✔922 Eastbourne Community Stadium

Darlington Town 3-0 Richmond Town
Shipowners Charity Cup Final
Saturday 18th May 2024

Darlington Town are the new Wearside League champions and will play in the Northern League next season. They won the division by a clear 17 points and earlier this month moved to a different pitch at the Eastbourne Complex, complete with a seated stand, to allow promotion to step 6.

The club was formed in 2018, taking the place in the Wearside League of Darlington F.C Reserves, who originated out of Horden Colliery Welfare relocating to Darlo in 2016.

Eastbourne Community Stadium

Eastbourne Sports Complex

Bourne Ave, 



The 4G pitch has a seated stand and changing room block at the entrance side. At the far side are two identical covered enclosures named after Arthur Wharton and Lillie Galloway. 

This is the third ground I've visited within this large sports complex. I saw Darlington Cleveland Bridge play on the athletics pitch in 2010 (the first time I met Lee) and Darlington Reserves in their first season on the other 4G they used prior to their recent move across the other side of the complex. 

Darlington Town 3(Woodford 36 Beauchamp 55 Coles 70)

Richmond Town 0

Shipowners Charity Cup Final

2pm KO 

Admission £3

Att. 437

Darlington Town completed the treble and retained their hold on the Shipowners Charity Cup, having already bagged the league title and the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup. 

They went ahead in the 36th minute when Connor Woodford fired in with his left foot, following in on goal after the keeper saved from his own defender. 

James Beauchamp played a neat one-two before firing in a volley from the edge of the box to double their lead ten minutes into the second half, before Ryan Coles headed home from a corner kick to make it 3-0.

The champions will be looking to add a fourth trophy this season in the Durham Minor Cup final against Durham Corinthians next Friday night.

✔921 Balmoor Stadium

Peterhead 2-1 Dumbarton
Scottish League 2
Saturday 4th May 2024

It has been a very long, slow process, but I can now look at the football coupon knowing I've been to all the grounds in the Scottish League. 

My first on the list was Ibrox in 1985, then I managed to tick off the odd ground whenever Newcastle played a pre-season friendly north of the border. When I took up Groundhopping as a regular hobby, I was knocking off a few every season, then following an Inverness CT and Ross County double in July 2019 I could see the finishing line, needing just three to complete the set at Cove Rangers, Stranraer and Peterhead.

Following that Covid shite and limited opportunities to visit these tricky final three, it has taken nearly 5 years to finally do it, finishing at the trickiest ground of all to get to on public transport. 

Peterhead is a town in Aberdeenshire,which sits at the easternmost point in mainland Scotland. (population over 18,000)

The town is known as The Blue Toon, where the local folk are known as "Bloo Touners" supposedly from the blue worsted moggans that the local fishermen originally wore. Accordingly to a 2019 survey its the biggest fishing port in the United Kingdom for total landings by UK vessels.

HM Prison Peterhead gained a reputation as one of Scotland's toughest prisons. It was built around 1888 and closed in 2013, due to the construction of a new and larger prison facility nearby. The building now serves as the Peterhead Prison Museum which provides an Audio Guided Tour of cells and courtrooms.

Peterhead FC was founded in 1891, having been a Highland League club for most of their history. The club were league champions for the first time in 1946-47, and won it for a fifth time in 1998-99. They were granted league status in 2000, when the SPL was expanded for two extra clubs, with Elgin City also joining them in the Third Division.

The Blue Toon have lifted the Highland League cup five times, the Scottish Qualifying Cup(North) on five occasions, and in 1905-06 lifted the Aberdeenshire Cup for the first time, a competition they won twenty times throughout the 20th century. 

Peterhead clinched their first trophy as a Scottish Football League club by winning the Scottish League Two title, winning away at Clyde 2–0 in April 2014, then following relegation were champions again in 2018-19.

In 2015 the club reached their first cup final since leaving the Highland League, beating Queen's Park to reach the Scottish Challenge Cup final, but lost 4–0 to Rangers at Hampden.

