Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Overall 239

Washington FC V Seaham Red Star

Saturday 19th April 2014

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Washington were formed in 1947 by workers of the Washington ‘F’ pit (although there is evidence of a side existing in 1928 in Washington not sure if its the same one) joining the Gateshead and District league as Washington Mechanics they later joined the Washington Amateur league and remained there till 1964 when they joined the Northern Alliance league the stay lasted one year and they then joined the Wearside league under the name of Washington Football Club. In 1970/71 they reached the 4th Qualifying round of the FA Cup losing 3-0 to Bradford Park Avenue. In 1988 they joined the Northern League they have been promoted to the 1st Division on 2 occasions

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Originally the club played at Spout lane but were forced to move to Usworth Park upon joining the Northern Alliance. In 1979 the club moved to Albany Park. In the 1991/92 Season they had to ground share with Ryhope CA whilst there Clubhouse was re-built after it had been destroyed by fire. In 2010-11 Season they moved to the Nissan Sports Complex after it was vacated by Sunderland Nissan who had folded in 2009. the ground itself is open with one small stand holding Approx. 300 folk in it the changing rooms and Social club are behind the goal.

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We made our way over to Washington from Jarrow but were slightly concerned when the postcode took us into the Nissan Factory main entrance after turning we round we headed for a ground that we’d spotted on Google maps. Upon arriving there we found it all locked up but it was Washington’s ground as it still had the signs up. Then we discovered this was the old ground Albany park which still stands and is still in use by a local Sunday league side. Upon turning around we headed back to Nissan and seen a sign at the Exit which said Nissan Sports Complex with an arrow pointing down the side of the factory car park how we missed it the first time I’ll never know.

The game itself wasn’t very good Seaham were 3rd in the table 4 points clear of Jarrow who had 2 games in hand and had just beaten Heaton Stannington 1-0 so the pressure was on Seaham. Washington opened the scoring on 30 Minutes James Fairley who’s shot went into the right hand side of the Goal. Michael Coughlan who had already been booked for Washington was shown his second yellow card after 50 Minutes and walked off  I am not sure why can only assume it was for dissent. After 54 minutes Seaham put in a good cross and a good save from the keeper forced a corner and a header from the resulting corner went close. A few moments later Seaham got another corner and this time Nicholson made no mistake to make it 1-1 both sides tried to get a winner but to no Avail Seaham have now completed their fixtures and sit 2 points clear of Jarrow who have 2 games to play against Willington (15th)and Whitehaven (17th) So it would look likely Jarrow will clinch the final promotion spot to accompany North Shields and West Allotment Celtic into Division 1.

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Division :- Northern League Div 2
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £1.00
Attendance 326
Score 1-1
Miles from Carlisle 68

Match Day Photo Album

Overall 238

Saturday 19th April 2014

Jarrow Roofing V Heaton Stannington

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Jarrow Roofing Boldon Community Association F.C. is a football club based in Boldon Colliery, near Sunderland, England. They were established in 1987. Roofing as they are nicknamed joined the South Tyne Senior League in 1987-88 they joined the Wearside league in 1991-92. at the end of the 1995-96 Season they Finished runners up to Marske but were promoted after Marske,s ground was not up to standard and joined the Northern League Division 2 after just one season they were promoted to Div 1 as runners up they remained in Div 1 until 2007-08 when they went back down and in 2009-10 they went back up but were again relegated in 2011-12 and have been there ever since finishing 4th in 2012-13. The ground itself is a small shack of a ground very close knit with not much room. it has a small stand on both sides and a standing hut behind one end with the other end open.

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This was the 1st game of the Easter Saturday Ground hop so KO off was at 11am we managed to get away from Carlisle at around 0930 after I had finished work I was joined by my 2 sons and their friend as well as fellow cumbrian ground hopper Adam Sheridan. The post code given out by the Northern League actually took us to Boldon Comprehensive School so we had to turn around and go back up to the Roundabout before we actually found it on Google maps, arriving just after KO. There wasn’t much in the game but the opening chance of the game came to Roofing’s Young when he saw his shot saved by Heaton keeper Backhouse.  Roofing took the lead after 13 minutes when Gardiner slipped the ball into Andy Appleby’s path who slotted home from 12 yards. both sides had chance after that but at half time it was still 1-0 In the first minute of the second half Shaun Heads threw a ball into the penalty area which was headed on to Paul Gardiner who hit a half volley from the edge of the box and it was saved. Stephen Young played some nice football after 62 minutes, he went round the defender and fired a shot from a tight angle which was saved by Backhouse. Heaton should have equalized after 72 minutes when a very dangerous low ball was put across the penalty area and it only needed the slightest of touches to be guided into the net. Appleby once again had the ball in the net just before the end but this was ruled out for off side

