Friday, 1 January 2016

Overall 265

West Allotment Celtic V Penrith

Saturday 28th November 2015

Blue Flames Sports Ground/Whitley Park


West Allotment Celtic is a semi professional club with two mens’ senior teams competing in the Northern League and the Northern Alliance League. The club is currently based at Whitley Park, a home they share with Northumberland FA and Newcastle United Reserves.Founded in 1928, Allotment is one of the very few remaining pit clubs in the area – a testament to the hard work and dedication of the volunteers that have kept the club going for 85 years when other clubs have faltered.West Allotment Celtic were formed in 1928, the culmination of a merger between West Allotment Primitive Methodists and West Allotment Juniors. In 1938, the club joined the Second Division of the Northern Amateur League. Now playing at the aptly-named Farm Ground, fans helped to dismantle a cowshed in Heaton and move it, piece by piece, to West Allotment, where it was reassembled at the ground. The shed was not for spectators – it served as the players’ changing facilities! The threat of dissolution was eventually staved off by the introduction of new blood into the club towards the end of the decade, as Allotment finally began to build towards a more positive future on and off the pitch. Celtic also moved to Backworth Welfare in 1968, consigning the ponds and mud of the Farm Ground to memory.In 1983, Allotment made its debut in both the Northern Alliance and the FA Vase. The first honour of the period arrived just one season later, as Allotment dispatched Ponteland United in the Alliance Challenge Cup Final. This success was followed up two seasons later by the first of Celtic’s 8 Alliance titles.Having acted as tenants at Hillheads in Whitley Bay since 1995, the club set out to find a new home, and found it in Benton. In 2001, the club moved to Whitley Park, also known as the Blue Flames Sports Ground. The ground is well-known as one of the best kept pitches in the Northern League, and also serves as the headquarters of the Northumberland FA.



  • Northern Alliance Champions: 1986/87, 1990/91, 1991-92  1997/98, 1998-99 1999/00, 2001/02, 2003/04

  • Northern League 2nd Division Champions: 2004/05

Again we made out way over to the North East Via the A69 1st Stopping off at The Giants Den Soft Play Centre in Team Valley. We Arrived at the Ground at 1450 but the Programmes were a sell out.The game got off to a flying start for the Bonny Blues, taking advantage of the strong wind, and creating numerous chances. Penrith took the lead in the 29th minute through a Jamie Hope header after great work from Martyn Coleman out wide. It seemed to relax Penrith as Coleman was superbly played through on goal and cool as you like, slotted past the keeper.The 2nd half started with the home team having some good possession but couldn't break down a mean Cumbrian defence. The third goal came as Will Paul went on a forward run and hit an unbelievable shot against the underside of the cross bar and Sam Bell headed in. Penrith’s domination got a just reward with a 4th goal when Nathan Waterston raced through and looped it over the impressive West Allotment Celtic keeper.
A great away performance from the Bonny Blues which the score line rather flattered the home team.


Division :- Northern League Division 1
Ticket Price Adult £6 and Child free
Programme £1.00 Sold out
Attendance ?
Score 0-4
Miles from Carlisle 60

Match Day Photo Album

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Overall 264

Northallerton Town V Hebburn Town

Calvert Stadium

Saturday 14th November 2015

Northallerton Town F.C. is an English football club based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. They were established in 1895 and continue on to this day. They are currently playing in Northern League Division Two. In 1982, they were among the founding members of the Northern League Division Two, they gained promotion to Division One by finishing second in 1989–90. They had huge success in the early 90s reaching the last 16 of the FA Trophy, finally losing to Farnborough Town; they also reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup in 1992 and 1993, losing to Accrington Stanley and Witton Albion. Town also started to attract some undesirable support with crowd trouble at Accrington, Workington & Witton, however this was short lived, as was the club's success, going bust in 1994. The ground was sold off to a business man with no interest in football. Debts were cleared on liquidation; however the club then had to find rent on a monthly basis.The club changed their name to Northallerton F.C. 1994 in 1994, and were relegated back into Division Two in the 1994–95 season. They soon shot back up they secured the league championship during 1996–97 and were promoted back to Division One. They were relegated once more the following season though, and reverted their club name back to Northallerton Town in 1999.Northallerton Town are known for their loud and passionate home and away support – a section of the crowd are known as the 'Northallerton Town Casuals' and have a friendly rivalry with the North Shields 'Ultras'.

