November 2022

                                                           Ozymandias

                                    I met a traveller from an antique land
                                    Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
                                    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
                                    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
                                    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
                                    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
                                    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
                                    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
                                    And on the pedestal these words appear:
                                    "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
                                    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
                                    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
                                    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
                                    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
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Tuesday 1st November 2022
Cheshire Senior Cup 1st Round
Stockport Georgians 2
Adam Dahou 54, Paul Connor 90,
Winsford United 2
Gabriel Mooney-Munoz, Richard Peters 85,
Referee: Ronan Anand.                                               Attendance: 123
Admission: OMGDS £2.50 (£5).                              Programme: £2.00
This is Georgians first season in The North West Counties League. Their ground is very basic with standing cover behind each goal, but no spectator seating. Tonight was only the second match under their new floodlights and despite the heavy rain throughout the day, the pitch held up remarkably well. Winsford United, a division higher, were given a stern examination by the new boys who produced a ninetieth minute equaliser to take the tie to penalties. Even then, it took sixteen penalties before the visitors squeezed through. With John Main. Special gratitude to the club, who looked after me after I fell and bashed my head on the way in. Their care was much appreciated!
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Saturday 5th November 2022
Wessex League Division 1
Fleet Spurs 0
Downton 1
Shaun Prentice 74,
Referee: Lucas Bomela.                                                       Attendance: 45
Admission: OMGDS £4.00 (£6).                                      Programme: on line
We travelled in the monsoon conditions, more in hope than anticipation, and were pleasantly surprised to find the match ON and the pitch in pretty good nick. There is a substantial club house and changing rooms, several additional pitches behind the clubhouse, hard standing on all four sides and seating for maybe fifty to the front of the club house. Apart from that, it was pretty bleak. This was the host’s fourteenth consecutive home defeat (7 from last season)and fourteenth consecutive defeat (home and away) this season. Bottom of the league and twelve points adrift of safety, whilst Downton are in second place, but it was pretty difficult to tell which was the better team! The visitors got a lucky strike fifteen minutes from time in a drab game and that was that! Basic and very expensive refreshment on offer! With John Main.
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Thursday 10th November 2022
Dry and overcast with a stiff breeze meandering past the almost finished new housing where horses used to roam and then, out along the farm track, catching up with the crumbling boundary wall leading to Harringworth Lodge ( the house, and not the lake, where, today, the heron was about). On the way to Spanhoe, a magnificent specimen of horned cattle was, fortunately, separated by secure barbed wire fencing and down in the valley, the viaduct dominated the landscape. On the downward slope the viaduct loomed closer as Turtle Bridge hove into view, and closer still as the track negotiated the parish church of St John the Baptist in Harringworth, itself. Next, along the route, was the village of Thorpe-by-Water and then across the river and the gentle climb to the railway line and, at last, the welcoming tower of St James’ Church. Nearly there, the Baptist Church was understatedly, yet tastefully, adorned for Remembrance. Five stiles and 12.06 miles.
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Saturday 12th November2022
Isuzu FA Vase 2nd Round
Laverstock & Ford 2
Russell Jones 52,Chae Sykes 90,
Falmouth Town 1
Jack Bray-Evans 76,
Referee: Nicholas Whittington.                                       Attendance: 268
Admission: OMGDS £4.00 (£7).                                  Programme: £2.00
A beautiful day in Salisbury under an azure sky and the hosts had organised a special menu for this encounter between two teams from parallel leagues (Wessex Premier v Western Premier). The visitors brought flags and drums and a Karaoke player and in truth, they should have won, but they missed so many nailed on chances, and were killed off with a late winner in the 90th minute!
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Monday 14th November 2022
Southern League Premier Division Central
Hitchin Town 2
Diogo Freitas Gouveia 51, Bradley Bell 80,
Coalville Town 2
Timothy Berridge 7, Eliot Putman 74 (pen),
Referee: A Cresswell.                                                           Attendance: 293
Admission: OMGDS £8.00 (£13).                                    Programme: £2.00
Teamsheet: 20p
On a dank, misty evening with a heavy shower of rain at the end of the first half, these two sides served up some rattling good entertainment at Top Field. The ground has been substantially refurbished without losing its olde worlde character, but you can’t get in without buying your ticket in advance, on line. Coalville struck first and were good value for their half-time lead. The hosts came from behind twice in the second half and just about deserved a share of the spoils.
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Tuesday 15th November 2022
United Counties League Division 1
Barrow Town 4
Tom Mangan 62, 88, Callum Parsley 80, Wade Ball 82,
Dunkirk 2
George Harrison 76, McKenna Parton 83, Jake Want s/o 27
Referee: Paul-Valentin Mihalache.                                Attendance: 40
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                                   Programme: F.O.C.
It is always wet when I visit Riverside Park and this evening was no exception. The ground is basic. A substantial clubhouse and changing rooms, but very little in the way of pitch side furniture – but it does have the extended high level footbridge behind the far goal! Tonight, Dunkirk must have travelled with high expectations considering the relative League positions of the two clubs. The 27th minute dismissal of their custodian for handling the ball outside the area, considerably evened things up. The hosts scored first after an hour, but then five more goals were scored in the final fifteen minutes, with Barrow taking three of them for victory and three points! Good to see Chis Berezai and Dan.
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Wednesday 16th November 2022
Lincolnshire Senior Trophy Quarter Final
Blackstones 2
Ryan Lennon 55, Jordan Niell 74,     Louie Venni s/o 85
Deeping Rangers 3
Will Bird 5, Spencer Tinkler 58, Sam Fielding 90+5
Referee: Peter Brothwell.                                          Attendance:- 123
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                            Programme: £2.00
Lincoln Road, home of Blackstones is an atmospheric ground best seen in Autumn and at night, but perhaps not with the increasingly intense downpour that occurred this evening! These two local rivals (the visitors are a step higher at step 5), entertained a sizeable crowd and the match was only won with a strike five minutes into added time at the end of the second half. In the first half, the visitors should have been four or five goals to the good, but managed only one. The second half was much more even until the 85th minute dismissal of the home number 11, after a melee. Deeping deserved their victory, but the hosts gave them a fright!
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Until 1991/92, the club were known as Mirrlees Blackstone, after the former engineering company in the town
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Saturday 19th November 2022
Wessex League Premier Division
United Services Portsmouth 5
Luke Richards 15, Lamin Jatta31, Danny Burroughs 69, Dan Sibley 80, Cam Quirke 90+2,
Alresford Town 0
Referee: Ethan Grainger (whose father and grand father-in-law were both there to see him officiate)
Attendance:- 46.      Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5)       Programme: £1.00).      Car parking: £5.00.
Very heavy traffic meant slow progress through Portsmouth, then there was no parking at the ground! It was a pretty impressive ground for step 5, just across the road from the former Hampshire CCC headquarters, (before they moved to The Rose Bowl). Neither of these teams are setting off fireworks this season and, predictably, 16th placed USP thrashed bottom of the table, Alresford, but it wasn’t a classic on a mild, autumnal, sunny afternoon after the recent persistent rain.
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Tuesday 22nd November 2022
United Counties League Premier Division North
Loughborough Students 5
Anthony Lynn 8, Ethan O’Toole 22, 28, Matty Bowman 58, Dylan Edwards 86
Heanor Town 1
Jack Dando 46,
Referee: Daniel Haywood.                                      Attendance: 138
Admission OMGDS £2.50 (£5).                            Programme: £2.00
Another visit (my 34th) to the very impressive Holywell Sports Stadium at Loughborough University and an equally impressive display by the unbeaten leaders of the division who thrashed visitors, Heanor Town in very entertaining encounter and really should have added to their score! With John Main and Martin Hayden.
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Saturday 26th November 2022
Vanarama National League North
Banbury United 3
Jack Stevens 46, Alex Babos 82,  Giorgio Rasulo 86,
Chorley 0
Referee:- Jonathan Maskrey.                                Attendance:- 803
Admission: OMGDS £11.00 (£15).                      Programme: £2.00
The Spencer’s Stadium now has fan segregation following some idiotic ‘hooligan’ incidents earlier this season. There was also a WW2 bomb discovered in a waterway close by the ground! After a very even first period, the hosts scored immediately after the break and the goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the visitors, who subsided tamely to a pretty emphatic defeat. With son, Jim and grandsons, Sonny and Kingsley.
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Grand son, Kingsley enjoying the match AND the result against Grandad’s team!
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Monday 28th November 2022
The early morning was misty, dank and dreary. The village hall was closed and still, the pathway pitted with puddles all the way down to the Harringworth Road, where the monument to Fanny Blaydes, the vicar’s wife, killed when thrown from her carriage 138 years ago, with a smaller stone – “hic obit – here died” – alongside, whilst further down the road are the remains of a burnt out vehicle, before crossing the fields with the colossus of the Harringworth Viaduct disappearing into the hazy mist. The Welland was close to bursting its banks and two stately swans glided where the path across the field ought to be. In Seaton, the church of All Hallows loomed out of the mist, the steps took the path to Bisbrooke, crossing the former spur railway line to Uppingham and past the church of St John the Baptist and, further on, two roses in bloom in late November. Uppingham at last, where a group of school children were being given a lesson in the esoteric intricacies of religious edifices in the church of St Peter and St Paul. Beautiful golden leaves adorned the path out of the town, before the greedy pig, nuzzling amongst the grass and UCC, where my grandson enjoys his education. Onwards to Lyddington and the church of St Andrew, with the remains of the monks Friday fish ponds en route. Gretton Weir was riding high and the sight of St James’ Church, asserting itself above the Autumn branches, was welcome, indeed. 12.25 miles and only one stile
           

