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✔597 Nunthorpe & Marton Recreation Ground

Nunthorpe Athletic 1-4 Guisborough United
North Riding Football League Premier Division
Saturday 24th February 2018
 Nunthorpe is a suburb of  Middlesbrough, historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire. (population nearly 5,000) Its origins can be traced back to before the Domesday Book of 1086. The village was named “Thorpe”, or “Torp” described as a thriving settlement, consisting of an estimated 1,080 acres of land. Towards the end of the 12th century a group of Cistercians nuns, allegedly evicted from nearby Hutton Lowcross for rowdy behaviour (naughty nuns!!!), were relocated to Thorpe, given land which belonged to Whitby Abbey, where they built a priory and a mill. The nuns only stayed at Thorpe a few years, but their short stay resulted in Thorpe being renamed Nunthorpe.

Nunthorpe Athletic formed in 1970 and joined the Teesside League. The club also played in the early stages of the FA Vase between 1979 and 1986.
Teesside League winners in 1989-90
MacMillan Bowl winners 5 times in 1974, 1984, 1990, 1999 and 2009.

As well as the senior team in the North Riding Premier Division, the club has junior teams at all age levels and a girls team playing at the Rec. The County FA awarded Nunthorpe Athletic Junior FC the prestigious FA Charter Standard Community award for grassroots football in 2011.
Nunthorpe & Marton Recreation Club
Guisborough Road,

North Riding Premier Division grounds 5/13

A leisurely 42 mile drive down the A19 and A174, arriving as the players were just emerging from the changing rooms for kick off.
Nunthorpe Athletic utilise 5 pitches at their ground on Guisborough Road, with the senior team using the central pitch adjacent to the tennis courts. The car park, social club and pavilion are at the entrance with the pitches at the side in view of the Cleveland Hills.

Nunthorpe Athletic(13th) v Guisborough Town(11th)
North Riding Premier Division Matchday 14-16
2pm ko
Nunthorpe stay anchored at the foot of the Premier Division table after a home defeat to Guisborough United. The visitors took the lead on 13 minutes when Lewis Minter poked home from a right wing corner, before doubling their advantage through Paul Roddam twelve minutes later. Nunthorpe got themselves back in the game from the restart with a fine chip over the ‘keeper from Scott Wood, but the comeback was denied when Liam Fox made it 3-1 on 52 minutes.
The hosts were awarded a penalty with fifteen minutes remaining after a clear handball in the box, but Tom Atkinson was denied by Sowerby in the United goal who pushed the ball onto the crossbar before it was scrambled away to safety.
With just over ten minutes remaining Guisborough wrapped up the points with the goal of the game, as Morgan Corner curled a fine effort from 20 yards into the far corner of the net to make it 4-1.

Matchday Stats
NAFC 1(Webb 46)
GTFC 4(Minter 13 Roddam 25 Fox 52 Corner 77)
Entertainment 7/10
Top Bloke - Morgan Corner(Guisborough United)

✓596 Mill Farm

AFC Fylde 0-1 Leyton Orient
National League 
Saturday 17th February 2018
 I visited AFC Fylde in March 2016 during the club’s final season at Kellamergh Park. The Coasters finished third in National League North in 2015-16, losing out to North Ferriby United in the play-off final, however the ambitious club took a step nearer the Football League by comfortably winning the league title last season.
You can read about my visit to their old ground, including a potted history of the club here.
Mill Farm

The ground is dominated by the 2,000 capacity main stand, which has seating at the front of a large corporate area. The stand has the club name on its facade with a wall clock in the middle (which by my reckoning was 3 minutes slow) with the team dugouts within the seats. There is covered terracing opposite with runs pitch length, with further cover behind one of the goals which is giving up to away supporters. At the turnstile entrance there is open hard standing behind the goal.

