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 'The 100 Football Grounds Club'(est.2006) ... the original internet ground logging website.
Check out my blog reports and pictures from over 600 different football grounds by using the labels list in the side panel. 

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✔707 Valley Gardens

Whitley Bay Sporting Club 3-5 Heaton Stannington A
Northumberland FA Minor Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 9th November 2019
 Whitley Bay Sports Club started life in the Northern Alliance Division Two as West Allotment Celtic 'A' in 2013. After two seasons they changed to Whitley Bay Boys Club Seniors before changing again to their present name in 2017, winning promotion to Division One as runner-up last season.

Valley Gardens Middle School
Valley Gardens
NE25 9AQ

Current Northern Alliance grounds visited 35

The enclosed 4G pitch is within the grounds of the school. The ground is just around the corner from Churchill Playing Fields where I saw Monkseaton play as part of Around The Alliance part eighteen in 2017.
Whitley Bay SC 3(Bruce 57OG Blythe 60 Atkinson 88pen)
Heaton Stannington A 5(Ogidan 18,35,89 Wilson 77,86)
Northumberland FA Minor Cup Round 3
1.30pm ko

Heaton Stan took control of the first half with a well taking double by Usman Ogidan. Whitley levelled through an unfortunate own goal by Layton Bruce and a well taking right foot drive from Liam Blythe to make it 2-2 on the hour mark. The visitors regained the lead when a mazzy run and shot from Ogidan was saved, but sub Josh Wilson was on hand to tap home the rebound. Wilson added his second before the home team again reduced the arrears when Tom Atkinson converted a penalty with two minutes left. Stan booked their place in the next round a minute later when Ogidan completed his hat-trick to make it 5-3. 
12 miles door-to-door

Another week when the weather was okay until Friday, then a day of heavy rain cattle-trucks Saturday's Non-League football, so this meant yet another 4G cage for my football fix. 
I battled my way through the heavy traffic on the Tyne Bridge and Coast Road to arrive just as the players held a minutes silence prior to the kick off. It was a nice surprise to see Lee & Katie in the crowd, after they abandoned their planned trip to watch Plymouth in the FA Cup away at Bolton Wanderers.

✔706 Bull Hill

Easingwold Town 2-2 Thorpe United
York Minster Engineering Football League - 
Premier Division
Saturday 2nd November 2019
Easingwold is a small Georgian market town in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire, 12 miles north of York at the foot of the Howardian Hills. The town is mentioned in the Domesday Book as "Eisicewalt" 

Easingwold Town FC formed in 1892 and are one of three founder members of the York League still playing within the league. The club’s most successful period came in the early 1970's when they won the Senior Cup in '72 and finished runners up in the top division in 1972-73.  The club has a senior reserve side, a third team in the Beckett League and have a women's team - Easingwold Angels, formed in 2010. They set up a junior section in the mid 1990s covering all age groups for both boys and girls. 
Bull Hill
Stillington Road
YO61 3ET

Current York FL Premier Division grounds visited 6/15

The main pitch used by the senior men’s team is fully railed with dugouts on one side plus a covered enclosure with a bench seat on the opposite side, where you could squeeze in about 25 sitting spectators. At the car park entrance is the pavilion, which opened in 2007 and houses the changing rooms and the clubhouse cafe. 
Easingwold Town(10th) 2(Cryer 46 Crosby 80) 
Thorpe United(2nd) 2(Wileman 68 Collier 72)
York Minster Engineering FL - Premier Division Matchday 11v8
2pm ko
No admission
Tea £1

After being the better side in the opening half the home team took the lead straight from the restart, when Josh Cryer followed in from close range after an initial effort came back off the post. The visitors turned the match around midway through the second half, when a long kick from the keeper found Eddie Wileman who raced through to equalise, followed by Gary Collier sliding in from a lovely right wing ball to make it 2-1.  With ten minutes left Joe Crosby anticipated a through ball to take the ball past the keeper and finish well for a well deserved point for Town.
Another drive down the A19 after finishing work - 71 miles door-to-door. 
I arrived at 12.50pm, which allowed plenty of time to walk along to the town and call for a bevvy at the GBG listed George Hotel in the Market Place. Easingwold is a quaint little town, with independent shops and cafes plus enough pubs for a decent night out, so a really nice place to visit. 

✔705 Outwood Academy Acklam 4G

Kader 1-8 Boro Rangers
North Riding Football League - Premier Division
Saturday 26th October 2019
Kader Football Club formed in 1976 and has over 300 players in 30 teams who are coached by FA qualified volunteers, covering boys, girls and mixed teams in all age groups. In 2018 the club started a mens team, playing in the North Riding Football League for players progressing from youth level. Kader has been recognised with Community Club status and awarded TJFA Club of the year in 1991-92, 2000-01, and have also won numerous NRCFA  club awards.

