✔837. Estadio de Los Manantiales

Alhaurin de la Torre 1-3 El Palo
Sábado 30 Julio 2022

Alhaurín de la Torre is a town in the province of Málaga, Andalusia, in southern Spain. 

The town originates back to prehistoric times, as the Phoenicians (mostly from Libya) settled in Alhaurin when setting up factories in Málaga and Cártama in about 1,000 BC. It was here that Lauro was founded, then centuries later the Romans called it Lauro Vetus.

The Moors, after the Islamic conquest of Iberia, called it Albarracín, when it grew into a larger community of farm-houses. The re-conquest of the town in 1485 meant another variation on the name, finally becoming Alhaurín de la Torre.

The town is 8 km from the Costa del Sol, sitting between the Sierra de Mijas and the Hoya de Málaga, with the highest peak being Mount Jabalcuza. Since 1991 it has been the headquarters of the Málaga Provincial Prison, just outside the town.

Alhaurín de la Torre Club de Fútbol was founded in December 1969, originally named Lauro Club de Fútbol. 

“The  Alahurinos” currently play in Tercera División RFEF – Group 9, and joined the Málaga Football Federation in 1973. The club played regional football until 2005, before achieving promotion to the Tercera División after winning their Primera Andaluza. The club have won league titles in 2009-10 and 2013-14.  

Estadio de Los Manantiales

Camino de Aldeabarán s/n, 29130 

Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga, Spain

Capacity 2,500

The club originally played at El Pinar on the other side of town, before switching to Los Manantiales. The stadium has four rows of blue seats all around, apart from behind one of the goals which has an extra row. The sides are fully covered with open seats behind each goal. The Bar La Jugada is in the far corner, which has a dining area with tables and chairs.

Alhaurin de la Torre 1(Josemi 20)

El Palo 3(Acosta 21,40 Falu Aranda 28)

Pre-season Friendly 



Admission 5€ (the usual Spanish ticket torn in half routine)

The home team went ahead on 20 minutes when Josemi side footed in with power from the edge of the box, but Palo equalised straight from the kick off, with a left foot shot into the far corner from Acosta.

The visitors took the lead with a lovely goal from Falu Aranda, who picked the ball up in the corner of the 18 yard box and placed his shot perfectly into the top corner.

Five minutes before half time it was 1-3, when a quick break was finished off by Acosta, firing in a low right wing cross from close range.  

There was no further goal action in the second half as both teams made plenty of changes to give their full squads a run out. 


After weeks of searching and contacting various clubs this was the only match I found taking place while I was on holiday in the Costa del Sol. We arrived on Sunday the 24th, so this game took place on our last night in Benalmadena. I left the breadknife at the hotel an hour before the scheduled 8.30pm kick off and booked a taxi on the Bolt app. (Many thanks to Lee from the Global Sports Bar for his advice) The journey up to Alhaurin is 20 minutes (17km) from the resort, so after a failed taxi pick up, I was successful with my second booking which picked me up in time to reach the stadium for the start. 

After a trouble free journey the reverse trip was very stressful, once it became apparent that there was no chance of a Bolt car back to Benalmadena. I checked Google maps for public transport, but it was a two bus trip with a walk in between, which took well over an hour. All I could do was ask around, if anyone knew of a taxi rank or phone number, which is a difficult task if you don’t speak fluent Spanish.  Eventually, following basic sign language communication through four different willing helpers, a bilingual gentleman was finally pinpointed in the stadium. When I told him of my predicament he said he could get me a lift back to the resort no problem. So I got into a car with four strangers, who all looked very pleasant and friendly, so I sensed no danger of a pending kidnapping or mugging. 

The car was driven by a Spanish lad called Juan, and my fellow passengers were all students, relocating from Israel, Iran and Canada, so with this daft Geordie in tow, together there were five different nations sharing the ride. Juan dropped me off at the pub where I arranged to meet the breadknife, and she was shocked, but not surprised at my latest escapade.  

I do love visiting a new ground while on holiday, for me the vacation isn’t complete unless I’ve experienced the adventure of travelling to an unfamiliar place, where I’m unable to converse with anyone and taking in the atmosphere of unknown surroundings.

Pre-Season Oddities

834. Queen Elizabeth High School

Hexham 1-6 Haltwhistle Jubilee

Pre-Season Friendly

Saturday 16th July 2022

Hexham are playing their pre-season fixtures at Queen Elizabeth High School. The school is just outside the town centre off Allendale Road and has recently received a £36m government and county council investment. There is a sports hall and gymnasium with pitches covering all sports, including a 4G enclosure which was used for last Saturday’s match with Haltwhistle Jubilee.