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All Hallows, Seaton.

The steps in Seaton leading to the path to Bisbrooke.

The site of the railed of the former Uppingham Spur.

I have actually walked the length of the spur line,

but it is difficult to negotiate in parts,

very overgrown and there is no official pathway!

St John the Baptist, Bisbrooke.

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Church of St Peter & St Paul, Uppingham.

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Uppingham Community College.

St Andrew’s Church, Lyddington (and, below the former monks’ fishponds.

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Gretton Weir.

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Monday 28th November 2022
Pitching-in Southern League Premier Division Central

Hitchin Town 2

Jack Snelus 30, Ashley Hay 67,

Redditch United 1

Ryan Woollacott 44,

Referee: J. Perry                                         Attendance:- 276

Admission: OMGDS £8.00 (£13)          Programme: £2.00

On a pretty dank, miserable evening I travelled down to Top Field and met up with Mark Sumner who had travelled up from London on the train. This was my fiftieth visit to the ground – and I hadn’t realised it! Hitchin are in the middle of a good run and this was an excellent victory against a team only two places above them in the table. Drove Mark back to Hitchin Station after the match.

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Wednesday 30th November 2022
Spartan South Midlands League Division 1
Rugby Borough 0
Moulton 3
Joey Evans 45+2, George Wingrove 70, JJ Macarthy 73,
Referee: Zach Cunningham. Attendance: 119 (the official attendance was an unlikely 205)
Admission: OMGDS £2.00 (£5).             Programme: £1.00
On a chilly evening at The Kilsby Lane complex, two teams who have 3G pitches were in action and highly placed Borough were given a roasting by mid-table Moulton. Both these teams are recent additions to the SSML and it would appear that the hosts are the more ambitious. They started positively, missed a couple of chances and were gradually and relentlessly worn down by a very determined opposition, who opened the scoring at the end of the first session and struck twice more after the break for a deserved and decisive victory. There was a large contingent of hoppers in attendance, too many to name …. John Main, Lee West, Robert Campion, Tony Morehead, Jack Warner, and Mark, were but a few).
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OTHER MATCHES:-

Sunday 6th November 2022
Barclays FA Women’s Super League
Leicester City 0 Arsenal 4                               Attendance:: 3,590
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Monday  7th November 2022
Midland League Division 1
Chelmsley Town 3 Paget Rangers 2              Attendance:- 78
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Tuesday 8th November 2022
Carabao EFL Cup 3rd Round
Leicester City 3 Newport County 0                   Attendance:- 15,081
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Wednesday 9th November 2022
Premier League U21 International Cup Group A
Leicester City 0 Valencia CF 2                        Attendance:- 242
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Monday 21st November 2022
Pitching-in Southern League Premier Division Central
Hitchin Town 2 AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1               Attendance:- 240
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October 2022

Football is my favorite game
I love to watch them play –
Those tightly muscled butts and legs
On an awesome autumn day;
How fluidly and gracefully
They dance across the green –
Such elegant contenders play
The best I’ve ever seen;
Some people think I’m crazy
The way I love the game –
But I’d rather be watching football
Than anything I can name;
Of course I may be prejudiced
I love my maise and blue –
That BIG 10 team that rules the league………….
You rock the Big House – BLUE! ! !