 

Ex Carlisle Watch

In the Jarrow Side was Dan Kirkup and Paul Gardiner both Ex Carlisle players

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Gardiner was at Carlisle for 3 years making the Bench in 2004 against Yeovil and was about to come on for the final few seconds only for the ref to blow for full time later released at the end of the 2005-06 season (although he had been told at Christmas) he then had a loan spell at Gateshead. After leaving Carlisle he then went on to Ponteland United, Ashington, Walker Central, West Allotment Celtic, Hebburn Town before landing at Jarrow he looked a decent midfielder and had a good game

Here’s how described his time at Carlisle In a recent interview given to Jarrow Roofing website. The full article is available below

“I was playing for Walker Central in a cup final on the last day of the season when I was 15-years-old and I played pretty well. Unknown to us, a scout from Carlisle United was watching the game and a few days later he rang the house asking my mam if I would like to sign for them; I’ve never seen her run so quick as she did to tell me to take the phone from her.

“I can remember the first day with Carlisle as if it was yesterday and it was an experience I will never forget. My youth team manager was Billy Barr. He set all of our jobs. I was in charge of the kitchen for one day which also involved washing and drying the training kit. I lasted one day and was demoted to sweeping the boot room.

“After all this was he then sent the lads over with all the gear for the first teamers. As I was a first year and inexperienced I got stuck with carrying the goals over to the training ground while the second years carried balls, cones and bibs.

“We finally made it to our training session and immediately my manager said ‘OK, 12 minutes starts now’ and we had to run round a track for 12 minutes non-stop followed my press-ups and sits-ups then repeat it all. I lay on the floor after 5 minutes, gasping for air and throwing up. That night I rang my dad telling him I was ready to quit as I could not move any part of my body; I was in agony.”  

“I was named as substitute for a home match against Yeovil in the Football League when I was 16. To look up and see my mam and dad looking down so proud of me was a great moment. I had been told to get stripped to get on with a few minutes remaining as we were winning 2-0 but then the ref blew the final whistle – it was a pity I didn’t get on.”

“After two and a half fantastic years at the club I was brought into the office with Paul Simpson and Billy Barr and was told I was not in their first team plans and they were releasing me. I understood, but was just a little annoyed with the timing being two days before Christmas. But everything happens for a reason.”

Paul Gardiner in Focus (Courtesy of Jarrow Roofing Website)

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Kirkup was Offered a 2 year Pro deal in 2006 after 2 years as a YTS during which he made 1 playing appearance against Morecambe in the Conference Cup at Christie Park while Carlisle were in the conference, he stayed a further 2 years making the bench a few times. In 2006-07 Season he was sent on Loan to Southport and Clyde and was set to star in the 2007-08 season under Neil McDonald but McDonald was sacked after just 1 game, he later joined Workington on Loan and at the end of the season the deal became permanent. He later went to New Zealand for a bit playing for Hawkes Bay United and Sunshine coast in Australia. When returning to England he has had spells in the Northern League with Morpeth, Jarrow, South Shield and Hebburn before returning to Jarrow again. Kirkup also had a good game at the back Kirkup is a no nonsense defender and he is the club Captain

Here’s how described his time at Carlisle In a recent interview given to Jarrow Roofing website. The full article is available below

“Carlisle United was a great experience but also a case of what could have been. I had two great years as a youth player, picking up the club’s Young Player of the Season award, and I was a regular in the reserves”

“I made my first team debut at the age of 16. Paul Simpson had me travelling with the first team on a regular basis at a young age and I signed a two-year professional contract when Neil McDonald was manager.

