Sunday, 14 September 2014

Overall 248

Cambridge V Carlisle

Saturday 30th August 2014

The Abbey Stadium


Cambridge United Football Club is a professional association football club based in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. The club participates in League Two.Cambridge United have had two spells in the league's second tier, and reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup twice and Football League Cup once. United's highest ever finishing place in the Football League is fifth in the Second Division during the 1991–92 season, narrowly missing out on being promoted to the first tier and becoming founding members of the Premier League. The club is based at the Abbey Stadium on Newmarket Road, approximately 1.86 miles (3 kilometres) east of Cambridge city centre. Cambridge United currently play their home matches at the Abbey Stadium, which has been their home since 1932. Since 2009 the ground has also been known as The R. Costings Abbey Stadium through a sponsorship deal. The stadium currently has a capacity of 9,617, of which 4,376 are seated



Having left Carlisle at 9am I swung by Stafford to pick up fellow Cumbrian now residing in Merseyside Lee Rooney. After that we drove to Junction 2 of the M6 and Parked up on an industrial Estate. Before being collected by another Cumbrian and long time friend Jonathan Ayers now Residing in Coventry who drove us from there to Cambridge. We parked up on a nearby housing estate and had some fish and chips at the Cod father fish and chip shop and after a short wait for chips we tucked into them and i must say they were rather nice. We made our way round to the turnstiles paid the entry fee but by full time I probably wish I hadn’t. Despite a Bright start Issa Diallo drove in from just outside the area to open the scoring on 25 Minutes from then on it was all down hill. Diallo then crossing for Simpson to head in a second on 33 Minutes. Simpson scored the 3rd when he turned in from Tom Elliott's cross on 45 Minutes Jayden Stockley scored two in five minutes, heading in Greg Taylor's ball before flicking in from Bobby-Joe Taylor's free-kick on 83 & 87 to wrap up an easy win for United. Carlisle were poor as soon as the 1st goal went it the heads went down. There were severe calls for Kav’s head after this and on Monday morning the board dually obliged and dispensed with his services, which is a shame as I liked him as a player and always had a lot of time for him but it just didn’t work for him as manager. As things stand no manager is in place yet and where bottom of the league again so things don’t get much worse. After the game it was back to the Car and over to Coventry I then Dropped Lee off at Nuneaton and after a quick pint in the Railway Tavern he caught the train home whilst I went back to Coventry to spend the evening with my long term pal Johnny with his lovely family. Whilst the last few weeks and months have been hell to say the least, time is a great healer and without his constant phone calls everyday not sure how I would have coped,but it’s onwards and upwards for here on in. This was me back up to 91 in the 92 club just Luton left to do on Valentines day to recomplete.


Division :- League 2
Ticket Price Adult £19
Programme £3
Attendance 3512
Score 5-0
Miles from Carlisle 288 Via Coventry

Match Day Photo Album

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Overall 11 Revisit

Cheltenham Town V Carlisle United

Tuesday 19th August 2014

Whaddon Road


Cheltenham Town Football Club /ˈɛltnəm ˈtn/ is an English football club playing in League Two, the fourth tier in the English football league system. Founded in 1887, the team has played at four different grounds, namely Agg-Gardner's Recreation Ground, Carter's Field and now the Abbey Business Stadium, although it is more commonly known as Whaddon Road. Their nickname is The Robins.

Cheltenham were promoted to the FL in 1998-99 when they won the English Conference. Whaddon Road is a football stadium in Cheltenham, England. It is the home ground of Cheltenham Town F.C. and shared with Gloucester City A.F.C.. It has a total capacity of 7,066, with a mixture of seating and terracing. The ground's official name was the Victory Sports Ground until April 2009 when it was renamed the Abbey Business Stadium through a sponsorship deal.

