Sunday, 16 October 2016

Overall 276

Heaton Stannington V Willington AFC

Saturday 8th October 2016

Groundsell Park

Heaton Stannington V Willington 8-10-16 (1)

Heaton Stannington Football Club are a semi-professional association football club based in High Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, in England. They play in the Northern Football League Division Two. Although officially founded in 1910, Heaton Stannington were in existence by 1903 and playing at Miller’s Lane on the site of the current Fossway The club name originates from its links with the Stannington Avenue area of Heaton. The club spent the next 19 years in NAL Division One and gained their first trophies in 1934 and 1936 when they won the Tynemouth Infirmary Minor Cup and NAL Challenge Cup respectively. The first glory season came in 1936-37 when the club won NAL Division One, and were Northumberland Amateur Cup winners and NAL Challenge Cup runners up. The reserves were also NAL Division Two runners up. For one season, 1938-39, the Stan participated in the Tyneside League and were runners up. By the 1930s the team were playing at the Coast Road ground. The club were elected to the Northern League in 1939. They only managed one season in the league before it was suspended for the duration of the Second World War. The league restarted in 1945 but Heaton Stannington were elected, until 1946, as a non-playing member as their ground was being used by the military. After 5 consecutive bottom three finishes, the club resigned at the end of the 1951-52 season and joined the Northern Alliance until 1956. The next 16 seasons included involvement in the NAL (1956-59), North Eastern League (1959-60) and the Northern Combination (1960-72). In 1972 the club stepped up to the Wearside League and remained there for ten years. They were forced to resign from the league in 1982 for financial reasons due to the club trustees, who had formed a limited company in 1968, putting the annual rent up from £400 to £1500. The company then tried to build a supermarket on the ground but the planning application was defeated. In 1983 the High Court ruled that the ground belonged to the football club and the company had to relinquish ownership. The team played in the Tyneside Amateur League (TAL) during 1982-83 as Heaton United. Back as Heaton Stannington, they won the TAL in 1983-84 which was only their second league title up to this point. The next 2 seasons were spent back in the NAL where they were champions in 1985-86 as well as wining the Northumberland Minor Cup. For the next 27 years the club were in the Northern Alliance, which became a 3 tier league in 1988 and saw the Stan placed in the Premier Division. After two relegations to Division One, the Stan achieved stability by spending 9 seasons in the Premier Division. The club won their highest level league trophy when they became Champions in 2012 but were denied promotion due to ground grading In 2012-13, they achieved the treble by not only retaining the title but by also winning the Northern Alliance League Cup and the Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl. but were promoted to the Northern League Div 1 on the proviso they installed floodlights by the end of September


    • Northern Amateur League Division One Champions 1936-37
    • Tyneside Amateur League Division One Champions 1983-84
    • Northern Amateur League Champions 1985-86
    • Northern Alliance Premier Division Champions 2011-12, 2012-13
    • Tynemouth Infirmary Cup 1933-34
    • Northern Amateur League Challenge Cup 1935-36, 1937-38, 1956-57, 1958-59
    • Northumberland Amateur Cup 1936-37
    • Wallsend Charity Cup 1955-56
    • Northumberland Minor Cup 1985-86
    • Northern Alliance Challenge Cup 1989-90
    • Northern Alliance Combination Cup 1997-98
    • Northern Alliance Subsidiary Cup 1999-00
    • Northern Alliance League Cup 2010-11, 2012-13
    • Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl 2012-13
    • Shunde Worldwide Friendship Association Cup 2014

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In October 1935, they started playing at Newton Park in High Heaton on the site of a recently filled-in quarry. In 2007,the ground was renamed Grounsell Park in honour of the service given, both on and off the pitch, by Bob Grounsell. Grounsell Park now boasts new floodlights and a stand to complement the other facilities including a bar serving real ale. Much of the recent success is a result of the commitment and work of manager Derek Thompson

In July 2012, Heaton Stannington played a match against the Gabon national under-23 football team as part of their preparations for the Olympics. Gabon won the game 4–0

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We caught the 1110 Virgin Trains East Coast train which had been diverted via Carlisle to Newcastle arriving in Newcastle just after 1230 after a quick bite to eat we caught the number 38 bus from close to Central Station straight up to the ground. I claimed by Euro millions ticket winnings from a local shop nearby sadly only £4.70 but it helped pay for my entry to the ground which was £5 and £1 for a programme.

