Saturday, 27 October 2012



Played at Eaking Road, Bilsthorpe

Bilborough Town created history this afternoon by gainning their first ever win the top flight of the Notts Senior League by defeating Keyworth United, but they had to do it the hard way after their left winger had to leave the field of play through a injury after just 15 minutes and had to play the remainder of the match with just ten men, as they had no subs.

Bilborough Town played this match at Eaking Road, as they have some problem with changing rooms at their Bestwood Lodge ground, but they are on the look out for a new ground in the future.

The match was played on pitch two and kicked off at 2.30pm whilst on pitch one, Nottingham United entertained Belper United with a 3pm kick off.

The game kicked off with Bilborough kicking down the slope with the wind behind their backs and it was they who took a early lead through a 8th minute goal when ROOME lifted the ball over the advancing Keyworth keeper.

Keyworth pressed forward and could have been on level terms if not for Alex Smith pushing the ball over the bar from a fierce 20 yard shot. The ball went up the other end and the Bilborough left winger went down and looked to be in alot of discomfort from a twisted ankle and could not continue in the game, thus leaving his side with only ten men to battle away.

At Half time, I went for a coffee as the cold wind began to bite and this gave me a look at the other game taking place, with the score being 0-0, by the time I had drunk my coffee it was 3-0 to Belper United.

Back to pitch two and you wouldnt have noticed who the team with only 2 points this season and only 10 players on the pitch were, as everytime they went forward they looked more likely to score but chance after chance went begging through poor finishing and perhaps just that lack of confidence when not having won a game and rushing the shot. But this was put right when after 85 minutes when they were awarded a penalty when JACKSON slotted home to double their advantage.

Just to make Bilborough Town nervous in injury time, Keyworth broke and BAIRD's shot was deflected past the hapless Smith.

After the match, I headed back to pitch one and Belper had extended to 4-0 but within 2 minutes it was now 6-0 and thats how it finished.

It was then off up to Bilsthorpe Welfare for a pint and a Bonanza Meeting with Bilborough Town who are very excited about being chosen to be taking part.

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Bilborough Town FC Website

Photos from the Bilborough Town FC v Keyworth United match

Thursday, 25 October 2012


Central Midlands Football League
Supreme Reserve Division


Not often that I go and watch Reserve team football, but a Thursday Evening and my friend running the line and offering me a lift to a match was too much of a temptation for me to refuse.

It must be 10 years since I have been to Staveley's Inkersall Road ground, since my last visit, the ground has altered and what a credit it must be to Chairman Terry Damms whose company has put a lot of work and pride in to this club.

There is a new large clubhouse with a bar and a nice kitchen area, and large tables with the club logo on them all.

I was met in the kitchen area on arrival by club sec Ele Reaney, who has a City In Guilds in Catering, not often you see that in Non League Football, Ele gave me a free cuppa and I bought a Staveley MW mug to add to my collection from this friendly club that reached last seasons FA Vase Semi Final. I then had a fosters before kicked off.

I strolled along the dugout side of the pitch and had a chat with the new South Normanton Reserves and ex Kimberley Town FC Manager and Chairman Graeme Critchley.He explained that his home wasnt that far from Normo and we had a chat about our partners.

I moved further up the line and met the Chief cameraman of Staveley and also twitter of the club and another chap filming the match with his son and we all had a chat. 

The First Half was played end to end and both keepers were called in to action with the play very equal, but what separated the clubs at half time was the delightful slot in goal by PLANT..excuse the pun that he planted the ball past the outstretched keeper.

In the Second Half, I chose to sit over in the main stand the other side of the ground and got talking to several Staveley MW Under 19 players who were a bit cheesed off that their match away at Worksop was called off.

In the 57 minute, SMITH doubled the home sides advantage when blasting home from close range after the visitors were caught in possession after playing the ball across their back four. The visitors tried to push forward but the home side stood firm and after 65 minutes, the home left winger was brought inside the box and up stepped Royals to blast the ball well over the bar.

Subs were made on both sides and fresh legs seemed to help both sides attack, but it was Staveley sub BATES who put the game out of reach in the 78th minute when he finished well from 20 yards with the keeper well beaten.

A well run club Staveley Miners Welfare are and well worth a visit, one of the clubs that do appriecate Non League Football and the community.

Staveley MW Website

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Saturday, 20 October 2012




South Normanton lost all their players before the start of this season and have had to re-build a side, so results havent gone as well as previous seasons as only last week they crashed out of the Derbyshire Senior Cup at home to Whaley Bridge, meanwhile two weeks ago I saw Hucknall Town AFC also crash out of County Cup competition to West Bridgford AFC, so really I wasnt too sure what I was going to witness here today.

