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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.

East Midlands Counties League 2017-18

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This is an unofficial guide to the East Midlands League 2017-18. Please let me know of any inaccuracies or missing details. Also, please forward suggestions on improvements or futher information that you would like.

The EML an overview

The East Midlands Counties League has been going since 2008-09.

Cymu Alliance Guide 2017-18

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This is an unofficial guide to the Cymru Alliance. All photos are my own (of which some are a few years old and may not reflect the ground now). Please let me know of any inaccuracies or missing details.

The Cymru Alliance has been going 27 seasons. It is the northern section of second tier football in Wales.

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.

Anstey Nomads

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Tuesday 4th April 2017 7.45pm
East Midlands Counties Premier League
Anstey Nomads 2 Radford 3 ht: 1-2 att: 54 Entrance £5 Programme £1 Coffee £1

Michael45, missed pen 45, Taylor 80: Meakin 10, Kelvin 25, 90+3 (pen)

fromDavisdon Homes Park

Anstey Nomad's Davidson Homes Parkcompleted the East Midlands League for me.

AFC Blackpool

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Saturday 18th February 2017 3.00pm
North West Counties League Division One (step six)
AFC Blackpool 0 Ashton Town 5 ht: 0-2 att: 76 Entrance: £6 Prog £1 Coffee £1
: Robinson 41, Ablewhite 45, 64 (pen), Tyrer 86, Munro 90

fromThe Mechanics, Jepson Way, Blackpool
The choice was between AFC Blackpool and Nelson, two of the four I've left to visit in the NWCL.

Birstall United

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Monday 2nd January 2017 3.00pm
East Midland League
Birstall United 0 Aylestone Park 4 ht: 0-1 att: 64 Entrance £4 Programme £0.50 (but none published today) Coffee £1
Missed pen (65) : Laywood 34 (pen), Carline 54, Jepson 70, Tyers 80

fromMeadow Lane
The first outing of 2017, but the game I ended up going to was not on the agenda when I set out.

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.

Berliner FC Dynamo

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Sunday 23rd October 2016 1.30pm (German Local Time)
Regionalliga Nordost (Step Four)
Berliner FC Dynamo 5 FC Schönberg 95 2 ht: 2-1 att: 612 Entrance €12 Programme €2 Coffee €1.50 Beer €2

Rockenbach de Silva 29, Göwecke 33, Srbeny 59 (pen), 70 Pröger 61:Dippert 35, Steinwarth (pen) 53

from Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark

There are three Berlin clubs in the North East Regionnaliga.

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?

Overton Recreational

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Saturday 17th September 2016 2.30pm
Welsh National League Premier Division
Overton Recreational 1 Brickfield Rangers 8 ht: 0-5 att: 46 (hc) no entry no prog coffee £1

fromOverton-on-Dee Recreation Ground

Something always tempts me over to Wales on a spare Saturday, even though the only nearby grounds I have left to visit, have little about them, except great views in some cases.

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.

Corwen

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Friday 12th August 2016 6.45pm
Welsh National League Premier Division
Corwen 1 Cefn Albion 1 ht: 0-0 att: 85 Ent: free Prog: no Coffee £1

fromWar Memorial Park

A warm Friday night in August, what better way to spend it than at an early kick off in Wales? In fact this was the first game of the season (along withgames at Chirk and Llay).

Shirebrook Town

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Tuesday 9th August 2016 7.45pm
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Replay
Shirebrook Town 0 Loughborough University 3 ht: 0-1 att: 98 Ent: £4 Prog: NO! Coffee £0.50
Trotman 41, Crookes 60, Dasalou 68

from Langwith Road Ground

Non league has a habit of throwing out some charmingly random facets from time to time.

Malpas

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Wednesday 10th August 2016 6.45pm
Cheshire League Premier
Malpas 3 Congleton Vale Rovers 0 ht: 3-0 att: 45 (hc) Ent: £3 (inc Programme) Coffee: £1
Hailes, Morris, Sadler

from Malpas Sports & Social Club

The nascentseason, the time to get county games in, during the few weeks of late sunsets, before September arrives and it's Saturdays only for the un-floodlit fields of the minor leagues.