The game had been in doubt because of the heavy rainfall and the forecast of a lot more to fall but the Referee rightly gave the go-ahead for the game although the pitch was very heavy and the grass long. Shortly after the kick-off Channon North missed an opportunity although he looked well offside but early play suggested that the boggy pitch was going to present one or two problems. On 10 minutes excellent work by Iain Bickerstaff released Channon who was unlucky not to put Hebburn ahead. There was little action in either goal mouths although a great saving tackle from Chris Smith stopped a fine attacking move by the home side after 15 minutes and a great save by Phil Holgate on the half hour stopped a certain goal. At this stage Northallerton were shading the game and two minutes later a great move involving a slick back heel freed Reakes who hit a fine drive across Holgate to give the hosts the lead. Hebburn fought back and a strong drive by Iain Bickerstaff from outside the box flew inches past the post with the home keeper stranded and shortly after James Talbot should have done better when a great ball from Ross Toward left him clear of the Northallerton defence. One down at half time and the Hornets still in the game. Unfortunately that is the way it stayed as Hebburn battled in well and had more possession than the home team but never troubled the Northallerton goal. In fact Phil Holgate brought off two tremendous saves to thwart goal bound efforts which would have flattered the home side. Nevertheless Hebburn never looked like scoring.
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Division :- Northern League Division 2
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £1.00
Attendance ?
Score 1-0
Miles from Carlisle 84 Miles Via A66 and A1

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Overall 263

Willington AFC V Whickam fc

Saturday 24th October 2015

Hall Lane


The Earliest formations where known in 1890 as Willington Rovers 1899 as Willington Rangers then Willington Town Wednesday in 1900 till 1903 they then became known as Brancepeth Colliery Rangers from 1903-1905 In 1906 they Became known a Willington Temperance. In 1911 they were admitted to the Northern League and the Temperance was dropped and they moved into the current ground Hall Lane. In 1914,1926 and then 1930 they won the Northern League. In 1939 they reached the Fa Amateur Cup final and were pitted against local rivals Bishop Auckland a game which took place at Roker Park Sunderland in which 20,200 folk attended and seen Bishop’s triumph 3-0 AET. The Bishop Auckland side included 20 Year old Bob Paisley who was sold to Liverpool a month later. 11 Years later and they were back again and once again Bishop Auckland were the opponents this time it was Willington who won the game at Wembley in front of 88,000 folk. Goals from Taylor,Rutherford,Larmouth and Armstrong meant that Willington ran out 4-0 Winners some of the highlights are available via the British Pathe Website.


The next highlight of the clubs history came in 1973-74 when they reached the Fa Cup 1st round drawing Blackburn Rovers at Hall Lane. The crowd was 4,600 (or so), the wind was blowing a gale, the result a goalless draw. Willington should have won it, Tommy Holden missed a sitter with just a few minutes left, unfortunately they lost the replay 6-1 at Ewood Park. Blackburn donated Hall Lane’s first set of floodlights in return. After that there wasn’t much to shout about with the club nearly folding in 1996-97 The Club were relegated to the Wearside League in 2005 and once again in 2009 they nearly folded since then they have improved with promotion to the Northern League achieved in 2013.


