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at Old Boltonians AFC

Saturday 19th May 2018

4* Hotel price - £99 per person - 2 nights

Team entry fee - £85

We invite teams aged 35+ to the splendid setting of Old Boltonians AFC on the West Pennine Hills for this new event in the North of England, close to Manchester.     


The picturesque ground of Old Boltonians AFC is located in attractive Chapeltown, a moorland village of 18th century stone cottages nestled into the south facing slopes of the West Pennine Hills.

The club is situated 5 miles north of Bolton, 16 miles from Manchester and around 40 miles from Liverpool, Leeds and Blackpool.   

The pitches at the ground are claimed to be the oldest in the world with matches first played there in the 1830's.

Old Boltonians AFC, who are members of the Lancashire Amateur League, were formed in 1920 and have used the current pitches since 1952. 

Outline Itinerary

Friday 18th May Arrival of teams in the North West. Optional welcome meeting and occassional beer with host club in well known Bolton watering holes.
Saturday 19th May The West Pennine Veterans at Old Boltonians. The Trophy Presentation will follow at the 18th Century Inn, The Chetham Arms, opposite the ground. Afterwards the 137th FA Cup Final!
Sunday 20th May Free day in the North West, visit the great cities of Manchester or Liverpool, or a day by the coast and the nightlife of Blackpool.
Monday 21st May Optional departure day.


The West Pennine Veterans is an 11 a side event. Two good quality grass pitches will stage the event.

A maximum of 8 teams can participate in the tournament. All teams will play a minimum of 4 games. 

Facilities at the ground include clubhouse, snack bar, changing rooms, first aid, BBQ and temporary bar.

2018 Participants

1 OLD BOLTONIANS Bolton England
2 FALLA ALEMANIA Valencia Spain
4 STEPPING HILL (prov) Stockport England

A bit more history....

A quirky fact but in 2010 a section of the 14th Jersey Veterans tournament was staged at Old Boltonians AFC. 

The Icelandic Volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, had erupted and it's subsequent ash cloud closed European air space the day teams were due to fly to Jersey. The tournament still went ahead in Jersey but featured only teams from the Channel Islands, including a Guernsey side who arrived by hastily arranged private yacht.

A few weeks later we organised a Jersey Veterans tournament for UK mainland teams unable to reach the Channel Islands, at Old Boltonians AFC.    


We currently have two hotel options.

Holiday Inn, Bolton Centre

A 4 star hotel located 5 miles from Old Boltonians AFC and 12 miles from Manchester. 

Town Centre location, close to shops, bars and nightlife, opposite Casino and next door to The Vaults, Bolton's new dining and drinking destination. 

Hotel features include 16th century Cloisters restaurant. Fitness centre. 

Whites Hotel, Macron Stadium

This 4* hotel is located within Bolton Wanderers FC's ground and is situated 9 miles from Old Boltonians AFC, and 16 miles from Manchester.

Two top class restaurants, including Paul Heathcote's Reflections. The Pure Bar and Brasserie showing live sport, award winning fitness centre, 15 metre swimming pool, steam room, sauna, gym.

All travelling teams must take ISL accommodation.

Further Information

Please contact ISL Football Tours for any further information or to check availability. Deposit requirements are £40 per person or £500 per team with balance of deposits within 28 days. Balance of tour is due 8 weeks prior to departure.


Unit 42,
Brambles Enterprise Centre,
Waterberry Drive, Waterlooville
Hants PO7 7TH
Tel: 02392 230 023
Email Stuart

Malcolm Ward
19 Harvey Street
Tel: 01204 465058
Email Malc

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