May 13th

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The Royal Flying Corps, the forerunner of the RAF was established on this date in 1912
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Stoodley Pike

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Saturday 13th May 1989
Dumbarton 0 Alloa Athletic 2 (HT 0-0)
Scottish League, Division Two (3.0)
Attendance 1,237
Programme 50p (16pp)


A solo trip to Boghead Park, by train to Dumbarton East station. I cannot remember why Cumbrian duo, Ian (the driver) and Terry, my regular travelling companions to Scottish games, missed out.

It was a big day for Alloa, who needed a victory to be sure of finishing runners-up to runaway champions Albion Rovers and clinching promotion to the middle tier. An impressive number of visiting fans swelled the gathering to Boghead’s largest of 1988-89.

With Alloa out to win and Dumbarton keen to climb two places, the programme’s Club Comment suggested a treat was in store: “The term ‘end-of-the-season football’ paints a picture of two sets of players going through the motions, with the result of secondary importance. I am sure everyone who witnesses today’s game will have no reason to even think about that often misused phrase.”

The Today’s Visitors section hailed Wasps: “Alloa fully deserve their prominent position at the top end of the B&Q Second Division. By virtue of a fluent attacking policy, with the accent on skilful football, Gregor Abel’s lads have steadily forced their way into the pole position of promotion candidates. Without a doubt, most of the praise must go to Abel, who has introduced some new faces this season with considerable success. He has emerged as a highly intelligent manager.”

Tony McGinley’s Message bemoaned Dumbarton’s decline. “What has happened at Boghead in recent years is difficult to comprehend, even by those who have walked on from one disaster to another.”

The 1988-89 version of Sons View was a pretty good programme, a model example of how much can be crammed into 16 pages. Who needs doorstops?

Teams:

Sons: Boyd Strachan, Pat McGowan, Peter Wharton, Gary Dickie, Pat Cairney, Colin Spence, Andy McQuade, Jamie Doyle, Paul Quinn, Stuart Robertson, Stuart MacIver. Subs: Gerry Doyle, Craig Douglas.

Wasps: Ronnie Lowrie, Larry Haggart, Robert Lee, Andy Millen, Keith McCulloch, John Gibson, Peter Lamont, Stephen Ramsay, Billy Blackie, Ian (?) Lee, Charlie Lytwyn. Subs: Bobby Robertson, Mungo McCallum.

Early on, free-falling Dumbarton, to finish third bottom after the latest in a sequence of poor seasons, saw Paul Quinn head over from a good position. Sons were denied a penalty when Keith McCulloch appeared to handle. On the stroke of half-time, Stuart MacIver skimmed Wasps keeper Ronnie Lowrie’s crossbar from 20 yards.

Peter Lamont’s 67th-minute dismissal set jangling Alloa fans' nerves. But John Gibson, outstanding in midfield and the provider of several dangerous crosses, broke the deadlock in the 76th minute. Just before time, ex-Hibs, Falkirk, Brechin and Berwick striker Charlie Lytwyn, the division’s top scorer, netted his 26th goal of the season to prompt wild celebrations from the travelling supporters.

In warm sunshine, I hung about after the final whistle long enough to see the Alloa players take a bow - and spray everybody with champagne - from the upper tier of the main stand. Promotion rivals Brechin City remained in third place after losing to Stranraer at Stair Park.

Only Berwick Rangers and Stenhousemuir finished below Dumbarton, who left the Boghead oval in 2000. Houses cover the site of a ground that, despite having plenty of cover and decent terracing, was too open to feel homely. Pleasant easterly views of low hills from the main stand side, though. I went to Dumbarton’s new stadium, duller but situated spectacularly beneath the Rock, in 2004.

And another from Scotland…

Wednesday 13th May 2009
Kilmarnock 2 St Mirren 1 (HT 1-0)
Scottish Premier League (7.45)
Attendance 5,927 (1,130 away)
Programme £2.50 (52pp)


Back to Rugby Park for the first time since 1989. It was a gloriously sunny day and I fancied a look at what amounted to a new stadium, with three sides rebuilt and the original oval layout squared off. A swish hotel, opened in 2002, completed the refurbished facilities, Premier League in every sense and commensurate with the Kilmarnock club’s status as a 'giant of the provinces'.

Given the constrained nature of the site, Killie did well to squeeze in 18,128 seats, though the inadequate leg room in the new stands necessitates an uncomfortable 90 minutes for anyone over 5ft 9in. Being 6ft 1in, I chickened out and paid £20 for the West Stand, where tread depths are more generous and knees less bruised. Unusually, for a football ground, Rugby Park, 10 minutes' walk from the grim centre, is in one of the nicer parts of town. The stadium remains landlocked amid sandstone villas of that attractive gabled design found across Scotland. The old ground's roof-mounted, tripod-style floodlight pylons were always a distinctive feature towering over this sleepy residential district, and the updated versions, still poking incongruously above homes and gardens, are very similar.

Despite the modern camouflage, within and outwith the West Stand, style signs of the utilitarian 1960s are everywhere. Killie have done their best to smarten it up, by adding a gable and steps in front of the main entrance, and by recladding in the same light blue panels used in the three new stands. Peek into reception, however, and you'll see dark wood cabinets housing trophies and mementoes. There's a minimalist bar, 'The Player', which saw its first pint (of 'heavy', I imagine) pulled in 2004. Upstairs, in the cramped room where refreshments ('Say Aye to a Killie Pie') are sold, there is a montage of photographs from yesteryear, including one of elliptical Rugby Park as it was before the changes.

With the SPL in 'post-split' phase, this fixture was a crucial part of, effectively, a bottom-six play-off. Victory all but secured Killie's top-flight status, while St Mirren dropped to the foot of the table with two games to play. Buddies were to survive, on goal difference, with Inverness Caley Thistle dropping through the trapdoor. Killie came in eighth. Rangers won the championship.

