Wolverhampton Sporting Community

DSC03751Tuesday 15th September 2015
West Midlands Regional League Premier Division
Wolverhampton Sporting Community 0 AFC Bridgnorth 4 ht: 0-2 att: 45hc

from Pride Park 

Are you Derby in disguise?
Are you Derby in disguise?

Wolverhampton Sporting Community (or WSC as I like to call them, like When Saturday Comes magazine) changed venue last season, but I only realised at the start of this one. They were sharing Wednesfield’s Cottage Ground, as they were when they were called Heath Town Rangers (until 2010-11). Last season they moved to a ground at Great Wyrley; I couldn’t find any details on their new ground, but looking at their uncorroded, smart metal floodlight pylons, am guessing that it has recently undergone an upgrade and hence WSC’s move. All last season, unbeknownst to me, this club had shot to number one in my nearest unvisited grounds list; 19 places ahead of the usual stalwarts of the number one slot, Graham Street Prims. The ground isn’t even as far as Wolverhampton; Great Wyrley is a couple of miles south of Cannock, eight miles north of Wolves, lying between the legs of the M6(1 + toll). Continue reading “Wolverhampton Sporting Community”

Exmouth Town

Exmouth Town (2)Tuesday 12th September 2015

Exmouth Town 4 Tavistock 0 ht: 3-0 att: 70 hc
South West Peninsula League Division One (step five)

from King George V Ground

Exmouth Town (5)This was a rare treat precipitated by a residential course in Devon. Admittedly, it was me that found the course and the idea of a Devon ground did cross my mind a little (a lot) in my mind while looking at the syllabus. A first South West Peninsula league game beckoned, in one of their two divisions, spanning steps five and six. As I’d gone by train, choices would be limited to where I could get to after 5pm on public transport. This proved to be trickier than I imagined. Bovey Tracey was nearby, but involved an intricate series of buses and finding requisite bus stops in strange places, such as Newton Abbot. The likes of Ivybridge, Plymouth Parkway, Budleigh Slaterton and Axminster, while all playing midweek, required sleeper services on the way home, getting me back at around 7.30am the next day! I wasn’t quite ready for that extremity of hopping quite yet. Continue reading “Exmouth Town”


Teversal (14)Tuesday 1st September 2015 7.45pm

Teversal 1 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 1 ht: 0-0 att: 68

from Teversal Grange Sports Ground

TTeversal (2)eversal’s ground is a reminder of the refreshing character and quirks of non league football, compared to its league counterpart. Amusingly, two stands behind one goal were Tesco Trolley bays; not just stands that looked like them, but actually were them. Brazenly, the appellation on the stand was still clearly Tesco Trolley Park. Continue reading “Teversal”

Llay Welfare

Tuesday 25th August 6.15pm
Welsh National League Premier Division
Llay Welfare 2 Penycae 6 ht: 2-1 att: 46 (hc)

from The Ring

Free and No prog

Llay Welfare (1)This was the last week of the early kick offs in most of the county leagues and minor Welsh leagues. I had to get one in, before the nights starting drawing in, with only floodlit football an option. I forgot Wales was an option until now, having been to GPSO the previous week. However, despite only having five English grounds left at less than 50 miles, there’s a futher 14 in the Welsh National League, with Borras Park Albion the only one coming in at under 40. Llay was 42.9. Continue reading “Llay Welfare”

Greenalls Padgate St Oswalds

Wednesday 19th August 2015
Cheshire League Premier
Greenalls Padgate St Oswalds Fearnhead Tetley Walker F’tang F’tang Ole Biscuit Barrel 1 Garswood 3 ht: 0-2 att: 48 hc

£1 Entry, No Prog

from Tetley Walker Sports Club

GPSO (18)Greenalls Padgate Saint Oswalds, one of an elite group of seven syllable teams. A team name so long, even
when it is acronymed it’s as long as Bury. At 31 characters, including spaces, it must be amongst the longest in the UK. One would expect its history to be likewise stretched and ungainly, but it is almost disappointingly
straightforward. Greenalls, a brewery side, were founded in 1963, merging with neighbouring Cheshire side
Padgate St Oswalds in 2003, simple as that I’m afraid. Not quite the epic history of Dagenham and Redbridge. Continue reading “Greenalls Padgate St Oswalds”

Shepshed Dynamo

Shepshed Dynamo (29)Saturday 15th August 2015
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Shepshed Dynamo 1 Retford United 0 ht: 0-0 att: 185

from The Dovecote, Butthole Lane

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Shepshed Dynamo (18)The Shepshed faithful sing:

If you love it up the butthole clap your hands

…quite a disarming chant to hear unless you’d spotted the road sign on the way in. Shepshed Dynamo play in surely the best named road to house football in the country – Butthole Lane. Butt is an old English word for target and the name derives from Tudor times when archers practised in the area.The residents here, far from being embarrassed at a bit of a nomenclaturial misfortune, are proud of their heritage, happy to keep the name, even sing about it. Unlike the residents of Butt Hole Road in South Yorkshire, which was renamed to Archers Way.  The Shepshedians are not so pretentious – they do not want their Butthole wiping. Continue reading “Shepshed Dynamo”

Bardon Hill

Bardon Hill (19)Tuesday 11th August 2015
Midland League Premier Division

Bardon Hill 2 Coleshill Town 2 ht: 2-2 att: 84

from Bardon Hill Sports Centre

Tozer 6, Fray 45+5; Barlone 25, Johnson 29

Bardon Hill (1)2I’m fast running out of midweek grounds. There’s only five left above step six, less than 50 miles away. FC United’s Broadhurst Park became one of that number this season. Widening the net to 60 miles opens up another 21 grounds for me, 15 of which are East. Bardon Hill were one of that number, along with a glut of other East Midlands and Midland League clubs. Luckily they all lie along the A50, which given the state of the M6 these days is a good thing, and a hell of a lot quicker. (Most people from the Midlands have set their land speed records on this road). Bardon Hill won the East Midland league last season and were promoted to the Midland League Premier Division. They have only been at step six of non league since joining the East Midland League in 2007-08 from the Leicestershire Senior League. The club go all the way back to 1890 though. Despite being a small community in Coalville they have a rich history of football.

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