by Linda Ori
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Saturday 1st October 2022
North West Counties League Premier Division
Burscough 2
Mosopeoluwo Awe 29, Edward Servuts 90+2 (pen),
Irlam 3
John J.A. Main 40, 69 (pen), Luke Nicholls 72,
Referee: Sam Orritt.                                        Official Attendance:- 50
Admission: OMGDS £4.00 (£6).                 Programme: £2.00
Five previous visits, all to Victoria Park in the golden days of The Lancashire Combination and The Cheshire League. This new arena is featureless and soulless, one seated stand down the side of a 3G pitch. Minimal facilities and little beyond coffee and crisps for sustenance. Helpful and pleasant stewards, one of whom made a special point of obtaining a teamsheet for me. On the pitch, the hosts are struggling in the relegation spots with eleven defeats from thirteen matches played. They took a first half lead, but it was cancelled out before half time and a further two goals were shipped before a late penalty gave the score line a more respectable appearance!
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Monday 3rd October 2022
Hertfordshire Senior Cup 1st Round
Hitchin Town 1
Ashley Hay 13,
Welwyn Garden City 0
Referee:- S Bryan.                                               Attendance:- 231
Admission: OMGDS £5.00 (£8).                    Programme:- £2.00
Top Field is the place to be on a mild, balmy, autumnal evening, with the leaves turning bronze behind the home goal. There was little at stake in a low key county cup tie, but both teams fielded pretty strong sides and this was a contest of determination and will power and not a little skill. The only goal came midway through the first half, an excellent header from the edge of the box and the hosts just about deserved to progress!
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Tuesday 4th October 2022
Eastern Counties League Challenge Cup 1st Round
Stanway Pegasus 1
Reece Keating 77,
Burnham Ramblers 0
Referee: Matt Rowling.                               Attendance: 99
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5).              Programme:- £2.00
Newcomers to the Eastern League and fresh from an unbeaten season in The Essex & Suffolk Border League and managed by Rosie Webb who not only became the only female coach to take a team unbeaten through her league, but also played for the unbeaten Stanway Pegasus Women’s team, too! Tonight, it was second placed Pegasus against first placed Ramblers in a dour struggle which yielded a single strike a scant ten minutes from time. With John Main.
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Wednesday 5th October 2022
Spartan South Midlands League Division 1
Eaton Socon 5
Jake Anderson 5, Callan Irvine 10, Andre Reece-Brown 52,Ryan Baxter 64, Dean Parratt 88,
Langford 2
Frankie Adio 47, Owen Dixon (og) 87,
Referee:- Neil Angus.                                   Official Attendance: 137
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5).               Programme: £1.00
Seven years since my last visit to River Road and in that time, the pitch has been moved through 90 degrees and, this evening, for the first time in their 155 year history, the hosts had floodlights switched on for an evening match. There was a good gathering of hoppers amongst the much higher than usual turnout (seven years ago, the attendance was 36). Unbeaten and riding high, the hosts eventually prevailed after Langford staged a comeback from their two goal half-time deficit. The final score was probably a fair reflection of the evening’s encounter! With John Main.
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Friday 7th October 2022
Southern Counties East Premier Division
Punjab United 1
Paul Vines 70,
Stansfield 1
Lee Friend 68,
Referee:- Kehinde Agboola.                              Attendance: 347
Admission: £8.00.                                              Programme: £2.00
The Steve Cook Stadium ( named after a former groundsman, who died aged only 58 in 2020), was heaving with hoppers this evening for the inaugural SCEL hop’s first match. It would have been difficult to tell which team sat proudly in third place and which team lay next to bottom of the league from the performance on the pitch. It could be argued that all the excitement was condensed into two minutes around the beginning of the last quarter of the game. Firstly, the visitors scored and within a minute, the hosts were level from a vicious Paul Vines volley! Thereafter, the hosts made most of the running, but a draw was probably a fair result. There were posters of Sidhu Moose Wala (1993-2022), The Indian Rapper, who was recently shot dead in Punjab. He was a famous rapper who had turned (unsuccessfully) to politics. Many of his lyrics were in a social context, but it was also said that his songs challenged religious establishments and promoted gun culture. It was said that after he lost the election, his bodyguards were withdrawn and he went out without his own two bodyguards.
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Saturday 8th October 2022
Southern Counties East League Division 1
Staplehurst Monarchs 1
John Osagie 73,
Rochester United 0
Referee:- David Lambert.                                        Attendance: 331
Admission: £8.00.                                                    Programme:- £2.00
Not far from Maidstone on a lovely and bright, sunny morning, these two teams contrived to bore a healthy audience with a plethora of back passes to the home goalkeeper (well over sixty in the match) and some pretty innocuous passing until, at last, the deadlock was broken by substitute, John Osagie, who had been on the pitch for less than seven minutes. It was the only bright moment in a very average match!
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Saturday 8th October 2022
Southern Counties East League Premier Division
Bearsted 2
Ollie Freeman 18, 58,
Fisher 1
Allí Adawumni 57,
Referee: Samuel Hall.                                   Attendance:- 229
Admission:- £8.00.                                       Programme: £2.00
The tiny village of Bearsted supports a team in Kent football’s premier division – maybe struggling a little, but nowhere near as badly as the visitors, who prop up the table. This was a fine match of flow and counter flow and the visitors were in no way overawed. The hosts enjoyed a single goal advantage at the interval, but this was cancelled out ten minutes after the re-start. A bare minute later, the hosts re-took the lead and despite some strong assaults by the visitors, held on for a narrow victory!
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Saturday 8th October 2022 k.o. 5.00pm
Southern Counties East League Division 1
Larkfield & New Hythe 2
Luke Burdon 13, Stuart West (c) 30,
Greenways 1
Oscar Saxton 48,
Referee:- Stephen Gorman.                           Attendance: 243