Killie scored in the 23rd minute from their first serious attack. A poor clearance was fed to Mehdi Taouil on the left flank and his pinpoint cross found an unmarked Kevin Kyle, who bulleted a header past Mark Howard, into the top corner. Kyle, a bustling centre forward from the old school, was a crowd-pleasing chaser of lost causes, and his conspicuous display of energy was rewarded with a second, four minutes after the restart. Garry Hay took a nod-down from Kyle on the halfway line and hooked the ball down the left channel for Willie Gibson to outmuscle John Potter then square to Kyle, who sidefooted his seventh Killie goal from 12 yards.

St Mirren, zipping the ball about with calm authority, refused to wilt. They pulled one back with a minute of normal time remaining. A 12-yard Andy Dorman shot dropped to substitute Craig Dargo, who steered the ball though a forest of legs. Three minutes of added time cranked up the tension. Buddies won a corner at the death. Over it came, and a visiting head sent it into the back of the net, only for referee Crawford Allan to disallow it for climbing on Hay by keeper Howard, who had joined the last-ditch attack.

Other sports:

Cricket at Bradford League Crossbank Methodists (2017) and Lancashire League Littleborough (2018). Two interesting grounds: the first, tucked away down a narrow track, surprisingly pretty for the generally unlovely Batley district; the second surrounded, gloriously, by Pennine hills. Oulton beat Crossbank by eight wickets while Littleborough scored a 66-run victory over Todmorden. Unforgettably, a spectator at Littleborough, on hearing we’d come from York (a mere 75-minute drive!), asked, in a broad Lancashire accent: “You came over this morning? And are you going back today?”

Sheffield Tigers 57 Exeter Falcons 38 (2004, speedway, Premier League). First saw speedway at Owlerton in the late 1970s. This mid-May meeting would have been among very few early-season visits to a fast track that used to provide exciting racing. I say ‘used to’ because I went last season (2019), for the first time in yonks, and it was processional rubbish on a poorly prepared surface. This evening, I figured Exeter, another team with a big track, would do well at Owlerton. Indeed, this was one of Falcons’ better performances on the road. Andre Compton scored an 18-point maximum for Tigers, with Andrew Moore (13+2) and Ricky Ashworth (12+1) chipping in. Seemond Stephens (11+1) and Roger Lobb (10) were the only Exeter rides to return double figures. Sadly, the racing career of Great Britain international Ashworth was ended by a 2013 track crash, at Scunthorpe, that left him in a 91-day coma. Seven years later, the determined Salfordian’s recovery is on-going.

Ovenden 9 Elland 32 (2003, rugby league, Pennine League, Premier Division). A three-figure midweek evening crowd at Four Fields - a railed pitch in one of the rougher districts of Halifax - to witness what amounted to a title decider. Both clubs have had spells in the National Conference League, amateur rugby league’s flagship competition. Ovenden were kicked out while Elland resigned.

Buxton Hitmen 34 Somerset Rebels 56 (2001, speedway, Conference League Trophy). Buxton’s policy of developing talent, as opposed to tracking a team capable of winning matches, left Hitmen susceptible to heavy home defeats. A team featuring luminaries such as Lee Howard, Gordon Meakins and Richard Moss were no match for an experienced Somerset septet, for whom Lee Herne (13+1), Jamie Smith (12), Mark Phillips (11+2) and Steve Bishop (9+1) scored heavily. Paul Burnett (10+1) led the opposition response.

Cheshire 47 Cumbria 10 @ Priory Park, Macclesfield (2000, rugby union, County Championship, Quarter-Final). Some impressive running rugby for a 300 crowd saw Cheshire outscore the visitors six tries to one. Future England wing Mark Cueto, a Workington-born Cumbrian then on the books of Altrincham Kersal, was amongst the hosts' try-scorers. Keep meaning to return to Priory Park to watch a Macclesfield game.

Academy Grand Prix, Round One @ Berrington Lough, Berwick (1995, speedway, pairs). An experimental competition which saw Berwick host – and win – its opening round. Kevin Little (15) and Darren Pearson (14) totalled 28 points for Bandits, who finished well clear of runners-up Buxton (Mark ‘Buzz’ Burrows 10, Andre Compton 8) and third-placed Linlithgow (Geoff Powell 12, Paul Taylor 4).
 

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1993 - Leeds United U18 2 Manchester United U18 1 (HT 2-1, Agg 4-1) - FA Youth Cup Final 2nd Leg
My 1st and only visit to Elland Road - Attendance 31037

Having seen the 1st Leg at Old Trafford, I decided 3 days later to catch the train to Leeds and attempt to watch an amazing comeback. The media (including Sky that broadcast it live) had started calling the team the Fergie Babes as they had won the FA Youth Cup the previous season. The "Fergie Fledglings" term must not have been invented then. I had heard stories of the Leeds welcome not being one to look forward to... and with a big crowd (KO was delayed 5 mins due to congestion) it was an intimidating atmosphere several rungs above that of the 1st Leg at Old Trafford. It was clearly not going to be a comeback though as Jamie Forrester on 13 mins did an overhead kick in the area to make it 3-0 on agg. Paul Scholes scored with a penalty on the half hour to pull one back... but within seconds it was Leeds back ahead from Matthew Smithard who finished well. Despite an hour to go, that was that for goals. Leeds deserved it.


2015 - Bay Athletic 7 Ovenden West Riding 1 (HT 4-1) - West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division
My 2nd of 2 visits to Northfield Hall - Attendance 135

Bay needed to complete a run of 12 consecutive league wins to win the title, and they did it on this the last league game of the season, and what turned out to be their last ever league game and last home game ever. Golcar United must have been gutted after they had looked odds on for the title a couple of weeks earlier. A good crowd was in attendance, but there was doubt about the game for a while as Ovenden turned up late but eventually the game kicked off at 6.33, 18 mins late. Bay Atheltic started off like they meant business as well with 2 goals and the post hit in the first 10 mins. But then shock as Ovenden pulled one back on 14 mins. Bay hit the post again just before the half hour, and their 3rd goal didn't arrive until 31 mins. Then 4-1 on the stroke of HT. Two more before 60 mins and it was 6-1. They wrapped up the title on 80 mins to make it 7-1. Trophy was presented after the game and it was an amazing run of 12 straight wins to just pip Golcar to the title. They also beat Shelley three days later to clinch the double of the Huddersfield Cup in their final ever game.
 

