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✔648. Ponteland High School

Ponteland United 1-1 Whitley Bay A
Northern Football Alliance League - Premier Division
Saturday 5th January 2019
Due to the multi-million pound redevelopment of Ponteland Leisure Centre, the football club have moved just up the road and set up a new home at Ponteland High School. My visit to Ponteland United in January 2008 featured in ‘Around The Alliance - part one’, which you can read here.
Since that visit eleven years ago, Pont were Premier Division champions for the first time in 2010-11 and spent three seasons in the First Division, following relegation in 2012.
Ponteland High School
Callerton Lane,
NE20 9EY
Northern Alliance Football League Premier Division grounds visited 16/16
Ponteland United have played home matches at Druids Park this season before moving to the new site. The ground is fully enclosed and rallied on all sides. There is a pair of wooden dugouts and one side, with the players using the school facilities for changing rooms. 

Ponteland (4th) v Whitley Bay A(14th)
Northern Alliance Premier Division Matchday 18 v17
2pm ko
PFC 1(#10 8) Goalscorer TBC
WBAFC 1(Emmerson 30)
The hosts took an early lead when the #10 ran onto a through ball and finished well with a nice lob over the ‘keeper. The visitors equalised on the half hour mark with a fine individual effort from Max Emmerson.
Pont were the better side after the break, but missed a hatful of chances. In the end they had to settle for a point, but they would probably feel like it’s two points dropped.
Admission: £2
No refreshment facilities

✔647 Whitkirk Social & Sports Club

Whitkirk Wanderers 1-1 Field
West Yorkshire Associaton FL - Premier Division
Saturday 29th December 2018
 Whitkirk is a suburb 4 miles east of Leeds city centre.  The Domesday Book recorded a church belonging to the manor of Gipton and Colton, which refers to the one in Whitkirk, as its the only known medieval church in the Leeds area. The place was first mentioned in the mid-12th century in the Early Yorkshire Charters as ‘Witechirche’, meaning ‘white church'.
Whitkirk Wanderers formed in 1938 and  have played in the West Yorkshire Association League since the 1990s. Their best season performance came in 1997-98 when they were Premier Division runners-up. Last term they won promotion back to the top league after four years in Division One. 

 Whitkirk Social & Sports Club
Selby Road,
LS15 0AA
WYA Football League Premier grounds visited 5/16
At the sports club entrance is the pavilion and social club which faces towards the cricket pitch. There is also tennis courts and a bowling club, with the football ground at the bottom end of the complex. The ground is fully enclosed and railed off, with a brick dugout on each side. The changing room block has a snack bar, which serves a brew in a proper mug through a tiny hatch. 

 Whitkirk Wanderers(6th) v Field(10th)
WYAFL Premier Division Matchday 16 v15
2pm ko
Weather:dry and windy
WWFC 1(Miller 4)
FAFC 1(Milner 11)
The hosts took an early lead when Akeel Miller stumbled home the opener, before the visitors quickly replied with a cracking 25 yard effort from Josh Milner.
Whitkirk were the better team in the second half and should have won it, but Craig Maynard failed to convert a spot kick with fifteen minutes remaining, with the Field ‘keeper getting down well to save at his left hand post.
Programme £1
Coffee £1
Tea £1

95 miles door-to-door via A1/M1/Selby Road
Shaunee Boy recommends Jay's Pork Scratchings
Picked up Lee & Katie in Houghton-le-Spring at noon.
Good to meet up with “The ‘ull ‘oppers” Dave and Phil at the ground.
The early kick-off and the easy route home meant I was back at HQ at 5.40pm, after I dropped off my travel companions.

✔646 Rockburn Park

Bellshill Athletic 2-2 Shettleston
West Region League One
Saturday 22nd December 2018
 Bellshill is a town in North Lanarkshire, 10 miles south east of Glasgow city centre.  (population over 20,000)
Bellshill Hospital opened in 1870, becoming the first maternity facility in the Lanarkshire area in 1917, with new dedicated maternity buildings added in the late 1950s and early 60s. The hospital was the birthplace of many famous faces including politician Robin Cook, singer Sheena Easton and Sharleen Spiteri from the band Texas. There was also an array of famous footballers born there, with the likes of Matt Busby, Ally McCoist, Hughie Gallacher Brian McClair, Malky MacKay and Billy McNeil amongst  many would be soccer stars. The hospital closed down in 2001, before being demolished in 2003 to make way for new housing developments.
I’ve been aware of Bellshill since the late 1980s through its music scene known as the Bellshill Sound or the Bellshill Beat. Bands from the town include the Soup Dragons, BMX Bandits and of course Teenage Fanclub - The best fucking band in the world!
It was love at first sight when I saw Teenage Fanclub on the indie music show SNUBTV on BBC2, playing their debut single Everything Flows. From that moment I was a fan of the Fannies, and over the last 30 years I’ve purchased every single and album released. They’ll always be one of my all time favourite bands, with their albums Bandwagonesque and Thirteen amongst my “desert island discs” 
 Bellshill Athletic formed as a Juvenile club in 1897 before switching to Junior level after two fairly successful seasons. Bellshill have played at Junior level since 1899, apart from a short spell in the Intermediate League between 1927 and 1931. The Hill made football history in October 1975, when the SJFA allowed them to use sponsored team jerseys, becoming the first club in Scotland to do so.  The club currently play at level 3 of the West Region SJFA in League One.
Lanarkshire League winners 1904-05
Scottish Junior League winners 1907-08
Central Region Division B winners 1951-52, 1973-74
Central 2nd Division winners 1986-87, 2000-01
Super League Division One winners 2003-04
Rockburn Park
Carnoustie Place
North Lanarkshire,
Capacity 500
Scottish Junior grounds visited 42
Total Scottish football grounds 101
Athletic played at a few grounds in their early years at Orbiston Park, Douglas Park and Brigade Park, before settling at Brandon Park, which opened in 1903. In their centenary year, they moved to New Brandon Park, in the Hattonrigg area of the town. However, due to legal matters with the owner, the club were forced into another nomadic period, sharing at Blantyre, then back in Bellshill at the Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex. After this agreement expired, the club shared with Vale of Clyde in Tollcross before returning to the town in 2015 at the vacant Rockburn Park. There were plans to move to a new community facility at Bellshill Academy, but this has now been shelved with the club guaranteed to play at Rockburn for at least the next five years.
The main building behind the goal houses the home team changing room with the snack bar at the side. There are portable cabins at the entrance for away team and match officials with a hospitality bar. The pitch is roped off with no cover or dugouts. 
Bellshill Athletic(6th) v Shettleston(10th)
West Region - League One Matchday 16 v15
1.45pm ko

