Monday, 14 March 2016

Overall 270

Craigroyston V Tynecastle

Saturday 12th March 2016

St Marks Park

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Craigroyston are one of the youngest clubs in membership of the East of Scotland FA. Their history extends back to 1976. In fact the only reason they came into being was because of the manager of Eyemouth United, Rab Melrose. Although associated with a club from the Scottish Borders, Melrose and several of his team emanated from the capital. In 1975, they decided it would be more sensible if they all came back to Edinburgh to start their own team, they did this the following year. They arranged to play their home games at the Craigroyston Community Centre in the north of the city, and decided to name themselves after their adopted home. Having sought and obtained membership of the East of Scotland FA, the new club gained distinction by reaching the final of the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup in their first season. They also got to the semi-final of the City Cup. The new club moved into City Park, which they shared with Spartans until as recently as 1998, when they moved to their current home, St Mark's Park, which is in the Warriston area of the city, near the Royal Botanic Garden. Craigroyston have not won many honours in its short history, but did taste success when the club lifted the Alex Jack Cup in 1993–94, the King Cup in 1996–97 and the First Division title in 2005–06 and 2012–13.

The Ground is basic with a tea hut and changing rooms The Entry gate is a portable cabin which is wheeled away once everyone is inside

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Our intended destination was supposed to be Preston Athletic we made our way over from Whitehill and arrived in the car park to find the game was off. It wasn’t raining but the ref had decided the pitch wasn’t capable of staging the game. We were faced with 2 options in the East of Scotland League Craigroyston or Civil Service Strollers. I decided on Criagroyston and quickly set off back towards Edinburgh. We parked up on the road along side the ground a bit of a tight squeeze on the roadside but anyone who arrived after us wouldn’t have a had a good spot.

The game itself was a classic encounter with Craigroyston Taking the Lead in the 19th Minute with a goal from Dale Pennycuick. Tynecastle then turned the game on its head with Goals from Scott Coleman and Stewart Adams in the 45th and 59th minute respectively but the lead was short lived as almost immediately Craigroyston equalized in the 60th minute with a goal from Stewart Fisher. In the 78th Minute Tynecastle thought they’d grabbed the winner with another Scott Coleman goal. But with only minutes remaining Keith Buckley headed in a corner to gain Craigroyston a share of the points. When I 1st Walked into the ground I wasn’t intending on staying the full 90 Minutes but as the game was enjoyable I stayed until the end

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Division :- East of Scotland League
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme None Available
Attendance 61 (head count)
Score 3-3
Miles from Carlisle 104 Miles

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Overall 269

Whitehill Welfare V Gala Fairydean Rovers

Saturday 12th March 2016

Ferguson Park

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Whitehill Welfare Football Club is a football club based in the village of Rosewell, Midlothian, Scotland. They are members of the Lowland Football League and play their home matches at Ferguson Park. The club was founded in 1953 and initially competed in juvenile football before turning senior and joining the East of Scotland Football League in 1979. They are the most successful side in East of Scotland League history, winning a total of 16 titles prior to joining the Lowland League as one of its founder members in 2013. The earliest records of Whitehill Welfare indicate that the team first appeared in the 1905–06 season under the name Rosewell Rosedale, replacing the defunct Rosedale Rovers, and playing in the Midlothian Juvenile League. Although Rosedale continued operating until 1957, it was in 1953 that Whitehill Welfare were formed, the founding fathers being a group of employees from the now defunct Whitehill Colliery. In the early years, Whitehill were the chopping block for the more fancied clubs. Although reaching the Scottish Juvenile Cup semi-final in 1959, they did not really come to the fore until 1964, when they won every trophy in the Mid and East Lothian Section Juvenile League. By 1979, there were only six Juvenile clubs left in Whitehill's league, and so the Welfare decided it was time for it to go senior. This resulted in the team joining the East of Scotland Football League in August 1979, a league which they were to top at the end of their first four seasons. Membership of the Scottish Football Association also has the advantage of allowing the club the opportunity compete in the Scottish Cup. In this competition, Whitehill Welfare have knocked out Albion Rovers (1986–87), earned replays against three SFL sides, and seen perhaps the team's finest hour, meeting Celtic on 28 January 1996 in the 1995–96 Scottish Cup. The game saw Whitehill Welfare hold Celtic to 0–0 until the 39th minute and saw a respectable 3–0 defeat The tie was staged at Hibernian's Easter Road ground in freezing conditions in front of 13,100

