✔830. Barr Field

Kirk Deighton Rangers 1-1 Rawdon Old Boys
West Yorkshire AFL - Premier Division
Wednesday 25th May 2022

Kirk Deighton is a village and civil parish near the A1 motorway in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire. It is situated north-west of Wetherby, on the border of the North and West Riding of Yorkshire. 

The village and its All Saints' Church were mentioned in the Domesday Book. The name derives from Kirk (meaning church) and Dĩc-tūn; a town surrounded by a moat or ditch.(population: 500)

Kirk Deighton Rangers formed in 1946, originally playing at Lime Kiln Lane, before moving to Knaresborough Road in 1960. In April 1968 they purchased Barr Field from the Wilkinson Building Company, adding changing rooms in 1972 and the current clubhouse in the 1980s. The pitch was later rotated to make room for a perimeter fence and the team dugouts. 

The club runs two sides, with the first team playing in the West Yorkshire AFL Premier Division and the reserves in the Alliance Division 1.  The first team were Harrogate & District Champions in 1998-99, 2013-14, then in 2016-17, when they completed the treble adding the Senior Cup and League Challenge Cup.


Barr Field

Wetherby Road

Kirk Deighton

North Yorkshire

LS22 4DS

 

Current WYAFL Premier Division grounds visited 5/16

Total English Non-League grounds visited 516

 

The pitch is fully railed off with the clubhouse and changing rooms in the corner. Spectator access is mostly restricted to the dugouts side because of the surrounding trees within the grounds borders. 

Kirk Deighton Rangers 1 (Harrison 57)

Rawdon Old Boys 1 (Brennan 24) 

WYAFL Premier Division matchday 30

12th v 8th

7pm ko

Att.40hc

 

The final fixture in the West Yorkshire League got off to a quite start before the visitors took the lead midway through the first half, when James Brennan latched onto a through ball and fired in off the far post. 

The home team improved as the match progressed, missing several good chances. The equaliser eventually arrived when a huge rebound off a Rawdon player set up James Harrison, who made no mistake with his right foot effort.

#Heedhopper

77 miles door-to-door 


A final trip with Katie & Lee in Suzie this season. Good to catch up with a lot of familiar faces who had travelled from all points of the compass, which made it a quite enjoyable evening. 


 

✔828. Penicuik Park

Penicuik Athletic 2-1 Linlithgow Rose
East of Scotland League Premier Division
Saturday 14th May 2022

Penicuik is a town and former burgh in Midlothian, on the west bank of the River North Esk. It lies on the A701 road midway between Edinburgh and Peebles, east of the Pentland Hills.

The town's name is pronounced 'Pennycook' and is derived from Pen Y Cog, meaning "Hill of the Cuckoo" in the Old Brythonic language, and is Scotland's 50th largest town. (population:almost 16,000) The town was well known for its paper mills, the last of which closed in 2004 and more recently home to the Edinburgh Crystal works.


 Penicuik Athletic formed in 1888 following a meeting at the town's Royal Hotel. The club became founder members of the East of Scotland League in 1893, before adopting Junior status in 1904 and a name change to Penicuik Juniors. 

In 1930 the club reverted back to the seniors, winning the East of Scotland League in 1931-32 as well as the King’s Cup in 1936. They won the Border Cup in 1950, just before relocating to a new ground and a return to the Juniors.  

After a couple of semi-final defeats, Penicuik finally reached the final of the Junior Cup in 1970. Cuikie overcame seven West Region clubs to reach the final, before drawing 1-1 with Blantyre Victoria in front of a gate of over 30,000 at Hampden Park.(including my pal James) Unfortunately on the following Tuesday night, they narrowly lost the replay in front of a crowd of 14,225.

They were East Region Division One winners in 1978–79 and 1980–81 before the club's fortunes fell into decline with mounting debts, which forced the closure of the Social Club in 1986. Despite the off-field problems, the team kept going until the ground was sold on to be developed into a supermarket, which now stands on the Eastfield Park site.

Throughout the 1990's several schemes were undertaken to secure a new pitch, but for a variety of reasons were unsuccessful. The club finally returned in 2002 with a new ground in the town centre and were reinstated into the East Region Juniors, following the introduction of the Super League.

In 2004-05 the Lothian League Division 2 was won and the East Region Premier League title was achieved in 2013-14, before the exodus of East Junior clubs to the East of Scotland Football League in 2018.

Athletic were placed in Conference A, finishing the season as champions and into the East of Scotland Championship Playoffs. Cuikie finished second to rivals Bonnyrigg Rose in the three-way round robin, with Broxburn Athletic being the other side that missed out. Penicuik Athletic were then granted their SFA Licence, which brought with it entry into the Scottish Cup, commencing from the 2019–20 season.

Penicuik Park

114-116 John St, 

Penicuik 

EH26 8NG

 

Current East of Scotland Premier League grounds visited 11/18

Total number of Scottish grounds visited 114


Penicuik originally played at Hays Park, before moving to Eastfield Park in 1951, which was previously owned by the Shotts Iron Company. Their new home was built on the public park, and now has covered enclosures running down one side and behind the goal, with the other half open. There are admission entrances on John Street and via the park, with The Cukie Cafe refreshment bar in the corner.

