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.

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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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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Overall 259

South Shields V Ryhope C.W

Saturday 29th August 2015

Mariners Park


South Shields F.C. is a football club based in South Shields from 1974. It is the third club of that name. The club plays in Northern League Division Two at Mariners Park, formerly known as Filtrona Park. There was a South Shields (1889) and another South Shields (1936) The 1st South Shields was the most successful playing in the League they were elected to the extended Football League Second Division in 1919–20 with 28 votes. Its first League game was a 1–0 defeat at Fulham watched by 20,000 spectators, but although the team frequently attracted big crowds, playing success proved elusive. The club was relegated in 1928, and after two seasons in Division Three (North) the club folded in 1930 - despite finishing seventh - and was taken over in its entirety by Gateshead. The team played at the Horsley Hill ground during its Football League career. The Second side (1936) was formed in 1936–37 with financial support from the Shields Gazette. It joined the North Eastern League and enjoyed immediate success in both league and Durham Challenge Cup before war broke out. Gates often exceeded 10,000. Notable FA Cup results include a 4–1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers in 1970, and the 10 goal feat by Chris Marron – claimed to be an FA Cup record – in the 13–0 win over Radcliffe Welfare United in 1947. Following the collapse of the North Eastern League in 1957–58, the club played in the Midland League in 1959–60, the Northern Counties League in 1961–62, the re-formed North Eastern League in 1963–64 and the North Regional League in 1967–68. IN 1968 it reached the Northern Premier League. In 1974 South Shields reached the FA Trophy semi-final, losing 3–0 on aggregate to Morecambe, which it had beaten 6–0 and 7–1 in the League. Only 1,117 watched the home leg. At the end of the 1974 season the club failed, and - like its predecessor - was absorbed into Gateshead F.C.

The Current South Shields was formed in the same year as the previous club failed and the sale of Simonside Hall, given to the club by supporters. The re-formed club under chairman Martin Ford was based at the council's Jack Clark Park, and began a 17-year crusade for a home of its own. After two title winning seasons in the Northern Alliance, and an appearance in the quarter-finals of the FA Vase, Shields joined the Wearside League.

Ultimately, chairman John Rundle and his family provided the long wished-for new ground at Filtrona Park, which was re-developed and first used by the club in 1992. The club played at Filtrona Park, in Shaftesbury Avenue, between 1992 and 2013. The name Filtrona derives from the nearby Filtrona factory which manufactures cigarette filters. The Ground was also used in April 2003 by Gateshead FC who’s International stadium was having a new running track installed. For the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, South Shields played at Eden Lane, Peterlee after being evicted from Filtrona Park. In May 2015,the club secured a return to Filtrona Park - which was renamed Mariners Park - after new chairman Geoff Thompson bought the facility

Honours (1889)

North Eastern League/Northern Counties

League Champions 1913-14 1914-15

Football League Record

  • Division 2: 1919-1928 (9 seasons)
  • Division 3 (North): 1928-1930 (2 seasons)
  • Highest league position: 6th, Division 2 1921-22
  • Lowest league position: 10th, Division 3 North 1928-29

FA Cup Record

In the 1925-26 Season they beat Chilton Colliery Recreation 3-0 in the 3rd round (9/1/26) a team who had already knocked out my team Carlisle United in the 1st round (Carlisle weren’t even in the League till 1928), Birmingham City 2-1 in the 4th Round (30/1/26) before losing to eventual winners Bolton Wanderers 0-3 In the 5th round (20/2/26)

In the 1926-27 Season they beat Plymouth Argyle 3-1 in the 3rd round (8/1/27) Sheffield Wednesday (Known then as The Wednesday) 1-0 after a Replay (1-1 in the 1st game) (29/1/27 and 2/2/27) Before losing to Swansea in the 5th Round after a 2-2 draw in the 1st game they lost the replay 2-1 (19/2/27 & 24/2/27)

Honours (1936)

North Eastern League/Northern Counties league

League Champions 1938-39 & 1957-58

North Regional League

Champions 1966-67

Honours (1974)