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Since Joining the Lowland League They have finished 4th and and 7th

Honours

1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2007–08, 2012–13
1980–81, 1986–87, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05
  • SFA South Region Challenge Cup
2012–13
  • East of Scotland Qualifying Cup
1980–81, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2008–09, 2013–14
  • East of Scotland 'City' Cup
1993–94, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2013–14
  • King Cup
1982–83, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98
  • East of Scotland League Cup
1987–88, 1998–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–2008, 2011–12

Whitehill Welfare V Galafairydean 12-3-16 (76)

Ferguson Park holds around 2614 with seating for around 150 The pitch is down from the main entrance and is in a kind of bowl shaped dip and it does not have floodlights.

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Whitehill won this game 3-0 but it wasn’t as easy as the score line suggests. Whitehill raced into a 2 goal lead with goals from Callum Connolly and Tony Muir in the 15th and 27th Minute. Just after the interval Gala’s Jamie Gibson was sent off and that seamed to inspire Gala to fight on in the second half but they were unable to score against the impressive Whitehill goalkeeper and defence. Whitehill then Wrapped the game up when Connor McGregor raced away down the left and his cross was fired in by Substitute Jamie Devlin. Whitehill had a further chance to make the score line more impressive but John Williams put his Penalty wide. Gala had a chance right at the death from a free kick but the kick was excellently tipped over the bar by the Keeper Ben McGinley. A great young keeper who has made some excellent saves since stepping up from the U20’s.

The Journey

We made our way up the M74 towards Junction 13 then following the A702 from there, Just after Biggar we branched off onto the A72 then onto the A702. Just after Howgate we then turned off heading towards Roswell on the A6094. We left just before 9am and arrived around 1040 the road around the ground was packed but we managed to park up on a new housing estate just after St Matthews Church (it isn’t even on google maps yet ) and entered the ground around 1050.

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Division :- Scottish Lowland League
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £2
Attendance 324
Score 3-0
Miles from Carlisle 88 Miles

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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Overall 268

Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow

Saturday 27th February 2016

Meadowbank Stadium

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Edinburgh City Football Club are a semi-professional senior Scottish football club, which plays in the Lowland Football League after joining from the East of Scotland Football League. The club are based at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Edinburgh City was first formed in 1928 as an amateur club. The club aimed to become the Edinburgh equivalent of the Glasgow club Queen's Park, and joined the Scottish Football League as an amateur club in 1931.The club won election to the league, where they replaced Clydebank, ahead of Nithsdale Wanderers by 25 votes to 7. The club was very unsuccessful in the league, as on average they won fewer than one game in six. They achieved a famous Scottish Cup upset victory, however, when they defeated Hibernian 3–2 at Easter Road in the first round of the 1937–38 competition. Hibernians' player Arthur Milne missed a penalty kick with five minutes left to play

The club left The Scottish Football League in 1949. It switched to junior status and played in the Edinburgh & District Junior League. The club ceased activity completely in 1955, when the local council refused to renew its lease on its home ground, City Park.

A club called Postal United was founded in 1966. The Edinburgh City Football Club Ltd (Social Club), which had continued trading throughout the abeyance of the football club, gave their approval in 1986 for Postal United to use the Edinburgh City name The new club applied to join the Scottish Football League in 2002 and 2008, but failed to win election. On 18 June 2013, they were confirmed as members of the new Lowland League from the 2013–14 season of which they won there 1st title in the 2014-15 Season. They lost the play-offs to Brora Rangers over 2 legs thus denying them a shot at a promotion play off against Montrose for a place in the SPFL (Brora lost the play off)