Penicuik Athletic 2(Reid 57,90+2)

Linlithgow Rose 1(Stowe 76pen)

East of Scotland Premier Division matchday 34

2nd v 3rd

2.30pm ko

Admission £7

Att.500.est

Spondoolicks: Coffee £1 Steak pie £1.50(So nice that Mark had 3!!!) chocolate 50p


Penicuik went into this final match of the season in second position and level on points with leaders Tranent. As Tranent had a far superior goal difference, they simply had to better their result. As it happens the title league was settled by half time, with this match still goalless and Tranent two goals to the good. 

The home team went ahead in the 57th minute with a lovely curled shot from Nicky Reid, but the visitors equalised from the penalty spot after two separate fouls in the box. The hosts wrapped up an exciting season, finishing as league runners-up with a great passing move headed home by Reid in added on time.

#Heedhopper

130 miles door-to-door (via Waverley)

0849 LNER train Newcastle - Edinburgh arriving 1025

2000 LNER return train, arriving home at 2145.


After a three year hiatus, the traditional end of season meet up with Mark (from that London) and James (from Edinburgh) was back on.

The day started by meeting Mark for a ‘Spoons' breakfast (cold beans and bacon, yolkless egg, but at least the sausage was warm!) in The Playfair. Mark then called into the Jeremiah’s Taproom, while I did a spot of record shopping in the Vinyl Vault, delighted to pick up a single from The Slits for a bargain £3.50. 

We had time to visit the Bellfield Brewery bar before James picked us up at 12.30 for the drive down to Penicuik, with his pal John also coming along.

We had plenty of time for a wee pub crawl in the town, calling at the GBG listed Navaar House Hotel, followed by The Craigie and finally a swift one in The Roadhouse.

After the match we had a canny drink back in Edinburgh, half watching the FA Cup final at the Greenmantle and the Brass Monkey before the train back home. I’ve really missed this traditional trip to Edinburgh and as always, it kept its tradition of being a great day out. 

✔827 Frenchfield Sports Centre

Appleby 6-0 Shap
Westmorland AFL Division 1
Tuesday 10th May 2022

Appleby-in-Westmorland is a market town and civil parish in the Eden district of Cumbria, (population over 3,000) It was known simply as Appleby until 1974, when it was changed to preserve the Westmorland name, which had disappeared officially as an administrative area under the Local Government Act 1972. The town is situated just off the A66, 13 miles south-east of Penrith.

Appleby AFC play in the Westmorland Football League Division 1 and are current holders of the Senior Cup. The club have also won the Benovelent Trophy, the High Sheriff’s Cup and the County Cup over the last few years.

The club play at Broad Close in the town centre, which is not fit for purpose at the moment, with two players receiving serious injuries because of the state of the pitch, so their remaining fixtures have been switched to Frenchfield Sports Centre in Penrith.

The ground has several pitches, running parallel with the A66 motorway and just a stone's throw from the home of Penrith AFC. The central changing room block has a viewing gallery upstairs, so you could watch a few games at the same time. For example, the Appleby game was on pitch no.2, with a cup final between Kirkoswald and Endmoor on pitch no.1. (some would, but I wouldn’t)

Appleby 6(Jackson 17 #14 34OG Randall-West 70 Parkin 72 Kinnear 82 #2 84OG)

Shap 0

Westmorland Association Football League Division 1 matchday 19/20

4th v 11th

1845 ko

Att.37hc 


The match was closer than the score suggests, the difference being the away side just couldn’t hit the target. Appleby went ahead with a close range header from Tom Jackson, before an own goal from the Shap centre-half doubled the lead.

Goal number three finally arrived with twenty minutes remaining when a swift move was finished off by substitute Louis Randall-West, followed by a strike from Craig Parkin two minutes later.  Shap were hit for six when Liam Kinnear was on hand to finish off another quick break, and another OG two minutes later concluded the scoring. 

#Heedhopper

88 mile drive door-to-door A1/A66

Picked up Lee at half-four, but unfortunately no Katie because she was under the weather. (poor lamby!)

✔826 Beck Lane

Littletown 0-1 Wortley
Yorkshire Amateur League - Supreme Division
Monday 9th May 2022

 Littletown FC celebrated their 60th birthday last season, having played at Beck Lane since their formation. The club play in the top division of the Yorkshire Amateur League, and look destined to lift the Supreme Division title this season. 

Littletown is one of the constituent settlements of the district of Liversedge in West Yorkshire.

Much of the town centre was demolished in the 1960's for road widening, so nowadays it's more of a village than a town.  Its given name isn’t due to its size and population, but apparently named after a Mr Little.


Beck Lane

Cornmill Lane, 

Heckmondwike 

West Yorkshire

WF16 0JZ

 The ground has a large covered standing enclosure down one side. There is a team dugout on each side and the pitch is fully railed off. The changing rooms are in cabins at the entrance into the ground. 

Littletown 0

Wortley 1(Tate 63)

Yorkshire Amateur League -Supreme Division matchday 25v21

1st v 3rd

18.30ko

Att.69hc


A thoroughly entertaining and very competitive game, which produced plenty of great saves and missed sitters, especially from the away side. Surprisingly, there was just one goal to settle it, which arrived in the 63rd minute.  A cross from the left hung in the air before eventually dropping onto the head of Jordan Tate to score at the near post.

This result means that Littletown have a nine point lead at the top, but with their rivals having games in hand, they still need a maximum of seven points from their last 3 games to clinch the title. 

#Heedhopper

107 mile drive door-to-door


It was good to meet up with Viking Hopper Anders Johansen at the game, who was coming to the conclusion of another one of his mega U.K. football grounds & pub tours. 

On the drive home there was two diversions on the A1, so I got home later than expected, but it was worth it to finally tick this canny little ground off.