906 Middlesbrough College

Linthorpe Academicals 7-0 Thirsk Falcons Development
North Riding Football League - Division 1
Saturday 17th February 2024

Linthorpe Academicals joined the North Riding Football League Division 1 at the start of this season. The club play home matches at Middlesbrough College, which is just along the road from the Riverside Stadium, in the shadow of the Hydraulic Clock Tower and within full sight of the Tees Transporter Bridge.

The £68M Middlehaven site was opened in February 2009 and is the largest campus in Teesside.The enclosed all-weather pitch is near the front of the site, running parallel with Commercial Street.

Linthorpe Academicals 7(Henderson 2 D.Malcolm 11,25,75pen  J.Harland 78 A.Malcolm 79 Oliver 90)

Thirsk Falcons Development 0

North Riding Football League Division 1 matchday 22/21

10th v 6th

2pm ko 



Linthorpe got off to a great start, when Olly Henderson flicked the ball over the goalkeeper with just over a minute gone. The home team went further ahead when Danny Malcolm was set up for an easy finish, then he headed home at the near post from a corner kick to make it 3-0 after 25 minutes.

The Thirsk 'keeper made some top draw saves to keep the score down, until the fourth goal finally arrived with fifteen minutes remaining, as Malcolm completed his hat-trick with a penalty. 

This opened the floodgates, as the hosts constantly burst through on the counter attack with Jake Harland Adam Malcolm and a last minute goal from Keaton Oliver making it seven at full time.



38 miles door-to-door 

A leisurely drive down the A19 after finishing work.

Current North Riding FL grounds visited 28/31

✔905 Memorial Playing Fields

Ruthin Town 2-3 Airbus UK Broughton
Cymru North 
Saturday 3rd February 2024

Ruthin/Rhuthun is a market town and the county town of Denbighshire, south of the Vale of Clwyd. The town, castle and St Peter's Square lie on a hill, surrounded by villages. (population:over 5,000)

There is evidence of Celtic and later Roman settlements in the area, but, little is known of the town’s history before Ruthin Castle, which was constructed from 1277 by Dafydd, the brother of prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd.The name comes from the Welsh  - rhudd (red) and din (fort), after the colour of sandstone bedrock, from which the castle was built between 1277 and 1284.

Ruthin football dates back to 1878 when a new club was formed, who reached the Welsh Cup final in 1880, only to lose 2-1 to Druids. The current club formed in 1951 when they joined the newly re-organised Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) as Ruthin British Legion. 

The club finished Division 2 runners up in their debut season winning promotion to Division 1, then followed up with a second place finish in the top division. The British Legion element of the name was dropped in 1953, becoming Ruthin Town F.C.

The team won the North Wales Amateur Cup in 1967 and 1973, then finally gained promotion to the Cymru Alliance in 1991-92, after finishing league runners up and winning the Premier Division Cup in the same year. Town briefly dropped back into the Welsh National League in 2013, but won promotion again in 2015-16, before becoming founder members of the Cymru North in 2019. 

Memorial Playing Fields

Park Road



LL15 1PH

All the ground amenities are on one side of the ground at the car park entrance. There are two matching covered stands with blue seats and the team dugouts in between. The clubhouse, changing rooms and refreshment bar are all within one block in the corner of the ground. The rest of the ground is open with a cricket pitch behind the goal and another football pitch at the far side. 

In August 2021 Ruthin played Guilsfield for their first game under newly installed floodlights and refurbished player facilities. 

Ruthin Town 2(Dyer 55pen Owen 76)

Airbus UK Broughton 3(Davies 64 Lanceley 71 Lindfield 82)

JD Cymru North matchday 20/22

9th v 1st

2.30pm ko

Att. TBC 


Admission £6

Pin badge £3

Tea £1.50, choccy bar £1

After a goalless first half all the action came after the interval. Tom Dyer fired in a penalty to give the hosts the lead, but the visitors soon replied when James Davies cut inside and produced a great finish into the top corner of the net. 

Broughton took the lead when a corner kick was headed into the path of Ollie Lanceley who poked the ball in from close range, but Ruthin fought back when 

Gwion Owen rode a couple of challenges, before an excellent finish into the ‘keeper’s left hand post. 

The winner came in the 82nd minute when a cross field pass was flicked on by Collins and met with a diving header from Craig Lindfield, to round off an entertaining second half and strengthen the Wingmakers position at the top of the division. 


199 miles door-to-door


I caught the 8.15 X1 bus to Houghton-le-Spring to meet Katie and Lee for the scheduled 9 o’ clock departure. On route we picked up Hull Hopper Dave from Micklefield Station, before arriving in Ruthen just before 1pm. Today was a double celebration, not only was it Lee’s birthday but also Dave’s 1,700th ground visit. We had lunch and a few drinks in the impressive JDW Castle Hotel, where we met up with Ian Beadle, who had also travelled across from Hull. 

