October 29


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Youth Team Hopeful
Apr 6, 2020
Tottenham Hotspur
Wingate & Finchley
1983 Harlow Town 1 Barnet 1 Att 490 (FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round)
1985 Finchley 3 Newbury Town 2 (AC Delco Cup 1st Round Replay)
1988 Banstead Athletic 1 Finchley 2 Att 39 (Isthmian Div 2 South)
1994 Tottenham Hotspur 3 West Ham United 1 Att 26,271 (Premier League)
2003 Tottenham Hotspur 1 West Ham United 0 Att 36,053 (Carling Cup 3rd Round)
2005 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Arsenal 1 Att 36,154 (Premier League)
2014 Tottenham Hotspur 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Att 33,537 (Capital One Cup 5th Round)
2016 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Leicester City 1 Att 31,868 (Premier League)
2018 Tottenham Hotspur 0 Manchester City 1 Att 56,854 (Premier League)
2019 Hayes & Yeading 2 Wingate & Finchley 1 (FA Trophy 1st Round Replay)


Junior Team Star
May 10, 2020
1988 - Edgware Town 2 North Greenford United 1 (Greene King spartan league premier Division)
1990 - Edgware Town 1 Walthamstow Pennant 4 (London Senior cup 1st round)
1991 - Northwood 2 Amersham Town 1 (London Spartan league premier Division)
1994 - Barnet 4 Chesterfield 1 (Endsleigh Insurance league Division 3)
2005 - Barnet 2 Rushden & Diamonds 1 (Coca Cola league 2)
2011 - Barnet 3 Burton Albion 6 (Npower league 2)
2016 - Barnet 3 Hartlepool United 2 (league 2)


Reserve Team Sub
Dec 7, 2019

1988 Walsall - 0 Watford - 1 (6,682) Football League Division Two

1989 Unity Sports - 13 BRS - 1 Crusader Sunday League Division Two (played for away side, match at Hewett School)

2002 Norwich City - 0 Nottingham Forest - 0 (20,986) Nationwide League Division One

2018 Norwich City U23 - 0 Fulham U23 - 4 Premier League 2 Division 2 (Carrow Road)

2019 Norwich CBS - 4 Mulbarton Wanderers - 0
Thurlow Nunn League First Division North
The FDC (Bowthorpe)
Attendance - 100+ ? *
Admission - £5
Programme - £1-50

With both sides in great form and realistic promotion chasers, a close game seemed a likely outcome however just like the reverse fixture it wasn't much of a contest. This time CBS in control and taking revenge for their 4-1 defeat in early August.
CBS took the lead after 13 minutes and then made it 2-0 after scoring from the penalty spot have missed just a minute earlier. After 56 minutes CBS went 3-0 up and MW down to 10 after a sin binning following the goal, they held on at 3-0 whilst down to 10 but couldn't prevent it becoming 4-0 after 73 minutes. The score could have been much higher.
Both sides now go in to Saturday games against other promotion candidates.

* didn't do a rough head count but seemed more than normal for a CBS game, not unexpected given the opposition and lack of other local games, several local hoppers in attendance too.

Official attendance 135.

Rugby League

2005 Great Britain & Ireland - 26 New Zealand - 42 (15,568) Gillette Tri-Nations @ Loftus Road (QPR FC)


1983 Essex Cross Country League - Danbury Park 9km 29-02 83rd

2000 Icknield Cross Country League - Fairlands Valley Park 35-54 14th

2016 Catton parkrun (160) 25-13 106th

Football Shorts

Youth Team Hopeful
Feb 13, 2020
2013 - TRAFFORD 0-5 CHORLEY - npl pd - att 367
2016 - ASHTON TOWN 1-3 ABBEY HEY - nwcfl lcc 2r - att 49
2017 - LEGIA WARSZAWA 2-0 ARKA GDYNIA - e - att 14,428

3 games - 11 goals - 1 pen, scored - 1 new ground (#196)


Reserve Team Regular
Dec 7, 2019
Fife clubs
1980, Wednesday

Friendly International (Under 18)
Scotland v Northern Ireland, 3-1, H.T. 1-0, Att Appeox 1000
At Somerset Park, Ayr

