May 24th


Reserve Team Sub
Dec 7, 2019
Fife clubs
Like several others on here I was at:

Saturday May 24th 1986
Freight Rover Trophy Final
Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers, 3-0, Att 54,502
At Wembley Stadium

Any excuse for a day out meant a spur of the moment decision on the Friday to get a day return to London the following day.

I recall the square root of SFA about the game. I think the weather was ok. I think the crowd was split around 60-40 in favour of Bristol. Other than that I have to rely on internet sources for the basic facts, let alone the details.

Bristol City: Keith Waugh, Rob Newman, Brian Williams, Keith Curle, David Moyes, Glyn Riley, Howard Pritchard, Bobby Hutchison, David Harle, Alan Walsh, Steve Neville. Subs Andy Llewellyn, Gary Marshall
Bolton: Simin Farnworth, Derek Scott, Jimmy Phillips, Dave Sutton, Mark Carne, Steve Thompson, Phil Neal, George Oghani, Tony Caldwell, Asa Hartford, Mark Gavin. Sub Graham Bell

Scorers were Riley 2 and Pritchard.

A few interesting names there. City were captained by Bobby Hutchinson, formerly on Montrose, Dundee and Hibs. I may once have owned a green and white badge that said “Never Mind Starsky, We’ve Got Hutch”. David Moyes cropping up in defence is a bit of a surprise – don’t remember him being at City at all. David Harle was a combative midfield player who I saw a few times for Doncaster. As with Moyes at Bristol I have no recollection of Asa Hartford at Bolton. I’d also forgotten that Phil Meal went there after Liverpool. Jimmy Phillips ended up playing for Rangers.

It seemed like no time at all since both these clubs had been in the First Division. Both slumped to Division Four and both have flirted with bankruptcy and liquidation. If I recall correctly City are really Bristol City (1982) Limited rather than the original club. Bolton may also have been through a reincarnation at some point.

I think this was my most recent visit to Wembley. I understand there have been a few improvements since then but I very much doubt if I will return to see them in person.



Junior Team Star
Dec 10, 2019
Bristol City
St Albans City
Verulam Cycling Club
Just the two games for me on this date, both Football League Trophy finals, Freight Rover Trophy as was then, at Wembley

1986 Bolton Wanderers 0 Bristol City 3 Att: 54,000
1987 Bristol City 1 Mansfield Town 1 (Mansfield won 5-4 on pens) Att: 58,586
These are two of the three City games I saw at Wembley on this date and the experience diminished each time.

The Bolton game (54,502) was our first at Wembley and was a great occasion for me and many of my friends. Naturally, returning just one year later was not such a novelty and of course we lost. But worse was to come with our third trip on the 24th of May:

Championship Play-off Final
Hull City 1-0 Bristol City
Attendance: 86,704

This felt like a missed opportunity after such exhilarating semi-final legs against Crystal Palace, but Dean Windass' 38th minute goal was enough to stop our progress. City's David Noble that day is now a playmaker at my non league club, St Albans City.


Junior Team Sub
Feb 5, 2020
Derby County . St Johnstone
Wales C v England C 0 - 3 @ Rhyl
West End Rangers v Team Swansea 1 - 3 @ Swansea City


Youth Team Sub
Dec 7, 2019
Sheffield United, Sheffield Eagles & Kendal Town
Just the one game for me today. Went with a Spanish friend who was very enthusiastic but his team never looked like scoring.

1984 England U21 2 Spain U21 0 UEFA U21 Championship Fina l 2nd leg @ Bramall Lane Att. 11,478 Agg. 3-0


Junior Team Regular
Dec 10, 2019
Aston Villa (lapsed)
Brixham (1) 1 Watcombe Wanderers (2) 4
South Devon League Premier Division
Saturday 24th May, 2014
At Wall Park Road, Att.: 97 (h/c)

In theory this was a meaningless end of season game, but it was 2nd v champions with Watcombe's record being Played 23 Won 23 so definitely honour at stake if nothing else. Watcombe preserved their 100% record comfortably but it was Brixham who moved up to the South West Peninsula League in the following season, presumably because of ground grading. One other drawback of not waiting until next season to visit was the absence of a programme.
My records show an address of Haydock Lane so I assume that is the tiny lane off Wall Park Road that you use to access the ground.
Also using that lane were the users of the local allotments with a drive bizarrely going around two sides of the pitch for the gardeners to reach their plots. No idea if it's still the case, but it was the sort of thing you can only see in non-League.
Ashbourne United (0) 0 Bilston Town (2) 2
West Midlands (Regional) League Division One Cup Final
Monday 24th May, 2004
At Walsall Wood FC, Att.: 110 (h/c)

