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May 26, 2019, 6:59 PM
Post #1 of 10
Jersey Quadrangular - Final Day
12.00 - Middlesex Wanderers 2 (50 pen & 83); Northern Ireland Amateuers 1 (85)
4.00 - Republic of Ireland Amateurs 2 (9 & 35), Jersey 0
Rep. Ireland 9
Middlesex W 4 (0)
Jersey 4 (-1)
N. Ireland 0
First Team Regular
May 26, 2019, 8:19 PM
Location: New Brighton or Hawarden (both in Wales)
Team(s): Warrington Town are #1, Leeds Utd, Stranraer, Matlock Tn, Warrington Wolves
Post #2 of 10
Scottish FA South Region Cup Final at Meggetland Stadium, Tynecastle FC
East Kilbride 2 Bonnyrigg Rose 1
Admission £6/£3, prog £2
Tea £1, coke can same, pies were on sale
Att. Guesstimate 500
The first half was a non event but it all changed after the break. Both sides looked more intent on attacking and came close on a few occasions. In the end it was from a free kick that saw EK lead, it coming down off the bar to be headed home to an empty net. Rose were soon level scoring direct from a free kick. There was some debate over the non award of a card when the ref awarded a foul with the Rose player clean through but quite wide out. The reaction of the EK defender suggested it was simulation. It upset the well represented Rose contingent. EK always looked dangerous though and finished a well worked move to restore the lead. Rose players lost the plot as two were sent off for dissent as the game concluded.
A decent modern build venue that may well get revisited for a hop game with Tynecastle? A large seated main stand down one side with open terracing opposite and behind one goal. No access at the other end which is grass to the boundary fence.
First Team Star
May 26, 2019, 9:33 PM
Team(s): Sunderland AFC, Keighley Cougars RL
Post #3 of 10
League One Play Off Final
Charlton Athletic 2-1 Sunderland
Admission £33, Programme £10, Att 76,155
A seventh consecutive visit to Wembley ending in defeat. This was a poor game. Despite being gifted an early lead by a comical own goal, we never really got going, yet Charlton rarely troubled us either. I think a draw would have been a fair result, in that neither side really did enough to deservd to win, but credit to Charlton for going for the win when it would have been easy to have settled for extra time.
"People do not have moments of truth in station waiting rooms"
First Team Star
May 27, 2019, 6:56 AM
Team(s): Watford, Celtic, Ajax, Kings Lynn Town and all local ladies teams.
Post #4 of 10
King's Lynn Town Ladies - 4 Histon Ladies - 1
Eastern Region Women's League Division One
Attendance - 30ish
Admission - free
Programme - none issued
Final game of the season for me, second time I'd seen KLT at home, the other being at the nearby Lynnsport 3G. Though this was the first time I'd seen a game at River Lane.
A closer game than the score suggests, goalless for the first half hour which had been pretty much even, KLT went ahead after 32 minutes and then added another 10 minutes later to give them a flattering lead at half time. Two more goals early in the second half (53 & 56 minutes) put KLT well on top but Histon got one back on 62 minutes to complete the scoring. Overall KLT deserved the win but Histon performed well by and large.
Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.
Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.
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May 27, 2019, 2:04 PM
Location: Kingdom of Fife
Team(s): Fife teams
Post #5 of 10
SFA South Challenge Cup Final
East Kilbride v Bonnyrigg Rose, 2-1, H.T. 0-0, Att c.600, Admission £6, programme £2, Pie and Coffee £2.50
At Meggetland (Boroughmuir RFC / Tynecastle FC)
This is the Blue Riband competition for Senior non League sides in the Lowland league catchment, entered by all the Lowland, east and South of Scotland League clubs. Pleasingly the Final brought Lowland League Champions East Kilbride into competition with East of Scotland League Champions Bonnyrigg Rose.
The Rose have had a very heavy programme over recent weeks with League Play offs and Cup ties to plough through. East Kilbride hadn’t played for several weeks since being emptied by Cove Rangers in the Pyramid Play Off matches.