Ian Westwater (Hearts)
Paul Kean (Clyde)
David Moyes (Celtic)
Neale Cooper (Aberdeen)
David Kenny (Celtic)
Gary Mackay (Hearts)
David Bowman (Hearts)
Ally McCoist (St Johnstone)
Gardner Speirs (St Mirren)
Ian Ferguson (Dundee)
Scott McGarvey (Manchester United)

Nicky Walker (Leicester City)
Dave McAughtrie (Stoke City)
Colin Hume (Ayr United)
Eric Black (Aberdeen)

Northern Ireland
Adair (Glentoran)
Baillie (Swindon Town)
Scullion (Sunderland)
Jeffrey (Manchester United)
Cummings (Distillery)
Neill (Glentoran)
McDermott (Manchester United)
Trouthon (Glentoran)
David Smith (Ballymena United)
McCandless (Distillery)
Norman Whiteside (Manchester United)

Patterson (Luton Town)
Penny (Ballymerna United)
Kincaid (Crusaders)
McGarvey (Coleraine)
Esdale (Linfield)

Ref: Louis Thow (Ayr)

I got offered a lift down from Edinburgh for this one – I would never have considered going otherwise. I remember being in the main stand and there was a reasonable crowd in for a game of this nature. We sat with a group of St Johnstone fans and some of Ally McCoist’s family.

The match was a warm up for the Scotland team who were off to play in an international tournament in Monaco a few weeks later.

Scotland had quite a few players that went on to scale the heights – David Moyes, Gary Mackay, Dave Bowman, Ally McCoist, Ian Ferguson, Nicky Walker and Eric Black went on to have successful careers at the top level. Apart from Norman Whiteside, I don’t really recognise anyone in the Irish side.

The match was very one-sided with Scotland on top from start to finish. Ian Ferguson headed in a cross by Paul Kean to give the Scots a first half lead. One a rare Irish break David Smith headed home. Scotland were quickly back in front through Ally McCoist and Gary Mackay addeda third with a long range effort.

No programme issued.

Oct 29.jpgGary Mackay.jpgAlly McCoist.jpg


Youth Team Regular
Dec 7, 2019
Warrington Town are #1, Leeds Utd, Stranraer, Matlock Town, Warrington Wolves RLFC
1991 HFS Loans League Division One Netherfield v Warrington Town Lost 2-1
1993 Stones Bitter Championship Division One Warrington v Leigh Won 24-6
1994 Northern Premier League Division One Harrogate Town v Warrington Town Won 1-4
1996 UniBond League Division One Congleton Town v Warrington Town Won 2-3
1997 Eric Evans Cars Cymru Alliance Mold Alexandra v Buckley Town 1-2
2002 Liverpool Senior Cup First Round Skelmersdale United v Warrington Town Won 0-1
2005 FA Vase First Round Highfield Rangers v St. Andrews T45 2-0
I ground I have passed on a number of occasions since this visit and it does not appear to have changed. Railed with a small stand. They issued for this, which I don’t think they often did.
2011 Toolstation League Division One Shepton Mallet v Almondsbury UWE (T276) 3-2
2013 Dorset Senior Cup Second Round Gillingham Town v Blandford United (T343) 4-0
At the old ground. No programme for this match, which I quite often found with the Dorset Senior Cup
2014 Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division Shrivenham v Abingdon United 0-3
Shrivenham were relegation bound but they put up a fight for a while.
2016 Ladbrookes Scottish League Two Berwick Rangers v Arbroath (T378) 1-1
A ground I had wanted to do for ages and it did not disappoint. Hopefully one day I will do the old ground too.
2018 Essex Senior League Tower Hamlets v Sporting Bengal United 2-3
Tenants v the hosts in this match. It was an athletics stadium with a decent stand but the most striking aspect was the backdrop of Canary Wharf, especially after dark. A strange A4 one side print programme, but at least they issued.
2019 Vanarama National League Torquay United v Wrexham 1-0
Another ground I had wanted to visit for many years and a week away in Somerset gave me an ideal opportunity. It was a wet week at times but the pitch held up well here. Many were waterlogged off that week.


Ball Boy / Girl
Oct 2, 2020
Torquay United
You keep all these stats? I am currently going back and dating my visits.


