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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Braintree Town

Braintree Town 3 Bishop’s Stortford 1
Football Conference South
Cressing Road, Braintree, Essex

Cressing Road

I have a bit of a soft spot for Braintree as it was in the centre of the town that, many many years ago, I had my very first date. A meal at a Chinese Restaurant with a former school class mate whose name has been lost in the annals of time. The name of the restaurant, not hers. Which at the time was a bit of a step up, in terms of liaisons with the opposite sex, from a quick grope in the church yard after choir practice.

Essex is a much maligned place. The late John Peel despatched it to room 101, in the BBC TV programme of the same name, more for it’s prominence as the world capital of low slung Vauxhall Nova’s, the alloy wheel and the Gary Boy, than anything else. North West Essex is a bit of treasure and has some superb countryside, which, also many many years ago, I and my school chums investigated at length on our bikes, venturing south over the River Stour from West Suffolk.

Oddly, the official website of the Nationwide Conference made no mention of the fixture so I assumed that it had succumbed to the weather (as many other games in the area had and later did). But a quick look at the Braintree Town message board confirmed that the match was still on, despite heavy rain in the area overnight, and that the weather for the game looked good according to the Met “No further rain due in East Anglia during Saturday” Office. Queue torrential rain during the entire ninety minutes.

1,012 souls made there way to Cressing Road for this local derby of sorts. Around twenty miles separates the two clubs, but if the singing of the home fans is anything to go by they reserve most of their hatred for AFC Sudbury. The crowd was around three hundred more than the best attendance so far in “The Iron’s” first season in the Conference following promotion from the Ryman League, as Champions, last May.

Stortford, with a fair following amongst the crowd, took the lead from a free kick on 24 minutes, the first of three goals in a four minute spell. Braintree, however, were back on terms within a minute, through a twenty five yard effort, and took the lead a mere three minutes later, with an even longer range effort. Thirty yards this time. The scoring was completed fifteen minutes from time, a more genteel side footed effort from just outside the six-yard box, to confirm the win, and put the home side in amongst the play-off places. Stortford retaining second spot for their troubles.

Match Number: 1343

Official website: www.braintreetownfc.org.uk

Match Report: www.braintreetownfc.org.uk

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Monday, December 18, 2006


Fetcham Grove, Leatherhead, Surrey

Fetcham Grove

A meeting with a potential client in Leatherhead today took me past Fetcham Grove, home of Leatherhead FC, so naturally a quick look at the home of Ryman League side seemed in order. The “Tanners” fell on financial hard times in 1999 and seemed headed for closure in 2000 when a supporters group stepped in to save the club. The group have been running the club every since, and are rightly proud of not only securing a sound financial footing for the club, but also of setting up the “Pitstop”, a registered charity that provides a day centre, at the ground, for the homeless and unemployed. Something for which they should be applauded.

On the pitch the club’s “15 minutes of fame” came back in 1975 when they KO’d Brighton from round three of the FA Cup, with a 1-0 win at the old Goldstone Ground, to earn a fourth round home tie with Leicester City of Division One (then English football’s top flight). The game was switched to City’s Filbert Street where a crowd of 32,000, and BBC’s Match of the Day camera’s, saw the non-league side take a dramatic two goal lead before succumbing 3-2.

Away from football Leatherhead the town has a number of interesting links with the world of science fiction: It was destroyed by Martian attack in HG Wells book The War of The Worlds, and in the early 1980’s a house within the town was used as Arthur Dent’s residence in the BBC TV Series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Apologies for the loss of pictures in earlier entries. I’m working on the problem and normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Official Site: www.leatherheadfc-online.co.uk

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Revisited: Barnsley

Saturday 14 November, 1998
Barnsley 0 Ipswich Town 1
Nationwide League Division One
Oakwell, Barnsley, South Yorkshire


Over on Pride of Anglia (extreme groundhopping’s big brother) the burgeoning collection of panorama’s now includes a view of Barnsley’s Oakwell ground taken from the away end this past weekend. This is another effort from a work colleague of mine who ventured north for Town’s game against the Tykes on Saturday while I was otherwise engaged in the countries capital.

I did make the trip back in 1998 for a match I will not forget in hurry. I badgered my young son to make sure he had packed his coat, scarf, gloves and bobble hat in the boot of the car before we started out on the journey, only to arrive in Yorkshire three-and-a-bit hours later to discover that I hadn’t packed mine. For ninety minutes I shivered, shook and eventually turned deep blue I’m sure, much to the amusement of aforementioned thirteen-year-old and my two other passengers. There’s a moral there somewhere.