We made our way over the A689 Via Alston and Nenthead Stopping at Alston for the Alston Railway and Nenthead for the miniature village then coming down towards Crook and into Willington Parking up right opposite the turnstiles


The ground itself has one seated stand along the far side and 2 terraces behind each goal with the changing rooms and refreshments on the near side The game itself wasn’t the greatest and chances were very few and far between. The 1st noticeable chance came when Levi Oman fired a shot over the bar on 40 Minutes for Whickham, 0-0 at Half time In the 2nd half it was Willington playing down the hill who were the stronger Corey Nicholson had a shot just wide and then another shot was saved and kicked out for a corner shortly after. Willington then got a Penalty for what I have no idea a shirt pull maybe, but Danny Lee on his 200 appearance sent the keeper the wrong way to give Willington the 3 points. The Full time whistle was greeted with a massive roar, after a 16 games winless run in League and Cup Willington who had not won since Aug 15th against Ryton & Crawcrook Albion will be relieved to get the 3 points but are still 3rd bottom of Northern League Division 2.  A game of few chances to be fair and the weather wasn’t great the bitter cold weather has started to appear in the north. On the way back we took the A68 and A69 which meant we were able to swing by Tow Law Town another ground I have not yet visited.


Division :- Northern League Division 2
Ticket Price Adult £5 and Child £2
Programme £1.00
Attendance ?
Score 1-0
Miles from Carlisle 67 Miles or 62 Via Alston and Stanhope

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Ground Number 113 for Daniel

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Overall 262

Whitby V Hyde United

Turnball Ground

Wednesday 14th October 2015


Whitby Town Football Club is an English football club based in Whitby, North Yorkshire. The club participates in the Northern Premier League, the seventh tier of English football. Founded in 1880, Whitby are one of the oldest clubs from the North Riding of Yorkshire, the club has spent their entire history in the amateur and semi-professional leagues, though they have reached the second round of the FA Cup in both 1983–84 and 1985–86.Whitby most prestigious honour is arguably the FA Vase, which they won in 1996–97 after defeating North Ferriby United at Wembley Stadium. Whitby play their home games at the 3,500 capacity Turnbull Ground on Upgang Lane. The club was founded as Streaneshalch Football Club in October 1880, soon after its foundation the club changed its name to Whitby Church Temperance and played a friendly game against Scarborough on 8 January 1881, which Whitby won 2–0. The name was changed in late 1882 to Whitby Football Club and continued to play friendly games as well as competing in the Scarborough & East Riding County Cup. During this early period Whitby and Scarborough's rivalry was tense: Whitby beat them in the final of the 1886–87 County Cup, before in the two seasons following Scarborough beat Whitby in the final.There was also a situation in the 1889 FA Cup where Scarborough knocked Whitby out in the First Round, with Whitby complaining that Scarborough's Recreation Ground was an illegal size.Unfortunately the rivalry culminated in one of the first football riots, after a disagreement about a goal, Whitby players were attacked on the pitch by Scarborough fans and eventually chased out to the Scarborough railway station. Nineteen-year-old Whitby player Albert Drabble, who was attacked at the game, died the following month of a heart attack, though links between the incidents were not conclusive it put a large shadow over the fixture. After World War One, the town of Whitby had two clubs, both playing in the Scarborough and District League, Whitby Whitehall Swifts and Whitby Town. Ever conscious of Whitby’s more illustrious past, the two clubs decided to amalgamate in 1926 as Whitby United. The new club was admitted into the Northern League and the club's name was changed to Whitby Town in 1949.  In 1983–84, Whitby came to national prominence when they came back from two goals down to beat Halifax Town 3–2 in the FA Cup first round proper. They were beaten by a late penalty at Wigan in the following round. The same season. In 1992–93, Whitby Town won the Northern League Championship for the first time in their history. Unfortunately due to circumstances completely beyond their control, the Club were denied promotion to the Northern Premier League.


