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Sunday 9th December 2018


Armchair Libero
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Dec 9, 2018, 1:24 PM

Posts: 143
Location: Worcester
Team(s): Wigan Athletic, Atherton Collieries

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Oak Apple 4 - 3 Callow End
@ KGV Brickfields #1 (att. 35, HT 3-1)

Top plays second and last year's double winners. End would have closed the gap to 3 with 3 in hand with a win, but Oak Apple's win here means that the team dominating Worcester's Sunday League for quite a while now can only go level by winning every game in hand.

Oak Apple made this win as hard as humanly possibly. They went down a goal early (unmarked at near post on corner, shocking) but equalised and then went ahead when their striker and best player intercepted a bad clearance and converted from fully 35 yards.

Unfortunately, minutes later the self-same striker found himself walking. A Callow End player went down and the striker clipped him on the head walking past to retrieve the ball. He then returned to the spot where the foul was committed and fully kneed the seated played in the head. It should have been two red cards, if anything. Of course there was much squawking about the utterly deserved one that was given.

Undeterred, Oak's 10 men extended their lead before the break with a super ball from the left, curling in behind the Callow defence and swept home in some style.

After the break the champions continued to look flat and anxious. Just before the hour mark, Oak's tricky winger/forward was set loose and finished in style for 4-1.

Callow pressed for the remainder of the game, though not with much style or brain. A speculative cross from the right found a head for the first time in 25 attempts for 4-2.

Then a second yellow for an Oak player, who remain one of the most petulant, cheat-prone, and ill-disciplined sides I've seen. With 15 minutes left and 11 vs 9 I expected Callow, typically strong finishers, to take at least a draw. They barely got another proper chance, save a dubious penalty not long after a stonewall penalty was denied. Oak clung on in a demi-classic.

First Team Star

Dec 9, 2018, 1:44 PM

Posts: 1517
Location: Melksham, Wiltshire
Team(s): Melksham Town, Bath Rugby, Wigan Warriors and Lancashire CCC

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Wiltshire Sunday Cup
Croft Sports Centre, Swindon
Croft Juniors (Sunday) 8 FC Lacock 1
F&N Attendance: 6

Another game in the Sunday Cup which pitted Swindon's Croft Juniors against Chippenham & District's Lacock. Played at Croft Sports Centre, round the back of the Marriott Hotel (two pitches adjacent to each other and no football furniture) with a windy first half and a rainy second.
Lacock are 2nd in their League and Croft are 4th in theirs. The game was all Croft; Swindon teams generally do well in this competition but they were way ahead of the visitors by a huge margin. The biggest difference was they finished their chances and Lacock couldn't finish theirs. At the end, the visitors were reduced to 11 squabbling individuals; so, a poor day at the office for them. Not to take anything away from the home side who were at times very good indeed. Mostly played in a good spirit, there were a couple of 'alehouse' tackles but these were carded.
For posterity the timings were:
1-0(5), 2-0(26), 3-0(34), 4-0(44), 5-0(60), 5-1 pen(75), 6-1(79), 7-1(84), 8-1(86)

2018-19 Games: 166 Goals: 611 GPG: 3.68 New Grounds: 96
2019-20 Games: 93 Goals: 366 GPG: 3.94 New Grounds: 51

Dave 56
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Dec 9, 2018, 4:57 PM

Posts: 1093
Location: Staffs.
Team(s): Leatherhead

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Re: [Digdagdog] Sunday 9th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

FA Sunday Cup 3rd Round @ Vauxhall Motors 3G. KO 13:00. £1 admission(OAP). Free 4 page programme.

Queens Park 0 v 2 Mayfair

Within 30 seconds of the start, the visiting no. 10 should have been booked when he kicked the ball hard at an opponent from a couple of feet away when it went out of play, angry that he felt he had been fouled, it would have been an opportunity for the ref to stamp his authority on the game but he didn't, just a quiet chat. A few minutes later the same player dived in the box, simulation and another chance to caution the player, nothing at all given. Meanwhile the Mayfair no.8 decided he would join in and a late challenge was a certain yellow card, nope, just a chat. A little later a melee involving most of the players finally forced the ref to brandish a couple of cards. Happily the no.8 did get booked later on.

There was a game of football going on as well, not a bad one in the first half when the players actually remembered why they were there. Goal on 16 minutes gave Mayfair a half time lead, their second came in injury time at the end of a poor second period played in heavy rain.

Drive back was in the rain for most of the way, with many flooded roads.

Chelsea Transfer Target

Dec 9, 2018, 5:04 PM

Posts: 3295
Location: The EAST

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Re: [Digdagdog] Sunday 9th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Gym Utd 0-2 St Joseph's K.O. 13-00, ended 14-45
FA Sunday Cup
Adm £4/2 no paperwork
Att 90 H/C

Comfy win for the away side in the end, Gym were shown two red cards in the 2nd half which killed off any hopes they had, nothing nasty, just a stupid tackle from behind and a mistimed tackle that looked worse than it was.

