Sunday, 22 March 2015

Overall 254

North Shields V Penrith

Saturday 14th March 2015

Daren Persson Stadium


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.


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. 


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.


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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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Overall 253 92 Re Complete

Luton Town V Carlisle United

Saturday 14th February 2015

Kenilworth Road

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Division :- League 2
Ticket Price Adult £20 + £5 Child
Programme £3
Attendance 8502
Score 1-0
Miles from Carlisle 277

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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Overall 252

Norton United V Gateshead

Norton Cricket Club & Miners Welfare Institute

Sunday 9th November 2014


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.


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.


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



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


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.


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.


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


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


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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