Friday, 17 July 2015

Overall 256

Daventry Town V Northampton Sileby Rangers

Tuesday 14th July 2015

Communications park

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Daventry Town F.C. is a football club based in the town of Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, formed in 1886. They are members of the Northern Premier League Division One South. The club was established in 1886 as a local-town club playing in the Northampton Town League.In the 2009–10 season Daventry won promotion to the Southern League Division One Central, by becoming champions of the United Counties League under the guidance of manager Ady Fuller.In 2014-15 They were transferred to the Northern Premier League 1st Division Southern Section. In June 2015 Iain Humphrey resigned as chairman and was replaced by Allan Smart, who relinquished his role as Daventry Town's manager in the process. Ady Fuller, who had served as Smart's assistant and had a previous spell as Daventry Town boss as well as stints as manager at Banbury United and Bedworth United, was appointed as caretaker manager in the interim period in June 2015.

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After being on a course for the week at the nearby Staverton park Hotel I decided to take in this match kicking off at 7.45. I made the short walk down from the hotel which didn’t take long there is a small car park next to the ground and an industrial estate along the road from the roundabout leading up to the ground. I paid the £4 entry fee but there was no programme or team sheet. The ground has 3 open sides to it with a 2 tier club house and small stands either side. Not sure what the capacity is but most sites list it as around 3000. There is a bar on the lower ground floor with a private function room on the top tier with a viewing balcony as well.

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The game kicked off but I had no idea who was who so I was left to guess the goal scorers. Straight from the kick off there was a few late/bad tackles going in and Sileby had the better of the game. The ref was trying not to book players as it was a friendly but he lost control of the game and had no option but to send players off in the 2nd half. Daventry took the lead after 6 minutes, a corner from Simon King was headed in by James Tricks. Didn’t take Rangers long to equalize as only 10 minutes later they did so and just before half time Sileby took the lead to go in 2-1 up at the break. After the break the Daventry number 11 went on a run before smashing it past the keeper although the Daventry forward Aaron King may have got the final touch but I thought at the time it was already over the line. Tempers again flared and goal scorer James Tricks was asked to leave the field after venting his frustrations out on the ref after being stamped on by the Sileby Defender. The number 12 was also given a straight red card late on after again venting his frustrations out on the ref. That gave Sileby the incentive with the numerical advantage to steal the game late on with 2 almost identical goals both from free kicks first by number 9 then a second minutes later by number 14. The Daventry Website gave the Goal scorers for Daventry as James Tricks 16mins, Aaron King 75mins and for Sileby Brian Farrell 24/85mins, Stuart McMichael 37/86mins Although I had numbers 9 (twice) and 11 & 14 as the goal scorers Overall It was an entertaining game with both side committed to winning the game and you wouldn’t have known it was a friendly.

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Ex Carlisle Watch

The Daventry Chairman and manager last season was non other than Allan Smart

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Allan signed on Loan for Carlisle United from Preston North End on Friday 24th November after rejecting a permanent deal to Lincoln and his 1st game came in a live TV Game against Wycombe Wanderers (I have actually got the recording of this on VHS) playing really well alongside David Reeves which left Carlisle Fan’s Singing song’s such as #Sign him up and #Smartie’s got the Answer. Allan played 3 games and 1 substitute game in a month. before returning to Preston. He later that season spent a month at Northampton town playing 1 game for them without scoring. United actually agreed a fee with Preston for £60,000 rising to £100,000 in January 1996 but the deal fell through for some reason.

In October 1996 Carlisle United sold David Reeves to Preston for £300,000 a deal which meant Allan came the other way he signed a 2 year deal and he scored his 1st goal on his debut for Carlisle in a 2-2 draw away at Rochdale at the end of the season he had 34 Appearances with 10 goals playing alongside Lee Peacock and emerging players such as Matt Jansen and Scott Dobie as Carlisle finished 3rd in the Third Division which meant Promotion to Division 2 and also winning the Autoglass trophy at Wembley (although Alan had to be taken off injured early on). In the 97-98 Carlisle season Allan picked up a foot Injury in only the 2nd game of the season at home Watford (of all teams), He later returned on Feb 24th against former side Preston North End in a 3-0 win overall he made 17 Appearances with 7 goals unfortunately Carlisle were still relegated that year as star players were sold on Lee Peacock Matt Jansen Rory Delap just to name a few. During the summer he was sold to Watford for around £100,000. He Won promotion the the PL in 99-00 with Watford and had loan spells at Hibs and Stoke. He later played for Oldham,Dundee United,Crewe, MK Dons, Bury, Portadown, Burscough and Southport.