Meanwhile back in the present Town conceded a 90th minute goal (0-1) for the second consecutive away game to throw away a point in a game considerably less entertaining, I’m led to believe, than the last time the two sides met in the First Division Play-Off final at the old Wembley Stadium in 2000.

Official website: www.barnsleyfc.premiumtv.co.uk

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Ground Visit Record


AFC Bournemouth
(Fitness First Stadium)

AFC Portchester
(Wicor Recreation Ground)

AFC Sudbury
(King's Marsh Stadium)

AFC Totton
(Testwood Park)

Aldershot Town
(Recreation Ground)

Alton Town
(Alton (Bass) Sports Ground)



Aston Villa
(Villa Park)



Basildon United
(Gardiners Close)

Billericay Town
(New Lodge)

Birmingham City
(St Andrews)

Blackburn Rovers
(Ewood Park)

(Bloomfield Road)

Bolton Wanderers
(Reebok Stadium)

Bolton Wanderers
(Burnden Park)

Boston United
(York Street)

Bradford City
(Valley Parade)

Braintree Town
(Cressing Road)

Brantham Athletic
(Brantham Athletic Sports & Social Club)

(Griffin Park)

Brighton & Hove Albion
(Withdean Stadium)

Brighton & Hove Albion
(Goldstone Ground)

Bristol City
(Ashton Gate)

Bristol Rovers

(Hayes Lane)

(Turf Moor)

(Gigg Lane)

Bury Town
(Ram Meadow)

Cambridge City
(Milton Road)

Cambridge United
(Abbey Stadium)

Charlton Athletic
(The Valley)

Chelmsford City
(New Writtle Street)

Chelmsford City
(Chelmsford Sport & Athletics Centre)

(Stamford Bridge)

Chester City
(Saunders Honda Stadium)

Colchester United
(Layer Road)

Cornard United
(Blackhouse Lane)

Coventry City
(Ricoh Arena)

Coventry City
(Highfield Road)

Crewe Alexandra
(Gresty Road)

Crystal Palace
(Selhurst Park)

Dagenham & Redbridge
(Victoria Road)

(Watling Street)

Debenham Leisure Centre

Derby County
(Pride Park)

Derby County
(Baseball Ground)

Diss Town
(Brewers Green Lane)

(Sparshatts Stadium)

Ely City
(Unwin Ground)

(Goodison Park)

Fareham Town
(Cams Alders)

FC Clacton
(Rush Green Bowl)

FC Fleetlands
(Lederle Lane)

Felixstowe & Walton United
(Dellwood Avenue)

Framlingham Town
(Sports Ground)

(Craven Cottage)


(Emerald Park)

Gosport Borough
(Privett Park)

Great Yarmouth Town
(Wellesley Recreation Ground)

Grimsby Town
(Blundell Park)

Hadleigh United

Halstead Town
(Rosemary Lane)

Hamble ASSC
(Follands Park)

Harwich & Parkeston
(Royal Oak)

Havant & Waterlooville
(West Leigh Park)

Heybridge Swifts
(Scraley Road)

(Glass World Stadium)

Horndean Town
(Five Heads Park)

Huddersfield Town
(Leeds Road)

Hull City
(KC Stadium)

Hull City
(Boothferry Park)

Ipswich Town
(Portman Road)

Ipswich Wanderers
(SEH Sports Ground )


Leeds United
(Elland Road)

Leicester City
(Walkers Stadium)

Leicester City
(Filbert Street)

(Victory Road)

Leyton Orient
(Brisbane Road)

Lincoln City
(Cincil Bank)


Long Melford

Lowestoft Town
(Crown Meadows)

Luton Town
(Kenilworth Road)

Manchester City
(Maine Road)

Manchester United
(Old Trafford)

(Ayresome Park)

(The New Den)

(The Den)

MK Dons
(National Hockey Stadium)

MK Dons

Needham Market

Netley Central Sports
(Station Road Recreation Ground)

Newcastle United
(St James' Park)

Newmarket Town
(Cricket Field Road)

Northampton Town
(County Ground)

Norwich City
(Carrow Road)

Nottingham Forest
(City Ground)

Notts County
(Meadow Lane)

Peterborough United
(London Road)