Katie & Lee headed off to the ground, while me Dave and Ian nipped in for a bevvy in the Wine Vaults, before the short walk down to the ground from the town square. 

Another enjoyable day out, plus it was nice to tick off a ground in Cymru, and hopefully the opportunity arises to return to North Wales sometime soon. 

✔904 Meadowbank Football Ground

Dorking Wanderers 1-0 Gateshead
National League
Saturday 20th January 2023

Dorking is a market town in central Surrey, about 21 miles south of London. It is in Mole Valley District, close to the intersection of two valleys – the north-south Mole Gap and the west–east Vale of Holmesdale.The town is surrounded on three sides by the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is close to Box Hill and Leith Hill.

The basic plan of the town centre has not changed since medieval times, with the three main streets meeting at Pump Corner, forming a - Y shape. Both West Street and the High Street run parallel to Pipp Brook, a tributary of the Mole, which runs to the north of the centre. (population:over 11,000)

Dorking Wanderers formed in 1999, by businessman Marc White and friends Peter Buckland, Mark Lewington, Ian Davidson, Lee Spickett and Penny Gregg. At the time they were disillusioned season ticket holders at Wimbledon, who decided to form a new amateur recreational team. The club initially played in the Crawley & District League, before switching to Division Four of the West Sussex League, winning the league at the first attempt.

West Sussex League 2000 - 2007:  Division Four North champions 2000–01, Division Two North champions 2003–04, Premier Division champions 2006–07

Sussex County League 2007 - 2015: Division Three champions 2010-11

Isthmian League 2015 - 2019: Premier League champions 2018-19

National League South 2019 - 2022:  League runner-up 2021-22, won promotion via the play-offs, beating Oxford City in the semi-final and Ebbsfleet United in the final. 

Meadowbank Football Ground

Mill Lane, 



Current National League grounds visited 24/24

Capacity 3,000

The club initially played at Big Field Brockham, before moving to the Westhumble Playing Fields on London Road in 2007. The club relocated to a refurbished Meadowbank ground in July 2018, which had previously been home to the Dorking F.C., who had folded the previous year.  

The old club played at Meadowbank from 1953, where a 200-seat stand and a covered standing area were built during the mid-1950s, with another covered standing area added later behind the goal. The club was forced to leave the ground in 2013, after it was shut down for failing to meet health and safety regulations.

Prior to Dorking Wanderers moving to the ground, it was upgraded to include a 300-seat stand, two covered standing areas and a 3G pitch. It was converted to a community sports facility at a cost of £5m, with the Surrey County Football Association moving their headquarters there when it reopened.

In February 2020 the club announced that planning permission had been granted to upgrade Meadowbank to grade B status, which was passed the following July. By September 2020, work had been completed on two stands behind the east goal, one a covered terrace and a new seated stand.  In March 2023 an uncovered 1,200-capacity terrace was opened at the west end. The far side where the dugouts are is open standing, with the changing rooms in the corner of the ground, where the Surrey FA H.Q.stands.

Dorking Wanderers 1(Carter 43)

Gateshead 0

National League matchday 27

19th v 8th

3pm ko



Admission £18

Coffee £2

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The two key moments came in the first half. In the 24th minute Regan Booty was given a straight red card for a challenge in the middle of the pitch. Then just before half time, Charlie Carter fired the hosts ahead when his effort from the back post was parried in by keeper Beach. 

Despite Gateshead being down to ten men, they gave it a good go in the second half, but were unable to provide that extra bit of quality to produce a positive result. 


311 miles door-to-door

7.15 Lumo train from Newcastle to Kings Cross arr. 1010 


Dorking should have been ticked off early last season. As soon as the fixtures were published I booked the day off and purchased train tickets for the Heed match, but a rail strike scuppered my plans so my visit to Meadowbank and re-completing the National League was delayed by 18 months.


Following a delicious breakfast at the Waterloo Cafe I caught the 1124 South-Western train to Dorking, alighting two stops earlier at Leatherhead to tick off a couple of pubs, namely The Edmund Tylney and the Running Horse. 

I then boarded the next train to Dorking, arriving at 1.20. It was then a canny hike to the GBG listed Cricketers Inn, where I had a swift drink before a few leisurely pints in the Old House and Cobbett's Micro Pub before match time.. 

On returning to London, I called into the newly opened Wetherspoons in Euston, before heading home on the 2000 LNER. A canny day out, just a pity about the result, but overall a nice stadium and a pleasant town to visit.