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Stonyburn Junior 2-3 Harthill Royal
East Region Consolation League Cup
Saturday 11th May 2019Stoneyburn is a West Lothian village about 1.5 mile in length in the Central Belt of Scotland. The village is situated south of Bathgate and further along the A71 west of Livingston. (population: approx 3,800)
The original Stoneyburn Junior FC formed in 1928 and reached the Scottish Junior Cup semi-finals in 1950, losing 4–2 after a second replay to eventual winners Blantyre Victoria. The club hit on hard times later in that decade and folded in 1958. The current setup returned to the Scottish Junior level in 1983 after playing a number of years at Juvenile and Amateur levels.
East of Scotland League champions(West Division) 1934-35 1938-39
East of Scotland cup winners 1939,1947,1950
St Michaels Cup winners 1939,1950Beechwood Park
Scottish Junior grounds visited 44
Scottish grounds visited 105
The ground was built during the 1950s using spoil material from the nearby Foulshiels Colliery, which gave the club its nickname - “The Fulshie”. At the spectators entrance is the changing rooms, clubhouse cabin, club office and the canteen. There's a covered enclosure with large steps of terracing in front at one side of the dugouts. The rest of the ground has grass banking, with the perimeter fence setback behind one of the goals.Stoneyburn Junior v Harthill Royal
East Region Consolation League Cup matchday 4
The Consolation Cup is a round robin tournament with three teams playing each other home and away. Stonehaven needed to follow up the 5-0 win at Harthill in midweek to pip West Calder and progress to the knockout round. They looked well on their way when Kieran Sweeney knocked in a left wing cross with barely 40 seconds gone, before going two up twenty minutes later, when the ball dropped to Adam Kennedy in the box to fire in with his right foot.
It was all square by half time with a neat glancing header from the #11 followed by another header, this time Graeme Weir found the net after nodding home from a corner kick in the last action of the first half.
It was a tale of two penalties in the second half. Kieran Sweeney had the chance to bag his second and regain his team the lead, but his effort went well wide of the post. With fifteen minutes remaining a spot-kick was rewarded at the other end and this time Johnstone confidently fired in, to complete the comeback and knock the hosts out of the cup.
SJFC 2 (Sweeney 1 Kennedy 20)
HRFC 3 (#11 25 G.Weir 45+1 Johnstone 75pen)
Programme:£1 (great value, full of good articles and statistics)
Harthill goalscorers to be confirmed.#HeedHopper
0743 LNER East Coast train arriving in Edinburgh at 0920
Return on the 1900, back in the Toon at 2040
This was my traditional last Saturday matchday of the season for a Scottish Juniors fixture and a bevvy meeting with James Little and Mark Wilkins. On this corresponding weekend last season we visited Harthill Royal, who were the away team today. They played Crossgate Primrose on that afternoon, which coincidentally was the destination the season before last, so I’ve stumbled into a chain, denoting I’ll be watching Stoneyburn playing away on the 9th May 2020.
I met Mark in Waverley station, then we toddled off for breakfast before heading to the west end of the city to tick off the Roseburn Bar, Haymarket, Thomson Bar(revisit for me) and Monty’s, where James picked us up at 1.30pm for the drive to Stoneyburn.
After the match we continued filling in the GBG gaps in Edinburgh, with a pint in the Stockbridge Tap, The Cumberland Bar and finally the Beehive Inn before I dashed off to catch the train home. Another great day in the Scottish capital, although I’m running out of new pubs to visit, so hopefully there'll be some new GBG listed pubs when I return next season.
Redcar Newmarket 2-0 Stokesley SC
North Riding FL - Premier Division
Wednesday 1st May 2019The club formed in 1972 out of the Newmarket pub, playing Sunday league football.
Redcar Newmarket switched to Saturdays in the Teesside League, reaching the top division in 2013. They stepped into the newly formed North Riding League last season, finishing in 5th position.
Rye Hills School
Rye Hills academy is a coeducational secondary school located on Redcar Lane, just east of the racecourse. On arriving at the academy you need to electronically sign in to the complex, where you gain access to the football ground at the back of the building. The pitch is fenced and roped off with a dugout on each side.Redcar Newmarket(9th) v Stokesley SC(15th)
North Riding Football League - Premier Division matchday 29v30
A brace from Michael Dowse clinched the win for the hosts in a tight encounter. He got on the end of a right wing cross to break the deadlock with twenty minutes remaining, before a free-kick cross from the left wing was headed home to wrap up the points.
RNFC 2(Dowse 70,82)
The fifth and final time I’ve travelled down the A19 this season to tick off a ground in this league.
I again picked up Lee, Katie and Jade at Houghton-le-Spring on route.
Current North Riding FL Premier League grounds - 12/16
Washington AFC Reserves v Seaton Carew
Durham and Wearside Development Division
Saturday 20th April 2019
Washington AFC set up a reserve side at the beginning of the season to compete in the new Durham and Wearside Development Division.