Northern Premier League First Division Champions 1997-98

Northern League / Northern League Division One Champions 1992-93 & 1996-97

FA Vase Winners 1996-97

The Ground has a rather nice clubhouse which is underneath the big main stand built in 2006 which has a capacity of 505 named in honour of Brooks Mileson The Mileson Stand who of course is the former owner of Gretna FC and once tried to buy Carlisle United (thankfully he didn’t) .On the far side is a covered terrace behind each goal is open terraces. Sadly its hard to get good photo’s at night.


I’ve been meaning to tick Whitby off for some time now I’ve exchanged numerous Twitter messages whilst watching Whitby at Stafford a couple of years ago, when they had 2 former Carlisle United Players Playing. Sadly there was none in the side this evening. Jason Blackburn did sign for them in the summer after leaving Carlisle but has since left for Durham City. I was spending 5 days in Whitby with my Girlfriend and her parents staying at the very hospitable guest house Bramblewick which was only a short 5-10 minute walk from the ground. On the Wednesday me and the potential father in law decided to take in Whitby Town V Hyde United.

Unfortunately it wasn’t the result Whitby wanted as they suffered a 3-0 defeat Ayrton Bevins 2 and Scott Spencer with the goals for Hyde, that was the 3rd time I’ve seen Hyde and the 3rd win so the omens were probably against Whitby from the start. Before the game and after It I spent time in the Brilliant club shop talking to George and 2 Portsmouth Season ticket holders who had randomly arrived at the same time (In fact they sit in the same stand at Portsmouth but had never met each other before). I could have spent all night in there but eventually I settled on purchasing a Whitby 2014-15 home shirt for £20 and a few random programmes for £3. I donated a bag full of Carlisle Programmes as well to add to the growing collection.


Division :- Evo-Stick Premier Division
Ticket Price Adult £9
Programme £2
Attendance 201
Score 0-3
Miles from Carlisle 130 Via A69 & A19  or 122 Via A66 both Roughly 2 & half hours


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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Re-Visit 66

`Liverpool V Carlisle United

Wednesday 23rd September 2015



Liverpool Football Club /ˈlɪvərpuːl/ are a Premier League football club based in Liverpool, England. The club have won more European trophies than any other English team with five European Cups, three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. They have also won 18 League titles, seven FA Cups, a record eight League Cups, and 15 FA Community Shields, though they are yet to win a Premier League title since its inception in 1992. The club was founded in 1892 and joined the Football League the following year.

Liverpool F.C. was founded following a dispute between the Everton committee and John Houlding, club president and owner of the land at Anfield. After eight years at the stadium, Everton relocated to Goodison Park in 1892 and Houlding founded Liverpool F.C. to play at Anfield. Originally named "Everton F.C. and Athletic Grounds Ltd" (Everton Athletic for short), the club became Liverpool F.C. in March 1892 and gained official recognition three months later, after The Football Association refused to recognise the club as Everton.The team won the Lancashire League in its début season, and joined the Football League Second Division at the start of the 1893–94 season. After finishing in first place the club was promoted to the First Division, which it won in 1901 and again in 1906. In 1906 the banked stand at one end of the ground was formally renamed the Spion Kop after a hill in KwaZulu-Natal.The hill was the site of the Battle of Spion Kop in the Second Boer War, where over 300 men of the Lancashire Regiment died, many of them from Liverpool. At its peak, the stand could hold 28,000 spectators. Anfield could accommodate more than 60,000 supporters at its peak, and had a capacity of 55,000 until the 1990s. The Taylor Report and Premier League regulations obliged Liverpool to convert Anfield to an all-seater stadium in time for the 1993–94 season, reducing the capacity to 45,276. In October 2012, BBC Sport reported that Fenway Sports Group, the new owners of Liverpool FC, had decided to redevelop their current home at Anfield stadium, rather than building a new stadium in Stanley Park. As part of the redevelopment the capacity of Anfield was to increase from 45,276 to approximately 60,000 and would cost in the region of £150m