Hexham took an early lead after a goalmouth scramble went in off a defender, but the visitors soon equalised through Jack Barker. Halty grabbed two goals before half time when Barker headed in on 37 minutes, then two minutes later Harry Crowe redirected a shot from the edge of the box into the net.

Haltwhistle look to have a decent side for this season, finishing the match strongly with Barker getting his hat-trick, and some good team play saw Liam and Harry Crowe add to the score late on, to make it 6-1 at full time

Match Facts

HFC 1(OG 4)

HJFC 6(Barker  7,37,72 H.Crowe 39,86 L.Crowe 85)


835. Mainsworth Recreation Ground

Ferryhill Athletic 4-1 Willington WMC

Pre-Season Friendly

Friday 22nd July 2022

Ferryhill Athletic joined the Wearside League in 2021, playing in the 2nd Division. The club arranged a pre-season friendly at an alternative venue to their usual home pitch, hosting a match with fellow league club New Durham at Mainsworth. Unfortunatly their opponents dropped out on Wednesday, but thanks to the beauty of Twitter, Willington WMC stepped in to fulfil the fixture.

The football ground is at the bottom of the complex, behind the cricket ground and surrounded on three sides by Mainsworth Woods. There is a changing room block in the south-east corner of the cricket pitch next to the car park. 

Willington took the lead five minutes before half time, when #17 cut inside from the right and fired his shot into the top corner, but the home side equalised in added on time when Luke Thompson poked the ball home with their first decent effort on goal. 

Ferryhill were much better in the second half with a powerful header from Jay White, followed by Joel Bennett guiding the ball in from a right-wing cross to put them in control. The last action of the night saw Alfie Backhouse grab a fourth against who proved to be very tough opponents.

Match Facts

FAFC 4(Thompson 45+2 White 50 Bennett 55 Backhouse 90)

WWMC 1(#17 40)


836.Walbottle Academy

Heddon United 0-2 Ashington AFC Reserves

Pre-Season Friendly

Saturday 23rd July 2022

Northern Alliance newcomers Heddon United are based at Walbottle Academy in the west end of Newcastle. The campus is just off Hexham Road next to Benwell & Walbottle Cricket Club. There are 2 grass football pitches at the top end of the campus, with Heddon using the pitch above the astro surface. 

For the second day running there were cricket and football matches taking place side-by-side at the same time.  The local 2nd XI were playing United Stars CC while Heddon faced fellow 3rd Division side Ashington Reserves, who scored in the closing stages of each half.  Cameron Elliott gave them the lead in the 42nd minute and he could have had a hat-trick, hitting the woodwork on either side of half time. The match was pretty even and the result was finally settled when Lee Armstrong fired in from wide on the right into an unguarded goal to make it 0-2.

Match Facts


AAFCR 2(Elliott 42 Armstrong 86)


✔833 Brumby Hall

Appleby Frodingham 1-5 Brigg Town
Pre-Season Friendly
Wednesday 13th July 2022

 Scunthorpe based Appleby Frodingham F.C., were founder members of the Lincolnshire League, before progressing to the Midland League in 1978. The Steelmen were also founder members of the Northern Counties East League in 1982, placed in its Premier Division, where they remained until the 1985–86 season, when the management and team moved to Winterton Rangers. The club folded, but soon reformed, playing in local leagues, then rejoining the Lincolnshire League in 1990.

Lincolnshire League 1990-2003 - Champions 1993-94

Central Midlands League 2003-2008 and 2014-2020

Northern Counties East League 2008-2014

Rejoined Lincolnshire League last season

Brumby Hall

Ashby Road


DN16 1AA 

The ground is in the middle of a sports complex, with the cricket pitch, bowls club, tennis courts, The Pods leisure centre and the University Campus in this part of Scunthorpe.  The football ground has a 40 seater named the Dick Drury Stand with terrace steps behind the dugouts, which backs onto the social club. There is a new cafe cabin in the corner, with the rest of the ground open, with no spectator access behind the goal next to the Brumby Hall Cricket Ground. 

Appleby Frodingham 1(Oates 10)

Brigg Town 5(Usher 46 Batty 62,90 Phillips 69 Young 87)





Admission £3

☕ Coffee, cheese toastie and chocolate £3

The hosts led at half time courtesy of a tenth minute header by Matt Oates, but their fortune turned in the second half. A superb volley from Alfie Usher straight from the restart set The Zebras on their way. Josh Batty won the race ahead of the 'keeper to a long ball to give them the lead, then Scott Phillips was on hand to net the rebound after an initial free kick was saved. Two late goals including a header from Ben Young and an easy finish from Batty wrapped up the win. 


133 miles door-to-door 

Headed down to Katie & Lee's for a 4.30pm departure. No time for any pre-match rituals,  just there and back for the match on a rare occasion, when we didn't see anyone we know.