First Team Star

Dec 9, 2018, 9:04 PM

Posts: 2830
Location: Braunstone, Leicester
Team(s): Oadby Town, Leicester City

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(Alliance League D6)

@ Wreake Valley Academy, Syston, Leics

Not a bad game for the level and played in a decent spirit. KO was delayed by ten minutes due to a clash of kits and a low sun, which resulted in the visitors having to wear green bibs.

36 1st half match photos are online @

(FA Sunday Cup 3rd Round)

@ Meadow Lane, Birstall (Birstall United FC)
Adm: £3
Prog: none
Att: 107 (h/c)

Decent game between two of the better Sunday sides in Leicestershire. The home side are taking this competition very seriously this year and are intent on winning it. With players like Jake Duffy and Ryan Seal who both play for Stamford, it will take a good team to stop them.

They deserved the victory though Oadby made a game of it, and were not three goals worse off.

Chelsea Transfer Target

Dec 9, 2018, 9:23 PM

Posts: 4885
Location: The Premier League town of Bournemouth
Team(s): AFC Bournemouth, Verwood Town, Sunderland

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FA Sunday Cup 3rd Round
Old Southall 3-1 Club Lewsey
Played at Brunel University Sports Park
Attendance 33 h/c
No admission charged.
Programme - a double sided A4 sheet containing club info and squad lists given away free.

Hosts came from behind to win this feisty cup tie. the visitors took the lead in the 20th minute with a superb header from their #11 from a left wing cross but he looked offside from where I was standing, and from where Hutch was standing on the opposite side. The hosts levelled early in the second half through their #11 then we had a five minute delay after handbags from both sets of players. When a football match broke out again the hosts took the lead with a superbly struck free kick from #13 and secured their place in the next round with a 70th minute penalty scored by #14.

Match played on a floodlit grass pitch inside a 6 lane athletics track at Brunel University, also home to Middlesex League Hillingdon FC. Both sides railed off behind the running track but none of the spectators adhered to this watching pitchside on the track blocking the view from the dugouts in the process. Behind is a grass bank with bushes and a footpath behind. A storage area for athletics equipment on the far side provided a slight covered overhang but of no use when the wind is blowing towards it. Behind the end to the left of the dugouts is a floodlit rugby pitch, to the right a 3G pitch used today for american football practice and a hockey pitch the other side of the pathway leading to the main building which housed the changing rooms.

Only realized there was a programme when another hopper present enquired about one to learn the home manager had left them in the changing room, which meant he, myself and Hutch making the long walk there at half time to cuddle our paper.

First Team Star

Dec 9, 2018, 11:38 PM

Posts: 2569
Location: North of the Aire
Team(s): None. A supporter of grassroots football

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Re: [cherryhopper] Sunday 9th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

FA Sunday Cup 3rd round at Adel Memorial ground.

Leeds City Rovers v Sunderland Southwick 0-3

F& n. Not many in attendance.

Probably more with the visitors.

Southwick went ahead on 25' with a well worked goal. LCR had an effort disallowed for a foul early in the second half then the visitors produced another goal on 76' and put it beyond doubt three minutes into added time.

Southwick were quite adept at breaking play up and stemming the flow of the game!

Nobody's Heroes
Youth Team Regular

Dec 10, 2018, 10:58 AM

Posts: 205
Location: Welsh Wales
Team(s): Sheffield United, CPD Porthmadog, Ross County

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FC Utrecht 3 Heracles Almelo 1

Stadion Galganwaard Attendance - 21,812

Ticket - 25 Euros Programme - Free and readily available.

An early start from Den Haag for the 40 minute journey to Utrecht with the game down for a 12.15pm kick off. Arrived at Utrecht Centraal and a short walk to bus terminal 'D', where the football special buses were lined up with a 2 Euro return fee to the ground. Arrived at the ground in good time with free tea and coffee available to all and sundry from nearby the club shop, a much appreciated gesture as indeed was the free programme.

A nearly full Galgenwaard was then treated to a scintillating first half hour from the home side who rushed into a 3-0 lead against the team in 4th in the Eredivisie. It appears that Dick Advocaat is already working his magic in the three months since his arrival at the club.

The home side sat on this lead in the second half with Heracles grabbing a consolation but never threatening much more than this.

The result means that the two sides exchange places in the league with Utrecht climbing to 4th and Heracles slipping to 5th.

Back on the football special bus after the game, all very efficient and back at Centraal Station 20 minutes after the final whistle.

This efficiency couldn't be continued by Flybe who later in the day announced a 2 hour delay on my flight back to Manchester, although, to be fair, the weather gods were against them over a weekend of high winds in the Dutch part of the world.

Still, a decent weekend....

