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andymackem
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Dec 26, 2016, 9:40 AM

Posts: 92
Location: Durham
Team(s): Sunderland, Dynamo Moscow, Spennymoor Town

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It's the end of the first year of my blog, so I thought I'd do a review of some of the highlights (and lowlights) so far. 12 days, 12 (meaningless, spurious) awards from the places I've been and stories I've written in 2016. Rather than spam, I'll update this thread each day. Apologies in advance for a couple of non-footie posts that will sneak in.

And so, the first 'award'. History of the year:

... goes to the tale of little-known Bishop Auckland and Russia star Billy Charnock. Read more on the blog at http://bit.ly/1VWQ8pO and come back tomorrow for a story about people who are still alive.



http://groundhoppers.blog - watching sports around the world
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074LZ3T2L - Ancients and Mariners, my e-book about 2016-17 in the Northern League. A 'diverting and compelling' read for the price of a pint at most Northern League clubhouses.


andymackem
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Dec 27, 2016, 9:30 AM

Posts: 92
Location: Durham
Team(s): Sunderland, Dynamo Moscow, Spennymoor Town

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Day two, award two, and the new (to me) ground of the season award goes to Kingsley Park, Ryton & Crawcrook Albion. Surroundings that transcended a rather humdrum game, just what non-league grounds are all about. Read more at http://bit.ly/2cL0RDX

Honourable mention to Alnwick Town in this category (more at http://bit.ly/2eMOVOR)



http://groundhoppers.blog - watching sports around the world
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074LZ3T2L - Ancients and Mariners, my e-book about 2016-17 in the Northern League. A 'diverting and compelling' read for the price of a pint at most Northern League clubhouses.


andymackem
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Dec 28, 2016, 10:43 AM

Posts: 92
Location: Durham
Team(s): Sunderland, Dynamo Moscow, Spennymoor Town

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Award #3 and ‘Trip of the Year’ goes to a three-game tour of Wales, taking in football at Barry Town (http://bit.ly/2bcD3En), hockey at Cardiff Devils (http://bit.ly/2biQjcp) and more football at Airbus UK (http://bit.ly/2b4l7Rc).



http://groundhoppers.blog - watching sports around the world
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074LZ3T2L - Ancients and Mariners, my e-book about 2016-17 in the Northern League. A 'diverting and compelling' read for the price of a pint at most Northern League clubhouses.


andymackem
Junior Team Star

Dec 29, 2016, 12:13 PM

Posts: 92
Location: Durham
Team(s): Sunderland, Dynamo Moscow, Spennymoor Town

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Award #4, appropriate on a day full of pitch inspections, goes to weather of the year. A snow-lashed springtime playoff game in Spennymoor gets the nod. Read more at http://bit.ly/1rgjkuW



http://groundhoppers.blog - watching sports around the world
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074LZ3T2L - Ancients and Mariners, my e-book about 2016-17 in the Northern League. A 'diverting and compelling' read for the price of a pint at most Northern League clubhouses.


andymackem
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Dec 30, 2016, 11:20 AM

Posts: 92
Location: Durham
Team(s): Sunderland, Dynamo Moscow, Spennymoor Town

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Award #5, best team performance, goes to Consett’s 9-0 win over Chester-le-Street in Northern League Division One. Read more at http://bit.ly/2dU261G



http://groundhoppers.blog - watching sports around the world
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074LZ3T2L - Ancients and Mariners, my e-book about 2016-17 in the Northern League. A 'diverting and compelling' read for the price of a pint at most Northern League clubhouses.


andymackem
Junior Team Star

Dec 31, 2016, 11:48 AM

Posts: 92
Location: Durham
Team(s): Sunderland, Dynamo Moscow, Spennymoor Town

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Award #6, Game of the Season, featured four goals, a red card, a bit of controversy and an underdog nipping at the heels of a higher-ranked opponent. Better than a Saturday at the Metro Centre, it was Dunston UTS vs Skelmersdale in the FA Cup. Read more at http://bit.ly/2c6LRAj



http://groundhoppers.blog - watching sports around the world
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074LZ3T2L - Ancients and Mariners, my e-book about 2016-17 in the Northern League. A 'diverting and compelling' read for the price of a pint at most Northern League clubhouses.


