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at Old Boltonians AFC

18th May 2024 

4* Hotel

£69 per person -  1 night

£119 per person - 2 nights

£169 per person -  3 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 location makes it ideal for those clubs looking for a Manchester Veterans Football Tournament.   

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 17th May Arrival of teams in the North West. Optional welcome meeting and occassional beer with host club in well known Bolton watering holes.

Saturday 18th May 

The West Pennine Veterans at Old Boltonians. The Trophy Presentation will follow at the 18th Century Inn, The Chetham Arms!
Sunday 19th  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 20th May Optional departure day.


The West Pennine Veterans is an 11 a side event played at Old Boltonians AFC. The tournament is open to mens teams aged 35 and above. 

A maximum of 8 teams can participate in the tournament and all teams will play a minimum of 4 games of a reduced duration. 

Two good quality grass pitches will stage the event in a picturesque setting.  

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

Immediately after the tournament teams retire to the village pub for the Trophy Presentation.

Roll of Honour

2021 West Pennine Veterans cancelled due to covid 19 restrictions
2020 West Pennine Veterans cancelled due to covid 19 restrictions

A bit more history....

A quirky fact but in 2010 a section of our 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 our UK mainland teams unable to reach the Channel Islands, at Old Boltonians AFC.    

Price includes

  • 4*Hotel, choice available¬†
  • Twin room, private bathroom, satellite TV
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Team registration and entry into West Pennine Veterans tournament¬†
  • Official referees
  • Trophies including winners, runners up, fair play, golden boot, golden glove
  • End of tournament presentation
  • Post tournament socialising¬†
  • ISL Football Tours assistance


We currently have two hotel options.

4* 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. 

4* Whites Hotel, The University of Bolton 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.

Accommodation can also be arranged in Manchester and Liverpool, prices on request.  

All travelling teams must take ISL accommodation.


For teams requiring airport and tournament transfers the following costs apply:

Manchester Airport: £30 per person, Liverpool Airport: £40 per person

Price includes transfers from your hotel to the West Pennine Veterans tournament.  


''Just wanted to say a massive thanks to you for Saturday. It was a fantastic days football, very enjoyable, and great to be a part of it''.  Steve, Deans FC

Our Opinion

A well organised event in a historic and beautiful location close to the major cities of the North West of England. A very suitable event for teams looking for a Manchester Veterans or a Liverpool Veterans Football Tournament. Enjoy the fabulous Northern hospitality, you'll be well looked after!   


For additional photos please see our West Pennine Veterans facebook page. 

Further information

Please contact ISL Football Tours for further information or to check availability.

Deposit requirements are £50 per person or £600 per team with balance of deposits within 28 days. Balance of tour is due 8 weeks prior to departure.


ISL Football Tours
32 The Coppice
Hants PO8 9PL
United Kingdom
Tel: 02392 230 023
Email Stuart

Malcolm Ward
19 Harvey Street
United Kingdom
Tel: 01204 465058
Email Malc

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