“He was looking to get me first team experience on loan for a season to then get me into the first team at Carlisle. I had two loan spells: one at Southport in the Conference and then at Clyde in the Scottish First Division. I went out there and done pretty well. Working under a person like Colin Hendry at Clyde was excellent as he is possibly the best centre half the Premiership has ever seen, so he helped me massively.

“Then Neil McDonald got sacked two games into the season. We played Walsall away and I was an unused sub. On the bus journey home he sat next to me, bigging me up with confidence and telling me to look after myself over the weekend because he was playing me on the Tuesday night at Bury. He got the sack on the Monday morning. It all went downhill from then. I always think to myself ‘if he didn’t get sack where could I be playing now?’ because he was a man who rated me and wanted big things from me.”

Dan Kirkup In Focus (Courtesy of Jarrow Roofing Website)

Division :- Northern League Div 2
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £1.50
Attendance 350
Score 1-0
Miles from Carlisle 66

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Matchday Photo Album

Editors Note

Many thanks to Andy Hudson at Jarrow Roofing for allowing my to use his interviews. I’d also like to add how professional the programme is and its something you’d expect from a League team but not from a Non League side you can follow him on twitter here HuddoHudson

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Overall 236

Whitehaven Amateurs V Seaham Red Star

Saturday 29th March 2014

The Focus Scaffolding Sports Complex

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Whitehaven A.F.C is an amateur football club in Whitehaven, Cumbria. The club plays in the Northern League Division Two. The club field three senior and seven junior sides. The club was formed in 1994 from the ashes of Marchon AFC and went on to win the Wearside League Division Two that season. After winning the Wearside League in the 2005–06 and coming second in 2006–07 they were finally promoted to the Northern League Division Two, their highest position in the National League System, following the 2007–08 season, after they finished third. Other honours include the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup in the 2006–07 season and runners-up places in the Wearside League Cup (1994–95) and twice in the Ship-owners Cup (2006–07 and 2007–08).

The club has moved from football club to social enterprise and is now a company limited by guarantee.  A new ground for the club had been in the planning stages for some time, however it has been beset with problems. It was envisaged that a £6 million sports stadium (sharing with Whitehaven RL) would be designed with an 8,000-capacity, though it is believed the final price tag would have been higher. The new facility, would have been part of a sports village for the site, and it was hoped that it would become a centrepiece of the £20 million Pow Beck regeneration, in which Copeland Council and West Lakes Renaissance are the most significant players. In April 2012 Plans were stopped when prior to construction, problems arose with the renovation of the current Recreation Ground at Whitehaven when the council encountered issues with the Miners' Welfare Organisation that owns part of the site.

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The secretary and trustee of Whitehaven Miners Social Welfare Club, Brian Birkett, said he was "disappointed, surprised and shocked" that time, money and work had been lost to the delays. "Many tens of thousands of pounds has been spent which is going to go down the drain now," he said. "We feel we've been blamed for things going wrong and the truth is it's not our fault." However the partners responsible say they are determined to continue the project regardless of the loss of World Cup host venue status. BBC News understood that Whitehaven Miners Social Club wanted £750,000 to allow access to the site.

"Following a meeting last night, we have agreed unanimously that it is no longer affordable, nor feasible, to continue negotiations with the Whitehaven Miners' Welfare organisation and will instead look to develop the stadium project in a new direction," the Pow Beck stadium partners [Copeland Borough Council, Whitehaven Rugby League Club and Whitehaven Amateur Football Club] said in a statement."The partners will continue to work together to move the stadium project forward, but will no longer be exploring the option of access over the Whitehaven Miners' land.

The Proposed new clubhouse for WAFC will include:

  • Cater for up to 200 people.
  • Full catering service.
  • Available for weddings, Sportsman's Dinners, birthdays, Special Occasions, Fund raising Activities.
  • Conference facilities - can be hired for seminars, meetings etc.
  • Social activities, local leagues, local clubs.

