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✔558 Stokeld Stadium

Carlton Town 2-0 Teversal
Nottinghamshire FA Senior Cup - Semi-Final
Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Carlton is a suburb in the east end of Nottingham in the borough of Gedling.(Population almost 7,000)

Sneinton FC formed in 1904 changing their name to Carlton Town in 2002.
Sneinton won the Notts Alliance on four occasion, the first of which in 1905-06. 
Joined Central Midlands League in 1995.
Central Midlands Supreme Division champions 2002-03
Northern Counties East League 2003-2007
Division One winners 2005-06
Promoted to Evo-Stick League Division One South after 3rd place finish in 2006-07
4th place finish in 2008-09 and runners-up in 2011-12, lost play-off semi-finals in both seasons.

Evostick League grounds. 29/68
Capacity 1,500

The club have played at Stoke Lane since the early 1990s. The Chuck Fowler lounge and changing rooms block, clubhouse, picnic tables, offices and dugouts, are all down one side at the turnstile entrance side of the ground. There is a stand behind one of the goals filled with a mixture of 164 yellow and blue seats, with the rest of the ground open with hard standing on three sides. The ground was renamed the Stokeld Stadium after former chairman Bill Stokeld
Carlton Town (19th Evo-Stick South) v Teversal (15th NCEL DIV 1)
Notts FA Senior Cup semi final
7.45pm ko
Weather: light rain

A goal in each half booked The Millers a Notts Senior Cup final date with Basford United at Meadow Lane. They opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Danny Gordon fired home a penalty after Niall Davey was upended in the box. 
The tie was sealed early in the second half when a corner kick from Gordon was turned into his own net by Daniel Camm at the near post.

Matchday Stats & Spondoolicks
CRFC 2(Gordon 16pen Camm 49OG)
Entertainment 5/10
Top Bloke - Danny Elliott (Carlton Town)
Admission £5
Programme £2
Pin badge £3
For the first time in what seems like an eternity I was reunited with the “NE Celeb Groundhopping Couple” for a midweek jaunt. 
We arrived at The Freeman in Carlton at 5.30 for bait and beer, before the short ten minute drive to the ground in Gedling. 
These midweek trips meant it’s back to burning the candle at both ends, getting into bed at 1am then up again for graft at 5.20am.
I don't mind this at all, because of changes at work, midweek matches are now the easiest way for me to bag a new ground.
Matchday Album. (14 pictures from Stoke Lane)

On the Trail of the Scottish Holy Grail

My first book 'On the Trail of the Scottish Holy Grail'  AKA "From the Toon to the Joons" is now available to purchase via Amazon in both paperback and kindle editions. 

How would you celebrate a significant birthday? Host a massive party? Travel abroad on a luxurious holiday? Cross something off your bucket list? Well how about something a bit different, like marking your 50th birthday by incorporating your favourite hobby with a common thread over the previous five decades. In 2015 Shaun Smith set upon his first of many trips from Tyneside to Scotland, visiting the clubs which have won the prestigious Scottish Junior Cup during his lifetime, a trophy which has been contested for since 1887 and is affectionately known as “The Holy Grail of Scottish football” The author reviews the history of each club, exploring the old pit villages, satellite towns and industrial areas from where they are based. The book look at his matchday ritual, OCD collecting, his musical passion and is semi-autobiographical, with links to his past as a long suffering Newcastle United fan. So follow Shaun’s progress of visiting 22 grounds in 22 months as he heads north of the border from the Toon to the Joons on the trail of the Scottish Holy Grail.

✔557 Hull & East Riding Sports Ground

Sculcoates Amateurs 8-1 Goole United
Humber Premier League 
Saturday 18th February 2017

Sculcoates Amateurs AFC was founded in 1947.
The club were founder members of the Humber Premier League in 2000-01, winning the title in 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11 and are the current champions, with a fourth league win last term.
The club are based at the Hull & East Riding Sports Club. The football ground is at the far side of the cricket pitch, roped off with wooden dugouts at one side with the changing rooms within the pavilion. 
Humber Premier League Matchday 19/22
2pm ko

This was my first match in the Humber League and I found it a decent standard, with some talented players on show. I was impressed with the Goole United number nine Ryan Whitlam, who made a lively start to the game before opened the scoring after 20 minutes, with a superb turn and curled shot from a tight angle. 
That goal gave the league leaders an alarm call, quickly turning the game around with two goals from Andy Finnerty, who ventured forward from left back to get on the end of two right wing crosses. 
Seconds before the half time whistle Siben Sani danced through the defence to make it 3-1 and from this point the result was never in doubt.
Scully spent the entire second period camped in the Gooley half, quickly extending their lead with a neat turn and shot from Eleazer Ezekiel. The Sculcoates players were queuing up to test the visiting ‘keeper with Michael Leng, Tom Bowman, Sam Tucker and another for Ezekeil adding to the score line before they finally declaring on eight. 

Matchday Stats
SAAFC 8(Finnerty 26,40 Sani 45 Ezekiel 48,82 Leng 61 Bowman 67 Tucker 77)
GUFC 1(Whitlam 21)
Admission & programme:none
The 2017 European City of Culture was the latest destination in our regular weekends away visiting the GBG pubs of Yorkshire. We arrived in Hull at 1.30pm, so nicely timed for my match at 2 o’clock, while the breadknife ventured  into the city centre to get the lay of the land. The early kick off meant we were out on the lash early, with our pub crawl starting at the Admiral of the Humber, before calling into The Mission, Head of Steam, Minerva Hotel  Ye Olde Black Boy, The Three John Scotts, Ye Olde White Harte, George Hotel and the Hope & Vine. Afterwards we staggered back to the guest house, which we finally managed to locate after losing our way due to consuming far too much ale.