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Crewe Alexandra.
England.
2001.

Sunday @ 15-30.

FIFA World Cup. Asia R1 Group 5.
Thailand 4 v 2 Sri Lanka.
@ Beirut Municipal Stadium.

Beirut Municipal Stadium

1,000.

Thailand - Wangchan Wirat , Thawatchai Damrong-Ongtakul (1) , Srikend Anuruck , Promrat Chokatewee , Surasiang Nirut , Kiatisuk Senamuang (2) , Siriwong Niweat , Srimaka Warrawoot , Chaiman Thersdak (1) , Jirisirichote Surachai , Dusit Chalermsan.
Subs - Pituratana Sakesan for Worrawoot , Boriban Taanchai for Anuruck.
Manager - Peter Withe.


Sri Lanka - Mohanned Naushad , Andysamy Anandakumar , Kamaldeen Anees , Ediri Channa , Sivaguna Chatura , Kamaldeen Fuard , Mohammed Imran , Weerathne Kassun , Imthyas Raheem (2) , Samantha Prabath , Roshan Perera.
Subs - Isuru Perera for Roshan Perera.
Manager - George Ferreira.

Referee - Jianping Gong.(China)
Later to be found guilty of domestic match fixing in China. Sentenced to 10 years , died 18 months into his sentence of leukemia age 43. https://web.archive.org/web/20131215211445/http://www.nbcp.gov.cn//article/English/Updates/201001/20100100005587.shtml

Decent game , the shouting from the Thailand dressing room at the half time interval could be heard , it had some effect as it was a vast improvement in the second half by Thailand with 3 goals within the 8 min period of the second half starting (2 for Thailand).


I've done my best with spellings/translations etc. Many different versions exist of the same name so don't treat as gospel as late night posting enters the equation as well.


Sunday @ 18-00.
FIFA World Cup. Asia R1 Group 5.
Lebanon 6 v 0 Pakistan.
@ Beirut Municipal Stadium.

5,000.

Lebanon - Ali Fakih , Faysal Antar , Roda Antar , Gilberto dos Santos (1 Pen) , Hussein Hamdan (1), Fouad Hijazi , Moussa Hojeij (1) , Jadir Morgenstern , Marcilio Silva , Korken Yenkibarian , Haytham Zein (3).
Subs - Wartan Ghazaarian for Santos , Hagop Donabidian for Hijazi , Simaon Salha for Silva.
Manager - Theo Bucker.


Pakistan - Jaffar Khan , Mohammad Arshad , Muhammad Asghar , Nomi Amartin Gill , Zafar Majeed , Sarfraz Rasool , Amir Shazad , Ibrar Ullah , Haroon Yousaf , Ghohar Zaman , Muhammad Essa.
Subs - Nasib Ullah for Arshad , Asad Ullah for Ibar Ullah , Riaz Mohammad for Gill.
Manager - John Layton.

Referee - Halim Abdul Hamid.(Malayasia)


These 2 games were the opening Round of Group 5 , first 3 Rounds in Beirut - 13/15/17 of May.
Final 3 Rounds and the teams moved to Bangkok - 26/28/30 of May.

The big 2 games were R3 Lebanon 1 v 2 Thailand. (15,000)
Then it was all to play for in Bangkok on 30th of May for R6 Thailand 2 v 2 Lebanon.(30,000).

Final League Table-
Group 5


1.Thailand 6 5 1 0 20- 5 16
2.Lebanon 6 4 1 1 26- 5 13
3.Sri Lanka 6 1 1 4 8-20 4
4.Pakistan 6 0 1 5 5-29 1

The 2 names that stand out in the line ups are the managers of Thailand and of Pakistan.

We should all know Peter Withe , great playing career with Villa / Newcastle / Forest et al & 11 full caps and a goal for England.
His first managerial post was at Wimbledon , post Ray Harford / pre Joe Kinnear , not a successful short period.
His next managerial post was when he went to Thailand and had 5 good years with them winning the ASEAN Cup twice with them in 2000 & 2002.
He was shown the door after the English FA removed funding to the Thailand FA to help pay his wages, there was also an event where he was fined for wearing shorts on the touchline instead of a suit which didn't help matters.

Then we have John Layton , most will know him as a player and then manager of Hereford in 1994/95 season.
He had a 3 year spell as Pakistan manager between 1999/2003 before being sacked for poor results and being part of the over age players in an U 17 tournament scandal.
One over age player could be considered unfortunate but - ''Eight players from Pakistan and four from Yemen were found out to be overage in the 2002 edition.''

34 x games , 2 x doubles , 6 x 0-0's.
 
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1982/83 Southend United 1 Oxford United 2 (1954) Div 3
1988/89 Walsall 1 Barnsley 3 (3966) Div 2
1989/90 Spurs Yth 1 Middlesbrough Yth 1 (5579) FA Yth CF 2nd Leg
1990/91 Barnet 2 Arsenal 4 (Celebration Match)
1993/94 Barnet v Birmingham City (Nicky Evans Benefit Match)
1996/97 Cuffley 1 Potters Bar Town 0 (Potters Bar Charity Cup Final)
1999/00 Barnet 1 Peterborough Utd 2 (4535) Div 3 Play Off S/F 1st Leg
2006/07 Spurs 2 Manchester City 1 (35,426) Prem Lge
2011/12 Spurs 2 Fulham 0 (36,256) Prem Lge
2013/14 Cuffley 2 Bush Hill Rangers 3 (18) HCL Prem Div
2016/17 Redhill 2 AC London 3 (set) (375) RPM Records Div 1 Cup Final @ Belfont & Feltham
 

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On this date (May 13th) I went to the following games:
1989 – QPR 1 Spurs 0 (Barclays league Division 1)
1991 – Barnet 2 Arsenal 4 (Champions friendly match)
1992 – Potters Bar Town 1 Shillington 5 (South midlands league premier)
1994 – Barnet 3 Birmingham 6 (Nicky Evans Testimonial)
1995 – Arlesey 2 Oxford City 1 (FA Vase final @ Wembley)
1998 – Colchester 3 Barnet 1 (Division 3 play-off semi-final 2nd leg)
2000 – Barnet 1 Peterborough 2 (Division 3 play-off semi-final 1st leg)
2012 - Spurs 2 Fulham 0 (Premier League)
2017 - Tring Town 1 Loughton Manor 3 (Spartan south midlands league Division 2)
 

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Saturday May 13th 1989
English League Division Four
Darlington v Carlisle United, 2-3, H.T.1-3, Att 3049
At Feethams

Having seen Carlisle around a dozen times that season this game was appealing. It was the last day of the English league season. It was Darlington’s last Football League game for now – having been confirmed as 24th out of 24 the previous week. Carlisle were in mid table and not in contention fort a play off spot.