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At the moment the club has 2 small stands either side of the Dugouts with the rest of the ground open the clubs 3g pitches are along side the pitch

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We decided to use the train this time well I say we decided actually my Son Daniel decided it, this meant I had to renew my family railcard for another year at £30. This reduced the train price from £18 to £10 so already saved me money and will do throughout the rest of the year. The train would hug the coast line from Maryport with good views of the Irish sea

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Leaving Carlisle on the 1247 we set off on the journey over the west coast line towards Whitehaven we were met on the train by 10/11 Seaham Red Star supporters who were very joyful, they got off at Whitehaven to find the nearest ale house but we continued on to Corkickle train station which is closer to the ground but not close to any pubs arriving at 1401. After a short walk (0.4 Miles) we were at the Rugby ground the football pitches are directly behind it.

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You have to walk down the side road to which the arrow points to get access to the football ground and the stadium is where the star is

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There was no turnstile entrance and the hut and signs had taken a battering in the bad winter weather which meant we were able to walk into the ground without paying the entrance fee as there was no one on the entrance as we were so early. sure enough around 1430 someone went up to the gates and started charging supporters as they arrived.

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Seaham Red Star, were held to a 1-1 draw at Whitehaven. They took a lead through Adam Johnson, from the penalty spot after Whitehaven’s keeper had brought down on Johnson on 60 minutes. English had fed the ball through to Johnston, who in turn pushed the ball past the on rushing keeper and was brought down. The ref giving the keeper a yellow card despite his innocent protests.  Arthur peers then equalised for Whitehaven Ten Minutes later when he was allowed a free header from Lee Woolf’s corner kick to head home. Home keeper Studholme tested the referees patience with a blatant hand ball outside the area but Mr Charters again decided to ignore the Red Star appeals to take some action. With 5 minutes remaining the Star thought the game was won, Palmer went past Jack Hunter and crossed to the far post where Josh Home Jackson headed home only to see the linesman’s flag raised for an offside. Added time saw Whitehaven get the ball in the net, a break away from the home side saw five attackers against only one Seaham defender, Connolly carried the ball and released it to Barry Armfield who rolled it into the goal but the linesman flagged Armfield offside.

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Our train home was at 1651 so we decided to leave the game 5/10 Minutes early to make sure we made it but when we arrived at the Station the train was late. We had to stand around on Corkickle Station for 15/20 Minutes unaware the train was late as their was no screens or announcements my phone was also dead so I was unable to check any website. The train eventually arrived at 17:13 which meant we could have stayed until the end of the game. we arrived in Carlisle 18:22 16 Minutes late. A good day out and and the weather stayed good. Just one more Cumbrian Team left to complete the Cumbrian Clubs (Holker Old Boys) for this Cumbrian Groundhopper. Carlisle, Workington, Barrow, Kendal, Penrith, Celtic Nation and Whitehaven All Done.

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Division:- Northern League Division Two
Ticket Price ?
Programme  £1
Attendance ?
Score 1-1
Train Tickets Adult £8.05 Child £2.30 with a family railcard

Seaham Match Report

Match day Photo Album

Friday, 4 April 2014

Overall 235 92/92 Recompleting the 92

Newport County V Exeter City

Sunday 16th March 2014

Rodney Parade

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Newport County Association Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Newport, South Wales. The club participates in Football League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. Most recently reformed in 1989, the club is a continuation of the Newport County club which was founded in 1912 and was a founder member of the Football League's new Third Division in 1920. Newport County were Welsh Cup winners in 1980 and subsequently reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup in 1981. The club was relegated from the Football League in 1988 and went out of business in February 1989. The club reformed shortly afterwards and entered the English football league system at a much lower level. The club achieved promotion to the Conference Premier for the 2010–11 season, the same level they played at prior to the original club's bankruptcy in 1989. In 2013, Newport beat Wrexham FC in the Football League play-off final 2–0 to return to the Football League for the first time since 1988. Newport County,originally nicknamed "The Ironsides" due to Newport being home to Lysaght's Orb Works steel works In May 2012, Newport County announced that they had agreed a deal to move to the city's rugby stadium, Rodney Parade. In August 2012 EuroMillions lottery winner Les Scadding succeeded Chris Blight as club Chairman. In February 2013 a further 10-year lease to play at Rodney Parade was signed. 