This season Edinburgh are on a roll and at the time of the game are 18 points clear although a lot of clubs have games in hand notably Stirling University who have 5 games in hand and Spartans who have 3 Arguably you can’t see Edinburgh slipping up. The Most Stirling can gain is 72 points and and Spartans 66 and following this game Edinburgh now have 57 and they’ve both still to play each other so 5 more wins would do it although it’s more likely 3 or 4 will do with only 6 games remaining for Edinburgh

Meadowbank Stadium

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Meadowbank Arena is a multi-purpose sports facility, with 7,500 covered seats and 16,500 total seats, located at Meadowbank, in Edinburgh, Scotland. It hosted the Commonwealth Games of 1970 and 1986. The capacity of the stadium is 16,500. The grandstand has 7,500 seats, and uncovered benches stretch around the rest of the track although most of these are in a state of disrepair. The stadium contains indoor facilities, including squash and basketball courts. These are also used for antiques fairs, martial arts competitions, conferences, and church meetings. Other outdoor facilities include field hockey pitches.The Stadium was built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games, at a cost of £2.8 million.It was opened by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent on 2 May 1970. Meadowbank Thistle played at the stadium from 1974 until the club relocated to the new town of Livingston in 1995. Meadowbank is often cited as one of the worst stadiums used in the Scottish Football League due to the lack of atmosphere in the ground. This was caused by the stadium having a capacity of 16,500, but Meadowbank typically attracted crowds of less than 1,000. Most fans were located on one side of the ground, while the running track created a great distance between the fans and the pitch. Meadowbank Thistle announced their intention to leave the stadium and relocate to Livingston in 1995, when their lease expired. Their last game as Meadowbank Thistle was played in May 1995, although they continued to play at Meadowbank Stadium as Livingston until their new Almondvale Stadium was ready in November 1995. Edinburgh City moved into the stadium after Meadowbank left and they have since been joined by Leith Athletic (from the East of Scotland League playing on the 3g pitches adjacent).Hibernian have also played some of their reserve team matches at Meadowbank. In February 2013, the City of Edinburgh Council started a new consultation process about its future. Three options for redeveloping Meadowbank were put forward for consideration by Edinburgh Council in December 2013. and in 2015 plans were put forward to demolish the stadium but Edinburgh Council are still trying to raise the 6m shortfall for the 43 million pound development (Meadowbank Plans)

Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow (14)

We left Carlisle on the 1101 Just making it after a struggle to find a parking place near the station that’s free. The £23.70 Return fare is a Bargain (with a Family Railcard) and £3.50 for a plus bus ticket make it much cheaper than driving. We arrived in Edinburgh at 1222 and went for a look around the shops before catching a tram to York Place and then a number 5 bus right up to Meadowbank we had a look around the complex where there was a comic con going on (we tried to sneak in but didn’t get past the security guards it seamed pointless paying £15 for probably 30 minutes )

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We paid the £5 entry and £2 for a Programme going through turnstile C although all of the other turnstiles look like they’ve not been in use for some time. As you go through you go into an area underneath the stand where there is a running track some toilets and a refreshment bar. there wasn’t many folk around and the attendance was more like 100 come kick off.

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There was very few chances in the 1st half nothing of much to write about but in the 2nd half around the hour mark Edinburgh took the Lead when Ross Guthrie’s corner was fired home at the far post by un-marked Aaron Dunsmore. From there on it was all Edinburgh Ross Allum doubled Edinburgh’s lead on 80 Minutes. Edinburgh were pushing for a 3rd but were unable to break the solid Glasgow defence down. During the second half we were able to walk round and take a few picture’s of the sadly run down stadium meeting up with another ground hopper Brian Simmons from Croydon and have a chat with Jim Mckellar part of the Edinburgh City back room staff who was very welcoming. The big Stadiums Screen and the Floodlights are a sign of a bygone era we caught the 1852 back to Carlisle and were safely back home by just after 8pm

