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In 1890, the Forth Rail Bridge was opened.
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1989, Kilmarnock 1 Airdrieonians 1 (Scottish League, Division One, 2,376) One of the easier Scottish League grounds to reach from my then-base in Cumbria. I travelled by train, changing at Carlisle for the ‘long way round’ Glasgow service via Dumfries and Kilmarnock.

Despite growing up watching much of my football at a similar ground to Killie’s, I’m not a fan of elliptical layouts. I did, however, warm to Rugby Park’s faded grandeur. And, of course, it was impossible to not like its peculiar, roof-mounted floodlight pylons. The ground seemed to be in one of the nicer parts of town, too. Made a pleasant change!

At the time, I had a soft spot for Airdrie, so this fixture was an obvious pick. I sat in the 1960s main stand, which survived the ground’s later revamp. Diamonds had won 3-0 at Rugby Park on their last visit, the previous November. On this Saturday afternoon, Tom Black put Ayrshireman Gordon McQueen’s Diamonds ahead in the 24th minute but an 81st-minute Mike McLaughlin equaliser enabled Jim Fleeting’s Killie to salvage a point and extend to six games their unbeaten home record.

A draw left Airdrie second, Killie ninth. Diamonds went on to finish runners-up to champions Dunfermline Athletic, but Killie, who had an inferior goal difference (-13 against -12) to Clyde, went down with whipping boys Queen of the South. On the season’s final day, Killie crushed Doonhamers 6-0 at Palmerston Park. It wasn’t enough to beat the drop.

I returned to Rugby Park, in 2009, after its reconstruction on three sides and transformation into an all-seat venue. It was a better arena, certainly, but not as interesting. By then, Killie were playing in the Scottish Premier League.

Kilmarnock: McCulloch, Montgomerie, Miller, Callaghan, Marshall, Flexney, MacFarlane (Walker, 49), Watters, Harkness, McLaughlin, Faulds (Lindsay, 66).

Airdrieonians: Martin, Ogilvie, Black, McKeown, Grant, Lindsey, Conn, McPhee, Campbell, McDonald, K., McDonald, I. Subs: Lawrie, Butler.

1978, Huddersfield Town 2 Halifax Town 2 (Division Four, 6,571) Derby honours even at Leeds Road. Halifax left it late. Full-back Chris Dunleavy equalised in the 86th minute, netting after keeper Alan Starling had fumbled a Derek Bell shot. Kevin Johnson, later to sign for Halifax, gave Huddersfield the lead twice. His first goal was a 19th-minute penalty, after Bobby Flavell handled on the line; his second a 44th-minute free-kick. Jack Trainer, Dunleavy’s fellow defender, got Halifax on terms four minutes after Johnson’s spot-kick.

1992, Billingham Synthonia 5 Easington Colliery 0 (Northern League, Div One, 40) I’d just started working on Teesside and was embarking on an exciting voyage around the Northern League (Shildon excepted; I’d been there already). Central Avenue, with its impressive grandstand, was as good a place as any to begin the odyssey. Ritchie Allen scored a hat-trick, netting in the 24th, 37th and 75th minutes, with Synners team-mates Tommy Connor (33) and Paul O'Brien (81) also on target.

1997, Halifax Town 1 Hednesford Town 0 (Football Conference, 623) Vital points for Halifax as they strove to avoid relegation to the Northern Premier League. This was a third win in as many games; a sequence featuring three clean sheets. A pitiful crowd at a fogbound Shay but those who bothered gave Town a standing ovation after a stirring encounter. A string of Scott Cooksey saves kept Hednesford in it before Gary Brook struck a 64th-minute winner. Normal service resumed in the next game: a 0-3 defeat at Kidderminster Harriers.

2000, Bootle 0 Rossendale United 3 (NWCL, Div One, 60) My only visit to Bootle’s old Bucks Park ground, handy for the M57 and M58. Its closure, a couple of years later, wasn’t much of a loss to football architecture. The facilities were dilapidated and the club, who didn’t bother issuing a programme for this fixture, appeared to be struggling. Bucks were well beaten on the field, too. Looks like houses (or possibly a Premier Inn and a dental practice) now occupy the site of Bucks Park.

2006, Bedford Town 2 Chippenham Town 1 (Southern League, Prem Div, 550) Bedford recovered from conceding an early goal to beat the leaders on merit and get their promotion push back on course. Eagles, whose winner came in the second half, bossed much of the game. Nothing remarkable about an out-of-town ground, sandwiched between busy roads. Bedford FC’s even less interesting ground is adjacent. Chippenham were to finish fourth, Bedford fifth, in a season which saw Salisbury City top the table by 12 points.

2008, Kirkham & Wesham 1 Blackpool Mechanics 0 (NWCL, Div Two, 131) This derby attracted a record league crowd for Kirkham & Wesham, destined to mutate into AFC Fylde and leave basic Kellamergh Park (is it still there?). Very much ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’. Three days earlier, K&W had lured a record 1,093 spectators to an FA Vase quarter-final. They went on to lift the trophy at Wembley. By winning this evening fixture, K&W extended to eight their sequence of consecutive league wins. It was Mechs' first defeat on the road since September. Phil Blackwell (51) scored the only goal, though K&W should have been well ahead at half-time. I spent some of the game in the company of speedway publications guy Howard Jones, at the time K&W's press officer and programme editor.

Rugby league…

1990, Carlisle 12 Dewsbury 22 (Division Two, 520) Always enjoyed my visits to Gillford Park, a canny little ground Carlisle Rugby League Club created virtually from scratch. They built all three stands. Good to see Gillford Park is still in use, if only for football. Carlisle paid dearly for a poor first half during which, in defence, they stood back and allowed Dewsbury too much space. Well marshalled by scrum-half Willie Johnson, the visitors led 18-0 at the break, after tries from Pat Howley, Paul Durnian, Tim Butler and Howard Bailey. Carlisle then pulled back two tries in nine minutes, Barry Vickers and Garry Schubert touching down, but Dews killed the game by scoring the next and last, to Chris Squires.