Reserve Team Hopeful
Dec 7, 2019
The most important round of the FA Cup, for many, helped bring ten matches for me on this date:

19771029 NPL 1500 Lancaster C. 1 Gainsborough T. 0 702
Decent game, the winner being scored by man of the match Keith Brindle in the second half, but the visitors played well and can consider themselves unlucky.

19831029 FAC4Q 1500 Waterlooville 3 Wokingham T. 2 728
The visitors were really good in the first 20 mins and Stanley gave them the lead. The hosts came back into it and Holland equalised before the break. Both of these players scored again for their teams in the second half but White popped up with the winner for Ville to give them a trip to Northampton in the 1st Round.

19851029 LC3 1930 Portsmouth 2 Stoke C. 0 13319
Quite even, goalless at half time but Pompey got the break with a dodgy penalty, converted by Dillon, who converted a more clearcut spot kick later on to seal the win. Both teams were (old) Division 2, with the home team just missing out on promotion at the end of the season.

19861029 FAC4Q(R) 1930 Fareham T. 4 Trowbridge T. 1 857
Clear win for the hosts, with a good performance after being two up at the break (Jackson and Dawtry) against a reasonable away team who couldn't handle the Fareham attack, especially Moody, who got two goals in the second period. Fareham got stuffed at Bournemouth in Round 1 but did considerably better in the Trophy.

19881029 FAC4Q 1500 Wycombe W. 1 Kettering T. 2 1800
Exciting cup tie at the classic Loakes Park between two Conference teams, made more so by poor refereeing. Lots of bookings and controversial decisions. All-square at the break, West for the hosts and Cooke for the visitors, who were top of the league, with the Chairboys on a decent run too. Tight and tough in the second half too, with a late Cooke goal giving the visitors the win and a home tie with Dartford. The Poppies made it all the way to the fourth round, eventually losing narrowly at Charlton, and finished second in the league.

20021029 Wx-L 1945 Fareham T. 1 Portland U. 1 60
Competitive game, dirty at times. Fareham took the lead after the break through Coates but centre-half Turrell struck a least-minute equaliser for the fourth-placed visitors.

20081029 FAC4Q(R) 1945 Horsham 1 Stevenage B. 4 641
Played at Worthing after a 2-2 draw. Conference high-flyers Stevenage booked a trip to Leicester (lost 0-3) with a big second-half comeback against Horsham. They were a goal down at the break to Carney, and they looked in trouble as the home team battled well to keep the score at 1-0 with 17 mins to go, but McMahon got the vital equaliser, sub Willock quickly and controversially put them into the lead, and from then on there was only one team who was going to win, as Willock again, and Morison, sealed the win.
Match report:

20111029 FAC4Q 1500 AFC Totton 3 Hanworth Villa 2 764
Top of Southern Prem v middle of CoCo, with the visitors playing well and making it hard for the Stags in the first half, but three goals in three mins at the end of the half saw the home team 2-1 up. Sherborne made it safe ten mins from time (Villa appealed for offside), and the visitors got another goal in injury time as well as a red card for their captain. Good atmosphere and great support for the visitors, although some of the singing and shouting went a bit far. Totton then had an epic 8-1 win over Bradford PA in the 1st Round (I was there) followed by a 6-1 beating at the hands of Bristol Rovers (I wasn't there) in Round 2.

20161029 HPFL-1 1500 Upham 0 Sway 1 15
2nd v 4th, but the visitors were the better side, especially in the second half, and should have added to M.Brading's first half header from a corner

20191029 FAT1Q(R) 1945 Sholing 2 Marlow 0 135
Southern Div 1 - South v Central - it was 0-0 on the Saturday, and close again here, with two late goals by D.Mason and Targett giving victory to the home side, although the visitors, who looked decent, felt very hard done by, with two red cards (and one for the manager), Samuels after a fracas after an alleged flying elbow, and Bossman's second yellow for a decent tackle.

Also on this day, some ice-hockey:
1978 BL-2S 1900 ERC Freiburg 3 EC Bad Toelz 1 5200
Feisty battle, lots of fights and good hockey, as Freiburg continued to chase Duisburger SC at the top.