Admission: £5.00.                                          Programme: £2.00
Two teams in the higher echelons of mid-table, with the hosts in fifth place and the visitors in eighth, took part in a vigorous and at times petulant contest, not helped by a fussy official. Two first half strikes put the hosts firmly in the driving seat, but after the interval, the visitors pulled a goal back and nearly had a second following a defender’s exquisite header which needed an agile touch from the home keeper to put it over the bar. A beautiful red sunset accompanied the final moments of the match.
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Tuesday 11th October 2022
East Riding Senior Cup 1st Round
Beverley Town 1
Craig Muirhead 89,
Cherry Burton 0
Referee: Matthew Wright.                                   Attendance:- 227
Admission: £3.50.                                                Programme:- £1.50
Newcomers to the NCEL, Beverley Town have floodlights, a small 56 seater stand and standing down half of each side and behind one goal (a lot to do with sharing with the local cricket club!). There was a healthy turnout for this local derby, not least because, in a former incarnation, Cherry Burton were the academy team of Beverley Town! This was a match of pride, whigh neither side wanted to lose and it took a goal in the 89th minute to decide the contest, perhaps a little fortuitously, in favour of the hosts.
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Wednesday 12th October 2022
Midland League Division 1
Ingles 2
Ben Minshull 75, Josh warren 89,
Wednesfield 2
Kevin Nickles 6, Ashley Bellingham 84,
Referee: James Henderson.                            Attendance:- 115
Admission: OMGDS£3.00 (£5).                    Programme: £1.00
Having spent the last couple of seasons at Shepshed, Ingles have moved to Thringstone and made some improvements. Tarmac around three sides of the ground, sturdy fencing and seating in the stand, cover behind one goal and, tonight, was their first league match,at this venue, under floodlights. There was a goodly cheer of hoppers for this match, which was played on a pitch with plenty of bare patches. Neither side was setting the league alight and for much of this rumbustious tussle, the visitors held the upper hand. They led at the interval, regained the lead with a scant five minutes left, but the hosts scored with one minute of normal time remaining and we had to endure ten inexplicable minutes of added time.
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Saturday 15th October 2022
Isthmian League Division 1 South Central
Basingstoke Town 0
Northwood 1
Sydney Ibie 50 (pen)
Referee: Steve Hawkes.                                    Attendance: 470
Admission: OMGDS £7.00 (£10).                 Programme: £2.00
The last time I saw the hosts playing a home match, it was at lovely Camrose, “stolen”, by a heartless owner. In 2019, the club was forced to re-locate to the ground of Winchester City, as former Chairman Rafi Razzak attempted to sell The Camrose ground for development. It should be illegal to divide a football club from its home ground! Now they play at the featureless HQ of the Hampshire FA at Winklebury Park, a 3G cage with some redeeming points in a fine stand and very helpful stewards – plus free team sheets and a tour of the ground beforehand, because the train (and bus) got me there early! They moved to Winklebury Sports Complex in October 2020. Both these teams occupy top four spots in the division, but the hosts were defeated rather more easily than the score might suggest.
Vestigia Nulla Restrorsum – Never a backward step!
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Monday 17th October 2022
Birmingham County FA Midweek Floodlit Cup 1st Round
Chelmsley Town 1
Dudley Athletic 0
Referee: Julia Kings.                                               Attendance:- 51
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                         Programme: £1.00
On an increasingly chilly evening at Coleshill on the 3G surface, these two evenly matched sides officiated by a very competent female referee, slugged it out for almost the entire match and just as we were getting ready for penalties, right at the death, the hosts scored and took the tie, perhaps a little fortuitously. With John Main and Lee West.
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Julia Kings, tonight’s very efficient referee!
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Tuesday 18th October 2022
EFL Papa John Trophy Southern Group D
Stevenage 1
Tottenham Hotspur U21 0
Referee: Samuel Barrott.                                  Attendance:- 1,449 (140)
Admission: OMGDS £10.00 (£12).                Programme: NONE
Grandson, Freddie (12) is on half-term holiday and keen to increase his haul of League grounds visited (this was his 34th). Two sides of The Lamex were empty with 140 Spurs supporters occupying the area behind one goal. The bulk of the crowd filled the fourth side quite comfortably! I do NOT like seeing U21 sides in this tournament. It is obviously a premier League subterfuge for the benefit of their players and real spectators are ignored! Stevenage lead the table and Spurs bring up the rear. But they shouldn’t even be in it!
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Wednesday 19th October 2022
Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division
Glenfield United 3
Desford & Caterpillar 2
Referee: Martyn Jarvis.                                  Attendance: 34
Admission: F.O.C.                                           Programme: NONE
Not a lot to say about this 3G pitch inside a cage at South Charnwood School with viewing down one side only. The game was pretty ordinary, too, the only mystery being how the visitors contrived to lose the encounter having squandered so many gilt edged chances! On a very cold and blustery evening, there was a cheer of hoppers in attendance, swelling the meagre crowd. With John Main, Lee West and Jack Warner.
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Jack Warner, Lee West and John Main
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Thursday 20th October 2022
FA Premier League
Leicester City 2
Leeds United 0
Referee:- Peter Bankes.                                     Attendance: 30,814
Admission: £37.50.                                            Programme:- £3.50
First visit of the season to The King Power Stadium and, (67 matches in), my first visit to a premier league match this season! There were plenty of empty seats as Leicester started tentatively against their Yorkshire opponents. A Leeds own goal after 17 minutes helped to calm the nerves and a second ten minutes before the break put Leicester on top. The match ended with Leicester winning 2-0 despite having only one shot on target!
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ITALY