Balmoor Stadium

Balmoor Terrace, 


AB42 1EQ


Record Attendance:4,855 v Rangers, January 2013

Current Scottish League grounds visited 42/42

Total Scottish football grounds visited 123

The ground was opened in 1997, after Peterhead's old Recreation Park ground was sold off to a supermarket company. There's two identical stands on each side, both raised above pitch level, with a combined capacity of 1,000 blue seats. The main stand has the team benches at the front and the stand on the far side has standing room, with more open standing behind the goals. 

Peterhead 2(Shanks 7 Brown 35)

Dumbarton 1(Wilson 48)

Cinch League 2 matchday 36 (2nd v 3rd)

3pm ko 


Admission £15

Programme £3

Pint glass £10(to be engraved)

Pin badge £3

Peterhead won the battle for the runner-up spot, mainly due to a very good first half performance. 

They took the lead in the 7th minute when a cross from Robert Ward was met by a Kieran Shanks header, which spun through the air before finding the top corner of the net. The second goal duly arrived after 35 minutes when Jordon Brown fired home from the edge of the box to make it 2-0 at the interval.

A special thanks to the club for giving me a shout out on the P.A. at half time on completing ‘The 42’ which was met by a ripple of applause in the main stand. 

Dumbarton got themselves back into the game straight from the restart, when David Wilson was on hand in the centre of the box to score with his left foot. The visitors dominated possession throughout the second half, but were unable to seriously penetrate a stubborn Blue Toon defence, who held on despite being reduced to ten men, following a second yellow card for Jordan Brown in the 72nd minute. 


326 miles door-to-door 


Aberdeen is the nearest railway station to Balmoor - 32 miles away, making it the greatest distance between a senior league football ground and its nearest railway station in Great Britain.

0624 train Newcastle  - Edinburgh 

0830 train Edinburgh - Aberdeen 

1200 X61 bus Aberdeen - Peterhead bus station 

The three-legged journey went smoothly, so after leaving the house at 5.30am I finally arrived in Peterhead at 1.15pm. I had plenty of time before the match to go for a stroll around the town and obviously stop for beverages in The Cross Keys JDW and delicious beers in Brew Toon. 

After the match, I legged it back to the bus station to catch the 61 service at 5 o’clock. It was a longer bus journey back to Aberdeen, through desolate countryside and small villages, so I finally checked into my guest house at 6.45. 

On Saturday night I had a very enjoyable pub crawl, calling at the bars I missed out on when I was last in the Granite City. I supped in the Ferryhill House Hotel, The Stag, Under The Hammer, The Blue Lamp, The Firepit and finished the night with a revisit to The Grill. 

Overall a terrific weekend, Peterhead was a good one to finish The 42 and I do love a night out in Aberdeen. 

✔920 Oakleaf Sports Complex

Newton Aycliffe YFC Seniors 3-3 Richmond Mavericks
Wearside League Division 2
Thursday 2nd May 2024

Newton Aycliffe Youth FC Seniors have won the Wearside League 2nd Division in their debut season. The club stepped up from the Durham U-23s, where they won the league and cup double, based at the Oakleaf Sports Complex. The sports ground has four pitches, with the senior side using the ground running parallel with School Aycliffe Lane, closest to the changing room block and car park. 

Oakleaf Sports Complex 

School Aycliffe Lane, 

Newton Aycliffe 



29 mile drive door-to-door 

Current Wearside League grounds visited 42/43

I picked up Lee & Katie on the way, and we were joined by Harvey Harris who was also in attendance. 

Newton Aycliffe YFC Seniors 3(Murray 10 Thompson 47 Peart 74)

Richmond Mavericks 3(Shields 28 Caiterall 83 Bainbridge 87)

Wearside League Division 2 matchday 19v20 (1st v 2nd)


The champions faced runners-up Richmond Mavericks in their final home match of the season. They took an early lead when a corner kick was met with several headers in the box, with Richard Murray having the last touch from close range. The visitors drew level in the 28th minute, when Joe Shields cut inside and fired home from just outside the penalty area. 

Substitute Sam Thompson got on the end of a left wing cross to connect at the far post to restore the lead straight after the restart, then Steven Dawson set up Ryan Peart for the third with fifteen minutes remaining. 