2001, Huddersfield Giants 10 Halifax Blue Sox 34 (Super League, 4,401) Opening day of the Super League season saw Halifax bounce back from a 68-18 Challenge Cup fifth round home drubbing by Bradford Bulls. Huddersfield made too many mistakes, in tackling and handling, though they did have two 'tries' ruled out for double movements. A poor game, really, despite eight touchdowns. Both teams looked ring rusty. Fax’s Shayne McMenemy, Martin Moana and Damian Gibson crossed in the first half, with Brandon Costin replying. After the break, Jim Gannon, Moana (whose eager tackling was impressive) and Adam Hughes added to the visitors’ tally. Fax’s Jamie Bloem, to become a referee after his playing career ended, kicked five goals. Chris Thorman scored Giants’ second try. Such a shame Fartown-Fax derbies are a thing of the past. And likely, I’m afraid, to remain so for some time. I'm not a big fan of the Kirklees Stadium, regardless of its eye-catching design. It's too big for Huddersfield's needs. I much preferred Fartown.

Rugby union…

2017, Longton 15 Bridgnorth 26 (National League Three Midlands, 120) A strong second half display, with wind and slope in their favour, saw Bridgnorth win a vital relegation clash. Defeat left Longton in the drop zone, two points adrift. All the hosts' points were scored between the 31st and 36th minutes. Two tries apiece but Longton paid heavily for conceding penalties after the break. North's kicker booted four three-pointers. Three sin-binned, two from Bridgnorth, in the second half. Trentham Fields, overlooked by bleak industrial units, is a standard set-up for this level of rugby union: a large, two-storey clubhouse, with a balcony, next to a railed pitch entirely without spectator cover.
 

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1978 NPL 1500 Lancaster C. 3 Mossley 3 328
Mid-table clash, but, as already mentioned, the visitors were not far off being a good team. The Dolly Blues played well in the first half and led 2-1 at the break, an own goal and a Webber strike trumping a goal by Moore. The visitors then took over and turned it around thanks to Wadsworth and another one from Moore, only for the home team to come back at the end through Hope. Good game.

1986 SLP 1930 Gosport B. 1 Alvechurch 1 100
Good game this, with some nice football played. Mid-table clash, goalless at the break, Pope scored for the hosts, Cotton for the visitors.

1989 ILD2 1500 Yeading 3 Epsom & Ewell 2 108
Exciting mid-table clash - the hosts were well on top in the first half but a missed penalty (well over the bar) from James meant that there were no goals at the break. The Ding then went to sleep for 20 mins and let E&E take a two-goal lead through Andrews and Perkins. But a stirring comeback saw Welsh pull a goal back and then two more penalties by James, both converted this time, capped a great result for the home side.

2014 Wx-L 1945 Follands Sports 1 Whitchurch U. 1 34
The fifth-placed home team's run of six wins in a row was halted here in a controversial game with IMO a terrible ref, who was being assessed, of course.. Not many chances in the first half (but a possible second yellow for Pearson of the visitors not given), until a flashpoint on 40 mins as home keeper Gosney was adjudged to have fouled a visiting player by catching a cross with his leg up, in this case to protect himself from a dangerous challenge, and was sent off. A penalty was also given, and sub keeper Scrace came on and saved Lock's spot kick. From the resulting corner, Turpin hit the post. A poisonous atmosphere developed. Follands took the lead on 50
mins, and five mins later Pearson got a second yellow for the visitors for a perfectly clean tackle. Needless to say the ref was under pressure from the home players. This didn't put the Jam Boys off and they equalised through Turpin after 70 mins. Both sides went for the win but a draw a fair result. No programme, as the game was in doubt after all the rain until late on. Follands finished third at the end of the season.

2015 Southampton Senior Cup (SF) 1930 Team Solent 3 AFC Stoneham 0 120
Played at Follands, Stoneham had applied to join the Wessex, and Solent were top of Wessex Div 1. The latter started the better and took the lead on nine mins as a Goddard header looped into the net. Stoneham came back, and with their physical style, it became a bit of a midfield battled, with chances for both sides, and Galloway hit the post for Stoneham, who looked more likely until da Costa got the second for Solent after 65 mins. Stoneham kept battling and after Rogers was denied by a good block from keeper Taylor, that was it and Orvis made it a flattering 3-0 on the break late on. A good effort from Stoneham. Solent won their league and beat Hamble in the final of this cup.

2017 Hants Intermediate Cup (SF) 1400 Locks Heath 2 Shanklin 1 110
Hants Prem v IOW league, and a close game at Locks Rec, feisty and fast. Tight first half but the visitors had the better chances, two good ones missed and one cleared off the line. Collins scored from a penalty on 58 mins to put the hosts into the lead, Locks then had a good spell and could have increased their lead, but in fact Shanklin came back into it and again missed two good chances. Sure enough, they got caught on the break on 81 mins and Cooper put Locks two up. Still the visitors came back, Ward reduced the deficit and in injury time and equaliser from a goalmouth scramble was controversially disallowed. Locks were well beaten by another IOW side, Whitecroft and Barton, in the final.
 

barnetbee

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1989 - Barnet 2 Chorley 4 (GM Vauxhall conference)
1995 - Barnet 2 Torquay United 0 (Endsleigh Insurance Division 3)
2000 - Barnet 0 Swansea City 1 (Nationwide league Division 3)
2006 - Barnet 2 Wrexham 2 (Coca Cola league 2)
2008 - Barnet 0 Peterborough United 2 (as above)
2017 - Chipperfield Corinthians 1 Letchworth GC Eagles 3 (Aubrey cup 2nd round)
 

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Saturday 4th March 1978~
Division Three
Portsmouth 1-2 Walsall


...another defeat on the way to inevitable relegation, and the last time we'd see David Kemp at Fratton Park before his deadline day transfer to Carlisle United two weeks later (though much to his credit he'd often return to represent Pompey in testimonials, like for those of Steve Piper and Eoin Hand). In front of 9,536, Pompey's only goal in this one came from Piper, with Walsall's two scored by Brian Caswell and Miah Dennehy.