There are several pitches at the complex, with the club using the railed off pitch at the entrance into Stephenson Road. The pitch also has a cupboard style double dugout on one side. The changing rooms are a set right back along the road, where there is currently a lot of building work going on with the laying of new all weather pitches.
Washington AFC Reserves v Seaton Carew
TWR Bifolds Durham and Wearside Development Division matchday 15
Washy took the lead when a Lewis Orrell free-kick from the edge of the box, took a big deflection off the wall to break the deadlock. The visitors equalised five minutes later when Ryan Jones was fouled in the box and he stepped up to convert the penalty. Straight from the restart Orrell fired in his second, before latching onto a long ball and produce a good finish to complete his hat-trick after half an hour. It was four just before half time when Stefan Rosca headed in from a right wing cross. There was plenty of decent chances created in the second half, but just the one goal scored courtesy of a long range effort from villain Cameron Arthurs.
WAFCR 5(Orrell 13,19, 30 Rosca 44 Arthurs 53)
SCFC 1 (Jones 18pen)
Just a 4.5 mile drive door-to-door before an easy double with the Toon match at 5.30pm
Just like all the other matches attended in this league this season, old Joe turned up to watch the game with me, even though he didn't know I would be there.
Current Durham and Wearside Development Division grounds visited 7/9
St Marys 1947 0-3 Grangetown Boys Club
North Riding FL - Premier Division
Wednesday 17th April 2019
St Marys 1947 relocated from Conveys School back to the Trinity Catholic College at the start of this season. The club joined the Teesside League in 2015 and finished 8th in the North Riding League debut season
Trinity Catholic College
Trinity Catholic College opened September 2009, after the amalgamation of two of the area’s long established schools; Newlands FCJ Specialist Maths and Computing School and St David’s Roman Catholic Technology College.
The pitch is railed off at the sides with a pair of perspex dugouts on one side. The changing rooms are a bit of a walk away from the pitch, within the college at the other side of the car park.
St Marys 1947 (11th) v Grangetown Boys Club(4th)
North Riding Football League - Premier Division matchday 27
After plenty of decent chances we had to wait almost an hour for the opening goal when Andrew Doddy knocked in a left wing cross from close range. Two late goals from Lewis Patchett wrapped up the three points for the away side, the second a cracking shot from the edge of the box.Matchday Stats
GBC 3 (Doddy 57 Patchett 86,88)
40 miles drive door-to-door down the A19 picking up Lee & Katie (and Jade) on the way.
North Riding FL Premier Division grounds visited 11/16
FC United of Manchester 0-1 Kidderminster Harriers
National League North
Saturday 13th April 2019FC United of Manchester was founded in 2005 by Manchester United supporters opposed to American businessman Malcolm Glazer's takeover at Old Trafford. The club is owned by their members, who are able to vote on the running of the club. The supporter-owned football club is the largest in the U.K, peaking at over 5,000 members in 2015-16.
North West Counties Division Two champions 2005-06
North West Counties Division One champions 2006-07
Northern Premier League 2007-2015
Division One North runners-up 2007-08
Premier Division champions 2014-15
National League North 2015-presentBroadhurst Park
310 Lightbowne Rd,
From 2005 FC United ground shared with Bury at Gigg Lane, but fixture clashes meant they also played home fixtures at Altrincham, Radcliffe, Hyde United, Stalybridge Celtic and Curzon Ashton. The new ground in Moston opened in 2015, named after the once landowner Sir Edward Tootal Broadhurst, a local industrialist, who in 1920 donated 80 acres of the land for use as a park as a recognition of victory in the First World War.
Capacity: 4,500 (Seats 696)
Record Attendance 4,232 v Benfica B - 29th May 2015
Current National League North grounds visited 20/22
The Main Stand is pitch length split with seats at the top and standing paddocks at the front. The St Mary's Road End is a covered terrace, decorated with flags which holds around 2,500 fans. This stand belonged to Northwich Victoria's old Drill Field ground, but following its closure it was dismantled and transferred to Broadhurst Park.
The North Terrace at the side and the Lightbowne Road End are both similar looking covered areas, with hard standing and no raised steps.FCUM(21st) v Kidderminster Harriers(9th)
National League North matchday 39
FC United stepped closer to the relegation trap door after a narrow home defeat to Kidderminster. The winning goal arrived on 33 minutes when Chambers was founded in the box and Ironside stepped up to score from the spot.
KHFC 1(Ironside 33pen)
Pin Badge £2 (small version)
Programmes available for £2#HeedHopper
Following on from the morning game at Oldham Athletic Academy and our few hours in Middleton we arrived at Broadhurst Park at 2.30pm, where we were charged a fiver to park behind the St Mary's Road end. After the game we quickly navigated onto the M62, so back at Houghton in good time before catching my return bus hyem and back at 100FgCHQ in Gateshead before dark.