Saturday, 18 June 2016

Overall 272

Northwich Victoria V Kendal Town

Wincham Park

13th April 2016

Northwich V Kendal (2)

Northwich Victoria Football Club is an English football club based in Northwich, Cheshire,playing their home games at Wincham Park, Northwich, the home of Witton Albion. The club currently participate in the Northern Premier League Division One North, the eighth tier of the English football league system. The original club was founded in 1874, being named in honour of the then-reigning monarch, Queen Victoria,before becoming defunct and amalgamating with Hartford and Davenham United in February 1890 with the new club taking the old Northwich Victoria name. The new club was a founder member of several leagues including the Football League Second Division, in which they competed for only two seasons from 1892 to 1894.

The club reached the final of the FA Trophy in the 1982–83 season, but were beaten 2–1 by Telford United. However the club achieved silverware in the 1983–84 season when they defeated Bangor City 2–1 in the same competition, the FA Trophy in a replay of the final at the appropriately named Victoria Ground in Stoke-on-Trent. The first game, played at Wembley Stadium, was drawn 1–1.In the 1995–96 season, they reached the final of the FA Trophy once again, returning to Wembley for the first time since their draw and eventual victory in the competition a decade earlier. They were defeated 3–1 by Macclesfield Town.

In the 2003–04 season, Northwich were slated for relegation to the Conference North division as part of the National League System restructuring; however, the bankruptcy of Telford United, Watnall Road, the ground of Hucknall Town's not being good enough and the demotion of Margate all led to Northwich Victoria being allowed to remain at the Conference National level (A season that Carlisle United Played in the Conference).In September of the 2004–05 season, the team went into administration, and thus were deducted 10 points under National League rules, which left them in relegation trouble. However, the team recovered and finished in 19th place, nine points clear of the relegation zone. Unfortunately, they were voluntarily demoted from the Conference National anyway due to legal problems (after going into administration FA deadlines over the transfer of their Conference membership to the club's new owners were not met; the alternative would have been outright expulsion from the Conference, which would have forced them into starting again in one of the lower regional divisions).The 2005–06 season appeared to be a turn in the right direction for Northwich as they reached the Third Round of the FA Cup, and in the penultimate game of the season, beat their nearest rivals, Stafford Rangers, in front of more than 3,000 supporters to guarantee an immediate return to the Conference National and see them as champions of the Conference North.In October 2007 it was reported that the club was up for sale, and the club's existence was again threatened due to an unpaid tax bill.The club had applied to go into administration to stave off closure. In December 2007, a consortium led by Jim Rushe completed a takeover, with Rushe becoming the Club's chairman.However, Victoria Stadium remained owned by former chairman Mike Connett's real estate company Beaconet Ltd., which was in receivership. In January 2009, Connett removed safety equipment from the stadium, causing the club to move temporarily to Altrincham's Moss Lane ground.On 19 May 2009 the club went into administration for the second time in five years following their relegation from the Conference National; they owed around £500,000 in unpaid bills to creditors.They were threatened with a double relegation to the Northern Premier League as a result of this, but ultimately won an appeal to be placed into the Conference North for the 2009–10 season.The 2009–10 season saw Northwich achieve a mid-table finish, but due to the ongoing financial problems, the club were expelled from the league and placed in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. In April 2012 the Northern Premier League announced that Northwich Victoria had been expelled from the league for a breach of league rules regarding financial matters. Although lying second in the league, the club was not allowed to contest the playoffs.On appeal, FA ruled that the punishment was excessive; instead the club was relegated one step in the league.

1874 Northwich Football Club

A breakaway club, 1874 Northwich F.C., were founded by members of the Northwich Victoria Supporters Trust on 15 November 2012 following a vote by its membership to break away from Northwich Victoria and form a new, community-owned team, initially playing in Winsford. On the day of the vote, it emerged that the owner of Northwich Victoria had been declared bankrupt and therefore failed the FA's Fit and Proper Persons test.The founders chose the name 1874 Northwich, retaining links to the past whilst creating a distinctive name for the future; in order to avoid legal issues over the new club's name, none of the proposed options presented to supporters included the words Vics or Victoria. In their first season, at level 10 of the English football league system, 1874 Northwich finished third (one place below automatic promotion). However, due to the demise of Formby FC, who finished second, they were promoted. Since then 1874 Northwich have played in the ninth level, one level below Northwich Victoria.

Northwich V Kendal (5)

They played at the same Drill Field ground for over 125 years, which at the time was believed to be the oldest ground in the world on which football had been continuously played. However, the Drill Field was demolished in 2002, and, after a ground-sharing period with their local rivals Witton Albion,

They started the 2005–06 season in their new stadium, the Victoria Stadium in Wincham, just outside Northwich and across the Trent & Mersey Canal, which separated them from their rivals. A new ground was built in Wincham, a few miles outside of the town in the middle of a business park. It was named the Victoria Stadium, and was opened in 2005, with its official opening in 2006 by Sir Alex Ferguson. When the team was sold to Jim Rushe in 2007, ownership of Victoria Stadium remained with former owner Mike Connett, although Rushe always claimed that his purchase of the stadium was imminent. In January 2012, Rushe's planned purchase of the Victoria Stadium fell through, and the site was sold to chemical manufacturer Thor Specialities Ltd., who were based adjacent to the stadium and planned on expanding their operation. As a result, the club was evicted from the ground with immediate effect, with its remaining home fixtures of the 2011–12 season either played at nearby venues or switched to the ground of the away team. Victoria Stadium was then torn down.