The hosts looked to have the match wrapped up the Mavericks hit back with two goals in the final seven minutes to grab a point.  A right-wing corner fell to George Caiterall to scramble in, then a Rueben Bainbridge effort from outside the box finishing the scoring at three each.

The clubs meet again in the 2nd Division Challenge Cup final and Aycliffe also have a Washington Aged Peoples Trophy Final to look forward to, in their pursuit to win a treble.

✔918.Saltfleetby Sports Ground

Louth Town 1-2 Parkgate
Northern Counties East League Division One
Saturday 20th April 2024

Louth is a market town and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire. Louth attractions include St James' Church, Hubbard's Hills, the market, a selection of indie retailers and Lincolnshire's last remaining cattle market.

 Following the demise of Louth United, the town's new club was established in 2007. Louth Town originally played in the Central Midlands League and won promotion to the Northern Counties East League in 2010.

At the end of the 2012-2013 season, Louth Town finished in their highest position of 3rd in the Northern Counties East League, but within two years they resigned from the division stepping down to the Lincolnshire Football League, taking the place previously occupied by their reserve team.

“The White Wolves “ were promoted back to the Northern Counties East League for the start of this season.

Central Midlands League: 2007-10; Premier Division champions - 2008/09; Supreme Division champions - 2009-10 

NCEL: 2010-15; 

Lincolnshire League: 2016-23; 

Champions 2022-23 

NCEL: 2023-.

The Welton Group Stadium

Main Road, 



LN11 7SS.

In June 2016, Louth Town were blocked access to the Park Avenue group by the landlord who intends to use the land for development, which led to their relocation outside of the Town at the Marshlands facility in Saltfleetby.

The ground has one small central stand, with the dugouts on the opposite side. The rest of the ground is open with the changing room and clubhouse buildings behind the goal at the entrance.

Louth Town 1(Coulam 87)

Parkgate 2(Whitfield 7 Tahar 60)

NCEL Division One Matchday 42/41

11th v 2nd


Admission £5

Pin badge £4

Parkgate increased their chances in the Division One title race with a hard earned win at Louth. They took an early lead when Brandon Whitfield swept the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box, then doubled their lead on the hour with a snap shot by Ahmed Tahar from 20 yards. 

The hosts pulled a goal back late on with a fine 25 yard drive from Paul Coulam, but the visitors comfortably held on to take all three points. 


176 miles door-to-door 

The early X1 bus to Houghton-le-Spring to meet Katie & Lee at 9am, for the lift to Lincolnshire. On route we picked up Alan Oliver at Micklefield train station, who had travelled over from Manchester. 

We arrived in the town centre just after noon,then immediately called into the Boar's Head for a drink, the first of three GBGs visited. We had a leisurely walk around the town, where I picked up my required Record Store Day vinyl from the ‘Off the Beaten Tracks’ shop, before more beer in the Cobblers Bar and The Consortium Micropub, which all contributed to an enjoyable day in Louth. 

✔917 Heighington Playing Fields

Heighington 2-4 North Ormesby
North Riding Football League Division 1
Saturday 13th April 2024

Heighington is a village in the borough of Darlington in County Durham. The village is situated between Darlington and Shildon, near Newton Aycliffe and according to  the 2011 census the population of the civil parish is 2,395.

Heighington are a community football club established in July 2003, catering for children of all ages up to senior level and over 40s.

The club are based at Heighington Playing Fields, which has a main changing room block, car park space and three pitches, with the senior side playing their North Riding League matches on the middle pitch. 

Heighington twice took the lead in the first half with some good finishing from John Elsender, but opponents North Ormesby hit back twice. A free kick from Robert Bailey in his own half, caught out the keeper with the wind claiming an assist as the ball went straight through the keeper's hands, then Connor Hardman was on hand to make it 2-2 from close range.

The visitors took control in the second half with Daniel Calvert firing in from twenty yards, then a nice exchange of passes was finished off with Lewis Foster shooting into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. 

Heighington 2(Elsender 11,30)

North Ormesby 4(Bailey 19 Hardman 40 Calvert 59 Foster 79)


North Riding FL Division 1 matchday 27/28 

11th v 3rd