This was my fourth (and final) visit to Feethams, a ground that I really liked. It was more like a Scottish ground than many of the English lower league venues – a bit of a hotch-potch of structures with a pleasant ambiance. We’d driven down having reached the age when Under 26 or Student Railcards were unavailable and full-price rail travel was not cheap.

Our vantage point was from the area reserved for Carlisle fans – an area between the small stand and the Cricket Ground end of Feethams. The view was obscured by a tall cage-like fence. I was disappointed by how few fans Carlisle took for one of their closest away trips – I doubt if there were more than a couple of hundred.

Teams:
Darlo: Mark Prudhoe, Les McJannet, Gary Worthington, Mark Hine, Paul Dyson, Jimmy Willis, Kevin Cazley, Phil Bonnyman, Archie Stephens, Paul Willis, Gary McDonald. Subs Paul Emson, Gary Hyde
Carlisle: David McKellar, Graham, Dalziel, Nigel Saddington, Simon Jeffels, Mark Ogley, Steve Harkness, Paul Gorman, Richard Sendall, Paul Proudlock, John Halpin. Sub Brent Hetherington

Not really many names to conjure with there. Phil Bonnyman was a good servant to lots of clubs. He started at Rangers where his only first team outing was in a 2-1 home defeat from Stenhousemuir in the League Cup in 1972. Steve Harkness made a big money move from Carlisle to Liverpool but failed to make an impact at Anfield.

Paul Proudlock out Carlisle ahead early on but Paul Dyson equalised in 22 minutes. But Carlisle were well on top against an abject Darlo side. Paul Gorman fired home a 25 yard free kick and Proudlock added his own second to make it 3-1 at half time. Archie Stephens reduced the leeway in 54 minutes but Carlisle saw out the remaining half hour with something to spare.

Darlington’s 68 year membership of the Football League was over. It struck me as symptomatic of all that was wrong with Thatcher’s Britain that they should be replaced by Maidstone. South replaces North. New money replaces tradition. A team without their own ground takes the place of one with one of the most pleasant in the land.

There was a pitch invasion from Darlington fans at the end. Some decided to come across and goad the visiting spectators – I was rather glad of the tall cage separating them from us.

We exited the ground and were walking up the narrow lane that wound it’s way round the back of Feethams. The Carlisle buses were in the opposite direction. There was a sudden shout and a large group of Darlington fans were running towards us and they didn’t look like they were going to wish us bon voyage. I was reasonably quick on my feet in those days so we took off at speed towards the car, around a quarter of a mile away. We made it with seconds to spare, performing a Le Mans style start and only narrowly avoiding running over one of the home fans who had taken a kick at the car and fell over in front of us. The joys.

Darlington returned to the Football league at the first time of asking and Maidstone soon went belly up. Of course Darlo were then subject to their own painful demise. New clubs have emerged in both towns and hopefully they prove sustainable.

I saw the original Darlington play home games at Feethams and the Arena. I’ve seen the new lot at the rugby ground and at Bishop Auckland. Is there any other current or former Football League club that I have seen use four different regular home venues? Rhetorical question for a sleepless night.


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a 1979 Sunday double in West Germany, plus a game 30 years later....

1979 - 1030 - Friendly - DJK Freiburg 3 SV Kirchzarten 2 - this was organised because DJK needed to prepare for their big regional cup semi-final in 11 days time (Suedbaden Vereinspokal - more of that on that date) and there were no league games in between. SVK were four places higher in the league but went down to a narrow defeat to a late goal from sub Muller. A good game, with many chances. Grossklaus for the home team and Wielandt for the visitors both got two goals, including a penalty each.

1979 - 1430 - Kreisliga Suedbaden A-II - SV Kirchzarten II 6 Alemania Zaehringen 3 - back to the Oberrieder Strasse to see the reserves in action, against table-topping AZ, who would have won the league if they'd won this game. In the event they played quite well but were well beaten by the home side, who were two up at the break, in front of a decent crowd for this level of about 130.

2009 - Middlesex League Premier - Southall 3 Indian Gymkhana 0 - played at the Thames Valley Uni sports ground in Ealing on a nice evening - both teams, top 6, produced a fast game, not error-free, but plenty of effort, and plenty of moaning by the visitors when they were losing, due to better finishing by the hosts. A nice ground with a decent pavilion and the usual superb programme (with retro cover) produced by late lamented Southall stalwart Geoff Harrison.
 

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The Knitters.
1989.
Division 3.
Darlington 2 Carlisle United 3.
Adm £3.
Prog. 60p
Att. 3,049.
I took the opportunity to do this one by traveling up with a group of Leicester fans who were on the way to the final game of the season at Roker Park and the driver very kindly gave me a drop off and pick up at Newton Aycliffe Station for the easy run to Darlo. 68 years of league football ended on this day and there wasn't the usual tears associated with days like this as many had seen it coming for a long time.

1992.
Division 2 PO SF 2.
Leicester City 5 Cambridge United 0.(21,024)
After the 1-1 in the first leg at the Abbey many expected a far more competitive game but city were in rampant form and booked a first trip to Wembley for 23 years.