A straightforward win for Bilston from Div. 1 South against their Div. 1 North opponents. The standard issue 36 page programme from Walsall Wood informed us that, as this was the 'new' Bilston club, it was both teams first final in the WMRL.
The programme also provided details of next season's restructuring in the WMRL which would see Divisions One North & South become Division One and Two.
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Junior Team Regular
Dec 7, 2019
Fewer games again for me on this date, three of them already mentioned by Wiretown.Editor …

Tuesday 24th May 1994 Llanrwst United v Rhydymwyn 2-7
Welsh Alliance

Saturday 24th May 1997 Lanark United v Greenock 2-1
SJFA Central Region Division One
Lanark United topped the division.

Saturday 24th May 2008 Whitburn v Lochee United 0-1
SJFA East Region Super League
Lochee United win the league.

Tuesday 24th May 2011 Red Rum v Sacre Coeur FP 1-2
Liverpool Premier League Premier Division
Yes, there was a LenS programme.

Thursday 24th May 2012 Aigburth Peoples Hall v Waterloo Dock 3-1
George Mahon Cup Final @ Liverpool FA Ground
A crowd of over 350 in attendance.

Saturday 24th May 2014 Cumnock v Hurlford United 4-4
SJFA West Region Super League

Tuesday 24th May 2016 Halebank v FC St. Helens 4-4
Cheshire League Division Two
3-3 at half time. Halebank went ahead early in the second half, but conceded four minutes from the end.


Junior Team Star
Feb 20, 2020
football in Norfolk
Saturday 24th May 2014
Maidstone and District League kick off 1415
Leeds Sutton Valence v Eccles at Sutton Valence Recreation Ground North St
Score 4-3 ht 0-3 Free admission Attendance 15 or so
Was in two minds whether to set out from home to here as was concerned that the
teams might not bother. Leeds Sutton Valence had already won the title
and Eccles were assured of the runners up spot. However the forecast of
heavy thundery showers meant little prospect of cricket coupled with
the fact it was not too far a drive from Sittingbourne meant that I decided to
chance it.
It turned to be a good game as Eccles raced into a 3 goal lead and looked
likely to hand Leeds Sutton Valence only their second league defeat of the
season but the home side turned it round in the second half and won 4-3.
A typical recreation ground set up an unroped pitch and the predicted
heavy showers came and went throughout the match. Some spectators
watched from their cars but I don't like doing that and tried to watch
from the overhang from the dressing room block.
Think the Maidstone is no longer in existence and ceased to be after the
end of the 2017/18 season.

Tuesday 24th May 2016
Suffolk Junior Cup Final at Portman Rd Ipswich kick off 1930
AFC Hoxne v Henley Athletic
Score 2-0 ht 2-0 Admission £5 Programme £1.50 Attendance 959
Only my second ever visit to Portman Rd the first being on 3rd April 1982.
Hoxne won the Junior Cup for the first time in their history.
Hoxne scored in the 16th and 25th minute and were the better time
in the first half, Henley improved in the second half but rarely looked
like scoring and Hoxne held out for a deserved win.

Wednesday 24th May 2017
Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup Final at Carrow Rd Kick off 1930
Windmil Tavern v CSKA Emneth
Score 4-2 after extra time 90 minutes 2-2 ht 2-1 Attendance 506
Admission £5 programme £1
For the 3rd successive night I was at Carrow Rd for a cup final.
Normally for these cup finals there is segregation of supporters
with half of the Geoffrey Watling Stand been given to each set of
supporters not so on this occasion. The match pitted Windmill from
the Yarmouth Sunday League against Emneth ( near Wisbech) from
the Kings Lynn Sunday League, Both of these Sunday Leagues are
now defunct. Emneth opened the scoring after 12 minutes which
led to wild celebrations from their contingent of supporters however
rather inevitably this led to trouble and a punch up between the
rival supporters ensued. Stewards had to intervene and they led the CSKA
supporters to a different section of the ground.
Windmill equalised after 32 minutes and scored again a minute later.
In an even second half both sides missed chances and it looked like
Windmill would win until CSKA were awarded a penalty in added on time
which they converted to take the game to extra time.
Windmill made it 3-2 in 101st minute with a fine goal by Hogg
and Connor Ingram made it 4-2 in the 112th minute.
A very good game marred by the behaviour of both sets of supporters.


Youth Team Star
Dec 7, 2019
England, Leicester City, Bedfont & Feltham
The game this day in 1990 was my last of the season, making it the earliest finish to a season I've ever had (well, until now). It was also the first two visits to Bredon for the final of the same cup.

