May 5th


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Nov 23, 2019
On this day in 1967 the first satellite completely designed and constructed in the UK was launched. Doesn't that make us all feel so proud... a good British satellite! Named Arial 3 as it was the third in the series it was launched from the USA

Unfortunately it started to malfunction in October, was shut down a year later and broke up in December 1970.

It did live on however as it starred in the Disney film Little Mermaid and has been keeping our clothes clean ever since. But WDYG on this day, clean clothes not required.

The vulture

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Dec 10, 2019
The Special Air Service storm the Iranian Embassy in London after a 6 day siege.


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Dec 7, 2019
Cheltenham Town
I'll post more later, but wanted to put this one on now

May 5 1989. Stade Velodrome.
Before the game, PSG are a point ahead of Marseille, In the end, OM win the title by three points. The goal is scored in injury time, they play about five seconds from the restart. (There are some good longer versions on youtube as well).

There are fireworks at the ground to celebrate the win, despite three games to play, it appeaared that everyone thought this decides the league. I left the ground and saw massive crowds around the underground station, so walked townwards. All around there were parades of cars driving back and forth, hooting and flying flags.



Youth Team Regular
Dec 7, 2019
Sunderland AFC,
Keighley Cougars RLFC
Mick Docherty Testimonial
Sunderland 3-2 Queens Park Rangers
Att: 3,802

Mick Docherty's career was ended prematurely through injury. His last game had been a winning one, a heart-stopping day at Wrexham on the last Saturday of the previous season, when Sunderland thought they had won promotion, only for a late Paul Richardson winner for Stoke at Notts County to sent the Potters up instead. He retired aged 29, and joined the coaching staff at Roker. Dad, Tommy, brought his QPR side north for this testimonial on a Bank Holiday Monday. Sunderland's scorers were Rob Hindmarch. Bob Lee and 'Pop' Robson. I don't have a record of the QPR scorers

GM Vauxhall Conference
Welling United 0-1 Darlington
Att: 2,621

For a while, it had been clear that promotion to the Football League was a two-horse race, either Barnet or Darlington would be champions. Third placed Runcorn finished 15 points behind The Bees. Darlington just needed a point, Barnet needed to win at Chorley (who themselves needed the points to stay up) and hope for a favour. I caught a morning train down from Charing Cross and spent a lovely sunny day drinking outside a pub on the high street. Unsurprisingly, the crowd was Welling's highest of the season.
Brian Little sprung a surprise by dropping winger Paul Emson to the bench, bringing in former Sunderland youngster Gary Coatsworth for only his third start. While Barnet were cantering to a 4-1 win in Lancashire, in Kent the game remained stubbornly goalless until the 87th minute, when a header from Coatsworth looped over the keeper and into the top corner. Cue pandemonium in the away end. Promotion was secured at the first attempt.

Jody Craddock Testimonial
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 Sunderland
Att: 9,095

The sides were made up of Craddock's former team-mates from his six years on Wearside and a decade at Wolves, with a sprinkling of celebrity guests. Craddock and Alex Rae turned out for both teams.
Niall Quinn put Sunderland ahead, Sylvain Ebanks-Blake levelling for Wolves, before Craddock gave away a late penalty. Each of his three children came on to score from the spot to give the home side a 4-1 win.

Midland League Division Three
CT Shush 1-1 Shipston Excelsior
Att: 40ish, though only about half seemed to be watching the game, the rest seemed to be players families, and were just sitting drinking in the sun.

11th v 9th at the start of play, and this had a real ‘end of season’ feel. The two sides had met just two days earlier, with Shush winning that one 1-0. This one looked for quite some time that it would end goalless, but goals for the home side on 75 mins, number 11 sidefooting home from the edge of the box, and a reply two minutes later when a free kick was only parried by the keeper, and as the ball was fired back across the goal, the home side’s number 6 deflected into his own net, meant that I at least saw some goals.

Stoodley Pike

Youth Team Star
Dec 9, 2019
Seems to have been a football-free date. Soz.

Sunday 5th May 1996
West Hartlepool 15 Bristol 37 (HT 0-13)
National Division One (3.0)
Attendance would have been West’s usual 1,500 or so
Programme £1 (32pp)

Small clubs such as West Hartlepool weren’t well positioned to cope with rugby union ending decades of ‘shamateurism’. Poorly supported, short of money, based in a community struggling economically and geographically adrift of the sport’s Midlands and South mainstream, West simply couldn’t afford to keep up with the Joneses.

For West, the 1995-96 Courage League season, the last before rugby union embraced professionalism, was a disaster; a signpost to a bleak future. Defeat in this game, played on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Brierton Lane, ensured they lost every one of their 18 league matches and finished bottom of the 10-club top tier.