2006.
Kyiv Cup. @ Dynamo Stadium.
Belarus U21 2 Israel U21 0.
Adm. 60 UAH.
Prog. None.
Att. 550.
This was not a football trip to the Ukraine capital, it was booked because it was on the bucket list and they had just scrapped visa requirements for many western citizens. I was wandering around the centre and saw people heading to the stadium and decided to see what was occurring and fell upon this game. There was a massive game to decide the title between Dynamo and Donesk but it was played about 400km from Kiev.

2007.
Conference North Play Off Final @ Burton Albion FC.
Farsley Celtic 4 Hinckley United 3. (2,495)
How to grab defeat from the hands of victory with 8 minutes left. It still hurts to this day.
 

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Warrington Town are #1, Leeds Utd, Stranraer, Matlock Town, Warrington Wolves RLFC
1992 Bass North West Counties League Division Two Chadderton v Newcastle Town 0-1

1993 Warrington & District League Premier Division Tetley Walkers v Monk Sports 1-2 No prog

1995 Sealink Stenna Welsh Alliance Locomotive Llanberis v Prestatyn Town 2-3 (Old prog)

1996 PA Rowlands Construction Cymru Alliance League Cup Final (@ Brymbo FC) No prog

Llandudno v Oswestry Town 1-2

1997 Manchester League Premier Division Stockport Georgians v Highfield United 0-3 Prog Yes

1998 Springbank Vending Midland League Division One
Badderley Green Rangers v Brocton 6-4
Old prog – ground share club (Norton United or Milton United?)

1999 Manchester League Division One Ashton Athletic v Gamesley 12-1 Prog Yes

It kicked off late due to the arrival of the visitors being delayed. The ref gave them an ultimatum to arrive by a certain time or he would call it off. They turned up with about 3-4 minutes to spare but the ref refused to play it anyway and proceeded to get changed. The home club rang the league who said it had to be played as the AGM was imminent. The ref stood his ground so an appeal went out for a replacement. A volunteer was found watching the game on the back pitch. Meanwhile the original ref was blocked in the car park and was going nowhere in a hurry (wry smiles all round). We did eventually kick off.

Gamesley scored first but were then battered. I think the first half was about 35 mins and the second much shorter, but the ref had seen enough and blew for time with plenty of light remaining. Twelve one was back then a record score for me but has been at least twice beaten since then. Plenty of fellow hoppers present as I recall. Andy D was certainly one, but I can’t remember who else was now.

2000 Midland Combination Premier Division Feckenham v Continental Star 1-1

Feckenham were ground sharers but this was played on their own ground back in the village. An enclosed roped off pitch with a clubhouse alongside. A friendly club though and good to get a programme too. I don’t think they played there very often, if at all after that. It was not up to standard but were given dispensation as it was so late in the season and their normal ground was possibly no longer available?

2001 United Counties League Premier Division Northampton Spencer v Boston Town 1-2

A Sunday game as I recall. A quirky ground and programme too, the design being more akin to a race meeting card. A4 folded on the long edge. It was a warm sunny afternoon. Can’t remember anything about the game

2002 Express & Star League Division One (North) Wrockwardine Wood v Ounsdale 0-1

A midweek jaunt to Telford only to find this got played on a different pitch (unbeknown to me at the time), well beyond the main ground and through the shrubbery to a roped pitch on a terraced level. A new ground bonus which as I recall was quite well hopped, so perhaps other did know this may be the case. I did eventually get to do the main ground, which had (has?) a small covered area. Can’t remember if there was a programme or not now.

2006 SportsJamKits Shropshire County League Premier Division Wellington Amateurs v Wem Town T61 1-0

I think this was a morning game on FA Cup Final day. A tightly enclosed ground that was a work in progress. I liked it. Prog Yes

2008 Frank Armitt Liverpool County Premier League Premier Division

Red Rum v North East Liverpool Technical College 1-3 Prog No, although I did revisit when Len S did one for them in 2011

2010 Welsh National League Wrexham Area Division One

Penyffordd v Communities First 3-0

Prog, Can’t remember – they did issue for one of the games I went there (this was the school ground I think). Roped pitch

2017

Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh League Division Three (@ Merthyr Town FC)

Treharris Athletic Western v Chepstow Town (abandoned 37 mins - injury) 3-0

I waited as long as I could at this morning game before heading off to my main afternoon game. I believe the game did eventually restart but then other issues arose and was abandoned, but I had left by then. Prog Yes

Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh League Division Two Aberbargoed Buds v Cwmamman United 0-3 Prog Yes

They ground shared with Risca back then. A 3G ground with an impressive main stand
 

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Dessel Sport, Oxford Utd and all North Devon Clubs
1995
Saffron Dynamo v Aylestone Park OB 3-0
Leicester Senior D1

1998
Chessington and Hook v Cranleigh 1-2
Combined Counties Lge

1999
Tintwhistle Villa v Manchester Royal 11-0
Manchester Lge D1

2002
Dudley Hill Rangers v Steeton 0-2
West Riding Co. Amateur D1

2009
South Kirkby Colliery v Upton and Harewood Social 2-1
Doncaster and District Challenge cup final
@Keepmoat, 2nd pitch

2013
Winkleigh v Dolphin 4-3
Devon And Exeter D3

2017
Park Utd v Shamwickshire Rvrs 3-0
Brayford Cup final
@Bideford FC

2018, a double
Morwenstow v Barnstaple FC 2-1 N.Devon Int 1

Putford v Combe Martin 3-5
N.Devon Snr
 

Mark Hardy

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Dunston UTSWest Auckland Town13/05/122-0FA Vase Final
Camberley TownFleet Town13/05/150-0(4-3)ASC Final
Thame RangersEnfield Borough13/05/173-2Spartan Sm Div 2
 

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I see Steve was going to come in with the shooting of the pope in 1981, sorry Steve!

My first experience of football on May 13, was also the only time when I have allowed crowd troubles to affect me. Coming out of Ninian Park after watching Wales v England, I was identified as an Englishman by two trouble makers who started hitting me. I was quite close to a policeman, and ran to him. However, he was also Welsh so when I pointed out the assailants, he threatened to arrest me. Fortunately, the trouble makers decided to make their exit and I managed to return to the station and cross the Severn without further incident. It was not a bad game, and my memory says England were always on top and Currie's goal was a beaut.