The club then tentatively agreed to share Marston Road, the home of Stafford Rangers located over 40 miles south of Northwich, to enable them to gain readmission to the Northern Premier League for the following season. The club hoped to secure a ground share closer to their home town before the season started, and eventually agreed a lease on Flixton's Valley Road. However, the ground at Flixton did not meet ground grading requirements for the Northern Premier League. The club then unsuccessfully appealed the leagues refusal to allow the sub-standard ground at Flixton and followed this up with a second unsuccessful appeal as to their placement in the Southern division of the Northern Premier League. The club were forced to remain at Stafford, and were subsequently denied the appeal to switch to the Northern division due to the extra travelling for the away clubs. In 2013-14, Northwich Victoria were permitted to transfer to the Northern division and to play at Flixton's Valley Road. Finally, in 2015-16, Northwich returned to playing at Wincham Park as part of a renewed ground-share with Witton Albion.

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1956-57   Cheshire County League Champions

1983-84   F.A. Trophy Winners

2005-06   Conference North Champions


Match Report

Division :- Evo-Stick 1st Division North
Ticket Price Adult £8
Programme £2
Attendance 147
Score 3-0
Miles from Carlisle  129 miles

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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Overall 271

Spartans V Stirling University

Saturday 12th March 2016

Ainslie Park

Spartans V Stirling Uni 12-3-16 (1)

Spartans Football Club are a Scottish football club from Edinburgh. They are managed by Dougie Samuel. They were formed in 1951 by ex-players of Edinburgh University and the original intention was to field a team of graduates of the university. However, they have players from elsewhere as well. They play at Ainslie Park.The senior team plays in the Lowland Football League. They joined the new league in 2013 after playing in the East of Scotland Football League, where they became one of its most successful clubs from the 1970s. They have been allowed to play in the qualifying rounds of the Scottish Cup since 1978 and have qualified for the cup proper on several occasions.As well as the Lowland League and East of Scotland teams, Spartans also have a Saturday amateur side, a Sunday amateur side and several women's teams, including Spartans W.F.C., who play in the Scottish Women's Premier League.

Spartans Tried to gain election in 2008 to replace the disbanded Gretna but lost out to Annan Athletic who gained 45 Votes to Spartans 11 and Cove Rangers 29 In 2013 the Lowland League was created with Promotion to the football league an option but not until after the 1st season. In the 1st Season Spartans won the league Finishing 4 points ahead of Stirling university,but there wasn’t a promotion available. in 2014-15 and 2015-16 Edinburgh City won the League achieving promotion in 2015-16 replacing East Stirlingshire. Ambitious Spartans will now look to follow Edinburgh’s example in 2016-17


Ainslie Park

Spartans V Stirling Uni 12-3-16 (6)

Ainslie Park on Pilton Drive in north Edinburgh is the home ground of Spartans. The stadium has a capacity of 3,000 (504 seated). Ainslie Park is only part of the new project that Spartans have invested into their new ground. It is part of a wider development of the Spartans Community Football Academy. The new facility incorporates a fully enclosed stadium which meets SFA and SFL criteria, with a grass pitch, floodlights, seating for 504 spectators and an overall capacity of 3,000. A full size, floodlit artificial pitch sits adjacent to the main playing area and the accommodation incorporates six changing rooms, a club room, committee room and a physio room.

Record attendance at City Park: 3,346 v St Mirren (5th February 2006)
Record attendance at Ainslie Park: 3,127 v Manchester United (23rd July 2011)

Spartans V Stirling Uni 12-3-16 (16)


In Season 2010-11 Spartans were the first team in East of Scotland history to win the domestic clean sweep, winning all 5 domestic trophies – The East of Scotland Premier Division, South Challenge Cup, Image Printers East of Scotland Qualifying Cup, League Cup and King Cup. 2014-15′s Scottish Cup adventure saw Spartans beat SPFL sides Clyde and Morton at Ainslie Park before drawing with Berwick Rangers,Sadly Berwick then won the replay 1-0


Division :- Scottish Lowland League
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £2
Attendance 435
Score 1-0
Miles from Carlisle 106 Miles

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Monday, 14 March 2016

Overall 270

Craigroyston V Tynecastle

Saturday 12th March 2016

St Marks Park

Craigroyston V Tynecastle (1)

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

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

Craigroyston V Tynecastle (6)

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

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

Craigroyston V Tynecastle (2)

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

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Overall 269

Whitehill Welfare V Gala Fairydean Rovers

Saturday 12th March 2016

Ferguson Park

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

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


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


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

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

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

Whitehill Welfare V Galafairydean 12-3-16 (15)Whitehill Welfare V Galafairydean 12-3-16 (7)

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

The Journey

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

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

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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Overall 268

Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow

Saturday 27th February 2016

Meadowbank Stadium

Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow (45)

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

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

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

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

Meadowbank Stadium

Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow (51)

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

Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow (14)

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

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

Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow (27)Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow (20)

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

Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow (43) Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow (62)Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow (15)


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


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

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Overall 267

Chester Le Street V Northallerton

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Moor Park


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

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

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

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

Club Honours

Wearside League Champions 1980/81

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

Record attendance:

893 v Fleetwood Town(18/2/1985)


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


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


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

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

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Overall 266

Esh Winning V Chester Le Street

13th February 2016

West Terrace

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

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

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