I did promise Freddie that I would take him to The San Siro for his birthday this year and so, early this morning (Saturday 22nd October), Freddie and his Dad, Mike, and I caught the Turin flight from Stansted. This was really the earliest we could go because Mike had been in school until late last night. We got there and took a bus down into the city of Turin (passing several “shanty towns” en route) and at Porto Nuova station, we caught the Milan train, travelling at speeds up to 300kph (190 mph), it took us barely an hour to get there and my sister Maggie was waiting for us when we arrived!. She quickly whisked us off for lunch at a restaurant called “The Fish’, where Freddie had a burger and Mike a steak and I had fish and mushrooms and potatoes boiled in oil. We met up with Luigi, Maggie’s partner and enjoyed the meal, but, for me, there was no alcohol, which Maggie found hard to understand. “Why don’t you just have the weekend off? Nobody would know!” Aaah ………. but I would! We saw The Duomo, which impressed Freddie and Mike and then caught the Metro on the red line to Lotto from Duomo and walked from there to The San Siro, which, we understand is being pulled down and replaced with a brand spanking new stadium in around five years …… what a waste!

Saturday 22nd October 2022
Serie A
AC Milan 4
Brahim Diaz 16, 40, Divock Origi 65, Rafael Leao 84,
AC Monza 1
Filippo Rannocchia 70,
Admission: €50.00.                          Programme : NONE
Referee:- Livio Marinelli                 Attendance:- 72,938
The San Siro was heaving with noise and flags for my 4th visit. Servio Berlusconi, the former Milan – and Italian – President, and now hoping to raise Monza from obscurity, was here with his team. The hosts, strangely, chose to play in Khaki – shirts, shorts and socks, with matching yellow additions to front and back. The match was a good one and, eventually, the hosts stuffed Monza, but it might have been very different if the visitors had taken a gift of a free header into an empty net midway through the opening period. Divock Origi, powerfully built and very quick, scored the third, the ex-Liverpool player lashing it into the top corner from the edge of the area. Good matvh but what happened to the smoke and the flares! With son Mike and grand son Freddie.
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Dad, Mike and son, Freddie outside The San Siro Stadium!
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Mike gets a beer from a passing seller … it cost him €10.00
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Grand dad, Ed, grand son, Freddie and son, Mike!
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The Rossonari lit their telephones at half time and an eerie light descended on the stadium!
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After the game, Mike and Freddie soaked in the last dregs of atmosphere.
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The Duomo, the cathedral of Milan.
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Freddie with great Aunt, Maggie and dad, Mike. Behind them, the block of flats with trees growing out of it!
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Atalanta, second in Serie A at the time of our visit, play in the beautiful medieval city of Bergamo, about an hour and a half by train from Milan. There is a funicular railway which transports people 85 metres up to the top of the town, which was heavily fortified, besieged and sacked during Medieval times, with France and Venice the main culprits! There is evidence on the lovely walk down from the top of the strength of the city defences. We dined in a cafe at the top. It was very busy all across the town and we were lucky to get a table. I have to say that Italian food does not agree with me. I don’t like the idea of melting cheese and then smearing it on the hard Italian bread (I am not a pizza man!). I don’t think either Mike or Freddie were too impressed, either. However, each morning, we had a superb breakfast of scrambled (or poached) egg on toast and coffee (or orange juice, in Freddie’s case!) at a cafe near where Maggie lived on Via Piero Calvi (2109, Milano). On the walk down from the top of the city, we could see the football ground!
Sunday 23rd October 2022
Italy Serie A
Atalanta BC 0
Luis Muriel s/o 90 (2 x yellow cards)
SS Lazio 2
Mattia Zaccagni 10, Felipe Anderson 52,
Referee: Rosario Abissa.                             Attendance: 18,988
Admission:- €35.00.                                   Programme: NONE
What a magnificent city Bergamo is! An hour by train from Milan, it has its own funicular railway for getting from bottom to top of the town, magnificent views all around – including of The Stadio Atleti Azurri d’Italia (now named, commercially, as The Gewiss Stadium). The ground may have been smaller than yesterday, but Atalanta, in second place in Serie A were hosting fourth placed, Lazio. Sadly for them, they were well beaten. The never got going and found themselves penned in their own half for long stretches. A goal in each half for the confident visitors sent their “ultras” home in raptures of delight. Lazio steal above them into third place and Atalanta drop to fourth after their first league defeat of the season. With son, Mike and grand son, Freddie.
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A view of the Atalanta Stadium on our way down from the top of the city.
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Son, Freddie and Dad, Mike.
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The funicular railway in Bergamo. It rises 85 metres and takes around three minutes to make the ascent.
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Initially, we were unimpressed with Cremona, for all that it is the home of the violin and some of the world’s greatest Stradivarii are housed there. The Museum was closed today and after a one and a half hour train journey from Milan, we did not find the city very prepossessing, until we wandered into the interior after a coffee at a wine bar where we met a woman from, believe it or not … Corby! Once in the centre of Cremona, there were piazzas and palazzos and a pretty impressive cathedral. After the match, the last train back to Milan was due to leave at 9.30pm, so we had roughly an hour to walk the mile and a bit back to the station … and then the train was late!
Monday 24th August 2022
Italy Serie A
Cremonese 0
Sampdoria 1
Omar Colley 78,
Referee: Fabio Maresca.                                       Attendance: 13,021
Admission: OMGDS €35.00 (€50).                  Programme: F.O.C.
Sadly the Museum of Violins was closed today, but the cathedral was open and a fine example of Renaissance murder was on display there! The tickets for the game were poor. They would have been described as restricted view in England (see below). Then, I was surrounded by fifty or sixty screaming primary school children who couldn’t sit still! Yet for all that, this game was a cracker. Both sets of supporters contributed with non-stop singing, flares, sonic booms and boisterous flag waving. Bottom placed Sampdoria swapped places with Cremonese with this victory and the hosts, for all their opportunities – including a penalty – went home empty handed in their first season back in the top flight this century. With son, Mike and grandson, Freddie.
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The impressive gateway to Cremonese’s stadium
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The cathedral of Cremona
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This murderous painting adorns one of the walls of the cathedral.
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Saturday 29th October 2022
Isthmian League South Eastern Division
Chatham Town 6
Emmanuel Oloyede 5, Dan Bradshaw 24, 62, Jack Evans 35, Daniel Thompson 73, Callum Peck 87,
Hythe Town 1
Jovan Caney-Bryan 48,
Referee:- Michael Scott.                                               Attendance: 717
Admission: OMGDS £6.00 (£10).                             Programme: £2.00
Lovely ground with substantial covered standing behind one goal, a seated stand down both sides … but on the far side, the seats were useless because you couldn’t see much of the game from them. Fine club house and free team sheets, but my heart sank when I saw that it was a 3G pitch! Tables and chairs at pitch side for your drinks and eats during the match! With this thumping victory, the hosts claimed top spot in the league and on this display it will be hard to dislodge them. Three goals in each half and there should have been more. The visitors were comprehensively dismantled!
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Sunday 30th October 2022
On a dull, overcast morning in East Carlton, the hall dominates the skyline – originally built in 1778 and modified to a French chateau design some 90 years later – it is now uninhabited, but surrounded by the luscious colours of Autumn. Out of the grounds, a village pump with evidence of Hallowe’en in the background and, higher up, a very modern detached residence looks out across the Welland Valley. Through narrow trails and sheep filled fields and a long downward stretch to the C13 Cottingham Parish church of St Mary Magdalene. Even higher, the tiny building that Charlotte always envied as a painter’s loft! Alpacas at rest and still further, is The Wesleyan (Methodist) Chapel, built in 1878 to host 200 worshippers and now mostly derelict. A yellow bench adorns the wall of the stables in Middleton and an interesting example of a sheep upon entering the park once more, on the leaf carpeted path with fruit bushes lining the route. The cows – and the reindeer – looked to be settling in for wet weather as the circuit is completed back in the park. No stiles and 3.48 miles.
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Monday 31st October 2022
“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
Close bosom friend of the maturing sun,
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
The fruit that round the thatch-eves run.”
John Keats had a way with words and his opening lines reflect this morning’s amble. Perhaps, had he been born two hundred years later, he might have commented further on the lead up to Remembrance Sunday as part of his ode. The solitary street lamp at the top of Station Road, the curtain of poppies at The War Memorial, the individually knitted poppies adorning street rails, the bough of poppies at the church gate ….. all lain in remembrance of thousands whose lives were lost on our behalf. Onwards down Church Gap, over the railway line, through the hidden bridge, by the sluggish River Welland, underneath the old railway line and bypassing Thorpe-by-Water to Lyddington, with the stubby spire of St Andrews Church, a horse gently nuzzles the grass in the farmyard, whilst much further on across the fields, a group of frisky cows took an unwanted interest, before reaching Caldecott and the church of St John the Evangelist, where the proud mushroom grows in the graveyard and the proud fallen are commemorated in the church (though not an officer in sight!). Across more fields, where only a mound now remains of the former Rugby to Peterborough railway and scum covers the overflow stream from the River Welland. At Gretton Weir, the water level is low. At the bottom of Station Road, another poppy reminds the traveller whilst posters in windows announce the events of Remembrance Sunday itself. Keats, I feel, would have had something to say! Nine stiles and 9.04 miles.
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The War Memorial in Gretton
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St James’ Church, Gretton.
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The hidden bridge and (right) The River Welland
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Thorpe-by-Water from The Lyddington Road.
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Lyddington (St Andrew’s Church in background).
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                   The frisky cows at the end of the fields on the way to Caldecott.
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           The Parish Church of St John The Evangelist in Caldecott.
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Other Matches