Undeterred, I managed to return to 13th May in 1982, to see Hartley Wintney play Cove. Fairly sure there was nothing on this one, and I did not record the crowd.

In 1985, I picked up what at the time was Yate's new ground, with 190 present to see them beat Cirencester Town. A good crowd in the lower division of the Hellenic, with Yate getting promoted in second place that season

Two years later, I watched the Ashby Benevolent Cup final, at the ground (now well gone, I believe) of Ashby Institute. A single goal in extra time gave Brigg Town a 1-0 win over Winterton Rangers. At the time, this was flagged as possibly the last game at Institute's Colum Avenue ground, but it may well have been used afterwards for a while. Institute had been a decent team in the 70s, when I was aware of names, but not yet hopping. I heard one tale though that a hopper had tried to find their ground in Ashby-de-la-Zouche. Ashby were in the Midland League, but did not join the Northern Counties (East) and I believe were playing in the Scunthorpe League when I visited the ground

1988 - Sheffield, playing at the Abbeydale Park ground attracted around 200 for a Friday night game,
in which they beat Bradley Rangers by 4-3. It seems a bit high for a mid-table ground. Sheffield are a team I have seen at home on three venues, and they do not use any of them now. I think I missed one as well. My other ticks were at Don Valley (1992) and Owlerton (1995)

1989 - 7200 at de Meer, as I ticked off Ajax (first of three venues for them), for a 1-0 win over VVV. My first time in Amsterdam as well, so I did a bit of window shopping, but did not buy anything o_O. I was quite fortunate with the people at work, who were happy to let me be flexible and change my flight tickets. BP had paid for me to fly back to London from Marseilles, and somehow I managed to add stops in both Paris and Amsterdam for little or no cost. I may have downgraded from business to economy to do it. The first time I made a change, flying home from Milan instead of Marseilles, the airline gave me a £20 refund voucher. I was going to put it as a return on the expenses form, but my boss advised me to keep it, as it would cost BP more than £20 to process, (thanks to the man hours involved).

Far from the madding crowds of Amsterdam, I did a series of sub 100 attended games over the next few years,

1992. Longwell Green Abbotonians 4-1 Weston St. John's (35). Somerset Premier
1994. Deeping Rangers 2-1 Ortonians (25). Peterborough & District
1995. Devon & Cornwall Police 3-0 Mullion (70). South Western
1999. Nuneaton Griff 8-2 Highway (40). Coventry Alliance at Griff & Coton, a ground previously visitied for cricket.
2000. Feckenham 1-1 Continental Star (50). Midland Combination. This was at Mill Lane, Feckenham, which I think was rarely used for the first team at the time
2006. Herongate United 0-3 Rayleigh Town (20), Essex Olympian. This was an 11.30 kick off, with plenty of hoppers in the ground, no doubt allowing me to listen to the some of the Cup final (Liverpool 3-3 West Ham) on the car radio before arriving at Adams Park for the play-off semi-final

2006. Wycombe Wanderers 1-2 Cheltenham Town (5936). Play Off Semi-final, first leg. A late goal from Tommy Mooney to give Wycombe some hope, but Cheltenham won this thanks to John Finnigan and Steve Guinan goals. I think the 6.20 kick off time included a delay for the cup final to finish

2008. Etoile Sportive Belfaux 0-1 Breitenrain Bern (100). Swiss 2. Liga Interregional. One of those trips when you just look for another game, whatever level to fill in the odd day. My other photos of the day show I was staying in Basel, and just dropped down in the evening for the game.
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2012 - Another Play off semi-final. Cheltenham Town 2-0 Torquay United (5283). I took a few pictures at the end of this and made it the tweet of the day

2013 - Klein Karben 0-1 Rot-Weiss Frankfurt. I managed to get out of Oslo and while my Norwegian friends went to work, and the Cheltenham ones returned to England, I flew to Frankfurt and then met with others (Abbswolf, Kevin, Paul at least) for this Verbandsliga game

2014 - Maribor 2-1 Triglav Kranj (4000) I think Kevin was my only companion at this one. I enjoyed the town and game. Before the game, Maribor led by 8 points with three to play, so they clinched the title with this oneP1070086 m.JPG

2017 - AEI Rugby 1-1 Christ the King (285) and Berinsfield 2-1 Saxton Rovers (550). An unusual double, with morning and evening games and I went home in between. The second game, the final of the North Berkshire Cup was played at Abingdon United, while the morning one was the outside pitch at Rugby Borough's ground, (I returned for the main pitch this season).

2018 - 1. FC Heidenheim 1-1 Greuther Furth. This one is a fair distance from the station and the luggage lockers were full, or out of order. A bar close to the station took in my bag and I took a beer there. One step closer to completing the 2. Bundesliga (which was done in 2019, but partially because of Paderborn's promotion, so I will need one in 2020-1 again)
 

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England.
2006.

There was a massive game to decide the title between Dynamo and Donesk but it was played about 400km from Kiev.
That was the following night in Kryvyj Rih (Home of top tier Kryvbas) , only about a 7 -9 hour road journey.
Shakhtar won 2-1 in front of nearly 30,000.
Final Table:
1.Shakhtar Donets'k 30 23 6 1 64-14 75.
Dynamo Kyiv 30 23 6 1 68-20 75.

As you can see Shakhtar were top on GD , Kiev on GF.
The head to heads read -
Nov 7 Shakhtar 0 v 1 Dynamo.
May 10 Dytnamo 2 v 2 Shakhtar.
So obviously like only a few leagues points only taken into consideration.

Despite it being played in the middle of nowhere only 4 days after the game in Kiev there were still 29,734 on . ( Capacity of 29,872, so full). This went to extra time too.
 
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Wrexham and a general look out for some of the friendly teams I've been observing at around the country.
A predictably thin offering today.

