✔718. Central Ground - Coles Lane

Sutton Coldfield Town 3-1 Lincoln United
Saturday 15th February 2020
Northern Premier League - South-East Division

The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield is a civil parish and suburban town in Birmingham, about 7 miles north-east of the city centre. Historically in Warwickshire, it became part of Birmingham and the West Midlands metropolitan county in 1974. The name translates as "South Town". with "Sutton Coldfield" meaning the south town from Tamworth or Lichfield on the edge of the "col field". "Col" is usually derived from charcoal, so presumably charcoal burners were functional around this area.

The Sutton Coldfield Football Club was founded in 1879 playing in a variety of leagues during their early years, including the Central Birmingham League, Aston and District League, Small Heath League and Suburban League. 
They played in the Birmingham Alliance League between 1914-1919 and the Sutton & District A.F.L and Birmingham Combination in between the two World Wars. The club changed their name from Sutton Town to Sutton Coldfield Town in 1964.
Walsall Senior League 1947-1950
Birmingham Combination 1950-1954
Birmingham & District League/West Midlands(Regional) League 1954-1965 1979-
Champions 1979-80
Worcestershire Combination/Midland Combination 1965-1979
Champions 1977-78 and 1978-79
Southern League 1982-2010
Northern Premier League (D1.Sth) from 2010, winning promotion to the Premier Division via the play-offs in 2014-15. 

The Royals rejoined the Southern League for one season in 2018-19 but are back in the NPL in its new Division 1 South-East Division for this season.

Central Ground
Coles Lane,
Sutton Coldfield 
B72 1NL

The club originally played at Meadow Plat in Sutton Park until moving to Coles Lane in 1900, then to the present Central Ground site in 1920. The ground has a classic main stand, which was purchased from Manchester City in 1956. The stand has raised seating and stairs access on each side, with the changing rooms housed underneath and the team dugouts at the front. There is another covered seated stand in the corner next to the clubhouse and snack bar. There's also covered standing behind one of the goals and the 3G pitch was installed in December 2011.

Sutton Coldfield Town(12th) 3(Moore 13Beresford 28 Gibson 56)
Lincoln United(16th) 1(Hollingsworth 50)
Bet Victor Northern Premier League - South West Dibision Matchday 24v26
Admission £10
Coffee £1.20

The Royals took a two goal lead in the first half an hour with Ryan Moore sliding in a Ben Usher-Shipway cross from close range, followed by an unmarked James Beresford heading home from a corner kick.
The visitors replied early in the second half when Ryan Hollingsworth slotted home a cross from the corner, but the hosts quickly restored their two goal advantage when Reece Gibson latched onto a through ball before running in on goal and finishing well to make it 3-1.

197 miles
0835 Cross Country train from Newcastle to Birmingham New Street arr. 11.30
1345 Midlands train New Street to Sutton Coldfield arr 1406.

"Dennis... Dennis... Dennis"
When booking this Birmingham weekend break for the breadknife and I back in November, we planned a dozen pub visits with my afternoon football fix spent in Stourbridge. The arrival of Storm Dennis meant a change of heart on route to Brum, deciding on the safer option of the 3G pitch at Sutton Coldfield, instead of the risk of a late postponed, as there's been a lot of matches called off at short notice recently.
It turned out to be a good decision, as I enjoyed my brief visit to the town, enjoying a pre-match drink in The Bottle of Sack and the Brewhouse & Kitchen, before calling at the Station Inn after the match. 
At the game I got talking to a couple of Spurs 'hoppers who were stopping over for the Villa game on Sunday, as it turned out we had a mutual friend in legendary Tottenham supporter Simple Pieman
As far as the Birmingham pubs are concerned, we ticked off the ones on my list, our favorites being The Victoria, Craven Arms and The Old Joint Stock.

Our weekend came to a somewhat disappointing ending, with the water supply at the Birmingham Central Travelodge being cut(got washed with the water left in the kettle) followed by the cancellation of the 1203 Cross Country train back to Newcastle (caught a later one at 12.30) but at least I've been given a hotel refund so that's some of the ale money reimbursed.

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