andymackem
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Jan 1, 2017, 12:36 PM

Posts: 92
Location: Durham
Team(s): Sunderland, Dynamo Moscow, Spennymoor Town

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Award #7 is a bit of an ‘anti-award’, going to the least popular story of 2016. Maybe we can start 2017 with a bit of love for the French Ice Hockey Cup final, and the sport’s return to Paris and the Bercy Arena – one of the host venues for this year’s IIHF World Championship. Read more at http://bit.ly/25ppNWE



http://groundhoppers.blog - watching sports around the world
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074LZ3T2L - Ancients and Mariners, my e-book about 2016-17 in the Northern League. A 'diverting and compelling' read for the price of a pint at most Northern League clubhouses.


andymackem
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Jan 2, 2017, 11:12 AM

Posts: 92
Location: Durham
Team(s): Sunderland, Dynamo Moscow, Spennymoor Town

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Award #8, individual performance of the year, goes to South Shields’ goalie Liam Connell in the Vase. Read more: http://bit.ly/2exFzrF



http://groundhoppers.blog - watching sports around the world
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074LZ3T2L - Ancients and Mariners, my e-book about 2016-17 in the Northern League. A 'diverting and compelling' read for the price of a pint at most Northern League clubhouses.


andymackem
Junior Team Star

Jan 3, 2017, 10:35 AM

Posts: 92
Location: Durham
Team(s): Sunderland, Dynamo Moscow, Spennymoor Town

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Award #9, farewell of the year, and a few thoughts on the sad demise of Norton & Stockton Ancients. Read more: http://bit.ly/2gyPIZ4



http://groundhoppers.blog - watching sports around the world
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074LZ3T2L - Ancients and Mariners, my e-book about 2016-17 in the Northern League. A 'diverting and compelling' read for the price of a pint at most Northern League clubhouses.


andymackem
Junior Team Star

Jan 4, 2017, 10:11 AM

Posts: 92
Location: Durham
Team(s): Sunderland, Dynamo Moscow, Spennymoor Town

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Award #10, Fans of the season, is more about quality than quantity. Northallerton Town don’t get the biggest crowds, but last month’s visit offered some of the sharper banter of the season. Read more at http://bit.ly/2gJicLB



http://groundhoppers.blog - watching sports around the world
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074LZ3T2L - Ancients and Mariners, my e-book about 2016-17 in the Northern League. A 'diverting and compelling' read for the price of a pint at most Northern League clubhouses.


andymackem
Junior Team Star

Jan 5, 2017, 3:25 PM

Posts: 92
Location: Durham
Team(s): Sunderland, Dynamo Moscow, Spennymoor Town

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Award #11, enthusiasts of the year, goes to the ice hockey players of Chile. Read more at http://bit.ly/2ieY4Sl



http://groundhoppers.blog - watching sports around the world
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074LZ3T2L - Ancients and Mariners, my e-book about 2016-17 in the Northern League. A 'diverting and compelling' read for the price of a pint at most Northern League clubhouses.


andymackem
Junior Team Star

Jan 6, 2017, 12:13 PM

Posts: 92
Location: Durham
Team(s): Sunderland, Dynamo Moscow, Spennymoor Town

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And finally, award #12 for the most popular story of last year goes to my trip to Horden CW. Read more at http://bit.ly/2g7sghN



http://groundhoppers.blog - watching sports around the world
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074LZ3T2L - Ancients and Mariners, my e-book about 2016-17 in the Northern League. A 'diverting and compelling' read for the price of a pint at most Northern League clubhouses.

 
 


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