1975 - Leicester University B v Ventora (Hinckley-Harborough 2 play-off) - goalkeeper. This was the first game in the three-way play-off mentioned previously. Ironically it was played at the ground of the other team in the play-off, Desford United, a 3-1 win set things up nicely for the match against Desford United Reserves in two days time.
1986 - Northern Ireland IRSA v Greater Manchester IRSA (IR Challenge Cup 3rd/4th play-off) - linesman. Played at Lilleshall NSC, the losers from yesterday's semi-finals.
1987 - Feltham v Brentford - linesman. An end of season friendly, the Feltham manager worked in Brentford's community set up.
2008 - Somerset Schools v Gwent Schools (ESFA SW Counties U18 Cup Final) - linesman, played at Bridgwater College as the Town ground next door had been re-seeded.
2014 - Bournemouth School v Poole GS (Dorset Schools Cup Final) - referee. The re-run of the abandoned game (due to rain) reported previously.
 

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1998 Springbank Vending Midland League Division One
Badderley Green Rangers v Brocton 6-4
Old prog – ground share club (Norton United or Milton United?)
Also at this one. At the Milton United ground off Leek Road. 4-4 at half time!
 

martin55

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My choice for todays game comes from 1986. While on a West Country odyssey I found myself at the wonderful Molinnis Park in Bugle.

The match was a 7pm kick-off in the South Western League between Bugle and Appledore BAAC.

A very tight competitive game with only one goal, after four minutes, to settle the match in favour of the home team.

My notes said I had a programme for this match, but I cannot find it.

One interesting fact is that the Bugle goalkeeper was one Nigel Martyn shortly before his professional career got kick started at Bristol Rovers.

Unfortunately Bugle folded in the summer of 1998, from which time the ground was barely used but the stand still appears to stand.

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13 May 1997 saw the last ever game at Roker Park - a friendly with Liverpool. The opponents were chosen for two reasons - marking that Liverpool were the first ever visitors to Roker, and also the game would pit holders of the First Division Championship trophy v the team that won it the most. I didn't go though, so onto games I did go to

1989
Barclays League Division Four
Darlington 2-3 Carlisle United
Att: 3,049

As this game has been admirably covered by @prorege you are left with a list of Sunderland games I'm afraid.

1990
Barclays League Division Two Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg
Sunderland 0-0 Newcastle United
Att: 26,641


With the benefit of hindsight, this was beautiful. Newcastle had finished third, Sunderland, evoking dreadful memories of 1987, lost 2-3 at home on the final day of the regular season to slip from 4th to 6th, setting up a Tyne-Wear derby play-off.

On the night itself, though, it didn't feel beautiful at all. The sides were:
Sunderland: Tony Norman; John Kay, Gary Bennett, John MacPhail, Paul Hardyman; Gary Owers, Paul Bracewell, Gordon Armstrong, Reuben Agboola; Eric Gates, Marco Gabbiadini. Subs (unused) Keiron Brady, Thomas Hauser
Newcastle United: John Burridge; Ray Ranson (sub Liam O'Brien), Mark Stimson, Kevin Scott, John Anderson; Bjorn Kristensen, Roy Aitken, Billy Askew, Kevin Brock; Mick Quinn, Mark McGhee. Sub (unused) Kevin Dillon
Referee: Vic Callow

I remember this as a full-blooded derby, full of commitment, but very few chances. In stoppage time, with Sunderland waiting to make a substitution, they cleared a Newcastle attack, a poor defensive header allowed Gabbiadini a chase with Stimson, and the latter's challenge led to the linesman flagging for a penalty. In chaotic scenes, Hauser attempted to come on for Bennett, only for the management team to change their minds. Paul Hardyman stepped up but his kick was well saved by Burridge, who dived to his right to parry, then quickly pounced on the ball to grab it at the second attempt. Following up, Hardyman attempted to go for a rebound that Burridge had already claimed, succeeding only in kicking the veteran keeper in the head, earning himself a red card that would ultimately cost him his place at Wembley. Almost immediately, the final whistle went, and the chants of "Wembley, Wembley" came from the visitors' end. They were convinced they'd already done enough. We would find out on Wednesday!

1998
Nationwide League Division One Play Off Semi-Final 2nd leg
Sunderland 2-0 Sheffield United (Agg 3-2)
Att: 40,079


In complete contrast to 1990, this game was end to end and both keepers put in great performances. The Blades led 2-1 from the first leg, and Sunderland went on the offensive from the kick off. Phillips had a couple of chances, then on 21 minutes an Allan Johnston shut struck Blades defender Nicky Marker and flew past a stranded Simon Tracey. Kevin Phillips added a second on 38 minutes, turning in Summerbee's cross. Quinn missed a great chance to make it 3, then Tracey got a fingertip to a Johnston shot to push it onto the post.
The visitors came out strongly after the interval, substitute Graham Stuart forced a fine save from Lionel Perez, then, evoking memories of Monty in 1973, Perez pushed away Devlin's volley before somehow recovering to push away the rebound from Saunders.
Sunderland progressed to the Final, where they would play Charlton Athletic in one of the best games seen at Wembley.

2012
Barclays Premier League
Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United
Att: 46,452


A game largely remembered for what happened 140 miles away at the Etihad. United needed to win and hope that City dropped points against QPR. A drab game on Wearside was decided by a Wayne Rooney goal midway through the first half. The final whistle left United fans waiting on the outcome of stoppage time elsewhere.
 

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1978 Sheffield 2 Tadcaster Albion 0 Yorks. League 1
1985 Huddersfield 2 Blades 2 L2 Att 4,416
1986 Bradley Rangers 1 Sutton Town 1 NCE League Cup Final @ Tickhill Square
1988 Sheffield 4 Bradley Rangers 3 NCE Prem. I think this was the last game at Abbeydale Park, anyone know different?
1989 Bristol City 2 Blades 0 L3 Att 10,769 crowd trouble a plenty
1992 Chadderton 0 Newcastle Town 1 NWC 2
1995 New Mills 2 Old Altrinchamians 2 Manc. 1 my first visit to one of my favourite grounds
2004 Blades 0 Southampton 2 U19 Academy League Play off Final 2nd leg Agg 1-5
2007 Blades 1 Wigan 2 PL the controversial relegation
2014 North Ferriby United 5 Bridlington Town 2 East Riding Senior Cup Final Att 300 @ Roy West Centre

Rugby League
1990 Halifax 20 Salford 27 Div. 2 Final
1990 Hull 14 Widnes 4 Div. 1 Final both @ Old Trafford
2017 Hunslet Club Parkside 30 Underbank Rangers 20 Nat. Conf. 1
 

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I see Steve was going to come in with the shooting of the pope in 1981, sorry Steve!

