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Colne 0-1 Dunston
Northern Premier League - North-West Division
Tuesday 7th January 2020
Colne sits in the far eastern corner of Lancashire, six miles north-east of Burnley, close to the border with North and West Yorkshire. (population just under 18,000)
The ancient market town was at the heart of the Lancashire cotton industry. Colne is the birthplace of the band master aboard the Titanic - Wallace Hartley and the home of The Great British R&B Festival.Colne FC was established in January 1996, six years after the demise of Colne Dynamoes, who folded after they were refused promotion to the Conference.
North-West Counties League 1996-2016
NWC Division Two champions 2003-04
NWC Premier Division champions 2015-16
Northern Premier League;
Division One N/W/NW 2016- present
Lost in play-off semi finals in 2016-17 and 2018-19
Sovereign Play Stadium
Record attendance: 1,742 v A.F.C. Sudbury, FA Vase semi-final, 20th March 2004
Current Northern Premier League grounds visited 39/62
Holt House was originally an area with several pitches, before being enclosed in 1975 when Colne Dynamoes joined the Lancashire Combination. In the first half of the 1980’s three stands were erected and floodlights installed, with another new stand added in 1986. After Dynamoes, the ground was used by the Colne Royal British Legion FC until they also folded in 1995. The wooden main stand has 160 red flip seats made up of three rows. The Nigel Coates Stand is a full covered terrace behind the goal, with further cover down one side. The 1996 Lounge, Reds Bar and changing rooms are in between the stand and the turnstile entrance in the corner.Colne o
Dunston 1(Pearson 90+1)
Bet Victor Northern Premier League - North West Division
Pin badge £3
Chicken & Ham pie £2.50
A match of very few chances looked to be heading towards a (rare for me) goalless draw, until the deadlock was broken in stoppage time, when a Michael Hall cross picked out Michael Pearson who headed into the far corner of the net to clinch a well earned three points.#HeedHopper
107 miles ground-to-ground
Departed UTS Stadium on team coach at 1545, back at 0040.
Arrived at Holt House at 1845, later than planned because of heavy rush hour traffic in Harrogate, where we called to pick up one of the players from the train station.
On arrival I legged it down the hill and walked back up another steeper hill to the town centre, to visit two Good Beer Guide pubs - The Wallace Harley (JDW) and Boyce's Barrel. A good night out in Colne, with my only regret being that I would have loved to visit Holt House during the daytime for the picturesque backdrop views of Pendle and the surrounding areas.
Robin Hood Athletic 1-2 Rawdon Old Boys
West Riding County Challenge Cup 4th Round
Saturday 4th January 2020Robin Hood is a village within the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, on the A61 between the city centre and Wakefield, close to Rothwell and Lofthouse.
The village obviously take its name from the medieval folk hero Robin Hood, as some of the original legends mention him in and around the West Riding of Yorkshire, in particular Barnsdale forest, which is close to Wakefield.
Robin Hood Athletic formed in 1952 and have played the majority of their history in the West Yorkshire League, currently playing in its Premier Division. The club also had a brief spell in the Leeds Combination League.
WYAFL Division One champions 2013-14The Coach Ground
Behind Coach & Horses
Current WYAF League grounds visited - 8
The club moved to the field behind the Coach & Horses Hotel in 1968. The main stand was built in the late 1970’s and has ten large terrace steps with a peaked roof. The changing rooms are either side of the stand with the clubhouse in the larger building. The away side dugout is on the opposite side and the pitch is fully railed off.Robin Hood Athletic 1(Finlayson 10)
Rawdon Old Boys 2(Nicholls 63 Butler 80)
West Riding County FA Challenge Cup 4th Round
After a promising start from the visitors, it was the home side who took a tenth minute lead, when a vicious shot from the edge of the box from James Finlayson went in off the post.
Rawdon were finally rewarded for their efforts when dangerman Craig Nicholls produced a clever flick on the halfway line, before running half the length of the pitch and firing in the equaliser. With ten minutes remaining Paul Butler was upended on the edge of the penalty area, before stepping up to rifle the free kick past the ‘keeper to book ROB a place in the cup quarter-finals.#HeedHopper
96 miles drive door-to-door (on me todd)
The Coach Ground has been on my “T’do list” for a while, so I took advantage of a dry, mild, January Saturday to finally tick it off. I also had time for a swift drink in the Coach & Horses, my first (of many) new pub visits this year.
My Favourite Bits of 2019
*Favourite Senior Ground Visited*
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
*Favourite Non-League Ground Visited*
The Stanks - Berwick-Upon-Tweed
*Favourite Match Attended*
Newcastle United v Manchester City - 30th January
*Best Goal Seen*
Jack Henderson - Winlaton Vulcans
(v Whitley Bay Res. 28th August)
*My Favourite Matchday*
697. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
(v Newcastle United 25th August)
The Brew Shed - Retford
Eastwood Community 6-0 Clipstone
East Midlands Counties League Premier Division
Saturday 28th December 2019
Eastwood is a former coal mining town in the Broxtowe district of Nottinghamshire, on the county border with Derbyshire. (population almost 19,000)
The town developed during the Industrial Revolution and is the birthplace of the Midland Railway, plus writer and poet D. H. Lawrence, who was born in Eastwood in 1885. The local area is mentioned in many of his novels, especially in The White Peacock, set amongst the backdrop of industrial Nottinghamshire. There were ten collieries within walking distance of Lawrence's home, with the majority of the local male population working down the pits. His birthplace still stands and is now a visitors museum at 8a Victoria Street, his first of four family homes in Eastwood.Eastwood Community FC formed in 2014, following the demise of Eastwood Town. The Badgers were founded in 1955 and reached as high as Conference North level, after winning the Northern Premier League in 2008-09. After a 4th place finish in their debut season at Step 2, they were unable to compete in the play-offs due to ground grading issues. This resulted in the owners put the club up for sale. Eastwood Town were issued with a winding up petition over an unpaid tax bill of £168,000 in November 2013, with the council banning the club from using Coronation Park. After postponing five consecutive home games, they resigned from the Northern Premier League in February 2014.
The newly formed club joined the Central Midlands League South Division and the Red Badgers took part in the FA Vase for the first time in 2015.
Central Midlands League 2014-2018
East Midlands Counties League 2018 - present
Current ECML grounds visited - 7
The Main Stand is a single tier structure with black flip seats with ECFC picked out in white. On the same side is the clubhouse, media room, snack bar and team dugouts. There is covered standing behind both goals, one with terracing. On the far side is another covered stand sitting in the middle of hard standing, with additional build up terracing.Eastwood Community(3rd) 6 (Webb 25,55,68 Knight 50,84 Hines 77)
East Midlands Counties League - Premier Division matchday 19
After a lacklustre first half, with just a Paddy Webb goal giving the home side a slender lead, the Red Badgers came out in the second half and battered the visitors.
Kieran Knight connected with a right wing cross to start the onslaught five minutes from the restart, then he twice teed up his strike partner Webb to complete his hat-trick. Knight also assisted with the fifth, to set up a tidy finish from substitute Wayde Hines. The man of the match dribbled his way into the box to score his second of the afternoon and make it 6-0 at full time.#HeedHopper
134 miles door-to-door
We arrived at Coronation Park at 2.30, so just enough time to nip around the corner to the Tap & Growler - the 126th (and probably the last) new GBG pub I've ticked off throughout 2019. The Whisky drinking Hull Hoppers - Dave and Phil were already in there, so I joined them for a drink before walking back to the ground.
After the game the five of us called to the local JDW - The Lady Chatterley for a farewell drink before heading back home, after ticking off a great ground and a big home win to finish off the decade.