This was my 4th Visit to Anfield The 1st came in March 2009 when I witnessed Liverpool Defeat Sunderland 2-0 My next was December 2009 when Arsenal went away with a 2-1 away win. I then made a last minute decision to go and Watch them play FC Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa league in Oct 2012 they were to win that one 1-0. So to see my Team at Anfield was a great day but sadly it didn’t go as expected. They day started out by travelling down the M6 I had to go to Manchester 1st for work purpose but there was huge traffic delays and I only arrived in Manchester at 1915 I’d timed the run the previous 2 days and had arrived in Manchester 1845 so I thought I’d had plenty of time to make the 35 mile journey along the M56 & M62 to Anfield unfortunately I arrived around the ground at around 2010 but it took me till 2030 to get parked and get inside the ground. Anfield Road is one of the best atmosphere’s pre kick off and when the crowd Sings you’ll never walk alone I still get Goosebumps every time despite not being a Liverpool fan (even if all my mates are) so was a shame to miss this part of the game

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So I’d missed the Liverpool goal but no sooner had I sat down than Carlisle surged forward and scored through Derek Asamoah. After 90 Minutes the game was level and after another 30 Minutes it was still Level so It went to Penalties. Liverpool then won 3-2 on Penalties but the Cumbrian’s were not outplayed and defended well. Sadly as a result of this game we lost our next game against bottom of the table Newport after some of the players were clearly knackered a result which most people expected. After the game I had to make a mad dash to the Petrol Station to fuel up as I’d just about ran out thankfully I just made it. Then I made the journey home with the rest of the 6000 Cumbrian’s not disgraced but so close to what could have been a cup upset.

LFC V CUFC 25-9-15 (7)

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Division:- Premier League
Ticket Price £20
Programme  £3
Attendance 42518
Score 1-1 Liverpool won 3-2 on Penalties
Miles from Carlisle 121 Miles

Liverpool Football Club Album 


(Includes Photo’s from Sunderland Arsenal Anfi and Carlisle games and the club Tour which I did with Kids)

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Overall 261

Clithroe V Northwich Victoria

Tuesday 22nd September 2015



Clitheroe F.C. are an English football club based in Clitheroe, Lancashire, playing in the Northern Premier League Division One North. They were established in 1877 as Clitheroe Central. After joining the Lancashire Combination in 1903, they removed Central from their name. The club was formed as Clitheroe Central in 1877 at the Swan Hotel in Castle Street by local businessmen. After playing in local leagues the club joined the Lancashire Combination in 1903 and dropped Central from their name. The first major trophy won was the Lancashire Junior Cup in 1893 – a trophy they had to wait 92 years to win again. In 1985 at Deepdale, home of Preston North End, they defeated Barrow AFC 1–0 when Eric Geldard scored in extra time. Except for breaks during the first and second World Wars (1914–18 and 1939–45) Clitheroe played in the Lancashire Combination until the end of the 1981–82 season. They won the Lancashire Combination Cup in the 1934–35 season and the League Championship in the 1979–80 season.


For the 1982–83 season The Lancashire Combination amalgamated with the Cheshire County League to become the North West Counties League. Clitheroe became one of the founder members, however the state of the ground meant they started in the third division. There then followed one of the most successful periods in the club's long history when under the guidance of manager Eric Whalley they won the Third, Second and First Divisions in consecutive seasons. In the 1995–96 season when under the joint managership of Dennis Underwood and Gary Butcher they played at Wembley Stadium in the final of the FA Vase. Some 7,500 people watched the game against Brigg Town and although Clitheroe won against them earlier in the season in the FA Cup the club was beaten 3–0 in the Vase Final. A public appeal to help with the visit to Wembley saw £7,400 donated by townspeople and businesses. The last decade of the 20th Century saw most of the ten years spent getting the ground up to scratch with £130,000 being spent in the process. The sale of two players, Jon Penman and Carlo Nash, helped considerably with the expenditure on the ground. The club saw little success on the pitch after the Wembley visit until manager Steve Parry led them to the Floodlight Trophy by beating Kidsgrove Athletic 2–1 in the 1998–99 final. Carlo Nash, the former Preston North End goalkeeper also started his career here too, before being spotted by Crystal Palace