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All in All it was a good day out and a worthwhile trip to the Capital of Scotland. Edinburgh City are at home in 2 weeks against East Kilbride as part of the Groundhop weekend which is the last game of the Saturday kicking off at 8pm. I’m aiming to go back up for the 4 games in a day but funds may put an end to this (will have to see ) having done this game it gives me the opportunity to go home after the 3rd game but I may stay anyway. for more info on the Groundhop Weekend click here

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Division :- Scottish Lowland League
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £2
Attendance
Score 2-0
Train fare £23.70 and £3.50 for Plus bus (1 Adult 1 Child with Family railcard)

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Overall 267

Chester Le Street V Northallerton

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Moor Park

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Chester-le-Street Town F.C. is an English football club based in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. The club plays in the Northern Football League Division Two. Chester-le-Street Town was founded in 1972 as Garden Farm F.C.. They were the Wearside League champions in 1981 and were admitted to the Northern League Division 2 in 1983 and were promoted to the 1st division at the 1st attempt.They were Relegated in 1988-89, but the Cestrians bounced back after finishing third in 1991-92. They were relegated in 1996-97 but came straight back up in 1997-98 Winning the Title.

In 1998-99 they finished 3rd in the 1st Division there highest ever finish. 13th 15th 14th 14th 17th 8th 8th 17th 18th 13th were there finishes in the 1st Division.They were finally relegated in 20th in 2009-10 In the Second Division they’ve finished  8th 12th 13th 11th finishing 13th Last season. At the time of the Visit they now lie 4th in the table

In 1986-87 they reached the 4th Qualifying round of the Fa Cup losing to Caernarfon Town 3-2 at home In 1985, they reached the fifth round of the FA Vase. Losing 3-0 to Fleetwood after 2 replays

When the club first moved to this ground in 1978 it had only dressing rooms located away from the playing area and a perimeter fence around the pitch.There is a 200 seater stand, covered terracing for 500, uncovered terrace, hard standing all round Sadly I haven't’ got used to taking photo’s with my camera at night and can’t seam to get any decent ones .

Club Honours

Wearside League Champions 1980/81

Northern League Division 2 Winners 1983/84 & 1997/98

Record attendance:

893 v Fleetwood Town(18/2/1985)

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I left Carlisle around 1800 driving over the A69 and then down the A1 through the annoying road works then down the A167 straight to the Chester Moor Pub which is located just beside the ground at the back of the pub car park is a lane which takes you round to the Football Club and the clubhouse I arrived just in time for KO (1930) after a slight diversion through Chester Le Street to find a cash point.Probably one of the easiest grounds to get to as it’s all A roads and Motorways from Carlisle. Michael Hepplewhite gave Chester Le Street the Lead in the 1st half at half time I checked out the small club house which has sadly seen better days. In the Second half Northallerton came out fighting and Elliott McGlade equalised for the visitors.Simon Pinkney then put Northallerton in front, with Andrew Ramsbottom making sure after the goal mouth was left open scoring from almost the half way line.The ref made some very strange calls throughout the game and Chester Le Street will be disappointed with some of the decisions

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After the game it was a rather straight forward journey home again although the A1 was shut and I had to Divert through Team Valley Industrial Estate taking around 80 Minutes to get home.

 
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Moor Park, Chester Moor, Chester-Le-Street, County Durham. DH2 3RW

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Division :- Northern League Division 2
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £1.00
Attendance ?
Score 1-3
Miles from Carlisle 69 Miles Via A69 and A1