 

Division :- Evo-Stik 1st Division South
Ticket Price Adult £4
Programme N/A
Attendance 57
Score 2-4
Miles from Carlisle 235 Miles

 

Matchday Photo Album

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Season Stats 2014-15

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Groundhops

Down to 59 Games this season mostly due to Kids and Financial problems. I needed to tick of Cambridge and Luton to Recomplete the 92 both were done

Memorable moments include:-

    • Being part of the Title celebrations at Hearts as they beat Queen of the South to win the League title
    • Being at Tynecastle as Hearts stuffed Cowdenbeath 10-0
    • Being at Warrington in the Fa Cup 1st round as they knocked out League two Exeter City
    • Going to Guisborough Town and meeting someone who changed my life forever

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After last season I made my changes in life and set out on the path to restore myself to what I used to be like when I was younger We Started the Season off watching the CUFC side take on a Southampton U21 side on the training pitch in the hope that an immediate return to league one would be on the cards, but we were refused entry to the training pitches and had to watch from behind the fence in the car park, This probably set the tone for the season as despite relegation and a squad overhaul,we again struggled and the Manager was dismissed by the end of August after a drubbing at Cambridge, a game I visited to bring me back to the 92 (Luton in Feb Re-completed it ). A new manager was appointed and we remained near the bottom with very few highlights. I went away to Cheltenham, Cambridge, Shrewsbury, Morecambe, Luton and Burton. I had to Shelve plans to go to Portsmouth, Dagenham, Stevenage, AFC Wimbledon, and Newport for money reasons but they all stayed in League two for another chance next season (I’ve been to all these just not with Carlisle United ). Barnet came up so that’s another to add to the list I went there in 2013-14. I am trying to remain positive for CUFC in 2015-16 but it gets harder and harder every year to do so. This season’s summer has been just as worse as ever but I won’t go there (Another Story for Another Day).

I also Managed to get to 3 Celtic Nation games before they eventually folded at the end of the season the inevitable happened when the money ran out. It’s a shame as Gilford Park were a nice little club before Frank Lynch’s money came on the table even if they were only being watched by about 30 men and a dog. I did spend some time over the border watching Gretna 2008 as they went on a winning streak and seeing a game played at Annan to due to a problem with the floodlights caused by a storm.

Hearts did amazingly well as they romped to the title in the Scottish Championship no side could get near them all season. I was witness to the 10-0 demolition of Cowdenbeath and the Title celebrations against Queen of the South. They didn’t play any of the Scottish 4 grounds I need so they will roll over to next year

Money was tight last year hence the low amount of game and distance travelled although I did manage 10 New grounds at Murrayfield home off Scottish rugby (Celtic had to play their champions league qualifier there due to the commonwealth games being played at Celtic Park ) Also Holker old boys, Cambridge, AFC Blackpool, Guisborough, Warrington, Norton, Luton, North Shields and Cleator Moor Celtic.

Money was tight for various reason’s I made the decision to separate from my kids mother last summer and this affected the money side of things. In November I was able to move into my own pad and by April I finally switched to days after nearly 4 years on Nights which again I meant I lost my night shift rate but meant I was able to spend more time with the boys. I did spend more time this season watching local side’s like Carlisle United, Gretna, Celtic Nation and finally Penrith, and it was through watching Penrith that I finally met someone decent and as mad about football as me. From initially becoming friends when I went to Guisborough were now very much in love. Rather randomly she has over 100 grounds visited too watching Carlisle as a Child and then Gretna before now following Penrith with her brilliant Parents Richard and Janis. I was invited to the Penrith Christmas Party and then end of Season awards as I racked up 14 Penrith games home and away and will continue to do more next season. We’ve moved in together now and she’s absolutely amazing I couldn’t have managed without her over the last few months. I can’t wait to see what next season brings for me and Caroline.  