Capacity 6,000
Record attendance 3,858 v Chorley National League North, 26th 2016.  December 2016
National League grounds visited 23/24
AFC Fylde(7th) v Leyton Orient(17th)
National League matchday 34-33
Kick off : 3pm

The Coasters have jumped into the play-off picture after a fabulous run of form, picking up 23 points over the last 10 games in the National League. On the other hand Orient are struggling just above the relegation zone, so a much needed three points for the O’s, courtesy of a Macauley Bonne penalty just before the break. Bonne netted the spot-kick winner after Dan Holman was fouled in the box by Simon Grand.
Danny Rowe and Henry Jones went close for Fylde in the second half but the visitors defended well and deserved their win to ease their relegation fears.

Matchday Stats
LOFC 1(Bonne 42pen)
Entertainment 6/10
Top Bloke - James Brophy (Leyton Orient)

Admission £13 (standing)
Programme:sold out by 2.15 (good job I'm not a sad paper chaser)
Pin badge £3
Coffee £1.50 (yuck!)
I had this fixture picked out earlier in the season. I usually tick off the Non-League elite grounds as a Gateshead supporter, but I missed out on the Heed’s visit in October as I was away in Krakow at the time. The breadknife and I originally intended to stay in Blackpool for the night, but I decided to switch to Preston instead, as it’s closer to Wesham with plenty of decent boozers to explore for one of our mega pub crawls.
We arrived at Preston station at 11.15am, ticked off a few pubs before checking into our digs for the night. I caught the 1407 train for the short journey to Kirkham & Wesham and back in good time for our night out. We managed to have a drink in 15 pubs, including 6 GBG pubs, 2 ‘Spoons and plenty of good boozers in between, so overall an ace weekend.

Picture courtesy of John McClure

✔595 The Harold Wilson Centre

Thornaby Dubliners 2-1 St Mary's 1947
Lou Moore Trophy 
Saturday 3rd February 2018
Thornaby-on-Tees is a royal charter town and civil parish, 4 miles southwest of Middlesbrough and historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire(population almost 25,000)
The town name came into existence about 800 AD when the land was given by Halfdene - King of the Danes, to Thormod, one of his noblemen, therefore "Thormods-by" – Thormod's farmstead.
Birthplace of Grace Pace (mother of Captain James Cook) actor Richard Griffiths,  award winning author Pat Barker and the former home of RAF Thornaby (1925-1958)
The former Royal Air Force Station operated Fighter Command, Bomber Command and Coastal Command, but its stint under Coastal Command is what the base was notable for, particularly in the air-sea rescue environment and the development of the Thornaby Bag. This was an emergency bag dropped to downed aircrew at sea and contained food, cigarettes and drink.
Thornaby Dubliners FC formed in 2006 out of the Dubliners pub in the north end of the town. Their best performance in the Teesside League came in 2012-13 season, finishing runners-up to Acklam Steelworks, missing out of the league title on goal difference.
I set off down the A19 in the driving rain just before 1pm. From the motorway its a quick drive along the A174, which brings you to the south end of Thornaby where the football ground is, so I arrived a good quarter of an hour before kick off.
The Dubliners are based at the Harold Wilson Recreation Centre, which has three football pitches one of which is fully railed, with a changing room block at one side and plenty of car park space behind the goal.
Thornaby Dubliners v St Mary’s 1947
Lou Moore Trophy Quarter-Final

2pm ko
Weather:light rain
The Dubliners got off to a dream start, gaining possession from the kick-off, they broke down the left flank and the cross found Gaz Mitchell, who slotted home with just 28 seconds gone.
After a nervy start the visitors finally settled and equalised on 2o minutes when the ball broke free in the box for Chris Norlund to fire in with his right foot.
St Mary’s shaded the second half on chances created and they looked to have won the tie when they were awarded a penalty with twenty minutes remaining. When clear through on goal the no.7 was brought down by the ‘keeper, although the home team reckoned that the player actually slipped on the clarty pitch and wasn’t fouled at all. The resulting spot kick was saved by Pat Pisani, who celebrated with a volley of verbal abuse towards his opponents.
The match looked to be heading towards penalties, but with just five minutes left the Dubliners clinched it, when a ball from the left was fired in by close range Jake Maughan to book their place in the semi-finals of the Lou Moore trophy.  

