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✔651 Thompson Park

Sunderland Town End 5-4 Farringdon Detached
Durham & Wearside Development Division 
League Challenge Cup Semi Final
Saturday 9th February 2019

Sunderland Town End are a new club formed in 2018, who have made a great start in their debut season, currently seven points clear at the top of the Durham & Wearside Development Division.

11 mile drive door-to-door
The second match attended within this league following on from my visit to Hylton SC in November. 
Thompson Park
Thompson Road

Thompson Park has various sports facilities found just off the Newcastle Road junction in the Southwick area of the town.  The ground has three football pitches with Town End using the middle one, with the changing facilities at the park entrance on Thompson Road. 

Sunderland Town End v Farringdon Detached
TWR Bi Folds Durham & Wearside Development Division League Challenge Cup Semi-Final
2pm ko
Weather:Blowing a hoolie!

Town End took advantage of the windy conditions to lead 3-1 at the break, going ahead through Corey Bell on 21 minutes, before Connor Gales equalised for Farringdon five minutes later with a shot from the edge of the box. Liam Laidler grabbed a brace before the break with a fine effort from outside the area, followed by a wind assisted effort from the right wing.
When Liam Wooton made it four on 64 minutes it looked game over, but the visitors took advantage of the conditions, with three goals in twelve minutes through Gales, Ryan Gray  and Josh Johnstone to make it fours apiece with just over ten minutes remaining.
Just as the match looked to be heading towards a penalty shoot out, Laidler got on the end of a left wing cross, to complete his hat-trick and fire his team into the Challenge Cup final.

Matchday Stats
STEFC 5(C.Bell 21 Laidler 36,43,86 Wooton 64)
FDFC 4(Gales 26,65 Gray  75 Johnstone 77)

✔650 Herlingshaw Centre

Boro Rangers 6-1 Thornaby Dubliners
North Riding Football League - Premier Division
Saturday 26th January 2019

Boro Rangers are a FA Charter Standard Community Club formed in 2003, running boys and girls teams of all age levels.  The senior side started in 2014 and became the last club to win the Teesside League in 2015-16 and 2016-17, before completing a hat-trick of titles in the North Riding FL Premier Division last season. The club have also won an array of cup honours in recent years including the double of the North Riding County Cup and the Macmillan Bowl in 2016 and 2018.
41 mile drive door-to-door
North Riding League - Premier Division grounds visited 9/16

MFC Foundation
Herlingshaw Centre
Normanby Road,

The Herlingshaw Centre is a multi-sports facility overseen by the MFC Foundation, located in the heart of the local community in South Bank. The centre’s facilities accommodate over 10.000 visitors a year, having three outdoor grass pitches, a full size outdoor 3G pitch, a 7-a-side indoor 3G surface, as well as classrooms and function rooms.
Boro Rangers(2nd) v Thornaby Dubliners(3rd)
NRFL - Premier Division Matchday 19v20
2pm ko

Boro got off to a great start when a corner kick was headed home by Phil Horsman in the fourth minute(see pic above) Dubs quickly responded to a missed penalty in the 18th minute when Russell Spence was unmarked at the far post to grab the equaliser.
The hosts dominated the second half with a hat-trick by Stu Rose within a twenty minute spell making it 4-1 with some decisive finishing by the number nine.
With five minutes left Steve Keenan scored the best goal I’ve seen in 2019(so far) finding the back of the net with a shot from just over the halfway line from the right-back position. Clayton McDonald brought up the half dozen with a rasping shot in the dying minutes to wrap up a fine performance from Rangers.

Matchday Stats
BRFC 6(Horsman 4 Rose 51,62,69 Keenan 85 McDonald 87)
TDFC 1(Spence 20)

✔649 Moor Lane

Salford City 1-1 Gateshead
National League
Saturday 19th January 2019
The City of Salford is a metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, granted city status in 1926.(population of 245,600)  There are over 250 listed buildings in the city, including Salford Cathedral, and three Scheduled Ancient Monuments. The area’s growth came during the Industrial Revolution, especially in the textile industry. Following the closure of the docklands in 1982, Salford became one of the first and largest urban regeneration projects in the UK, with Salford Quays now a vibrant area which includes The Lowry and MediaCityUK.
There are numerous famous Salfordians I could mention but there’s two that automatically spring to mind, that in my eyes, outshine the rest. I give you The Fall frontman Mr. Mark E Smith and “the bard of Salford” - Dr. John Cooper Clark. 
 The club was founded in 1940 as Salford Central, competed in local leagues until they joined the Manchester Football League in 1963. They also changed their name at this time to Salford Amateurs and took the nicknamed "The Ammies" In 1980 they merged with Anson Villa to become Salford FC, before added the City suffix in 1989.
Of course, as everyone knows, the club came the prominence in recent years after the takeover of the club in March 2014 by four ex-Man United players, who changed the club colours from orange to red. The progress of the club was featured in the excellent BBC One documentary series Class of 92: Out of Their League.  featuring their rise up the football pyramid.
Cheshire League 1980-1982
North West Counties League 1982-2008
Northern Premier League (North) 2008-2015 (champions 2014-15)
Northern Premier League 2015-16 (promoted via play-offs)
National League North 2016-2018 (champions 2017-18)
Peninsula Stadium
Moor Lane,
Greater Manchester
M7 3PZ
National League grounds visited 24/24
Capacity 5,106 (2,240 seats)
Played here since 1978.
Moor Lane has been totally transformed in recent years with four new covered stands with enclosed corners. The North and South Stands are both seated, with terracing behind both goals. The ground was renamed the Peninsula Stadium in October 2017 as part of a corporate sponsorship deal, and officially opened by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Salford City (2nd) v Gateshead(8th)
National League Matchday 30
3pm ko
Att.2,055 (111 Heed Army)
SFC 1(Lloyd 28pen)
GFC 1(Boden 44)
A satisfying start to the Ben Clark era at Gateshead, as the Heed came from behind to grab a well earned draw. The Ammies were gifted the lead when keeper Pears needlessly brought down Matt Green and Danny Lloyd despatched the penalty. Gateshead levelled just before the break when Robbie Tinkler set up Scott Boden and  battled hard during the second half for a well deserved point.
Admission: £10
Programme £2
(Great value - twelve quid for money in and paper)
Pin badge £3
Coffee £1.50
0801-1020 Transpennine train from Newcastle to Manchester Victoria.
Return on the 1502 on Sunday.
98 bus at 1410 from Parsonage stop to the end of Moor Lane, arrived at the ground at 2.35pm
I merged this fixture with a Smidrophenia Ale trail weekend in Manchester with the breadknife. We supped in 17 GBG pubs over the weekend, with our favourite boozers being Lass O’Gowrie, The Brink and Peveril of the Peak.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend, when it was also good to hear some cracking music from my favourite Manchester bands in the pubs... well... apart from when we visited The New Oxford and they constantly played f**king Simply Red.

✔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.