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Thursday 5th October – Website Update: WebEdApologies to all our readers for the lateness in adding updates to the site. We are currently in the process of moving up to East Yorkshire and as a result I have been unable to spend as much time checking E-Mails and processing the photos, reports etc provided by our terrific team of contributors in the usual way. Despite this, please continue to send us your news and I will endeavour to add it to FGIF when I get chance. Hopefully it won’t be too long before normal service is resumed. In the meantime, thanks for your patience, loyalty and support and have fun wherever you go. Martin    


 


Thursday 5th October – Weblog Update: Simple Pieman - Read all about Steve's hop to watch APOEL U19 (v Tottenham Hotspur U19) in the UEFA Youth League Group Stage tie played on 26/09/17…now uploaded to his excellent Weblog Pie and Mushy Peas at the following link/address shown below: http://pieandmushypeas.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/apoel-u19_26.html


 


Thursday 5th October – TT No.36: Keith AslanSteel City Saunters! Read all about Keith’s inspirational hop to Sheffield for Swallownest (v Glasshoughton) in the Northern Counties East League Division 1 fixture played on 30/09/17… now added to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Thursday 5th October – Latest Images: Gary SpoonerDon’t miss our supremo’s mouth-watering pictures from a terrific North-West footy double featuring Ashton Athletic (v Chorley) in the FA Cup 3Q tie and then on to Daisy Hill (v St Helens Town) in the North-West Counties League Division One…both played on 30/09/17…now added to the FGIF album gallery...


 


Gary reports (via E-Mail on 01/10):The magic of the FA Cup was evident at Ashton Athletic yesterday as a club record crowd of 610 plus the BBC camera (deliberately singular!) attended the tie v Chorley which saw Ashton Athletic in the 3rd qualifying round for the first time in their history. A hard-fought cup tie which took place for a long time in driving rain was witnessed. Ashton were certainly not embarrassed against opponents 3 steps higher in the pyramid though Chorley reached the last qualifying round with a belting goal in the last ten minutes. An excellent start to the day’.


‘After the early KO at Ashton there were plenty of options for my 2nd game. Ashton Town would have been the easy choice but I'd already been there. I chose Daisy Hill on the basis that there would (hopefully) be parking as they generally get low crowds. Yesterday the attendance was 56. One slight hiccup was driving directly past Leigh Centurions (another choice but I'd been there too) who were contesting the million-pound game. The Leigh fans on the way to the ground were in buoyant mood (not so happy afterwards!) but most of the cars had already arrived so it was relatively stress free. I arrived at Daisy Hill just three minutes before KO and was buying a much-needed coffee as the game kicked off.  Despite the fact that it was still raining it was a tremendous afternoon's entertainment.  St Helens raced into a 3-0 lead before Daisy Hill pulled a goal back just before half time. The second half saw the home team pull another goal back and an equaliser looked on the cards. St Helens weathered (literally) the onslaught and then took a 4-2 lead. Daisy Hill scored in the last minute but had no further time to equalise. A cracking game and an excellent day out’.


Thursday 5th October – Latest Images: WebEdView the ground, action and match day photos from Taverham (v Mariners) in the Norfolk Primary Cup First round tie played on 30/09/17…now uploaded to the FGIF album gallery…


 


Thursday 5th October - TT No.35: Brian Buck – Check the tasty hop review following Brian’s trip to watch Team Northumbria (v Durham City) in the Buildbase FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round played on 23/09/17…now added to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Thursday 5th October – TT No.34: Keith AslanLutterworth Loiterings. Find out more about Keith’s hop to watch Lutterworth Town (v Teversal) in the FA Vase 2nd Qualifying round tie played on 23/09/17… now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Thursday 5th October – TT No.33: Steve HardyRead all about Steve’s trip to watch AVRO Reserves (v Stockport Georgians Reserves) in the Manchester Football League Division Three played on 23/09/17…now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Thursday 5th October – Latest Images: Gary SpoonerCome on you Tigers! Our lens-meister brings us plenty of sizzling pictures from Worksop Town (v Kirby Muxloe) in the FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round tie played on 23/09/17…


 


Gary adds (via E-Mail): ‘Magic of the Vase yesterday though not so magical for Kirby Muxloe who got soundly beaten at Worksop. 339 in attendance and the Tigers fans went home very happy indeed. A statement that you no doubt love to hear!’.


