. United who gave a below-par perfomance conceded a goal in each half. Colin McDonald and Mark Platt were the team’s best players. (22/3/99)
But the Under 14s were soon given a reason to celebrate because on Sunday 9th May 1999 they won the Allen Cup. Second half goals by Fisal Kara and Lee McCann secured a 2-0 victory over Moston Brook.
All fixtures had been played bringing the 1998/99 season on the pitch to a highly successful conclusion. In the Senior Section a unique treble was achieved with all three teams in the Lancashire and Cheshire league winning promotion. The 2nd team under the guidance of George Lockley were promoted for the second successive season. They made sure of runners up spot in Division B when Ross Hilton scored both goals in a 2-1 away win over Irlam and Cadishead then Lee Brady (2) Scott Fisher, Craig Small and Mark Willis were on target when United beat Oldham Teachers 5-0. Goalkeeper Scott Dixon gave another top-class performance. (Week Ending 16/5/99)
1999 Six-a-Side Tournament Winners – Under 8s Cadishead Sports, Under 9s Hindsford Juniors, Under 10s Raby Athletic, Under 11s Blackburn Boys, Under 12s Leigh RMI, Under 13s Unicorn Athletic, Under 14s Flixton Youth, Under 15s Poulton Youth, Under 16s Kersal Lads.
At the Bury and Radcliffe Junior League presentation evening held at the Pembroke Halls Walkden Keith Lawrence received the Under 14′s Division One Manager of the Year award and Andy Wilson received the Under 16′s Division Two Manager of the Year award. (15/6/99)
Under 16s were Division 2 Runner’s-Up and Paul Nunon was Division 2 Player of the Year.
Marcus Holness who joined Rochdale FC on loan from Oldham Athletic in October 2007 scored three goals for the Under 10s in season 1998-99.
The 1998-99 season finally came to an end following the annual Presentation Evenings held at the Lancastrian Hall and the Pendlebury Miners Club. Guest celebrities who presented trophies were Nick Culkin who was Manchester United’s reserve team goalkeeper and David White the former Manchester City player. Team of the season were the Under 14s who were beaten finalists in the Lancashire FA Youth Cup, winners of the Bill Allen Memorial Trophy, while in the Bury and Radcliffe Junior League they finished in third place in Division One. After six years loyal service manager Keith Lawrence left the club. Special mention for 2nd team player Rob Urey who career was in doubt following an horrific injury sustained late in the season.