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I’m still a 92 club member as Barnet and Bristol Rovers came up both grounds I have visited before so no worries there. The Scottish 42 still alludes me as I need Inverness, Ross County Peterhead and Elgin but I’ll get there at some point. just the 5 conference grounds to get to as well.

A Challenging season but enjoying never the less and I’ve also met a few new friends along the way.

Geoff Jackson

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Cleator Moor Celtic V Stockton Town

Monday 4th May 2015

McGrath Park

Monkwearmouth Charity Cup Final

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Cleator Moor Celtic Football Club is an English football team founded in 1908–09. The Clubs plays in the Wearside Football League. Cleator Moor was founded in 1908–09 by Irish immigrants employed in the local iron ore mines. In the 1950–51 season, Cleator Moor reached the first round of the FA Cup, where they lost to Tranmere Rovers 5–0, in a match played at Workington. All other campaigns in the FA Cup have not seen the club progress past the second qualifying round. Famous former players include. Scott Carson played for the Celtic from Under 10s through to Under 16s and also made appearances with the Under 18s and the First Team before his recruitment to the Leeds United academy after being spotted playing for Workington in the FA Youth Cup. He turned professional with Leeds before signing for Liverpool. Whitehaven born Charlie Woods was transferred from Cleator Moor Celtic to Newcastle United in May 1959, making and scoring on his professional debut at Craven Cottage in a 4-3 defeat to Fulham F.C. Woods went on to play in the football league for Newcastle United, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Watford and Colchester United until he retired in 1971. Woods played 272 professional games scoring 46 goals. Charlie Woods became a coach at Ipswich Town where he began a long term coaching and scouting relationship with Sir Bobby Robson which carried on through Robson's England and Club management career. He became a close friend and confidant of Robson. Woods was sacked from Newcastle United in 2004, at the same time as Robson was disgracefully dismissed by then Chairman Freddie Sheppard.

I wasn’t intending to tick off Wearside league game but this seamed to good of an opportunity to miss. It doesn’t take me long from Carlisle to West Cumbria and with it being £2 admission and £2 it was a cheap day out . Parking up in the main Car park. I was able to meet up with Shaun Smith creator of the popular ground hopping website http://100groundsclub.blogspot.co.uk/ and David Stoker who had driven down from Livingston who’s blog is https://davesfootballtravels.wordpress.com/. The Monkwearmouth Charity Cup has been contested for since 1889-90 I got to pose with the trophy at the entrance to the ground.

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Stockton won the game 2-0 with both goals coming in the 1st half Kallum Hannah with the 1st and then Max Craggs followed it up with a 25 Yard effort. Stockton now have both the League title and the Ship-owners cup and this completed the treble with just Easington Colliery standing in the way of a quadruple in the League Cup final

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Division :- Wearside League
Ticket Price Adult £2 and Child Free
Programme £2
Attendance Roughly 150
Score 0-2
Miles from Carlisle 39 Miles

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Matchday Photo Album

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Overall 254

North Shields V Penrith

Saturday 14th March 2015

Daren Persson Stadium

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North Shields F.C. is a football club based in North Shields, England. They have reached the 2nd round of the FA Cup twice in their history – in 1933–34 and 1982–83. Following their promotion from Northern League Division Two, they currently compete in Northern League Division One. They also won the FA Amateur Cup at Wembley in 1969, beating Sutton United. The club was formed in 1896 as North Shields Athletic, and began playing in the South Shields and District League. The club moved to Appleby Park, Hawkey's Lane in about 1900. Their record attendance was 12,800 for the local derby with South Shields in 1936. The ground was one of the finest non-league stadiums in the country and disputably the fourth best in the North East after St James', Roker and Ayresome Park. The stadium was blighted with subsidence problems having been build on the site of a former colliery and it wasn't uncommon for holes to appear in the pitch, one of which developed during the course of a game and resulted in a home player ending up waist high in a hole. North Shields played at Appleby Park until 1992 after the club encountered financial difficulties and subsidence at the ground forced the club into selling the land. The stadium was eventually sold to developers and by 1993 the stadium was replaced by new housing. The site is now replaced with a street named after the old stadium, Appleby Park.  After 2 years of playing at various grounds around the Wallsend area the club finally reached an agreement with North Tyneside Council and a new ground known as "Ralph Gardner Park" was built in the Chirton area of North Shields. 2010–11 saw the commencement of a sponsorship deal with local funeral director Daren Persson which has seen the stadium carry his name. The stadium is affectionately known as "The Morgue" to the North Shields "Ultras" supporters. Attendances at "RGP" has been known to pass the 300 mark on occasions. The ground has covered seating and standing areas. The record attendance for the stadium is 1,312, Although this is set to be broken soon when the club plays the Fa Vase Cup Semi Final on 28th March 2015 The club have been managed by former Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa player Graham Fenton Since April 2012.

