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✔642 Wombwell Recreation Ground

Wombwell Town 4-3 New Bohemians
Association Cup 3rd Round
Tuesday 13th November 2018
 Wombwell is a town near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. (population of over 15,000) The town name originates from "Womba's Well", or "well in a hollow”
Historically the town has had a number of football clubs. The first to represent the village in the FA Cup was Wombwell Town in 1896, who won the inaugural Yorkshire League in 1899, before folding in the 1900s. Wombwell Rising Star F.C. briefly played at the beginning of the 20th century and Wombwell FC formed in 1920, playing in the Midland League and dissolved in 1934.
The second Wombwell Town were three times Yorkshire League champions before calling it a day in 2000. Nowadays there are two teams in the town - Wombwell Main play in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League and newcomers Wombwell Town, the third reincarnation of “Town”  formed in the summer, joining the same league in its 2nd Division. 
Recreation Ground
Station Road
S73 0BJ

The football pitch is surrounded by a running track with a covered terrace on one side. The clubhouse and changing room block is at the entrance behind the goal. There is half built dugout with a pile of breeze blocks piled up for another on the far side, which is roped off close to the pitch. There is four sets of floodlights on each side.

 Wombwell Town v New Bohemians
Sheffield & Hallamshire Association Cup 3rd round
7.45pm ko
The Wellers have won all eleven games since their formation and they kept up that 100% record with a cup win over New Bohemians.
They  broke the deadlock on 26 minutes with two goals within a minute from Luke Exley and Luke Norbury scoring straight from the restart. Ryan Smith smashed in the third on 33 minutes before the visitors replied, when a good run down the left set up Wilker Sousa to make it 3-1. Just before half time a ring wing cross from Powell was met with a lovely turn and volley by Norbury.
New Bohemians improved in the second half and got back into it with a 25 yard effort from Callum Saunders. Elijah Lewis tapped in a third on 83 minutes to make it a nervous finish for the hosts, but Super Wombwell hung on to claim their place in the quarter-finals.  
Matchday Stats and Spon
WTFC 4 (Exley 26 Norbury 26,44 Smith 33)
NBFC 3 (Sousa 34 Saunders 63 Lewis 83)
Entertainment 8/10
Programme £1
Coffee £1
Cuppa-soup £1
Sausage roll £1.20
116 miles door-to-door
Travelled with Katie & Lee in Blossom.
Departed Katie’s at 3.30pm arrived at the ground at 7.10pm.
Refreshment stop off in Wetherby at The Crown, Mews Ale & Wine Bar, Black Bull and Red Lion, while my fellow travellers went for a sitty-doony fish & chips tea at the Wetherby Whaler.
Nice surprise to be welcomed  by Nick and Alan Percival (100FgC squad #3 and #40) who played a part in the club's formation. Alan produces the programme and does the media outlets, if fact he does everything except play for or manage the team.
Also in attendance was Groundhopping Godfather Chris Berezai with Spooky(he senses when a goal is about to be scored)
Back hyem at 11.45pm.
#Agoodnightout #anothertick #greatlittleclub

✔641 Billy Hardy Sports Complex

Hylton Sports Club 9-3 Jarrow FC Reserves
Durham and Wearside Development Division
Saturday 10th November 2018
 Following a meeting in December last year, it was decided that the Wearside League and Durham Alliance League would merge. The Durham Alliance League would then become a feeder league for the Wearside League and would be known as the Durham and Wearside Development Division.
The nine founding teams are Durham United, Farringdon Detached, Seaton Carew, Sunderland North, Sunderland Town End, Wheatley Hill Working Mens Club, reserve teams from Durham City, Jarrow and Washington, plus today’s hosts -  Hylton Sports Club. The club made their debut in the Durham Alliance last year, finishing fourth in their inaugural season. 
Billy Hardy Sports Complex
Grange Road

The complex is easy to find just off the A1231 road towards sunderland town centre. The ground is at the bottom of the complex next to Hylton Colliery Cricket Club pitch, with the pavillion used as changing rooms. The pitch itself is fully railled with a set of cupboard type dugouts at one side. 
Hylton SC(6th) v Jarrow Reserves(9th)
TWR Bifolds Durham and Wearside Development Division
Matchday 6v9
2pm ko

The home team raced into a three goal lead with just over ten minutes gone, with a clinical brace from #9 and the #10 wriggled through a static defence for the third. By half time the #10 had completed his hat-trick to make it 5-0 and take Jarrow Ressies goal difference to -100 for the season.
After the break #9 also grabbed his third of the afternoon on 50 minutes, before a bit of a mini revival from Jarrow, with a header from Ryan Stobbs and a 20 yarder from Ryan Wales. Moments later normal service was resumed with the #6 rifling in from the edge of the area, before the #8 got on the act with a quick double to make it 9-2.
There was still time for a Daniel Steff to latch on to a long ball for his team’s third and to make it a round dozen for the afternoon.

