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Parkgate 1-1 Hallam
Northern Counties East League - Division One
Saturday 14th September 2019
Parkgate is a suburb in Rotherham which is now part of the neighbouring Rawmarsh, near to the Park Gate Iron and Steel Company.
The club was established in 1969 as BSC Parkgate starting life in the Hatchard and Sheffield Association leagues. In 1990 they changed their name to RES Parkgate before The Steelmen became plain Parkgate FC four years later.
Yorkshire League 1974-1982
Northern Counties East League 1982-present
Division One champions 2006-07
Roundwood Sports Complex
The complex car park is shared with the golf course and Rotherham United Academy. The ground has two seated stands behind the goal by the turnstile entrance with a tea hut in between. The smallest of the two covered seated stands is nicknamed “The Saga Stand”. There’s a few large steps of terracing running down one side with a small covered enclosure. The far goal is open and the other side has a hedge border which runs pitch length with the RUFC pitches on the other side.
A new record attendance was set in July when a capacity crowd of 1,536 witnessed a pre-season friendly v Rotherham UnitedMatchday Facts
Parkgate(7th) 1(Khalifa 35) red card:Simpson 90+1
Hallam(18th) 1(Bishop 78) red card:Bradley 90+4
NCEL Division One matchday 8v6
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The Steelmen twice hit the woodwork before a long ball found Zak Khalifa who had time to pick his spot then volleyed home in the 35th minute.
Hallam improved in the second half and they equalised in the 78th minute when a corner kick went through the defence and found Micah Bishop at the far post to fire in off the crossbar.
After a goal each there was a red card apiece in added on time. A bad challenge by Parkgate’s Elliott Simpson on Clayton saw a straight red then in the final minute Hallam equalised again, when Tyler Bradley received a second yellow card.
Current NCEL grounds visited 30/40
A solo 117 mile drive door-to-door via A1/J37 then the winding country roads down to Parkgate. I set off at 12.20pm and the trip went well until I reached the vicinity of the ground. I ended up in the neighbouring housing estate and couldn’t find the lane which leads into the complex, but I still arrived in good time at around 2.35pm.
The return journey went smoothly so arrived back at 100FgCHQ at seven bells.
New York City 2-1 New England Revolution
MLS - Eastern Conference
Saturday 7th September 2019
The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City. It is south of Westchester County; northeast and east of Manhattan across the Harlem River and north of Queens across the East River. The Bronx has a land area of 42 square miles and a population of almost 1.5 million. While we were in the borough we visited the Bronx Zoo and the renowned Arthurs Avenue, where we visited the Bronx Beer Hall found within a busy market hall.
The new Yankee Stadium was built in 2009 and is meant to evoke elements of the original stadium. The exterior is modeled on the original 1923 look and the interior closely resembles the post 1988 dimensions of the ground. Because of the unique measurements of the Yankee Stadium field, the playing surface of the soccer pitch is the smallest field in all of the MLS just 110 yards long by 70 yards wide and the smallest allowed by FIFA's international guidelines. The current stadium features 4,300 club seats and 68 luxury suites.New York City(2nd) 2(Medina 70’,90+6’)
New England Revolution(7th) 1(Caicedo 2’) red card:Milnar 9’
MLS Eastern Conference Matchday 28
New York City went to the top of the Eastern Conference after recording a fifth straight win. They fell behind to an early goal when Juan Fernando Caicedo ran onto a long ball to fire in the opener. New England were reduced to ten men after just 9 minutes after a VAR assisted dismissal for Antonio Delamea Milnar and from that point it was backs against the wall. NYC missed an array of chances until finally equalising when Jesús Medina flicked in a right wing cross with twenty minutes remaining. The Blues were rewarded for their dominance, clinching the winner deep into stoppage time with Medina fired in his second after a foul on Alexandru Mitriță.
About 3,550 miles door-to-door
Flights from Newcastle to Heathrow then onto JFK Airport. (Dept;9am Tuesday 3rd/ returned 4pm Wednesday 11th Sept)
Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram will already know what a dream holiday the breadknife and I had in the Big Apple. Apart from hitting all the tourist hot spots and some of the best pubs in Manhattan & Brooklyn there were three stadiums visited. The match at Yankee Stadium was followed by the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, but not to watch tennis, but to see a fantastic show by Morrissey, which was the best Mozza gig I’ve seen in years.
Following Super Saturday, Super Sunday saw us head over to New Jersey for the Buffalo Bills @New York Jets at the Metlife Stadium, which kicked off the new NFL season. (more to follow on my other blog) So overall a fantastic week in New York, a city I’ve already started to miss and inspired to return to someday.
Retford 1-3 Barton Town
FA Vase 1st Round Qualifying
Saturday 31st August 2019
Retford is a market town in Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands in between Nottingham to the east and west of Lincoln. The town is in the valley of the River Idle and the Chesterfield Canal passes through the centre. Retford is one of the oldest boroughs in England, mentioned in the Domesday Book as 'Redeforde' (population over 22,013)
Retford FC are a relatively new club, formed in 2015. The Choughs joined the Central Midlands League and were North Division champions last season, winning promotion to the Northern Counties East League.
NCEL Grounds visited 29/40
The club moved to The Rail in 2017 after ground sharing with Retford United. The ground has been developed over a short period of time with hard standing all around and floodlights for the necessary Step 6 requirements.