Got to the ground at about 1.30pm and was met on the gate by Normo Chairman Phil Bailey before being giving a free cuppa by the Normo President. Into the bar I ventured and was bought a pint by Vice President Simon and downed it as the players entered the pitch.

I then saw Pete from Woodhouse and was joined by Steve Harris formally long time secretary of Blackwell MW. The match began at a slow pace but The Shinners had the upper hand and were rewarded with the lead after just 11 minutes.

After 16 minutes, the homesters doubled their lead after the forward lobbed the advancing keeper. The match then went through a bit of a dull spell and me and Pete put the wrongs of the world to right, before the half time break, where I enjoyed a lovely pie and chip dinner.

The players were soon out for the Second Half and the away team ventured forward but didn't really make many efforts towards the goal. On the hour, a nice run from the left winger saw him launch a superb 25 yard shot into the bottom corner of the net to make it 3-0 to South Normanton.

On todays evidence, South Normanton may scrap out a few more victories, but I feel Hucknall will struggle throughout the season.

South Normanton AFC Website

Hucknall Town AFC

Photo's from today's match

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Saturday, 13 October 2012


Division Two


With it being Non League Day today, I felt it about time to visit a new ground and with it, I felt this ground fitted the bill, as I wanted to look at the venue for a future Bonanza.

What a lovely place, set just off a Industrial Estate down a dirt track, but in front of you lies a brand new building that houses the beautiful clubhouse and kitchen and bar and changing rooms. I met the Bingham Town Sec Mick Spencer and also the teams manager and arranged to take a team photo after the usual pre-match handshakes and then went for a cuppa.

As this was a 2-30pm kick off, I was on the pitch for 2.25pm as the teams came out on to the pitch and after the handshakes took the homesters photo.

The game kicked off and Bingham were soon on the attack and it looked only a matter before they scored, but they had to survive a early scare when their keeper was called in to action to pull off a great save.

With only 7 minutes on the clock, MORLEY put Town in front, as he slide the ball past the outstretched arms of the diving FC05 keeper.

On 23 minutes, Bingham had doubled their lead when a superb 25 yard shot by SPENCER left the crowd of around 40 cheering. By now Town were in full control and were camped in the away area of play.

Just on the half hour and things got worse for FC05, when a Bingham corner came in from the left and the away defender stuck out his leg and the ball ended up past his own keeper.

After the half time break and it was soon to be 4-0 when LANGFORD lobbed the approaching keeper. Bingham could now relax and made regular subs replacing their three forwards, this allowed FC05 a bit more space and they pressed forward and they got a few corners that came to no avail.

With 70 minutes gone BULL fired home Bingham's fifth to complete the scoring.

After the final whistle, I went in to the clubhouse and me, my wife Hazel  had ordered Cheeseburger and chips and my son Shawn had Sausage and chips which were lovely.

I'm sure this club will be a great asset when we take the Bonanza there in a few seasons time.

Photos from todays match can be found on this link

Notts Senior League Bonanza Info

Thursday, 11 October 2012



Att: 59
Coffee 80p
Pie £1.30

Wasnt going to a match on this Wednesday Evening, but then got a text from good friend Dazza Wragg asking if I would like a lift, so rang him and he arranged to pick me up as he was on the line for the fixture.

Got to the Welfare Ground for a second visit in 2 weeks and bumped in Peter Chappell and had a chat with a few of the Blidworth Officials as well.

As the game kicked off, I went down towards the half way point of the ground and stood with the good company of Richard Lane, Sheffield Steve and fellow Blogger Malc Storer(his blog is cracking and worth a read..

The game kicked off and the first 10 minutes, it was Blidworth who attacked and looked more likely to score, but as what usually happens Calverton's DAN HOUGH put the away side in front. Within four minutes and the away side had doubled their lead from a penalty through JACK COULTON.
As the half carried on there could well have been more goals for both sides but for excellent saves by both keepers.

At half time, I ventured up the steps and spoke with Mr Clipstone Barry Clarke and got a pie and Bovril which went down well on this chilli nght..Infact it was that cold, my hat made its debut! Back down at pitchside I met old friend and referee Rob Townsend who had joined the party of 3 then make it five of us when Brian Dennett came along to join in the interesting conversations. The second half half kick off and within 9 minutes Calvo had gone in to a 3 goal lead. This looked like this could well turn in to a rout at this stage, but the home side kept battling away and on 79 minutes got a deserved penalty to which they duly converted to reduce the gap, but the gap wasnt to stay for very long as within 3 minutes, it was extended back to 3 goals when the Calvo sub scored.