Aspe UD

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Wednesday 27th July 2016 8.00pm
Partido Amistoso (Friendly)
Elche CF 2 Atletico Saguntino 0 HT: 1-0 Att: c700 Entrance €3 no prog beer €1.50

from Las Fuentes (home of UD Aspe)

The English League system is unusual in that it doesn't become regional until level 6.

Denton Town

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Tuesday 24th May 2016 6.45pm
Cheshire League Premier
Denton Town 4 Rylands 2 ht: 1-1 att: 50hc FREE

Scoring 0-1, 1-1,2-1, 3-1, 3-2, 4-2

fromWhittles Park

My last game of the season, courtesy of the late finishing Cheshire league. It was a case of anywhere would do, but as it happened Denton Town was a great little venue and another cracking Cheshire League tie.

Linotype Cheadle Heath Nomads

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Tuesday 19th May 2016 7.00pm
Cheshire League Premier
Linotype Cheadle Heath Nomads 4 Rylands 0 ht: 2-0 att: 50 hc FREE No Prog
Power 30, Yuille 37, 70, Danaher 90

fromThe Heath

The Cheshire League canalways be relied onfor late, late fixtures,well into May.

Dunkirk AFC

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Saturday 30th April 2016 3pm
Notts Senior League Premier Division
Dunkirk AFC 3 Burton Joyce 1 ht: 2-1 att: 25

Hemagou 25, 45 (pen), Moore 65; Player 15

fromRon Steel Ground

I'd seen two games already today on the Notts Senior hop. I was told, after entering Beeston, that the third game of the day on the hop at Nottinghamshire FC was as basic as they come.

Beeston

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Saturday 30th April 2016 10.05am
Notts Senior League Premier Division

Beeston 0 Underwood Villa 0 ht: 0-0 att: 291 Ent: £2 Prog £1 Coffee £1

from the Hetley Pearson Recreation Ground

I'd never been to a Notts Senior League game before.

Graham Street Prims

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Tuesday 19th April 2016 7.45pm
East Midlands League

Graham Street Prims 4 Kimberley Miners Welfare 2 ht: 2-2 att: 27

Dallison 6, Tyson J 8, Rushby J (pen) 55, Fitzhugh 65: A Player 30, 42

from The Asterdale Sports Ground aka Baytree Cars Arena

Is it time to start questioning your sanity when you're watching a football match between Graham and Kimberley?

Ellistown & Ibstock United

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Saturday 16th April 2016 3.00pm
East Midland League Premier
Ellistown & Ibstock United 1 South Normanton Athletic 6 ht: 0-1 att: 45 Ent: 4 Prog: £1
Aikman 90, Strzyzewski 38, Anderson 51, Fell 54, 82, Crosby 68

fromThe Terrace Road Ground, Ellistown.

Arnold Town

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Wednesday 2nd March 2016 7.45pm
East Midland Regional League
Arnold Town 4 Holwell Sports 5 ht: 1-2 att: 24 Ent: £5 No Prog

Edward 9, Payne 75 : Joachim 12, 59, Stevenson 38
Wood 89, Branston 90 : Wells 67, 80

fromEagle Valley

Most games this evening had fallen foul of the weather.

Bootle

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GROUNDHOG DAY!
Tuesday 2nd February 2016 7.45pm
North West Counties League Premier
Bootle 2 Atherton Collieries 5 ht: 1-0 att: 86 Ent: £6 Prog: £1 Coffee £1
Ellis 3, Hamilton 88 : Cover 55, Ayres 59 (pen), Truffas 66, Holt 78, Sherlock 87

fromthe Delta Taxis Stadium

It was Groundhog day the annual celebration of this blog.

Barrow Town

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Monday 28th December 2015 3pm
East Midland League Premier
Barrow Town 2 Anstey Nomads 2 ht: 1-1 att: 103 Ent: £5 (prog free with Ent) Coffee £1
Asanti 31, Schulz 67 : Coore 27, Dale 83

fromRiverside Stadium

Once more east along the A50 and my fourth East Midland League team of the season, taking my tally to 9/20 for the division.

