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Saturday 24th October 2020
An early kick off in the Central Midlands League Cup meant I could double up with one off my T’do list, with both matches in Scunthorpe separated by a 5 minute drive.
739. Estadio de JLC
780 JFC 3-5 Heanor Town Reserves
Buckingham Insurance League Cup Round 2
John Leggott College is a sixth form college founded in 1958 as John Leggott Grammar School with 600 pupils aged 11–18. The Sixth Form College was established in September 1968 due to a reorganisation of education in Scunthorpe. It is commonly known as JLC and now has more than 2000 students.
John Leggott College
West Common Lane
Current Central Midland League grounds visited 11.
The main pitch is roped off with a pair of large Perspex dugouts at one side. There is a refreshment kiosk where match admission is also taken. One of the signs welcomes you to Estadio de JLC, which is a better ground name than John Leggott College, so I’m listing it as such.
780 JFC 3(Garner 32,41,70)
Heanor Town Reserves 5(Melvill 6 Vrzal 9 Desmond 62 Sithole 89 Lynam 90+11)
Full marks to both teams in producing a cracking game played in atrocious wet weather. Heanor went two goals ahead, as Josh Melville capitalising on some poor defending, before a Milan Vrzal daisy cutter free-kick from the edge of the box somehow went over the goalies hands. 780 striker Tom Garner grabbed a hat-trick, catching out the ‘keeper with a lobbed effort then equalising just before half time. Heanor regained the advantage when a corner kick was met at the near post by Jack Desmond, only for Garner to strike again with a curled shot from outside the box. The visitors finished the match strongly with two late goals from Fortunate Sithole and Alex Lynham, finally killing off 780 as they ran out of steam, not helped by the dismissal of Brad Teale in the 80th minute by the referee.
On the subject of the ref, I must give him a mention. For starters, he turned up late, strolling onto the pitch after the scheduled kick off time with a cup of coffee in hand, before spending the next five minutes fannying on, instead of getting the game started. At half time the players wanted a quick turnaround as the weather conditions worsened, but he pissed off and got himself another cuppa, then added nearly a quarter of an hour added on time. So in a nutshell a very arrogant and unprofessional man in black, and one I’ll be interested in seeing in action again.
740 Birkdale Park
Bottesford 2-2 Eccleshill United
NCEL Premier Division
Bottesford is a historic village with town status in North Lincolnshire. The town is just south of Scunthorpe town centre with its football club Bottesford Town established in 1974. (population:over 11,000)
Lincolnshire League 1974-2000
Champions three years in a row between 1989–90 and 1991–92
League Cup winners 1986–87, 1988–89, 1989–90
Central Midlands League 2000-2007
Supreme Division champions 2006–07
North Counties East League 2007-present
The Poachers were promoted to Premier Division in 2015-16 after 3rd place finish in Division One.
The Barratt Steel Stadium
Current NCEL Grounds Visited 31/40
The ground has all the main spectator facilities down one side. There's a covered stand which has a mix of seats and standing, with another enclosure with a few picnic tables next to the refreshment kiosk. The dugouts are on the opposite side, with the rest of the ground open including the Taco Bellend behind the goal. The changing rooms, clubhouse and ground entrance are in the corner.
Bottesford Town(19th) 2(Hutson 1 Moloney 25)
Eccleshill United(15th) 2(Awty 39 Irving 53)
NCEL Premier Division Matchday 9/8
The Poachers looked set for a much needed win before the visitors fought back from two goals down to gain a point. The home team took a two goal lead with Dale Hutson lobbing the ‘keeper in the first minute, before Joe Moloney fired in the second with 25 on the clock. Just before the break the ball was played into the path of Sam Awty, who fired across the ‘keeper into the left corner of the net to make it 2-1, just before another bout of heavy rain. The equaliser arrived in the 53rd minute when a direct free kick on the edge of the box was struck home by Jonny Irving. Both teams had chances to win it but overall the draw was the fairest outcome.
131 mile drive door-to-door
I picked up Katie & Lee at 10am, arriving in Scunthorpe town centre at noon, so a good hour for a look around before heading to JLC. The first shop we entered was a large charity shop just next to where I had parked the car. As we perused the goods on offer I said to Lee that I would love to go into a charity shop and see a rare Subbuteo set on offer. The sentence had not long left my breath when I clocked the famous green box, which I hurriedly purchased at an unbelievable price of just two British pounds. It wasn’t a rare set however, it was a Hasbro Team Edition, which I was very happy to add to my growing collection.
Lee & Katie didn’t fancy a revisit to Bottesford Town, instead they opted to warm up in a pub and I picked them up afterwards. After dropping them off I arrived back home at 7.30, when the weather couldn’t dampen an enjoyable day in Scunny.
Chadderton 2-2 St Helens Town
NWCL - First Division North
Saturday 3rd October 2020
Chadderton is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in Greater
Manchester. The town lies along the course of the River Irk and the Rochdale Canal, on
undulating land in the foothills of the Pennines. (population:nearly 35,000)
Chadderton's early history is marked by its status as a manorial township and in the Middle
Ages was chiefly distinguished by its two mansions, Foxdenton Hall and Chadderton Hall.
