The World Champions


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On the way back from Tow Law Town I decided to pause my trip home and stop to visit something than hadn’t been in situ when I paid West Auckland Town FC many moons ago.

West Auckland play in the Northern League Division One and in recent times have made a couple of appearances in the FA Vase final here and here, but they have a far more illustrious past than that. Continue reading

Hill Farmer’s Blues


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Saturday 15th September 2014 k0 15.00

Northern League Division Two

TOW LAW TOWN 1 (Lee 85)

THORNABY 1 (Clarke 27)

Att 40

Entry £5

Programme £1

Badge £3.50

Such is the reputation of Tow Law’s Ironworks Road Ground I had no difficulty in filling a car to pay it a visit. In fact, the only issue I had was my presence each Saturday in the Masons Arms pub quiz. So to the rest of team “Hoof Hearted,” you have my apologies, but have a look at what follows and I sure you’ll understand my tardiness! Continue reading

The Frogmill


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Tuesday 9th August 2014 ko 18.15

Cheltenham League Division Two

ANDOVERSFORD 5 (R Cleal 41 57 Frewin 61 77 84)


Att 16

Entry FREE

Programme NO

I suspect if you live to the east of Cheltenham, as I do, Andoversford is where you turn off of the A40 to head down to the Air Balloon Pub, then on towards Gloucester and the M5. Apart from passing the Marco Pierre White-owned Frogmill Inn, you do tend to by-pass the pretty village, which really is quintessentially Cotswolds in character. Continue reading



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Saturday 6th September 2014 ko 15.00

Essex & Suffolk Border League Cup First Round


HATFIELD PEVEREL 2 (Muresan 66og Hale 90)

Att 84

Entry FREE

Programme NO

We got to Harwich early, around 11am, and normally you’d expect a port town to have little or nothing to do to pass the time away. But Harwich is no ordinary port town, and the Royal Oak is no ordinary football ground. Continue reading

Scratching at it


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Wednesday 3rd September ko 18.00

Hampshire Premier League Senior Division

COLDEN COMMON 3 (Chester 17 Reed 45 90)

HEDGE END RANGERS 2 (Cross 39 Turner 42p)

Att 60

Entry FREE

Programme £1

The great beauty of writing about an endless supply of football grounds is that the process of putting together these articles makes you think a little deeper than, “I like this place,” and let’s face it there are no lack of football bloggers out there whose description of what they’ve experienced is often little more than, “Decent” or “Nice,” God I hate those two words. Continue reading

People in Glasshouses


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Tuesday 2nd September 2014 ko 18.00

Coventry Alliance Premier Division

KENILWORTH WARDENS 4 (Ritchie 6 Powell 16 37 Piwotazczyk 40)

JAGUAR DAIMLER 2 (Welland 61 90)

Att 24

Entry FREE

Programme NO

One welcome change for this season is that the Coventry Alliance now have a web presence! The league, a feeder to the Midland League was path less trodden for many hoppers as the only way you could find out fixtures other than locally was via the Football Traveller and that couldn’t help with those pesky late postponements! Continue reading

Lucky 13


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Sunday 31st August 2014 ko 15.00

Rugby League Championship 1



Att 240 at Oxford University RUFC, Iffley Road.

Entry £12

Programme £2.50

I’m indebted to Calne-based Paul Fergusson to alerting me to this one, especially to the location! My encounters with rugby started and finished with an ex-girlfriend who worked for Brakspear’s brewery in Henley-on-Thames and supplied a steady supply of complimentaries for me to be bored rigid watching Henley RUFC play in the second tier of English rugby union. Now there are many advantages of having a blonde girlfriend who gets staff discount at a brewery, but believe me rugby union wasn’t one! I should however point out though the end-of-season dinners were superb, I still don’t remember how I arrived back at my flat in Bell street with a Williams F1 brolly, and a meal for two at a rather swish Italian restaurant one year. Continue reading



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Monday 25th August 2014 ko 17.15

Welsh Alliance Division One

KINMEL BAY 2 (Luffman 32 Woods 48)

GLAN CONWY 2 (Orme 8 Fountain 18)

Att 221

Entry £5

Programme £1

Badge £3

So where you there? What did you see? What do you think? There’s a quite a story behind what happened, maybe you’ve heard some of it, maybe most of it even, but where this heads in the future is anyone’s guess. Continue reading

Cathedral City


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Monday 25th August 2014 ko 14.15

Welsh Alliance Division Two

ST ASAPH CITY 3 (Midgley 22 61 D Evans 63)

MOCHDRE SPORTS 1 (Philips 75)

Att 254

Entry £3

Programme £1

It was quite a tight squeeze getting 2 coaches into the lane down to Roe Plas, but once again there was someone there from the club to direct us down. I do wonder whether hop clubs realise how much our coach drivers appreciate having someone to meet them. Continue reading

The Welsh Lourdes


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Monday 25th August 2014 ko 11.00

Welsh Alliance Division One

HOLYWELL TOWN 3 (Lloyd 4 Tyson 40 G Williams 69)


Att 377

Entry £4

Programme £1

Badge £3

Back at the University of Chester my alarm sounded, and I dashed over to the window and peeked through the curtains. My heart sank as I watched the rivulets chase each other down the pane. 3 games left, including one we were worried about, but as I stepped into a shower (the portent of things to come?) I consoled myself that at least there would be nothing to worry about at Holywell, there is, after all, plenty of cover at Halkyn Road. Continue reading


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