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Wakefield AFC


Saturday 22nd May 2021 14.00
The Yorkshire Trophy Group 1

Wakefield AFC 0 Brighouse Town 2 HT: 0-2 Ent: £5 Prog £2.50 Coffee £2

from The Millenium Stadium (Featherstone Rovers RUFC)

Wakefield AFC were only founded in 2019 and play in the Sheffield and Hallamshire step seven league. The previous incarnation of the Wakefield club dissolved in 2014. They were know as Emley from 1903-2002, and played West Ham United in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in 1997/98. They played at the wonderful Welfare ground, which is now home to Emley AFC, founded in 2005. In 2002 they changed their name to Wakefield & Emley FC, then Wakefield-Emley in 2004 and Wakefield FC in 2006. This latest name change came with a move across town to share with Wakefield Rugby Union FC and sever ties with Emley completely. However, it was their reserves, whose division was terminated, that became the new Emley AFC, who continued to play at the charismatic Welfare Ground.

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Littletown


Wednesday 19th May 2021 18.30
Yorkshire Amateur League Supreme Division
Littletown 2 Leeds City 2 HT: 2-1 Att: c20

from Beck Lane

Littletown is an area of Heckmondwike, which has won the most Yorkshire sounding place name 10 years running. Heckmondike sits in the middle of the square formed by the giants Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield and Huddersfield, within the big urban sprawl that is West Yorkshire. Other classic über Yorkshire places bleed into the area such as Batley, Dewsbury, Cleckheaton and Halifax.

Their ground at Beck Lane goes all the way back to the 19th century, with Heckmondwike Rugby Club using it for three seasons during the 1890s. Huddersfield Town used it as a training base from 1933 for their reserve and youth sides. It also lays claim to the longest penatly shoot out ever, in 2001. Their game against Storthes Hall was stopped at 17-17 due to bad light.

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Baslow


Wednesday 12th May 2021 18.30
Hope Valley League Premier

Baslow 4 Doveholes 3 HT: 2-2 Att: c15

from Baslow Sports Field

Wednesdays have become regular Hope Valley League days and tonight was the turn of Baslow. What a league it has turned out to be since the restriction on sporting activities. Since the pandemic began I’d seen nine games in this league and 68 goals; all at venues with varying shades of awesome undulating backdrops. Baslow’s wasn’t quite as hilly a panorama as some of late, but still boasted a lush and leafy surrounding. It’s situated a few miles north east of Bakewell heading towards Chesterfield and Sheffield.

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Denaby Main


Saturday 8th May 2021 14.30
Sheffield & Hallamshire League Cup Group Stages
Denaby Main JFC 2 Dodworth Miners Welfare 5 HT: 1-3
2,65 : 8,16,20,66

from Tickhill Square

Denaby’s ground is a jewel that might not have registered on some people’s radar, on account of its county league status. However, it has a rich history, and aside from the lack of floodlights, could be mistaken for a step 3-6 ground.

Football has been played at Tickhill Square since 1912; it was the home of former club Denaby United, est. 1895, folded 2002. At their height, United won the Northern Counties East League with help from former Sheffield Wednesday favourites Imre Varadi and Mel Sterland. Previously, in 1927, they reached the 1st round of the FA Cup and had a crowd of 5,200 agasint Southport. They reached the FA Cup 1st round again in 1932 where they lost 1-0 to Carlisle at Brunton Park. Alas, in 2001, the local miners welfare trust told them that it was their last season playing at Tickhill Square, and the club folded.

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Stretfield Sports


Monday 3rd May 2021 18.30
Hope Valley League Division A

Stretfield Sports 12 (TWELVE) Pilsley Community 0 HT: 5-0 Att: c15
2,5,18,25,30,50,58,75,80,82,85,90 + 2 missed pens

from Bradwell Sports Club & Pavillion

This game was a triumph of hope over adversity. I headed out into the peak in torrential wind and rain, more than expecting the game to be called off, and rather than relenting, the rain seemed to increase, the further I delved into the National Park. I’d overheard at another Hope Valley Ground that, amusingly, the team used to be called Bradwell Sports, playing at the Stretfield Sports Club and that now they were Strefield Sports playing at the Bradwell Sports Club. Due to a lack of info on the internet I can’t confirm or deny this tidbit.