Bevvy Almanac
Best pub - Ye Olde White Harte, 
Best bevvy - Head of Steam;
Sleeping Brew Tea ‘Pale Ale’ (4.4%)****

✔556 Eastbourne Sports Complex 4G

Darlington 1883 Reserves 4-1 South Shields Reserves
Wearside League
Saturday 28th January 2017

Horden Colliery Welfare were giving a lifeline in the summer from Darlington 1883 FC. The club which formed back in 1908 were forced out of Welfare Park by Horden Parish Council, playing last season’s remaining home fixtures at Grayfields in Hartlepool.  The 30 mile relocation allows the club to continue as well as developing young talent at Darlington, which provides a stepping stone to the first team.

 I featured the Eastbourne Sports Complex in Wearside League Wanderings - part five, when I saw Darlington Cleveland Bridge play on the main pitch in August 2010. (This was the day when I met one half of the #NECelebrityGroundhoppingCouple for the first time)
In October 2016 a new state-of-the-art £512,580 4G grass pitch was opened, financed by a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. The pitch has floodlights with spectator standing down on side and runs parallel with the main ground. 

Darlo Ressies were up against South Shields, another new reserve side in the Wearside League this season. The hosts took a two goal lead when Joseph Smith poked in a left wing cross after a quarter of an hour, followed by Derek Cooper-Wade touching in a free kick five minutes later. A cracking right foot volley by Ryan Bolam halved the arrears on 26 minutes, then when the home side were reduced to ten men it was looking good for Shields to pick up at least a point.
Kurt Matthews restored the two goal cushion just 26 seconds after the restart, before Nathan Stevenson was on hand to fire in a fourth just after the hour mark. The match turned out to be a convincing win for the ten men and a miserable afternoon for the visitors, which was summed up on 64 minutes when a penalty kick was easily saved by the Darlo ‘keeper. 

Matchday Stats
Kick off 2pm Admission £3
D1883RFC 4(Smith 15 Cooper-Wade 20 Matthews 46  Stevenson 62)
SSRFC 1(Bolam 26)

✔555 Shaw Lane Sports Club

Shaw Lane AFC 1-0 Stocksbridge Park Steels
Evo-Stick Division One South
Saturday 21st January 2017
Barnsley based Shaw Lane were first established in 1991 as a U-11 team at the Shaw Lane Community Sports Complex. The club expanded to senior level in 2007, merging with Worsbrough Common F.C.  to form Aquaforce Barnsley F.C. In 2011 they merged with Barugh F.C becoming Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

2012-13 Sheffield and Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division Champions
2013-14 Northern Counties East League Division One Runners-Up
2014-15 NCEL Premier Division Champions
2015-16 Evo-Stick Division One South Runners-Up (Lost in play-off final to Coalville Town)

In 2016 the club changed its name to fall in line with FA advertising regulations which prohibits the use of sponsored names from level 4 of the Non-League pyramid. The club were going to rebrand themselves as Barnsley Town from the start of this season before deciding to change to Shaw Lane AFC.

The Ducks currently sit top of the Evo-Stick Division One South, looking to achieve a fourth promotion in five seasons.
Shaw Lane Sports Club
Shaw Lane
S70 6HZ

Capacity 2,000
Current Evo-Stick Grounds visited 28/68

The football ground sits in between the cricket pitch at the entrance and the rugby ground at the top of the complex. 
The clubhouse and changing room building is on the turnstile entrance side. The Main Stand is opposite with four rows of red seats with a section of terrace steps at the side. The ground is three sides with a new stand behind the goal filled with four rows of blue and white flip seats. The stand is named in honour of Dan Wilkinson who tragically collapsed and died on the pitch in September 2016.
Shaw Lane (1st) v Stocksbridge Park Steels (11th)
Evo-Stick D1 South Matchday 23
Kick off 3pm
Weather: spitting

A late goal from Jon Wafula maintained The Ducks six point lead at the top of the league. Both sides carved out and squandered several good chances, until the decisive moment five minutes from time, when a good right wing cross from Harris was fired in at the near post by Wafula. 

Matchday Stats
SLAFC 1(Wafula 85)
Top Bloke - Gary Burnett (Shaw Lane)
Entertainment 6/10

Admission £6
Programme £1.50
Pin badge £3
The breadknife and I have spent our spare weekends touring the ale houses of Yorkshire. Following on from nights away in Wakefield, Leeds and Huddersfield, Barnsley became our latest destination. It was after booking our hotel that I realised Barnsley were at home to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, so I expected a lively evening. The 3-2 win for the Reds meant it was quite boisterous, but this didn't spoil our night out socialising with the locals. The definite highlight was meeting a woman who has drank 27,000 ales over the last 30 years and she proudly showed me her ledger, which lists every ale she has supped. 

Bevvy Almanac
Started at the Dodworth Valley followed by The Commercial Inn, The Joseph Bramah, The Old no.7, Arcade Alehouse and The Silkstone Inn.
Best jar - Cottage 'Duchess’ (4.2%)***** in Arcade Alehouse.
Matchday Web Album (19 pictures from Shaw Lane)