Thursday, 8 January 2015

Overall 252

Norton United V Gateshead

Norton Cricket Club & Miners Welfare Institute

Sunday 9th November 2014

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Norton United F.C. is a football club based in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. They were established in 1989 and joined the Staffordshire Senior League in the same year. They were the Midland League champions three times, North West Counties Football League champions in 2013–14, and were promoted to be members of the Northern Premier League Division One South .

The club's ground is the Norton Cricket Club & Miners Welfare Institute. They play in black and red striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. The Evo-Stik League Division One side were playing their eighth game since their cup run began in the preliminary round in August.

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This was quite a easy one to do I managed to secure an extra shift which meant I would be passing Stoke around the time of the game so with the help of North East based legendry hopper Shaun Smith I managed to secure a ticket for the game for a bargain price at £10. The Fa Cup coverage has returned to the BBC hence why 10 games where moved to the Sunday which meant I was free to pick up an extra shift. I drove down the M6 to Stoke Junction 16 then heading down the A500 just like I do every night with work Sad smile. I came off at the Burslem turn off and headed through Burslem on the B5051 before parking up on a near side street.

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Shaun met me at the entry turnstile and handed me my ticket Also there was John Main and Tony Morehead. We stood in the 1st half behind the goal Gateshead were attacking, Rodman and Ramshaw (2) giving the Heed a 3-0 H/T lead. In the second half we swapped ends and stood behind the opposite goal to which Ramshaw completed his hat-trick with in the 74th Minute. After the game I made my way back to the Van and was surprised to bump into John McClure standing next to what was obviously Tony Moreheads car (The Man City Stickers gave it away). We had a quick chat before I headed back to my van and onto work in the East Midlands region. Returning home well after 11pm

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Ex Cufc Watch

Penrith Born Lewis Guy came on as a second half substitution having joined Gateshead from Carlisle in the Summer. Lewis Started off at Newcastle making 1 appearance in the Uefa Cup before making a loan switch to Doncaster which later became permanent in 2005. He had 5 years there but went on loan twice, once to Hartlepool and then to Oldham before moving to MK Dons in 2010 he had Loan spells at Oxford whilst there. In Jan 2012 he was released from his contract in order to sign for St Mirren and stayed there until July 2013 when he was released from his contract to sign for boyhood club Carlisle United. He signed a 1 year deal and stayed for the full season Starting 15 games and 28 appearances from the Bench scoring only 2 Goals.

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Division :- FA Cup
Ticket Price Adult £10
Programme £2
Attendance 1762
Score 0-4
Miles from Carlisle 150 Miles

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Monday, 5 January 2015

Overall 251

Warrington Town V Exeter City

Friday 7th November 2014

Cantilever Park

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Warrington Town Football Club is an English football club based in Warrington, Cheshire. They were established in 1949 under the name of Stockton Heath Albion, adopting their current name in 1961. The club are currently members of Division One North of the Northern Premier League, in the 8th tier of the English football league system, and play at Cantilever Park. After its formation, the club initially played at London Road. In 1965, the club moved to Cantilever Park, which has a capacity of 2,500 as of November 2014. It takes its name from the Cantilever Bridge, a high-level road bridge on Ackers Road over the Manchester Ship Canal that towers over the ground to the east. The ground itself is on the northern bank of the canal.

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Well it’s that time of year again and it’s FA Cup time the Friday night fixture was in my diary from the minute the TV fixtures were announced, yes this one was selected for live TV coverage on a Friday night ideal for my work commitments after securing the night off. I made my way down the M6 towards Warrington and Junction 21. £15 was the entry fee which had to be booked in advance I booked it in the Exeter end as the Warrington end was a sell out although there was no segregation on the day. I parked up in the Co-op car park which was a short walk up the road from the ground, On a normal day you probably would be able to park closer but with 2,500 expected the surrounding roads were jam packed.