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Overall 266

Esh Winning V Chester Le Street

13th February 2016

West Terrace

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Esh Winning F.C. are a football club based in Esh Winning, near Durham, in County Durham, England. Football clubs in Esh Winning date back as far as 1889, including a team which won the Northern League in 1913. The latest incarnation of the club was formed in 1969 as the current version Esh Winning F.C. gained acceptance into the Durham and District Sunday League Third Division. Promotion was achieved in 1971, the Guards Cup was won the following season and in 1973 Esh Winning carried off the Division Two Championship. In 1975 there were victories in the Stafferi Cup and in 1976 the Earls House Sunday Cup. 1979 and 1980 saw Esh carry off back to back Sunday League Championships before spending the 1981–82 season in the Northern Alliance where a respectable sixth place was achieved. In 1982 Successful election into the newly created Northern League Second Division followed where Esh remained until 2002 when the club was promoted to Division One Although In the 2005–06 season the club got off to a slow start and were relegated back to the Second Division after 4 years in the Northern League top flight. There top flight record consists of a 17th 15th 14th and finally a 20th placed finishes. In the FA Cup they have reached the 2nd round of Qualifying twice in 1990-91 when they lost to Spennymoor United and in 2004-05 when they lost to Lancaster City. In 2008/09 they Finished 3rd in the Second Division and were Promoted back to Div 1. In 2009-10 they Finished 18th but they Following season they only Managed 4 Wins all season and were relegated in 21st Place. 11th in 2011-12 20th in 2012-13.
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In 2013-14 They Finished 22nd after Ryton & Crawcrook who had been bottom of the Northern League Division Two virtually all season won their last game away to South Shields thus relegating Esh Winning. Although they Avoided Relegation because Whitehaven were classed as a relegated club as they had failed to bring the ground up to the required standard. Esh Winning remained in the Northern League for the 2014-15 Season Finishing 20th.
The Ground is just outside the town in an area called Waterhouses. It comprises of a Clubhouse and main stand with the rest of the ground mostly open although the far side does have some bus shelters for shelter away from the elements.
We made our way over the A69 and then down the A68, Turning off the A68 before Tow Law and heading towards Esh Winning following the Sat Nav down some country lanes. We got our lunch in the Co-op located in the town centre then headed up towards the ground if you didn’t know where the club was you’d miss the turn off when the round bends round to the left you go straight ahead into the forest and down a little track before arriving at the ground.
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The game it’s self was an exciting one Esh led 2-0 with goals by Liam Clark and Adam Ward by the hour mark, but Chester fought back with an own goal and Craig Mickle Penalty to end the game 2-2 and give both sides a share of the points. The same survived the elements as nearby Durham was Abandoned due to snow. On the way back there was a fair bit of snow on the roads as we headed back towards Corbridge and Hexham but it was clear once you got down to the A69 Esh Winning seamed to avoid most of the snow.

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Division :- Northern League Division 2
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £1.00
Attendance ?
Score 2-2
Miles from Carlisle 65 Miles Via A69 and A68

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Friday, 1 January 2016

Overall 265

West Allotment Celtic V Penrith

Saturday 28th November 2015

Blue Flames Sports Ground/Whitley Park

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West Allotment Celtic is a semi professional club with two mens’ senior teams competing in the Northern League and the Northern Alliance League. The club is currently based at Whitley Park, a home they share with Northumberland FA and Newcastle United Reserves.Founded in 1928, Allotment is one of the very few remaining pit clubs in the area – a testament to the hard work and dedication of the volunteers that have kept the club going for 85 years when other clubs have faltered.West Allotment Celtic were formed in 1928, the culmination of a merger between West Allotment Primitive Methodists and West Allotment Juniors. In 1938, the club joined the Second Division of the Northern Amateur League. Now playing at the aptly-named Farm Ground, fans helped to dismantle a cowshed in Heaton and move it, piece by piece, to West Allotment, where it was reassembled at the ground. The shed was not for spectators – it served as the players’ changing facilities! The threat of dissolution was eventually staved off by the introduction of new blood into the club towards the end of the decade, as Allotment finally began to build towards a more positive future on and off the pitch. Celtic also moved to Backworth Welfare in 1968, consigning the ponds and mud of the Farm Ground to memory.In 1983, Allotment made its debut in both the Northern Alliance and the FA Vase. The first honour of the period arrived just one season later, as Allotment dispatched Ponteland United in the Alliance Challenge Cup Final. This success was followed up two seasons later by the first of Celtic’s 8 Alliance titles.Having acted as tenants at Hillheads in Whitley Bay since 1995, the club set out to find a new home, and found it in Benton. In 2001, the club moved to Whitley Park, also known as the Blue Flames Sports Ground. The ground is well-known as one of the best kept pitches in the Northern League, and also serves as the headquarters of the Northumberland FA.