My first experience of football on May 13, was also the only time when I have allowed crowd troubles to affect me. Coming out of Ninian Park after watching Wales v England, I was identified as an Englishman by two trouble makers who started hitting me. I was quite close to a policeman, and ran to him. However, he was also Welsh so when I pointed out the assailants, he threatened to arrest me. Fortunately, the trouble makers decided to make their exit and I managed to return to the station and cross the Severn without further incident. It was not a bad game, and my memory says England were always on top and Currie's goal was a beaut.


Undeterred, I managed to return to 13th May in 1982, to see Hartley Wintney play Cove. Fairly sure there was nothing on this one, and I did not record the crowd.

In 1985, I picked up what at the time was Yate's new ground, with 190 present to see them beat Cirencester Town. A good crowd in the lower division of the Hellenic, with Yate getting promoted in second place that season

Two years later, I watched the Ashby Benevolent Cup final, at the ground (now well gone, I believe) of Ashby Institute. A single goal in extra time gave Brigg Town a 1-0 win over Winterton Rangers. At the time, this was flagged as possibly the last game at Institute's Colum Avenue ground, but it may well have been used afterwards for a while. Institute had been a decent team in the 70s, when I was aware of names, but not yet hopping. I heard one tale though that a hopper had tried to find their ground in Ashby-de-la-Zouche. Ashby were in the Midland League, but did not join the Northern Counties (East) and I believe were playing in the Scunthorpe League when I visited the ground

1988 - Sheffield, playing at the Abbeydale Park ground attracted around 200 for a Friday night game,
in which they beat Bradley Rangers by 4-3. It seems a bit high for a mid-table ground. Sheffield are a team I have seen at home on three venues, and they do not use any of them now. I think I missed one as well. My other ticks were at Don Valley (1992) and Owlerton (1995)

1989 - 7200 at de Meer, as I ticked off Ajax (first of three venues for them), for a 1-0 win over VVV. My first time in Amsterdam as well, so I did a bit of window shopping, but did not buy anything o_O. I was quite fortunate with the people at work, who were happy to let me be flexible and change my flight tickets. BP had paid for me to fly back to London from Marseilles, and somehow I managed to add stops in both Paris and Amsterdam for little or no cost. I may have downgraded from business to economy to do it. The first time I made a change, flying home from Milan instead of Marseilles, the airline gave me a £20 refund voucher. I was going to put it as a return on the expenses form, but my boss advised me to keep it, as it would cost BP more than £20 to process, (thanks to the man hours involved).

Far from the madding crowds of Amsterdam, I did a series of sub 100 attended games over the next few years,

1992. Longwell Green Abbotonians 4-1 Weston St. John's (35). Somerset Premier
1994. Deeping Rangers 2-1 Ortonians (25). Peterborough & District
1995. Devon & Cornwall Police 3-0 Mullion (70). South Western
1999. Nuneaton Griff 8-2 Highway (40). Coventry Alliance at Griff & Coton, a ground previously visitied for cricket.
2000. Feckenham 1-1 Continental Star (50). Midland Combination. This was at Mill Lane, Feckenham, which I think was rarely used for the first team at the time
2006. Herongate United 0-3 Rayleigh Town (20), Essex Olympian. This was an 11.30 kick off, with plenty of hoppers in the ground, no doubt allowing me to listen to the some of the Cup final (Liverpool 3-3 West Ham) on the car radio before arriving at Adams Park for the play-off semi-final

2006. Wycombe Wanderers 1-2 Cheltenham Town (5936). Play Off Semi-final, first leg. A late goal from Tommy Mooney to give Wycombe some hope, but Cheltenham won this thanks to John Finnigan and Steve Guinan goals. I think the 6.20 kick off time included a delay for the cup final to finish

2008. Etoile Sportive Belfaux 0-1 Breitenrain Bern (100). Swiss 2. Liga Interregional. One of those trips when you just look for another game, whatever level to fill in the odd day. My other photos of the day show I was staying in Basel, and just dropped down in the evening for the game.
View attachment 1579

2012 - Another Play off semi-final. Cheltenham Town 2-0 Torquay United (5283). I took a few pictures at the end of this and made it the tweet of the day

2013 - Klein Karben 0-1 Rot-Weiss Frankfurt. I managed to get out of Oslo and while my Norwegian friends went to work, and the Cheltenham ones returned to England, I flew to Frankfurt and then met with others (Abbswolf, Kevin, Paul at least) for this Verbandsliga game

2014 - Maribor 2-1 Triglav Kranj (4000) I think Kevin was my only companion at this one. I enjoyed the town and game. Before the game, Maribor led by 8 points with three to play, so they clinched the title with this oneView attachment 1580

2017 - AEI Rugby 1-1 Christ the King (285) and Berinsfield 2-1 Saxton Rovers (550). An unusual double, with morning and evening games and I went home in between. The second game, the final of the North Berkshire Cup was played at Abingdon United, while the morning one was the outside pitch at Rugby Borough's ground, (I returned for the main pitch this season).

2018 - 1. FC Heidenheim 1-1 Greuther Furth. This one is a fair distance from the station and the luggage lockers were full, or out of order. A bar close to the station took in my bag and I took a beer there. One step closer to completing the 2. Bundesliga (which was done in 2019, but partially because of Paderborn's promotion, so I will need one in 2020-1 again)
I think the Sheffield game was the last at Abbeydale Park, which would explain the larger than normal attendance. Although I could be wrong!
 

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