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Monday 31st October - Latest Images: Paul Roth - Don't miss Paul's fantastic selection of matchday pictures taken during the high scoring hop to Hadlow Evolution (v Hawkenbury) in the Kent County League Div 2 East fixture played on 29/10/11...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly... 

Monday 31st October - Programme Review: Mike Latham - View the matchday programme cover scan and info from Cambuslang Rangers (West Region SJFA) v Yoker Athletic in the Scotttish Junior Cup Round 2 played on 29/10/11...added to the PR page for October 2011...

Monday 31st October - History of Darlaston Town FC: Neil Chambers - writes:

'Sir, Back in August you very kindly included a message on your site about the book I was writing on West Midlands League Premier Division Darlaston Town FC.

I am pleased to say I have now completed the book. This contains 220 pages and includes more than 100 photographs and images. It includes a short biography on all 115 players who have palyed for Darlaston and for Football League clubs including Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Wolves, WBA and many others. The book includes details of all playing squads from 1899 to the present as well as many personal stories from many players and family members of players dating back to the 1930s. Other facts included in the book are:
 
1. 5 FA Cup winners have played for them;
2. 2 England Internationals including an England Captain and One Welsh International have also played for them;
3. A former player scored a hat trick against Liverpool in a Division 1 (now Premiership) game;
4. Sir Stanley Matthews, John Charles, Bert Williams and Derek Dougan are just a few of the footballing greats who have played some part in the club's history;
5. The biggest transfer fee received is the equivalent of £42000 today;
6. The biggest ever home gate exceeds 7000;
7. 4 former players have gone on to manage in the Football League;
 
The book is self-financed and costs £7.50 plus £2.26 p&p. I wonder if you would be so kind as to include some publicity for the book on your website. If you want any more information then please email or call. Regards, Neil'.
 
WebEd - For those expressing an interest, Neil can be contacted on: chambers568@btinternet.com 

 

 
Monday 31st October - TT No.83: Paul Roth - 'Evidence of better times is instantaneously purveyed en-arrival at Stade Camille Tisserand, located off the town's southerly main thoroughfare'. Our French correspondent brings us a cracking matchday report and selection of pictures from his hop to Union Sportive Noeuxoise (Nord Pas-de-Calais Seniors Promotion D'Honneur Division) v Union Sportive Littoral Dunkerque in the Coupe de France 6th round tie played yesterday...c'est magnifique mes amies!!

Monday 31st October - TT No.82: Chris Freer - '.... a clash between two of the more colourfully-attired teams (in the league)...'. It's Isthmian League action for Chris as he brings us a beautifully penned report from the Division 1 South fixture at Chipstead (v Corinthian Casuals) played on29/10/11...you'll agree it's impressive stuff!

Monday 31st October - TT No.81: Justin Holmes - 'The ground is remarkably impressive, and would not look out of place at least in the Ryman League Premier Division, although it also has to be said that it is not particularly attractive and has little character'. Our intrepid hopper takes in the mid table Eastern Counties League Div 1 fixture at Emerald Park, home of Gorleston (v Hadleigh United) v Hadleigh United played on 29/10/11...check out his excellent review here...

Monday 31st October - TT No.80: Rob Campion - 'Genesis use the back pitch with Loughborough United the front one'. Rob takes in the Leics Intermediate up Round 2 tie at Genesis (North Leicestershire League) v Houghton Rangers (Leicester & District League) played on 29/10/11...read his ace report with pictures here...to find out more about Rob's travels go to his excellent weblog All Roads Lead Somewhere by clicking on the following link: http://www.rambler77.net/ 

Monday 31st October - TT No.79: Mike Latham - 'Cambuslang Rangers are one of the oldest and most famous of Scottish Junior clubs; formed in 1899 they play at Somervell Park, a wonderfully atmospheric old stadium which has seen many famous matches in the past'. It's Scottish Junior Cup action for Mike as he attends the second round tie at Cambuslang Rangers (West Region SJFA) v Yoker Athletic played on 29/10/11....top notch stuff!

Monday 31st October - Latest Images: Paul Roth - French Cup fever! Check out Paul's inspirational matchday photos from Union Sportive Noeuxoise (Nord Pas-de-Calais Seniors Promotion D'Honneur Division) v Union Sportive Littoral Dunkerque in the Coupe de France 6th round tie played yesterday...now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly...

Monday 31st October - R No.16: WebEd - Match report and photos from the Norfolk Junior Cup 3rd round tie at Norton Athletic (Lowestoft & District League Div 1) v Terrington SC played on 29/10/11...now uploaded to the Ramblings Stats Index 2011-12... 

Sunday 30th October - Latest Images: Leon Gladwell - Check out the latest ground, action and matchday images from a local hop to Norwich CEYMS (v Corton) in the Anglian Combination League Division 1 played yesterday...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...LL review to follow shortly...

Sunday 30th October - Latest Images: Leon Gladwell - View the very best matchday photos from Leon's recent Spanish Hop covering matches at Malaga CF (v Real Madrid) in the Primera Div; Arenas de Armilla (v UD San Pedro) in the Tercera Division Grupo 9 (Andalucia y Melilla) and Granada CF (v Barcelona) in the Primera Div played on 22/23 & 25/10/11 respectively...all now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...LL reviews to follow shortly... 

Sunday 30th October - R Nos.12 and 15: WebEd - It's an Anglian Combination Special! Read the matchday reports (including photos) from Redgrave Rangers (v Hoveton Wherrymen) in the Anglian Combination League Div 4 played on 01/10/11 and CNSOBU (Anglian Combination League Div 6) v Hoveton Wherrymen in the ACL Cyril Ballyn Cup on 22/10/11...both added to the Ramblings Stats Index 2011-12...