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Honours

  • Northern Alliance Champions: 1986/87, 1990/91, 1991-92  1997/98, 1998-99 1999/00, 2001/02, 2003/04

  • Northern League 2nd Division Champions: 2004/05

Again we made out way over to the North East Via the A69 1st Stopping off at The Giants Den Soft Play Centre in Team Valley. We Arrived at the Ground at 1450 but the Programmes were a sell out.The game got off to a flying start for the Bonny Blues, taking advantage of the strong wind, and creating numerous chances. Penrith took the lead in the 29th minute through a Jamie Hope header after great work from Martyn Coleman out wide. It seemed to relax Penrith as Coleman was superbly played through on goal and cool as you like, slotted past the keeper.The 2nd half started with the home team having some good possession but couldn't break down a mean Cumbrian defence. The third goal came as Will Paul went on a forward run and hit an unbelievable shot against the underside of the cross bar and Sam Bell headed in. Penrith’s domination got a just reward with a 4th goal when Nathan Waterston raced through and looped it over the impressive West Allotment Celtic keeper.
A great away performance from the Bonny Blues which the score line rather flattered the home team.

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Division :- Northern League Division 1
Ticket Price Adult £6 and Child free
Programme £1.00 Sold out
Attendance ?
Score 0-4
Miles from Carlisle 60

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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Overall 264

Northallerton Town V Hebburn Town

Calvert Stadium

Saturday 14th November 2015

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Northallerton Town F.C. is an English football club based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. They were established in 1895 and continue on to this day. They are currently playing in Northern League Division Two. In 1982, they were among the founding members of the Northern League Division Two, they gained promotion to Division One by finishing second in 1989–90. They had huge success in the early 90s reaching the last 16 of the FA Trophy, finally losing to Farnborough Town; they also reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup in 1992 and 1993, losing to Accrington Stanley and Witton Albion. Town also started to attract some undesirable support with crowd trouble at Accrington, Workington & Witton, however this was short lived, as was the club's success, going bust in 1994. The ground was sold off to a business man with no interest in football. Debts were cleared on liquidation; however the club then had to find rent on a monthly basis.The club changed their name to Northallerton F.C. 1994 in 1994, and were relegated back into Division Two in the 1994–95 season. They soon shot back up they secured the league championship during 1996–97 and were promoted back to Division One. They were relegated once more the following season though, and reverted their club name back to Northallerton Town in 1999.Northallerton Town are known for their loud and passionate home and away support – a section of the crowd are known as the 'Northallerton Town Casuals' and have a friendly rivalry with the North Shields 'Ultras'.
Honours

The game had been in doubt because of the heavy rainfall and the forecast of a lot more to fall but the Referee rightly gave the go-ahead for the game although the pitch was very heavy and the grass long. Shortly after the kick-off Channon North missed an opportunity although he looked well offside but early play suggested that the boggy pitch was going to present one or two problems. On 10 minutes excellent work by Iain Bickerstaff released Channon who was unlucky not to put Hebburn ahead. There was little action in either goal mouths although a great saving tackle from Chris Smith stopped a fine attacking move by the home side after 15 minutes and a great save by Phil Holgate on the half hour stopped a certain goal. At this stage Northallerton were shading the game and two minutes later a great move involving a slick back heel freed Reakes who hit a fine drive across Holgate to give the hosts the lead. Hebburn fought back and a strong drive by Iain Bickerstaff from outside the box flew inches past the post with the home keeper stranded and shortly after James Talbot should have done better when a great ball from Ross Toward left him clear of the Northallerton defence. One down at half time and the Hornets still in the game. Unfortunately that is the way it stayed as Hebburn battled in well and had more possession than the home team but never troubled the Northallerton goal. In fact Phil Holgate brought off two tremendous saves to thwart goal bound efforts which would have flattered the home side. Nevertheless Hebburn never looked like scoring.
 
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Division :- Northern League Division 2
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £1.00
Attendance ?
Score 1-0
Miles from Carlisle 84 Miles Via A66 and A1

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