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Tues July 2


Chelsea Transfer Target

Jul 3, 2019, 12:41 AM

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Location: Saddleworth
Team(s): FCUM, MUFC, Hammarby, St Pauli, Hawthorn (AFL)

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Bit of work down south, so took the opportunity to catch a PSF:
Dunstable Town 8-0 The 61 FC (Luton)
Admission: no gate taken
Attendance: c 25

On arrival, I discovered it was on the 3G. The main pitch was open though, so chance for a look around, pitch looked in good nick, but no goalposts in position yet. I'm sure it'll have been covered before but decent amount of cover. Bar and food were open, hot food on request.

The 3G has no cover, just a cage, walking from outside on grass banks. It does have floodlights, but the 7:30 kick off was to avoid using them.

There was always a big gap between the teams, though the visitors did have a few chances. Loads of substitutions but only one winner.

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With FC United: 136
On the agenda:
4/12 Hamburg II v Luneburg Hansa
7/12 Fc United v Matlock Town

First Team Star

Jul 3, 2019, 7:38 AM

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Team(s): Sunderland AFC, Keighley Cougars RL

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Pre-season Friendly
Boldmere Sports and Social Falcons 3-1 Walsall Phoenix
F&N, Att: 30ish

Advertised as a 6.30 kick off, we eventually got underway one minute before 7, as the officials were late arriving, which put an end to my hopes of being back in the house nice and early.

This is a ground I've passed many times on the train, but was my first visit. The main pitch is railed off, to the right is space for another pitch, which hasn't yet been marked out but presumably does get used, as there are dugouts installed, and a single sprinkler was rather ineffectively watering part of the grass throughout the evening. Between the clubhouse and the pitch is a caged 5-a side pitch, which was in use by the local kids and their coaches throughout the evening.

The game wont live long in the memory. I'm sure both sides will see it as a useful workout though. Wholesale changes were made at half time - Boldmere changing their entire team, and kit. The black replacement kit, (presumably a training kit, as it had no numbers on the back of the shirts, only a small number on the right breast, which made identification impossible if they weren't standing right in front of you), meant that the officials spent the second half wearing yellow bibs to distinguish themselves from the players.

Boldmere always looked the better side, though Phoenix did take the lead with their first attack. 3-1 seemed a fair reflection of the balance of play.

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Man City Transfer Target!

Jul 3, 2019, 7:44 AM

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Location: Kingdom of Fife
Team(s): Fife teams

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East Fife v Queen of the South, 1-2, H.T. 0-2, Att c.300, Admission £10, Teamsheets free, Steak Pie and Coffee £3.20
At New Bayview Stadium

Much of the fun of these games is trying to work out who the unnamed trialists are. Queens’ number 7 looked really familiar and was playing really well. His team mates were calling him Mikey, and we eventually twigged it was Michael Paton, a former Queens player most recently with Dunfermline. The Dumfries side narrowly escaped relegation last season but already they look in better shape going into the new campaign. The experienced management duo of Alan Johnston and Sandy Clark may not be the most scintillating appointments but they have the savvy to keep the club mid-table at worst.

Their talisman remains striker Stephen Dobbie. He scored over 40 goals last season and is absolutely outstanding at this level. His first half display was a masterclass of positional play, ball control, movement and finishing. His opener was a sublime finish to a great piece of play. Queens led 2-0 at the break when a brilliant cross by Paton was bundled over the line by Scott Mercer, a former East Fife player.

The Fifers never got a kick in the first half but they improved after the break. They were helped by Queens changing their entire outfield line-up. Aaron Dowds, a player who has defied my low expectations, scored their goal.

It was another pleasant evening in the Methil sunshine admiring both the football and the scenery of Largo Law and the Fife Coast. East Fife had doubled their gate prices from last week’s game with Albion Rovers – I suppose Queens were two Leagues higher and I expect they wanted a half share of the gate, so no complaints. However, £10 is as much as I would willingly pay for a game like this. No concessions for the elderly – East Fife being one of a number of clubs who realise that many of the elderly are now amongst the wealthier in society with a larger disposable income than younger people with families.

Teamsheets, as always, were available from the reception. For the pre-season games they have been free – for competitive games the club make a nominal charge of 20p per copy. For those interested the club shop is outside the stadium.

I enjoyed my first pie of the season although my resolution is to consume fewer in 2019/20. Really excellent coffee as well – quite unusual for a football ground. Sat in the away end as usual - it's better for a quick exit - with around 90 Queens fans in attendance.