 


Thursday 5th October – Latest Images: Steve HardyDon’t miss Steve’s ace photos from a trip to AVRO Reserves (v Stockport Georgians Reserves) in the Manchester Football League Division Three played on 23/09/17…


 


Thursday 5th October – Latest Images: WebEdView the ground, action and match day pictures from Barsham (v First & Last) in the Suffolk Junior Cup 1st Round played on 23/09/17…now added to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Thursday 5th October – TT No.32: Ian Brown – It’s a trip to Belfast for Ian as he takes in Donegal Celtic (v Newington YC) in the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League played on 16/09/17… now added to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Thursday 5th October – TT No.31: Brian Buck – Don’t miss Brian’s match day review from NUFC Oilers (v Crouch End Vampires) in the Southern Amateur League Senior Division 2 played on 16/09/17… now added to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Thursday 5th October – TT No.30: Steve Hardy – Read all about Steve’s trip to Olton Ravens (v Bartley Reds South) in the Birmingham & District League Division 6 played on 24/09/17…now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Thursday 5th October – Latest Images: Gary SpoonerDon’t miss Gary’s mega-pix from a superb Belgian weekend double featuring games in the West Flanders Provincial 1A at: KSV Rumbeke (v KSC Blankenberge) played on 16/09/17 and KRC Waregem (v KFC Varsenare) on 17/09/17…now added to the FGIF album gallery…


 


Gary adds (via E-Mail): ‘Trip to Belgium this weekend which saw us take in 2 games. First game on Saturday night was at KSV Rumbeke. The home side took the lead with an outrageous lob (see pics) only for Blankenberge to equalise before half time. After the break, the visitors were much the better side and eventually ran out 3-1 winners. Admission at Wervikhovestraat was 8 euros to sit, 6 euros to stand and there was a free programme and teamsheet available. Covered seating on one side on the ground with covered terracing on the other. Excellent way to spend a Saturday night’.


 


‘Sunday afternoon saw us at the Mirakelstadion, home of KRC Waregem. No


miracles on this occasion for the home side though it was a very entertaining game. Varsenare took the lead midway through the first half then Waregem equalised just before half-time. An inspired substitution by the home side saw the sub score to put Waregem 2-1 up with around 10 mins to play. Alas, they couldn't hold on and the visitors won it with an 88th minute penalty. Two large seated stand either side of the ground. Admission again 8 euros. No programmes or team sheets were available. Definitely the first time I've ever seen chickens watching the game!’.


 


 


Thursday 5th October – Latest Images: Steve HardyCheck out Steve’s super pictures from a trip to Olton Ravens (v Bartley Reds South) in the Birmingham & District League Division 6 played on 24/09/17…now uploaded to the FGIF album gallery…


 


Thursday 5th October – Latest Images: WebEd – View the ground, action and matchday photos from a hop to watch Longstanton (v Saffron Dynamos) in the Cambs FA Lower Junior Cup played on 16/09/17…now added to the FGIF album gallery…


 


Thursday 14th September – TT No.29: Brian BuckThe pitch was in the middle of a running track, but the view wasn’t that bad.’. Find out all about Brian’s hop to watch AFC Solihull (v Enville Athletic) in the Midland League Division 3 played on 09/09/17 now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 13th September – TT No.28: Keith AslanIn spite of hearing much negativity regarding Blackwell Meadows I liked the place’. Darlington Dawdles. Check out Keith’s frank report following a trip to watch Darlington (v Leamington) in the Conference South fixture played on 09/09/17… for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 13th September – TT No.27: Steve Hardy – ‘No spectator facilities at the pitch, with just a rope down one side to keep the spectator hordes at bay’. Read all about Steve’s inspirational Welsh hop to watch Rhosllanerchrugog (v Penyffordd Lions) in the Welsh Cup 2nd Qualifying Round on 09/09/17… now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 13th September – Latest Images: WebEdA trip back to my roots with a dash to watch Hall Road Rangers (v Gedling Miners Welfare) in the FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round tie played on 09/09/17…now uploaded to the FGIF album gallery…


Wednesday 13th September – Latest Images: Steve HardyDon’t miss Steve’s super footy pictures featuring a couple of holiday hops in the North East with visits to watch Shilbottle Colliery Welfare (v North Sunderland) in the North Northumberland League played on 28/08/17 and Spittal Rovers (Whitley Bay Sporting) in the Northern Alliance Division Two on 30/08/17; followed by Steeton AFC (v Wakefield City) in the West Riding County Amateur League Cup on 02/09/17 and Rhosllanerchrugog (v Penyffordd Lions) in the Welsh Cup 2nd Qualifying Round on 09/09/17…all now added to the FGIF album gallery…


Steve adds (via E-Mail sent on 03/09) re- Steeton: ‘This was one of those visits which restores your faith in this hobby (obsession?) of ours. Stunning scenery, lovely ground and friendly natives, plus an excellent match to boot’ and on 10/09 re - Rhosllanerchrugog: ‘Another top afternoon out for me, despite the terrible weather’.


