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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.

Ford Motors

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Tuesday 15th August 2017 6.45pm
Cheshire League Division Two
Ford Motors 7 Orford 1 HT: 3-1 att: 30(hc) Entrance FREE with FREE programme.

from Jaguar Sports & Social Club

Non-league and in particular the Cheshire League continue to impress me.

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.

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.

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.

Bedworth United

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Thursday 29th December 2016
Northern League Division One South
Bedworth United 5 Loughborough Dynamo 1 ht: 2-0 att: 172
Cavanagh 9, Parrott 22, Christie 55, Creaney 57, Jeys 66 : Demidh 74

from The Oval (Entrance £9, Programme £2, Coffee £1)

Bedworth United have not appeared on my radar much over the years.

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.

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.

Johnstown Youth

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Saturday 14th May 2016
Welsh National League Division One
Johnstown Youth 0 Llanuwchyllin 13 (THIRTEEN) ht: 0-5 att: 25 hc FREE entry No PROG

Approx Mins: 11,16,22,26,30,50,55,59,72,75,80,84,87

from Moreton Playing Fields,Heol Kenyon

It finally happened!

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.

Garden Village Youth

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Tuesday 26th April 2016 6.30pm
Welsh National League Division One (Welsh step four)
Garden Village Youth 1 Johnstown Youth 2 ht: 1-1 att: 16 hc Ent: FREE prog: NO

from Rhostyllen

It had been a while since a midweek Welsh game so I really fancied one.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Major League Soccer

Fantastic... just what we needed.

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Further intersection between our soccer lives and real world politics, that is. Disgusting, right? So yeah, D.C. United (MLS stadia) fans may wish to check this Steven Goff report on how a mayoral race will affect their outlook for that new stadium they have been talking about since 322 BC. - Greg Seltzer

A few things...

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Random boast: I now own the t-shirt pictured. Now it doesn't look so strange when I jump at the sudden sight of a mouse... #1 - I'm not sure if it's the first time (mainly because I'm not sure how long they've been doing this), but it's worth noting that Michael Parkhurst made the fans' UEFA Champions League Team of the Round.

football grounds

Coventry City 0-0 Shrewsbury Town, complete with Arsenal’s Chuba Akpom

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Sky Bet League One, Sixfields Stadium, Northampton Attendance 1,966

So on a bright sunny day in Northampton (not) and with nothing better to do (except mark essays) it was off to see a local football match to take the mind off Saturday's defeat. I arrived early, narrowly avoiding running over a member of the [.

‘West London is wunderfulllllll!’: untold Lower league on tour

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This article is part of a series in which Untold writers have travelled the length and breadth of the country (well, the Midlands, London and the south) visiting other clubs on days when there is no Arsenal game. Today...

Brentford FC 2-0 Port Vale (Attendance 8,327)

On Saturday my brother and I made our [.

The Emirates: a view from the cheap(er) seats

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Sometime ago Untold ran a grumbling piece about the man from row 15 who couldn't be bothered to applaud the team even after we had despatched Fenebache (and Fulham the weekend before). He was still urging (very quietly it has to be said) M. Wenger to ‘spend some f***ing money'. Well, his wishes were answered [.

Untold Non-league: Robins run out of town in the cup

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Stamford AFC 4-2 Ashton United (attendance 301)

With no Arsenal game this weekend Tony and I scoured the fixture lists and came up with what looked like an interesting tie in the FA cup.

For most us the FA cup doesn't start till January when the 3rd round proper sees the big boys enter [.

Untold Non-League: Lillywhites see off the Bluebirds

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Cambridge City 2-1 Chippenham Town (attendance 322); the second of Untold's non-league games from the non-league weekend.

Welcome to the Glassworld Stadium in Impington, near Cambridge, the temporary home of Cambridge City for a Sunday k/o in the CALOR league premier division. The Glassworld is actually Histon FC's ground and Histon play in the [.

The Untold non-league tour continues: men against gingerbread boys*

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Grantham Town 1-5 FC United of Manchester (att. 739)

Last Saturday Tony and I travelled to the South Kesteven Sports stadium, in Grantham, Lincolnshire, to watch a match in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League. It's part of the Untold Non-League tour, which has already taken us to watch Corby and Guernsey (away at Crawley [.

The Rest

It just gets better and better.

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That was sarcasm. There is no shortage of reasons to cringe over World Cup 2022, unfathomably still set to take place in Qatar. Seriously, what will it take for UEFA to stand up like a big boy and say no to FIFA? Because that is exactly what it will take to change things for the proper.- Greg Seltzer

Google Give Fans Superb Player’s-Eye View Of All 12 World Cup Stadia

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By Alan Duffy

As the 2014 World Cup approaches, Google have opened up all 12 Stadia to be used in the competition to the magic of Street View. 'Tis definitely a good way to waste your lunch break today! See all the stadia from the centre circle here.

Enjoy!

Adios, San Mames, Adios – A Homage to Athletic Bilbao

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Adios, San Mames, Adios A Homage to Athletic Bilbao is a post from: Just Football

Athletic Bilbao are a unique club. Incomparable to any other in world football, perhaps. An emblem of regional pride, the foremost symbol of the Basque Country, history will be made in Spain this weekend when Athletic play their last ever league match at the iconic San Mamés stadium, their home for 100 years.

Jakarta plans international football stadium

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Seven years after the Indonesian capital province (DKI) destroyed the home ground of its leading football club, the 85-years-old Persija, to create the Menteng inner-city park, an allocation of US$110 million has been made to build an iconic stadium for the club in north Jakarta. The 2-year project will create a FIFA-standard international venue with a capacity of 50,000 spectators.