The programme’s From the Touch welcome pages reflected on a “distinctly forgettable year” and looked forward with trepidation. “As we go into the professional era, rugby will go the way of most modern sport - every game will be for league points, or in a cup competition. Those games will also probably be played when it suits the audience, live or on the screen, rather than, at times, the players. You have only to look at the busy soccer schedule on Sky TV to see who controls things. Will they want to change our laws as well? If they pay enough money to finance a professional club structure, most will be happy to fit into the scheduling, though any media driven change in the laws would raise a few frowns.”

This would have been one of the season’s better West performances in the Courage League, though a glance at the results in the programme indicates they were embarrassed only once, a 15-48 reverse at Leicester. Their finest hour was a 30-31 defeat at Saracens. Quaintly, the rugby union season was still padded out with ‘club’ games (i.e. friendlies). In those, West had beaten Durham City, Hartlepool Rovers, Hartlepool TDSOB, Moseley, Newcastle Gosforth (home and away), Nottingham, Rotherham, Wakefield (home and away) and Weston-super-Mare. They did, however, lose to Northampton, draw with Otley and, after beating Coventry, go out of the Pilkington Cup at the hands of London Irish.

Against Bristol, the hosts started poorly and were 0-13 down to a Ben Breeze try and a penalty and a drop goal from Mark Tainton. Tries from Ashley Parker and skipper Derrick Patterson saw West close to 15-16. Had a Kevin Oliphant conversion attempt not struck a post, they would have been in front.

Having dragged themselves into the game, West collapsed. Capitalising on missed tackles, Bris scored three tries in the last five minutes. Eben Rollitt grabbed two, Martin Corry the other. Tainton converted all three to give a misleading slant to the final score.

Angry West coach Mark Ring told Gordon Fairbairn, rugby union reporter for the Evening Gazette: “I’m amazed at our lack of ball retention. Bristol gave us an object lesson in that art.”

Bath, a point ahead of Leicester, won the championship. Bristol finished sixth. Relegated West were 10 points adrift of second-bottom Saracens.

Crippled by mounting debt, West had to sell Brierton Lane to a housing developer. It was a tidy little ground, with a small, all-seat main stand amidships on one touchline and a covered terrace opposite. For a season, West returned to their spiritual home, Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park, before sharing New Friarage with Hartlepool Rovers, also for a season. United, incidentally, are one of several football clubs established when a rugby club ‘switched codes’. As happened elsewhere, a faction opposing the move re-formed West Hartlepool RUFC three years later. After losing top-flight status for good in 1998, West plummeted through the leagues and finished up playing regional rugby. Bowing to the inevitable, they disbanded as a professional club.

An amateur offshoot set up camp at Brinkburn, little more than a school playing field. There is now a tiny stand and, at one end, a clubhouse. All a huge comedown but West are once again the biggest of the five rugby union clubs in Hartlepool. Always struck me as odd that a middle class sport (in England, at least) would have a presence in such a place. Labourers came to Hartlepool during the 1800s to build the docks and work in the mines and on the railway. A sizeable Welsh contingent brought ‘their’ game with them.

I’ve long felt Hartlepool - the North East, generally - is made for rugby league. Happily, the town now has two amateur rugby league clubs, Hartlepool Hurricanes and West View Warriors, established as part of the excellent work in the region being undertaken by four Rugby Football League development officers and Newcastle Thunder RLFC representatives.

More other sports:

Yorkshire Premier League North cricket at Castleford (2018). Impressed with Savile Park, which boasts a vast, two-storey, brick pavilion. Visitors Scarborough (223-6) had the better of a season-opening draw. Castleford clung on, their last pair surviving five overs, to post 171-9.

West Hull 26 Skirlaugh 12 (2012, rugby league, National Conference League, Premier Division). A feisty derby, watched by 230, saw West record a sixth consecutive win. Against a Skirlaugh side hit by injury, the hosts led 16-0 by the half-hour. The visitors hit back, closing to within four points, only for West to regroup and add two tries - including a second for Ryan Morrow - during the last 14 minutes. North Road is one of several grounds West have used. It's a disappointment.

Hull Dockers 44 Keighley Albion 6 (2001, rugby league, National Conference League, Division Two). This Tower Grange victory secured a first NCL promotion for Dockers, who needed a point to pip Crosfields to second place behind Thatto Heath. Watched by 200, Albion put up stout resistance for 26 minutes before Dockers took control, running in some stylish tries and reducing the visitors to frustrated niggling. Nice feeling of enclosure to a surprisingly pleasant east Hull arena.