The ground is made up of 4 stands:

  • Hazlewoods Stand (Whaddon Road) - capacity 1,100. An all-seated stand behind one of the goals, the Carlsberg Stand was opened in 2005 and is designated to away fans. For the 2009-10 season it was given to home supporters, but after one season it was returned to away fans.
  • Quality Solicitors Thomson & Bancks Stand (Wymans Road) - capacity 2,034. An all-seated stand that runs down one side of the pitch. The stand was opened in November 2001 and is home to the vocal "Wymans" supporters. For big games, two sections of the stand are given to away supporters.
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Stand (Prestbury Road End) - capacity circa 2,100. Opened in 1999, this is a covered terrace behind the other goal, the LMI Terrace is the home standing end.
  • Jelf Stand (Main Stand) - capacity circa 1,800. Built in 1963, it is a mixture of terracing (Tunnel and Paddock enclosures) at the front and seating at the back. The Main Stand runs down on side of the pitch, but is unusual in that it does not stretch the full length of the touchline and does not reach either corner flag. It contains the players dressing rooms, hospitality, directors and press boxes. It also includes a family section.


The first time I made my way down to Cheltenham was in October 2001 there were none of the all seated stands you see now there it was just open terraces and a main stand (Although obviously segregated for FL Rules). At the time I had travelled down after early shift on the 12:42 direct to Cheltenham and having arrived in Cheltenham around 18:00 I took the bus into the town centre before walking to the ground. The game ended 1-0 to Cheltenham but at the time i never took any photo’s or anything like that as Camera Phones had not yet been invented which makes me feel old as its a standard way on life nowadays. On the way back I had hitched a lift with the supporters bus paying half the return fare. arriving back in Carlisle sometime in the 2/3 Am region. I decided that this season with Carlisle being relegated It mean the opportunity to redo a few ground this was one of the ones I wanted to re do for photo’s sake.

I was picked up from home around 10am by a friend from Coventry who had been staying at his Mums near Carlisle, Once he got home and dropped his boys off back in Coventry we made the Journey from there to Cheltenham. We parked up near the Sudeley Arms and had a burger and chips inside for £7 which was massive and well worth it we wandered up to the ground from there. The game itself was 0-0 but in the last few minutes Carlisle had a goal disallowed when Billy Paynter scored but the linesman adjudged it to be offside replays have later showed he was onside. That decision probably cost United all 3 points.

After the game I managed to hitch a life back to Carlisle on the Supporters bus just like I did in 2001 for the sum of £20 sitting at the back of the bus with 3 15 Year olds from Workington who had to wait for the 07:40 train back out west when we eventually arrived at 2.15am. A long day but glad I got some photo’s


Division :- League 2
Ticket Price Adult £21
Programme £3
Attendance 2341
Score 0-0
Miles from Carlisle 274 Via Coventry

Match day Photo Album

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Overall 247

Holker Old Boys V Ashington

Saturday 16th August 2014

Rakesmoor Lane


 Holker Old Boys are an English football team based in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. The club play in the North West Counties League Division One. The club originally competed in the West Lancashire League. They joined the North West Counties Football League Division Two for the 1991–92 season. In their first two seasons in the league the club finished 15th out of 18 clubs. In the 1993–94 season they finished third and were promoted to Division One, where they spent the next five seasons, but struggled each season, their highest league position coming in the 1995–96 season when they finished 11th out of 22 clubs. They finished bottom in the 1998–99 season and were relegated back to Division Two. In 2008, the divisions of the North West Counties League were renamed, so since 2008–09, Holker Old Boys find themselves back in Division One.

Their game against F.C. United of Manchester in the 2005–06 season was held at Craven Park, the ground of Barrow Raiders Rugby league team to accommodate the fans that FC United brought with them. The match attracted 2,300 fans, breaking the club's record attendance.

Holker Old Boys' home ground is at Rakesmoor Lane, just across the road from Barrow Golf Club on the outskirts of the town.