Billed as Newcastle's friendliest, fastest growing and best supported non league club they certainly lived up to that billing as they made me quite welcome from the moment I arrived. I was introduced to the Secretary and various other committee members and invited up into the members room for half time refreshments. Heaton Won this game rather comfortably 3-0 Goals by Imray, Johnson and Walton guided The Stan to what was strangely their first victory at home this season. Heaton were comfortable all day long and never looked like losing. At half time I had some refreshments in the club house of which the fruit scones were delicious. After the game we boarded number 38 bus back to Newcastle and then the 1810 back to Carlisle again another Virgin East Coast Train arriving home around 1935

The ground itself is an open one with changing rooms in the corner and the clubhouse and stand in the middle. One strange thing I noticed was the number of people who had built there vegetable patches inside the ground behind the houses

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Division :- Northern League Division 2
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £1.00
Attendance 124
Score 3-0
Miles from Carlisle 60 Miles
Rail fare £24.30 1 Adult 1 Child

Match Day Photo Album

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Seaham Red Star, Thornaby, Norton & Stockton Ancients, Alnwick Town, Billingham Town, Tow Law, Brandon United, Easington Colliery, Stockton Town, & Blyth Town are now the only 10 remaining Northern League Grounds left for me to complete the set

Overall 275

Ryhope Colliery Welfare v Penrith FC

Tuesday 27th September 2016

Ryhope Recreation Park


The club was founded by the Coal Miners of Ryhope in 1892. It was not until 1927–28 that it won its first league title. However the club enjoyed most of its success in the 1960s, winning the Wearside Football League on four occasions, the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup twice as well as the Sunderland Ship-owners Cup and League Challenge Cup during the decade. In the 1967–68 season, the team reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the only time in its history, losing 1–0 at home to then Football League Division 4 side Workington. The club's next successful season was 1977–78, finishing 3rd in the league, winning the League Cup with the season culminating in winning the Durham Challenge Cup for the only time in the club's history. Between the 1988–89 and 1991–92 seasons, the club was known as Vaux Ryhope after a merger with Sporting Club Vaux (previously South Hetton FC)

Season 2010–11 however was the most successful in the club's history, winning all four competitions the Wearside League Title, Sunderland Shipowners Cup, Monkwearmouth Charity Cup and League Cup.This was only the third time in the history of the League that this has been achieved by a club.However they were unable to gain promotion due to Ground Grading Regulations, In the season 2011–12 Ryhope repeated the feat of the previous season winning all four competitions and gained promotion to the Northern League for the first time in its history. It ended the season having only been defeated once in its last 70 Wearside League and Cup games. The team continued its success in season 2012–13 finishing runners up to Crook Town and gaining promotion to the Northern League 1st Division at its first attempt,losing only three games and scoring 147 league goals. However, due to off the field ground grading issues, rather than making the step up the club was relegated back to the Wearside League. It was a decision taken by the Northern League Management Committee and endorsed by the FA. Season 2013–14 saw the team back in the Wearside League and finish runners up to Stockton Town and with the ground issues solved the team again was promoted to the Northern League 2nd division for the season 2014–15. After finishing 6th in season 2014–15 the club finished runners up to South Shields in season 2015–16 thus gaining promotion to the Northern League Division 1 under the guidance of managerial duo Gary Pearson and Stuart Gooden.


  • Wearside Football League: 1927–28, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • Monkwearmouth Charity Cup: 1965–66, 1966–67, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
  • Sunderland Ship-owners Cup: 1961–62, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • League Challenge Cup: 1963–64, 1977–78,2010–11, 2011–12
  • Durham Challenge Cup: 1977–78

The ground is nothing spectacular a ring fenced pitch with changing rooms and a small seated stand with another shelter for standing

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After leaving Carlisle around 1810 I arrived at Ryhope for around 1935 you have to park up by the Cricket ground and walk through the cricket ground (in the dark I may add) to get to the Football Ground. Admission is £5 with Programmes £1

Ryhope Raced into a 2 goal lead with J Ellis Scoring after 14 Minutes and then again in the 35th Minute but I have no idea who scored the second as it was a goalmouth scrabble with ended up with the ball being cleared off the line by Penrith but the linesman decided it had crossed the line and gave the goal, not quite sure myself if it had crossed the line but the Penrith players closest to the goal line didn’t seam too impressed with the lino (No goal line technology in the Northern League Yet !!!) .