Rodney Parade is a stadium in the city of Newport, South Wales. It is operated by Rodney Parade Limited, a company wholly owned by Newport Rugby Football Club. It is located on the east bank of the River Usk in Newport city centre. The ground is on Rodney Road, a short walk from the city's central bus and railway stations via Newport Bridge or Newport City footbridge. There is no spectator car park at the ground but a number of multi-storey car parks are nearby. Rodney Parade is the home ground of rugby union clubs Newport RFC and the Newport Gwent Dragons regional team.It is also the home ground of Newport County football club. However, stadium capacity is reduced for football matches.

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Rodney Parade has two covered stands: the two-tier Hazell Stand (west) and the Bisley Stand (east) which are along the touchlines of the pitch. The upper tier of the west stand is seated with 1,996 seats, including 40 Press seats and the lower tier is a standing terrace. The east stand is all-seated with a 2,526 capacity including 144 seats in 13 hospitality boxes, food/drink outlets and a gantry for television cameras. The cameras are therefore pointing westward and often show the sun setting over Newport city centre. The North Terrace is uncovered standing and adjoins the uncovered standing terrace on the west touchline alongside the west stand. The south end of the stadium houses players' changing rooms, a media centre and the small uncovered Sytner stand for away football fans. A large video screen was erected at the south end in December 2013. The ticket office, club shop and hospitality suite is located at the north end of the East Stand and accessed via Gate 4 on Grafton Road. To the north of the North Terrace is a floodlit grass training area. It is intended that this area will be developed as a 4G artificial turf training pitch. Further north, parallel to Grafton Road, is the Newport County office, the Rodney Hall function room and the rugby clubhouse/office facilities.

Leaving from Theale Services we headed to Thatcham to visit some of our old friends before making the journey down the A4 and then M4 towards Bristol and over the Severn Bridge towards Newport paying the £6.40 entry into Wales

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After parking up on a side street near the ground (it was a Sunday so no restrictions applied) we wandered up to the ground to collect our tickets and meet up with Shaun Smith again. We had a look in the Programme shop and managed to find a few Carlisle V Newport Programmes we needed for a friend.

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We entered the ground into the north Stand taking our place behind the goal for the action  Newport came from behind to earn a point against League Two strugglers Exeter City. After a poor first half the Grecians went in front after Newport centre-back Harry Worley headed into his own net. Within a minute County were level, Lee Minshull poking home after Exeter goalkeeper Arthur Krysiak had dropped the ball.

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After the game it was time to transport Shaunee back up to Gateshead Via the M4,M5, M42 M1 A1 We stopped off at a service station near Tamworth to get something to eat before finally dropping him off in Gateshead not long after 10pm. We chatted along the way and in my true good form I never shut up (I Probably should have warned him). After that it was a pretty simple journey over the A69 towards Carlisle arriving back home not long after 11pm

Ex Carlisle Watch

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In the Newport side was Harry Worley who signed for Chelsea in 2005 from Stockport A tribunal set an initial transfer fee of £150,000 with further payments depending upon progress, He had a loan spell at Doncaster, then signed on loan for Carlisle United in 2007 playing only 1 game a 1-0 Victory over Cheltenham but was taken off at half time after picking up a Yellow card and really struggling against Cheltenham's attack. he was on the bench the following week but returned to Chelsea shortly after that. After that he joined Leicester City having loan spells at Luton and Crewe  On 14 July 2010, Worley parted company with Leicester by mutual consent, having failed to make more than a handful of first-team appearances during his two-year stint at the East Midlands club. He joined Oxford United on 22 July on a three-year deal after appearing on trial in two pre-season games against Scottish opposition. His first goal for United turned out to be the winner in a 2–1 away win against Port Vale at Vale Park on 12 March 2011.In June 2013 Worley joined Newport County. Worley made his debut for Newport County in the opening League Two match of the 2013–14 season on 3 August 2013 versus Accrington Stanley. Worley scored the opening goal after 24 minutes in the 4–1 win, the first goal for Newport County since their return to the Football League after a 25-year absence.

Well that is me back in the 92 club for the 2013-14 season but looking ahead to next season with either Luton or Cambridge coming up as Champions I will defiantly have another new ground next season as things stand Luton are on 86 Points with Second placed Cambridge on 73 but with a game in hand and then Grimsby in 3rd with 66 Points. As things stand Luton Need 8 more points for Promotion.