The story of Walsall's goalscorer Miah Dennehy is perhaps not a happy one. As a bright young prospect, he started his career at Cork Hibernians where in 1972 he scored the first-ever hat-trick in a FAI Cup final, when Cork beat Waterford United 3-0, prompting a run of thirteen senior international caps for the Republic Of Ireland and a transfer to Nottingham Forest. In 1973 he then scored the only goal in Ireland's win over a very strong Poland side. However, the arrival of Brian Clough at the City Ground in 1975 saw Dennehy as one of those players deemed excess to requirement (though Clough famously later said that if he'd known before how good Miah was at squash, he'd never have sold him).

After moving through Walsall and Bristol Rovers, Miah returned to play football in Eire, where his alcohol problems grew. Later, he was imprisoned for six months after attacking his wife. Very sadly, in 2007 Miah Dennehy was attacked outside a pub in Cork, receiving injuries that left him in a serious condition in hospital for four months, and he is now unable to care for himself. His attacker was sentenced to six years in prison.

Saturday 4th March 2000~
Isthmian League Div.1
Worthing 1-5 Yeading


...back in the days when I used to pop along to Woodside Road every so often...

Tuesday 4th March 2003~
Division Three
Swansea City 0-0 Boston United


...Swans would save themselves by the skin of their teeth on the final day of the season, while Boston would finish in mid-table despite a four point deduction for financial irregularities...

Sunday 4th March 2012~
Oxfordshire FA Sam Waters Cup semi-final
Rover Cowley A-A Highfield Social Club
(abandoned after 60mins at 1-0 due to waterlogged pitch and snow)


I've generally held off including my Sunday matches on Retro-WDYG, but this one was particularly memorable, partly because it took place at the old Pressed Steel FC ground in Cowley, next door to the BMW-Mini car factory.

This was an excellent little ground with a wooden 250-seater grandstand, built for Pressed Steel in 1953 for the inaugural Hellenic League season of 1953/54. For the opening of the new ground, Pressed Steel played the legendary Pegasus FC combined Oxford/Cambridge Universities side in front of a gate of over 1,000. Even as recently as 1985, an Oxon Senior Cup tie between Pressed Steel and Kidlington pulled in a crowd of over 500, helped by the fact that snow had caused the postponement of all other matches for miles around.

Pressed Steel FC dropped out of the Hellenic League and folded in 1986, though a carplant-based club was later formed as Pressed Steel Fisher, and later again Rover Cowley FC who were Step7 Oxon Senior League champions as recently as 2008. However, they failed to complete the 2010/11 season and folded, leaving only a presence in the Upper Thames Valley Sunday League. Considering the long history of football associated with the Cowley car factory, stretching all the way back to Morris Motors FC in 1900, it is sad to say that there are now no longer any social football clubs representing car production in Oxford.

The ground in Roman Way was later used by Oxford United Ladies and as a training ground for OUFC's youth team, until the recent building of the modern training ground further along Horspath Road. The Roman Way grandstand was demolished a couple of years ago, and the site is due to be swallowed up by the car factory.

As for the matchitself, it seemed pretty obvious from soon after kick-off that things wouldn't last, as huge puddles began to quickly form all the way down the spine of the pitch. However, credit to all the players and officials who bravely slogged their way through the first half. Half-time was spent with the attendance of thirty looking warily upwards as the howling wind threatened to tear the roof off the stand, the players scrapping with teammates to gain shelter inside the dug-outs, and the ref and linesmen heading for their cars in the car-park. Come the second half, the temperature plunged and the torrential rain had turned to snow, and the ref called it a day on 60mins with Cowley one-up.

The rearrangement took place a week later under gorgeous blue skies and spring sunshine, with Highfield winning 3-0. A month later, Highfield would go on to win an exciting cup final 3-2aet over Kidlington Royals, played in front of a crowd of over 400 at Oxford City's Court Place Farm.

Saturday 4th March 2017~
U18s Premiership
Swansea City U18s 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion U18s


...an 11am kick-off played at the Swansea City Training Academy ground in Plasmarl, with a crowd of 150. Then on to...

Saturday 4th March 2017~
Premier League
Swansea City 3-2 Burnley


...to this day my only attendance at the Liberty Stadium. Excitement, controversy and drama galore for the crowd of 20,679, with Swans scoring an injury-time winner. And we even had the opportunity to boo at Joey Barton...

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Football

1989 Norwich St Johns A - 3 Easton Reserves - 12 Norwich Business Houses League Division Four @ Eaton Park (played for home side)

1990 BRS - 0 Nalgo Reserves - 12 Crusader Sunday League Division Two (played for home side)

1994 Norwich City Reserves - 2 Queen's Park Rangers Reserves - 0 Football Combination

1995 Waterloo - 4 Eaton Beehive - 0 Norwich Business Houses League Division One @ Eaton (CNS) School

Running

1998 East Anglian Cross Country League - Shouldham Warren 31-59 16th

2007 British Masters Indoor Champs - Lee Valley Athletics Centre, 3000 metres 10-48.35 8th (B race)

2017 Catton parkrun (179) 25-46 104th
 

Hoddy1.

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Crewe Alexandra.
England.
2020.

Wednesday @ 15-00.
Slovenia Tier 1.
NK Bravo 2 v 1 NK Dumzale.