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In the second half Penrith came out fighting and Kev Connolly Grabbed a goal in the 48th Minute and then Penrith were awarded a Penalty in the 67th Minute from which Martyn Coleman put it away to make it 2-2. Both teams had chances after that to clinch the win but both keepers stood firm and they had to share the points

FT 2-2


Division :- Northern League Division 1
Ticket Price Adult £5 and Child £2
Programme £1.00
Attendance ?
Score 2-2
Miles from Carlisle 74 

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Saturday, 6 August 2016

Overall 163 Revisit

Carlisle City V St Helens Town

Saturday 6th August 2016

Gillford Park

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Carlisle City Football Club is an English association football club based in Carlisle, Cumbria. It is a member of Division One of the North West Counties League. They play at Gillford Park after taking over the lease in 2015.

The club was formed in 1975 by two former Carlisle United players, George Walker and Ron Thompson "to give local lads somewhere to play". It has been a member of the Northern Football Alliance since then.Carlisle City competed in the FA Cup between 1976–77 and 1980–81. Their best performance was in 1979–80, when they took Bishop Auckland to two replays in the first qualifying round. They also played in the FA Vase during the same period, and reached the third round in 1976–77.

After taking over the lease of Gillford Park from Celtic Nation in 2015, the club revealed ambitions to play at a higher level. They applied to join North West Counties Football League for 2016–17, and in April 2016, it was confirmed that Gillford Park had passed an FA ground grading test. On 13 May 2016, it was confirmed that City had been promoted to the North West Counties League Division One and City also confirmed that former Penrith Manager, James Tose to be City's new Manager. He will be assisted by Jonny Allan who has played for Northwich Victoria and Carlisle United and was Assistant Manager at Celtic Nation before the club folded in 2015

Gillford Park

Carlisle Border Raiders

Gillford Park Stadium was upgraded in the early 90’s to enable Carlisle Border Raiders to use it after they left Brunton Park. My 1st Memory of it was when in the early 90’s we were given some free tickets at school to try and encourage more youngsters to watch rugby unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it and to this day it still remains the only Rugby match I have ever watched not that I can remember any of the match or who they played. Eventually Border Raiders merged with Barrow and Professional Rugby left Carlisle. A record of 2,042 what the highest recorded Rugby Match and highest attendance at the Stadium.

Gillford Park Spartans – Gillford Park 

The club was established in 2004 and was originally known as Gillford Park Spartans and joined Division Two of the Northern Alliance in 2005. They finished second in the first season in the division, and were promoted to Division One.In 2006 the club changed its name to Gillford Park, winning Division One of the Northern Alliance at the first attempt, earning promotion to the Premier Division. After finishing third in the Premier Division in 2007–08, the club finished second the following season, and were promoted to Division Two of the Northern League.

In 2009–10 and 2010–11 the club finished eleventh in Division Two, before finishing second in 2011–12 and earning promotion to Division One

Celtic Nation

In 2012 the club adopted the name Celtic Nation, and also attracted sponsorship from Frank Lynch, a Scottish millionaire based in America In 2012-13 They Finished 10th Former Newcastle United assistant manager Mick Wadsworth was appointed manager in late April 2013, with Wadsworth revealing that he had turned down an assistant manager role at a League One side to take up the challenge at Celtic Nation.Wadsworth resigned after 10 matches in charge, and was succeeded as manager by Willie McStay. In 2013-14 It was the most successful in the clubs short history finishing 2nd in the league to Spennymoor town who took Promotion to the Evok Stik League thus denying Nation Promotion financial support for the club was then withdrawn, Wille McStay and the majority of the playing staff left the club. At one point in the summer of 2014 the club had only four registered players.Former Newcastle United, Barrow and Carlisle United midfielder Mark Boyd took on the role of player/manager of Celtic Nation appointing Nation forward, Jonny Allan, as assistant. In the 2014-15 they finished 21st and were relegated. A highest Attendance of 1019 for a game against Spennymoor in 2013-14, Although I was there and there was never 1000 people there

On 25 April 2015, Nation confirmed that they had resigned from the Northern League and would fold due to financial problems and losing the lease of Gillford Park to Northern Football Alliance Premier Division neighbours Carlisle City.Three days later Celtic Nation played their last ever match against North Shields, which ended in a 1–0 defeat.

