Cup draw kicks off charity mission!

By David Watters

The Northern Premier League’s second season proudly supporting The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation kicked off on Friday with the draw for the first round of the 2018-19 Integro League Challenge Cup campaign.

The EVO-STIK League’s showpiece cup competition will see all 62 clubs who went into the hat supporting the charity with adverts and promotional flyers around their grounds and in the matchday programmes of all ties until next April's final.

Founded by the family and friends of the late Shaw Lane defender to raise funds in his name to stop others dying of undetected heart conditions following his tragic death in 2016 after collapsing on the pitch during an Integro League Challenge Cup clash at Brighouse Town, the fundraising foundation has already raised more than £50,000 with the help of the supporters across Non-League and the EVO-STIK League’s generous fans and clubs.

Like 2018 Integro League Challenge Cup winners Atherton Collieries, pictured, and losing finalists Coalville Town, this season's winners and runners-up will once again collect £2000 and £1000 in prize money respectively. Losing quarter-finalists will collect £250 while the losing semi-finalists will bank £500 each as sponsors Integro continue their long-running support for the cup competition.

Extra-time will not played over the course of the 2018-19 competition if the scores are level in any ties after 90 minutes with the results decided on penalties.

Integro League Challenge Cup 2018-19 First Round Draw

Monday 17th September
Atherton Collieries v Droylsden
Brighouse Town v Ossett United

Tuesday 18th September
Bamber Bridge v Mossley
Buxton v Colwyn Bay
Colne v Kendal Town
Farsley Celtic v Pontefract Collieries
Frickley Athletic v Cleethorpes Town
Grantham v Glossop NE
Gresley FC v Gainsborough Trinity
Hyde United v Stalybridge Celtic
Lancaster City v Radcliffe
Leek v Newcastle Town
Loughborough Dynamo v Basford United
Marine v BYE
Markse United v North Ferriby United
Matlock Town v BYE
Nantwich Town v Chasetown
Pickering Town v Whitby Town
Ramsbottom United v Clitheroe
Runcorn Linnets v Warrington Town
Scarborough Athletic v Tadcaster Albion
Sheffield FC v Stocksbridge PS
South Shields v Morpeth Town
Spalding United v Belper Town
Stafford Rangers v Market Drayton Town
Stamford v Mickleover Sports
Wisbech v AFC Mansfield
Witton Albion v Widnes
Workington v Prescot Cables

Mission: The latest poster advertising the foundation's aims

Mission: The latest poster advertising the foundation's aims

Wednesday 19th September
Kidsgrove Athletic v Hednesford Town
Lincoln United v Carlton Town
Skelmersdale United v Trafford

* The tragic death of Daniel Wilkinson at the age of 24 on the 12th September 2016 was marked by emotional scenes around the EVO-STIK League and beyond before his family and friends set out to start raising £50,000 in his memory to stop other young players dying.

A former Hull City youth team star, who also turned out for North Ferriby United, Scarborough Athletic, Harrogate Town, Goole Town and Rushall Olympic, Dan passed after collapsing on the pitch just under an hour into his side's first round cup clash and despite the best efforts of medics from both clubs and the emergency services to treat him using Town's own stadium defibrillator and administering CPR.

The defender was later found to have the same disease that caused former Bolton star Fabrice Muamba to retire from football in 2012 after collapsing during an FA Cup tie at Spurs - Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). That incident prompted the Football Association to team up with the British Heart Foundation to subsidise the cost of defibrillators for more than 900 clubs at Steps 1 to 5 following lobbying from a number of competitions including the Northern Premier League.

League loss: The late Dan Wilkinson

League loss: The late Dan Wilkinson

The FA announced in August 2017 that the initiative is being relaunched following its previous success with more than half the clubs in the EVO-STIK League alone taking advantage of the subsidy to purchase the life-saving equipment.

Find out more about The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation via the charity's social media channels and website: Twitter - @dannywilks5, Facebook - thedanielwilkinsonfoundation, Instagram - dwfoundation5 and website - and via email at: contact@ To donate, visit:

Images courtesy of Onionbag Photography, Shaw Lane & Brighouse Town

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