Kirby Knitters

First Team Starter
Dec 7, 2019
The Knitters.
Serbia Super Liga.
Crvena Zvezda 2 FK Javor 0.
Att. 7,038.


Youth Team Regular
Dec 8, 2019
1988 Derby County 4 Wimbledon 1 crowd 15,050
Baseball Ground, Derby

This game was sandwiched between two home games against Man United, a draw in the league and a win for us in the league cup, which were hard won which meant that we didn’t have the energy for this game where we often did well but on this occasion Arthur Cox’s team had the better of us. Dean Saunders opened the scoring on 35 minutes but Vinny Jones equalised four minutes later. After the break Mel Sage made it 2-1 to Derby after 62 minutes and Saunders added a third five minutes later. Gary Micklewhite added a fourth goal on 85 minutes to complete the rout.

1994 Stafford Rangers 2 Woking 3 crowd 900(estimate)
Conference National, Marston Rd, Stafford

When I was growing up in the 70s Stafford were a top non league side with two Trophy wins(the second of which I saw in 1979)but by this time their star had begun to wane and I got there shortly before they were relegated, and although they got back there for a couple of seasons they don’t seem able to compete financially with today’s big boys. As I recall the ground wasn’t great despite a nice main stand and although there were a few goals in this game I couldn’t tell you who scored or when, I was just glad to get there before the decline had set in too badly, Wimbledon had a TV game with Norwich on the Sunday so it was a convenient time to visit.
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First Team Sub
Dec 7, 2019
Crewe Alexandra.

Saturday @ 16-00 ,
Israel top tier.
Bnei Sakhnin 2 v 1 Hapoel Haifa.

@ Doha Stadium , Sakhnin.

Bnei Sakhnin - Mahmoud Kannadil , Sari Falah , Muhammed Zubeidat , Abraham Paz , Wanderson , Sagas Tambi , Nir Lax , Georginho , Jude Nworuh (1) , Ramzi Safuri , Yuval Avidor. (1)
Subs - Rodrigo Antonio for Lax , Ihab Shamil for Nworuh , Khaled Khalouta for Avidor.
Manager - Yossi Abukasis.

Hapoel Haifa - Piet Velthuizen , Haim Megrelashvili , Dor Malul , Ofek Fishler , Nisso Kapiloto (1) , Hanan Maman , Liran Sardal , Maxim Plakuschenko , Filip Jazvic , Shlomi Arbeitman , Adilson Bahia.
Sub - Rlwan for Jazvic , Saar Fadida for Sardal , Idan Golan for Plakuschenko.
Manager - Eli Cohen.

Referee - Alon Yefet.

25 Miles.
40 mins,

Saturday @ 20-30.
Israel top tier.
Maccabi Haifa 5 v 0 Hapoel Ashkelon.

@ Sami Ofer Stadium.

Maccabi Haifa - Omri Glazer , Mario Musa , Gary Kagelmacher , Dekel Keinan , Nata Lavi , Gil Vermouth (1) , Roi Kehat , Kamil Vacek , Glynor Plet (1) , Ismaeel Rayan , Eliran Atar (2).
Subs - Sun Menahem (1) for Musa , Firas Mugrabi for Rayan , Shovah Gozlan for Kehat.
Manager - Rene Meulensteen.

Hapoel Ashkelon - Dele Aiyvenugba , Haim Izrin , Andriy Mischenko , Avi Malka , Raz Meir , Asi Buzaglo , Rudy Haddad , Moshe Lugasi , Kobi Ben Hemo , Issoumaila Lingane , Lassina Dao.
Subs - Yarden Abuhetsera for Izrin , Tomer Swisa for Malka , Tai Machluf for Haddad.
Manager - Yuval Naim.

Referee - Igal Frid.

6 day break in Israel , apart from getting in and out of the place I do enjoy it especially the walk around the Jaffa port area.
Managed to get 8 games (all top flight ) in on this holiday :unsure: . Couple in Palestine on the Friday night , a tick finally at Beitar after an abandonment last time and a visit to the new Sami Ofer in Haifa. It was the Kiryat Eliezar Stadium the last time I was in Haifa with Hutch.

Nice sea front apartment just south of Netanya (10 min walk to new stadium , handy for the Thursday with Maccabi Tel Aviv using it while Bloomfield is renovated ) , car hire , flight etc it was not cheap but hey ho the mattress needed emptying.