Llangefni Town were still using their old and rather basic ground in 1994. I spent a few days based in Caernarfon, doing tourist stuff during the days and watching football in the evenings, with Welsh Alliance and Gwynedd League to choose from. I did something similar in 1995.

Aberdyfi had only recently been reformed in 1997 and generated a lot of support in the town. The game against the University reserves kicked off an hour late because of a problem with the visitors shirts. Can't remember if it was a colour clash or if they had none. Eventually they played in black training tops, looking like a team of referees.

The ground Burscough Bull and Dog used in 2005 is where West Lancashire League Burscough Dynamo play now.

Recompleted 'the 92' in 2009 at Arsenal. Got a ticket in the away end from a Stoke season ticket holder I worked with.

1988 Rous Cup: England 1 Colombia 1 (att 25,657)
1990 Robert Biggart Memorial Trophy Final: Pershore Town 1 Pegasus Juniors 1 aet 3-5 on pens (170) at Bredon AFC
1994 Welsh Alliance: Llangefni Town 9 St Asaph City 0 (76)
1995 Welsh Alliance: Llanrwst United 1 Llanfairpwll 3 (45)
1997 Aberystwyth League, Div 2: Aberdyfi 4 University of Wales Aberystwyth reserves 0 (200)
1999 Staffordshire County Lge (North): Vale Juniors 0 Meir Park 0 (25)
2004 Derbyshire Summer League: Mayfield and Clifton 2 Blue Bell 3 (40)
2005 Preston & District Lge, Div 1: Burscough Bull and Dog 6 Ainsdale United 3 (9)
2006 Crewe & District League: Bentley (Crewe) 2 MMU Cheshire 4 (13)
2008 SJFA North Region, Premier Div: Maud 0 Culter 1 (90)
2009 Premier League: Arsenal 4 Stoke City 1 (60,082)
2014 Scottish Amateur Lge, Premier 2 Div: Lochgilphead Red Star 4 Goldenhill 3 (36)
2017 Catforth & District Summer Lge, Div 2: Wesham 5 Treales 5 (12)

Today's photo is Ropework Park in Lochgilphead, visited in 2014.


Vic Parker

Junior Team Hopeful
May 17, 2020
Thursday 24-May-84 at Boothferry Park-
Hull City 1-2 AFC Bournemouth-
Football League Associate Members Cup Final.
What an evening that was. Hadn’t been travelling to watch the Cherries much until (this) season. Remember some bright spark amongst the travelling support thinking I was a Hull fan on the away terrace needless to say he was soon put in his place.

Tuesday 24-May-16 at Wicor Recreation Ground-
Havant & Waterlooville 1-3 Baffins Milton Rovers-
Portsmouth Senior Cup Final

Friday 24-May-19 at Coach Road-
Buckland Athletic Reserves 3-2 Kingsteignton Athletic-
South Devon League Cup Final- found this one quite by chance on the day, and a decent programme as well.


Youth Team Hopeful
Dec 7, 2019
Hemel Hempstead Town; Trust Portsmouth FC and the Reds of Cincinnati
May 24th a couple of games were found this day in,

1975 England 5-1 Scotland .. quite a day and an absolute cracking game.
Match highlights –
2016 Baffins Milton Rovers 3-1 Havant & Waterlooville (Portsmouth DFA, Senior Cup Final) played at AFC Portchester

Stateside and the California road trip of 2004 had taken me out to the Monterey peninsula and a look around Pebble Beach Golf Links .. near Carmel-by-the-Sea and majestic views of Carmel Bay .. which if passing in 1986 .. you would have found Clint Eastwood as their Mayor.

However for Non-League .. a local derby .. on a local pitch .. in 2016,

Baffins Milton Rovers 3-1 Havant & Waterlooville (Portsmouth DFA Senior Cup Final)
… played at Wicor Recreation Ground, home of AFC Portchester from 7.30'ish pm

Att – 250 plus (h/c); Entry-£7 incl simple paper programme;
Weather – a cool night after sun;
Colours – Rovers in their all blue .. Hawks in white shirts and dark blue shorts.

The newly crowned Hampshire League Premier Champions celebrated their great season, after promotion to the Sydenham Wessex League Division 1, by winning this local trophy .. a truly magnificent effort and season by the Club .. against a young side, on the opposite end of season emotions .. given the last day relegation from the National League South, into the Ryman League for the Hawks .. a tough ask to pick themselves up for this game but their committed contingent of fans made the trip over from West Leigh Park to cheer them on regardless.

Some more improvements noticed down at Wicor Rec .. with scaffold and corrugated roof over the end seating .. more concrete and barrier beneath covered east terrace .. whilst I’m sure a turnstile has appeared at the entrance .. so, all coming along nicely for the Royals.

