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Cliftonville

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Saturday 9th September 2017 3pm
Northern Ireland League Premier
Cliftonville 2 Dungannon Swifts 1 HT: 0-0 ATT: 804
Entrance £11, Programme £2 Coffee £1
Breen 51, Gormley 61 : Hegarty 78

fromSolitude, Cliftonville Street, Belfast,BT14 6LP

This was the second game of my Northern Ireland odyssey, after watching Glenavon on the Friday night.

Glenavon

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Friday 8th September 2017
Northern Ireland Football League Premiership
Glenavon 2 Carrick Rangers 0 HT: 0-0 Att: 974
Clingan 66p, Mitchell 87

from Mourneview Park, Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland BT66 8EW

This was my first bout of 'extreme' hopping.

Penley

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Saturday 8th July 2017 14.39
Pre-season friendly
Penley 5 Porthmadoc U18s 2 ht: 2-1 att: 11 (plus 1 horse)

fromSchool Lane


The prologue to my season began on Thursday at Hanley Town, for their narrow defeat to Nantwich. This was my first new ground of the season, though.

Leicester Road

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Saturday 8th April 2017 3.00pm
Midlands League Division One
Leicester Road 11 Southam United 0 ht: 5-0 att: 60 hc Entrance £5 Programme £1.50 Coffee £1

Stenson 7,12,25,38 (pen), Holt 43, Bennett 68, McGlinchey 72,79,80, Sandhu 82,83

fromLeicester Road Stadium

This game set a few personal records.

Ashville

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Tuesday 14th March 2017 7.30pm
West Cheshire League Division Two
Ashville 4 Southport Trinity 1 HT: 2-0 Att: 40 (hc) coffee £1 Free Entry No programme

from Villa Park

Ashville play at Villa Park and if their name was two words they'd be AVFC also.

Three Men and a Blaby

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Saturday 17th December 2016 15.00
East Midlands League Premier
Blaby & Whetstone Athletic 5 Ellistown & Ibstock 1 ht: 4-0 att: 40 Ent: £5 Prog £2 Coffee £1
Lane 3, Ireland 13, Bates 24, Preston 31, 79 : Thorpe 70

from Warwick Road

Blaby & Whetstone Athletic continued my collection of EML grounds, now 18 out of 22.

Brymbo

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Saturday 24th September 2016 2.30pm
Welsh National League Premier Division
Brymbo 2 Llay Welfare 0 ht: 1-0 att: 35 (hc) Entry: £1.50 inc. programme Coffee £1
Bradshaw 25, McKenna 89

fromThe Crick, Tanyfron
You can't get a more Welsh sounding name than Brymbo, so why does Billy Connolly say it in my head?

Gedling Miners Welfare

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Saturday 10th September 2016 3pm
FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round
Gedling Miners Welfare 2 Oakham United 3 ht: 0-0 att: 50 Ent: £5 Prog: £1 Coffee £1

Whitehead 83 (pen), ET 3 : Nelson 50 ET, 2, 18

from Plains Social Club

I've not seen many FA Vase games, so given I had a free Saturday and it was first round time, thought I'd check one out.

Wythenshawe Town

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Tuesday 30th August 2016 6.30pm
Cheshire League Premier
Wythenshawe Town 2 Knutsford 0 HT: 1-0 att: 80 (hc) Ent: £2, Prog £1 Coffee £1

from Ericstan Park

What an unexpected charm Ericstan Park was,not to mention a fascinating top-of -the-table encounter on the pitch.

Loughborough University

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Tuesday 1st December 2015 7.45pm
Evostik Division One South
Loughborough University 2 Heanor Town 2 ht: 1-1 att: 114
Ent: £FREE Prog £FREE Coffee £1
Webb45, 82 : Debrouwer 39, 90

fromLoughborough University Stadium

After three grounds at the higher end of the pyramid it was nice to sink back under the comfort blanket of step fiveand the highest placed university team in the whole of non league.

Ramsbottom United

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Saturday 7th November 2015 3pm
Evostik Premier League (step three)
Ramsbottom United 2 Rushall Olympic 1ht: 1-0 att: 203 ent: £9, prog £1.50 coffee: £1

Tolley og 27, Payne 84 : Benbow 54

fromHarry Williams Riverside Stadium
In German there is an excellent word,Weltschmerz,which describes the belief that physical reality can never satisfythe demands of the mind.

West Midlands Regional Premier League Fans’ Guide 2014-15

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The West Midlands Regional League is three divisions spanningsteps six to eight of non league football, and this season celebrates its 125th birthday, having been formed in 1889 as the Birmingham & District League. This guide concentrates on the Premier division (step six) where Lye Town are the current champions.

West Midlands Regional Premier League Fans’ Guide 2014-15

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The West Midlands Regional League is three divisions spanningsteps six to eight of non league football, and this season celebrates its 125th birthday, having been formed in 1889 as the Birmingham & District League. This guide concentrates on the Premier division (step six) where Lye Town are the current champions.