The first half was, being charitable, cagey. In reality it was turgid fare with both teams cancelling each other out in midfield. It was easy to see how both teams had conceded few goals this season and at half time I wouldn’t have bet against a goalless draw.
The game really buirst to life in the closing 20 minutes. Kilby too k the lead when a free kick rattled back off the bar and Bernard Coll was in the right place to head it into the net. Just moments later Rose got a free kick just outside the Kilby box. As Lee Currie lined up to take it we commented on how he takes a mean free kick and we were proved right as it flew into the top corner. Kilby’s winner came as a result of hesitation in the Rose defence, allowing Coll too much time and space to convert a simple chance.
The game wasn’t over as Mr “Look at me” Napier, generally regarded as one of the biggest pillocks and poorest referees around took centre stage. Bonnyrigg might or might not have deserved a penalty, but the narcissistic Napier couldn’t handle the criticism he got. Any sensible ref would have shaken off a few verbals at this stage of the game but he felt it necessary to send off two Bonnyrigg players for dissent.
After the Final whistle, as the platers were lining up to receive their medals, he also heard some abuse from the Bonnuyrigg players. He was gesticulating wildly and pointing at a time when throwing a deafie would have been the pragmatic thing to do. He’ll be a grade one official soon, no doubt. Quite pleased that I managed to catch his eye while delivering a volley of abuse in his direction myself.
Little to choose between the teams on the day. I was quite pleased that East Kilbride won as it helps put Bonnyrigg back in their box. They have a rather over-inflated view of their own importance these days. The result, along with Spartans win in the Football Nation Cup, indicates that the top Lowland League sides are still a little better than the East of Scotland outfits.
Meggetland hosted the Final with few issues. The main stand holds around 400 and there is good terracing down one side and behind one goal. Tynecastle Fc were operating a canteen in the lounge at the top of the grandstand. The pies were possibly the worst I have tasted this season, and would surely have merited no more than a 1 out of 10 on the LLD scale.
The programme sold pretty well which was gratifying considering the effort that went into it. We could have made a token effort and cashed in but chose not to.
Post match it was a case of heading into Edinburgh for a quick six pints in the Cask and Barrell before heading home on the train. Caught extra time from Charlton / Sunderland and Yinited / Buds on the tv there which provided some extra entertainment.
Old Man Manc
Junior Team Regular
May 27, 2019, 4:13 PM
Post #6 of 10
Italian Serie A
TORINO 3-1 SS LAZIO
Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino
No programme noticed
Once the pre-match appreciation for Emiliano Moretti, retiring from the game at the age of 37 after 5 years and 175 appearances for Torino we got going. To be fair, I think Moretti’s pre-match lap of honour was the highlight of the half.
Five or so minutes after half-time a Rory Delap-esque long throw from Aina was side-footed home by Iago Falque, followed a minute or so later by a breakaway goal scored by Lukic rounding Proto who had given his best Ramon Quiroga impression flying out of his area at a rate of knots with little chance of getting the ball, 2-0. Neat finish on the turn by Immobile brought Lazio back in it before with 10 minutes left De Silvestri reacted first to a save from a Zaza effort, nice dink.
Quite interesting that the locals were less than impressed when Zaza came on for Falque.
Personal opinion, liked Belotti a lot, could do a decent job for a bigger team
Even more amazing train journey than yesterday, tunnels, mountains galore, throw in some lakes and it was pretty awesome. Change in Milan and a somewhat less beautiful train journey across Northern Alps-less Italy. Mobike providing transport to and from the ground.
Italian Serie A
FC INTERNAZIONALE MILANO 2-1 EMPOLI
Guiseppe Meazza Stadium
No programme noticed
What a game.
I have always remembered Paul Scholes comment about the time Inter approached him. He missed out. This place was incredible. Looks better than Old Trafford and the noise was something else. I was next to the famous Gate 3 Ultras and the stand was bouncing. Easily the best fan experience I have ever had in football.
