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Wednesday 16th August – TT No.9: Brian BuckThis competition was held in memory of popular and well-known local man Nick Raven, who did a lot of corporate work for Norwich City’. Check out Brian’s review following a hop to watch Briston (v Schoolhouse) in the Nick Raven Shield Final played on 01/07/17… now added to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18

Wednesday 16th August – TT No.8: Steve Hardy –The action took place at the John Moores University IM Marsh campus. This is the Sports campus for all the John Moores students, and has an outdoor grass rugby pitch, fully railed off football pitch and a 3G in a cage hockey pitch’. Read all about Steve’s second game of the day with a visit to watch Marshalls (v West Kirby) in the West Cheshire League Division One played on 12/08/17… for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18

Wednesday 16th August – TT No.7: Keith Aslan –The ground is pretty basic, obviously enclosed, railed and floodlit with the obligatory Atcost structure, one of the smaller examples of the genre…’ Jarrow March! Find out more about Keith’s inspirational trip to watch Jarrow (v Easington Colliery) in the Northern League Division Two encounter played on 12/08/17… now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18

Wednesday 16th August – Latest Images: Gary Spooner – Ipswich Wanderings! View Gary’s mouth-watering photos following a trip to watch Ipswich Wanderers (v Histon) in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division played on 12/05/17…now added to the FGIF album gallery…

Gary comments (via E-Mail): ‘Not too far away from you yesterday afternoon with a trip to Ipswich Wanderers. Excellent club to visit with a lovely ground and very friendly people too. As one pointed out Wanderers are the only Premier Division club in Ipswich! Not so good on the pitch though as Histon deservedly won 4-2’.

Wednesday 16th August – Latest Images: Gary SpoonerSouth Africa Special! Don’t miss Gary’s wonderful ground photos taken recently during his holiday travels at the Mmabatho Stadium in Mahikeng, South Africa now added to the FGIF album gallery…

Gary reports (via E-Mail): ‘The Mmabatho stadium in Mahikeng has long been on my hit list to visit. Pictures don't really do it justice but it is definitely one of the most wonderful designs for a stadium you will ever see. Alas this marvellous building is soon to be knocked down and replaced so even though there were no matches when I visited I was delighted to get in and get some photos. Special thanks to Jenny at Ashden Lodge (a marvellous place to stay and highly recommended) who pulled the necessary strings and arranged a tour and access to the stadium’.

Wednesday 16th August – Latest Images: Steve HardyCheck out Steve’s superb match day pictures taken at Marshalls (v West Kirby) in the West Cheshire League Division One played on 12/08/17…now added to the FGIF album gallery.

Steve adds (via i-pad): ‘Report and photos from yesterday's West Cheshire league match at Marshalls. If I say so myself, I do like the photo with the Mersey in the background, and the Wirral beyond that! Before this match, I watched Everton U18 v Stoke City U18. Sadly, no photography allowed at Finch Farm so I don't have any pictures to send you of that one’.

Wednesday 16th August – Latest Images: WebEd – View the ground, action and match day pictures from a hop to watch Tiptree Heath (v Belle Vue Social Club) in the Essex & Suffolk Border League Division Two fixture played on 12/08/17…now uploaded to the FGIF album gallery...

Thursday 10th August – TT No.6: Ian Brown – ‘Windle Labour now ply their trade at Bobbies Lane in Eccleston, it is the St Helens College (Bobbies Lane Sports Campus)’.  Read all about Ian’s hop to watch Windle Labour (v Halebank) in the Cheshire Football League Division One fixture played last night…for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18

Thursday 10th August – TT No.5: Steve Hardy ‘I knew that BPW are now sharing their ground with Kettering Town but I had no inkling of the developments that had occurred in the last year’. For his second match Steve takes in Burton Park Wanderers (v Blackstones) in the United Counties League Division One played on 05/08/17…for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


Thursday 10th August – TT No.4: Steve Hardy – ‘Northampton Town’s youth teams play at Moulton College in the village of Moulton. This is a far bigger facility than I first thought with umpteen football and rugby pitches spread over a vast area’. For his first game of the day Steve travels to watch Northampton Town Under 18’s (v Southend United Under 18’s) in the Football League Youth Alliance South East Division played on 05/08/17…for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18