Flint Town United

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Date: Saturday Oct 30 2010
Ground:Â Cae-y-Castell
Comp:Â Cymru Alliance
Match: Flint Town United 1 Cefn Druids 0 HT: 0-0 ATT: 163
Beck 51
Additional: Entrance £5.00, Programme £1.50, Coffee/Tea 0.70

Cae-y-Castell in pictures

It's been a while since sampling Welsh football; I must do it more often as its football and grounds are absolutely charming.

My Favourite Year (1990-91)

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In a similar vein to the 1990 book of the same name this is an account of my favourite year, part one.

Brighton & Hove Albion Second Division 6th place (losing Play-Off finalists) FA Cup 4th round League Cup 1st round.

Albion 1990-91 (wearing the worst kit of all time)

The motley bunch above, wearing the lurid pink strip, looking like some Gay World Cup side, is the team from my favourite ever season, 1990-91.

Manchester United

Vidic: “United and Inter are very similar”

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Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic was today unveiled as an Inter Milan player, at the Serie A club's official season launch and Vida had some words for his former club and on his new adventure.

"It is one of the biggest clubs in the world, it has won the Champions League and many domestic trophies,"said Vidic, who left Old Trafford as a free agent at the end of last season after spending eight and half years at United since arriving from Spartak Moscow in January 2006.

Ronaldo - To Become the Most Expensive Player in the World?

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Finally, Christiano Ronaldo, World and European Player of the Year, is looking set to become the most expensive player in the world and get his dream move to Spanish giants, Real Madrid. The Spanish club have offered £80 million to Manchester Utd for the player, which Utd look to have accepted as they have allowed talks with their player.

A Quick Premier League Review of Season 08/09

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It was quite a season, 2008/09, with possibly the tightest challenge for the title in many a year. Even the battle for relegation was tight for up to ten clubs until the last few weeks of the season, and few would have predicted that outcome at the beginning of August 2008.

The previous season, Manchester Utd had won the premiership title and scraped the European Champions League final.

Arsenal

Former Gunner Fabrice Muamba fights for life

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Former young Arsenal star Fabrice Muamba is tonight in hospital fighting for his life. The Bolton mid-fielder collapsed during the FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane.

Medics spent ten minutes treating the stricken player on the pitch, using both mouth to mouth resuscitation and a defibrillator in attempts to revive him.

Football in the financial dock, a fraud against taxpayers?

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There has been some very bad news for football over the last week. The fact that Glasgow Rangers have been put into administration, by the club's owner, is an indication of the sorry state the Beautiful Game is in both financially and in terms of management.

This latest occurrence has come about as a result of Her Majesties Revenue and Customs (HMRC) demanding up to £50 million in unpaid taxes and National Insurance contributions due on money paid into Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs).

Wenger Warns Capello Over Wilshere

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Fabio Capello that Jack Wilshere will not be allowed to play in England's friendly against Holland on Wednesday.

The squad inclusion of the midfielder already the subject of a club-versus-country row at Under 21 level this summer came despite him missing the Gunners' pre-season defeat to Benfica on Saturday night with an ankle problem.

Wenger Warns Capello Over Wilshere

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Fabio Capello that Jack Wilshere will not be allowed to play in England's friendly against Holland on Wednesday.

The squad inclusion of the midfielder already the subject of a club-versus-country row at Under 21 level this summer came despite him missing the Gunners' pre-season defeat to Benfica on Saturday night with an ankle problem.

Wenger Warns Capello Over Wilshere

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Fabio Capello that Jack Wilshere will not be allowed to play in England's friendly against Holland on Wednesday.

The squad inclusion of the midfielder already the subject of a club-versus-country row at Under 21 level this summer came despite him missing the Gunners' pre-season defeat to Benfica on Saturday night with an ankle problem.

Non-League

Staffordshire County Senior League 2010-11

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The Staffordshire County Senior League was founded in 2005. It was a merger of the Midland League (formerly known as the Staffordshire Senior League) and the Staffordshire County League. It sits at step seven of non-league football, the highest level at which your ground does not need floodlights.

Royston Crazy

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Posted in General Football, Non-League Tagged: abandoned, hallamshire, mosborough, red card, royston villa, Sheffield and Hallamshire Cup

Arsenalinsider News

FTK Blog: FA bottles it over sanctions against Man U and Liverpool players

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Sickening is how I would describe the Kung Fu kick meted out by Jonny "The Hitman" Evans of Man Utd against Drogba of Chelsea last Sunday. But lets be fair, Man Utd have included Kung Fu in its training ever since Cantona was accused by a Shaolin Master based in Moss side Manchester of having poor technique in his kung fu kick pictured above.

Vic Crescit Blog:BRUMMIES/SILENT STAN

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Back to League action tomorrow with the visit of Birmingham City. Let's hope the international break hasn't disrupted the momentum that was building before the players scattered for the World Cup qualifiers. We need three points in the bag. Manuel Almunia is said to be "50-50" for availability for selection.