The game? Not much happened, just a substitution at half-time with the oncoming player scoring within 5 minutes and booked for his celebration. A penalty, saved. A script busting equaliser late on for the visitors. Another home goal before 2 red cards. Wow.
Just a thought, got the distinct impression that Icardi and Nainggolan’s body language was not quite right, the latter’s win celebration was very muted. On their way?
Express train from Turin back to Milan in less than half the time. Metro over to the San Siro, followed by a late night bus to Malpensa airport ready (after 3 hours kip) for my flight back to Mancland via Paris this morning
OLD MAN MANC
England, Wales, Scotland, Norway, Eire, Estonia, Northern Ireland, Serbia, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria, France, Switzerland, Italy, Finland & Sweden.
May 28, 2019, 3:09 PM
Location: Outer Cheltenhamshire
Team(s): Cheltenham Town
Post #7 of 10
10.30. Divizie D, Czech Tier 4.
Slovan Havlickuv Brod 1-5 Nove Sady
Admission CZK 40 (£1.30), Programme Free Attendance 80
17.00. MSFL, Czech Tier 3
SFK Vrchovina 2-1 MFK Vyskov
Admission CZK 30 (£1, oldies rate). No programme. Attendance 230
When you have been to a game each day on tour for ten successive days, then the question has to be what to do differently on day 11. The answer is obvious – two games.
The day started in Havlickuv Brod in the Czech Republic. It is a pleasant town, but we stayed there mainly because they were kicking off at 10.30 a.m. As we arrived on the Saturday evening, we had something to eat and a couple of drinks on the night before the match.
The Stadion Na Losich is two pitch set up, with a grass pitch inside a running track and a synthetic surface close by. The club buildings are between the two pitches. The game was on the artificial surface, which has been used by them for all the more recent games.
There is no cover provided for this pitch, but on a very hot morning this would only have been used for shade. The clubhouse includes a bar, and early morning drinks are popular here.
With both teams near the foot of the table, I asked about relegation, but when they said only one team would go down, I suspected this was a mis-translation. Soccerway reports that either 2 or 3 teams will take the drop.
The lower reaches of the Czech League are asymmetrical. There are two national divisions with the second division (Narodni Liga) fed by the CFL (C for Czech) and MSFL (MS for Moravoslezke). The CFL is then fed by three, tier 4 Divizie, while the MSFL has only two at this level.
Locally organised leagues then come in below this. At the start of the day, three teams were placed below the home club, Slovan Havlickuv Brod, with the visitors, Nove Sady being one of the trio, three points behind the hosts. If we had any thoughts that this could be a close-run thing, we were quickly disabused of the notion.
In simply terms, Nove Sady were better in every department and once they had taken the lead in the 14th minute, it was always clear which way the points were going. Nove Sady were three up by the break, and although Slovan pulled one back soon after the break, this did not lead to a change in fortunes and the visitors ran away to end up 5-1 winners.
We had left our baggage at the hotel, so we went to collect it and then wandered back to the station. Arriving close to an hour before our train’s departure we spotted no less than four bars on the road to the station. Three were closed while the last was a Herna (gambling) bar. This was open but would not let us in, (perhaps due to a membership rule).
When we got on the train, we headed to Zdar nad Savazou to check into a hotel. This was not the location of the game, but convenient as we had to come back through the town to carry on the journey. The hotel was even willing to start breakfast service early to allow us to easily catch the train in the morning.
From there, we moved on the Nove Mesto na Morave, where for reason not entirely clear, the home team is known as SFK Vrchovina. The ground is not far from the station is, to say the least, interesting. The ground is banked up along the side opposite the entrance with seats under cover and a club house behind that. To one end of the club, there is another servery selling the drinks to an outside area which itself has its own seats, roof and a further sales point for sausages and other foodstuffs.
Spectator accommodation continues behind the goal where you enter, but there is nothing behind the far goal and any terracing opposite the main stand has been lost to a construction site. We were told this will be a sports hall.
