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✔544 Blackwell Meadows

Darlington 1883 1-2 Nuneaton Town
National League North
Saturday 7th January 2017
After playing 13 miles away at Heritage Park in Bishop Auckland, Darlington ended their four year exile from the town on Boxing Day with their first match at Blackwell Meadows, as an all-ticket capacity crowd saw a winning start for the Quakers with a 3-2 victory over FC Halifax Town.
The groundshare with Darlington Rugby FC was announced in December 2013, with the original plan to expand the existing ground to a 3,000 capacity. The cost has been shared between both clubs, with improvements to the clubhouse, a covered terrace (known as the “Tin Shed”) new dugouts and a stand at the far side. Future developments will see further terracing at the top goal and the stand eventually extended pitch length.   
Following the club’s administration, reformation as Darlington 1883, community ownership and leaving the costly white elephant Darlington Arena in 2012, the new dawn has saw them go from strength to strength.  
The new club were placed four divisions from the Conference and now they are just one step away from a return. - 
2012-13  Northern League Division One Champions (122 points 145 goals)
2013-14  Evo-Stick Division One North runners-up (lost play-off semi final to Ramsbottom United)
2014-15 Evo-Stick League Division One North runner-up (won play-offs)
2015-16 Evo-Stick Premier League Champions
The Quakers are currently amongst the play-off positions in the National North as they look for a fourth promotion in five seasons. 
Darlington 1883(4th) v Nuneaton Town(14th)
Nation League North Matchday 24
3pm ko

Darlington were caught with an injury time sucker punch as they suffered a first defeat at their new home. Nuneaton took the lead just before the hour mark when Gateshead loanee Reece Styche was tripped by Brown in the box, with Joe Ironside easily slotting home the spot kick. 
Darlo looked to have salvaged a point in the last minute when substitute Luke Syers nodded in a Gillies cross, but they were undone as they pushed for the winner. The referee added an extra 6 minutes to proceedings largely due to time wasting by the Nuneaton ‘keeper Christian Dibble. In the second extra minute a long ball found Jordan Nicholson who outran the home defence before firing in with a powerful left foot shot. 
A disappointing performance from Darlington but Nuneaton go from strength to strength, this victory being their seventh win on the bounce. 
Matchday Stats and Spondoolicks
D1883FC 1(Syers 90)
NTFC 2(Ironside 58pen Nicholson 90+4)
Entertainment 6/10
Top Bloke - Terry Galbraith (Darlington) *biased award :-) *
Admission £12
Programme £2.50

Amongst the 2313 in attendance I bumped into 100FgC#64 Squad member Richard Panter who had travelled up from Leicester with Notts based Sad Hopper(aka Neil) I also spoke to Facebook legend John McClure sporting his 100FgC hat, plus Squad#4 Jack Warner and John Main were also among the crowd. 

Matchday Web Album (20 pictures from Blackwell Meadows)

✔553 Oxford Street

Rossington Main 2-1 Shirebrook Town
Northern Counties East League Division One
Monday 2nd January 2017
Not a great Groundhopping start to 2017. I set off early on this brisk Bank Holiday Monday to drive 137 miles to Brigg in North Lincolnshire for their noon kick off fixture with Winterton Rangers. As I approached the ground through the housing estate which leads to The Hawthorns, I knew the match would be postponed.  I lost control of the car twice as I drove along the back streets of black ice, my fears confirmed when I was told the referee had just called it off when I arrived at 11.30. 
Thankfully there was no fears of my second game of the day not going ahead, as unlike Brigg Town, fellow NCEL club Rossington Main use social media to notify the world that their game was on and there was no need for a pitch inspection. 
I killed time by called to Gainsborough on route to visit the only uncharted JDW in this part of Lincolnshire, before arriving at Rosso Main in South Yorkshire at half past one. 

Rossington is a former mining village in Doncaster (Population over 13,000)
Nowadays the Rossington area is made up of a number of villages and hamlets, such as New Rossington, Rossington Bridge, Shooters Hill, Hesley and Littleworth.
Rossington Main pit was sunk between 1912 and 1915. The colliery was one of the last to close, still producing coal up until 2007.

Rossington Colliery FC formed in 1919, became Rossington Miners Welfare in 1948.
The club changed their name to Rossington Main in 1983 and in 1998 merged with Rossington F.C.(formed as Station F.C. in the 1970s)

Played in the Doncaster Senior League
(Champions and League Cup winners in 1944/45, Premier Cup winners 1973/74)
Yorkshire League, Sheffield County Senior League, Central Midlands League as founder members in 1983 (Premier Division champions 1984/85, Cup holders 1983/84 1984/85 and DDSAL Shield winners in 1990/91)
Joined Northern Counties East League Division One in 1991, best finish is 7th in 2011-12.