@ Zeleznicarsko Sportno Drustvo Stadium ( ZSD ) , Ljubljana. (AKA Sports Park Siska )
650.
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NK Bravo - Igor Vekic , Zan Trotelj , David Brekalo (1) , Vanja Drkusic , Almin Kurtovic , Ovbokha Agboyi , Andraz Kirm , Luka Zinko , Mustafa Nukic , Roko Baturina (1) , Aljosa Matko.
Subs - Gal Primc for Baturina , Sandi Ogrinec for Kirm , Martin Kramaric for Matko.
Manager - Dejan Grabic.


NK Domzale - Ajdin Mulalic , Andraz Zinic , Gregor Sikosek , Nikola Vujadinovic , Branko Ilic , Do-hyun Kim , Tamar Svetlin , Matej Podlogar , Zeni Husmani , Arnel Jakupovic , Slobodan Vuk (1).
Manager -
Subs - Jost Urbancic for Sikosek , Dejan Lazarevic for Svetlin , Predrag Sikimic for Vuk.
Manager - Andrej Razdrh.

Referee - Dragoslav Peric.

.111 miles
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2 hours (Slow ).
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Wednesdday @ 20-00.
Slovenia Tier 1.
NS Mura 1 v 1 Rudar Velenje.

@ Fazanerija Stadium. , Murska Sobota.
1,500.
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NS Mura - Marko Zalokar , Alan Kaucic , Zen Karnicnik (1) , Klemen Sturm , Matic Marusko , Nino Kouter , Marko Brkic , Tomi Horvat , Kevin Zizek , Stanisa Mandic , Andrija Filipovic .
Subs - Luka Susnjara for Filipovoic , Luka Bobicanec for Brkic , Amadej Marosa for Zizek.
Manager - Ante Simundza.


Rudar Velenje - Matej Radan , David Kasnik , Jovan Pavlovic , Josip Filipovic , Elvedin Dzinic , Marko Cosic , Mislav Andelkovic , Borna Petrovic , Leon Crncic , Mico Kuzmanovic , Dominik Radic.
Subs - Sanjim Lelic (1) for Petrovic , Adam Vosnjak for Crncic.
Manager - Dominik Bersnjak.

Referee - Aleksandar Matkovic.

Midweek break to Zagreb , flew out of Manchester on the Tuesday at 10-55 on the LH2501 to Munich changing into LH1714 at 15-35 to Zagreb arriving at 16-40.
Picked up hire car and the chauffeur drove us towards Ljubljana , we were booked in for 3 nights at the Hotel Galaksija Trebnje about an hour drive from Zagreb Airport.
Once settled in a pleasant evening was had wining , beering and dining with the locals.

Wednesday and we carried on towards Ljubljana , another 40 mins away and to our first game at ZSD Stadium and home side NK Bravo were playing NK Domizale.
Mid table dross ended up in a 2-1 home win.

We had plenty of time post match to get to the second game in Murska Sobota , at least the scenery was good on this drive.
There was something to play for here , Mura were after a third position and a European place and Rudar Velenje were trying to avoid bottom spot and relegation.
Both failed Mura finishing 4th and Rudar finished bottom by 20 points and never won a game in a 36 game season !

Mura were on top during the game but were blunt up front , Rudar were more than happy with their point.
Back to the hotel post game and a few more beers , the boss of the hotel that day had gone out and got some local strong bottled stuff in for us to try , hic.

Thursday was another top tier game at Tabor Sezana v Kranj ( 3-1 / 400 ) at 15-00 , we flew home on the Friday by the same route in reverse of the outward flights.
27 x games , 0 0-0's, 2 x doubles. imagesD4T5DDFD.jpg 12 x foreign.

Some other games visited on this date ( Top tier + Internationals + oddities).

2006 Xanthi 1 v 0 Aigaleo.
2018 E Vendas Novas 2 v 0 Almancilense (15-00 ).
2018 V Setubal 1 v 0 Rio Ave ( 20-30 ).

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2017 - Ipswich Town 1 Brentford 1 - Championship
2019 - Ipswich Town Under 23s 2 Burnley Under 23s 0 - Training Ground
 

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1987, Wednesday

Last night it had been Albion Rovers v St Johnstone at Cliftonhill. Tonight it was:

UEFA Cup Quarter Final First Leg
Dundee United v CF Barcelona, 1-0, H.T. 1-0, Att 21,322
At Tannadice

DU: Billly Thomson, John Holt, Maurice Malpas, Jim McInally, John Clark, David Narey, Ian Ferguson, Kevin Gallacher, Eamonn Bannon, Paul Sturrock, Ian Redford. Subs Gary McGinnis, Paul Kinnaird, Dave Bowman, Paul Hegarty, Scott Thomson
CFB: Zubizaretta, Gerardo, Migueli, Manolo, Victor, Moratalla, Carrasco, Lineker, Hughes, Roberto, Caldere. Subs Frasera, Gonzalez, Urbano, Pedraza, Esteban.
Ref: P Casarin (Italy)


It’s probably a quirk of my age but in the 1980s I didn’t really have that high an opinion of Spanish football. I was not old enough to remember the all-conquering Real Madrid side. Spain had not featured in the 1970 or 1974 World Cups which were the ones that grabbed my attention as I was growing up.

However, by 1987 it was clear that Spanish football was stirring. Barcelona had some high value UK imports – strokers Gary Lineker and Mark Hughes, as well as Manager Terry Venables. The national team had awoken from its slumber and the visit of Barcelona to Tannadice was a huge event. The English media, deprived of European football of their own due to the thuggery of Liverpool fans, swarmed around Venables and Barcelona as if they were their own.

United were eager to point out that the teams had met before, in 1966/7, with then unknown Dundee United winning home and away to eliminate Barca from the Fairs Cup. Under the astute management of Jim McLean they were confident of a repeat.

Tannadice was filled to capacity. As was usual on these European nights the attendance was boosted by neutrals and supporters of other Scottish clubs. The fanatical Arabs were in the Shed but the rest of the ground was populated with those there to support United for the night.