Middlesbrough Bears 61 Exeter Falcons 35 (1994, speedway, British League, Division Two, ‘A’ series). Despite lacking injured heat leader Graham Jones, Bears completed a comfortable 115-77 aggregate win over an Exeter side who rarely travelled well. Paul Fry (13), Exeter’s sole heat winner, was the only Falcon to put up spirited resistance. Decent payday for the home riders, though: Daz Sumner (14+2), Paul Whittaker (13+2), Mike Smith (13+2) and Paul Bentley (12) all hit double figures. This would have been one of Whittaker’s better Bears displays. He trekked all the way from Folkestone for Cleveland Park meetings - seven hours on the road, I remember him saying - but a serious arm injury, sustained in a track crash some time before he joined Middlesbrough, hampered both upper body movement and scoring.

Milton Keynes Knights 48 Middlesbrough Bears 42 (1992, speedway, Division Two). My second and last visit to Elfield Park, an interesting venue Milton Keynes’s never-say-die promoter Terry Cheney developed from a featureless training track after the landlord ejected Knights from Groveway greyhound stadium, home between 1978 and 1988. The training track had been established since 1981. Close to the National Bowl, between the A5 and the main West Coast rail line, the new ‘stadium’ was constructed at a remote site where security was difficult and insurance cover impossible. Vandalism proved a major problem. Despite Elfield Park being in a designated noisy sports area, Knights faced wearying battles with NIMBYs and BANANAs. By 1992, the facilities were pretty good. Viewing was excellent, particularly from a raised area above the third and fourth bends, where during construction a farmhouse had to be razed.

Elfield Park, its site now covered partly by a motor auction, hosted speedway between 1989 and 1992, which makes this visit early in the venue’s last season. A dogged Middlesbrough septet needed a 5-1 from the last race to draw. But Bears had no answer to Knights’ Danish heat leader Peter Glanz, who recorded a six-ride maximum. The evergreen Rickard Hellsen backed up Glanz with 13. Star Bears were Australians Steve Regeling (11+2), Dave Cheshire (9) and Mark Lemon (8).


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Youth Team Sub
Dec 9, 2019
Melksham Town, Bath Rugby, Lancashire CCC, Wigan Warriors
2018 Melksham T Res 4 Cricklade Town 2 Wiltshire Fountains Cup FINAL played @ Corsham T Att: 150-ish
A very hot day for a great match contested by these two Senior League sides. We played at least one first team regular, Luke Ballinger, in the Reserves side that day and he scored two goals. Cricklade were stubborn and had the game tied at 2-2 at one point. The crowd was (understandably) mostly Melksham supporters but it was nice to see the Ressies get some silverware as the First team had acheived promotion.


Junior Team Regular
Dec 7, 2019
North West non-league
1997 - Manchester United 3 Middlesbrough 3 (HT 2-3)
My 81st of 115 visits to Old Trafford - Attendance 54489

This game was vital for both sides with Middlesbrough trying to escape relegation and Man United going for the title - but defending seemed an afterthought in this game. Juninho opened the scoring for Middlesbrough after 15 minutes. Roy Keane calmed the nerves with an equaliser after 34 minutes, but just before half-time there were three more goals. Emerson scored in the 37th minute and Craig Hignett two minutes later for Middlesbrough to put them 3-1 into the lead, before Gary Neville scored for United on 42 minutes to make the half-time score 2-3. The second half was much calmer especially after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had equalised for United midway through the half. Despite only claiming the draw, United won the league the following evening as Liverpool's defeat by Wimbledon made it 3 titles in 4 years.

2001 - Flixton 0 Rossendale United 4 (HT 0-1) - North West Counties League Division 1
My 3rd of 4 visits to Valley Road

Critical game for both sides as Rossendale in their final game, needed the win the clinch the title and promotion to the Unibond League, which they achieved quite easily. Flixton needed the win to keep away from the bottom 3, which the eventually just achieved, but only thanks to a showdown with Leek CSOB on 16 May. In today's game, two goals each for Craig Sargeson and Jody Banim for Rossendale sealed the victory. The trophy was there presented after the game, but not until a delay of a couple of mins while the result from Clitheroe's 0-0 draw was confirmed and they could no longer catch Dale. I didn't get the attendance figure, but it was Flixton's biggest gate of the season - and nearly all Rossendale fans!

2007 - Burscough 3 Buxton 1 - Peter Swailes Memorial Shield
My 21st of 24 visits to Victoria Park - Attendance 381

This was the end of season party match with Burscough being the champions and being presented with the league trophy as well as the shield after the game ended. Don't remember anything about the game detail.

2015 - Stockport Georgians 4 Manchester Gregorians 0 (HT 0-0) - Manchester League Premier Division
My 1st and only visit to Cromley Road - Attendance 70

This was a critical win for Stockport as they then needed a further 3 points to clinch the title. This was a nice pleasant ground and there was a big new building that had just arrived behind the goal, which I think they said was the BBC Studios for the 2012 Olympics in London. I can't remember how it came to be at Cromley Road - it was still not ready to be used at this stage - I've not been back since, so hopefully it is well used now. It was 0-0 at the break but Stockport put on the style in the 2nd half - 57 mins 1-0 as the weather turned to pouring rain and the crowd went under the stand. Then Stockport missed a penalty on 67 mins (apparently the guy had never missed one before). But 3 more goals in the last 8 mins wrapped it up.