Welfare Ground, 
Oxford Street, 
DN11 0TE

Current NCEL Grounds 30/44

Capacity 2,000 
Record Attendance: 1,243 v Doncaster Rovers (PSF) - 9th July 2013

The club originally played behind the colliery offices in New Rossington before moving to Oxford Street in 1921. The ground has a main stand with changing rooms, covered enclosure, club offices and an impressive clubhouse all found on the same side as the ground entrance. On the opposite side is the Gerry Murden Stand which sits half way with two rows of seats which takes the ground seating capacity to 250. There’s open standing behind both goals and the team dugouts are on the main side. 
Rossington Main (19th) v Shirebrook Town (15th)
NCEL Division One Matchday 28/26
3pm ko

Rosso came from behind to gain a well earned three points against Shirebrook Town. After a goalless opening half the visitors took the lead just after the break, when Glynn Cotton picked up the ball 25 yards from goal, before creating an angle for the shot and firing in from the edge of the box. 
The home side grabbed an equaliser with fifteen minutes remaining when a peach of a cross from the left was headed in at the far post by Lee Holmes. The Main were giving a boost on 79 minutes when a second yellow card for Ryan Smyth saw him dismissed. Then within a minute a long range effort smacked the crossbar quickly followed by the winner - a ball was swept into the box which fell to Jason Stokes who rounded the ‘keeper and tucked it away to make it 2-1. 

Admission £4
Programme £1.50
Pin badge £3.50
Tea 80p
Steak pie & gravy £2

Matchday Stats
RMFC 2(Holmes 75 Stokes 81)
STFC 1(Cotton 48)
Entertainment 7/10
Top Bloke - Lee Holmes (Rossington Main)
As is usually the case at a match I bumped into someone I know, spotting the large camera of 100FgC Squad#53 Rob Campion who along with his mate, managed to escape from their families for the afternoon.(Rob's photos) Rossington is close to the M18, so I was quickly on the A1 after the match and back home before seven bells. The day turned out ok considering how pissed off I was earlier in the day after the Brigg postponement. 

Oxford Street Matchday Web Album 
(20 pictures)

Facebook Pic of the Week Cup 2016

Round 1 winner - Whitehill Welfare - Jamie McQueen
Round 2 winner - OFK Belgrade - Peter Miles
Round 3 winner - Vikingur Olasafsvik - Stephen Carpenter
Highest voted runner-up - Zenit St Petersburg - Duncan James Ashton 
Round 4 winner - Bad Gastein - James Little
Round 5 winner - Garw SBGC - David Bauckham
Round 6 winner - Glentoran - Paul Brockett
Most popular weekly winner(77 likes) -  Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja (IBV)  - John Blair

Quarter Finals 
Whitehill beat Zenit
Garw beat Vikingur
IBV beat OFK Belgrade
Glentoran beat Bad Gastein

Semi Finals
IBV beat Garw
Glentoran beat Whitehill(only one vote in it with 55 votes cast) 

and the winner is... Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja (IBV)

Congratulations to John Blair who wins a 100FgC mug.

New Year's Honours List

The 100FgC 2016 Accolades

*Best Match Attended*
Newcastle United 4 Norwich City 3
28th September
Youtube link - 

*Best Goal of the Year*
Paddy McLaughlin
Gateshead v Dover
8th October
YouTube link (goal at 2:30)

*Favourite Previously Uncharted Senior Ground*
Camp Nou - Barcelona
21st September
Blog Link

*Favourite Previously Uncharted Non-League Ground*
Townshead Park - Cumnock Juniors
28th July
Matchday  link

*Best My Matchday*
FK Viktoria Stadion - Viktoria Žižkov
Prague Weekender

*Best Pre and Post Match Bevvy*
Ye Olde Thirsty Pig - Maidstone

Silver 'Spoon Award
Velvet Coaster - Blackpool
Matchday link

*Scabby-eye Award
Chicken & Haggis pie - Beith Juniors
Matchday link 

Pic of the Week Cup - Round 6

Paul Brockett - Glentoran
100FgC AF10 David Bauckham - Repton

Jim McAlwane - Edgeware Town

100FgC AF8 Simon Langston - Wokington

Stephen Carpenter - Crystal Palace 

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