My usual stance for these games was near the corner at the north-west side of the ground. That meant I had a great view of the goal that settled the match. It came as early as the second minute. Holt took a quick shy to Sturrock, who controlled the ball and pushed it back to Kevin Gallacher. The youngster sent over a high looping ball. Was it a cross? Was it a shot? Nobody cared as Zubizaretta was caught at his near post as the ball drifted over his head and into the net.

The rest of the match was fascinating. United played brilliantly. They worked tirelessly to close down Barcelona’s attacks, restricting them to long range efforts. The home forwards, Sturrock and Gallacher in particular, ran themselves into the ground chasing forward balls. They both liked to get wide and the United midfield was full of players who were prepared to get forward to try and get on the end of their crosses.

A second goal for United actually looked more probable than a Barcelona equaliser. When Bannon’s shot was handled by Victor everyone thought it was a stonewall penalty apart from the ref.

1-0 barely reflected United’s superiority. However, it was a slim lead to take to the Nou Camp for the second leg. Terry Venables was less than magnanimous in defeat, describing the United goal as a fluke and expressing his confidence that his team would go through in the second leg.




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Kirby Knitters

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1987.
Division 2.
Derby County 0 Portsmouth 0.
Att. 21,085.

1989.
Division 2.
Leicester City 1 Walsall 0.
Att. 9,375.

1995.
SPL.
Hibernian 1 Rangers 1.
Att. 12,059.

2006.
Conference North.
Alfreton Town 1 Hinckley United 1.
Att. 344.

2007.
Primiera Division.
Espanol 1 Villareal 1.
Att. 19,544.

2017.
UCL Premier.
Sleaford Town 4 Kirby Muxloe 0.
Att. 76.
 

Wiretown.Editor

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Warrington Town are #1, Leeds Utd, Stranraer, Matlock Town, Warrington Wolves RLFC
1992 Cheshire Building Society Cheshire Senior Cup Semi Final First Leg
Winsford United v Macclesfield Town 1-3

1993 HFS Loans League Cup Fourth Round Marine v Gretna 1-1

1995 Konica League of Wales Connah's Quay Nomads v Llansantffraid 1-2

1997 Kelly's Kits Cheshire Amateur Cup Semi Final (@ Vauxhall Motors FC)
Cammell Laird v West Kirkby 3-1

1998 Kelly's Kits Cheshire Amateur Cup Semi Final (@ Runcorn FC)
General Chemicals v Poulton Victoria 1-3

2000 Finnair Manchester League Premier Division Stand Athletic v Prestwich Heys 2-0

A railed pitch just off the A56 to the north of the M62. They eventually left this ground and presumably folded after playing somewhere else for a while. I had an old programme. It does appear to still be there as a field/park but no longer railed off

2003 North West Counties League Division One Fleetwood Town v Warrington Town Lost 2-1

2006 West Midlands Regional League Division One Cup Second Round Brereton Social v Walsall Wood T54 1-0

A share with Andy D. A railed enclosed ground and there may have been a small stand. I had an old programme I think.

2017 North Bucks & District League Intermediate Division
MK Wanderers v Cleanslate Reserves 0-1

A three sides enclosed venue but with other sports facilities nearby. The adjacent changing room provided a small overhang and protection from the winds if the direction was favourable and the trees were not in full leaf. I had an old programme.

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2020 Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Rangers v Hamilton Academical 0-1

Having headed north for work with a colleague visiting customers over two days, he was happy to take in this match which was one of three new grounds available in the Glasgow area for me that night, but the highest profile of these was always likely to win out. Admission was I think £29 and was kindly covered, prog was £3.50. We walked to the ground staying in a hotel about 30 minutes away across the Clyde from the SEC & close BBC Scotland. We were down the side but high up in the stand and more or less in line with the penalty area. There was no obvious offensive chanting and the atmosphere was OK but the home fans not surprisingly were far from happy with this result against the bottom of the table side.

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Six...

Saturday 4th March 1978~
Division Four
Portsmouth 1-2 Walsall


...another defeat on the way to inevitable relegation, and the last time we'd see David Kemp at Fratton Park before his deadline day transfer to Carlisle United two weeks later (though much to his credit he'd often return to represent Pompey in testimonials, like for those of Steve Piper and Eoin Hand). In front of 9,536, Pompey's only goal in this one came from Piper, with Walsall's two scored by Brian Caswell and Miah Dennehy.

The story of Walsall's goalscorer Miah Dennehy is perhaps not a happy one. As a bright young prospect, he started his career at Cork Hibernians where in 1972 he scored the first-ever hat-trick in a FAI Cup final, when Cork beat Waterford United 3-0, prompting a run of thirteen senior international caps for the Republic Of Ireland and a transfer to Nottingham Forest. In 1973 he then scored the only goal in Ireland's win over a very strong Poland side in the World Cup qualifiers. However, the arrival of Brian Clough at the City Ground in 1975 saw Dennehy as one of those players deemed excess to requirement (though Clough famously later said that if he'd known before how good Miah was at squash, he'd never have sold him).

After moving through Walsall and Bristol Rovers, Miah returned to play football in Eire, where his alcohol problems grew. Later, he was imprisoned for six months after attacking his wife. Very sadly, in 2007 Miah Dennehy was attacked outside a pub in Cork, receiving injuries that left him in a serious condition in hospital for four months, and he is now unable to care for himself. His attacker was sentenced to six years in prison.

Saturday 4th March 2000~
Isthmian League Div.1
Worthing 1-5 Yeading


...back in the days when I used to pop along to Woodside Road every so often...

Tuesday 4th March 2003~
Division Three
Swansea City 0-0 Boston United


...Swans would save themselves by the skin of their teeth on the final day of the season, while Boston would finish in mid-table despite a four point deduction for financial irregularities...

Sunday 4th March 2012~
Oxfordshire FA Sam Waters Cup semi-final
Rover Cowley A-A Highfield Social Club
(abandoned after 60mins at 1-0 due to waterlogged pitch and snow)


I've generally held off including my Sunday matches on Retro-WDYG, but this one was particularly memorable, partly because it took place at the old Pressed Steel FC ground in Cowley, next door to the BMW-Mini car factory.