There is limited seating in the small stand which is situated behind one goal. Being close to the sea the ground often suffers from strong winds which blow end to end down the ground, which has a small clubhouse which serves food and drink. The largest attendance for a game held there is 1,240, against Barrow in a cup match in 1995


We made our way down the M6 and A590 towards barrow stopping off at Lakeside and haverthwaite Railway then after a bit of shopping in Barrow we then went to the Dock Museum a free tourist Attraction which I would recommend


We made our way to Rakesmoor Lane for 2.45 Its quite easy to find as it’s next to the Golf club parking is small but so are the Attendances. Holker Old boys and Ashington were both hoping for Lucrative cup runs. In the end they both had to settle for a replay. On 2 Minutes Reid put Patterson through on goal for Holker but Ashington Keep Bannon was down to save well. In the 10th Minute Glen Taylor turned well to fire past the keeper and put Ashington ahead. 10 Minutes later Patterson Equalized for Holker after some good work down the left. On 27 Minutes Johnson fired Ashington back ahead after playing a 1-2 with Walton he went clear down the left after side footing the defender managed to smash the ball into the net. A dangerous looking ball by James Novak went across the face of the goal before Walton was not far away with two efforts - a free kick then a 25 yards volley - before Elliott’s intelligent pass saw Glen Taylor sky over a great opportunity with his left foot. Dan Patterson's drive tied the scores up at 2-2. Bannon foiled Brough when the striker was through one on one then after the latter’s effort had smacked against the foot of the post, Jamie Patterson's drive with the last kick of the game, crashed off the crossbar. So a replay it is.

After the game we made the return journey back up to Carlisle. after Finally ticking off all the Cumbrian clubs to that level (Carlisle,Barrow,Workington,Kendal,Penrith,Celtic Nation,Whitehaven and now Holker Old Boys)



Ex CUFC Watch

In the Ashington side was Ex Carlisle Players Stuart Elliot and Lance McGlen Elliot had a short spell in 2001 playing 6 games. Lance McGlen Lance was a Carlisle Youth player from 2010-2012 Lance’s only goal coming for the Youth Team in 2011 in a 5-1 win at Blackpool. He Also scored for the Reserves in a 9-0 win in the Cumberland Cup. He was Impressive when Stepping up to the 1st team for a Pre Season Friendly against Morecambe In July 2011 earning rave reviews but never went on to make it and was released at the end of the Season. He then Joined Gateshead before leaving there to go to Ashington.



Division:- FA CUP
Ticket Price £4 + £2 Child
Programme £1
Parking £0
Attendance 95
Score 2-2

Miles from Carlisle 82 Miles


Match Day Photo Album

Editors note: due to the amount of stuff I have had to deal with recently in my personal life I have lost track of the number of Miles I have covered this week also I haven’t been able to concentrate on my blogging. Hopefully the tide has turned and the only way is up.

A Day out in Edinburgh Revisit 142 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts V Annan 26-7-14 (8)

Saturday 26th July

Hearts V Annan Athletic


Heart of Midlothian Football Club, commonly known as Hearts, are a Scottish professional football club based in Gorgie, in the west of Edinburgh. It is one of two Scottish Championship clubs in the city, the other being their Edinburgh derby rivals Hibernian. Heart of Midlothian is the oldest football club in the Scottish capital, having formed in 1874 by a group of friends from the Heart of Midlothian Dancing Club. The modern club crest is based on the Heart of Midlothian mosaic on the city's Royal Mile and the team's colours are predominantly maroon and white.Hearts play at Tynecastle Stadium, where home matches have been played since 1886. After renovating the ground into an all-seater stadium following the findings of the Taylor Report in 1990, the stadium originally had a capacity of 18,008, but over the years this has been reduced to roughly 17,000 in order to comply with UEFA regulations. Hearts have won the Scottish league championship four times, most recently in 1959–60, where they also retained the Scottish League Cup to complete a League and League Cup double – the only club outside of the Old Firm to achieve such a feat. Hearts were also the first non Old Firm team achieve qualification to the UEFA Champions League in 2006

Tynecastle Stadium is a football stadium situated in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh, Scotland, which is the home ground of Scottish Professional Football League club Heart of Midlothian. Tynecastle has a seating capacity of 17,529, which makes it the seventh largest football stadium in Scotland.