Matchday Stats
HSCFC 9(#9 7,10,50 #10 12,19,24 #6 64 #8 81,82)
Awaiting team sheet for goalscorers
JFC Res 3(Stobbs 58 Wales 61 Steff 88)
Entertainment 10/10

✔640 Mill Lane

Wigginton Grasshoppers 1-4 Dringhouses
York Senior Cup 2nd Round
Saturday 27th October 2018
Wigginton is a village and civil parish 4 miles north of the City of York in North Yorkshire. (population about 3,600) The village name derives from Old English  - "Wicga", meaning "a beetle", plus the Old English suffix, "-tun", meaning a "settlement or enclosure. The village was named in the Domesday Book and noted as belonging to the cathedral church of St Peter in York. The name of the village has been recorded as Wichestun in the 11th century and Wygynton by the 1400’s. 

Wigginton Grasshoppers are a community and charter standard club, formed in 1982 by John Jeffery. Wiggy have teams of all age groups from the under 5's right up to the under 19's, as well as a growing number of girls teams. The senior team play in the York Minster Engineering League Premier Division and are the current champions with the second team playing in the Reserve A division.
York League Division One Champions: 1999-2000, 2010-11
Premier Division Champions: 2016-17, 2017-18
York FA Cup Winners: 2003-4
York League Senior Cup Winners: 2005-6, 2013-14
Wigginton Sports & Playing Fields
Mill Lane
YO32 2PY

Current York Premier League grounds visited 5/15

The club relocated to Mill Lane from Wigginton School in 1984. There are two pitches side by side at the far end of the complex, both with brick dugouts. The first team use the left sided pitch which is fully roped off. There is a set of cabins used as changing rooms and for storage.
Wigginton Grasshoppers have submitted a planning application for a new pavilion, which would include accessible changing rooms, a kitchen area and a community space. The project would cost £600,000 with finances generated by fundraising amongst their roster of over 300 players from juniors to seniors.

Wigginton Grasshoppers v Dringhouses
FA Senior Cup 2nd Round
2pm ko

Dringhouses booked their spot in the third round of the York Senior Cup with a good second half performance. Wiggy took the lead midway through the first half with a header from the Michael Byram, but the visitors quickly responded through Cameron Sanderson who fired in a right wing cross. They took the lead on 51 minutes through Liam Robertson, then extended their advantage when Dave Watson finished well when sent through on goal with just the ‘keeper to beat. The match was wrapped up when Sam Drake produced a good finish on 77 minutes to make it 4-1 to Dringy. 

Matchday Stats
WGFC 1(Byram 22)
DFC 4(Sanderson 29 Robertson 51 Watson 75 Drake 77)
Entertainment 7/10

I was in York for my mate Zippy’s birthday beano, along with Plymouth Pete. We called into the Punch Bowl for breakfast, then the Windmill Inn, The Swan, The Slide Inn and The Phoenix before taking a taxi up to Wigginton, where I met up with Lee & Katie at the game. After the match we returned to the city centre to meet up with Honest Paul and Colin in the Eagle & Child to continue our York pub crawl, with the boozing continuing when we got back to Newcastle at 9.30.

✔639 Mo Mowlem Memorial Park

Redcar Town 4-1 Bedale
North Riding Football League - Premier Division
Wednesday 17th October 2018
 Redcar is a seaside town in North Yorkshire, just over seven miles east of Middlesbrough on the North Sea coast. (population over 36,000) Following  the opening of the Middlesbrough to Redcar Railway in 1846, it became a popular tourist destination, with regular holidaymakers from Scotland and the rest of Yorkshire.

Redcar Town formed in 2014. The club joined the second division of the Teesside League, winning promotion as champions and also lifting the MacMillan Bowl and Burness Plate in 2014-15. Redcar also enjoyed success in the JV Madden Trophy in 2015-16 and the following season the Lou Moore Trophy. The club became founder members of the North Riding League in its Premier Division last season. The club run an array of junior teams at all age levels as well as a senior Ladies side.
 I nipped down to Teesside for this midweek fixture with Lee, Katie and Jadey-bot. When we arrived there were a few southern based Groundhoppers in attendance, who had travelled up from Ipswich and Cheltenham. 

Mo Mowlam Memorial Park is named in honour of the late labour politician who served as MP for Redcar between 1987 and 2001. The ground is very impressive for Step 7 level, as the club look well set up to progress to the Northern League, with a full set of floodlights already up and working.