The Hawks sent out a solid experienced set of defenders with six youngsters up front for this one .. facing confident opposition, who were really up for it .. with plenty of locals on hand to back them up .. which after the game had settled saw the Hawks get going first and rewarded when a sloppy back pass eluded the Baffins keeper and forward ran down the chance to nick ball and return into box for team mate to tap in on 8 minutes .. which should have seen a score line extended but for some reason the Hawks were playing a generous kind of game .. and helped Rovers with an own goal .. nice flick header passed keeper on 22 to even it up .. quickly followed by allowing a misplaced pass to set up a sweeping move from clearance down the right, chased into the corner, with a sweet deep cross to far post and solid header putting ball into net on 29 .. impressive stuff and 2-1 at the break.

Second half was more even .. some niggles in the tackle and a bit of cramp didn’t help, as the odd injury and substitute came and went .. with no real attacking pressure from the Hawks and Rovers missing a couple of close chances to good keeper saves .. that was until the Hawks defence was breached late on, when another attack down the right saw ball stroked into far netting allowing the ice to be put on the cake .. celebration’s all round and great credit to Louis Bell for managing his side to yet another winning trophy night for Baffins Milton Rovers Football Club .. great stuff to end the domestic season.

Local Report -


Junior Team Star
Dec 7, 2019
Sunday 24th May 1992
S.R Donaufeld 0 Fav A.C 3
Austria League.Relegation section

An early morning kick off at 10.30 in the morning which was part of a double in Vienna. I met up with Paul Sparrow(RIP)for this match at Donaufelder Platz in the suburbs of Vienna.I have this match as relegation section match for,I assume for relegation to third level of Austrian league football,but I might be wrong!
Donaufeld's ground had a decent sized stand on one side and the rest of the ground was just open standing.Fav AC won quite easily in front of an attendance of 2,200 on a very warm day.

Afterwards it was across Vienna for our 4.00pm match.
First Vienna 0 Wiener Sportklub 0
Austria League.Promotion/Relegation section.

Hohe Warte or the Casino Stadion as it was called when I visited is a wonderful ground.Think of The Valley before it was rebuilt.A massive hill on one side with the lower half terraced/wooden benches whilst the top half was a grass bank which was overgrown.The other side had a fairly modern stand.
On a warm day,neither side looked interested and a goalless draw was a predictable result but the surroundings made up for it! 2,000 attendance half of whom dozed off watching the game!!

Lord Lucan

Youth Team Regular
Dec 9, 2019
On 24th May 2003 I went to Sutton Albion v Ellesmere Rangers in the Shropshire County League but haven't got a note of the score. Can anyone assist ?

Have looked in the usual places - fulltime etc - but can't find anything. Seem to remember there were a couple of hoppers there.


Youth Team Sub
Dec 7, 2019
None in particular
From memory, ably assisted by the fact it is the day after my birthday, and from looking on here, I have a few from 24th May.

1978; England 4 Hungary 1, at Wembley Stadium a birthday treat. The first time I had seen England play in the flesh, and what a performance. The World Cup bound Hungarians were swept aside by a rampant England with goals from Peter Barnes, Phil Neal penalty and Trevor Francis giving us a half time lead. Hungary got one back, but Tony Currie let rip with a first timer that I was right behind on the vast terracing at the far end of the tunnel to seal an emphatic win.

1989 As with Stephen (Entry 12) I was at Scarborough to watch Orients backs to the wall battle against Scarborough. Can’t argue with anything Stephen has stated, it was one of the most one sided games I have ever seen, but John Sitton and Keith Day were immense at the heart of Os defence. There had been some real ill feeling in the league games between the sides that year and it carried into the play off games with the Scarborough manager, one Neil Warnock being as odious then as he is now. That was a long but enjoyable journey home.

1992 Again at Wembley for Peterborough beating Stockport, who equalised on 89 minutes only for Ken Charlery to lob County keeper Edwards moments later to win the game for Posh.

1997 My first trip to Old Trafford as England beat South Africa by 2-1 in a friendly played there due to Wembley being used for play offs. Goals from Robert Lee and Ian Wright sandwiched a lone strike from the late Phil Masinga, the former Leeds striker. I went with my brother and we visited the fantastic Old Trafford museum beforehand which was awesome. Subsequently been back to OT on three further occasions, all for England internationals.