 


Wednesday 13th September – Latest Images: Gary SpoonerView the awesome match day pictures from Gary’s trips to watch Coventry United (v Worcester City) in the Midland League Premier Division and Kirby Muxloe (v Anstey Nomads) in the FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round tie played on Bank Holiday Monday 28/08/17 and on 09/09/17 respectively…both now added to the FGIF album gallery…


 


Gary writes (via E-Mail on 03/09): ‘A scorching bank holiday Monday saw me at Butts Park Arena (home of Coventry United FC). Bumper crowd of 623 soaking up the sun. Both sides had won 3 from 3 going into this game and a tight first half ended goalless. Second half saw United score 3 to take the spoils’.


…and (on 10/09): ‘A local, local derby for me yesterday. Definitely a game of contrasts both on and off the pitch. I arrived and left in bright sunshine. However, during the game there was a deluge of monsoon proportions! On the pitch Kirby Muxloe dominated the first half to lead 2-0 at the break. Anstey pulled one back second half and looked likely to score an equaliser before a dreadful defensive howler gave Kirby Muxloe a 3rd goal. Still time for Anstey to pull one back to provide a nervy final few minutes for Kirby Muxloe. As usual good entertainment provided by the Vase’.


 


Wednesday 13th September – Latest Images: WebEdCheck out the ground, action and match day images from a hop to watch the high-scoring debut match for Bardwell Sports (v AFC Orwell) in the Suffolk & Ipswich League Division Four fixture played on 02/09/17…now uploaded to the FGIF album gallery…


 


Wednesday 13th September – TT No.26: Brian Buck – ‘I couldn't quite understand why they used the railed off pitch, painted in the club colours of orange and black, furthest from the clubhouse…’. Read all about Brian’s trip to watch Hilton Harriers (v Pinxton) in the Abacus Lighting Central Midlands League Black Dragon South…for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 13th September – TT No.25: Brian Buck – ‘…under their revised name they are playing on the pitch between the clubhouse and the adjacent Hungry Horse’.  Brian watches Worthing Town (v Sidlesham) in the Macron Store Southern Combination League Division 2 played on 19/08/17…for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 13th September – TT No.24: Brian Buck – ‘Overall a good and probably a memorable day out!’. It’s Abbey Hey (v Runcorn Linnets) in the Hallmark Security North West Counties League Premier Division played on 12/08/17 for Brian…for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 13th September – TT No.23: Brian Buck So, this season they will play in the Southern Counties East League’. Brian heads down to Gravesend for Punjab United (v Sporting Khalsa) in a Pre-Season Friendly played on 29/07/17…for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 13th September – TT No.22: Keith Aslan The ground is pleasantly situated with a large car park, railed down one side and a building containing the dressing rooms and grub station’. Our roving report heads to the south coast for Infinity (v Stockbridge) in the Hampshire Premier League fixture played on 02/09/17… for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 13th September – TT No.21: Keith Aslan – ‘Like the rest of Styal the football ground can be summed up as neat and tidy’. One from the end of last season as Keith watches Ford Motors v Pilkington played @ STYAL in the Cheshire League Presidents Cup Final played on 20/05/17… now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 13th September – TT No.20: Steve Hardy – ‘What a super little set up this is!’. It’s a scenic hop for Steve as he takes in Steeton (v Wakefield City) in the West Riding County Amateur League cup played on 02/09/17… now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 13th September – TT No.19: Steve Hardy – ‘It is a delightful village in the middle of nowhere, with the football ground right on the edge of the village. What an excellent set up though’. Steve’s second game takes him to Spittal Rovers (v Whitley Bay Sporting) in the Northern Alliance Division Two on 30/08/17… now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 13th September – TT No.18: Steve Hardy – ‘Not a bad set up at all for the level, with a fully railed off pitch and dressing rooms located in the impressive Community Centre’. Catch up on Steve’s holiday double hop with his first game, a visit to watch Shilbottle Colliery Welfare (v North Sunderland) in the North Northumberland League played on 28/08/17… now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 13th September – Weblog Update: Simple Pieman - Read all about Steve's hop to watch Bath City (v Poole Town) in the Conference South played on 26/08/17…now uploaded to his excellent Weblog Pie and Mushy Peas at the following link/address shown below: http://pieandmushypeas.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/bath-city-fc.html