There are three stands, an uncovered bank of seats and a small row of seats behind the far goal, with a similar shallow stand behind the goal at the entrance end. The changing rooms are behind the far goal at the back of the neighbouring bowls club. The ground has an interesting entrance through a subway underneath Babworth Road which bridges the East Coast Main Line. I've been to quite a few grounds where you can view the passing trains on this line, but this must be the closest, just a few yards from the team dugouts on the east side of the pitch.
Retford 1(Evans-Booth 70)
Barton Town 3(Hinchcliffe 23 Cooper 73 Dislay 80)
FA Vase 1st Round
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Barton took the lead midway through the first half when a left wing ball was side footed home by Ben Hinchcliffe. As the match progressed it looked like that goal would be the decider until the Choughs were awarded a penalty with twenty minutes left, which was converted by Shay Evans-Booth. The visitors quickly responded regaining the lead three minutes later when Waudby's shot was saved only for Marc Cooper to be on hand to net the rebound. The Swans booked their place in the next round of the Vase when Goddard laid the ball onto Craig Dislay to curl into the bottom corner of the net to make it 3-1 ten minutes from time.
128 miles door-to-door
0841(13 minutes late) Cross Country train to Newcastle to York, still caught LNER connection to Retford on time at 1004, arriving at 1045. Same route home with 25 minute delays on the East Coast line, returned back in Newcastle just after 7pm.
As I arrived early (and the pubs weren't open yet) I walked along to the ground to check out how far it was from the station to The Rail, as there was little time in between the match finishing and boarding my return train home. When I arrived at the ground it was open with not a soul around, so I took my blog pictures before strolling back into the town centre.
I revisited the Dominie Cross for breakfast then onto BeerHeadZ, White Lion, Ship Inn, Idle Valley and my favourite of the day - The Brew Shed, where I supped a few of the Harrison ales, brewed just a stone's throw away from the pub.
I had a very enjoyable day in Retford and look forward to returning in the not too distant future to do a similar day trip when I tick off Retford United.
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Newcastle United
Sunday 25th August 2019
Although I’ve been to White Hart Lane on a few occasions this was my first Spurs away match with Newcastle United for over 32 years. My first visit was way back in December 1984 and what a memorable occasion that was. The Toon lost the game 3-1 after taking a shock lead with a fabulous solo effort from Chris Waddle. That Waddler strike won Goal of the Month on Match of the Day, but that wasn’t the best thing I clapped eyes on that afternoon. At half time, there was a Xmas parade around the perimeter of the pitch and walking next to Santa Claus was the gorgeous Linda Lusardi, so what a treat for this teenager to see my favourite page 3 lass up close and looking stunning!
The following season I witnessed a miserable 5-1 defeat, memorable for the only United goal scored by the late Alan Davies. In the 1986-87 a late Peter Beardsley goal saw a rare away point at White Hart Lane, then later that season a 5th round FA Cup tie and my last visit to the Lane. This game saw another Spurs win, another Clive Allen goal en route to another Wembley cup final, but the main recollection is the overcrowding in the away section, which could have seen a disaster akin to what happened at Hillsborough two years later.
782 High Road,
Current 92 visited(91 because of Covvy groundshare) - recompleted
After the carry on with various delays and over stretching the budget, the long wait for the new Spurs ground has definitely been worthwhile - because it's a belter!
The ground has large sweeping curved roofs with four-tier stands on the West and East sides. The Paxton End has three tiers and opposite is the 17,500 capacity South Stand, the single largest stand in the country, which is topped off with a large gold coloured cockerel mounted on the roof. Overall the stadium is stunning and if it isn’t the best ground I’ve been to then it's definitely in my Top 2.Matchday Facts
Tottenham Hotspur(6th) 0
Newcastle United(18th) 1(Joelinton 27)
Premier League matchday 3
“It’s a funny old game” as a former Spurs legend used to consistently say and today was a prime example of that. After the horror show at Norwich last week Newcastle were the complete opposite, showing an abundance of passion, fight, with every player fully committed to the cause. Even the winning goal had a touch of class about it. United’s seventeen pass move was rounded off with Matt Ritchie placing the ball into Atsu, who curled the ball into the path of Joelinton who took a touch and fired in his first Premier League goal.
It was backs to the wall for the majority of the game but as the clock ticked down, I couldn’t see the home team scoring with the Toon defence literally throwing their bodies on the line to hang on to those first three precious points.
282 miles door-to-door
Megabus depart 0610 arriving at London Victoria 1320.
Return on 2345 back in Newcastle at 0710 on Monday morning.
What a long but thoroughly enjoyable day! The prolonged journey to London went much quicker in the company of Valerie and Verity, two new friends I made on the bus who were also travelling to the match. “The Two V’s” are mother and daughter who have given up their season tickets this year and like myself are attending their first Toon match of the season.
|Pie Man, Heedhopper and Valerie|
When we arrived in London we headed up to Tottenham Hale where I arranged to meet Simple Pieman for a few bevvies in The Volunteer. After a few drinks my new friends headed towards the ground for a drink in one of the away pubs, while me and Pie stayed for another drink. It was great to catch up with my Spurs supporting pal, who finally got to play host as we have been meeting for a pint in Newcastle regularly over the last 13 years.
After the game I met up with my old Geordie-exile pal Decka T and his girlfriend Nena, helping him celebrate his birthday after that fabulous win. We called into the GBG Antwerp Arms where the majority of Spurs fans were very gracious in defeat, congratulating us on our win and wishing us all the best for the remainder of the season. We headed back into central London for something to eat in The Metropolitan, then after we said our goodbyes I rounded off my day with a nightcap in the JDW in Victoria Station to top off a classic matchday.