Hustler Trust Pavillion
Outwood Academy Acklam
Hall Drive
TS5 7JY7

North Riding Premier League grounds visited 13/15

There’s 16 pitches at the Outwood Academy including the one which was used by defunct club Whinney Banks when I last visited here 200 grounds ago, back in 2016 on Sandy Flatts. 
Kader Men use the 4G pitch which is caged with dugouts on one side and the spectators hard standing on the outer side of the fence

Kader(15th) 1(Hoyland 13)
Boro Rangers(3rd) 8(Isle 29,43pen 51 Large 34,40,68 Guy 77 Johnson 82)
North Riding FL Premier Division matches 11
2pm ko

Kader did well in the first half an hour, taking the lead with a twenty yard shot from Michael Hoyland in the 13th minute. Jamie Isle levelled with a first time shot from the edge of the box, before a long ball found Jake Large who fired Boro into the lead. Before the break both players had a brace including a penalty by Isle to make it 1-4 at the break. 
Isle completing his hat-trick with a well placed free kick from the edge of the penalty box in the 51st minute, then Large also grabbed his third midway through the second half. A good run and finish by Jack Guy made it seven up,  before Dave Johnson joined the attack to slot home and make it 1-8 at full time.
38 miles door-to-door down the A19 to Middlesbrough.

The NE Groundhopping Contingent had originally planned to visit Staithes today, but the heavy rain over the last 24 hours had blitzed the non-league programme.
We needed to visit Kader towards completing the Premier Division of the North Riding League, so this was the ideal day to tick it off.
Before the match we had plenty of time to call into the GBG listed Dr Phil’s Ale House just a mile or so along the road from the ground. The established catered for the three of us as I am a real ale enthusiast, Katie is a lager lover and Lee a cider drinker. 

✔704 Thirsk & Sowerby Flatts

Thirsk Falcons 1-4 Stockton West End
North Riding Football League - Premier Division
Saturday 19th October 2019
 Thirsk is a small market town and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire. The town is a popular tourist destination close to the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and has a favoured racecourse on the edge of town. It was the home of author James Herriot and birthplace of Thomas Lord, after whom Lord's Cricket Ground is named. (population 5,000) 

Thirsk Falcons run boys and girls teams at all age levels. The adult team played in the Teesside League, becoming Division Two champions in 2013-14. They joined the North Riding Football League Division One in 2017 and won the league last season to gain promotion to its Premier Division.
Thirsk and Sowerby Flatts
Chapel Street, 
North Yorkshire 

The ground is behind the Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre. Opposite the centre is the club's changing room block and storage space for the goals and nets. The pitch is roped off on one side and borders the Cod Beck riverside walkway at the far side.

Current NRFL Premier Division grounds visited 12/15
Thirsk Falcons(14th) 1(Duffield 23)
Stockton West End(4th) 4(Williams 6,45,46,89)
North Riding FL Premier Division matchday 10
2pm ko

Four goals by West End number nine Carl Williams secured the three points. He capitalised on a poor keeper's clearance in the 6th minute, before the Falcons levelled with a Joshua Duffield shot from outside the box. A goal each side of half time by Williams, including a cracking volley to give him his hat trick put Stockton back in control, before he wrapped it up in the final minutes to make it 4-1. 
The NEGC and a cheeky lino.
60 miles door-to-door via A19

Drove down to Houghton after work, switching cars to head down the A19 with Katie & Lee. This was my first visit to Thirsk since the breadknife and I spent a summer evening there last year having a drink in every pub in town. On this occasion there was no bevvy, just a ‘Spoons coffee and a Greggs steak bake before the match. 

Revisit - Northfield School & Sports College

Wynyard Village 5-4 Heighington
Durham Minor Cup 1st Round
Saturday 12th October 2019
 Wynyard Park, sometimes known as Wynyard Hall is a large English country house in County Durham. The house was the family seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewarts, Marquesses of Londonderry, an Anglo-Irish aristocratic dynasty, before it was sold in the 1980s.
There are three areas of housing development within the former Wynyard Estate: Wynyard Village, Wynyard Woods and Wynyard Park. The estate's residents include Duncan Bannatyne and in the past an array of  Premier League footballers from the north-east clubs. Wynyard Village FC formed as a youth side in 2004. The adult side joined the Wearside League Division 2 at the start of this season.
Northfield School & Sports College
Thames Road
TS22 5BU
The school is 2 miles east of Wynyard Hall. It was established in 1972 and was awarded specialist Sports College status in 1999. The complex has several grass and 3G pitches with Wynyard playing on the furthest pitch away from the Sportsdrome.
32 mile drive door-to-door down the A1/A639 and Stockton Road.
Current Wearside League grounds visited 22/25
Original visit to Billingham FC
Wynyard Village 5(Millward 19,51,58 Dawson 30 #4 OG 78)
Heighington 4(Dixon 11,86,89 Dodson 58)
Durham County FA Minor Cup 1st Round
1.30pm ko

Crook & District League side Heighington took an early lead through Dan Dixon, but the hosts turned it around before the break through Toby Millward and Dylan Dawson. After the restart a smashing finish from Millward extended their advantage before substitute Shane Dodson got on the end of a right wing cross to pull it back to 3-2. 
Millard grabbed his hat trick just before the hour mark, then when the fifth goal arrived in the 78th minute through a clumsy OG it looked game over. With just under five minutes remaining Dixon scored his second with a lovely 25 yard free kick and he still had time to grab his hat trick to make it 5-4.The clock was against Heighington to take the match into extra time as Wynyard held on in a cracking open cup tie.