Vrchovina were the only one of the sides in this game in danger of relegation. This is the MSFL and Soccerway reports this as 1-3 teams down. This appears likely to be right if one the top team comes up from each Divizie. The MSFL/CFL boundaries are geographical and fixed, so it would be two up and down if one of the relegated teams comes into the MSFL, a reprieve if there are none, and one extra if the MSFL receives two from above. I think the matches the day before means it will be two down from the MSFL.
While Vrchovina had four teams below them and started the day only five points better off then the second bottom side, visitors MFK Vyskov were in fifth with no chance of promotion or relegation. Within the crowd of 230, we had room for small ultras groups from both sides. The home group managed to chant and sing almost continuously, allowing me to discover in the first half that they refer to themselves as SFK or SFKV (the S is for Sport), or as Mesto – the Czech word for town. A club such as the visitors with the initials MFK is basically Town Football Club. Only in the second half did they actually sing the name Vrchovina, which came out as Vir-cho-vina.
While the earlier game was one-way traffic in so far as the away team stayed in complete control, this was more of the proverbial game of two halves. Vyskov were clearly the better team in the first half and deservedly went in for the break one up. Vrchovina came out much more determined on their return, equalising the scores within three minutes of the restart and taking the lead just beyond the hour mark. It was an entertaining and hard fought contest that drew ten yellow cards from the referee
The result was important, as the two clubs immediately below Vrchovina also won this weekend, so a draw or defeat would have dropped Vrchovina two places down the table. As it is, if only two go down, Spartak Hulin have now fallen six points behind third-last place, while Valasske Mezinci, without a win all season have known their fate for some time. Three games to the end of season here.
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Chelsea Transfer Target
May 28, 2019, 11:13 PM
Location: The Premier League town of Bournemouth
Team(s): AFC Bournemouth, Verwood Town, Sunderland
Post #8 of 10
1100 @ Walton Hall Avenue
Liverpool County FA Sunday U18 Youth Cup final
St Helens Town 1-5 Prescot Cables
Admission £2 including 16 page programme
Comfortable win for Cables, who lead 1-0 at the break from an early goal, then added two more early in the second half before St Helens pulled a goal back and briefly threatened to make a contest of it before Cables finished them off with two more goals. Watched in the company of a non posting hopper from Slough.
Nice set up about a mile from Anfield and Goodison Park comprising two railed off floodlit pitches next to each other with identical brick built covered terraces with 7 concrete steps. The main pitch where the final was played on is the one to the right of the entrance with the main building behind the near goal, the trophy presentation took place here in front of the changing rooms below pitch level. Another match kicked off at 1130 on the second pitch, I believe between two veterans teams but struggling to find any record of who the teams were on Fulltime. Don't know if any noteworthy matches get played on this pitch to make a revisit worthwhile but it would make a good permanent home for City of Liverpool or AFC Liverpool with the addition of some seats.
First Team Star
Jun 5, 2019, 2:44 PM
Location: exiled in Aberdeenshire
Team(s): Leeds + groundhopping
Post #9 of 10
Burghead United 3-3 Aberlour Villa
Moray Welfare (summer) League
f&n, h/c 18
Two Moray Welfare ticks to choose from for me today - here or Portsoy, who this summer are playing on an adjacent pitch whilst their usual one is being reseeded. Yorkieexile had already done that one earlier this season, so was happy to do a revisit here - the open pitch on the LHS going into the village, just as the trees run out. About half a mile from the fully-enforested Juniors' ground. Benches on the pavement edge provide a view down onto the game, for those of us getting old.
The visitors were 0-2 up half an hour in, but the hosts pulled one back just before the break. Ten minutes into the second half they'd pulled it level, but went behind straightaway. Down to 10 men with a quarter of an hour left they looked out of it. But Aberlour themselves had a bloke red carded on 90+1 and Burghead scored on 90+4, celebrating as if they'd won a cup final not merely drawn a home league game. As yorkieexile put it - "aye, a 3-3 is usually not a bad game."