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Broadheath Central


Saturday 1st May 2021 14.30
Cheshire League Premier
Broadheath Central 2 Altrincham Reserves 0 HT: 2-0 Att: 35hc
4 (pen),20

from Salisbury Fields

With the choices of game still confined to step seven of non-league and below and even then only on public venues (unless you get lucky and find a club willing to turn a blind eye), the choice of fixtures was not great and, within a sensible distance, it was a choice of either a Step Seven club with perimeter bar or another step nine Hope Valley League club with open pitch, but probably nice views. I went for the former but, in hindsight, would probably have been better off with the latter, as the second half in this game was dire beyond belief.

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CMB Sports Club


Wednesday 28th April 2021 18.30
Bolton Hospital Cup Quarter Final
Chew Moor Brook Sports Club 2 Old Boltonians 1 HT: 2-0 Att: 103 hc
25,35 : 50

from CMB Sports Ground

Dave and I would normally be heading out to the Peak District on a Wednesday for a Hope Valley League match, their preferred midweek matchday, as we had done several times since lockdown. However, with the weather not so good, Dave found us an interesting alternative; the Peak can be unforgiving in bad weather (as I was to find out the following week!). He’d found CMB FC playing a Bolton Hospital Cup quarter final against Old Boltonians. It sounded like a fixture from Victorian times and its rarity certainly piqued my interest. I hadn’t heard of either side. CMB, whose full name I was to discover, is Chew Moor Brook Sports Club, named after the Chew Moor area of Bolton, play in the West Lancashire League Premier division. Old Boltonians play in the Lancashire Amateur League Premier division.

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AFC Alsager


Saturday 24th April 2021 14.30
Staffordshire County Senior League Premier
AFC Alsager 2 Walsall Phoenix 0 HT: 0-0 Att: 35
60,70
from The Alsager Sports Hub

This game was a late call and as suchI couldn’t go too far, but it’s still a new ground for me. The venue, which is part of the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) campus has undergone significant redevelopment recently, and was officially unvelied as the Alsager Sport Hub in October 2019. The site boasts a massive leisure centre, eight changing rooms, five grass football pitches plus a hockey pitch and 3g football pitch. Where AFC Alsager play is a fully railed pitch within the complex.

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Bamford


Wednesday 21st April 18.30
Hope Valley League Premier
Bamford 0 Doveholes 1 HT: 0-0 Att: 40 hc
90
from Bamford Recreation Ground

This was another Hope Valley League venue; I was whipping through them now, this being the fourth in 10 days – only three to go to complete the top flight. Bamford is very much the epicentre of this league, lying just a few miles west of Hope itself and just up from the post town of Hope Valley. The head of the Hope Valley lies just below Mam Tor in Castleton, flows down to Hope and on as the river Noe towards Bamford where it meets the Derwent. Although technically now the Derwent Valley, the Hope Valley continues to be used to describe its later course through Hathersage and Grindleford.

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Ashover


Saturday 17th April 2021 13.00
Hope Valley League Premier
Ashover 2 Chapel Town 4 HT: 1-1 Att: 15 hc

from Calver Crossroads

This was a hat-trick of Peak District grounds for me in the space of a week. Once again a Hope Valley League Premier game, with the home team playing at Calver Crossroads, not their usual ground. I don’t know the reason, but this match was being played on Calver FC’s home soil, a team from Division A – the second tier. Ashover lies south west of Chesterfield and their usual Ashover Playing Fields is 14 miles away.

On the subject of the divisions there are three in the Hope Valley League – Premier, A and B, with 11, 9 and 8 teams respectively.

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