Matchday Stats
TDFC 2(Mitchell 1 Maughan 85) scorers TBC
StM1947 1(Norlund 20)
Entertainment 7/10
Top Bloke - Patrick Pisani(Thornaby Dubliners)

✔594 Conyers School

Yarm & Eaglescliffe 1-1 Redcar Town
North Riding Football League Premier Division
Saturday 27th January 2018

Yarm and Eaglescliffe are small towns in North Yorkshire on the banks of the River Tees. Yarm is on the south bank, the name deriving from the Old English  - gearum or yair - which translates as a 'pool for catching fish'. Yarm was first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, originally a chapelry in the Kirklevington parish and historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire.

The name of Eaglescliffe is believed to be derived from a misspelling of the name of the nearby village of Egglescliffe, the common myth being that in the Victorian times, the sign for the new railway station turned up incorrect after the signwriter thought that Egglescliffe was a mistake and altered it. The stone bridge which divided the two towns, marked the furthest reach of tidal flow up the River Tees until the opening of the Tees Barrage in 1995, which now regulates river flow above Stockton. As the last bridge on the river before the sea, it was succeeded by a new toll bridge opened in Stockton in 1771. The oldest part of Yarm is situated in a loop of the river, and the newer parts of the town extend to the point where the River Leven meets the River Tees.

Yarm & Eaglescliffe FC are based at Conyers School on Green Lane. It was founded in 1594 as 'the Free Grammar School' by Thomas Conyers, then following the change to comprehensive education, it was renamed to reflect its founder. Matches are played on the 4G pitch in the school grounds, which is fully caged, with dugouts and spectator area on one side.

The club joined the newly formed North Riding League for this, its debut season, and after a terrible start, losing every game in August and September, the team has showed great improvement with the recruitment of new players to the squad.
I set off at 12.45 for the 45 mile drive, but stupidly decided to go via the A1/A689/A177 route, which meant I lost my way at one point, but luckily I arrived at the ground just as the teams kicked off at 2.05. I stuck with the reliable A19 on returning back to Gallowgate View.

Yarm & Eaglescliffe (10th) v Redcar Town (2nd)

North Riding FL Premier Division matchday 14
2.05pm ko (kicked off 5 minutes late)
The “Y and E” made a positive start and took a well deserved lead in the 15th minute when a Craig Norman corner was met by debutant Dion McGrother at the near post, his touch went in off the post to give him a fab start at the club.
The home team had chances to increase their lead, but were denied by a couple of outstanding saves by the Redcar ‘keeper. The visitors pushed for an equaliser before half time and they were rewarded when a long pass saw Stuart Poulter beat the ‘keeper to the fifty-fifty ball and fire into an empty net.
The swirling wind which got stronger in the second half, somewhat spoiling the game, with a lot of mistimed challenged and passes, meant the teams had to settle for a share of the points.
Matchday Stats
Y&EFC 1(McGrother 15)
RTFC 1(Poulter 39)
Top Bloke - Dion McGrother (Yarm & Eaglecliffe)
Entertainment 6/10
North Riding League grounds visited 3/13

New Year's Honours List

The 100FgC 2017 Accolades

*Best Match Attended*
Newcastle United U-18 3-5 Tottenham Hotspur U-18
FA Youth Cup QF, 27th February

*Best Goal of the Year*
Coutinho for Liverpool away at Newcastle
1st October

*Favourite Previously Uncharted Senior Ground*
Gayfield Park - Arbroath

*Favourite Previously Uncharted Non-League Ground*
Gander Green Lane - Sutton United

*Best My Matchday*
Yoker and Ashfield (Glasgow Beano)

*Best Pre/Post-Match Bevvy*
Imperial Brewery Tap - Mexborough

*Silver 'Spoon Award*
Old Unicorn - Bramley

Bit of a struggle to pick a best of this year, not even a 'Scabby-eye of the Year' award giving for 2017. :(
Last year's winners