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Division :- Football League 2
Ticket Price Adult £15 Child £10
Programme £3.50
Attendance 3159
Score 1-1

Match day Photo Album

Monday, 24 March 2014

Overall 234 Conf 20/24

Salisbury V Gateshead

Saturday 15th March 2014

The Raymond McEnhill Stadium

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Salisbury City Football Club is an English football club based in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The club participates in the Conference Premier, the fifth tier of English football. The club was founded as Salisbury F.C. in 1947. A previous Salisbury City Football Club existed during the late 19th century, and played in the Southern League Second Division between 1906 and 1911, but the current club does not consider itself to be related. They play at The Raymond McEnhill Stadium. Salisbury have gained back-to-back promotions in recent years, first to the Conference South in the 2005–06 season by finishing top of the Southern League Premier Division, followed by winning the play-off final in the 2006–07 season to participate in the Conference Premier in 2007–08. In the summer of 2009, Salisbury City Football Club faced bankruptcy and in early September the club was formally placed in administration. Whilst still functioning as a football team, The Whites were fined and were punished further by the football authorities with the deduction of points. On 19 May 2010 the club was demoted two divisions to the Southern League Premier Division due to a breach of Conference rules. The club admitted that contrary to the conditions agreed in order to come out of administration, it had missed the deadline to pay back a creditor, but hoped to reach a CVA on 12 June, 5 weeks after the deadline. An appeal was made but on 10 June 2010 it was announced that with the appeal having failed, Salisbury City FC would compete in the Southern League Premier Division for the coming 2010–11 season, two divisions below Conference Premier level.

They played the 2010–11 season in the Southern League Premier Division after being demoted from the Conference Premier at the end of the 2009–10 season, but managed to win promotion to the Conference South for the 2011–12 season in the first season following their demotion. The club spent two seasons in the Conference South before winning promotion to the Conference Premier via the play-offs in the 2012–13 season.  On 12 December 2013, the club confirmed they had exited administration after five years of financial trouble.

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In 1997 Salisbury City moved to a purpose-built stadium at Old Sarum, named after the then chairman. The Raymond McEnhill Stadium's capacity officially stands at 4,000 (although it is technically able to hold 5,000), with covered accommodation for 2,247 fans.

A then record crowd of 2,570 saw the FA Cup first round 2–0 defeat by Hull City in 1998. This figure was beaten twice during the FA Cup run of 2006–07: against Fleetwood Town in the first round proper and then against Nottingham Forest in the second round, with 3,100 attending the 1–1 draw. Salisbury City lost the replay. A new record was set in the 2012–13 season when Salisbury reached the Conference South play-off final against Dover Athletic, the final being played on home turf. 3,408 attended the match which Salisbury won 3–2 after extra time.

This was to be the start of my double match weekend with a trip to Newport’s Rodney Parade the day after this to re-complete the English 92 League grounds. Me and My Eldest son Daniel left Carlisle on the Friday Lunch time to travel down initially to Walsall were we stayed at the Holiday Inn a Bargin at £30 which included a swimming pool and Gym. On the Saturday we made our way down the M5 towards the south we came off the M5 and took the A417 towards Swindon that then became the A419 After Cirencester. We stopped at Swindon for Dinner at a Burger king right next to the County Ground Swindon Enabling me to collect some photo’s before carrying on down the A346 and A338 towards Salisbury. Arriving at the ground for 2 we parked up in the Small Car park for £2 before walking to a local park for Daniel to play on the climbing frame. We walked back to the ground for 1430 and that's were we met a relieved Shaun Smith from Tyneside who knew his lift home was sorted (Shaun is the creator of the website 100 grounds Club a website which is a inspiration to so many of us ground hoppers) . We went into to the ground which was £14 for me and £5 for Daniel with Programmes £2.50. We had a quick half in the bar before entering the ground which was not segregated so we were able to walk around the full ground

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The game itself was a 0-0 draw but the sun was shinning and Gateshead were slightly the better side the best chance falling to Jack Lester in the last few minutes when he slid in from around 5 yards to tap towards the goal but the Salisbury Keeper was able to save it with his legs a share of the points was not enough for 2 sides both chasing the end of season play offs a report can be found here

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After the game we headed towards Basingstoke where we had tea at another Crown Carvery at the The Beach Arms Oakley before heading up towards Reading and our Travelodge just off the M4 at Theale Services again another bargin at £24.

