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July 2024

Vitai Lampada

There’s a breathless hush in the Close tonight –

Ten to make and the match to win –

A bumping pitch and a blinding light,

An hour to play and the last man in.

And it’s not for the sake of a ribboned coat,

Or the selfish hope of a season’s fame,

But his captain’s hand on his shoulder smote

“Play up! play up! and play the game!”

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Sir Henry Newbolt (1862 – 1938)

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Tuesday 2nd July 2024
Pre-Season Friendly
Appleby Frodingham 0
Lincoln United 4
Henry Moore 14, Jack McMenemy 26, 28, Grimes 77,
Referee: James Day.                                      Attendance: 92
Admission: £5.00.                                         Programme: NONE
The hosts play on the football facility of the old British Steel sports complex. Overlooking the ground is a huge social area with snooker and pool tables, two large bars and a ballroom dancing area. The ground, itself, was very basic. Accessible on three sides and with a small stand for perhaps fifty souls. Lincoln United, as befits last season’s runners up in the UCL North division, were stratospheres higher than the hosts, who have just won back their place in the NCEFL after a ten year sojourn in The Lincolnshire League. Three first half goals proved the point, but only one second half strike due to a much better home performance and some woeful misses from the visitors!
With John Main and Stuart Long.
Although there were no programmes for this match, the hosts said that they do intend to issue for all home league games.
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Tony Morehead commented: “I worked at Appleby Frodingham from late ’68 till April ’74. The complex was a hive of activity culminating each summer in the famous show. Funfairs, entertainments of all colour and hue. Even the  Red Arrows putting in an appearance”.
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Sunday 7th July 2024
East Midlands Women’s Cricket League Division 1
Kirkby Portland Women 96 all out (39.5 overs)
lost to
Kibworth Women 98 for 4 (36.4 overs)
by 6 wickets
Umpires: Keith Timpson & Eddie McGeown
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The rare sight of a cricket tea at Kibworth CC!
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Monday 8th July 2024
Ashbourne Summer League
Bramshall 2
Joe Lobosco 40, Josh Ellis 42,
Vaults 3
Freddie Murphy 57, 81, Jake Edge-Lucas 76,
Referee: William Maskery.                                  Attendance: 15
Admission: F.O.C.                                                Programme: NONE
I found the ground, eventually, on the outskirts of Uttoxeter. Little more than a field with a wooden hut for changing rooms – oh, yes, and a stand with seating for about five spectators behind one goal! The playing surface was surprisingly good and well maintained, and the match was a good one, as these two teams – second and third in the league battled it out. The hosts held a two goal interval advantage, but the visitors took the victory and the points with three unanswered strikes in the second half. A smattering of hoppers in attendance, including Martin Hayden and Bob Lillyman.
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The changing “hut” at Bramshall
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The main stand with seats for maybe half a dozen (thin) spectators.
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Tuesday 9th July 2024
Pre-Season Friendly
Opening match at the NEW Ground
Shawbury United 1
Ollie Wispen 45+1
AFC Wulfrunians 5
Ryan Bright 1, 45+2, Freddie Cockerell 54, 74, Jake Webb 88,
Referee: Scott Davies.                                              Attendance: 56
Admission: F.O.C.                                                    Programme: NONE
The first match at Carradine Road, the new home of Shawbury Town, perennial groundsharers, they have finally, after a twenty year journey, reached a home of their own inside the town. There was a very friendly reception, but no alcohol, this evening, as they have yet to arrange a licence. The lady behind the bar told me that when the project for the ground commenced, her children were toddlers and that they are now in their twenties! There is also the possibility that the pitch at the new ground will be replaced with a state of the art artificial surface in the future. So, there is still much to be achieved, but there are two fifty seater stands, a substantial metal rail and hardstanding around the pitch, a large bar and refreshment area and floodlights. Their opponents this evening were from a step higher in the pyramid and it showed. Ryan Bright scored the first goal at the new arena in the first minute and scored again in the final minute before the interval. Three further second half strikes completed a comprehensive victory. With John Main and Graeme Holmes.
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Wednesday 10th July 2024
Northants Women’s Midweek Cricket League (@Irthlingborough)
Finedon Dolben Women 102 for 6 (20 overs)
defeated
Irthlingborough Women (won toss) 96 all out (17.1 overs)
by 6 runs
Umpire: Eddie McGeown
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Saturday 13th July 2024
Heritage Cup
Cray Wanderers 0
Sheffield 4
Alfie Smith 45, Jack Watson 54, 62, Luke Aldrich 58,
Referee: Jack Smith.                                                    Official Attendance: 466
Admission: OMGDS: £5.00 (£10).                           Programme: £2.00
This was a match between the two oldest clubs in England, and, also, marked the opening of Cray Wanderers new home at Flamingo Park. The new stadium is an impressive work in progress. A 3G surface with hard standing all round and a three hundred seater stand down one side and an older club house with ample bar and catering facilities. It was a pre-season friendly and not too much credit should be put to the score line as Northern Premier League Sheffield overcame their Isthmian League rivals mainly because they were more clinical in their finishing. The hosts hit the woodwork at least three times, but were unable to score. With John Main and a fair smattering of hoppers!
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The Heritage Cup
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Matchday Programme – £2.00 
Programmes will be issued for all home matches this season, but it is likely that the price will rise to £3.00
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Cricket U-13 National T20 Cup Competition (@Burton Latimer)
Regional Final
Horton House U13 (won toss) 126 for 3 (20 overs)
defeated
Little Shelford U13 100 for 7 (20 overs)
by 26 runs
Umpires: Keith Timpson & Eddie McGeown
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