This was an excellent little ground with a wooden 250-seater grandstand, built for Pressed Steel in 1953 for the inaugural Hellenic League season of 1953/54. For the opening of the new ground, Pressed Steel played the legendary Pegasus FC combined Oxford/Cambridge Universities side in front of a gate of over 1,000. Even as recently as 1985, an Oxon Senior Cup tie between Pressed Steel and Kidlington pulled in a crowd of over 500, helped by the fact that snow had caused the postponement of all other matches for miles around.

Pressed Steel FC dropped out of the Hellenic League and folded in 1986, though a carplant-based club was later formed as Pressed Steel Fisher, and later again Rover Cowley FC who were Step7 Oxon Senior League champions as recently as 2008. However, they failed to complete the 2010/11 season and folded, leaving only a presence in the Upper Thames Valley Sunday League. Considering the long history of football associated with the Cowley car factory, stretching all the way back to Morris Motors FC in 1900, it is sad to say that there are now no longer any social football clubs representing car production in Oxford.

The ground in Roman Way was later used by Oxford United Ladies and as a training ground for OUFC's youth team, until the recent building of the modern training ground further along Horspath Road. The Roman Way grandstand was demolished a couple of years ago, and the site is due to be swallowed up by the car factory.

As for the matchitself, it seemed pretty obvious from soon after kick-off that things wouldn't last, as huge puddles began to quickly form all the way down the spine of the pitch. However, credit to all the players and officials who bravely slogged their way through the first half. Half-time was spent with the attendance of thirty looking warily upwards as the howling wind threatened to tear the roof off the stand, the players scrapping with teammates to gain shelter inside the dug-outs, and the ref and linesmen heading for their cars in the car-park. Come the second half, the temperature plunged and the torrential rain had turned to snow, and the ref called it a day on 60mins with Cowley one-up.

The rearrangement took place a week later under gorgeous blue skies and spring sunshine, with Highfield winning 3-0. A month later, Highfield would go on to win an exciting cup final 3-2aet over Kidlington Royals, played in front of a crowd of over 400 at Oxford City's Court Place Farm.

Saturday 4th March 2017~
U18s Premiership
Swansea City U18s 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion U18s


...an 11am kick-off played at the Swansea City Training Academy ground in Plasmarl, with a crowd of 150. Then on to...

Saturday 4th March 2017~
Premier League
Swansea City 3-2 Burnley


...to this day my only attendance at the Liberty Stadium. Excitement, controversy and drama galore for the crowd of 20,679, with Swans scoring an injury-time winner. And we even had the opportunity to boo at Joey Barton...

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By my reckoning, relegation out of Division Four would have put Portsmouth into the Southern League.😉

As for Roman Way, I saw Oxford City play there in 1993 in a South Midlands League game.
 

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1985 Wimbledon 1 West Ham 1 crowd 13,500
FA Cup 5th Round, Plough Lane, Wimbledon

Despite what it says on the attached ticket due to bad weather this game wasn’t played until Monday 4th March, on the same night as the ill fated Chelsea v Sunderland League Cup semi final(the one with the police horse on the pitch during the game), after the game there was serious trouble with Chelsea and West Ham fans renewing their mutual hatred of each other, the police were criticised for the decision to play both at the same time but the poor climate gave them little other choice. Back at Plough Lane a sell out crowd packed in to see the stars of West Ham after we had knocked Forest out in the round before, Alan Devonshire(later to be our nemesis as manager of Hampton)featured in most of the good moves on a wet pitch as we seemed a bit overawed by the occasion and allowed the visitors to dominate. In the second half we shook off our lethargy and began to create more, hitting the post after a Glyn Hodges shot, but ironically a scuffed shot from Ray Stewart fell into the path of Tony Cottee who turned and shot home. That seemed to be that but with five minutes left a Wally Downes cross was glanced in by the head of Stewart Evans and we had earnt a replay. Two days later we went down 5-1 in the return at Upton Park, and three days after that a tired West Ham lost the quarter final 4-2 away to Manchester Utd.
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2000 Derby County 4 Wimbledon 0 crowd 28,384
Premier League, Pride Park, Derby

After the game on the station platform at Derby someone I knew at the club introduced me to Charles Koppel, the man who engineered the move to Milton Keynes, if I had known that at the time he might have ended up under one of the trains in a tragic accident. The game itself was pretty much a disaster too against one of our rivals for relegation we were in the game for an hour but then collapsed like a pack of cards conceding four goals, an ominous portent of what was to come. After defending well and looking dangerous on the break, the deadlock was finally broken with a goal from Georgi Kinkladze on 65 minutes, and five minutes later instead of striking back we were 2-0 down with a close range goal from Malcolm Christie. In injury time Deon Burton headed home a third and Dean Sturridge added a fourth as we hurtled towards the relegation trapdoor.EC690290-36C2-40CB-A03E-1EF2326D8A0E.jpeg
 

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1981 European Cup-Winners Cup QF Leg 1
West Ham United v Dinamo Tbilisi 1-4

Attendance: 34,957
Scorers: Cross 54; Chivadze 24, Gutsaev 31, Shengelia 55, 67

I remember being mightly impressed by the visitors and their lightening speed at getting the ball up the field and putting it in the net. Having just had a look at the goals on YouTube I remembered correctly that two of their goals came directly from West Ham corners. A third came from a long ball that Bonds, I think, miss-controlled for Gutsaev to take advantage.

West Ham won the second leg 1-0 in front of 90,000, but Tbilisi went on to win the competition in a final against Carl Ziess Jena in Dusseldorf in front of a paltry 4,750 (according to Wiki).

