September 24

Pawn Of Prophecy

Youth Team Sub
Mar 6, 2020

Staines Town 0 Uxbridge 0 (Uxbridge win 4-1 on penalties)

Isthmian League Cup

Entry - £10. Attendance - 79

For last season this was a good result for Staines, but it was a poor, poor match. At least there was no extra time.


Penn & Tylers Green 2 Sandhurst Town 0

Hellenic Division 1 East

PATG goals on 18 and 62(pen).


Slough Town 4 Ashford Town (Middx) 2

Southern Division 1 Central

Attendance 241.

Scorers for Slough were Dave Woozley on 27 and a hattrick for Ed Smith on 36, 47 and 77. ATM goals from Lewis on 28 and Canderton on 71.


Junior Team Star
Dec 7, 2019
Step 4 - 6 local football
Saturday 24 September 2005 - Willenhall Town 0-1 Leighton Town (Southern League West)
Saturday 24 September 2011 - Marlow 0-1 Leighton Town (Southern League Central)
Tuesday 24 September 2013 - Tring Athletic 3-1 Hertford Town (South Midlands Premier
Saturday 24 September 2016 - Northampton ON Chenecks 1-0 Leighton Town (FA Vase)

The Willows

Youth Team Sub
Dec 8, 2019
Mansfield Town
Saturday 24th September 1977

Mansfield Town 4 Burnley 1 (8,274)

During our brief one season stay in the old second division, this was our highest scoring victory. Goals were scored by Ernie Moss, Dave Syrett, Pat Sharkey and Gordon Hodgson.
Hodgson, a classy playmaker from Newcastle, was a central figure of our two championship seasons in the mid-seventies, sadly he passed away at the young age of 46 in April 1999.

Mark Hardy

Junior Team Star
Dec 7, 2019
Farnborough TownHampton 24/09/882-2FA Trophy
Farnborough TownRedbridge Forest24/09/911-0GMVC
Farnborough TownRuncorn24/09/940-4GMVC
Farnborough TownBromsgrove Rovers24/09/962-1GMVC
Farnborough TownForest Green Rovers24/09/020-3Nationwide Conference
Farnborough TownBerkhamsted Town24/09/053-0FA Cup
Calne TownBishop Sutton24.09.110-2FA Vase
Sevenoaks TownBeckenham Town24.09.130-1SCEL
Cwm WelfareEly Rangers24.09.163-1Welsh League 3
Cardiff Met UniversityAberystwyth Town24.09.161-0Welsh Premier
Virginia WaterReading City24.09.190-4Hell Prem


Forum Admin
Staff member
Dec 7, 2019
Cheltenham Town
Another 21 match day, starting with a 0-0 draw in 1977 between Hillingdon Borough and Kettering Town

1983 – Havant Town 0-2 Sholing Sports (68). Hampshire League. At the recently opened West Leigh Park.

1984 – Chalfont St. Peter 1-3 Oldbury United (104). FA Cup, 1Q, Second Replay, hence a Monday night game

1988 – Downham Town 1-1 Fakenham Town (aet). Eastern League Cup

1991 – Walton & Hersham 2-1 Erith & Belvedere. FA Trophy Replay

1993 – Bradford Park Avenue 2-4 Bacup Borough (170), North West Counties at Mount Pleasant, Batley Rugby League

1996 – Neuchatel Xamax 2-1 Dimamo Kiev (6200). UEFA Cup, First Round, Second Leg. I think my wife just wanted to add Switzerland to the list of countries visited, so I took her to Neuchatel. As the first leg had been scoreless, 2-1 was also the aggregate score.

1997 – Salisbury City 2-5 Merthyr Tydfil. Southern League. At the Raymond McEnhill Stadium, so probably this was recently opened at the time

2002 – Sittingbourne 1-2 Dartford (256). Southern League, at Bourne Park, with its worryingly rickety scaffolding stand. Everytime I watch Sittingbourne at home, it is another ground, and a lower crowd. My original visit was to the Bull Ground, some 19 years before this, and with the same opposition, the crowd was more than double. At Woodstock Park in 2015, a good bank holiday derby match against Folkestone attracted only 180.

2003 – Cheltenham Town (reserves) 4-0 Swansea City (reserves) 100.