Junior Team Sub
Apr 6, 2020
Tottenham Hotspur
Wingate & Finchley
1980/81 Spurs Youth 1 West Ham Utd Youth 0 FAY Cup Final 2nd Leg
1981/82 Spurs 2 Swansea City 1 (26,348) Div 1
1982/83 Ruislip Manor v Edgware Town (result unknown) Ath Lge
1983/84 Rayner's Lane 0 Moreton Town 1 Hellenic Lge Prem Div
1989/90 Tilbury 2 Finchley 1 (137) Ist Div 2 (Nth)
1992/93 Spurs 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 (23,097) Prem Lge
2001/02 Barnet 2 Torquay Utd 3 (5523) Div 3
2013/14 Hadley Res 3 Cockfosters Res 2 (23) SML Res Lge Div 1
Chesham Utd 1 St Albans City 3 (2960) SPL Play Off Final
Sporting Bengal U 0 Great Wakering R 1 (209) ESL Cup Final
2017/18 Corinthian C 0 Walton C 0 (930) Ist Div 1 (Sth) Play Off Final


Junior Team Star
Dec 7, 2019
Rampant Rangers

Oxford United 3-0 Arsenal

Division One Att 13,651

I watched the game from the Beech Road years later I had an operation in almost the same.


Oxford needed to win to stay in Division One and duly did with ease. Billy Hamilton played a blinder which was more or less his swansong for Oxford due to injury


Oxford were not even at full strength but Arsenal played a couple of youngsters including local lad Martin Keown


Oxford had Aldridge, Houghton, Hebbard and Steve Perryman playing


Much has happened in 34 years and it's really a Life on Mars moment.


Of Oxford's six league games against Arsenal three end 0-0 which probably says more about Arsenal of the 1980's. This was the second season running Oxford had beaten Arsenal the previous year they had won 3-2 in the league Cup.


Junior Team Sub
Dec 10, 2019
Saturday 5 May 1984
Blue Star 4-0 Easington Colliery

Wearside League
Attendance: 450
Admission charged, 20 page prog issued

The final day of the season and the title could have gone any of three ways. The winners of this game would end up top of the pile but a draw would leave the way open for Coundon to overtake them with 3 points of their own. Easington had begun the season strongly - I saw them demolish Ossett Town 7-0 in the Vase - but they were stumbling over the finish line. Blue Star, on the other hand, just kept rolling along; they were a very successful club at this point and always seemed to have money behind them, but weren’t particularly popular with other clubs. Since joining the Wearside League in 1973 they’d won the title three times and were the first North-East club to win the FA Vase.

I recall the game as being a bit of a disappointment as Easington never looked like winning, despite the score still being goal-less at the break. As well as taking this title that day, Star would win the league in more convincing style 12 months later and also reached the first round of the FA Cup before moving into the Northern League, with Easington stepping up to the NL at the same time.

Star were regular programme issuers and it was a good effort with 12 pages of content, including interviews with a couple of the committee men (hobbies: wife and dominoes). The line-ups show some familiar names from the North-East scene with the experience of Jeff Cranson & Brian Burlinson playing for Easington, while Star included prolific striker Ian Crumplin whose tally for the 83/4 season was in the mid-50s.

As Blue Star were such a prominent name on the local football scene I remember being surprised at the lack of facilities when first being driven past the Wheatsheaf Sports Ground - it was a just a roped-off pitch in a sports field with a narrow cover at the far side and I don’t think it had changed by 1984. It was clear the money they were spending wasn’t going on spectator facilities. Transport for the day would have been bus, then metro to Kenton Bank Foot, followed by a 2 mile walk to the ground.

Blue Star’s world later came tumbling down around ten years ago when they received an FA grant to develop their ground, only for the club to hand the venue over to Newcastle Rugby Club (as a training complex) in exchange for being able to play at the main rugby stadium. The FA demanded the grant money be returned, Blue Star couldn’t pay and that was that. I believe the Wheatsheaf is currently rented by West Allotment on match days.

Thursday 5 May 1994
Campden Town 0-5 Ellwood

Glos County League
Attendance: 15

Campden Town, based in Chipping Campden, spent six unremarkable years in the Glos County League from 88/9. I think they had previously been playing in the Stratford Alliance but were invited to return to Glos to fill a vacancy in the county league. The move wasn’t particularly successful as Campden is in the north-east corner of the county and many of their opponents were in Bristol, about an hour and a half away. One of those cases where not all clubs are best suited to playing within their county boundary.