WHU: Parkes, Bonds, Martin, Lampard, Stewart, Devonshire (Allen), Brooking, Pike, Goddard, Cross, Neighbour

Dinamo Tbilisi: Gabelia, Sulakvelidze, Khizanishvili, Tavadze,Chivadvze, Khinchagashvili, Kipiani, Daraselia, Svanadze, Shengelia, Gutsaev
 

willesden

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Scarborough Athletic, Hull City & Hendon
1978: Scarborough 1 Workington 2 Northern Premier League (att: 1,737)

Workington's first season after dropping out of the Football League, they would eventually finish nineteenth. Away fans of any number were rare for league matches at the Athletic Ground. Workington had 30-40 including some from London. Gerry Donaghue scored Boro's goal with a penalty.

1981: Nuneaton Borough 0 Scarborough 4 Alliance Premier League (att: 958)

A day out on the supporters coach as I was old enough to travel alone by this point. A superb Seasiders performance at the old Manor Park ground which I recall had an excellent programme shop. Two Pat Olney screamers from outside the box were added to by Brian Magee and Neil Sellers.

1986: Hull City 4 Shrewsbury Town 3 Division Two (att: 6,253)

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An infinitely more interesting game than the earlier 0-0 at Gay Meadow earlier in the season. Sadly I don't have scorers details.

1989: Stockport County 2 Scarborough 2 Division Four (att: 2,648)

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A decent minibus day out, despite having to chase local kids off on the way out of town who seemed to want to offer us free air conditioning. County went 2-0 up within half an hour. One of Colin Morris's rare inspired half time pep talks did the job as Gary Brook and Paul Dobson grabbed goals for the Seadogs.

2009: Fulham 0 Hull City 1 Premier League (att: 23,051)

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A proper Wednesday out at one of my favourite venues as pals headed south and we embarked on a pub crawl walking from Earl's Court. Lots of City fans also appeared to have hit the pop creating a raucous atmosphere in a full away section.

Fulham dominated play against the Tigers who as ever were fighting to save their top flight status. With the game entering injury time, substitute Manucho on loan from Manchester United scored from a Richard Garcia cross creating one of those celebrations among your fans that stands out in the memory. Chaos.

2012: Fulham 5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Premier League (att: 24,034)

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Back on a freezing cold Sunday with a bitter wind blowing up the Thames into our section next to the Cottage. Dad came down for a brief stay with my younger brother joining us. Wolves were shocking and were blown away by an excellent Fulham performance. Pavel Pogrebnyak scored a hattrick which was added to by a brace from Clint Dempsey. Post match we headed to the Shakespeare Head at Holborn, with the first round being whiskies as we tried to thaw out.

2017: Hendon 2 Leiston 1 Isthmian League Premier Division (att: 145)

A vital win in Hendon's relegation battle in an entertaining game after I set out at 5am from Dresden and flying to Luton from Berlin in time for pre match ales in the Midland. The impressive Matt Blake gave Leiston the lead with goals from Keagan Cole and Reis Stanislaus turning the tide. Backs to the wall stuff for the hosts as Arthur Lee was dismissed and the brilliant Tom Lovelock pulled off some excellent stops.

2020: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Norwich City 1 (aet) Norwich win 3-2 on pens FA Cup Fifth Round (Att: 58,002)

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I set out without a ticket knowing full well Park View were at home just up the road, before I ended up getting one for £30 from someone trying to offload. I was rewarded with a decent match, at least for a neutral. When Jan Vertonghen headed home it looked like Spurs would romp through. The Canaries had different ideas and deservedly levelled through Josip Drmic in front of their 9,000 fans.

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Tottenham came on strong in extra time, with their support becoming more and more agitated by the tactics of Jose Mourinho. City won on pens. Eric Dier lost it at full time heading into the crowd to resolve a dispute between family and a home supporter. I enjoyed my night out anyway!
 
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Saturday 4th March 1978~
Division Four
Portsmouth 1-2 Walsall


...another defeat on the way to inevitable relegation, and the last time we'd see David Kemp at Fratton Park before his deadline day transfer to Carlisle United two weeks later (though much to his credit he'd often return to represent Pompey in testimonials, like for those of Steve Piper and Eoin Hand). In front of 9,536, Pompey's only goal in this one came from Piper, with Walsall's two scored by Brian Caswell and Miah Dennehy.

The story of Walsall's goalscorer Miah Dennehy is perhaps not a happy one. As a bright young prospect, he started his career at Cork Hibernians where in 1972 he scored the first-ever hat-trick in a FAI Cup final, when Cork beat Waterford United 3-0, prompting a run of thirteen senior international caps for the Republic Of Ireland and a transfer to Nottingham Forest. In 1973 he then scored the only goal in Ireland's win over a very strong Poland side in the World Cup qualifiers. However, the arrival of Brian Clough at the City Ground in 1975 saw Dennehy as one of those players deemed excess to requirement (though Clough famously later said that if he'd known before how good Miah was at squash, he'd never have sold him).

After moving through Walsall and Bristol Rovers, Miah returned to play football in Eire, where his alcohol problems grew. Later, he was imprisoned for six months after attacking his wife. Very sadly, in 2007 Miah Dennehy was attacked outside a pub in Cork, receiving injuries that left him in a serious condition in hospital for four months, and he is now unable to care for himself. His attacker was sentenced to six years in prison.

Saturday 4th March 2000~
Isthmian League Div.1
Worthing 1-5 Yeading


...back in the days when I used to pop along to Woodside Road every so often...

Tuesday 4th March 2003~
Division Three
Swansea City 0-0 Boston United


...Swans would save themselves by the skin of their teeth on the final day of the season, while Boston would finish in mid-table despite a four point deduction for financial irregularities...

Sunday 4th March 2012~
Oxfordshire FA Sam Waters Cup semi-final
Rover Cowley A-A Highfield Social Club
(abandoned after 60mins at 1-0 due to waterlogged pitch and snow)


I've generally held off including my Sunday matches on Retro-WDYG, but this one was particularly memorable, partly because it took place at the old Pressed Steel FC ground in Cowley, next door to the BMW-Mini car factory.