It’s been a turbulent few years for the Jambo’s On 17 June 2013 Hearts announced that they had lodged court papers stating their intention to enter administration, and on 19 June 2013 the administrators BDO were appointed to run the club. This meant that the club was unable to register players over 21 until February 2014 at the earliest. As long as they were still in administration they would not be able to bring in players of any age. As well as the signing embargo, Hearts were to be deducted a third of the previous season's points tally which meant the club would start the 2013/2014 season with −15 points. The club's relegation from the Scottish Premiership was confirmed on 5 April 2014. On Monday 12 May 2014, The Ann Budge fronted Bidco 1874 took control of Heart Of Midlothian Plc, Budge who fronted and financed the Bidco 1874 group which have taken over the reigns at the club became an unpaid executive chairwoman of the club. The Bidco group plan to hold the club for a possible five years before the fans backed Foundation of Hearts supporters group take control. The Foundation put in £1 million for the running of the club until the final legal exit of administration. The Foundation will then need to pay a further £2.6 million (£2.5m to cover the loan given by Bidco1874b Ltd to Hearts to finance the Creditors' Voluntary Agreement + £100,000 for the shares) to take 75% of the shares in the club and with that the running and decision making within the club. In addition, the Foundation has also committed itself to provide a further £2,8m (£1.4m per year for two years) working capital for the club. Funding for the deal comes from 8000+ people donating cash via a monthly direct debit. the club officially exited administration on 11 June 2014, bringing to an end the reign of Vladimir Romanov who had been the majority shareholder since 2005. They have won the Scottish top tier 4 times 1894-95 1896-1897 1957-58 & 1959-60 but none since the Scottish Premier League was formed. they have won the Scottish 1st Division now Scottish Championship in 1979-80. Scottish Cup Winners 8 Times 1891, 1896, 1901, 1906, 1956, 1998, 2006, 2012 and League cup winner 4 times 1954, 1958, 1959, 1962 

Hearts V Annan 26-7-14 (3)

We boarded the 1206 to Edinburgh arriving in Haymarket at 1330 we then made our way round the corner to try out the new Edinburgh Tram System for just outside the station. We had purchased a plus bus ticket from the Train station in Carlisle as an add on to our train ticket. We took the tram from outside Haymarket to Murrayfield Station right beside Murrayfield Rugby ground then walking for 15 Minutes towards the Stadium take the short cut through Sainsbury's car park. We then had a play on the park beside tynecastle for the kids to run off some energy


We then collected our tickets and made our way into the stands we had purchased seats in the Wheatfield stand but decided to move over to the Gorgie family stand was we were on the front row as it was raining.

Hearts V Annan 26-7-14 (18)Hearts V Annn (3)

A new era at Tynecastle began with a comfortable victory in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup over Annan Athletic. Hearts dominated from the outset, and the home side opened the scoring after just eight minutes through Billy King Debutant Osman Sow added a second, then Callum Paterson scored a third before half-time. The visitors only had a Scott Davidson goal in the final minute to show for their efforts. Hearts should have won by more, the stats tell the story as Hearts has 25 shots with 12 on target only some fine defending by Annan and Steven Swinglehurst mainly kept the score down.

Hearts V Annan 26-7-14 (3)

After the game we caught the bus from outside the ground back up to Princess street to buy some whisky for my dad’s birthday a Gorden and Macphail single malt scotch whisky from Bunnahabhaim Distillery 8 years old from a shop on the high street. After that we had a quick bite to eat before catching the 18:40 back to Carlisle.

Division :- Petrofact training Cup
Ticket Price  Adults £10 and Childs £5 x2
Programme £3
Attendance 6708 
Score 3-1

Train Tickets £27.95 1 Adult 2 Childs Day Return to Edinburgh with a railcard £27.95

Tram + Bus Tickets (Plus-bus All day Edinburgh Day Zone ) Adult £2 Childs £1.50 x 2 (Only available when purchased with rail tickets)

As an insight into my travelling life I have decided to log how many miles I have done in a week

For week Commencing 21th to the 27th I did the following
Van 1651
Car 321 (Including 223 for Murrayfield)

Which was 1,972 in total

Ex Carlisle Watch


Carlisle Born Swinglehurst joined the Cumbrians as a YTS in 2009-2010 season as a 1st Year scholar staying 2 years before signing a 1 Year pro deal Scoring 2 goals in his 1st year then 3 in his second year, as well as making numerous appearances on the bench for the 1st team. At the end of the 2010-11 he went of a short loan spell to Workington Reds. In the 2011-12 Season the club withdrew from the reserve league which meant his game time would be limited On the 24th January he joined Annan on Loan where at the end of the Season the deal became permanent.