Radford

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Saturday 5th December 2015
East Midlands League
Radford 2 St Andrews 1 ht: 1-0 att: 65 Ent: £5, Prog £1, Coffee £1
King34, 72 : Darby 4

fromSelhurst Street (picture here)

Once again to Nottingham for fresh stadium pickings. This time Radford; the place not the person.

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.

Marine

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Saturday 14th November 2015 3.00pm
FA Trophy Round Two
Marine 2 Kidsgrove Athletic 2 ht: 0-1 att: 274 Ent: £10 Prog: £2, Coffee £1.40
Nicholas 59, Whyte 69 : Malbon 36, 53

fromMarine Travel Arena

I'd wanted to do Marine for a few years and now the opportunity arose to watch my preferred local side for the season, Kidsgrove Athletic, in the second round of the FA Trophy.

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.

Basford United

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Tuesday 27th October 2015 7.45pm
Evostik Division One South
Basford United 1 Newcastle Town 1 ht: 1-0 att: 104 Ent: £6 Prog: £1.50 Coffee: £1
Grantham 34 : Mills 59

fromGreenwich Avenue

Basford United hail from the New Basford area, north of Nottingham.

Tividale

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Tuesday 13th October 2015 7.45pm
Evostik Division One South
Tividale 1 Basford United 1 ht: 0-1 att: 108 Ent: £7 Prog: £2 Coffee£1
Wright 65 : Grantham 24

from The Beeches

The Beeches was the last of the Black Country grounds I had left to visit at step six or above.

Chirk AAA

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Saturday 3rd October 2015
Welsh Cup 2nd Round
Chirk AAA 5 Prestatyn Sports 0 HT: 5-0 att: c50 entrance £3 no prog
from Holyhead Road

Chirk Amateur Athletic Association Football Club are one of the oldest clubs in Wales, dating back to 1876. They were one of the founder members of the Welsh FA.

Ashby Ivanhoe

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Tuesday 22nd September 2015
East Midlands League Premier Division
Ashby Ivanhoe 4 Holwell Sports 1 ht: 2-0 att: 81 drinks: £1 Entrance £4 Programme £1
from NFU Ground

Horn3,Quinn17,Pursloe74,og80 : Chapman 66

This was Ashby's second season at step six in the East Midlands League after winning promotion from the Leicestershire Senior League, and thus establishing a spot in my <50 miles ground list at 46.

Atherstone Town

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Saturday 16th September 2015

Midland Football League DivisionOne

Atherstone Town 2 Coventry United 4 ht: 1-2 att: 155

from Sheepy Road

I went to the strikingly named Sheepy Road ground in mid September. Atherstone was a club that had only really emerged on the radar in the last 12 months.

Staffs County League 2015-16

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There are many changes in the Staffs County League for next season, but the structure has remained the same with the Premier, Division One and Regional Division Twos North and South.

The Staffordshire County League sits at step seven of the non league pyramid. It is classed in the 7A category, the highest classification of step seven.

Chadderton

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Saturday 20th December 2014 3.00pm
NWCL Division One
Chadderton 2 Litherland REMYCA 2ht: 1-1 att: 52 Entrance £5, Prog £1.5 Coffee £1

Curley 5, Russel 84p :Blackwell 24p, Webb 71

fromAndrew Street

The Saturday before Christmas and a Saturday afternoon became free for me and the opportunity for a short hop.

The Rest

Greenwood Meadows

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Saturday 17th October 2015 3.00pm
East Midlands League (Step Six)
Greenwood Meadows 0 Ashby Ivanhoe 2
ht: 0-0 att: official 35, Actual 14

from Lenton Lane


Having a free Saturday leaves me with too much choice, leading to agonising decisions about which ground to go to.

Groundhopping, Kuwait Style

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Catching a game used to be so easy. You would pick up the paper in the morning, turn to the sports pages and hey presto there was a list of matches to choose from complete with kick off times. I thought the whole world was like that but nope, it ain't so simple. First in Indonesia and then Malaysia I learned printed or announced fixture lists aren't meant as any kind of guide for the casual fan.