Thursday 10th August – TT No.3: Ian Brown – ‘Castlecary Park is clearly visible from the A75 with Wigtown Bay in the background looking resplendent on this August Saturday afternoon’. For his footy fix Ian travels from Merseyside to watch Creetown (v Heston Rovers) in the South of Scotland League fixture played on 05/08/17…for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18

Thursday 10th August – Latest Images: Steve Hardy Northamptonshire Footy Hopping Double! Don’t miss Steve’s superb match day pictures featuring games attended at: Northampton Town Under 18’s (v Southend United Under 18’s) in the Football League Youth Alliance South East Division and Burton Park Wanderers (v Blackstones) in the United Counties League Division One…both played on 05/08/17… now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery…

Thursday 10th August – Latest Images: WebEdIt’s FA Cup Day. Check out the ground, action and match day pictures from a hop into Kent for an all-Southern Counties East League contest at: Glebe FC (v Lordswood) in the Extra Preliminary Round tie played on 05/08/17… now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery…

Thursday 10th August – Latest Images: WebEdSeason Opener! View the ground, action and match day photos from a local hop to watch Long Melford (v Brantham Athletic) in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division played on 29/07/17… now added to the new FGIF album gallery…

Thursday 10th August – TT No.2: Steve Hardy – ‘More stunning scenery all-round the ground, and I can’t wait for another visit’. For his second game during a holiday stay in North West Wales Steve travels to watch Nantlle Vale (v Meliden) in a Pre-Season Friendly match played on 14/07/17…for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


Thursday 10th August – TT No.1: Steve Hardy – ‘Llanrug’s Eithin Duon ground has an eclectic mix of spectator facilities, with two small, unusable stands each the size of a large dug out behind one goal, and a tea bar along one side of the ground which has a very welcome overhang in front of it…’. For his first game of the new season Steve travels to watch Llanrug United (v Bontnewydd) in a Pre-Season Friendly match played on 14/07/17…for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18

Thursday 10th August – Latest Images: Steve Hardy North West Wales Footy Fest!! Check out the cracking match day pictures featuring an exciting hopping double with matches attended at: Llanrug United (v Bontnewyyd) and Nantlle Vale (v Meliden) both in Pre-Season Friendlies played on 14 and 15/07/17 respectively… now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery…

Steve writes (via a message sent from his i-pad): ‘I have just spent a short holiday in North Wales and saw games at Llanrug and Nantlle Vale. Hope you can use them as some of the photos of the mist filled surrounding hills are super!’.

Thursday 18th May – Latest Images: Mark BembridgeAlberta Magic! View the terrific ground, action and match day photos from a Mark’s hop to watch FC Edmonton (v New York Cosmos) in the North American Soccer League played on 15/07/17… now added to the new FGIF album gallery…

Mark adds (via E-Mail): ‘Photos from FC Edmonton 0 New York Cosmos 1, Saturday 15 July in the NASL - North America Soccer League’.

Thursday 18th May – FGIF Remembers: WebEd – It is with great sadness to learn of the passing of Bob Davies over the summer months following a short illness. Bob, a family man who lived in the Stevenage area, was an avid non-league football follower as well as speedway fanatic. He was also a regular and well respected contributor to our site over many years and would tirelessly send us his latest news, reports, programme info as well as photos from his extensive travels around the south midlands particularly taking in matches in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob (along with his grandson Stephen) on many occasions and always found him to be great company. He was extremely knowledgeable and would make you feel at ease whilst recounting his hopping stories with a great sense of humour. I am sure he will be remembered fondly by all who met him and would like to express, on behalf of everyone connected with FGIF, our deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP Bob you will be greatly missed.

Thursday 18th May – Looking forward to 2017-18: WebEdWelcome back! I hope that you all had a wonderful summer break and are now looking forward to another exciting new football season. I’m sure for many sports fans who like myself have been following the feast of televised sport covering Wimbledon, the Tour de France, Women’s Euros, the Open Golf and the latest World Athletics Championships, it will be nice to get back on the road (or rail) again to watch some football and of course tick off some more new grounds along the way. With so much to look forward to it goes without saying that here at FGIF we would love to share your news, reports and ground pictures. If you have been to see a great game or visited a cracking little ground that you think might interest other fans then please get in touch. From roped off pitches to international stadia it doesn’t matter, you can send us an e-mail, use our exclusive IMS service or even a post a tweet!! On behalf of the FGIF team I hope that you all have a great season wherever you go. Best wishes, Martin.