Public Vote: Are Alex Ferguson’s comments fair comment or harmful to Alan Wiley?

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Without prejudice...

I am returning to the subject of Alex Ferguson's comments and analysing his apology placed upon the official Manchester United Website 

"I apologise to Mr Wiley for any personal embarrassment that my remarks may have caused and to The FA for going public with my views.

Lets face it Alex Ferguson is above the law, the FA and his Club and he knows it…

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OK no TGIF for two weeks due to International duties, and I thought that today I would discuss non Arsenal matters on and off the field. The most obvious topic that gets me hot under the collar is what I perceive to be FA bias towards SAF. Sir Alex Ferguson manager of Man U. Now I have in the past called the FA the Ferguson Association for they seem totally unable to act with any kind of authority against him.

Adebayor-gate… Harper uncovers a media conspiracy

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BY HARPER:

The intent of this article is not to focus once more on Adebayor and his antics against our players and supporters at Eastlands. Rather, I wanted to write this piece in response to the ridiculous myths that have now become entrenched as "facts" with regard to the Gooner Nation in the aftermath of not only the events of that game, but also the series of incidents that have generated negative coverage of Arsenal supporters in the last few seasons.

Adebayor charged by the FA

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Despite the pathetic attempts of mark Hughes to distract people from the main point of issue, and in an effort to draw a line under the incident on the Manchester City Website, the authorities have taken a stance which indicates they will be making an example of Adebayor.

Mark Hughes said:

"There has been much discussion over the weekend regarding the various incidents in Saturday's game which is understandable, Emmanuel Adebayor sustained a tremendous amount of personal abuse from the kick-off but strongly maintains that there was no malice intended in the challenge on Robin Van Persie and apologised to him when he hugged him on leaving the field of play at the end of the game.

INTERNATIONALS TONIGHT

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With all the recent media attention on Eduardo he can expect to get an earful assuming he plays or is on the bench tonight at Wembley for Croatia against England.

Elsewhere Arsenal players are dotted around the globe playing for their various national teams in World Cup qualifiers. We can only hope that all return tomorrow and Friday unscathed and fighting fit for our visit to the City of Manchester Stadium (artfully titled "the Council House" by fans of the red half of Manchester) to play Citeh.

EPL Will Lose Internet Streaming Battle

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The improvement in technology for caused the music industry to suffer for not adapting to the digital revolution. Now, after also taking newspapers, film and television in as victims, football is next. In particular, English football. The English Premier League is refusing to adapt to improvements in Broadband speeds and the increasing popularity in internet streaming and peer-to-peer streaming.

Premiership Fixtures - First draft 2009/10 season

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It's almost pre-season and at last today there is something of substance to write about. The Barclays Premier league 2009/10 campaign kicks off with Arsenal playing away at Everton on 15th August on the first weekend. The first home game would have been against Bolton, but having finished fourth, there is the none too simple matter of a Champions league Qualifier to deal with.

R.I.P Rocky - A Karen Rocastle Interview

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March 31st arrives again, can you believe that 12 months has past since we had the Seventh anniversary and the "Make Some Noise" tribute for our Arsenal legend who was so tragically struck down by Lymphoma, a blood cancer of the glands at the age of 33. I refer of course to Rocky. PGL and [..

Injury woes for van Persie and International Gunners update

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Nine Gunners played in International fixtures for their countries yesterday and most came through Unscathed. B. Sagna – Played a full game with France who beat Lithuania one nil courtesy of a goal from Franck Ribery. W. Gallas – also played a full game with France, who started their campaign diastrously now have [.

NEXT UP FOR THE CUP – BLUEBIRDS

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A disappointing result against the ‘appy ‘ammers on Saturday. We really needed all three points. I was mildly encouraged by the performance though. We lacked a cutting edge up front and Emmanuel Adebayor still seems to be suffering from his Samson problem. Since he cut off his locks he hasn't been the player he was.

The Rest

Spain Gets A Samba Sized Dose Of Humility

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Blame it on Rio? Nope, I say you blame it on arrogance, Spanish arrogance to be precise. It warms the cockles of my heart to see Spain and their boring overrated "Tiki Taka" get their asses handed to them on silver platter from a Brazilian side that just inspires me and makes me love the [...]

Ravel Morrison Returns

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Ravel Morrison is facing further turbulence in his troubled career after it emerged that Lee Clark wants to send him back to parent club West Ham. Clark, the Birmingham manager, is already losing patience with the controversial midfielder and is keen to strike a deal with Sam Allardyce and cut his loan move short in [.

Will Wenger be Satisfied with FIFA’s new Insurance offer?

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Over the years, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has done his fair share of complaining over international fixtures. This is mainly because many players are injured while playing for their countries and return to their clubs on crutches. You can't really blame him, but he also says young players need to gain experience and what better way to do so than playing in major football tournaments.