 


Wednesday 13th September - Weblog Update: Simple Pieman Check out Steve’s hop to watch Forest Green Rovers (v Yeovil Town) in the Football League Division Two fixture played on 19/08/17… now uploaded to his excellent Weblog Pie and Mushy Peas at the following link/address shown below: http://pieandmushypeas.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/forest-green-rovers-fc_19.html


 


Wednesday 30th August – Latest Images: WebEdView the ground, action and match day pictures from a hop to watch Cromer Youth Old Boys (v Erpingham) in the North-East Norfolk League Division One) played on 26/08/17…now added to the FGIF album gallery…


 


Wednesday 30th August – TT No.17: Brian BuckThey are a newly formed and well-organised club who have been elected into the Carmarthenshire League. They will eventually be playing their home games at the Showground, once they get their pitch there sorted’. For his final hop match Brian takes in St Clears Reserves (v FC Carmarthen) in the Clay Shaw Butler Charity Shield played on 26/07/17...for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 30th August – TT No.16: Brian BuckThe ground is railed off on two sides. The players enter the pitch from the middle of the stand, has seating for perhaps 80 spectators’. His fifth hop game sees Brian at Monkton Swifts (v Pembroke Boro) in the Weaver Callan Memorial Trophy Semi Final played on 25/07/17for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 30th August – TT No.15: Brian Buck‘…as this ground is on the top of a hill, the views were spectacular’. For his fourth match Brian attends West Dragons (v Llangwm) in a Friendly played on 24/07/17…for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 30th August – TT No.14: Brian Buck – ‘The ground is railed off and has a small stand, with shallow seating’ For his third game Brian watches Goodwick United (v Llanelli Town) in a Friendly played on 22/07/17… now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 30th August – TT No.13: Brian Buck – ‘the changing rooms here have a sufficiently large overhang, so no one got wet. The game was played out on the training pitch, next to the main ground’. For his second game Brian attends Letterston (v Hundleton) in a Friendly played on 21/07/17… now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


 


Wednesday 30th August – TT No.12: Brian BuckThe game was played out on the training pitch, next to the main ground’. During an extended holiday hop (featuring six matches) Brian takes in Haverfordwest County U19 (v Fishguard Sports played on Haverfordwest County Training Pitch) in a Friendly match on 20/07/17… now uploaded to the Reports page in the TT Index for 2017-18


                                                                                                                                                                 


Wednesday 30th August – TT No.11: Keith Aslan – ‘If you enjoy the aesthetics of a football ground then Immingham Town probably isn't for you, soulless just about sums it up. But it does have impressive brand new changing rooms still with the lingering aroma of fresh paint’. Immingham Itinerary. Keith heads north for a hop to watch Immingham Town (v Sleaford Sports Amateurs) in the Lincolnshire League match played on 19/08/17… for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


Wednesday 30th August – TT No.10: Steve HardyThe ground is fairly basic, with two full sized grass pitches, a good sized changing room block, and a kiddie’s play area next to the limited car park.’. – Read all about Steve’s visit to Leicester Three Lions (v Kibworth Town) played in the Leicester & District League Premier Division on 19/08/17…for more go the Reports page and click on the TT Index for 2017-18


Wednesday 30th August – Latest Images: Gary SpoonerDon’t miss Gary’s awesome match day photos from a trip to Scotland for Pollok (v Kilbirnie Ladeside) in the West Region Super League Premier Division fixture played on 19/08/17… now added to the FGIF album gallery…


Gary adds (via E-Mail): ‘Trip to Glasgow yesterday where I finally got to Newlandsfield Park, home of Pollok FC. Cracking ground that should be on everyone's hit list and a very good game in front of a decent crowd too’.


Wednesday 30th August – Latest Images: WebEdView the ground, action and matchday pictures from a hop to watch Fisher (v Punjab United) in the Southern Counties East League Division One played on 19/08/17…now added to the FGIF album gallery…


Wednesday 30th August – Latest Images: Steve HardyCheck out Steve’s cracking matchday pictures following a hop to watch Leicester Three Lions (v Kibworth Town) in the Leicester & District League Premier Division played on 19/08/17…now uploaded to the FGIF album gallery…


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 10th August – 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 10th August – Latest Images: 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 contributor to our site over many years and would tirelessly send his 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 on many occasions along with his grandson Stephen and always found him to be great company with a wry 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 10th August – Latest Images: 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 some much to look forward 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 be of interest to other fans then please get in touch. From roped off pitch to international stadium it doesn’t matter, you can send us an e-mail, use our 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.