Also in the Annan Squad was John Todd, Alex Mitchell. Hearts also included Prince Bauben who had just left Carlisle United in the Summer.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Overall 246

Celtic V KR Reykjavik

Tuesday 22nd July 2014

BT Murrayfield Stadium


Celtic Football Club (/ˈsɛltɪk/) is a football club in Glasgow, Scotland which plays in the Scottish Premiership. Since playing its first game in 1888, Celtic has never been relegated. Celtic have a long-standing rivalry with Rangers; the two clubs are collectively known as the Old Firm. Celtic have won the Scottish League Championship on 45 occasions, only bested by Rangers, most recently in the 2013–14 season, the Scottish Cup 36 times and the Scottish League Cup 14 times. In 1967, Celtic won an unprecedented quintuple: not only becoming the first British team to win the European Cup but also winning the Scottish League Championship, the Scottish Cup, the Scottish League Cup, and the Glasgow Cup. Celtic also reached the 1970 European Cup Final, and the 2003 UEFA Cup Final.
Celtic Football Club was formally constituted at a meeting in St. Mary's church hall in East Rose Street (now Forbes Street), Calton, Glasgow, by Irish Marist Brother Walfrid on 6 November 1887, with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the East End of Glasgow by raising money for the charity Walfrid had instituted, the Poor Children's Dinner Table. Walfrid's move to establish the club as a means of fund-raising was largely inspired by the example of Hibernian who were formed out of the immigrant Irish population a few years earlier in Edinburgh. Walfrid's own suggestion of the name 'Celtic' (pronounced Seltik), was intended to reflect the club's Irish and Scottish roots, and was adopted at the same meeting. The club has the official nickname, "The Bhoys". However, according to the Celtic press office, the newly established club was known to many as "the bold boys". A postcard from the early 20th century that pictured the team, and read "The Bould Bhoys", is the first known example of the unique spelling. The extra h imitates the spelling system of Gaelic, where the letter b is often accompanied by the letter h.
On 28 May 1888, Celtic played their first official match against Rangers and won 5–2 in what was described as a "friendly encounter". Neil McCallum scored Celtic's first ever goal. The squad that played that day was largely composed of players signed from Hibernian. Celtic's first kit consisted of a white shirt with a green collar, black shorts, and emerald green socks. The original club crest was a simple green cross on a red oval background.
Celtic's stadium is Celtic Park, which is in the Parkhead area of Glasgow. Celtic Park, an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 60,832, is the largest football stadium in Scotland and the seventh-largest stadium in the United Kingdom, after Murrayfield, Old Trafford, Twickenham, Wembley, the London 2012 Olympic Stadium and the Millennium Stadium. It is commonly known as Parkhead or Paradise. Due to the Commonwealth games opening Ceremony this game was to be played at Murrayfield 40 miles down the road in Edinburgh after all 3 of Glasgow's Major stadiums being used for the Commonwealth games (Ibrox, Celtic Park and Hampden).
Murrayfield Stadium (known as BT Murrayfield Stadium for sponsorship reasons, or usually just known as Murrayfield) is a sports stadium located in the west end of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Its all-seater capacity was recently reduced from 67,800 to 67,144 to incorporate the largest permanent "big screens" in the country, though it remains the largest stadium in Scotland and the 4th largest in the United Kingdom. The stadium is the home of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), and is primarily used as a venue for rugby union and hosts most of Scotland's home test matches, as well as the Edinburgh Sevens, the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup final, as well as Pro12 and Heineken Cup matches. Although mainly a rugby union stadium, Murrayfield has in the past hosted American football, rugby league and association football matches and music concerts. One of the most notable of the latter was the Edinburgh 50,000 - The Final Push concert as part of Live 8. The SRU bought some land and built the first Murrayfield, which was opened on 21 March 1925. Previous internationals had been played at Inverleith. The first visitors were England, whom Scotland beat to win their first Five Nations Championship Grand Slam. In 1994, Murrayfield completed a 50 million pound renovation where floodlights were installed for the first time. Murrayfield has also hosted football matches. Local Scottish Premier League side Heart of Midlothian F.C. (Hearts) started using Murrayfield as their home venue for their European campaign in the 2004–05 & 2006-07 seasons as Tynecastle did not meet the UEFA criteria. Competitive matches against Sporting Braga (18,203), Ferencvaros(26,182), Schalke(27,272), AEK Athens (32,459), Siroki Brijeg (28,486)  and Sparta Prague (27,255) have been played at Murrayfield. This practice has since stopped, however, as Hearts made adjustments to ensure that Tynecastle complies with UEFA regulations. Additionally, both Hearts and Hibernian have played preseason friendlies against FC Barcelona (57,857) & (23,390) at Murrayfield. Almost 58,000 people attended to watch Hearts play FC Barcelona, recording the largest crowd at a football match in Edinburgh for 51 years. 
Murrayfield was a candidate to replace Hampden as the national football arena for the early parts of Scotland's UEFA Euro 2016 Qualification Campaign due to Hampden's renovation for the Commonwealth Games. However, it was decided that one of the two stadiums in Glasgow would be used
We set off from Carlisle at around 5pm making the 100 mile Journey up the M74 and A702 arriving in Edinburgh around 1850 with a bit of traffic caused by some roadwork's on the approach to Edinburgh itself. we were parked up on a side street called Baird Drive at the end of Baird drive is some metal gates which are locked but if your follow the narrow path round to your left you come into the stadium via the car park (See below) making sure you cross the water of Leith. The picture above is taken from the gates at the end of Baird Drive. The new tram stop is right outside you can use the trams which is priced at £1.50 each way
Once through the turnstiles you can walk round the stadium on the outside all the food outlets are on the inside of the fences but separate from the stadium itself. we were on the top tier so it was up 3/4 flights of stairs before we entered the stadium itself
Once inside we took our seats for the game which Celtic won comfortably 4-0 which could have been more Dutch defender Van Dijk helped himself to an early double before Pukki repaid manager Ronny Deila's faith with a third before half-time.The impressive Pukki completed his own double late in the second half. At half time we were able to move seats freely to get a better view we decided to sit closer to the half way line still on the second tier but due to the open style of the stadium you could have sat anywhere
After the game we made our way back to the car and headed back to Cumbria arriving back around half 11
Celtic Champions
Division :- UEFA Champions League Qualifiers 2nd Leg
Ticket Price  Adults £20 and Childs £5 x2
Programme £2.50
Attendance  Not Sure yet No official attendance given I expect it to be 40,000-50,000 Some newspapers Quoting 36,000 others 40,000
Score 4-0 (5-0 on Agg)
Diesel was around £40 although probably slightly less for the 103 miles each way
For week Commencing 14th to the 20th I did the following (Not including tonight)
As an insight into my travelling life I have decided to log how many miles I have done in a week
Van 2,055
Car 272 (Including Barrow Away 19th which was 175 Miles)
Bike 20.06 (of my 5 days at work I biked the 5 Mile each way Journey twice and drove 3 times)
Which was 2347.06 in total