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I’ll be short and sweet with this blog as with other things happening in my life. I just haven’t had time to compile a proper report. but Warrington Managed to win this one 1-0 in front of the TV Camera’s. Defender and plasterer Craig Robinson headed in the winner on seven minutes, Warrington Managed to hold on for the win despite some heavy Pressure late on. The BBC website has a full report here

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It’s nights like these you remember why I started ground hopping the atmosphere towards the end was electric and at the final whistle scene’s of jubilation that I have not seen for a while made me realise the journey was worth it. After the game I followed the sat nav back to the M6 at Junction 21 and was back home for around midnight.

 

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Ex Carlisle watch

Christian Ribeiro Came on loan to Carlisle for 2 months in the 2011-12 season. Playing 7 games Speaking about his time at Carlisle he said

“I was really impressed with Carlisle when I was there It was a very honest group of people at Carlisle, and I really enjoyed my time there. “They pick up guys who haven’t made it or established themselves at other clubs and give them a sense of belonging. Everyone was pulling in the same direction.“It was a very good place to work and I’m very surprised where they are in the league. “When I was there they were in the top eight and I thoroughly enjoyed playing under Greg Abbott, who is a very good manager. Had things worked out how Ribeiro had hoped he would still be wearing a Carlisle shirt. The two-cap Welshman, who has a Portuguese father, joined Carlisle on loan from Bristol City in November 2011 to cover for the long-term absence of the injured Frank Simek.  “Things went well for me personally at Carlisle and, if anything, I would have liked to stay longer,” said Ribeiro. “I learned such a lot when I was there and was settled even though I was living a long way from home. “Frank Simek was injured and I was filling the gap. In the summer there was a little bit of talk because Frank was out of contract but he is very highly thought of so there wasn’t too much speculation about him going.” Instead he penned a two-year deal with Scunthorpe in the summer of 2012 The club announced on 8 May 2014 that he would be released at the end of the season, despite playing 21 games as they won promotion back to League One. On 21 August 2014, Ribeiro officially signed for League Two side Exeter City after a successful pre-season trial.

Ribeiro was a regular at various youth levels for Wales including taking part in the under-19 squad that played in the Milk Cup in 2007. On 12 November 2007 he was called up for the Wales U21 team for the matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 and France U21, playing in both. He was first called up to the senior squad for the 2010 World Cup qualifier against Russia in September 2009 but did not leave the bench. Ribeiro made his debut for the Wales national football team on 23 May 2010 against Croatia at the Gradski vrt stadium, Osijek.

 

 

Division :- FA Cup
Ticket Price Adult £15
Programme £3
Attendance 2500
Score 1-0
Miles from Carlisle 126 Miles

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Overall 250 Yes 250

Guisborough V Penrith

King George V Stadium

Saturday 11th October 2014

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Guisborough Town F.C. are an English football club based in Guisborough, North Yorkshire. They were founded in 1973 and currently play in the Northern League Division One. Their home ground is the King George V Ground (sometimes abbreviated to 'KGV Ground') in Guisborough. Guisborough Town Football Club formed in 1973 and after winning the Middlesbrough & District League and the South Bank & District League they were soon entered into the Northern Alliance. There is however evidence to show that there were football teams in the town as Guisborough pre-dating them, such as Guisborough Belmont Athletic as far back as the 1920s, and a team named simply Guisborough from the 1940s.Guisborough finished top of the Northern Alliance in the 1979–80 season, and reached the final of the FA Vase tournament that same season, losing 2–0 to Stamford FC at the original Wembley Stadium. Guisborough then played in the Midland League for two seasons, ending in 5th position in both occasions, before becoming a founding member of the Northern Counties East League where they played for the next three seasons. In 1985, Guisborough joined Division Two of the Northern League. After spending just two seasons in the league they were promoted to Division One, having finished second in Division Two in the 1986–87 season Guisborough remained in Division One for the next eighteen years, before being relegated back to Division Two at the end of the 2004–05 season after being docked six points for twice fielding ineligible players. The club completed an excellent season in 2010–11 where they only lost 6 League games and finished Runner's Up earning promotion to the First Division (2011–12). During the 1988–89 season, Guisborough made their sole appearance in the FA Cup First Round, narrowly losing 1–0 to professional side Bury at Middlesbrough's Ayresome Park. Daniel Johnson scored 59 goals in the 2013-14 season and won the Northern League Young Player of the Year. He’s now sealed a transfer to Championship side Cardiff. Record Attendance: 3,112 v Hungerford Town in FA Vase semi-final 2nd leg, 29 March 1980.