Urbanisation and expansion coincided with developments in textile manufacture during
the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era, as Chadderton became a major mill town,
with more than 50 cotton mills built by 1914. The legacy of the town's industrial past still
remains in its landscape of red-brick cotton mills, now used as warehouses or distribution
centres, some of which are listed buildings because of their architectural, historical and
Chadderton FC was established in 1946 as Burnley Lane Estate Juniors, originally playing in the Middleton
Youth League. The following year the club became a senior side, renamed after their new
home - Millbrow FC. The club again relocated and became North Chadderton Amateurs.
playing in the Oldham Amateur League, winning its Challenge Cup in 1954–55. Chaddy
moved up to the Manchester Amateur League and adopted their current name in 1957.
Past players have included former England captain and Chaddertonian David Platt, Leeds
United and Crystal Palace defender John Pemberton, plus Northern Ireland international
and man of many clubs Steve Jones, ...oh...and local lad Mark Owen from the boy band
Manchester Amateur League 1955-1963
North division champions 1955–56, Division One champions 1962–63
Manchester League 1963-1980
Division Two champions 1964–65, Division One champions 1966–67
Lancashire Combination 1980 - 1982
North West Counties League 1982-present
ARK Fleetech Stadium
Current NWCL grounds visited 28/60
The changing rooms are at the entrance with the clubhouse bar upstairs. There is a covered
stand which runs pitch length along the far side, having three rows of bench seats in the
middle with terraces at the sides. The dugouts are opposite and there's inclined viewing
behind the far goal.
Chadderton 2(Sullivan 14 Schofield 20)
St Helens Town 2(Maksymyk 75 Quirk 90)
North West Counties FL First Division North Matchday 1
Pin badge £2.50
Mince pie £2
Chadderton looked well on course for an opening day win when Bradley Sullivan fired them
ahead, then a corner kick bypassed everyone and fell to captain Jordan Schofield at the far
post to make it 2-0 with just twenty minutes gone.
St Helens improved in the second half and halved the deficit in the 75th minute when
Yaroslav Maksymyk latched onto a through ball and produced a good finish. The visitors
were rewarded for their late spell of pressure, when a shot from Colin Quirk took a
deflection to make it all square in the last minute. Saints could have pinched all three points
in added on time, but Lewis Fearns' effort came back off the post.
132 miles door-to-door
A decent Saturday morning finish at work, mainly due to the fact I was working with our office's version of Nijinsky(and I mean the champion racehorse not the ballet dancer) meant I could get to Katie and Lee's for our noon departure to Greater Manchester. We picked up Connor on the way and travelled across the Pennines through the heavy rain to arrive on Andrew Street at 2.15. We were treated to a good game at a friendly club, plus it was nice to catch up with Saints supporters Jeff & Debra Voller at the match.
FOOTNOTE Since Blogger changed to a new publishing interface, publishing these blogs has became hard work, taking a good one hour longer than it has done for the past 14 years. What I'm basically trying to say is the new set up is shit and they should have left it as it was.
Central Midlands League Premier North
Saturday 26th September 2020
Worksop is the largest town in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire, close to the borders of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Worksop lies on the River Ryton, located at the northern edge of Sherwood Forest. (population: almost 42,000)
The town is known as the "Gateway to The Dukeries", because of the now four obsolete closely located ducal principal sites, just south of the town. These four ducal locations were; Clumber House, Thoresby Hall, Welbeck Abbey and Worksop Manor. Other houses such as Rufford Abbey and Hodsock Priory are also just a few miles away.
The birthplace of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, actor Donald Pleasence, golfer Lee Westwood and from the football world - Former England manager Graham Taylor, Leeds United FA Cup winner Mick Jones, goalkeeper Ian Bennett and Spurs & Coventry City player Danny Thomas.
St Josephs Rockware of Worksop have been around since 1984, but joined the football pyramid last season, playing in the
Central Midlands League Division One North. When the season abruptly ended,
SJR were sitting 12 points clear at the top of the league, winning 14 and drawing two of their 16
fixtures, but club were still promoted into the Premier Division North.
Rockware Sports Ground
Rockware is just along the road from Worksop Town's ground, just off Sandy Lane and down a
steep bank which leads to the ground"s entrance hut. The pitch has a new perimeter fence with
a pair of dugouts on one side. The changing rooms, refreshments bar and lounge is set back on
the far side, as the ground is shared with the cricket club.
SJR Worksop 1(#5OG 2)
Dinnington Town 3(Evans 15 Turner 24 Hopkins 50)
CML - North Division matchday 3
3.07pm ko (they forgot the corner flags)
Dinnington gifted the hosts a goal headstart, when a backpass from the centre half wrong footed the 'keeper to put them 1-0 up. The visitors quickly responded with Cameron Evans heading in a left wing cross, before Jordan Turner fired in midway through the first half. Five minutes from the restart, a corner kick was met with a bullet header from Jamie Hopkins, which was enough to clinch this local derby.
127 miles door-to-door
I travelled down to Notts with Katie & Lee and we also picked up John McClure on the way. There were plenty of familiar faces in what was a record attendance for SJR, including Chris GroundhopUK and our old friends from Humberside - The Hull Hoppers.