✔831 Wellfield Community School

Peterlee United 0-11 Shotton Colliery
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 2nd July 2022

I started the brand new football season with two matches in County Durham. On Friday night I saw five goals on a revisit to Newton Aycliffe followed by a further eleven goals for my first new venue of the season in Wingate.

Peterlee United are one of eleven new entities into the Wearside League this season, of which three of those play at previously uncharted grounds. The club were a Sunday league team but have switched to Saturday's, based at the Wellfield Community School, 3 miles south-west from Peterlee in Wingate. 

The former pit village was originally home to 30 farmers until coal was discovered in 1839. The name Wingate is said to derive from the Anglo-Saxon words windig (windy) and geat (road) meaning windy road. Although it was a warm sunny day at the match there was a constant strong gust of wind, so the village lives up to its name. 

Peterlee United 0

Shotton Colliery 11(Johnson 9,28,32,40,74,81 Jackson 15 Nicholson 20 Fenwick 24 Strading 63 Brightwell 65)

2pm KO PSF


Peterlee couldn't have picked a tougher opponent for their opening warm up game. 

Wearside League First Division club Shotton Colliery were seven goals up by half time. Matthew Johnson chipped in the opener after 9 minutes and bagged a further three in a 12 minute spell just before the interval. Shaun Jackson, Jay Nicholson and Jordan Fenwick were also amongst the goals in the opening 45 minutes, when they could have hit double figures but for some super saves from the Peterlee 'keeper. 

The home team were a bit more organised in the second half, until two goals in 3 minutes from Joshua Stradling and Lance Brightwell took their tally up to nine. Johnson got back into the act late on, scoring with a lovely turn and finish, followed by a diving header to make it 11-0 at full time. 


23 mile drive door-to-door 

Wellfield Community School

North Road, 

Wingate TS28 5AX

There's a traditional 4G cage at the side of the school, with a spectators section down one side. 

Met up with Katie & Lee at the match. Peterlee United are Lee's local club and he knows most of the players(and supporters) from Sunday league.


Done and T'do

Done - 2021-22

I don't think there'll be too much ground ticking from now on, however I would like to get some of these done over the next eleven months. 

T'do - 2022-23 season 

National League - 1
Dorking Wanderers

National League North - 5
Banbury United
Brackley Town
Gloucester City
Kings Lynn Town

Scottish League - 2

Hitsville UK - 6
Androssan Winton Rovers
Ardeer Thistle
Coventry United
Hanwell Town
Hawes United

Filling in the Gaps - 12
NPL Premier Division
Belper Town
Nantwich Town
Stafford Rangers
Warrington Rylands
Warrington Town
NPL East
Stockbridge Park Steels
NCEL - Div 1
Beverley Town
Hall Road Rangers
Horbury Town
Worsborough Bridge Athletic

Northern League
Washington (new)

Northern Alliance - 6
Blyth Rangers
Burradon & New Fordley
Hazlerigg Victory
Heddon United
Newcastle East End
Wallsend BC (3G)

Wearside League - 6
Barnard Castle
Ferryhill athletic
Hilda Park
Peterlee United

North Riding - 5
Fishburn Park
Staithes Athletic
South Park
Whitby Fishermen

✔830. Barr Field

Kirk Deighton Rangers 1-1 Rawdon Old Boys
West Yorkshire AFL - Premier Division
Wednesday 25th May 2022

Kirk Deighton is a village and civil parish near the A1 motorway in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire. It is situated north-west of Wetherby, on the border of the North and West Riding of Yorkshire. 

The village and its All Saints' Church were mentioned in the Domesday Book. The name derives from Kirk (meaning church) and Dĩc-tūn; a town surrounded by a moat or ditch.(population: 500)

Kirk Deighton Rangers formed in 1946, originally playing at Lime Kiln Lane, before moving to Knaresborough Road in 1960. In April 1968 they purchased Barr Field from the Wilkinson Building Company, adding changing rooms in 1972 and the current clubhouse in the 1980s. The pitch was later rotated to make room for a perimeter fence and the team dugouts. 

The club runs two sides, with the first team playing in the West Yorkshire AFL Premier Division and the reserves in the Alliance Division 1.  The first team were Harrogate & District Champions in 1998-99, 2013-14, then in 2016-17, when they completed the treble adding the Senior Cup and League Challenge Cup.

Barr Field

Wetherby Road

Kirk Deighton

North Yorkshire

LS22 4DS


Current WYAFL Premier Division grounds visited 5/16

Total English Non-League grounds visited 516


The pitch is fully railed off with the clubhouse and changing rooms in the corner. Spectator access is mostly restricted to the dugouts side because of the surrounding trees within the grounds borders. 

Kirk Deighton Rangers 1 (Harrison 57)

Rawdon Old Boys 1 (Brennan 24) 

WYAFL Premier Division matchday 30

12th v 8th

7pm ko



The final fixture in the West Yorkshire League got off to a quite start before the visitors took the lead midway through the first half, when James Brennan latched onto a through ball and fired in off the far post. 

The home team improved as the match progressed, missing several good chances. The equaliser eventually arrived when a huge rebound off a Rawdon player set up James Harrison, who made no mistake with his right foot effort.