Weather: rain, sunny then heavy rainfall.
Bellshill dominated the first half and finally took the lead through Jordan Jeffrey in injury time. A sweet 25 yard free kick from Craig Johnston levelled things up early in the second period, before a fantastic diving header from Jamie Stewart restored the home team’s lead. The visitors quickly responded with Johnston sliding home his second to make it all square, in what was a very entertaining match played in testing conditions.
BAFC 2(Jeffrey 45 Stewart 64)
Red card: Callum Nolan 48 minutes (2nd yellow)
SJFC 2(Johnston 53,66)
Admission £5
Programme £1
Coffee £1
Mince pie £1.50
Tea £1
142 miles door-to-door via A69/A74(M)
Travelled with Katie & Lee in Blossom, picked up at 9.20.
We arrived in Bellshill at 1pm, later than planned due to heavy traffic on the M74 on the outskirts Glasgow.(late Christmas shoppers) We headed straight to the ground and received a warm welcome from everyone at the club.
The early kick off coupled with quieter traffic heading south meant I was back home at 100FgCHQ before 7pm, after an enjoyable day trip. 

✔645 Penistone Memorial Ground

Penistone Church 0-1 Worksop Town
Northern Counties East League Premier Division
Saturday 24th November 2018
 Penistone is a market town in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire. (population almost 23,000) The name appears in the Domesday Book of 1086, as Pengestone and Pangeston. The town is situated on a high ridge, which is believed to be the source of its name, although it has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names because it contains the word… (whisper it) penis.

Penistone Church FC formed in 1906 after the merger of Penistone Choirboys and Penistone Juniors, initially played in the Sheffield Amateur League.
Hatchard League:
Champions: 1950–51, 1960–61
Sheffield & Hallam County Senior League:
Division One champions 1993–94, 2000–01
Northern Counties East League from 2014, currently in Premier Division following promotion via the play-offs in 2016-17.
Memorial Ground
Church View Road
S36 6AT
Capacity 1,000
Seats 100 and cover for 150 in one stand.
Current NCEL grounds visited 27/40
Penistone Church(2nd) v Worksop Town(8th)
NCEL Premier Division matchday 17v14
3pm ko
WTFC 1(Sykes 90+4)
Entertainment 7/10
The Worksop defence held firm and pinched it in injury time, when Steve McDonnell was tripped in the box and Matthew Sykes converting the spot-kick.
After the final whistle tempers flared and hand bags were swung, resulting in 4 red cards. Brett Lovell, Sam Scrivens (Penistone) Kyle Jordan and Michael Trench (Worksop).

Admission £5
Programme £1.50
Pin badge £3
Coffee £1
Following the Steel City Derby Academy fixture at Middlewood Road, I partaken lunch at The Rawson Spring (JDW no.382) Had a good bit crack with a few Wednesday supporters, plus on two occasions someone who I’ve never ever seen before stopped to say hello, so obviously my doppelganger is in Hillsborough.
13 miles north up the A61/A629 to Penistone, arriving 30 minutes before kick-off. Great little club with good numbers supporting them.
Back hyem by seven bells after 118 mile drive back north.

✔644 Middlewood Road Training Ground

Sheffield Wednesday U-18 1-1 Sheffield United U-18
Under 18 Professional Development League
Saturday 24th November 2018

SWFC Training Ground
Middlewood Road
S6 1TF
Academy grounds visited - 12

There’s 3G five a side pitches, the indoor dome and two main pitches. The top ground is where the U-16 team play with the U-18s on the nearside bottom pitch. There’s also refreshments available at the entrance next to the club offices and changing rooms. 
 Sheffield Wednesday U-18(1st) v Sheffield United U-18(5th)
U18 Professional Development League Matchday 14v12
10.45am ko
SWFC 1(Shaw 90)
SUFC 1(Belehousan 75)
Entertainment 6/10
Free admission and team sheet
Coffee £1
The Blades looked to have clinched the Academy Steel City Derby when Jean Belehousan scrambled home with fifteen minutes remaining, but Liam Shaw was on hand in the last minute to make it honours even. 

Match Report

123 miles door-to-door A1/M1/A61
Headed off at 8.15am, arriving a quarter of an hour before kick-off. In car soundtrack was Waiting For The Sun by The Doors and Dragnet by The Fall.
Afterwards went for lunch in Hillsborough then on to Penistone Church FC