First Team Sub

Dec 10, 2018, 2:26 PM

Posts: 1039
Location: birmingham
Team(s): wolves,non league

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Re: [Nobody's Heroes] Sunday 9th December 2018 [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

K RUPEL BOOM (0) 1 R.KNOKKE (0) 0 Belgium First Division Amateurs.Admission 15 Euros seating /10 Euros standing.No programme but plenty of team sheets.Att: 650 approx. Large main stand with a good view of the pitch.Opposite is a covered terrace which runs the full length of the touch line.Open terrace behind both goals although out of bounds at one end.Plenty of rain overnight in Antwerp but the pitch was near perfect.Knokke on top in the first half but the home side did better in the 2nd period and scored their goal in the 60th minute.Knokke played well and hit the woodwork 3 times.Not many on the ferry home and we were back in Birmingham by 1-30am.Cheap on the ferry £42 return for the car and 2 passengers.

(This post was edited by hotchkiss on Dec 10, 2018, 2:28 PM)

First Team Star

Dec 11, 2018, 7:21 PM

Posts: 1515
Location: west riding of yorkshire

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SC Coimbroes 0 Lusitano SV 0
Campeanato de Portugal, group b (third tier)
Admission €8

Typical lower league game abroad, where the standard drops off a cliff not far below the top level.
The visitors twice hit the woodwork from dead ball situations but little created by either team otherwise.
Inner city ground, on the side of slightly run down rather than decaying, with the usual artificial surface.
Temperature a stunning 18C though!

(This post was edited by noprogs on Dec 11, 2018, 7:23 PM)

First Team Sub

Dec 17, 2018, 11:19 PM

Posts: 1074
Location: Newcastle/Salford/Wrexham
Team(s): Bolton Wanderers, local non-league teams

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Greenside 3-0 Crossflatts Village (3-0 HT) at UTS Stadium
FA Sunday Cup 3rd Round
Admission: £2, Programme: Free, Tea: £1, Hot dog: £1.20
Attendance: 137

A sunny Sunday afternoon and after doing a few hours of assignment work I took a stroll down the river to Dunston for a match in what is becoming one of my favourite competitions. Greenside, based not too far from Ryton, were 4th in the North East Sunday League before this match (though with games in hand) and Crossflatts, near Keighley, top of the Bradford Sunday League. The match turned out to be a comfortable win for the hosts, although Crossflatts put up more of a fight than Sythonia did on Saturday. All goals came in the first half through Kelvin Thear and a Lewy Teasdale double, with his second being the pick of the bunch, a fantastic effort from outside of the box which curled into the top right hand corner. Dunston's ground was in regular operation, with the tea bar and clubhouse open for the good sized crowd to partake in, no permanent changes since my last visit for the FA Cup match against Gateshead earlier on in the season. Nice walk back and indoors before the Newcastle match started, could've doubled up but didn't really fancy watching another Newcastle loss.

Grounds visited: 303
Last new ground: Broadfields Stadium (Crawley Town)
Next planned fixture: Unsure

Man City Transfer Target!

Dec 4, 2019, 4:31 PM

Posts: 7067
Location: North London
Team(s): Oxford United / Groundhopper

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Turkey, 3.Lig (Group 2) 1 pm

Yeni Orduspor 1 Alibeykoyspor 0 (H/T 0-0)

Entry – 10 TL for main stand

Crowd – c. 1,600 (my estimate, not from a media report)

I got up early on Sunday morning for the flight to Ordu-Giresun, the relatively new airport that is situated halfway between the two cities. This was not the first time I had been to this airport, as I had used it to tick Giresunspor earlier in the year (see WDYG for Sunday 11Th March 2018) The flight arrived on time and, as with the trip to Giresunspor the previous season, there were minibuses waiting outside the airport to take passengers to either town. Ordu is slightly closer to the airport than Giresun is, and as the bus approached Ordu I could just about see the silvery roof of the new stadium above the rooftops of buildings to the north, near the seafront. Despite the amount of time that has passed since construction began, there have still been considerable delays in completing the new stadiums at Ordu and Giresun, and a look at the fixtures on the TFF website shows that both clubs appear to still be using their current grounds at least until the end of this season, so you still have a chance to visit either if you wish.

Orduspor’s current ground, the 19 Eylul Stadi is close to the city centre but I had some difficulty in finding it as it is quite well hidden in side streets. The ticket office was not easy to find either, being located at the back of a car park behind the north end of the ground. Unlike Pendik the day before, this was a ground with stands and terracing on all four sides. It is a very characterful venue and has covered stands along both sides, plus uncovered terracing behind both goals. Like most older Turkish stadiums, this one is in the shape of an athletics venue, but without a usable running track.

The visitors, who are from Istanbul, had hardly any noteworthy chances in the entire game. Despite their domination, the home side did not create many chances and the closest chance in the first half coming in stoppage time when Orduspor put a superb dipping shot narrowly over the bar. The second half also did not see anything of note until near the end. In the 89th minute, when the home side again went close with a header that hit the post. By this time I was resigned to seeing a goalless draw when Orduspor then scored well into stoppage time to send the home crowd ecstatic. After the game, I had a walk around the town centre for a short while before catching a minibus back to the airport before it got dark, even though I had around four hours to spare before my flight back to Istanbul. Having now used this airport twice in 2018 to tick the existing grounds of Orduspor and Giresunspor, it remains to be seen how long it will take for me to tick the new stadiums of both clubs.


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