Carl's amazing milestone

5 Dec 2018 10:39

CHARNOCK Richard's prolific striker Carl Grimshaw has netted his 400th goal for the club.

Sadly, the goal didn't deliver any points for the Hallmark Security League side - it came in an away defeat at Whitchurch Alport.

But it is the latest milestone in an amazing run of goal scoring form that has established Grimshaw as one of the most potent strikers at this level of football anywhere in the country.

He was recruited at the start of the 2009-10 campaign from West Lancashire League side Eagley where he had been a regular goal scorer for several seasons.

Chorley-born Grimshaw scored on his Charnock Richard debut at Mossie Park in the Goldline Trophy on the July 21, 2009 against Manchester League side Hindsford.

And the goals have continued ever since, with his 400 coming from 352 competitive games.

Along the way he collected four West Lancashire League Premier Division championship winners' medals with the Mossie Park side as well as two runners up medals.

He also won three Richardson Cup winners' medals, a North West Counties League Division 1 runners up medal, two Lancashire FA Amateur Shield winners medals and a finalist medal, and an Association of Northern Counties Senior Cup winners medal.

He won the Golden Boot award in Charnock Richard's last season in the West Lancashire League, scoring 42 times, and followed this up with the North West Counties League Division 1 award in 2016-17 with 45 goals.

The season after, he went one better, winning the Premier Division's leading marksman award with 51 goals; a remarkable 96 goals in his first two season in the competition.

Club Secretary Dave Rowland told the Hallmark Security League official website: "Loyalty in football is a dying virtue these days and especially for a striker of Carl's undoubted quality and ability.

"The way that he has represented Charnock Richard on and off the field of play is a testament to his integrity.

The phrase 'club legend' is often banded about these days by the media, but in his case, the saying is resoundingly apt.

He was often the target of clubs higher up the pecking order in the National League System but always remained a true 'Villager'.

When the book is eventually written about the history of Charnock Richard Football Club, Carl's achievements will stand out like a beacon."

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