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Me and the boy started off by catching the 1135 Train to Newcastle changing at Newcastle onto the Metro towards North Shields, We took the 10 minute walk from North Shields Metro to the Stadium through some side streets reaching the ground at 1400. There’s nothing much to the stadium although Permission has been granted for them to build a new club house on the land adjacent to the stadium on Dec 2013 but as yet no work has began. There is one small covered seating accommodation and 2 small covered terracing. 

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Penrith and North Shields shared the points in this game but either side could have won it North Shields took the lead in the 16th Minute when Forster sent Bainbridge through on goal the striker making no mistake to slot past Blues Keeper Richardson. Almost immediately Penrith Replied when Jack Elliot seized on a bad pass in the Shields defence to laid the ball up for Martin Coleman to score to make it 1-1 after brushing off the attentions of the Shields defenders and that’s how it Finished. Penrith Goalkeeper Josha Richardson had a fine second half as he kept out the Shields Attack.

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Highlights can be viewed here

After the game we made our way back to Meadowell Metro which is actually closer than North Shields then caught the 1754 Newcastle to Carlisle train

Division :- Northern League Division 1
Ticket Price Adult £6 and Child Free
Programme £1 Team Sheet 20p
Attendance 416
Score 1-1
Miles from Carlisle 67 Miles
Train Fare £18.55 day return including Metro fare 1 adult 1 child with Family Railcard

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Penrith had 2 Carlisle United 2nd year Pro’s on loan Jack Elliot and Jordan Marshall both played well but Jordan Marshall stood out at Left back.

