✔523 The Mechanics

AFC Blackpool 3-1 Squires Gate
North West Counities League - Premier Division
Tuesday 3rd May 2016

You can catch up with my previous visits to this part of the world in my blog archive, attending games at Blackpool, Squires Gate and more recently AFC Fylde.

Blackpool Metal Mechanics founded in 1947, changing name to Blackpool Mechanics
Fylde District Football League 1947-1959
Division Two Champions 1950-51
West Lancashire League 1959-62, runners up, then league champions two years running.
Lancashire Combination 1962-1982
North West Counties League founder members 1982-present
Division Three winners 1985-86
First Division winners 2010-11
The club amalgamated with Squires Gate Junior FC to form AFC Blackpool in May 2008.
The Mechanics
Jepson Way
Common Edge Road

Capacity 2,000 (250 seats)

Non-League grounds visited 258 NWCL 5/40

The club kept their link with their Blackpool Mechanics history by naming the Jepson Way ground "The Mechanics" There’s covered terrace enclosures behind each goal.  A seated stand filled with tangerine seats on one side, sandwiched in between the team dugouts. Also a few rows of seats outside the clubhouse benefiting from the overhanging roof.
AFC Blackpool(22nd) v Squires Gate(18th)
North West Counties League Premier Division Matchday 40/41
Kick off 7.45pm

1-0  Mark Thornber (28’)
Ball played in from the right met with a first time effort from just inside the penalty area.

2-0 Aaron Fleming (50’)
Fabulous direct free-kick, fired in from 30 yards from the right flank.

3-0 Jack Williams (67’)
Nice through ball, outpaced the defender and slid the ball past the oncoming ‘keeper.

3-1 Daniel Penswick (74’)
The Blackpool ‘keeper pulled off another cracking save, the resulting goal mouth scramble saw the ball fired in from close range.

Entertainment - 7/10
Top Bloke - Aaron Fleming(AFC Blackpool)

This win took The Mechanics off the foot of the table and now there’s only a three point gap between 18th and 22nd, so going into the last week of the season it’s any three from five for the drop between Squires Gate, Silsden, AFC Darwen, AFC Blackpool and Alsager Town. 

Admission £6
Programme:none issued
Pin badge £3
Cofffee £1
The Gadabout
145 miles door-to-door
Travelled with Katie & Lee in Blossom(aka the Katiemobile) 

We arrived in Blackpool just before 5pm, so plenty of time to go to the 3 previously uncharted Wetherspoons pubs in the town centre. After drinks and food in The Layton Rakes and The Albert and the Lion, we stopped off at the fabulous Velvet Coaster on route to the match. Nowadays it’s just a matter of a fact that we see someone we know at a game, so the “Stalker of the Week” award went to Tony Morehead (100FgC AF60) who travelled up from Manchester after seeing my post on FriendFace. A really cracking evening, with no pain in the arse motorway diversions heading home,  so I was back hyem for 12.45am.

Ground no.523 The Mechanics - Matchday Web Album (31 pictures)

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