League Sponsor - Vanarama
League Sponsor - Motorama
League - National League
Sat 04
1st Team
AFC Fylde

Match preview

By Luke Turner
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Solihull Moors welcome AFC Fylde to the Automated Technology Group Stadium on Saturday in the Vanarama National League play-off semi-final - kick off 12:30pm.

Here’s your full match preview as the two sides battle it out for a place in the Promotion Final at Wembley...


Tim Flowers' side ended the regular National League season with a seven-game unbeaten run with was enough to secure second spot.

The Coasters finished comfortably inside the play-off places in fifth spot on 81 points. They defeated Harrogate Town 3-1 in their play-off eliminator on Wednesday evening.

In the Opposite Dugout

Dave Challinor is an ex-professional defender who played 140 games for Tranmere Rovers and after two season at Stockport County chalked up another 156 games for Bury. Whilst at Tranmere, he played in the 2000 Football League Cup Final.

Before joining Saturday’s visitors as Manager in November 2011, he had taken the hot seat at Colwyn Bay (the last team for which he played) and guided them to promotion to the Conference North.

He has presided over AFC Fylde’s promotions from the NPL First Division North, the Northern Premier League and two seasons ago, the National League North.

Man to Watch

Obviously there is National League's golden boot winner, Danny Rowe!

Also keep an eye on Daniel Philliskirk who can play up front or in midfield. He joined the Coasters during the summer from Blackpool. He began his career as a junior with his local team Oldham Athletic before moving to Chelsea. Having failed to break into the Chelsea side he spent time on loan at Oxford United before signing for Sheffield United and then onto Coventry City and The Seasiders.

Daniel is the son of former Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers forward Tony Philliskirk who was the Head of Youth development at Oldham Athletic for many years.

A Quote from Tim Flowers

"We've got to try and cause them problems - that's what we'll be trying to set up to do.

"We've got to make sure that we're right bang on our game, we're fit, we're all healthy and we're ready to go.

"You can't look past the game on Saturday. We've got to put in our best performance of the season, it's as simple as that. If we don't bring our 'A game', we're getting beat."

Did You Know?

Dave Challinor previously held the world record for the longest throw in football. This was 152 feet (46.34 meters) in a special challenge set-up at Prenton Park in 1998.

A.F.C. Fylde were originally known as Kirkham & Wesham following a merger of Kirkham Town and Wesham in 1988. Before moving to their wonderful new stadium, Mill Farm, two seasons ago they played home games at Kellamergh Park in the village of Warton.


Tickets are now SOLD OUT. The game is a pre-purchased ALL TICKET fixture and there will be no tickets available on the day.

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The Automated Technology Group Stadium

Damson Parkway
West Midlands
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Match details

Match date

Sat 04, May 2019