Monday 10th October 2022

FA U-21 Premier League 2 Division 1

Leicester City u21 0 Fulham u21 7                              attendance: 260

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Monday 31st October 2022

Midland League Division 1

Hinckley AFC 1 Shawbury United 2                         attendance: 138

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September 2022

I won’t be watching

the World Cup this year, Because,

Well it’s obvious ~

Qatar 2022

Haiku by Paul H Tubb

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Saturday 3rd September 2022
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Eastbourne Town 0
Hanwell Town 2
Matthew MacKenzie 69, Kain Adam 90+2,
Referee:- Chris Wilks.                                  Attendance: 284
Admission: OMGDS £4.00 (£7)               Programne: £1.50
On a lovely sunny afternoon and in the shadow of Eastbourne College, these two teams, who had never met before, battled out a tense cup-tie. The visitors, some two steps higher in the pyramid had most of the play. The hosts defended, doggedly. It wasn’t until seventy minutes had passed that the deadlock was broken and the, deep into added time, the visitors added a second! With Phil Evans.
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Tuesday 6th September 2022
Cherry Red Records premier Challenge Cup
1st Round
Penn & Tyler’s Green 0
Gary Lines s/o 37, serious foul play
Spartans Youth 1
Kyran Kellman-Fisher  28 (pen),
Referee: Anjah Merza.                                                Attendance:- 44
Admission: OMGDS £3.50 (£7).                             Programme: on line
Well hidden in deepest Buckinghamshire, the ground is Spartan, with only one small covered area, but a beautifully manicured pitch and a very modern club house. This was a bruising encounter with no quarter asked or given. One sending off and four bookings in a game where the referee just about kept control. The only goal came just before the half hour mark … from the penalty spot!
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Wednesday 7th September 2022
Northern Premier League Division 1 Midlands
Corby Town 4
Daniel Collins 35, Hilton Arthur 67, 83, Curtis Burrows 76,
Yaxley 1
Ethan Johnston 59
Referee: Ian Jackson.                                        Attendance: 480
Admission: OMGDS £6.00 (£10).                 Programme: £2.00
Corby Town under new management are unbeaten this season in the league. Yaxley have yet to find a win in their first six games, five of which have been lost! Tonight, the visitors matched their opponents for over an hour, equalising the hosts first half strike in the 59th minute. Three more goals for Corby in the final twenty minutes, were, perhaps, a little flattering!
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Tuesday 13th September 2022
South West Peninsular League Premier Division West
Launceston 3
Ben Harrison  29, Mark Elvridge 67, Tom Bullock 87,
Bodmin Town 3
Levi Landricembe 2, 59, 72,
Referee: Aiden Madden.                                                  Attendance: 44
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                                  Programme: F.O.C.
Hidden away in the middle of an industrial estate and overshadowed by a huge wind turbine, Pennygillam Way, home of Launceston,is not immediately prepossessing. There is cover on one side, with about 200 seats and a huge club house and refreshment kiosk and the officials were more than friendly and helpful. The game was a cracker. The hosts gleaned only their second point of the season (in their ninth league game), but they fell behind three times to the more impressive visitors and it took a goal three minutes from time to garner a point!
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Wednesday 14th September 2022
South West Peninsular League Premier Division East
Torrington 0
Oakhampton Argyle 2
Luke Mortimore 80, 85,
Referee:- Liam Chick.                                             Official Attendance: 78
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                         Programme: NONE
Torrington’s ground has a fine stand down one side, but also, al fresco seating on the opposite side. There was no programme, but team sheets were freely available at the bar … sadly, no numbers were attached! The parish church of St Michael and All the Angels overshadows the ground. In 1645 following an English Civil War Roundhead victory, the captured prisoners were locked in the church. Sadly, the Royalists had left 80 barrels of gunpowder in the church, which exploded, damaging church and killing prisoners. Tonight, the fourth placed visitors eventually secured the victory against fourth from bottom hosts, who were using their new changing rooms for the first time. It was a tough tussle. The hosts fought well, but two goals in the last ten minutes won the match for Argyle.
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This was the team sheet for the match, but the players on the team sheet had no numbers!
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The Church of St Michael & All the Angels, blown up in the English Civil War in 1645.
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Note the ‘al fresco’ seating in this picture on the far side of the pitch!
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The new changing rooms … but only for the home team!
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Saturday 17th September 2022
FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
Gosport Borough 1
Dan Wooden 82, 
Paulton Rovers 1
Will Harvey 90+1,
Referee: Iain Parsons.                                          Official Attendance: 419
Admission: OMGDS £5.00 (£10).                     Programme: £2.00
Down in deepest Hampshire, high flying Gosport were expected to defeat opponents from a division below them at their well appointed stadium. Seating along each side of the ground and a fine club house and refreshments with team sheets available and football wall to wall in the bar! The match was feisty and entertaining, but goals were at a premium. The hosts scored first, eight minutes from time, but plucky Paulton equalised, direct from a corner, in the second minute of added time at the end! In the replay, the following Tuesday, Paulton Rovers triumphed by 2-1.
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Tuesday 20th September
Kershaws Cambridgeshire County League Division 4A
FC Kennett 4
Will Earl 23, Connor Adams 60, Robert Haydon 51, 65, 
Sawston United Reserves 2
Edward Carter 68 (own goal), Vito D’Ambrosia 83,
Referee: Paul Norman.                                 Attendance: 36
Admission : F.O.C.                                       Programme: NONE
FC Kennett, mainly teenagers with a couple of older players, are enjoying their first season in the league – and their first win this season – They play at The Sporting Pavilion on Station Road in Kennett, and the ground, little more than a field with very worn patches, is floodlit. There was a cheering of seasoned hoppers in attendance, Martin Hayden, Peter Miles, Lee West, Laurence Reade and John Main, to name but a few. The game was a good one and Kennett deserved their first success!
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Notice how worn the pitch is!
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Not the easiest team sheet to read!
Fortunately I had downloaded the team squads from “Full Time The FA”
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Wednesday 21st September 2022
Spartan South Midlands League Division 1
Rugby Borough 7
Ethan Flaig 6, Asam Shaw 19, Dale Linton 38, Gez McGahey 42, 83,Ash Piper 60, Ryan Palmer 79,
Wellingborough Whitworth 1
Remy Brittain 55,
Referee:- Angus Neil                                          Attendance:- 95
Admission: £5.00.                                             Programme: £1.00
These two teams are new to the Spartan South Midlands League, having transferred from The United Counties League (Wellingborough Whitworth) and been promoted from The Leicestershire Senior League (Rugby Borough). The ground is 3G but there have been quite a few improvements made – new seated stand, access along the far side of the pitch, to mention but two!. Both teams are languishing, but it was the hosts who looked more likely to rise up the table as they thrashed Whitworth. Four unanswered strikes before the break and three more in the second period in a scintillating Borough performance with a solitary reply in the 55th minute. With John Main.
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This magnificent photograph is the centre piece of a display at the entrance to the club house.
Behind the cups is the club house area, and the second pitch, right at the top is considered a different arena by Futbulog!
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Saturday 24th September 2022
Witney & District League Division 2 k.o.: 11.00am
Brize Norton 0 
Cassington Rangers 1
Jason Blackman 3,
Referee: Callum Jordan.                                      Attendance:- 168
Admission: £4.00.                                               Programme: included
A fine Indian Sumner’s morning, and the volunteers were out in force for the groundhoppers’ visit to Brize Norton. Breakfast baps of all shapes and sizes, ice creams and sumptuous slices of a wide variety of cake. Would that I could wax so lyrically about the match, but no, it was settled in the away team’s favour after a 4th minute penalty award. Having said that, a free kick was awarded to the home side in the 93rd minute for an offence clearly committed inside the penalty area! John was driving today and we missed the rest of the ‘hop’ games and travelled to ……
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Saturday 24th September 2022
Isuzu FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round k.o.: 3.00pm
Hartpury University 0
Clanfield 85 FC 0
Hartpury won 4-2 on penalties
Referee: Liam Brace.                                       Attendance: 86
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                 Programme: on line
A newish (2017) university, specialising in agricultural and equine studies, but also with a very good sporting record, Hartpury, near Gloucester, play in The Hellenic League Division 1, as do today’s opponents. The ground is a railed off pitch with floodlights and standing cover for about 50 spectators. The contest was moribund from the first minute, chances were few as both defences dominated, but at the end it was the hosts who took the penalty shoot-out decisively. No programme (on line), but free team sheets. With John Main.
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A solitary John Main at half-time by the only covered portion of the ground!
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Monday 26th September 2022
Pitching-in Southern League Premier Division Central
Hitchin Town 1
St Ives Town 1
Referee:- T. Whay.                                               Attendance: 303
Admission: OMGDS £8.00 (£13).                   Programme: £2.00
Team sheet: £0.20
I love the timelessness of Top Field, even though the old wooden terracing has recently disappeared, the ground has lost none of its charm. It really is a lovely setting for a game of football! Tonight, both teams had enjoyed mixed fortunes at the beginning of the season, with the visitors the better placed in the table. Two first half strikes were the only bright spots in an otherwise fairly tepid encounter, and a draw was the fairest outcome.
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Tuesday 26th September 2022
United Counties League Premier Division South
Lutterworth Town 2
Long Buckby 1
Referee: Aaron Lloyd.                                                Attendance: 66
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5).                            Programme:,£2.00
It was cold this evening and for the first time this season, I was glad of my coat! Struggling Lutterworth Town with only one win this season, battled hard for this victory against another lower echelon side. They were ahead at half-time, pegged back with twenty minutes remaining, lost their goalkeeping captain to injury and still managed a deserved late winne. With John Main.
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Thursday 29th September 2022
FA Women’s Super League
Everton 1
Kirsty Levell (og) 90+3,
Leicester City 0
Referee: Cheryl Foster.                        Attendance: 1,900
Admission: OMGDS £4.00 (£8).      Programme: F.O.C.
Teamsheet: F.O.C.
Walton Hall Park, the headquarters of The Liverpool County FA, has been used by Everton Women for the last two seasons, since their first match there in February 2020. This evening, despite the early (6.30pm) kick-off, there was a good crowd to welcome the teams. Everton were the better of two poor teams in the first half, and, indeed, continued their dominance after the break. The visitors, however, stuck to their task with gritty determination and it took an own goal in the third,and final, minute of added time at the end of the match, to, finally, clinch victory for the hosts and thoroughly dampen Leicester’s spirited and determined rearguard action!

