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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AFC Darwen

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Wednesday 3rd December 2014 7.45 pm
FA Vase Second Round
AFC Darwen 3 Chadderton 5 ht: 3-1 att: 99 Entrance £5 Prog £1

from Anchor Ground (pics here)

Coote 23, Gaul 28, Turner 33 :Whitehead 42, 47, OG 55, Sultan 89, Murray 90

A bitterly cold night in early December and a long, perhaps foolish, drive into Lancashire for some FA Vase action.

AFC Darwen

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Wednesday 3rd December 2014 7.45 pm
FA Vase Second Round
AFC Darwen 3 Chadderton 5 ht: 3-1 att: 99 Entrance £5 Prog £1

from Anchor Ground (pics here)

Coote 23, Gaul 28, Turner 33 :Whitehead 42, 47, OG 55, Sultan 89, Murray 90

A bitterly cold night in early December and a long, perhaps foolish, drive into Lancashire for some FA Vase action.

Gresford Athletic

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Saturday 29th November 1.30pm
Welsh Cup Round Three (last 32) fromClappers Lane
Gresford Athletic 5 St Asaph City 0ht: 1-0 att: circa 150

Richards 39, 81, 87, Hope (pen) 79, Phealan 90+1

It was the third round of the Welsh Cup, when the 12 Premier clubs enter the competition, joiningthe 20 still remaining.

Gresford Athletic

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Saturday 29th November 1.30pm
Welsh Cup Round Three (last 32) fromClappers Lane
Gresford Athletic 5 St Asaph City 0ht: 1-0 att: circa 150

Richards 39, 81, 87, Hope (pen) 79, Phealan 90+1

It was the third round of the Welsh Cup, when the 12 Premier clubs enter the competition, joiningthe 20 still remaining.

MMU Cheshire

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Monday 27th October 2014 7.30
Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division from Cumberland Arena, Crewe
MMU Cheshire 1 Audley 1 ht: 1-0 att: 60 hc

Goals: MMU 30, Audley 89

Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire, to give them their full name, were promoted last year to the Staffs top flight.

MMU Cheshire

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Monday 27th October 2014 7.30
Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division from Cumberland Arena, Crewe
MMU Cheshire 1 Audley 1 ht: 1-0 att: 60 hc

Goals: MMU 30, Audley 89

Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire, to give them their full name, were promoted last year to the Staffs top flight.

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.

Haughmond

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Wednesday 22nd October 2014 7.45pm
West Midlands Regional League Premier fromShrewsbury Sports Village
Haughmond 3 Shawbury 6ht: 1-3 att: c.70

Estimate of minutes: 18, 60, 88: 16, 30, 35, 47, 80 (pen), 90

Haughmond FC are new to step 6 of non league, promoted last year from WMRL One to Premier.