Again taking full advantage of having a designated driver, it was onward to the marvelous Yorkshire enclave of the New Inn at Aberchirder where yorkieexile was in his element chatting to a Halifax-born regular sat alongside a Bradford-born local. Superb roast beef and Yorkshire puds from the Yorkshire couple owner/chef washed down with Yorkshire ales. Plus Yorkshire puds with lashings of gravy as a starter, as it should be for a Sunday roast. When I questioned yorkieexile "I can't believe you didn't have the Yorkshire pud starter!" he replied "Because I'm not a greedy guts!". Touche'!
Man City Transfer Target!
Aug 20, 2019, 9:31 AM
Location: North London
Team(s): Oxford United / Groundhopper
Post #10 of 10
Romania (Liga 2) 2 pm
FC UTA Arad 2 Petrolul Ploeisti 4 (H/T 2-1)
Entry – 15 lei (about £3)
Programme – 4 pages (A5 size) free with entry
Crowd – given as 1,500 on Soccerway (perhaps a bit more than that)
This match was the most important one of this Romanian trip and in fact I had planned the whole weekend around it, because it was being played at a temporary home, the Stadion Motorul. while UTA Arad’s normal ground is being rebuilt.
Having travelled on the overnight train from Bucharest to Timisoara Nord, I changed trains there for Arad, arriving there probably sometime around 10 am. As I exited the station, I noticed that a short distance away to my right was a large, modern stadium with floodlights. I presume this was UTA Arad’s rebuilt stadium, although I was reluctant to investigate further as I did not want to spoil things by knowing too much about it before I attempt to visit it at some point in the future. It looked pretty much complete to me (and photos on the web show it complete apart from a lack of seats and the pitch having not yet been relaid) so it is possible that UTA Arad will be back there at some point this coming season.
The Stadion Motorul is situated about two miles south of Arad railway station, and to get there you have to walk through the town centre and across a river. The ground does not have floodlights and is hidden behind a row of buildings on the main road going south out of town towards Timisoara. The only way you can find it is to look for a sign saying ‘Stadion Motorul’ on a brick arch between the houses. Walking under this arch leads you into a courtyard where a marquee had been set up to sell tickets and give away copies of what was my first ever Romanian programme (interestingly, at the match’s conclusion, a man, who did not look like a groundhopper walked around the stands picking up all the programmes that had been left behind while ignoring the other litter) The match ticket was very unusual, being a hard plastic credit card style thing, which I suppose must have been quite expensive to produce. I purchased mine about two hours before the kick-off as I had been worried that the game might sell out, due to the home side being fairly well supported and the temporary ground having a capacity of only around 3,500. Fortunately the crowd was well below the capacity, probably due more to the game being a ‘dead rubber’ than anything else.
I am not sure who used the stadium before UTA Arad moved in. There might be a lower level club called ‘Motorul Arad’ but a Google search does not show anything of the sort and it may well be that the venue is the reserve/youth team base of UTA Arad. There are temporary stands on all four sides. The stands all have red seats to match the club colours and are steeper than the one at Metaloglobus the previous day. However, the seats are made of a cheap flexible plastic and many of them have holes in them. In fact, there was an alarming incident during half-time when one spectator, sitting quite near me, accidentally put his leg through a seat. Fortunately, he was unhurt but appeared to be quite shaken. There is a large scoreboard/video screen in one corner of the ground, while the only cover was in two small stands on the east side which were reserved for the press and VIP’s. Fortunately it was a fine day so this did not matter.There were a small number of visiting fans present and surprisingly, they were not situated behind either goal but on the same side as the two small covered stands. I watched the whole game from the large uncovered stand on the west side.
The home side went 2-0 up before the visitors rallied to win, their fourth and final goal coming from the penalty spot. Highlights of the game are available on You Tube and as has been shown by other games I have seen recently in Poland and the Czech Republic, the fact that a match is a ‘dead rubber’ can often mean a more entertaining game than one where promotion or relegation issues are at stake. After the game I had plenty of time to spare before catching the overnight train back to Bucharest, which was considerably delayed en route.
(This post was edited by Chris1963 on Aug 20, 2019, 1:32 PM)