Anyway, I guess this must have been one of their final games in the league, possibly the last at the Recreation Ground on George Lane. Campden is a beautiful village and I recall the ground, which was shared with cricket, playing its part, even though actual facilities were quite limited - just a roped-off pitch and a small shelter on the far side. I thought a programme had been issued for this game but I can’t easily find it in my collection, so perhaps not. Google Maps, meanwhile, indicates that the rec still exists, but the old changing rooms and shelter have been demolished.


Reserve Team Starter
Dec 7, 2019
Crewe Alexandra.
First of all happy birthday to the nicest person I know.
Happy Birthday And All That Bollocks Rude Birthday Card


Saturday @ 15-00.
Div 4 @ Gresty Road.

Crewe Alex 2 v 1 Cheltenham Town.

Crewe Alex - Ben Garratt , Perry Ng , Harry Pickering , Callum Ainley , George Ray , James Jones , Charlie Kirk , Tom Lowery , Shaun Miller (2) , Lewis Reilly , Ryan Wintle.
Subs - Jordan Bowery for Reilly , Paul Grteen for Lowery , Chris Porter for Ainley.
Manager - Dave Artell.

SMI World · News
Back row L-R , Pickering , Reilly , Ng , Wintle , Garratt , Ray.
Front row L-R , Jones , Lowery , Kirk , Ainley , Miller.

Cheltenham Town - Rhys Lovett , Will Boyle , Ilias Chatzitheodoridis , Jordan Cranston , Jamie Grimes , Taylor Moore , Nigel Atangana , Joe Morrell , Mohamed Eisa , George Lloyd (1) , Sanmi Odelusi .
Subs - Danny Wright for Lloyd , Matt Bowers for Grimes , Jerrell Sellars for Cranston.
Manager - Gary Johnson.

Referee - Michael Salisbury (Preston).

Well its been 5 years (27/004/2013) since the Alex last did it and now we do it AGAIN.
A starting line up of ex Academy players , once again a game with nothing on it with both teams in the lower reaches of the division but safe from relegation.

Shaun Miller back on loan from Carlisle came up trumps with 2 goals , the first after a quarter of an hour following a mistake by Grimes , Miller then fired past Lovett . His second put the Alex in front again on the hour with a decent shot.

In between those Cheltenham's ex Academy George Lloyd had equalised after 34 minutes after being set up with a simple opportunity by Mohamed Eisa.

When will we do it again ?

Just thought I'd show ex Academy Nick Powells goal v Cheltenham at Wembley again.

47 x games , 3 x doubles , 3 x 0-0's.

Kirby Knitters

Reserve Team Star
Dec 7, 2019
The Knitters.
Division 3.
Sheffield Wed 2 Watford 3.(13,746)

John Robertson Testimonial.
Nottm For 0 Leicester City 0. (11,380)

Division 1.
Leicester City 2 Nottm For 1.(16,600)

Division 2
Leicester City 2 Sheffield United 5.(21,134)
Not sure if Blades were promoted on this day but they had half of the ground.

Mid Comb.
Barlestone St Giles 4 Bloxwich Town 0. (36)

Leics Senior League 1.
Kirby Muxloe 2 YMCA 0,(17)

PSV 3 Go Ahead Eagles 1.
Adm. F 25. (west tribune)
Prog. F 2.50.
Att. 27,500.

Conference North PO SF 2.
Workington 1 Hinckley United 2.(1,519)

Welsh Cup Final @ Nantporth Stadium Bangor.
Cefn Druids 0 TNS 2
Adm. £7.50.
Prog. £2
Att. 731.

Southern League D1 SW PO Final
Merthyr Town 0 Paulton Rovers 2.(2,201)

Hod .
Were you at KFC Poperinge v SV Kortrijk on this day in 1996?


Reserve Team Hopeful
Dec 7, 2019
Fife clubs
Monday May 6th 1986
Football League Division One
Everton v West Ham United, 3-1, H.T. 1-0, Att 40,073
At Goodison Park

1985/6 was the year of the three-way title race between Liverpool, Everton and West Ham United. The outcome had been settled on the Saturday when Liverpool won 1-0 at Chelsea to take the Championship. When Everton and West Ham met on the Monday evening it was second-place that was at stake.

I recall that there was a friendly sort of atmosphere that night. Both teams had been playing brilliant football and now that the pressure was off fans were there to show their appreciation for what had been a fantastic season. West Ham held the advantage with a two-point lead over Everton. Three points for a win was now in play so Everton required a win, whilst a draw would suit the visiting Londoners.