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Friday 2nd September 2022

FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round

Aylestone Park U18 1 St Andrews U18 1

St Andrews won 4-3 on penalties.             Attendance: 352

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Thursday 22nd September 2022

U21 Premier League 2 League Cup Group Stage

Peterborough United 2 Blackburn Rovers 3            attendance: 102

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August 2022

Ode to Everton

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When at Thy call my weary feet I turn
The gates of paradise are opened wide
At Goodison I know a man can learn
Rapture more rich than Anfield can provide.
In Coulter’s skill and Geldard’s subtle speed
I see displayed in all its matchless bounty
The power of which the heavens decreed
The fall of Sunderland and Derby County.
The hands of Sagar, Dixie’s priceless head
Made smooth the path to Wembley till that day
When Bolton came. Now hopes are fled
And all is sunk in bottomless dismay.
And so I watch with heart and temper cool
God’s lesser breed of men at Liverpool.

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Michael Foot (1913-2010), himself a famous Plymouth Argyle fan, sent this poem into The Liverpool Daily Post in January 1935 following an FA Cup tie he witnessed at Goodison Park, where Everton, the hosts, defeated Sunderland 6-4 after extra time. It was said to be one of the greatest  games ever staged at Goodison Park, and Michael Foot  – lucky enough to have been there – called his poem “Ode to Everton” (Courtesy of “The Guardian”).