77 miles door-to-door 

A final trip with Katie & Lee in Suzie this season. Good to catch up with a lot of familiar faces who had travelled from all points of the compass, which made it a quite enjoyable evening. 


✔828. Penicuik Park

Penicuik Athletic 2-1 Linlithgow Rose
East of Scotland League Premier Division
Saturday 14th May 2022

Penicuik is a town and former burgh in Midlothian, on the west bank of the River North Esk. It lies on the A701 road midway between Edinburgh and Peebles, east of the Pentland Hills.

The town's name is pronounced 'Pennycook' and is derived from Pen Y Cog, meaning "Hill of the Cuckoo" in the Old Brythonic language, and is Scotland's 50th largest town. (population:almost 16,000) The town was well known for its paper mills, the last of which closed in 2004 and more recently home to the Edinburgh Crystal works.

 Penicuik Athletic formed in 1888 following a meeting at the town's Royal Hotel. The club became founder members of the East of Scotland League in 1893, before adopting Junior status in 1904 and a name change to Penicuik Juniors. 

In 1930 the club reverted back to the seniors, winning the East of Scotland League in 1931-32 as well as the King’s Cup in 1936. They won the Border Cup in 1950, just before relocating to a new ground and a return to the Juniors.  

After a couple of semi-final defeats, Penicuik finally reached the final of the Junior Cup in 1970. Cuikie overcame seven West Region clubs to reach the final, before drawing 1-1 with Blantyre Victoria in front of a gate of over 30,000 at Hampden Park.(including my pal James) Unfortunately on the following Tuesday night, they narrowly lost the replay in front of a crowd of 14,225.

They were East Region Division One winners in 1978–79 and 1980–81 before the club's fortunes fell into decline with mounting debts, which forced the closure of the Social Club in 1986. Despite the off-field problems, the team kept going until the ground was sold on to be developed into a supermarket, which now stands on the Eastfield Park site.

Throughout the 1990's several schemes were undertaken to secure a new pitch, but for a variety of reasons were unsuccessful. The club finally returned in 2002 with a new ground in the town centre and were reinstated into the East Region Juniors, following the introduction of the Super League.

In 2004-05 the Lothian League Division 2 was won and the East Region Premier League title was achieved in 2013-14, before the exodus of East Junior clubs to the East of Scotland Football League in 2018.

Athletic were placed in Conference A, finishing the season as champions and into the East of Scotland Championship Playoffs. Cuikie finished second to rivals Bonnyrigg Rose in the three-way round robin, with Broxburn Athletic being the other side that missed out. Penicuik Athletic were then granted their SFA Licence, which brought with it entry into the Scottish Cup, commencing from the 2019–20 season.

Penicuik Park

114-116 John St, 


EH26 8NG


Current East of Scotland Premier League grounds visited 11/18

Total number of Scottish grounds visited 114

Penicuik originally played at Hays Park, before moving to Eastfield Park in 1951, which was previously owned by the Shotts Iron Company. Their new home was built on the public park, and now has covered enclosures running down one side and behind the goal, with the other half open. There are admission entrances on John Street and via the park, with The Cukie Cafe refreshment bar in the corner.

Penicuik Athletic 2(Reid 57,90+2)

Linlithgow Rose 1(Stowe 76pen)

East of Scotland Premier Division matchday 34

2nd v 3rd

2.30pm ko

Admission £7


Spondoolicks: Coffee £1 Steak pie £1.50(So nice that Mark had 3!!!) chocolate 50p

Penicuik went into this final match of the season in second position and level on points with leaders Tranent. As Tranent had a far superior goal difference, they simply had to better their result. As it happens the title league was settled by half time, with this match still goalless and Tranent two goals to the good. 

The home team went ahead in the 57th minute with a lovely curled shot from Nicky Reid, but the visitors equalised from the penalty spot after two separate fouls in the box. The hosts wrapped up an exciting season, finishing as league runners-up with a great passing move headed home by Reid in added on time.


130 miles door-to-door (via Waverley)

0849 LNER train Newcastle - Edinburgh arriving 1025

2000 LNER return train, arriving home at 2145.

After a three year hiatus, the traditional end of season meet up with Mark (from that London) and James (from Edinburgh) was back on.

The day started by meeting Mark for a ‘Spoons' breakfast (cold beans and bacon, yolkless egg, but at least the sausage was warm!) in The Playfair. Mark then called into the Jeremiah’s Taproom, while I did a spot of record shopping in the Vinyl Vault, delighted to pick up a single from The Slits for a bargain £3.50. 

We had time to visit the Bellfield Brewery bar before James picked us up at 12.30 for the drive down to Penicuik, with his pal John also coming along.

We had plenty of time for a wee pub crawl in the town, calling at the GBG listed Navaar House Hotel, followed by The Craigie and finally a swift one in The Roadhouse.

After the match we had a canny drink back in Edinburgh, half watching the FA Cup final at the Greenmantle and the Brass Monkey before the train back home. I’ve really missed this traditional trip to Edinburgh and as always, it kept its tradition of being a great day out.