Petersfield Town
(Love Lane)

Plymouth Argyle
(Home Park)

Port Vale
(Vale Park)

(Fratton Park)

Preston North End

Queens Park Rangers
(Loftus Road)

(Madejski Stadium)

(Oakside Stadium)

Romsey Town
(Bypass Ground)

Rotherham United

Saffron Walden Town
(Catons Lane)

Salisbury City
(Raymond McEnhill Stadium)

Scunthorpe United
(Glanford Park)

Sheffield United
(Bramall Lane)

Sheffield Wednesday

Shrewsbury Town
(Gay Meadow)

Shrewsbury Town
(Prostar Stadium)

Soham Town Rangers
(Julius Martin Lane)

(St Mary's)

(The Dell)

Southend United
(Roots Hall)

St Albans City
(Clarence Park)

Stanway Rovers
(New Farm Road)

Stockport County
(Edgeley Park)

Stoke City
(Britannia Stadium)

Stoke City
(Victoria Ground)

Stowmarket Town
(Green Meadows Stadium)

(Stadium of Light)

Swaffham Town
(Shoemakers Lane)

Swindon Town
(County Ground)

Thetford Town
(Mundford Road)

Tiptree United
(Chapel Road)

Tottenham Hotspurs
(White Hart Lane)

United Services Portsmouth
(Victory Stadium)

(Vosper Thornycroft Sports Ground)

(Bescot Stadium)

(Fellows Park)

Walsham Le Willows
(Walsham Sports Club Ground)

(Vicarage Road)

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium

West Bromwich Albion
(The Hawthorns)

West Ham United
(Upton Park)

Whitton United
(King George V Playing Field )

Wigan Athletic
(JJB Stadium)

(Plough Lane)

Winchester City
(Denplan City Ground)

Witham Town
(Spa Road)

Wivenhoe Town
(Broad Lane)

(Kingfield Stadium)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Woodbrige Town
(Notcutts Park)

Worcester City
(St. Georges Lane)


Cardiff City
(Ninian Park)


(Pittodrie Stadium)

Heart of Midlothian
(Tynecastle Stadium)


Northern Spirit
(North Sydney Oval)


SW Wacker Innsbruck
(Tivoli Stadion)


RSC Anderlect
(Constant Vanden Stock Stadium)

FC Brugge

SV Zulte-Waregem


FC Kobenhavn
(Gladsaxe Stadion)

Helsingor IF
(Helsingor Stadion)


FC Flora
(Lillekula Stadium)


HJK Helsinki
(Finnair Stadium)

(Hietalahti Stadium)

Tampere United
(Tammelan Stadium)


(G.Guichard Stadium)


1. FC Koeln
(Mungersdorfer Stadion)

Borussia Dortmund
(Westfalenstadion )

1. FC Union Berlin
(Stadion An der Alten Försterei)


AZ Alkmaar
(Alkmaarder Hout)

AZ Alkmaar
(Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam)

FC Dordrecht
(GN Bouw Stadion)

FC Groningen

FC Utrecht
(Galgenwaard Stadion)

(De Kuip)

NEC Nijmegen
(Goffert Stadium)

PEC Zwolle

PSV Eindhoven
(Philips Stadion)

SC Heerenveen
(Abe Lenstra Stadium)

Twente Enschede
(Arke Stadion)

Twente Enschede
(Diekman Stadion)

Vitesse Arnhem

Willem II
(Willem II Stadion)


Bray Wanderers
(Carlisle Grounds)

Dublin City
(Tolka Park)


Inter Milan
(San Siro)


Avenir Beggen
(Stade Josy-Barthel)


Skeid Oslo


Widzew Lodz
(Stadion LKS)


(Nou Camp)

Real Madrid
(San Bernabeu)

(Luis Casanova)


Orgryte IS
(Gamla Ullevi (Old))

Helsingborgs IF
(Olympia Stadium)

Landskrona Bois

Malmo FF
(Malmo Stadion)

Mjallby AIF

Trelleborgs FF

IFK Goteborg


Chicago Sting
(Comiskey Park I)

Chicago Sting
(Wrigley Field)

Chicago Sting
(Chicago Stadium)

Chicago Sting
(Rosemont Horizon)

Chicago Sting
(Rockford MetroCenter)

Chicago Vultures

Milwaukee Bavarians
(Bavarian Center)

Schwaben AC
(Schwaben Center)

Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Tampa Bay Stadium)