Division :- Skrill Premier League

Ticket Price Adult £14 Child £5
Programme £2.50
Attendance 685
Score 0-0

Miles from Carlisle 304

Matchday Photo Album

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The 4 Remaining Conference grounds I need are Luton Cambridge Forest Green and Braintree

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Overall 233

Morpeth Town V Sunderland RCA

Saturday 8th March 2014

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Morpeth Town A.F.C. is a football club based in Morpeth in Northumberland, England. Their home ground is Craik Park in Morpeth. In 1994 the club moved to Craik Park and again won the Northern Alliance title and with it promotion to the Northern League Division Two for the 1994–95 season. They named the stadium Craik Park after father and son W and R Craik who had served as club secretary between 1920 and 1985. The ground used to have a 400 metre cinder track surrounding the pitch but this has now gone. Craik Park is west of Morpeth town centre, just off the B6254 and a little over a mile from Morpeth Station. There’s no mention of the capacity but it must hold around 1000 with 100 in the stand.
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We set off from Carlisle around 1130 stopping off at Treasure Island soft play in Morpeth for my 10 year old son Daniel to run around and have some fun the £4 entry fee was well worth it. We made over way to the ground at around 1430 stopping off in the town centre to use a cash machine the town centre looks really nice . we came to the ground from the town centre so we came over Oldgate bridge up Curly Kews road which became Woodhill Drive and later Abbey Meadows. before turning left towards the B6254 road as you come to a set of tree’s you can see the floodlights and the entrance is in between a row of tree’s with the club house at the top of the hill, The Spectator entrance is around to the left. The ground is really open used to have a running track around it but this has now gone.
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The first chance of the game fell to Sunderland RCA when a cross from the right found Gavin Barton who’s header was well wide. On 11 Minutes Morpeth took the lead when Stephen Forster raced clear beating Ross Preston to the ball before lacing the ball past the keeper into the net for 1-0. Morpeth went further ahead on 23 Minutes when Stephen Forster collected a ball over the top onto his chest just outside the area before turning and firing into the net with a excellent finish, at half time it was 2-0.
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In the second half Sunderland started the brighter and despite having a goal disallowed on 58 Minutes and number of half chances fell behind when a ball over the top sent Substitute Matthew Wright clear and he was able to coolly finish into the far corner to make it 3-0 on 73 Minutes. Straight from the kick off Scott Swanston headed in a cross from the right to make it 4-0 on 74 Minutes. Gary Shields had a shot well saved on 77 Minutes for Sunderland before Morpeth wrapped things up in the 85th Minute when a bad back pass allowed Stephen Forster to nip in and knock the ball past the keeper before stopping the ball on the goal line and getting down on his knees to head it over the line and claim his hat trick
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A good day out and a great game of football to boot. Sunderland will be disappointed as the score line flatters Morpeth a little but clinical finishing from the home side and some mistakes from Sunderland lead to their downfall. After the game we were straight home to Carlisle arriving back for 1825
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Sunderland RCA player/coach Steve Halliday Started number 6 for Sunderland I have already blogged on Halliday in blog number 223 whilst at Sunderland RCA last December Click here for Blog whilst I was at Sunderland RCA he was nice enough to sign my photo of him I had picked up at the Sunderland V Carlisle Fa Cup tie (which was displayed on the walls in the away end) the poor guy looked absolutely knackered and disappointed with the result but was graceful enough to sign it, the photo will be kept in with all my other Carlisle United Memorabilia.
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Now 24 Morpeth’s number 9 had been on trial for Carlisle as an 18 Year old back in 2008 , Playing 2 games one against Kilmarnock U19 scoring in the process in a 2-1 win then again against Burnley in a 4-2 Defeat the programme gives his former Clubs as Birmingham City Carlisle West Allotment Celtic Hebburn and Jarrow Roofing. No idea what happened to him, but today he was really lively took all three of his goals brilliantly and you kind of wonder what happened to his career and why he didn’t make it at a higher level.
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Division :- Northern League
Ticket Price Adult £6
Programme £1
Attendance ?

Score 5-0


Match Day Photo Album