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Trent Bridge 2nd August 2022
Brilliant day’s cricket in The Royal London One Day Cup, where Nottinghamshire Outlaws defeated Sussex Sharks by 65 runs, with sons, Jim, Mike and Liam and grandsons, Freddie, Sonny and Kingsley, and, the icing on the cake, was a chance meeting with …. Joe Root. Great day Out.
Nottinghamshire Outlaws (won toss) 290 for 6 (50 overs) defeated Sussex Sharks 217 all out (43 overs) by 73 runs
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Grandsons, Sonny and Kingsley with Joe Root, former England Cricket Captain.
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Grandson, Freddie, with Joe Root. 
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Wednesday 3rd August 2022
Pre-Season Friendly
Milton 2
Tom Blake 10, Ethan Collett 24,
Cottenham 1
Jack Leeks 70,
Referee: Richard May.                                 Attendance:- 47
Admission: F.O.C.                                        Programme:- NONE
A pleasant evening in Cambridgeshire, a flaxen coloured pitch, hard as concrete, the home team looked the better side, but could have been undone at the end! With John Main, Peter Miles and Brian Buck.
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Friday 5th August 2022
EFL Championship
Birmingham City 2
Scott Hogan 5, Przemyslaw Placheta 45,
Huddersfield Town 1
Danny Ward 61,
Referee: Gavin Ward.                                     Attendance: 17,065
Admission: OMGDS £10.00 (£15)               programme: NONE
A rare visit (and a first in seven years) to St Andrews Stadium for a meeting between the hosts and Yorkshire rivals, Huddersfield Town. Much of the stadium – the lower tier on three sides – was out of commission and the arena looked in need of a healthy dose of improvement. Birmingham bossed the opening period and deserved their two goal interval advantage, but they had to dig deep to hold out against a spirited second half riposte from the visitors.
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The lower tier of accommodation out of use!
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Saturday 6th August 2022
Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Abbey Hey 0
Congleton Town 4
Daniel Needham 21, 45+2, Darren Chadwick 49, Thomas Pope 57, Paul Taylor s/o 40,
Referee: Daniel Sims.                                Official Attendance: 131
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£6).            Programme: £2.00
A first visit to The Abbey Stadium in East Manchester, a neat arena with cover and minimal seating and an upstairs bar and downstairs refreshments (tea/coffee and cheese and ham rolls). Today, the visitors were Congleton Town, a division higher and the gulf in class showed. The visitors went into the interval with a one goal lead and one man short, the player having been dismissed for violent conduct. It made no difference, the ten men struck three more times in the second period for an emphatic victory. With John Main and Chris Berezai.
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Sunday 7th August 2022
East Midlands Women’s Cricket League
Division 2 South (at Houghton & Thurnby)
Houghton & Thurnby (won toss) 283 for 1 (40 overs)
defeated
Bowden 56 all out (15.3 overs) by 227 runs.
Umpires: Simon Clark & Eddie McGeown
This was a battle of the basement teams and the hosts made the most of it, posting a challenging total with Elizabeth Page notching an unbeaten century (102no). She then proceeded to demolish the visitors batting, taking five wickets and playing a hugely influential part in her team’s emphatic victory!
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Tuesday 9th August 2022
United Counties League Division 1
Aylestone Park 3
Matt Langham 26 (pen), Louis Samuels 30, 53,
Saffron Dynamo 0
Referee: Matthew Basterfield.                              Attendance: 180
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£6).                         Programme: incl.
Aylestone continued their impressive start to the season with a regulation victory over their mid-table rivals, and this, despite the dismissal of defender, Justin Peace, just after half-time! Good to see Rose Askham and her daughter Kate and grand daughter, Nova. With John Main and Jack Warner.
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Saturday 14th August 2022
Eastern Counties League Division 1 North.
Heachem 3
Nathan Davies 24, 49, 59, 
Great Yarmouth Town 1
George Couzens 81,
Referee: Andy Wilson.                            attendance: 141
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£6).         Programme: £2.00
A strong Heacham team started their home campaign with the visit of once mighty Great Yarmouth Town. The ground is a work in progress, but lacks floodlights and any seating of note. On the pitch, the newcomers easily dominated the match with a hat trick from Nathan Davies, seeing off The Bloaters, whose only response came from an 81st minute George Couzens strike. With John Main and Cliff and Margaret.
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John Main, trying out the Heacham dug-outs!
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Sunday 14th August 2022
Rutland League Division 2. (at Market Deeping)
Werrington (won toss) 322 all out (45 overs)
defeated
Market Deeping 181 all out (34.3 overs)
by 141 runs
Umpires: Pete Burrell & Eddie McGeown
On a boiling hot day in Lincolnshire with a flaxen playing surface, this top of the table clash saw a decisive victory for second placed Werrington over table topping Market Derping. The visitors won the toss and smote their way to a formidable total which included a last wicket stand of 62. The hosts were never in the hunt, losing wickets regularly, and fell far short of the required target!
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Monday 15th August 2022
Northern Premier League Division 1 Midlands
Coleshill Town 2
Liam Molesworth 45, Kai Tonge 49,
Gresley Rovers 0
Referee:- Richard Walker.                                  Attendance: 206
Admission: OMGDS £8.00 (£10).                    Programme: £2.00
A plastic pitch, an early season match, that got better as the game wore on, and the hosts came out comfortably on top after two defeats to their opponents in their last two encounters. With John Main.
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Tuesday 16th August 2022
Midland League Division 1
Droitwich Spa 3
Connor Collins24, 70, Haydn Morris 88,
Cradley Town 1
Jake Crackett 19,
Referee: Alex Shaw.                                   Attendance:- 510
Admission: OMGDS £3.00 (£5).            Programme: £1.00
Nobody in the large shirt-sleeved crowd, who had come to welcome back their home team after a four year absence, could have expected the monsoon conditions which dominated much of this match. Unrelenting, heavy precipitation from early in the first period right through until the final whistle and after, made for difficult conditions for players – and spectators, for whom there was very little cover! The hosts fell behind, but equalised by the interval and dominated proceedings in the second period, with Haydn Morris rounding off the scoring in the 88th minute.
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Saturday 20th August 2022
Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counries League premier Division
Harleston Town 1
Nathan Stone 13,
Ely City 1
Jordan Foster 59,
Referee: James Ludlam.                                      Attendance: 107
Admission: £5.00.                                                Programme: £1.00
On a warm sunny afternoon in Norfolk, the hosts, who had opened the season with four victories (three away from home), lost their 100% record in a tense dual with mid-table Ely City, who came from a half time deficit to garner a well deserved draw and, maybe should have taken all three points. Heather Hughson, an artist from British Colombia was at the match. Her father, Ken Dean, played for Harleston Town in the 1960s, but then emigrated to Canada with his family. This was Heather’s first visit to Harleston in almost sixty years!
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