First Team Sub

Jul 3, 2019, 10:41 AM

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Location: NW Leicestershire
Team(s): Arnold Town/ Loughborough Dynamo

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Eastwood CFC 0 Ilkeston 4 Pre-season friendly.
Admission £5/£3
Programme- free
Tea £1
A good workout for both sides. As expected Ilkeston were more physical and sharper in front of goal. Two goals in each half won the game for Ilkeston. A decent crowd watched this friendly game.

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Jul 3, 2019, 10:43 AM

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Location: Staines
Team(s): Hopper

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Burnham 0 Kings Langley 2

Programme - no. Entry - £3. Attendance - h/c30. Weather - a beautiful evening.

First 15 minutes were fairly even but then KL took charge and didn't relinquish it for the rest of the game. KL hit the post on 20 and scored through no.8 on 39, following some poor defending.

A completely different KL side in the second half and a much changed , and much younger, Burnham side. That KL had to wait for their second until 88 was mainly due to the young Burnham keeper, who looked very good. Burnham did little but defend in the second 45.

The Gore hasn't changed much, if at all, since my last visit. A pleasant stress free evening.

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Jul 3, 2019, 8:24 PM

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Location: Birmingham
Team(s): Birmingham City ,Clevedon Town and whoever else i want to watch

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First Team Star

Jul 4, 2019, 11:31 AM

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Location: Sheffield
Team(s): Colchester United, Stocksbridge Park Steels, Borussia Dortmund & Essex CC

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Pre Season Friendly

Jim Fowler Playing Fields, Euxton

Euxton Villa 1(1) Chorley 4(1)

Orange Shirts / Black Shorts Purple Shirts & Shorts

Attendance As per Villa's Twitter 'more than 300' and 'probably a record crowd'

Admission £3 inc donation to local childrens' hospice No Programmes Badge £3

Cheeseburger £3 Diet Coke £1

A very enjoyable evening in Lancashire. Glorious weather brought the locals, most supprting Conference side Chorley, out in force. Euxton did an excellent job catering for the big crowd. Officials and volunteers organised the parking superbly on the adjacent football pitch. The barbeque did a roaring trade in burgers and the bar in the clubhouse kept everyone thirst free with hot and cold drinks. The game didn't disappoint either with the West Lancs hosts giving the big boys from down the road a good runout. Chorley took the lead in the 35th minute when a trialist, there's a lot of them about pre-season, headed in a left side corner. Villa however were competing well and they equalised in the 41st minute when their left winger beat the Chorley keeper with a speculative shot/cross that went in off the far post. The visitors finally asserted themselves after the break and added three more goals. In the 50th minute a different Chorley trialist received the ball in the box with his back to the goal and swivelled superbly to hook the ball past the keeper. Eight minutes later Agbozo headed in a right wing cross to make it three-one to the visitors. Then five minutes from the end Awe headed in a left wing cross at the back post to round off the scoring.

First Team Star

Jul 5, 2019, 10:05 PM

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

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MOD Lyneham 3G
8 Trg Bn REME FC 2 Shrewton United 4
Admission: Free Paper: May have been a team sheet? Attendance: 6

A live Army base, so admission by pre-booking only (via home side's Twitter a/c in my case) and an escort around the base to the caged 3G. There is an adjacent grass pitch which looked good but is used for Cup games.
Friendly Sergeant coach for the home side who explained all things Army football related but a basic 3G with room to watch inside the cage. Hopper royalty in the form of Messrs Incenzo and Reade + 4 (inc Tim from here).
Lively and well-contested game; the Army team gave the Wiltshire side a good test although the away side will be well pleased they came away with a result at the end.
They were cruising at 0-3 but two quick second half goals saw them teeter but a stabbed finish secured the win.
Usual strict security; the place has changed tons since the RAF have left; the coach seemed keen for his team to make more of a mark and said he was considering an application to play at Step 7 Wilts in the future. They certainly had some fit and skilful players. A bit cool at the end but a nice tick only 20 minutes from home. For those interested, they are playing at least another two games against Wiltshire League sides as PSF's.

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

Man City Transfer Target!

Jul 22, 2019, 12:41 PM

Posts: 8364
Location: Stourbridge, Charmouth
Team(s): Stourbridge, Welton Rovers

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Also at:

8 Trg Bn REME FC 2 Shrewton United 4 (PSF) Att: 6 h/c

Nothing to add to the report above. Good to meet Digdagdog and a most enjoyable evening. Hope to return for the grass pitch some day.


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