Carlisle City then played at Gillford Park for the 2015-16 Season in the Northern Alliance before being promoted to the North West Counties League for the 2016-17 Season 


I made the 0.5 Mile Journey over to Gillford Park for Carlisle City’s 1st Ever game in the North West Counties league having watched City’s 3 pre season Games losing all 3 Against Workington (1-3) Atherton Collieries (1-5) and Penrith (0-6) I’ve seen Gillford Park twice and Celtic Nation eleven times so this would be by 18th trip to Gillford Park if you include the Rugby game.

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Carlisle City started off the fastest and went 1-0 up in the 9th Minute when a cross from the right found Jordan Atkinson unmarked who lashed the ball home. Ryan Errington had a good run down the left in the 10th Minute but his shot was well saved by the Saints Keeper. In the 13th Minute Mark Boyd Volleyed into the net from 30 Yards out. That seamed to spark Saints into life and on 25 Minutes they pulled a goal back when Edward Pegler volleyed in from 25 Yards out. 7 Minutes later Saints Equalized when from a Christopher Lomax Corner George Lomax Headed in to pull the scores back level Ryan Errington then had 2 good shots well saved by the Saints keeper. H/T 2-2 In the second half James Greenall in the Carlisle City had to be at his best to keep out the saints but Carlisle City then went ahead when a superb cross from Ryan Errington was turned into his own net by Daniel Brady with the Lurking Mark Worrall just behind him Brady had little choice but to put it into his own net. A Mark Boyd free kick was deflected out for a corner and from the Corner David Wallace flicked the ball on to Mark Birch who has unable to get his shot on target. In the 80th Minute Saints had free kick which was taken by Andrew Gillespie the ball then ended up in the net after James Greenall failed to hold onto it, a keeper error maybe but it was hard to tell as my view was obstructed by the wall. Saints then hit the post from a header by Gillespie but 39 Year old Mark Birch stole the show when he smashed the ball in the net from the edge of the area after a great cross from Ryan Errington and an excellent knock down from Jordan Atkinson. Carlisle City then Managed to hold on for the Remaining 5 Minutes to win.

An excellent game of football to start the season I’ll be back but it will prove to be a difficult season with lots of long distance travelling they’ll need the support of the locals,Myself included if they are to survive.


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Corners 4-4

Bookings 1 Carlisle City (Worrell) St Helens 1 (Pegler)

Attendance 121

Man of the Match Ryan Errington

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Division:- North West Counties 1st Division
Ticket Price £3
Programme £1
Parking £0 Attendance 121
Score 0-0

Miles from Home 0.5

Carlisle City Photo’s

Celtic Nation Photo's

Gillford Park Photo's

Overall 274

FC United of Manchester V Rochdale

Saturday 30th July 2016

Broadhurst Park

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F.C. United of Manchester is a semi-professional football club based in Moston, Manchester, England. The club competes in the National League North, the sixth tier of the English football league system, and play their home matches at Broadhurst Park. Founded in 2005 by Manchester United supporters opposed to American businessman Malcolm Glazer's takeover of that club, F.C. United entered the North West Counties Football League Division Two in their inaugural season. They achieved three consecutive promotions in the first three years of their existence and were promoted for a fourth time to compete in the National League North for the 2015–16 season. In cup competitions, F.C. United reached the second round of the FA Cup during the 2010–11 season and the fourth round of the FA Trophy during the2014–15 season. After sharing multiple stadia across Greater Manchester between 2005 and 2015, F.C. United opened their own ground, Broadhurst Park in north-east Manchester, in May 2015. The team has been managed by former professional footballer Karl Marginson since its formation. The club's regular kit colours are red shirts, white shorts and black s F.C. United are the largest fan-owned football club in the United Kingdom and have one of the highest home attendances in English non-league football. The club is democratically run by its members who have equal voting rights and own one share in the club each.ocks. Their badge is based on the Manchester coat of arms and features a ship at sea and three stripes for the three rivers that flow through Manchester.