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Me and the lad set of from Carlisle Down towards Penrith and over the A66 towards Darlington and Middlesbrough We spent time at Crazy Corner Soft Play centre in Thornaby before heading over to Guisborough for the match grabbing something to eat at the Subway just outside Guisborough a drive thru may I add.

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We arrived at the ground for 14:45 parking up in the small car park outside the ground, A small ground but it looked very well looked after. One thing I did notice was there was a large presence of kids watching the game and playing football behind the goals, which obviously bodes well for their future an open ground with large grassed areas dotted around.

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The Match kicked off with Penrith having to name their manager in the starting line up and only a goalkeeper on the bench. In the 1st Half Penrith were slightly the better side but both sides had few chances. In the 2nd half Penrith took the lead when Ben Jackson had a shot from the edge of the area which sailed into the net on 54 minutes a fine finish. Guisborough then came into the game a bit more on 66 Minutes Luke Bythway charged down a clearance and was able to score. With 10 Minutes reaming Penrith had to use their sub Keeper when Richardson was replaced suffering a suspected broken finger, Tom Newton came on to replace him. Penrith then managed to hold on till the end but had chances of their own to snatch an away win.

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After the match we stayed behind and had another drink in the bar and chatting to a few of the Penrith support before setting off home arriving back in Cumbria around 1920

Division :- Northern League Division 1
Ticket Price Adult £6 and Child £3
Programme £1.50
Attendance 210
Score 1-1
Miles from Carlisle 100 Miles

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Overall 249

AFC Blackpool V Stockport Sports

Saturday 4th October 2014

Jepson Way

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AFC Blackpool was formed in 1947 under the name of Blackpool Metal Mechanics and played at Stanley Park for two years before moving to the current Jepson Way ground.  In the summer of 2005 Blackpool Mechanics FC merged with Lytham St. Anne's FC who had just won the West Lancashire League Division One title. Lytham St. Annes resigned from their own league and have brought their resources and manpower to Jepson Way in a bid to launch the new look Mechanics in their push up the non-league football pyramid. The club was re-named AFC Blackpool in May 2008 when Blackpool Mechanics FC and Squires Gate Junior FC got together to form one club. It was decided to mark the start of a new era by re-naming the club and the name 'AFC Blackpool' was chosen. The club leased a further piece of land adjacent to the ground in Jepson Way to accommodate the enlarged club and investment to improve the facilities was begun. The club ground in Jepson Way retains its name 'The Mechanics' to maintain a link with the past. Season 2010/11 saw the club have probably its best season ever. The first team were promoted to the Premier Division as Div.1 champions with a record breaking 28 wins and three draws in 34 league matches. They also reached the semi finals in both the 1st Division Trophy and the League Cup.

We set of for Blackpool on the Friday night staying over and going to see the lights and spending the day touring the sea front before heading up towards Squires gate around 1300 we had lunch at the Air balloon near the soon to close Blackpool Airport. Heading to Jepson way for 1445 parking in the car park adjacent. The 2 teams shared out the points in this trilling encounter The opening goal from Stockport was a excellent free kick from Luke Gibson.

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Aaron Dwyer then added a second to put the 10 man away side 2-0 up but the away side failed to hold on Ben Singleton pulled one back from the Penalty spot then Kevin Ford levelled with 20 minutes left. As for the sending off I didn’t even see it but it was a straight red card.

