Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Overall 250 Yes 250

Guisborough V Penrith

King George V Stadium

Saturday 11th October 2014


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Match day Photo Album

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Overall 249

AFC Blackpool V Stockport Sports

Saturday 4th October 2014

Jepson Way

AFC Blackpool V Stockport Sports (2)

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

Matchday Photo Album

Overall 24 (Revisit)

Workington Reds V Frickley Athletic

Saturday 20th September 2014

Borough Park

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.
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.
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

Shrewsbury V Swindon 27-8-11 (8)

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.

Gay Meadow 1910–2007

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.


New Meadow 2007- 

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.


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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Shrewsbury Photo's

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.