Broadhurst Park is a football stadium in Moston, Manchester, England. It is the home of F.C. United of Manchester and Moston Juniors F.C. The stadium was known by its project name, Moston Community Stadium, before being changed at a members' meeting in 2014.

F.C. United were formed in 2005, and aimed to construct a ground in Manchester by 2012. After plans for an initial site collapsed, the development of a new stadium at the Ronald Johnson Playing fields in Moston was announced. A protracted planning process followed, and construction began in November 2013. Broadhurst Park was completed with a capacity of 4,400 in May 2015.The opening match was a friendly between F.C. United and Benfica on 29 May 2015. F.C. United played host to Stockport County in their first ever competitive league match at Broadhurst Park on 11 August 2015, eventually losing 2–1.

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The day started off by catching the 07:33 to Manchester Picc from there we took the tram to Manchester Victoria and they spent time at the National Football museum it’s free entry but me and my son paid the £5 voluntary donation. We got to hold the Premier League Trophy and have a look around at the 50 Year anniversary Exhibition of the day England Won the world cup.

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After that we had lunch at Ziferblat a Russian Pay by the minute cafĂ©. Basically you pay 6p at Minute for every minute your in the place. All you have to do is clean up after yourself. All you can eat cakes and drinks (Tea’s Coffee’s Soft drinks Etc)

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After that we headed back to Victoria for the Tram to Newton Heath and Moston Tram stop before catching the free shuttle bus up to the ground. We had a look in the bar and watched re-runs of the famous fa cup win over Rochdale in 2010

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The game itself was an easy 3-0 win for Rochdale with goals from Sammi Qdusi,Scott Tanser and Andy Cannon a copy of the match report is here

After that we boarded the free bus back to the station then got a tram back to Piccadilly Gardens, we spent a bit of time shopping in Primark then grabbed something to eat in Sainsbury’s. We caught the 1816 back to Carlisle but it was around 30 Minutes late arriving home around 2030

Ex Carlisle Watch

Chris Chantler played for FC United in the 1st half and didn’t have the best of games. Chris Started his career at Manchester City but was loaned out to Carlisle in November 2011 he then Signed Permanently in Jan 2012 Chris Made 54 Appearances up till the end of the 2014 Season when he was released by Graham Kavanagh after an injury hit 2 Years. He then spent the 2014-15 Season with Kilmarnock making 26 Appearances again blighted by an injury and was released at the end of the season. He signed for Macclesfield in January 2016 but never made an appearance in 2 weeks and eventually joined FC United of Manchester and has been there ever since. From January 2016 he has made 18 Appearances with 1 goal

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Division :- National League North
Ticket Price Adult £9
Programme £1.50
Attendance 1,541
Score 0-3
Miles from Carlisle  120 miles

Train Tickets Car-Pre £19.95 Pre-Man £10.20 then £4.30 Tram Fare

Match Day Photo Album

Overall 273


West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC V Bamber Bridge

Tuesday 5th July 2016

Brookburn Road


West Didsbury & Chorlton A.F.C. is an English football club located in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. The club plays in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division. West spent most of its history in the Lancashire and Cheshire League, then joined the Manchester League Division One in 2006. After gaining promotion to the Manchester league Premier Division and entering the FA Vase in 2011, the club was accepted into the North West Counties Football League Division One for the 2012–13 season, and gained promotion to the Premier Division after just one season. The club originally played at Christie Playing Fields, but this ground was sold off. The club moved to Brookburn Road in Chorlton for the 1997–98 season and later changed their name to reflect this

Parking up next to the Sale Waterpark Tram Stop Just off Junction 6 of the M60 I walked down towards the Jackson Boat Pub Over the Bridge over the River Mersey and through the park towards the ground. It only takes a few minutes and the path brings you right out at the ground


West kicked off their 2016/17 pre-season losing in a thrilling 6-3 shootout to Evo-Stik League Division One North side Bamber Bridge. a copy of the match report is here

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Division :- North West Counties
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £1
Attendance 95
Score 3-6
Miles from Carlisle  125 miles

Match Day Photo Album

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.

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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

Match Day Photo Album

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Overall 271

Spartans V Stirling University

Saturday 12th March 2016

Ainslie Park

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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

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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)

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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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