Matchday Photo Album

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Start of 2014-15

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As the Friendlies start the ground hopping season begins as so on Friday the 11th of July I made my way to Brunton Park to witness a unadvertised pre season kick about between Carlisle and Southampton U21 taking along my friends Danny and Oliver. We weren’t allowed onto the training pitch to watch but managed to get round the back of the Stadium and watch from the top of the flood barriers. United went on to Win 5-1
On the Saturday I was at the Carlisle United Family fun day selling back stock of Carlisle Programmes and a few other bits and bobs in a effect to raise money for the BBC Cumbria Jigsaw Appeal and clear a bit of the clubs back stock programmes a fair few were shifted although at 20p a time were not going to make a fortune, but every little helps hopefully the programme sales will have influenced the club enough to enable me to do a regular stall on a match day hopefully discussions will take place.
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After that it was on to Gilford Park for Celtic Nation V Albion Rovers the game ended in a 1-1 draw which was a fair result in the end Celtic Scored early on and you thought they would put a few past Rovers but it never happened
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Sunday and it was up to Gretna for the Raydale Cup the 3rd and 4th Play off Between Stirling Albion and Gretna it ended 4-2 to Albion then Annan and Workington Contested the Final neither side were able to break the deadlock so it went to Penalties but only after Dan Wordsworth had been sent off for Workington for Dissent in the last few minutes, Annan Later Winning 4-2 after Lee Andrews and Phil Mcluckie missing the penalties
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Annan Lifting the Trophy with former Carlisle United Defender Steven Swinglehurst gettting player of the tournament
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An excellent weekend to start the Season off