2005 – Northampton Town 1-2 Cheltenham Town (5407)

2008 – AFC Bargoed Redz 1-1 Aber Valley YMCA (30). A Wednesday night in the South Wales Amateur League, but if I need to admit it, I was making an ARS of myself by going, having been on the hop four years before

2010 – Didcot Casuals 3-2 Faringdon Town (131). Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup, but also the Friday night hop game

2011 – Steventon 3-2 Marcham (190), Which must have been a hop’s Saturday morning game, but followed by Cheltenham Town 0-0 Hereford United (3011), in turn followed by some beer

2013 – Altrincham 2-0 Gloucester City (626). Conference – North. My most recent visit, two years later was against Cheltenham.

2016 – Bridgend Street 3-3 Trethomas Bluebirds (50), Welsh League, Division 3, followed by Cardiff Metrpolitan University 1-0 Aberystwyth Town (413), Welsh Premier. I certainly enjoyed the first game and place more, with a derelict school next door, and the constant noise from the large steel recycling plant the dominates the area. By contrast, the University grounds seems a rather sterile place where the main concern if keeping to the parking rules. (Its OK, I did not get a ticket). My second pitch at the Cyncoed campus, I know some have done three there.DSCN1099 m.JPG

2017 – The final day of games in Thailand, and I had found the fixtures of the Thai Amateur League, which is level 5 in Thailand. There were treble headers in both the Bangkok Perimeter Mini League, and the Bangkok Mini League, which were the second stage of the season. All the detail was in Thai script and I was asking the poor hotel receptionist to help in understanding. The next morning, she was helping me transcribe the players names from Thai script to ours. Nice girl, but she must have thought I was mad! Actually, she may have a point.

First up was the Bangkok Perimeter League, Romklao United 0-0 Air Force Welfare (30). Although I like to see the main team play, I did want to pick this off partly because it was being played at the Leo Stadium, home of Bangkok Glass. The Stadium holds 10,000 – so 30 was a small crowd. The ground is on the main road, so it was easy to get a taxi there, and I did not have to wait long to find one afterwards.

Then back to Thammasat University, where of course I had been watching Bangkok United in the rain the night before. This was a 1 p.m. kick off under baking hot blue skies. (The earlier game had started at 10, and there would also be games at 4). When I arrived at the University, the taxi driver asked the gateman where the “mini-stadium” was, and got the answer, “I don’t know”. Actually, it was nothing more than a grass pitch with a few open wooden benches not far from the main stadium. For refreshments, one had to head back to one of the university buildings and notably, there were no dressing rooms.

Anyway, there were goals. Rajdamnern 2-0 Tokio Blue Army (50). The spelling of the away side was Tokio not Tokyo as they had it written in our script. At the end, I headed to the central university road, but there were no taxis to be seen, and after about ten minutes a bus pulled up to offer me a lift. It was the Rajdamnern team, smelling as you might expect for a full team of footballers in a bus not big enough, after a 90-minute game in 37-degree heat. Still, they got me to the main road, where finding a new taxi was not difficult, even if the first couple did not want to take me out of town.

I was heading to Thai Honda, which played in Minburi, about a 30-minute drive out of Bangkok. (I’m sure it took a lot longer to get back). Although I had the location of the ground on a map, it was still a problem for the taxi driver to find the correct turning to get there. Walking, it would be at least 30 minutes back to the main road. I asked the driver to return after the game to pick me up, and fortunately he agreed. On arrival, it was still sunny and the pitch was playable. By kick off time, it was not. We waited and about 30 minutes after kick off time, the rain had abated and they tried to get the pitch fit, but to no avail and the game was off. I had wrangled my way into the press room while waiting, where at least a few refreshments were available. We even had a group of fans come in to show us a display they would have done outside. They sang their chant, with the name Thai Honda writ across their bare chests. The whole day will be on tweets of the day, and it is worth a look

One of the features of Thai Football is that the players all go across to the fans at the end of the game where the two groups have to applaud each other. The fact the game had been washed out did not change things, and the players still went out to see those fans who remained in the stadium

Fortunately, my taxi did return and arrived earlier than I had requested, so I got back into the city without a problem.

One more game to mention, the final match in Belarus in 2018, and an easy enough run (as I had a hire car) to see Gorodeya 0-2 Neman Grodno (300). Gorodeya appears to be a one industry town, with the massive sugar factory dominating. The Stadyum Sakharnok is a simple affair with most of the spectators in a low stand on one side. It was noticeable that there were two team buses. Clearly there is little to Gorodeya and I was told most of the team lived and trained in Minsk. It was a less than enthralling game with the away side comfortably on top.

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Youth Team Starter
Dec 7, 2019
Romford [el revolución]
Everton [el revolución2]

FAC 2nd Qualifying Round

Hayes 1-2 Romford
Att: 421. Prog: Yes.