This was an excellent little ground with a wooden 250-seater grandstand, built for Pressed Steel in 1953 for the inaugural Hellenic League season of 1953/54. For the opening of the new ground, Pressed Steel played the legendary Pegasus FC combined Oxford/Cambridge Universities side in front of a gate of over 1,000. Even as recently as 1985, an Oxon Senior Cup tie between Pressed Steel and Kidlington pulled in a crowd of over 500, helped by the fact that snow had caused the postponement of all other matches for miles around.

Pressed Steel FC dropped out of the Hellenic League and folded in 1986, though a carplant-based club was later formed as Pressed Steel Fisher, and later again Rover Cowley FC who were Step7 Oxon Senior League champions as recently as 2008. However, they failed to complete the 2010/11 season and folded, leaving only a presence in the Upper Thames Valley Sunday League. Considering the long history of football associated with the Cowley car factory, stretching all the way back to Morris Motors FC in 1900, it is sad to say that there are now no longer any social football clubs representing car production in Oxford.

The ground in Roman Way was later used by Oxford United Ladies and as a training ground for OUFC's youth team, until the recent building of the modern training ground further along Horspath Road. The Roman Way grandstand was demolished a couple of years ago, and the site is due to be swallowed up by the car factory.

As for the matchitself, it seemed pretty obvious from soon after kick-off that things wouldn't last, as huge puddles began to quickly form all the way down the spine of the pitch. However, credit to all the players and officials who bravely slogged their way through the first half. Half-time was spent with the attendance of thirty looking warily upwards as the howling wind threatened to tear the roof off the stand, the players scrapping with teammates to gain shelter inside the dug-outs, and the ref and linesmen heading for their cars in the car-park. Come the second half, the temperature plunged and the torrential rain had turned to snow, and the ref called it a day on 60mins with Cowley one-up.

The rearrangement took place a week later under gorgeous blue skies and spring sunshine, with Highfield winning 3-0. A month later, Highfield would go on to win an exciting cup final 3-2aet over Kidlington Royals, played in front of a crowd of over 400 at Oxford City's Court Place Farm.

Saturday 4th March 2017~
U18s Premiership
Swansea City U18s 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion U18s


...an 11am kick-off played at the Swansea City Training Academy ground in Plasmarl, with a crowd of 150. Then on to...

Saturday 4th March 2017~
Premier League
Swansea City 3-2 Burnley


...to this day my only attendance at the Liberty Stadium. Excitement, controversy and drama galore for the crowd of 20,679, with Swans scoring an injury-time winner. And we even had the opportunity to boo at Joey Barton...

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Don’t think the Ireland v Poland game was a World Cup qualifier but an interesting read nonetheless
 

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1981 European Cup-Winners Cup QF Leg 1
West Ham United v Dinamo Tbilisi 1-4

Attendance: 34,957
Scorers: Cross 54; Chivadze 24, Gutsaev 31, Shengelia 55, 67

I remember being mightly impressed by the visitors and their lightening speed at getting the ball up the field and putting it in the net. Having just had a look at the goals on YouTube I remembered correctly that two of their goals came directly from West Ham corners. A third came from a long ball that Bonds, I think, miss-controlled for Gutsaev to take advantage.

West Ham won the second leg 1-0 in front of 90,000, but Tbilisi went on to win the competition in a final against Carl Ziess Jena in Dusseldorf in front of a paltry 4,750 (according to Wiki).

WHU: Parkes, Bonds, Martin, Lampard, Stewart, Devonshire (Allen), Brooking, Pike, Goddard, Cross, Neighbour

Dinamo Tbilisi: Gabelia, Sulakvelidze, Khizanishvili, Tavadze,Chivadvze, Khinchagashvili, Kipiani, Daraselia, Svanadze, Shengelia, Gutsaev
I remember watching the TV highlights. What a team they were.
 

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Step 4 - 6 local football
Saturday 4 March 2000 - Barnet 0-1 Swansea City (Football League Division 3)
Tuesday 4 March 2008 - Leighton Town 2-3 Sutton Coldfield Town (Southern League Midlands)
Monday 4 March 2013 - Hitchin Town 0-1 Barwell (Southern League Premier)
Tuesday 4 March 2014 - Uxbridge 3-1 Leighton Town (Southern League Central)
Wednesday 4 March 2015 - Baldock Town 1-2 Bush Hill Rangers (South Midlands Division 1)
Saturday 4 March 2017 - Leighton Town 1-0 Stotfold (South Midlands Premier)
 

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Tranmere, South Liverpool
I remember watching the TV highlights. What a team they were.
There are many of a certain vintage in Merseyside who'd second that.
The previous season was their European Cup debut and they drew Liverpool in the first round. As relative unknowns they were expected to be fodder for Paisley's side, but Liverpool's 2-1 first leg win at Anfield was far from comfortable. The second leg was even more uncomfortable as Tbilisi trounced the Reds with a superb second half showing, winning 3-0.

The first two goals were things of beauty. Kipiani turned Alan Hansen inside out in the blink of an eye to set up the first, followed by what the Guardian described as "a 60 yard run of swerves and gear changes that would not have disgraced a Welsh half-back" from big defender Chilaiya as he cut through half the Liverpool team to set up Shengelia's deft finish for the second.

I love this short clip, captures not only the goals but also the mystique of European football in those days, particularly behind the Iron Curtain, and the enormity of the occasion in front of a 90,000 crowd (and press photographers on the pitch!) in Georgia:

 

Pawn Of Prophecy

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2014

Southern Division 1 Central

Slough Town 1 Egham Town 3

Played at Beaconsfield Sycob. Attendance 254.

ST goal from sub Cornell on 73. ET goals from Chandiram on 52 and Moody on 58 and 90.
 
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