2003 AFC Bournemouth 5 Lincoln City 2 at The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, Div 4 or whatever it was called by then play off final. Went with my dad, born and bred Lincoln fan who was emotional seeing the side walk out for such a game. Imps had been close to receivership the summer before and Keith Alexander’s side of non league journeymen complimenting the lower league journeymen were favourites for the drop at the seasons start. To see them in this final was immense, but it was a game too far. Cracking occasion, great game and the highlight was probably seeing the Lincoln players and management applauding Bournemouth’s team as they got their trophy at the end.
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Dec 7, 2019
Cheltenham Town
While some are beginning to find few matches to list, I still have 28 on this date, frequently included in my end of season trips. The numbers drop off in a couple of days, as often these trips were completed at the late May holiday in the UK.

Eight of the 28 games were in the UK though, including all of the first six. Even though these include a cup semi-final and a final, there is little of note!

1982 - (the only one for which I do not have an attendance). this was Ash United week, and I returned to the same ground three times in six days. The first was the George Allen Cup Semi-final, in which Frimley Green were beaten 2-1 (aet)

1983 - East Ham United 1-1 Bowers United. (40), Essex League at East Ham Manorway

1985 - Malvern Town 1-3 West Midlands Police (130). First visit to the Langland Stadium for the second leg of the Worcestershire Senior Urn final. Having drawn the first leg 2-2, the home team must been hopeful of putting the trophy in their cabinet, but it did not work out that way

1986 - First and Reserve team matches at Halstead Town, first team beat East Thurrock United 2-1 (60) while the reserves followed up and lost 2-1 to Stambridge United (40), both matches covered by a single programme.

1987 - A Sunday match in the Scottish Juniors, Renfrew v Arthurlie, with 446 watching. A problem before the kick off for the referee, the home side wearing QPR style Blue and White hoops, while the visitors were more Argentian, in Sky Blue and White Stripes. Fortunately, a Mr. Dallas from Wishaw decided that he could tell the difference and the match went ahead. Thanks, Hugh. [It is unusual that when I look back at team line ups, it is the referee whose name I recognise as going on the bigger things). Athurlie won 3-0.

1993 - My first experience of football in Sweden, with a match in Gothenberg, but not at any variation of the Ullevi. Instead I am at Ruddalen for Vastra Frolunda 1-1 Orgyte IS (1747)

1998 - An early departure from Sion, to get to Reggio Emilia in time for their Serie B games against Torino (9000). Torino won 1-0 and my only real memory is that Torino fans had a banner saying, "Gracie, Real". Real (as in Madrid) had beaten Juventus in the European Cup final on the previous Wednesday.

1999 - I only have six combinations of four matches in a day, and the first was in 1999, a Monday in Kopenhaven. I arrived in the city after being at Furth the day before, and first up, it was to the Sunby Idraetspark to see a Division One game with a 10.30 kick-off. Fremad Amager losing 3-1 to Horsens (892). Divsion 1 is the second tier, but we now dropped on level to see Farum play at 1 p.m. The journey, using public transport to cross the city was quite straightforward. The club was well financed having won promotion from the amateur league the season before, and would go onto to a second succesive promotion, then up to the top level in 2002, taking the name Nordsjaelland a year later. The ground was still partially under construction, and 735 watching was quite busy. The team was well on top and walked away with a 9-0 win.

I cannot remember who was in the taxi, we had estimated that we could make the Gladsaxe Stadion in ten minutes, but that would have required a taxi driver who knew the way. As it was, we were trying to show him the location of the ground. 1,943 watch Akademisk beat Herfolge 2-1. (Note, Soccerway shows the game as being at Herfolge, rsssf has it correct an I know where I went - honest). AB finished third that season. After that, the journey for a 7.30 kick off at Hvidovre was easy enough. A home win by 2-0 against Bronshoj (671)

2000 - Pogon Szczecin 2-3 Widzew Lodz (3000). Nothing on this one.

2003 - I had been in Erfurt the night before for another Regionalliga game, and arrived in Aue with my bags. The game at Erfurt had nothing on it, It was on a Friday to allow the Stadium to be reset for a Bon Jovi concert. Arriving in Aue, I was "Halfway there", as I was staying in Berlin. This was a big game, Erzegebirge started the day on 57 points, three games to play, which meant they were four behind Osnabruck, and just one above Rot Weiss Essen with two promotion places on offer. The Regionalliga still being the third level, and divided just into North and South regions,

The town was pretty quiet, and not much close to the station - certainly nowhere to dump my bag, so I had to haul it to the ground. The distance is not far, the directions are quite simple - UP! There were a lot of people around at the ground (7500 crowd) and I still needed somewhere to put the bag. I was stopped from taking it into the ground and pointed to a bloke by a car. He was handing out left luggage tickets and depositing the luggage in the boot of a car. As I was not alone in this, I hoped it was safe and gave mine in.