It was a fair drive to Sakhin on Saturday , it was a 4 hour drive from Netanya doing the touristy things in Nazareth , but we were in no rush, kick off at 16-00 so a 10-00 departure was called for. Time for a walk around Nazareth , they were one of my favourite bands from Dunfermline, I did not see any white bicycles.
With a 40 min drive between grounds and a 1 hour drive back to the hotel it was a long day for the driver , it was a good job he had such good company to keep him going.

It was Round 8 in the Israel top flight and Game 1 was 9th v 5th. It was a slow burner which eventually lit on the hour mark with two goals from Bnei , Hapoel scoring a last minute consolation.
Aim in this 14 team league is a top 6 position and a place in the Play Offs.

The Doha Stadium pictured above was opened in 2004 , it was built by a Qatari company who named the stadium after their capital.

Game 2 Maccabi Haifa v Hapoel Ashkelon was played at the newly (2014) built Sami Ofer Stadium , the last time in Haifa was for the Maccabi v Loko Moscow game with Hutch on 18/03/99 played at Kiryat Eliezar Stadium , that was adjacent to the railway station ( old one , I think it is now shut and a new one has replaced it )
I'm glad of a car to get to this new one , about a 6 mile walk from the new station ?.

It was 4th v 11th and it showed , Maccabi looked good and romped to a 5-0 win.
Post match Meulensteen was in jovial form but he didn't last long in the post , he had a 6 month spell resigning in Feb 2017.
I think he had the smell of Rupees in his nose / head -

Of the 4 teams seen on this day Maccabi Haifa and Bnei Sakhnin made the play offs.
Final placings after Play/Offs.
Hapoel Be'er-Sheva 36 26 7 3 73-18 85
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 36 22 6 8 61-28 72
Beitar Jerusalem 36 16 12 8 53-36 60
Maccabi Petah-Tikva 36 15 11 10 42-34 56
Bnei-Sakhnin 36 13 9 14 32-46 48
Maccabi Haifa 36 12 9 15 34-41 45

On returning home I found myself humming 'Should not have got on this flight tonight' at the airport :rolleyes:

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Some other games visited on this date ( Top tier + Internationals + oddities).
1966 Everton 2 v 0 Leicester.
1969 Man City 3 v 0 QPR.
1990 Sparta Prague 2 v 2 Tatran Presov, R/V.
1994 First Tower 3 v 4 Lymington.
2000 Hans sur Lethe 2 v 1 Dinant, (15-00)
2000 Sedan 2 v 0 Nantes. (19-00).
2003 Salzburg 1 v 2 Admira.
2009 KF Liria 3 v 2 KF Hysi.
2017 Neftchi 2 v 1 Sumqait,

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Youth Team Regular
Jan 9, 2020
Wrexham and a general look out for some of the friendly teams I've been observing at around the country.
1975 - Leicester University IV v Leicester Polytechnic II (HInckley Harborough 2) the league hit on the idea of playing this and the return fixture on a Wednesday afternoon to help with the holiday backlog. After 5 games without conceding a goal I let in 5, we only scored one.
1977 - Witan III v Old Grammarians III (SOL Minor Cup Round 1) - referee. My first SOL game, I gave them value for money by including extra time.
1978 - Barkers v Hereford (Sportsmans 6) - referee, played at Harrodian Club, Barnes. The home team being from Barker's of Kensington department store, I think the away team might have been a pub in Fulham.
1983 - Woking Res v Southall Res (Suburban North) - linesman.
1985 - Dept of Energy v Dept of Transport (Lewis Cup Round 1) - referee, played at CS Chiswick.
1988 - Hampton Res v Carshalton Athletic Res (Suburban South) - referee.
1989 - Streatham Alba v Caribb (Sportsmans Senior Amateur) - referee, played at Kimber Road, Wandsworth.
1994 - Sherborne Town v Gillingham Town (Dorset Combination) - referee.
1995 - FC Davy Internationale v Woodlands Sports (Dorset Sunday 4 N&E) - referee, played at Ferndown Leisure Centre followed by a trip up the slope and through the bushes to:
Greenfields v Poole Town (Dorset U18 2) - referee, at KGV Ferndown.
2000 - Redhill v W&S Recycling (Bournemouth Sunday 1) - referee, played at Wallisdown Rec.
2003 - Farnborough Town Res v Woking Res (Capital SW) - linesman.
2005 - Wareham Rangers Res v Lytchett Red Triangle (Dorset 2) - referee, played at Purbeck Leisure Centre.
2006 - Wallisdown Sports v Windgreen Corfe Mullen (Dorset Sunday 1) - referee, played at Branksome Rec.
Between 2012 and 2017 I'd have been setting up, working at or taking down Ease Dorset CAMRA beer festival.
2019 - Dunkirk v Gedling Miners Welfare (East Midlands Counties) - observer, att. 62.