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Match Day Photo Album

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Overall 253 92 Re Complete

Luton Town V Carlisle United

Saturday 14th February 2015

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Luton Town Football Club is an English football club based since 1905 at Kenilworth Road, Luton, Bedfordshire. Founded in 1885, it is nicknamed "the Hatters" and affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Association. Its first team is contesting the fourth tier of English football, Football League Two, during the 2014–15 season. The club's history includes major trophy wins, several financial crises, numerous promotions and relegations, and some spells of sustained success. It was perhaps most prominent between 1982 and 1992, when it was a member of English football's top division, at that time the First Division; the team won its first major honour, the Football League Cup, in 1988. Luton defeated Arsenal 3–2 in the 1988 Football League Cup Final
Kenilworth Road is a football stadium in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. It has been home to Luton Town Football Club since 1905 when they left Dunstable Road. The ground has also hosted women's and youth international matches.The 10,356 all-seater stadium is situated in Bury Park, one mile (1.6 km) west of the centre of Luton. It is named after the road which runs along one end of it, but the official address is 1 Maple Road. Kenilworth Road. The ground is known for the artificial playing surface which was present from 1985 to 1991, the unusual entrance to the Oak Road End, and the five-season ban on away supporters that Luton Town imposed following a riot by visiting fans in 1985. Floodlights were fitted in 1953, and the ground became all-seated in 1986. The record attendance of 30,069 was set in 1959, in an FA Cup sixth round replay against Blackpool. The ground is located about half a mile away from Luton railway station, which lies on the Midland Main Line between London's St Pancras railway station and Leeds's City station. Many of the roads near the ground are for residential permit holders only, meaning car parking at the ground is notoriously difficult. . The Luton to Dunstable Busway includes a terminal behind the Main Stand on Clifton Road as part of the A, B, C and E routes running between London Luton Airport and Houghton Regis.
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With Luton’s Promotion back to the Football League in May this became next on my hit list along with Cambridge (which was done in August) .With the fixture list out in June my sights were firmly set on a Valentine’s weekend in London with a prospective new girlfriend. I had 8 Months to carefully select the next lucky girl, unfortunately I didn’t expect my choice to be an avid Penrith AFC fan and thus she decided to go Durham V Penrith instead. So I was left with usual co-pilot Adam Sheridan and friend Degsy as well as my 11 Year old Son Daniel. We decided on a 1 day return Journey making the 277 Mile Journey each way from Carlisle in a day . We set off from mine at 0730 collecting Adam Just after then Degsy at Penrith McDonald's around 0815. We grabbed Brekkie in McDonalds then set off Down the M6. We decided to take the M6 Toll (£5.50) and stop for a break at the services on the toll road for a quick toilet break. We continued on the M6 before Joining the M1. We were made aware that there were some problems up ahead between Junction 14 and 12 on the M1 so we decided to come off at Junction 14 and head down the A4146 and A5 Towards Dunstable We eventually came into Luton on the A505 but struggled to find somewhere to park after driving round for 30 Minutes we eventually found the Beech Hill Conservative club car park for £4 just off Leagrave road. We then went for some food at one of the many fast food restaurants on the main street outside the ground. The Streets and surrounding area’s can only be best described as overwhelmingly run down.
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The Away end is located down Oak Road and the turnstiles are below someone’s house with the steps into the stand located above there back garden. The ground itself is again run down but is all seater and the view’s aren’t great with some views obstructed by the pillars its hard to believe this ground hosted top flight football. The game wasn’t the best for Carlisle United as they went a goal down on 40 Minutes through Cullen. For the last 25 Minutes Luton were reduced to 10 men when Luke Wilkinson was sent off for bringing down Antony Sweeney. Carlisle went close late on when David Amoo and Danny Grainger blazed shots over when they should have done better. Not a good performance by Carlisle but a late rally could have salvaged something.
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After the game we made our way back home stopping off at Walsall to refuel at the Morrison’s which is built on the site of there old Fellows park ground which is still quite close to the Bescot Stadium. we managed to get back to Carlisle for around 2230 although it did take a while to get out of Luton itself.
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The overall aspect of the day was forgettable but the Programme and set up at Luton seams very well organised and one can see them attaining promotion to the next tier at some point soon. They had numerous chances and should have killed us off long before going down to 10 men. We were made very welcoming by the staff and you only have to look at the way John Still and his players saluted the crowd at the end to know that they are doing things the correct way the near lap of honour at the end of the game shows a real class about the organisation of the team. You read through the programme and note how forward thinking the club is, how they appraise the support they get after a rough few years in the Conference. Luton is an easy enough place to get to by road, but i don’t envisage going back there again unless they have a new stadium something which they really do need.
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It’s always pleasing to get back up to the 92 but with only 4 conference grounds left to visit hopefully I can stay on 92 for next season no offence intended to Dover, Eastleigh, Forest Green or Braintree but I’d rather they didn’t come up this season. Its looking likely Barnet plus one other my tip or should I say hope is that Macclesfield or Wrexham get up this season, perhaps even Gateshead, but that is of course if Carlisle remain in League 2. Relegation is something which is unthinkable to most Cumbrian’s but a possibility given recent results. As it stands I have the 4 Scottish Grounds (Inverness, Ross County, Elgin and Peterhead) left to do and the 4 Conference grounds stated above. In the Conference North 6 grounds evade me (Boston, Brackley, Colwyn Bay, Gainsborough, Oxford City and Lowestoft). Very soon I am about to return to day shifts after 4 years on nights, So hopefully I can start doing a few Tuesday night matches although funds will be tight as I take a slight pay cut to return to days, something I have longed for since September when making the decision given the change in my life away from football.
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Division :- League 2
Ticket Price Adult £20 + £5 Child
Programme £3
Attendance 8502
Score 1-0
Miles from Carlisle 277

Match Day Photo Album

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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