I do not remember much of the game, but it was a straight forward win for the home side, who actually won all their final three games and progressed to the 2. Bundesliga as champions. I then made my way to Berlin, for my Sunday double, slightly delayed by rail problems. After checking into the hotel, I found my way to Kurfustenendamm. The street was alive with a constant parade of cars celebrating something and flying the Turkish flag. Eventually I enquired as to why and discovered that Turkey had won the Eurovision Song Contest. UK Nul Points,

2004 - Abbswolf declined to come to Mlada Boleslav, the home of the Skoda, as he had been there before. Big mistake, as when we explained the location of the ground, it was actually next door to the one he had been to. I think both old and new are still there - on google maps, I think the old stadium is the biggest bowl, while the new one is clear. Mlada had three games to play, but this was the Monday night game, so most of the others had already played, with third placed Bohemians having beaten second place Drnovice, leaving Drnovice on 53 points, Bohemians on 45. Mlada were on 51, so a draw would confirm that they join Drnovice in the top flight. This attracted 5312 to the Mestsky Stadion, and a 2-0 home win not only promoted the team, but put them on top. Neither Mlada, nor Drnovice would win in their final two games, and Mlada came out on top. They have stayed in the top division ever since

2008 - What is there not to like about a ground called the Wasserwerkstadion. A Bayernliga match, SpVgg Weiden 6-0 1. FC Schweinfurt (300). For pictures, see the tweet of the day

2009 - A double header in Berlin, although to be honest the first was in Spandau - a revisit to Zieglehof to see FC Spandau 06 and SFC Stern draw 2-2 (150), and then onto the Poststadion, where despite the higher status, BAK '07 attracted only 90 to see them beat Germania Schoneiche 2-0. BAK '07 is generally known as Berliner Athletik Klub, but this was in the short spell they had changed the official name to Berlin Ankaraspor Kulübü . The club retains links to the Turkish club Ankaraspor.

The historic Poststadion, used in the 1936 Olympics, and the venue for the only football match Hitler is known to have attended had recently been re-opened, with the terraces still completely overgrown and the stand out of commission

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2010 - Westfalia Herne 0-1 Germania Windeck (310). NRW-Liga. Windeck were hopeful of displacing Bielefeld's second team and claiming the second promotion place. This win kept them a point behind, with Armenia also winning, but on the final day, Bielefeld won while Windeck lost

2012 - Elfsborg 2-0 BK Hacken (9744). 2012 turned out to be Hacken's best season in the Allsvenken as they finished runners-up, two points behind Elfsborg. Being a calendar year season, it was too early to expect such a close finish, but both had made a good start

2013 - Sankt Polten 1-0 TSV Hartberg (1920). The new ground for St Polten is a fair walk from town, but you can follow the river. Pleasant enough walking up, but it was really wet by the end of the match and I was fortunate that someone offered me a lift back to town. There is a bus service, but I do not think there was any extra buses for the game.

2014 - Czech double header, both in the Narodni Liga (second tier). There are often matches in Prague on a Sunday morning and I chose Bohemians, (the non-supporters ran one, from the split). My alternative was Loko Vltavin. Both home teams were confirmed to finish in the relegation places before I went. Then it was on the train to Vlasim, changing somewhere en route to a small train running on single track through some beautiful countryside. Many of the stops were by request only and I had not spotted how to signal you wanted the next stop, (heaven forbid if you fall asleep and forget - the train could go straight through). Vlasim turned out to be the major stop, and all trains halt there. The town itself is quite small but very attractive and I recomend anyone visiting to take time to look around. As already mentioned, the relegations were decided with more than three games to play. Vlasim were a little above the zone. Promotion was still up in the air, and Ceske Budejovice were in third with three to play, one point behind Hradec Kralove, two behind Taborsko. It was a good day for them, though, with a 1-0 win at Vlasim (360), while both Taborsko and Hradec Kralove were held to draws. In the end, Budejovice were to win the division.

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2015 - South Molton 0-16 (sixteen) Woolsery (20). A bit of an odd one this. Two weeks after my previous match and three weeks before my only remaining game of the season. Clearly I was caught by the need to be at work and the lack of games in the area. I took the boy, who was happier with a stop off at Weston-super-Mare beach on the way back, then being dragged all the way to North Devon on a Sunday. This is my highest ever away win, with only one other away side ever scoring double figures, (Transport United, since you didn't ask). South Molton, unsurprisingly on this account finished bottom of the league, while Woolsery did eventually get the runners-up spot, but they needed to win the final game as well to stay above Hartland. Notes from the game, South Molton started with only a bare eleven players, and dropped to 10 when one walked off in disgust when his team went eight down in the 59th minute, (it was only four at the break). They played four different keepers, the first one keeping the net for the first half, then further changes at 11 and 14 goals down. The Woolsery team had ten different goalscorers, including all three subs and the goalkeeper. Although two of the goals were penalties, the keeper's goal was not one of these.