Reserve Team Sub
Dec 7, 2019
You keep all these stats? I am currently going back and dating my visits.
I can't speak for others my I have kept records from an early age of football matches attended some of the earliest games aren't covered but vast majority are, all I can be sure of missing matches is they would have all been played at West Ham United's Chadwell Heath training ground. For running I have a complete record of all races, also an almost complete training log. For other sports watched I have pretty much full records too, with the exception of cricket as I appear to have lost my records of matches attended in the 70s when I saw most of my cricket.


Youth Team Star
Dec 7, 2019
1988- NRFA Senior Cup 1st round replay. I C I Wilton v York Railway Institute 0-2.
1989- Rugby League Div.1. Sheffield Eagles v Leeds 16-27 @ Saltergate, Chesterfield.
1994- WRCA Div.2. Eastmoor Albion v Ovenden West Riding 3-0.
1995- FA Sunday Cup 1st round double in Liverpool:
B R N E S C v Nicosia 2-2.
Croxteth & Gilmoss R B L v Fiddlers 4-1 @ Bootle.
2005- Lancashire FA Amateur Cup 3rd round. East Villa v Prestwich Heys 2-2 (aet) ( Pens. 3-4).
2011- Leicestershire & Rutland FA Intermediate Cup 2nd round. Caterpillar v Ketton 4-0.
2016- Lancashire FA Amateur Cup 3rd round. Oldham Hulmeians v Whinney Hill 2-4.

Thyme Machine

Junior Team Sub
Aug 27, 2020
Bath City; Road-Sea (Southampton); & East Preston

Sat 1977 Southern : First (South)
Waterlooville 2-2 Tonbridge AFC

Wed 1980 Southern : Southern
Fareham Town 1-3 Andover

Sat 1983 Southern : Southern
Road-Sea (Southampton) 2-1 Addlestone & Weybridge Town

Sat 1988 Sussex County : Two
Shoreham 3-0 Oakwood

Sat 2005 F.A.Vase : First Round
Newton Abbot 1-0 Corsham Town

Sat 2011 Aldershot & District : Premier
West Meon & Warnford 0-1 Wrecclesham

Sat 2016 Southampton : Junior Two
Forest Edge Rovers 0-2 West Totton

Lord Lucan

Reserve Team Sub
Dec 9, 2019
The final score was 4-3 to the visitors.

Jersey resident Jack Walker, of Blackburn Rovers fame, was involved with FTU at this time and it was he who had purchased La Hague Manor where a ground was built in the grounds to accommodate the club who previously did not have a ground of their own. I had seen FTU play a Vase game at the national Springfield Stadium two years earlier.

The ground was surprisingly rudimentary with very limited cover and as a result the entertaining match was not enjoyed as much as it should have been, due to the appalling weather.

It was indeed the weather which is my lasting memory of the trip. Being based in Weymouth the aim was to catch the early morning catamaran and return the same evening. Upon arrival at the terminal there was doubt whether the catamaran would even leave such was the ferocity of the wind and, even if it did, I was told it was highly unlikley the return journey would operate as conditions were forecast to worsen. When a decision was made to operate the service, day return tickets sales were suspended but I used my charm and persuaded them to sell me one saying I was willing to take the chance.