It was one of those 'you had to be there' afternoons as Romford followed up their
surprise win against Grays in the previous round, by pulling off an even bigger shock
with victory away to Isthmian Premier leaders Hayes thanks to Steve Brock's late goal.

'To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive' would have been on the minds of
the two coach loads of fans, plus another 50 or so who opted for the train, as we made
our way to Church Road for the club's biggest game since reformation two years earlier.

Myself and about 40 others met up in Hamilton Hall before making our way West, where
the main topic of the morning was along the lines of 'damage limitation' and 'I hope we
don't get tonked' as circa 90 places separated the two sides in football's pecking order.

By early afternoon we were ensconced in a local JDW's not far from the ground before
heading off to the match and a few more light ales later, plus a heavy dollop of football
songs, saw us banned from the clubhouse!

We had made a decent fist of the early period and as the game wore on, looked
forward to going in at the break all square until hero of the previous round, Micky Ross,
rose to make it four headed goals in two FA Cup ties and send us in one up at half-time.

Terry Brown's side eventually got their arse into gear and early in the second period
drew level when Stevens bundled home. Now was time to test the mettle as Hayes
laid siege to our goal but as the game wore on, Romford keeper Roy Drake's heroics,
coupled by brave defending, prompted talk of even forcing a replay.

Yeah right. With five minutes left, a rare foray into the home area saw Brock all
on his own to slot the winner past the Hayes keeper.

Cue delirium and pitch invasions. After withstanding a late battering, including a free-kick
conceded after a back pass had gone 40 feet into the air, the final whistle went and
having got carried away with the occasion, I joined the many visiting fans on the pitch.

The home side really had the sulks after the game, as security staff lined up outside
the clubhouse barring our way and a revisit to the Moon and whatsit was the only option.

Suddenly a throng of plod appeared from nowhere and we were given a personal escort
back to the High Street. They [plod] stopped us from going into the pub until one of the top
brass on duty went to ask the landlady if they wanted us in her establishment.

Word has it she said: "They were no problem before the game so yes, they are more
than welcome" as said officer exited the bar with a face like thunder and in we went.

I can recall it being all quite calm and collected after, opposed to raucous, as the
enormity of what had been achieved that afternoon began to sink in.

We were now in uncharted waters as a visit to St Albans, and the BBC, awaited...tbc.


Reserve Team Starter
Dec 7, 2019
Here's another ten...

Saturday 24th September 1977~
Southern League Div.1 (South)
Waterlooville 2-1 Ashford Town

...this being the Ashford Town from Kent, not the one from Middlesex. Played in pouring rain.

Saturday 24th September 1983~
Division Two
Portsmouth 4-1 Shrewsbury Town

...with Pompey's goals scored by Mark Hateley, Alan Biley, Kevin Dillon and Nicky Morgan.

Saturday 24th September 1988~
Division Two
Portsmouth 1-1 Crystal Palace

...Pompey scoring through a Warren Aspinall penalty, and Palace's second-half equaliser being scored by Ian Wright.

Tuesday 24th September 1991~
League Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg
Portsmouth 0-0 Oxford United

...with Pompey winning the second leg 1-0 at the Manor Ground, going on to play Manchester United in the 3rd Round.

Wednesday 24th September 1997~
Division One
Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Portsmouth far my only ever visit to Loftus Road, tightly packed onto that horrid cramped away end of theirs.

Friday 24th September 2010~
Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup 1st Round
Didcot Casuals 3-2 Faringdon Town

...which was the opening match of that year's North Berks Hop, played on the floodlit and railed outside pitch nextdoor to Didcot Town FC's Loop Meadow.

Tuesday 24th September 2013~
Hellenic Premier
Abingdon Town 1-3 Brimscombe & Thrupp

Wednesday 24th September 2014~
League Cup 3rd Round
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Nottingham Forest

...among the several thousand Forest fans hidden among the empty spaces of the Spurs' stands, after Tottenham gave a piddling number of tickets to the visitors. This match marked the tenth anniversary of the death of Brian Clough, hence the extra large away turn-out. Forest led 1-0 until about nine minutes from the end.

Saturday 24th September 2016~
Banbury & Lord Jersey Premier
Hornton 3-4 KEA Sports a delightful little ground out in the sticks north-west of Banbury.

Tuesday 24th September 2019~
League Cup 3rd Round
Arsenal 5-0 Nottingham Forest

...again having to hide in among the wealthy tourists on the home end with my Forest mates, after Arsenal gave another piddling away allocation. Highlight of the evening was the televised chat with Tony Woodcock at half-time, with the Forest fans singing "Bring him on,bring him on!"


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