Bilborough United

Bilborough United (18)Saturday 30th April 12.45pm 2016
Notts Senior League Division One
Bilborough United 1 Ashland Rovers 0 ht: 1-0 att: 239 ent: £3 prog £1 Coffee £1
England 6

from Basil Russell Park

Bilborough United (3)The was the second game of the day and the third of the Notts Senior League hop. This was a division lower than the 10.05 game, but both sides looked a little better. In fact, the first ten minutes laid down a deposit, promising a good game. The game lost its deposit shortly after. It was a lively start with the Ashland wingers looking fast and dangerous. However, after six minutes, Robert England, for Bilborough, was through on goal and his shot was only parried by the Ashland keeper, into the net. Not so much a Nightmare on Elm Street as a Nightmare on Maple Drive. Continue reading “Bilborough United”


Beeston (18)
Saturday 30th April 2016 10.05am
Notts Senior League Premier Division

Beeston 0 Underwood Villa 0 ht: 0-0 att: 291 Ent: £2 Prog £1 Coffee £1

from the Hetley Pearson Recreation Ground

I’d never been to a Notts Senior League game before. This was the annual Notts hop, which Rob Hornby has been organising for a few years now. This was to be the last of the Notts hops. Rob ran the Central Midlands League hops before this. I’d been on one of his CML hops before – they are seemlessly organised and great for the local clubs and the groundhoppers alike. They are very popular among hoppers, but personally, I prefer to watch non-league at a higher level, step six and above, both on account of seeing furnished grounds and better football. However, the lure of four new grounds in one day was too much. Continue reading “Beeston”

Garden Village Youth

Garden Village Youth (2) aTuesday 26th April 2016 6.30pm
Welsh National League Division One (Welsh step four)
Garden Village Youth 1 Johnstown Youth 2 ht: 1-1 att: 16 hc Ent: FREE prog: NO

from Rhostyllen

It had been a while since a midweek Welsh game, so I really fancied one. When I think of Welsh midweeks, I think back to a pretty much perfect sunny April evening, when I saw Denbigh Town v Caernarfon Town in a Welsh Alliance title decider. I don’t think that evening could ever be beaten in terms of game, ground, backdrop and beer, but I do try to capture the same atmosphere now and again. What I forget is how bad the football is at this level; especially at step four. Bad Welsh football  (and County League football) seems to have the same effect on me as the Doctor Who creatures The Silencewho go out of your mind unless you are actually facing them. Continue reading “Garden Village Youth”

Graham Street Prims

DSC05839Tuesday 19th April 2016 7.45pm
East Midlands League

Graham Street Prims 4 Kimberley Miners Welfare 2 ht: 2-2 att: 27

Dallison 6, Tyson J 8, Rushby J (pen) 55, Fitzhugh 65: A Player 30, 42

from The Asterdale Sports Ground aka Baytree Cars Arena

DSC05778Is it time to start questioning your sanity when you’re watching a football match between Graham and Kimberley? Rather than a strange mixed-sex head to head, the Graham and Kimberley refer to a street in Derby and a town in Nottinghamshire, respectively. Not the butchest sounding name for a former coal-mining town.

The Prims have been a long time coming for me. They’ve sat top of my closest to-do grounds list for seasons, stubbornly clinging on like a tag-nut, as grounds of a similar distance and further are wiped off around it. I’d done their twin, Borrowash Victoria, four and a half years’ ago, so I’d parked on their shared car park; but only now was I revisiting and turning left to the Asterdale Sports Centre, rather than straight on to Borrowash’s Atkinson Construction Bowl.

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Ellistown & Ibstock United

DSC05774Saturday 16th April 2016 3.00pm
East Midland League Premier
Ellistown & Ibstock United 1 South Normanton Athletic 6 ht: 0-1 att: 45 Ent: 4 Prog: £1
Aikman 90, Strzyzewski 38, Anderson 51, Fell 54, 82, Crosby 68

from The Terrace Road Ground, Ellistown.

DSC05686This was my sixth EML ground this season, taking me beyond halfway in the league, to 10/19 grounds. So far there have been some great games and some quirky grounds. I’d seen 23 goals in the previous five games this season in the league, helped by the 4-5 I saw at Arnold Town a few weeks back.

Ellistown and Ibstock United (or EIBS as they call themselves) did not disappoint either on the ground or the game front. The two teams Ellistown FC and Ibstock United only merged in 2013, although the respective parts did not have long histories before that; Ellistown were formed in 1993 as United Collieries. Ibstock United were founded in 2005, in turn a merger of Ibstock Welfare, 1986 and Ibstock Youth, 1979. Continue reading “Ellistown & Ibstock United”

Arnold Town

DSC05361Wednesday 2nd March 2016 7.45pm
East Midland Regional League
Arnold Town 4 Holwell Sports 5 ht: 1-2 att: 24 Ent: £5 No Prog

Edward 9, Payne 75            : Joachim 12, 59, Stevenson 38
Wood 89, Branston 90      : Wells 67, 80

from Eagle Valley

Most games this evening had fallen foul of the weather. I was mystified, as I have been throughout the constant rain shower pelting England since late October. Since Saturday (and including Saturday) there had been sunshine; rainy spells yes, but mixed with dry pleasant spells. For some reason, these few days of relatively clement weather had decimated most of the non league fixtures tonight; in previous weeks, in darkest winter, Monday to Friday 24/7 deluges had barely affected the Saturday programme.

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Tuesday 2nd February 2016 7.45pm
North West Counties League Premier
Bootle 2 Atherton Collieries 5 ht: 1-0 att: 86 Ent: £5 Prog: £1 Coffee £1
Ellis 3, Hamilton 88 : Cover 55, Ayres 59 (pen), Truffas 66, Holt 78, Sherlock 87

from the Delta Taxis Stadium

ghIt was Groundhog day – the annual celebration of this blog. In Pennsylvania, the groundhog known as Punxsutawney Phil, was teased out of his lair by blokes with beards and top hats, to read selected writings of my substantial oeuvre. To top things off, the evening’s football was to be my landmark 400th ground. Originally planned for Nelson, we swerved off the M6 to the hastily arranged fixture of Bootle v Atherton Collieries. Google maps had the ETA for Nelson at past kick off, so we took advantage of a game arranged not 24 hours previously, after the Collieries’ original game at AFC Blackpool was postponed due to floodlight failure on the Monday.
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