Everton: Bobby Mimms, Gary Stevens, Pat Van Den Hauwe, Kevin Ratcliffe, Peter Billinge, Kevin Richardson, Trevor Steven, Gary Lineker, Paul Wilkinson, Adrian Heath, Kevin Sheedy. Sub Warren Aspinall
West Ham: Phil Parkes, Raymond Stewart, George Parris, Tony Gale, Alvin Martin, Alan Devonshire, Mark Ward, Frank McAvennie, Alan Dickens, Tony Cottee, Neil Orr. Sub Paul Goddard

Everton made a few changes to their line-up. Peter Billinge made his debut in defence as did Warren Aspinall off the bench. Paul Wilkinson made one of his few starts that season up front. West Ham stuck by the team that had served them so well. Everton’s selection decisions served them better. There was a freshness and enthusiasm about their play which was lacking for West Ham. It was West Ham’s 11th game in a month and they had won all bar two of them but now the strain was too much. Looking at the stats for the season I was surprised to see that Neil Orr played 36 times – I’d never regarded him as a stand-out for Morton in his time in the Scottish League. I see that was Peter Billinge’s one and only first team game for Everton – he went on to have a decent career at Crewe, Coventry and others.

Everton were a joy to watch. Trevor Steven, Adrian Heath and Kevin Sheedy were all attack-minded ball players and in Gary Lineker they had a finisher par excellence. Even their defenders were decent footballers. Gary Lineker opened the scoring in the 38th minute and took his season total to 25 with a second just after the break. Trevor Steven converted a penalty to make it 3-0 before Tony Cottee grabbed some consolation for West Ham in stoppage time.

I watched from the top tier of the Main Stand. At that time it was one of the most impressive structures / views in the Football League and I sat up there on each of my three visits to Goodison Park. I liked Goodison as it seemed to have a uniformity about it that was lacking some other grounds. The ground was packed with a crowd of over 40,000 – West Ham had a decent following despite it being a Monday night. Both sets of fans remained in the ground long after the final whistle to show their appreciation to the players after an enthralling season. For West Ham it was, and remains, their highest ever finish.

I had driven down from Scotland for this one – a four-hour journey but one that I did not regret making for this excellent occasion. I’ve not been back to Goodison since then and I suppose that with a move to a new ground on the horizon I never will.



Junior Team Regular
Dec 7, 2019
Warrington Town are #1, Leeds Utd, Stranraer, Matlock Town, Warrington Wolves RLFC
A game on this day every year between 91 & 99. The pick of all these possibly the double in 2012. Super Westmorland scenery for Sedburgh. A basic ground but made up for by the setting and on a sunny day too. Met up with some of the family and later called in at The George & Dragon in Dent. The Dent brewery tap. Superb.

1991 Stones Bitter Division Two Premiership Semi Final Halifax v Leigh 32-8

1992 Liverpool Senior Cup Final (@ Everton FC) Marine v Tranmere Rovers 1-4

1993 Bass North West Counties League Division One Chadderton v Bamber Bridge 2-2

1994 North West Counties League Division One Atherton Laburnum Rovers v Eastwood Hanley 2-1

1995 Read Construction Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division

Llay Welfare v Chirk Amateur Athletic Association 2-1

1996 Stones Bitter Super League I Bradford Bulls v Warrington Wolves Lost 36-14

1997 Read Construction Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division

Chirk Amateur Athletic Association v Wrexham Colts 0-2

1998 Carlsberg West Cheshire League Division Two Manor Athletic v Castrol Social 1-4

1999 Springbank Vending Midland League Division One Abbey Hulton United v Alsager 0-0

2001 North West Counties League Division Two Blackpool Mechanics v Warrington Town Won 1-4

2003 A treble

Icis Midland Combination Division One Burntwood Town v Pilkington XXX 2-2

Express & Star League Division One North Wyrley Rangers v Bilston Town 0-4

Icis Midland Combination Division One Stockingford Allotments Association v Fairfield Villa 1-0

2004 Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Division Three
Penyffordd v Brickfield Rangers Reserves 1-4

2005 Ageon West Lancashire League Division One Lytham St. Annes v Crooklands Casuals 4-2

2007 Mumtaz West Riding County Amateur League Division One
Kirkburton v South Bradford (T79) 1-1

2008 Midland Combination Division Two Chelmsley Town v Greenhill (T120) 2-1

2011 Gamlins Solicitors Clwyd League Division One Point of Ayr v FC Nomads of Connah's Quay 0-2

2012 A double

Sport 360 West Lancashire League Division Two
Kendal County v Todmorden Borough (T300) 1-1

Bluefin Insurance Westmorland League Division One
Sedbergh Wanderers v Lunesdale United (T301) 3-2