The entrance is at the back of the ground, around by the car park and not on the Trunk Road (as we learned the hard way) The clubhouse is quite spacious, with hot food and drinks available, plus a good selection of club souvenirs. The pitch is fully railed off with dugouts at the far side, with a selection of chairs and picnic tables in front of the clubhouse and changing room block.  There is plenty of room for progression with space on each side for a stand or two. 
Redcar Town(5th) v Bedale(8th)
NRFL - Premier Division matchday 11v10
7.30pm ko

A hat-trick from Ryan Bennions set up a convincing league win against Bedale. He broke the deadlock just after the half hour mark, nipping in at the near post to steer in a right wing cross, before a good strike on half time to make it two-nil. The number nine grabbed his third on 65 minutes with a first time effort inside the box, then Andrew Porritt got on the scoresheet to make it 4-0 with just over ten minutes remaining. Bedale grabbed a late consolation when a Jack Stapley effort was spilled into the net by the home ‘keeper in the last minute.

Matchday Stats
RTFC 4(Bennions 31,45,65 Porritt 77)
AFCB 1(Stapley 90)
Admission & programme:none
Coffee £1

✔638. Westleigh Park

Havant & Waterlooville 0-1 Gateshead
National League 
Saturday 13th October 2018
 Havant is a town in the south east corner of Hampshire, situated in between Chichester and Portsmouth. The Borough of Havant covers the semi-urban area between Portsmouth and West Sussex, which includes Waterlooville, Bedhampton, Cowplain, Emsworth, Hayling Island, Purbrook and Widley.(population: 125,000)

The market town is distinguished by its fine Georgian buildings and narrow weaving footpaths called ‘Twittens’. Most of the town centre is a conservation area, which developed from a junction of ancient thoroughfares dating from Roman times.
The population doubled after World War II as agricultural land was replaced with housing following the bombing of Portsmouth and the Blitz.
 Havant & Waterlooville Football Club formed in 1998 following a merger between Havant Town (founded 1883) and Waterlooville (1905) 
They took residence at Havant Town’s Westleigh Park ground and their place in the Southern League Southern Division, becoming league champions in 1998-99.
Southern League Premier Division 1999-2004
Conference South 2004-2016
Isthmian League 2016-17 - Champions
National League South 2017-18 - Champions

The Hawks hit the headlines in 2007-08 with a fabulous run in the FA Cup. After battling through the qualifying rounds, they knocked out York City and Notts County, before beating League One Swansea City 4-2 in a 3rd round replay. This set up a fourth round clash with Liverpool at Anfield, where they twice gave the reds a fright by taking the lead, before eventually losing 5-2 in a gallant effort. 
 Westleigh Ground
Martin Rd,

Capacity 5,250
Current National League grounds 23/24

The Main Stand has a single tier of 560 blue seats with HWFC picked out in yellow. The team changing rooms are behind it with the players tunnel to the side and the dugouts across the pitch. The rest of the ground is covered terracing apart from in one open corner. There are refreshment kiosks in three corners with the club shop in the other at the away fans entrance. Overall it’s a very tidy and cosy looking ground.
Havant & Waterlooville(21st) v Gateshead(8th)
National League matchday 16
3pm ko
Att.1,250 (38 away)

A tight encounter was settled in the 56th minute, when a Scott Barrow corner kick was met by Steve Rigg at the back stick, to head home from six yards.
The match was pretty even up until that point, with both defences holding firm as chances were limited. As the game progressed the Hawks pushed hard for an equaliser, but the Heed back line coped with the late threat to make it four wins on the bounce.

Matchday Stats & Spondoolicks
GFC 1(Rigg 56)
Entertainment 5/10
Admission £16
Programme £2
Pin badge £3
Coffee £1.50
336 miles door-to-door
0140 Megabus: Newcastle - London Victoria
1100 South-Western train: Waterloo - Havant

My two priority trips from the naughty north to the sexy south this season, were the Heed playing at Havant, and the Seahawks playing Raiders at Wembley(for that other game called football) The fixture gods worked in my favour as both matches took place over the same weekend, so it was just the one return trip needed with an overnight stay.

After ticking off another three London JDW’s on Saturday morning, I arrived in Hampshire at 1220 where I was met with glorious sunshine and a roasting 20 degrees. I took a leisurely stroll around town, stopping off for refreshments in The Parchment Makers, Robin Hood, Olde House At Home and the Wheelwright’s Arms before walking up to Westleigh Park.
After the game I took the train down to Fratton for a few drinks before booking into my overnight digs. I had a busy Saturday night on the lash in Southsea and Portsmouth which took my pub total for the day to a quite impressive nineteen.

I headed up to London on Sunday morning, where I met up with Mark Wilkins for more of the same, pub ticks and a match, when for the second day running I saw my team win the game.
A fantastic weekend when all my plans came together perfectly. I left London on the 2345 Megabus which got back into Newcastle at 07.15 on Monday. I was totally “cattle-trucked” this morning and it’ll probably be knackered all week, but its been well worth it for a mega weekend like this.  

Photos from Wembley and the pubs I visited this weekend will appear on my sister blog - The Completist.