Wearside League

Champions 1976-77 1992-93 & 1994-95


This should have been a relatively easy day out if I'd had the use of a vehicle unfortunately I didn’t my car had failed it M.O.T on the Friday with quite a lot of work needing done so I was without the use of it for the whole Bank Holiday Weekend. We studied the fixture list all week the original plan was to drive to Hamilton or another Scottish game but the car put paid to that then I considered the Away Fixture for Carlisle United at Hartlepool but the price put me off (I needed to save some money for the M.O.T ) So I decided to use the train to South Shields. The 1st stage was the 5 minute walk to the bus stop close to my house the (£4.40) bus journey to Carlisle train station took 10 Minutes. At the train station I had my Family Railcard to Renew which cost me (£30) and then it took the journey price for me and the boy down to (£18.55) which included the Tyne and Wear Metro All Zones as South Shields is in Zone 3. We Caught the 1135 to Newcastle, but got off at the Metro centre for a little bit of shopping before catching the 1345 to Newcastle Central. We then caught the Underground straight to Bede which is were Mariners Park is Situated close to, Its a short walk to the ground less than 5 Minutes


The Admission was £5 for me and £1 for the boy and a Programme was £1.50. Before the game the was a guard of honour for 84 Year old Richard Bailey who had been watching South Shields for 70 Years a fantastic achievement. The game kicked off and Ryhope went on the attack but it wasn’t long before the game was stopped Shield’s Adam Sakr went up in the air with the Ryhope Keeper but the keeper landed on top of him knocking him out and badly injuring him. The game was stopped for sometime and an Ambulance was called but after 35 Minutes the ref Abandoned the game as the Ambulance still hadn’t arrived. There’s not a lot you can do about things like that at this level. In the higher levels of the game you would have had state of the art Medics at the scene within seconds and the player probably would have been carried off into an awaiting ambulance or Medical room close by, But at this Level all of the Physio’s and staff are volunteers which means a phone call for an ambulance and sometimes a long wait, Its a good job his injuries weren’t life threating (It was over 90 Minutes before an Ambulance eventually arrived am told).


We left the ground at 1545 and decided to head out to South Shields and catch the ferry over to North Shields then Catching a bus to North Shields Metro Station and back on the Metro to Newcastle Central and home on the 1754 to Carlisle arriving home at 1932

It’s a shame I only got to see 4 Minutes of football but it gave me the opportunity to go on the South/North Shields ferry which I wouldn’t have otherwise had time to do all were included in the Tyne and Wear Metro Ticket I had bought from Carlisle. I’ll Probably be back as they are going for promotion to Division 1 and with any luck they’ll get to play Penrith or Carlisle sometime soon. Thankfully it looks like Adam Sakr will be ok The midfielder is now back home in Bishop Auckland, with suspected ligament damage to his shoulder, a black eye and a missing tooth.


Division :- Northern League Division 2
Ticket Price Adult £5 and Child £1
Programme £1.50
Attendance 314
Score 0-0 Abandoned 4 minutes played
Miles from Carlisle 66 Miles

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Matchday Photo Album

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Overall 258

Sunday 16th August 2015

Whickham V Padiham

The Glebe Sports Ground


Whickham FC are an English football club based in Whickham, Tyne and Wear, playing in the Northern League Division Two in the English football league system. They won the FA Vase in 1981. The team plays its home matches at the Glebe Sports Ground, Rose Avenue, Whickham. NE16 4NA. There isn’t much to write about at Whickham, One main stand behind the goals then the rest is open with the dugouts on one side and a cricket pitch along the other


We made our way over the A69 for the this Sunday FA Cup fixture played on the Sunday due to the Cricket being played on the Saturday on the Adjoining pitch. The 58 mile journey took just over an hour quite easily along the A69 and then down the A1 before climbing the hill into Whickham. We parked on the roadside just by the stadium but there is a small car park at the ground. I arrived around 14:45 just in time for KO but was unfortunate that all the programmes had sold out due to a higher than normal crowd for the Sunday game. We stood along the side with regular hoppers Lee Stewart, Conner Lamb and Anders Johansen. Padiham took the lead in the 1st half when Andrew Hill headed in from a Corner a difficult header when he was going away from goal. In the Second half Padiham went 2-0 up Chris Turner Volleyed in from 25 yards out Whickham were awarded a penalty in the second half and Mark Fitzpatrick stepped up to make it 1-2

Whickham’s Penalty

Whickham were unable to get an Equalizer and went out to the strong North West counties side Padiham who had only just come down from the Evo Stik 1st Division North last season. At the end of the game I made by way back along the A69 arriving home just after 6pm thanks to Connor Lamb for the Photo’s of the team sheet and programme as I didn’t get one

Division :- Northern League Division 2 Although this was an FA Cup game
Ticket Price Adult £6 and Child 3
Programme £1 Sold out
Attendance ? 130
Score 1-2
Miles from Carlisle 58 Miles




Match Day Photo Album