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Division :- North West Counties Division 1
Ticket Price Adult £6 and 2 x Child £3
Programme £1.50
Attendance ?
Score 2-2
Miles from Carlisle 97 Miles

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Overall 24 (Revisit)

Workington Reds V Frickley Athletic

Saturday 20th September 2014

Borough Park

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Workington A.F.C. is an English football club from Workington, Cumbria.The club competes in the Northern Premier League and play their home matches at Borough Park, which has a capacity of 3,101 (500 seated, 2,601 standing). The club play in red, and are known locally as the Reds. The club is often referred to as Workington Reds to distinguish it from Rugby League club Workington Town. The Reds' traditional rivals are Carlisle United and Barrow. In 1951 the club was voted into the Third Division North of The Football League replacing New Brighton. Workington were voted out of the League in 1977. They were replaced by Wimbledon
Borough Park was built with the assistance of the local council, and opened in 1937, with Workington moving from their previous Lonsdale Park ground, which was next to Borough Park. The ground initially consisted of a 1,000-seat main stand on the western touchline, and banking around the remainder of the pitch, but by 1951 the embankments had been converted to terracing, and two more stands erected in the north-west and south-west corners of the ground. Workington were elected to the Football League in 1951, and the first League match at Borough Park saw them defeat Chesterfield 3–1 in front of 11,000 spectators. The ground underwent further expansion during the 1950s as the main stand was extended and the terracing on the eastern side of the pitch was roofed in 1956. The record attendance of 21,000 was set on 4 January 1958 for an FA Cup match against Manchester United. The League record attendance of 18,628 was set for a local derby against Carlisle United on 26 December 1963.  The main stand was closed and the roof removed in 1988.
  • Best Season in FA Cup – 1933–34 (4th Round Proper)
From 6 January 1954 to 15 November 1955 the club was managed by Bill Shankly. who would achieve fame between 1959 and 1974 with his success at home and abroad as manager of Liverpool During the 1957–58 season they played the great Manchester United team known as the Busby Babes at home in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, attracting a record crowd of 21,000.This was just a month before eight of the United players lost their lives in the Munich air disaster.
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We first of all set off for Maryport and spent a few hours in the Aquarium and surrounding kids play ground before heading over to Workington for the match the £18 family ticket was good value for 2 adults and 2 kids Arriving at the ground we parked up on the grass verge alongside Tesco’s The Match ended 1-1 after an forgettable first half Workington took the lead when Allison’s 30-yard volley on 66 minutes that should have been worthy of winning any match, a superb volley. But just 10 minutes later after a Sanchez Payne cross was met by a powerful header from striker Danny South frickley equalized. Red were reduced to 10 Men at the end When Allison was sent of for a late tackle on Frickley’s Parkinson, A decision that was probably influenced by the Frickley goalkeeper who ran 30 Yards out of his goal to confront Allison. The ref took the option to dismiss Allision to defuse the situation. The challenge itself was just a late tackle that was down to enthusiasm to get the ball back rather than any malice.
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After the game it was back to Carlisle Via Maryport and the A596
Ex Carlisle Watch
Probably the entire Workington Team has some connection to Carlisle at some point Josh Calvert, John Jamieson, Dan Wordsworth, were all YTS without making an Appearance for Carlisle.
Kyle May

Given a first year pro contract, never made a first team appearance. Bullied, abused, dumped on by Roddy Collins then loaned to Gretna who eventually signed him full time. Subsequently they loaned him to Workington along with 3 or 4 others, (this was the period when Gretna had 20 + players out on loan), grasping the opportunity to play first team football he stayed and made his move permanent and is coming close to the clubs all time record apperance’s
Lee Andrews Carlisle United 2001 – 2006

League - 81 (10) League Cup – 2 (1) FA Cup – 6 (1) FLT – 3 (0) 1 game definitely the other 2 less certain!
Total – 92 (12) Signed by Ian Atkins on a two year deal for Torquay United in 2006, contract cancelled by mutual consent after one year, moved back north to sign for Newcastle Blue Star, after a few months moved to Workington where is still is.
Gavin Skelton Carlisle United 2001 – 2006
League - 1 (6)League Cup – 1 (0)FA Cup – 0 (0)FLT – 0 (0)
Total – 2 (6) Also played for Gretna, Hamilton, Kilmarnock & Barrow.
Stephen Hindmarch
League - 0 (7)League Cup – 0 (1)FA Cup – 0 (1)
Total – 0 (7)