The crossing was horrendous - I, and many others, spent most of the time lying on the floor to prevent sea-sickness - and when we did dock it was not a surprise to hear the evening journey back to England was cancelled. There were other hoppers on the island who had come across on the boat. I can't remember whether I had already arranged to meet them, or just bumped into them, but they advised they had got a B&B and there was still a vacant room so I went and booked it. After the match we no doubt visited one or more of the establishments advertised in the above programme before retiring for the night with the weather getting even worse, as forecast.

At breakfast the next morning the radio advised that the next ferry off the island was heavily delayed and would not be leaving until Monday evening at the earliest. This caused considerable consternation to one of the hoppers who said "we" needed to contact Jack Walker for help in getting a flight as surely he would be arranging something for the Lymington party. Despite being told he was talking s***, he continued - "Jack will sort us out". When he realised he was on his own, he got on the hotel phone to an airlne (BA?) and his opening line was "I've got to get off this island !". I can imagine the person on the other end saying "Certainly sir, which island are you on ?" as the next words from our man were " Jersey ! Jersey ! I'm on Jersey and I've got to get off". Why he was so concerned about leaving Jersey I do not know, but he got something sorted and the rest of us visited a few more places of refreshment throughout Sunday.

Come Monday, I decided that I really didn't fancy a lengthy ship crossing (the time of departure of which was still unknown) in the continuining bad weather so went down to the airport after breakfast to do a tour of the desks and see what the flight options were. The Southampton flight was full, BA wanted silly money to get to Heathrow, but British Midland had a resonable price on the Brimingham flight leaving in an hour or so, so I booked that.

The others held out for the ferry. When I next met them they confirmed the crossing was just as bad as expected.

Memorable !
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Youth Team Sub
Dec 7, 2019
Step 4 - 6 local football
Saturday 29 October 2005 - Leighton Town 1-2 Thame United (Southern League West)
Saturday 29 October 2011 - Leighton Town 0-1 Slough Town (Southern League Central)
Tuesday 29 October 2013 - Burnham 0-3 Biggleswade Town (Southern League Premier)
Saturday 29 October 2016 - Leighton Town 1-3 London Colney (South Midlands Premier)


Youth Team Starter
Feb 20, 2020
football in Norfolk
Tuesday 29th October 1985
Southern League Division One South kick off 1930
Sheppey Utd v Waterlooville at Botany Road
Score 1-0 half time 0-0 Attendance around 130
In a generally disappointing game a 61st minute goal from
Lenny Spokes was enough to give Sheppey all 3 points.

Saturday 29th October 1988
Eastern Counties League Cup kick off 1500
Tiptree Utd v Long Sutton Athletic at Chapel Rd
Score 3-1 half time 2-0 Attendance around 60
Admission £1.50 which included programme
A pretty good game in which Tiptree scored twice in the
first 18 minutes and it looked liked Long Sutton were in for a hiding
but they came back into the game well and for a long time
Tiptree were under pressure especially in the second half.
However Tiptree broke away 12 minutes from time to make it
3-0. Long Sutton did eventually score with a penalty after
83 minutes.

Saturday 29th October 1994
FA Vase 1st Round kick off 1500
Hall Road Rangers v Trafford at Dene Park Dunswell
Score 0-1 half time 0-1 Attendance around 40
Trafford deserved to win but they were put under a lot of pressure
in the last 15 minutes, Trafford were the best side in the first
half and were unlucky with an effort that hit the underside of the
crossbar before being scrambled away. The only goal came on 44
minutes when a Clarke shot went through a crowd of players past
an unsighted goalkeeper. Trafford went out in the next round
to Arnold.

Tuesday 29th October 2019
Like mxhornet I was also at Norwich CBS 4 Mulbarton 0.
Mulbarton only lost 3 of 28 league matches before the
season was suspended. Although not a regular watcher of
Mulbarton I was present at all 3 games the other two being
home and away against Great Yarmouth.

The Willows

Youth Team Starter
Dec 8, 2019
Mansfield Town
Tuesday 29th October 2019

Bromsgrove Sporting 2 Barwell 7 (544)

An evening out in Worcestershire for this FA Trophy fixture. The teams had played a league game seven days earlier at Barwell, with the Rouslers coming away with a 3-1 victory. What a difference a week made, with this embarrassing home defeat at the Victoria Ground. Barwell were 3-0 up with fifteen minutes left, then six goals came in quick succession, great entertainment for us neutrals.

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