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2016 - Baffins Milton Rovers 3-1 Havant and Waterlooville (300). The Portsmouth Senior Cup final, played at AFC Portchester.

2017 - Ajax 0-2 Manchester United (46,961). The Europa League final, played at the Friends Arena. (I do not know if that is a sponsor's name or not. I suspect it is). The Stadium is next to the Westfield shopping mall, (apparently the second biggest mall in Scandanavia, but more to the point, situatued between station and ground). It is a relation to the malls of similar name outside the Olympic stadium in London, and the old BBC TV centre at White City. Ajax played tippy-tappy football throughout, and demonstrated that a million completed passes does not win a game, if none of them move you forward. Manchester United trumped them with occasional direct and powerful play.

2018 - 1. FC Hersbruck 1-5 SV Etzenricht (550). An easy win for Ezenricht, who went on to win the second leg, (by 1-0), they then won both legs of their next tie, to retain a place in Landesliga Mitte. There are two pitches at Hersbruck and generally this one is used by Eintracht, while 1. FC generally uses the other pitch, which was waterlogged on the day

2019 - ASK Ebreichsdorf 2-0 Traiskirchen (650). Having finished second in the Regionalliga in 2018, but declined to request promotion, Ebreichsdorf were running for the title in 2019. Ebreichsdorf are actually close to adjacent to Wiegelsdorf station. With time to spare, I still left the train at Ebreichsdorf and wandered briefly around the town. However, there was almost nothing to see. Ebreichsdorf started and finished the day seven points ahead of their nearest challenger (Mauerwerk, the former Karabakh), but this meant the number of games remaining was down to two, so they were champions. The stand shown is the only spectator facility, which may explain why they have again not taken up promotion and remain at Regionalliga level. The stations are on a direct rail line from Vienna, but to get back to Vienna one has to go the wrong way and change at Wien Neustadt

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The Willows

Junior Team Star
Dec 8, 2019
Mansfield Town
1987 - also at the Freight Rover Trophy Final @Wembley - Mansfield 1 Bristol City 1 (5-4 pens)
Another decent game, in front of a big crowd (58586) - after a goalless first half, two left wing crosses provided the goals - Kent put the Stags, who were the better team for most of the 90, in the lead, Riley equalised late on for the Robins, who then had the better of extra time. Keeper Hitchcock was the matchwinner in the shootout, saving two spot kicks while Kenworthy converted the winning one.
I read somewhere that this was the first ever Wembley final to be decided on penalties.

Highlights here:
Season Ticket holder at Mansfield since 1976 so I had to be here, on our first ever trip to Wembley.


Youth Team Sub
Dec 7, 2019
1967- Inter Cities Fairs Cup SF 2nd leg. Kilmarnock v Leeds United 0-0 Attendance given as 28,000. Leeds won 4-2 on aggregate.
1992- SAFA City & Suburban Shield Final. Colston v Muirton 0-2 at Vale of Clyde.
1993- SJFA Tayside. Intersport Trophy SF. Kinnoul v Dundee St Josephs 0-1.
1994- SJFA Fife. Kelty Hearts v Newburgh 3-2.
1995- SJFA Tayside. Cream of the Barley Cup QF. Balbeggie v Blairgowrie 0-3.
1996- SJFA Central D2. Royal Albert v Johnstone Burgh 3-2.
1997- SJFA Central League Knockout Cup QF replay Yoker Athletic v Coltness 4-1.
Forth & Endrick League. Deanston v Thornhill 3-3.
1999- Ayrshire Amateur Premier. Newmilns Vesuvious v Glenafton Amateurs 3-0.
2001- Peterborough & Dist. Premier. Oundle Town v Pearl Assurance 2-0.
2002- Hope Valley League Div. B Cup Final. Dronfield Cavaliers v Furness Vale 4-3 at Grindleford.
2003- Chesterfield Premier. Clowne Wanderers v Hillstown C. C.1-2.
2004- Llandyrnog & Dist. Villages Summer League. Llanfair v Henllan 0-3.
2006- Shropshire County Premier. Shifnal United v Hanwood United 1-2.
2010- Spen Valley Premier. Savile Town v FC Bosnia 8-5.


Reserve Team Hopeful
Mar 10, 2020
Oxford United / groundhopper
1986 Bolton Wanderers 0 Bristol City 3 Att: 54,000
I was also at that game as a neutral - did not have much enthusiasm but I had by that time probably reached the view that anything is better than a blank Saturday. The programme was not as attractive as the previous season's one, and it appears that with effect from 1985-86 all Wembley programmes were in the A4 format.