After the match, I popped in to the clubhouse for a pint with a few refs who was at the match and the match officials and won £20 on the a good night out for me. Again another good programme by Scotty.

Blidworth Welfare Website

Calverton Miners Welfare Website

Notts Senior League Bonanza Info

Saturday, 6 October 2012


Notts Intermediate Cup

A few reasons why I picked this tie to attend today, I'd never visited this ground off Regatta Way before and they will be on the Notts Senior League Bonanza as a home club in 2014 and there was a sign of a shock as NSL Division One club hosted CMFL South Division club Hucknall Town AFC.

On our way we popped in to Selston Co-Op, as Selston FC had organised a Car Wash and having been away in Cornwall, the car did need a wash..Onwards we travelled and avoided the Goose Fair traffic by using the back roads to finally reach the destination.

On arrival, we found the large tea room and had a cuppa before just before kick off being joined by my son Simon and Grandson Jacob to watch the match.

From the off, West Bridgford looked a step quicker to the ball but couldnt find the break through, I had got a feeling I was about to see my 3 year spell of not seeing a 0-0 draw going for a burton and even more so, when right on the stroke of half time when the homesters had the ball in the back of the net, only for the Hucknall club linesman to raise his flag, to the disgust of several of the home players. In Cup Ties wouldnt it be better and fairer(so no blame can be laid) if the FA gave 3 officials. I do have to say though that I felt the linesman was correct in his decision, but maybe he could have stepped away from the home side and let the referee explain the rule.

The Second Half kicked off and again it was West Bridgford who took the game to their visitors and it came as no surprise when after 73 minutes JURGEN CHARLESWORTH tucked the ball past the advancing keeper.

Hucknall pushed forward and the Bridgers Keeper was called in to action a couple of times, but as they pressed forward, it left gaping holes at the back to which the home team should have added to their tally well before the game was finally secured in the final minute, when a cool finish by MILES SNAPE put them through to the next round of the Competition.

West Bridgford FC Website

Hucknall Town AFC Website

Pics from todays match

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Thursday, 4 October 2012




As you enter the Welfare you will notice the new impressive changing rooms that you have to walk round to get in to the ground. The clubs hard work has paid off and they look just the part in this lovely ground.

On arrival I was met by Sec/Programme Editor/Webmaster Scott who invited me in to the hospitality room for a cuppa and a chat. The club has a big day on Sunday where they officially open the changing rooms. I was then shown round the changing rooms and they look good.

Just before kick off I was joined by Richard Lane and Herbie and we had a chat before I went and stood with old friend Eddie Pearce for the first half.

The match wasnt the best I've seen but possibly wont be the worse I'll see this season. Sports took the lead after 22 minutes through a scrambled goal from a corner. Just before Half time there was a bit of a tussle and Sports were reduced to ten men, as Blidworth were fortunate to get away with a yellow card, but the ref can only give what he sees.

Blidworth in the Second Half really didnt use their one man advantage at all and it came as no surprise when Sports smashed home their second goal after 88 minutes. To the home clubs credit, they did pour forward and pulled a goal back but it was a matter of too late for them.

Must say that the programme has improved a lot, well done scott.

Pics of the changing rooms

Blidworth Welfare Website

Monday, 1 October 2012



THE Precision Notts Senior Football League will stage their First ever GROUNDHOP BONANZA with five matches - one on a Friday Evening and four on a Saturday.

Non-League football followers from all over the World, as far as Australia, Germany, Sweden Holland and the UK will flock to the event, which frequently provides record attendance’s for the matches chosen to host the bonanza.

This season the chosen matches are:

Friday 19th April 2013: Attenborough FC v Wollaton FC (6.30pm)

Saturday 20th April 2013: Selston FC v Bilborough Town FC(10.10am)..Underwood Villa FC v West Bridgford FC(12.45pm)..Awsworth Villa FC v Cotgrave FC(3.30pm)..Kimberley MW FC v Keyworth United FC(6.15pm)

Intending spectators can obtain a five-match advanced package ticket for £15, which includes admission and 5 home club programmes for all FIVE matches at the different venues.

There is also a coach running from Nottingham Railway Station to the four Saturday matches for only £15. The coach does fill rather quickly and comes on a first book and pay service, so please dont leave it till the last minute to book.

So come along and see local football and have a good weekend.

Closing date for Advance Bookings is Thursday 11th April 2013

For more information or Booking Form please e-mail or phone Rob Hornby on 01623 486678/07973517603