Goals 14
Red Cards 1
Prices paid
Celtic Nation £3 adult £1 Child X2
Gretna £7 + £2 Child X2
Total Weekend Cost £16
As an insight into my travelling life I have decided to log how many miles I have done in a week
this week its :- 88 in the Car 19.17 on the Bike and 2,192 in the Van which gives me a total this week of 2,299.17

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Season Stats 2013-14



77 Games this Season 38 New grounds 12 grounds more than last season also beating my PB by 2 (75) the 92 was re-completed by visiting Newport on 16th March

Memorable moments include:-

  • Visit to Las Palmas the atmosphere was buzzing never been to anything like the Canary islands derby
  • The weekend Triple header in London Visiting Wembley, Welling and Barnet
  • The Double header at Salisbury and Newport
  • The Gateshead Play off Semi when they beat Grimsby 3-1 was a one highlight towards the end of the season
  • The 2 Weekend ground hops in the Northern League really helped push my total up
  • Getting in the Local Newspaper

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To be honest there hasn’t been many this season been a poor season all round not just for Carlisle but for Hearts as well although I have beaten my personal best for games in a season it has come at a cost to my family life but I won’t go into on here as the damage may have already been done. I must admit sometimes when your life is going wrong elsewhere you tend to go to football to get a release from the bad heads and stresses, which to a degree worked for me but towards the end of the season I started to take the stress and worries into the games with me the season had been such a poor season for my clubs. Instead of watching the games and enjoying them I was worrying throughout the games, I didn’t help when Carlisle were playing so poorly with very few highlights. The games and holiday in Spain were supposed to be the highlight of my season and supposed to let me chill after a long season but I spent most of the holiday worrying about what was going to happen when I got home.

During the close season I have to take a long look at my life with football. I have always centred things around football and football was always my release from the stress of the day life but with my kids now 6 and 10 they must always take priority. Although I have always been football mad its only since 2009 that I have been doing neutral grounds. It does take over your life hopping became an addiction to me the consent checking of the fixture list all week sometimes taking off in the Car with the Kids packed in the back knowing that I have to juggle their attention and well being along with watching the game. I must give the kids credit they have put up with twice now 3 games in a day, double headers and long weekends away. To an extent they enjoy the Northern League where they can run around take a ball and kick it around on open area’s to their hearts content. Grounds like Marske, Whitehaven and Washington have goals and nets around the pitches to keep them entertained, Others just have open grassed area’s where the usual jumpers for goal posts comes into play

So for next season I get a fresh start as a single man and Carlisle are in League 2 which gives me the opportunity to visit Cambridge and Luton and 7 other grounds that I have not seen Carlisle Play at, I aim next season to spend more time at weekends with the kids although throughout this season they have accompanied me to most games (Daniel reaching the marker of 100 grounds in April). I’ll try to stay local and try to get to more Carlisle games is a priority for me next season as well as doing things with the kids more on weekend rather than football hopefully I can cure the Addiction or at least get control of it. Also my love of all things Carlisle United has wandered a little this season but with relegation comes a complete set of new grounds which may re-ignite my love for the club and maybe I can start to enjoy Carlisle away games again.

Geoff Jackson (Addict)

For next Season

Obviously I won’t get to all of these but this is the to-do list that I aim for although as started above I need to calm my hopping down. Visits to Cambridge and Luton top of the list

The To Do list


Hope everyone enjoys the Summer