After his release by Carlisle he was signed by Paul Simpson for Shrewsbury Town, his stay there lasted one year after which he signed for Workington, this didn’t work out he lost his way drifting, I think he went to Australia or New Zealand for a short period and after his return returned to the Reds.
Connor Tinnion also got a 1 year deal but never made it onto the pitch for the blues

Division :- Evostick Premier League
Ticket Price Family ticket 2 Adults 2 Children £18
Programme £2.50
Attendance 401
Score 1-1
Miles from Carlisle 36
















Sunday, 21 September 2014

Overall 147 Re-Visit

Shrewsbury Town V Carlisle

Tuesday 16th September 2014

Greenhous Meadow Stadium

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Shrewsbury Town Football Club is an English association football club based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The club participates in League Two, the fourth tier of English football. The club was formed in 1886 and has played in all the bottom three divisions in various guises since being elected into the Football League in 1950. Since 2007, they have been located at the New Meadow (known for sponsorship purposes as the Greenhous Meadow) – a UEFA Category four stadium with a capacity of 9,875.

Shrewsbury Town were formed on 20 May 1886 at the Turf Hotel in Claremont Hill, Shrewsbury. This was following the demise of first Shropshire Wanderers and later indirectly after Castle Blues.

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97 years, over 3,000 matches, 3rd and 4th tier championships, 5 time Welsh Cup winners, league Cup semi finals, Football league trophy semi finals, play off semi finals, a full conference season, 10 years in the 2nd tier and huge cup shocks. This ground saw it all but was demolished in 2007 for many years, Shrewsbury coracle maker Fred Davies achieved some notability amongst football fans, by a unique service he and his coracle provided. He would sit in his coracle during Shrewsbury Town home matches, and retrieve any stray footballs that went into the River Severn. Although Davies died long ago, his legend is still associated with the club.

I Visited this ground twice back in 2003 for ground number 25 my first game was a 0-0 draw in the Football League Trophy a result that saw us clinch a place at the millennium stadium for the Final against Swansea and then again 2 months later for a relegation decider Carlisle won 3-2 a result which saw the Cumbrian’s survive and Shrewsbury Relegated Brian Wake the hero scoring all 3 goals for my You Tube Highlights Click Here this has to be one of my favourite away days as a Carlisle fan.

 

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Also known as the Greenhous Meadow for sponsorship purposes, is the home ground of English football club Shrewsbury Town. The stadium is situated on the southern outskirts of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, between the districts of Meole Brace and Sutton Farm, and close to the A5. It was completed in the summer of 2007

My first Visit here was on 27th Aug 2011 for Shrewsbury V Swindon I went in the Swindon end it ended 2-1 to the Shrews. This was my second Visit. I left Carlisle after a few beers in the beehive at 1300 on the CUFC Supporters bus. The coach went down the M6 towards Wolverhampton before joining the M54 and after a few traffic problems (A Diversion through Preston and roadwork's on the M54) we were in Shrewsbury by 1815 I had some scran in the Brooklands Hotel and a few ciders meeting up with Hazza my old pal from the railway who had travelled down from Carlisle on the train. We walked up to the ground in time for kick off away fans are situated behind the goal. United lost this match 1-0 which equalled the clubs longest record without a league win 14 games as we stayed rock bottom of the Football League.

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We went a different way home taking the A49 up through Shropshire arriving back at 0115 going right through Warrington and onto the M6 another long day and another defeat for the blues.

Division :- League 2
Ticket Price Adult £20
Programme £3
Supporters bus £23
Attendance 3833
Score 1-0

Miles from Carlisle 185

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Overall 248

Cambridge V Carlisle

Saturday 30th August 2014

The Abbey Stadium

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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

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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.

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

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