North West Counties League 2003-04

Shawbridge is a nice old fashioned non league ground money was spent from the sale of Carlo Nash and the Wembley finals to improve the ground back in the 90’s. You enter from behind the goal with a club house to the right on one side and a cover standing area with a rather quirky low roof along the left hand side. On the right along the side of the pitch is another covered terracing and behind the far side goal is a small covered terrace. On the left hand side is the sponsors lounge tea hut and then a small seated stand with the changing rooms behind it




Parking up on a side street I managed to get in just in time for KO a really enjoyable game Clithroe took this one 2-0 against an unbeaten Northwich Victoria Side Goals from Scott Bakkor & Callum Hendry (Colin Hendry’s Son on Loan from Blackburn) gave the young Blues team a well deserved win over the previously un-defeated Vics team. Now managed by former Stockport County Boss Jim Gannon.

Division :- Evo-Stick 1st Division North
Ticket Price Adult £7
Programme £1.50
Attendance 216
Score 2-0
Miles from Carlisle 101 miles

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Match Day Photo Album

Overall 260

Maine Road FC V Ashton Athletic

Monday 21st September 2015

Brantingham Road


Maine Road F.C. are an English football club, based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. The club was founded in 1955 by Manchester City Supporters Rusholme. They currently play in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division and are members of the Manchester Football Association. They play their home games at Brantingham Road. The club was formed in 1955 by supporters of Manchester City under the name City Supporters Rusholme, when past Chairman Frank Thompson and a few friends formed a team and after playing a few friendlies. Soon after that, the club joined the local Rusholme Sunday League and Thompson became the Chairman. In the late sixties they changed to the Manchester Amateur Sunday league and also moved their headquarters to the newly built Maine Road Social Club, and that's when the new name Maine Road FC was born. A man called Ronnie Meredith was the driving force behind the club in the Seventies. in 1971–72 Maine Road won their first league Manchester County Sunday Cup and Cup Double. The success prompted Meredith to look for bigger challenges and he changed the whole future of the club by moving to Saturday football in the form of the Manchester League.

Maine Road won the Manchester Premier Cup in 1975–76, beating Abbey Hey in the final and again in 1976–77, when Maine Road beat Little Lever in the final. More success followed on the field and after several years of moving grounds, Club finally settled on a permanent home in 1980. Brantingham Road in Chorlton is where the club still play today. After an initial lean spell at the new ground, The club then won the Manchester League four times consecutively from 1982–83 to 1985–86. Throughout the same decade, they set a record by winning all five Manchester County Cups. Derek Barber took over the managerial reins in 1986 and the clubs progress continued so much so that when the Manchester County FA's new complex at Brantingham Road was built Ron's other ambition was achieved. Entry to the Bass North West Counties League.

Maine Road moved into their present home, Brantingham Road in 1980. They upgraded it to become eligible to join the North West Counties Football League in 1986.Their record home attendance is 3,181 for a league match against FC United of Manchester on 4 November 2006. However, the game was played at Bower Fold in Stalybridge, the home of Stalybridge Celtic. Manchester Football Association used to have their headquarters at Brantingham Road before they moved to Salford Sports Village. They still hold their County Cup finals at the ground.


There isn’t much to Maine Road one long small stand down the side and a little one over the far side. I parked up along the road side but there is a few spaces in the car park. The game wasn’t the best but Ashton took away the honours with a 1-0 away win with Danny Smith Scoring the goal within the 1st 5 minutes.

There is some better photo’s from the game here 

Division:- North West Counties Premier Divisions
Ticket Price £5
Programme £1.50
Parking £0
Attendance 75
Score 0-1

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