2014 Gamlins Solicitors Vale of Clwyd & Conwy League Sovereign Trophies Auxilliary Cup Group C

Old Colwyn v Llanefydd (T350) 6-0

2018 CML Hop

Abacus Lighting Central Midlands League Black Dragon South Division

Holbrook St. Michaels v Linby Colliery Welfare 5-2 (revisit)

Abacus Lighting Central Midlands League Black Dragon South Division

AFC Kilburn v Sherwood Colliery 1-3 (revisit – saw GAD Khalsa Sports play here some years earlier)

Abacus Lighting Central Midlands League Black Dragon South Division
Hilton Harriers v Hucknall Town (new) 1-0

town ender

Junior Team Hopeful
Dec 9, 2019
First of these still etched painfully into my consciousness, most of the others fairly anodyne end-of-season stuff . . .
1979 Swindon Town 3-1 Gillingham in a division 3 four-pointer, a game played too soon after the unpleasantness at Priestfield only weeks earlier, and the County Ground at its most hostile. Gills’ away form towards the end of the season had become pretty awful, but this fairly critical defeat was all about a loss of discipline. First of several visits, all for the same fixture and the last of which, where we set our own benchmark for throwing away two-goal play-off final leads*, was equally horrible.
* has anyone else ever done this, Gills have managed it twice.
1980 Arsenal 0-0 Nottingham Forest Division 1, sunny, can remember nothing of the game whatsoever
1984 Gillingham 4-1 Newport County Div 3, flurry of goals in the first ten minutes followed by tedium
1986 South Liverpool 2-1 Southport (Liverpool Senior Cup final at Holly Park), think I have the score right, classic venue enhanced on the day by feral local kids picking fights with the visiting support
1990 Bath City 1-0 Atherstone United Southern League, entirely random revisit, winning goal from Paul Randall
2007 Burscough 3-1 Buxton (see Simon’s earlier post) must say I also remember nothing of the game, but do recall that the programmes never turned up on the day
2018 Bamber Bridge 1-0 Prescot Cables NPL Div 1 play-off final
Lovely sunny day, big crowd, awful game but pleased with the result, a scrappy goal ten minutes or so from time was harsh on Prescot who otherwise had the better of the few chances.


Youth Team Hopeful
Dec 7, 2019
six games on this date:

1979 - 2.Bundesliga - SC Freiburg 1 1860 Muenchen 3 - important win for the visitors against an improving side on their way to the title. They had to battle hard, but came good with two second-half goals by Metzger, after it was 1-1 at the break. It got rather tasty at times and the home side's Bury got a red for a throat-high tackle.

1980 - Northern Prem - Lancaster C 0 Mossley 0 - Mossley won the league by a point, so this was a crucial result. In this game a point was the least they deserved as they controlled proceedings. They also reached the final of the FA Trophy this season.

1986 - Division 3 - Brentford 2 Darlington 1 - mid-table clash, the visitors battled hard but the Bees grabbed a second half winner with a Cooke penalty despite an appalling ref.

2007 - Wessex Div 2 - Fleetlands 4 Fleet Spurs 0 - easy home win, three up at half time, gave them the title.

these ones reported on old WDYG:

2012 - Hampshire Prem - QK Southampton 3 Liphook U 5 - second v first, but both positions decided. Good game, though. The home side led 3-2 at the break, but the visitors came through in the end, although QK had a penalty saved as Liphook were reduced to 10 men.

2018 - Southampton Sat League - Athletico Romsey 3 Sothampton Uni 0 - 1100 start at Hatches Farm delayed by 17 mins as the visitors arrived on dribs and drabs (reluctant to get out of bed?). They put up decent resistance, but the home team recorded their seventh straight win to pip Chamberlayne to the title, and gain promotion to the Hampshire Prem.


Junior Team Sub
Dec 8, 2019
1984 Sheffield Utd 1 Wimbledon 2 This match has gone down in Wimbledon folklore as epic in many ways, not least of which was all but clinching promotion to the old 2nd division on the ground of one of our rivals just seven years after leaving the cosy confines of the Southern league. About 800 Wimbledon fans made the journey many on a special train which we thought was a decent turnout in those days only to be greeted with hostile chants of‘Worst support we’ve ever seen’ from the home fans in a massive 23,000 crowd which given that there was a bus strike in the city as well as the ongoing miners strike was pretty impressive as well as very noisy.
The match itself is a bit of a blur but Wimbledon took the lead in the first half with a diving header from Stewart Evans who had been rejected by home manager Ian Porterfield at both Rotherham and Sheffield Utd so he probably enjoyed that, we extended the lead in the second half with a goal by Alan Cork then the home side pulled one back and we had to hang on a bit at the end but eventually managed to hold out for a 2-1 win.
The home fans took the defeat badly and we had to stay in the ground for nearly an hour whilst a pitched battle raged outside between fans and police, bricks and bottles were chucked into the away enclosure but luckily it had a roof on so no major damage was done, obviously the context of the miners strike and us being from the South so it was wrongly assumed we all supported Mrs Thatcher added to the volatile mix. When we emerged for a police escort to the station the streets had all but cleared although there was plenty of debris about and on arrival the Wimbledon fans gave the police a round of applause to thanks them for protecting us which doesn’t happen often!! My brother who wasn't living in London managed to get a copy of the Green Un to me on the special train and was jostled for his troubles and the train got a few bricks on the way out but we didn’t care as we had escaped with a valuable win.