Lord Lucan

Youth Team Regular
Dec 9, 2019
1997 (Saturday)

Aarhus Fremad 4 Brønshøj Boldklub 0
Danish 1.Division (2nd level)
@ Riisvangen Stadion

With 5 matches left, Fremad were in the second promtion place, 5 points behind Ikast but only 1 point ahead of Svendborg in third. Brønshøj were equal bottom and 9 points from safety.

Fremad had been on a remarkable run in recent times with 8 promotions in 12 years, this being their first season at the second level. Unsurprisingly, the ground had not kept pace with on field success and was extremely basic - no cover, floodlights or seats, other than a few picnic tables.

Fremad did go on to win a ninth promotion at the end of the season. Again unsurprisingly, the ground did not meet Superliga standards and they shared with AGF at Aarhus Stadion before being relegated again after two seasons.

Brønshøj were backed by one enthusiastic supporter who prowled up and down throughout shouting "Come again Brønshøj" as his team were comprehensively outplayed. They were, indeed, relegated to the third level at seasons end.

The programme feature on the visitors highlighted two former players Preben Arentoft & Børge Thorup who both moved to Greenock Morton in the mid sixties to play professionally at a time when Danish football was still all amateur. The former went on to play for both Newcastle United & Blackburn Rovers. Perhaps prorege knows more about the Morton link ?

The vulture

Youth Team Star
Dec 10, 2019
Division Three Play Off Final @ Wembley Stadium :
Preston North End 4 Swindon Town 0.
Entry £62 (Club Wembley) Att 48,236.

Had to have my arm twisted to attend this.....what if we win and you're not there etc.

A lot of Town fans didn't bother, they knew what to expect. This was our 3rd visit to the new stadium and in those 3 games we've barely troubled the opposition keeper. Against Millwall we took 32,000, against Chesterfield 30,000 but for this one just 20,100.

In a word this was pish.

Jermaine Beckford gave North End the lead after 3 mins, by the 13th Paul Huntington had scored a 2nd and the game was over. Beckford scored 2 more in the 44th and 57th minute for a fine hat trick.

Luckily for Swindon Preston then decided to take it easy and settled for just the four goal humping, had they kept going my record defeat of 7-0 could've been under threat.

We even had a few chances after that but they were token efforts with no real likelihood of a goal.

£62 for a 3rd tier game is shocking and I think the most I've ever paid.

If we get to Wembley again I'd like to think I wouldn't bother.....but I probably would.


Reserve Team Starter
Dec 7, 2019
AFC Bournemouth, Sunderland, Barnet, Verwood Town
2003 AFC Bournemouth 5 Lincoln City 2 at The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, Div 4 or whatever it was called by then play off final. Went with my dad, born and bred Lincoln fan who was emotional seeing the side walk out for such a game. Imps had been close to receivership the summer before and Keith Alexander’s side of non league journeymen complimenting the lower league journeymen were favourites for the drop at the seasons start. To see them in this final was immense, but it was a game too far. Cracking occasion, great game and the highlight was probably seeing the Lincoln players and management applauding Bournemouth’s team as they got their trophy at the end.
Was also at the Milennium Stadium to see Cherries bounce back at the first attempt after being relegated from Division 2 the previous season. Roof was closed as it was pouring with rain outside. Big Steve Fletcher opened the scoring before even bigger Ben Futcher levelled for the Imps. Captain Carl Fletcher restored Cherries lead just before half time. Two goals in 4 minutes just before the hour from Stephen Purches and Gareth O'Connor put Cherries in a commanding lead, IIRC it was the fourth goal that came from a lovely move down the right hand side which began from keeper Neil Moss' throw. Lincoln pulled a goal back with 15 minutes remaining but almost immediately Carl Fletcher restored the three goal advantage with his second. Attendance was 32,148 with 17,000 coming from the south coast.

A rugby match on this day in 2008:
RFU County Championship Plate Final
Hampshire 22-12 Leicestershire
Attendance 150 est
Hosts won this 3rd tier county competition but both teams were promoted to the 2nd tier County Shield for the following season. Usually all three county finals are played at Twickenham but Hampshire had home advantage as this was played in Aldershot at the rugby ground next to the Military Stadium used for football and athletics. Has a more modern stand than the stadium next door and no track so much closer to the action. There was a large gathering in the fields to the north and east, I believe something to do with the local Nepalese community as a lot of former Ghurka soldiers and their families have settled in the Aldershot area and those attending looked slightly Indian and slightly Oriental.

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