Mark Hardy

Junior Team Starter
Dec 7, 2019
Stafford RangersFarnborough Town05/05/903-2Conference
Farnborough TownHampton & Richmond Borough05/05/911-1Ryman League Prem
Ashford Town (Middlesex)Woking05/05/093-2SSCFinal
ForestIfield Edwards05/05/100-1SCL3
Exeter UniversityAppledore05/05/121-3SWPDiv1 E
HanslopeMarsh Gibbon05/05/142-4North Bucks League
Abergavenny TownLlanelli Town05/05/170-4Welsh League 2
Holbrook St MichaelsLinby CW05/05/185-2CMLS
AFC KilburnSherwood Colliery05/05/181-3CMLS
Doncaster RoversWigan Athletic05/05/180-1League 1


Junior Team Starter
Dec 7, 2019
Dessel Sport, Oxford Utd and all North Devon Clubs
Wombwell SA v Nettleham 4-2
CML Prem.

1997, a double
Storthes Hall v Altofts 3-2
West Riding Co. Am. D1

Middlewich Ath. v Ramsbottom 0-4

Altofts v Ventus and Yeadon Celtic 0-0
West Riding Co. Am. D1

2001, a double
Alemmania Aachen v St Pauli 0-1
Bundesliga 2

St Truiden v Beveren 1-0
Jupiler Lge D1

2003, a treble
Burntwood Tn v Pilkington XXX 2-2
Mid Com 1

Heath Hayes v Malvern Tn 0-1
Express and Star, Prem.

Polesworth North Warwick v Kenilworth Tn 1-2
Mid Com 1

2008, a double
Hemsworth MW v Campion 1-2
WRCA League cup semi-final replay
@Brighouse Tn.

Parkgate v Winterton Rgrs 1-3
NCEL League cup final
@Staveley MW

Boca Snrs v Bude Tn 3-0
Westward Ho! cup final
@Barnstaple Tn

Appledore v Liverton 1-1

Appledore v Newton Abbot Spurs 1-0
Devon Premier Cup final
@Devon FA ground

Appledore v Teignmouth 2-5

Boca Snrs v North Molton 4-2
Westward Ho! cup final
@Barnstaple Tn


Junior Team Star
Dec 7, 2019
Sheffield United, Sheffield Eagles & Kendal Town
1978 Emley 2 Sheffield 0 Yorks. League 1 got a lift in the Chairman's Rolls Royce straight from my gardening job, he wasn't impressed with my appearance!
1979 Cambridge United 1 Blades 0 L2 Att 7,255 another relegation. Went with a bus load off the Wybourn, never again, how we weren't all arrested I don't know, we got there at 10.30 for a 3.00 KO and most then went to the nearest beer-off and emptied it. Never been to the Abbey Stadium since.
1984 Blades 1 Wimbledon 2 L3 Att 22,850 in front of a big crowd Blades let us down, again! Or so we thought.
1986 Oakham United 2 Tadcaster Albion 1 NCE 3
1986 Ilkeston Town 0 Spalding United 2 NCE Prem.
1986 Brigg Town 1 Bradley Rangers 0 NCE 1
1987 Cheadle Town 0 Daisy Hill 3 NWC 3
1990 Leicester 2 Blades 5 L2 the day Blades fans had waited a lifetime for, a return to the top division, to make it even more memorable the piggies were relegated the same day Att 21,134
1997 Shardlow St James 7 Hemsworth Town 0 CML Prem.
1998 Blades 1 Rotherham 0 Pontins League Cup Final @ Bramall Lane
2001 Knaresborough Town 2 Horsforth St Margarets 0 West Yorks. Prem.
2003 Attenborough 1 Ruddington United 0 Notts Alliance Senior
2007 Kirkburton 1 South Bradford 1 West Riding 1
2008 Winterton Rangers 3 Parkgate 1 NCE League Cup Final @ Staveley MW Att 213
2010 Denton Town 1 Barnton 0 Cheshire 2 Att 24
2012 Great Preston 0 Old Modernians 5 West Yorks. 2 Att 7
2014 Easington Colliery 5 Ashbrooke Belford House 3 Shipowners Cup Final
2018 Ashton United 2 Grantham Town 0 NPL Prem. Play-off Final Att 931

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