Sunday 30th October - Latest Images: Justin Holmes - Eastern Promise! Justin brings us a superb selection of matchday photos from Gorleston (v Hadleigh United) in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division fixture played yesterday...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow...

Sunday 30th October - Latest Images: Gary Spooner - It's Midland Combination League football for Gary as he brings us loads of cracking pictures from the Second Division fixture at Barton United (v Young Warriors) played yesterday...now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...

Sunday 30th October - Latest Images: Mike Latham - Check out Mike's inspirational ground, action and matchday images from a trip to Cambuslang Rangers (West Region SJFA) v Yoker Athletic in the Scottish Junior Cup 2nd round tie played yesterday...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly...

Sunday 30th October - Latest Images: Rob Campion - View Rob's terrific batch of matchday pictures taken at Genesis FC (North Leicestershire League) v Houghton Rangers (Leicester & District League) in the Leicestershire Intermediate Cup 2nd round tie played yesterday...all now added to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly... 

Sunday 30th October - Latest Images: Bob Davies - It's Cambridgeshire County League action for Bob as he brings us a cracking selection of matchday pictures from a hop to Linton Granta (v Littleport Town) in the Premier Division fixture played yesterday...all now added to the new FGIF album gallery...

Bob writes (via E-Mail): 'With the unseasonal mild weather continuing decided to tick off another Kershaw Cambridgeshire League club. Promoted to the Premier Division this season were Linton Granta and there game against Littleport Town was my choice for Saturday. They play on the recreation ground next to the college, using the pavilion for the dressing rooms and refreshments. I was surprised to see such good support for the side as by kick off there were about 70 spectators present around the roped off pitch. The game finished with a 1-0 score line to the home side but despite the lack of goals it was tight but entertaining afternoon.

The big surprise of the afternoon was that Linton have now joined the small band of programme issuers in this League. A 16 page programme was available from the pavilion before the game and sold around the ground during the first half. It also doubles as a raffle ticket with a lucky number on the cover, this is drawn at half time. This particular issue sold out with one circuit of the ground! (50 copies) so I was told. I'll scan the cover and send it in during next week'.

Sunday 30th October - Latest Images: Andy Gallon - It's the thrill of the egg chase for Andy as he takes in the National League One fixture at Blaydon RUFC (v Jersey) played yesterday...now added to the Rugby Union album in the new FGIF gallery...

Andy comments (via E-Mail): 'Having to stay relatively local meant a choice of rugby union at Blaydon or Central Midlands League football at FC05 Bilsthorpe. And the kick and clap got the nod. Not a great decision, it turned out. Blaydon lost 12-6 to Jersey in a desperately poor National League One fixture at Crow Trees. The Channel Islanders scored two tries to nil, the second coming five minutes from time and clinching victory, just when it looked as though the half-time score of 6-5 would remain unchanged. The ground (in Swalwell rather than Blaydon) at least made the trip worthwhile. Its corrugated iron grandstand with wooden bench seats and grass covered terracing are the sort of artefacts disappearing from football. They make quite a contrast to the huge clubhouse, opened in 1996, and about 200 yards from the main pitch, which is railed off and floodlit. Surely, it has to be football next week?!'.

Sunday 30th October - Latest Images: WebEd - View the ground, action and matchday images from the Norfolk Junior Cup 3rd round tie at Norton Athletic (Lowestoft & District League Div 1) v Terrington SC played yesterday...now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...

Sunday 30th October - Programme Reviews: Bob Davies - Our star contributor brings us his fifth programme offering this season with cover scans and info from: Barking (Essex Senior League) v Potton United (FA Vase 2Q) played on 24/09/11; Northampton Sileby Rangers (UCL Div 1) v Potton United on 08/10/11; Haverhill Rovers (ECL Premier Div) v Brantham Athletic on 15/10/11; St Josephs (Luton) v Crawley Green (Sunday) (FA Sunday Cup) on 16/10/11; Broxbourne Borough v Amersham Town (SSML Challenge Trophy) on 18/10/11; St Peters (HSCL) v Met Police (Bushey) (HSCL Aubrey Cup) on 19/10/11; Loughborough University (Midland Alliance) v Godmanchester Rovers (FA Vase Round 1) on 22/10/11 and Olney Town (United Counties League Div 1) v Potton United on 22/10/11...all now added to the PR page for October...

Sunday 30th October - Programme Review: Mike Latham - Check out Mike's latest cover scan and info featuring: Penyffordd (Welsh Nat Lge Wrexham Prem Div) v Coedpoeth United played on 22/10/11...now uploaded to the PR page for October...

Sunday 30th October - TT No.78: Paul Roth - 'In an attempt to rekindle some of the former magic, I thought it might be fun to give the Old Lady another whirl'. It's a magnificent FA Vase trip down memory lane. You'll really enjoy reading Paul's superb report (with photos) from a 1st round FA Vase trip to Ellistown (East Midlands Counties League) v Peterborough Northern Star played on 22/10/11...

Tuesday 25th October - Latest Images: Paul Roth - View these terrific ground, action and matchday images from Ellistown (East Midlands Counties League) v Peterborough Northern Star in the FA Vase 1st Round tie played on 22/10/11...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly...

Tuesday 25th October - TT No.77: Chris Freer - 'The ground smacks of more than a century of occupancy with evidence of much sticking plaster being applied as time has ticked by'. Chris brings us a magical report from his hop to Ochilview for Stenhousemuir (v Brechin City) in the Scottish Football League Division 2 fixture played on 22/10/11...to discover further football travels log on to Chris' ace weblog 300 Grounds And Counting by using this link: http://flynn123.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 25th October - TT No.76: Rob Campion - 'On site there is a spacious clubhouse with the pitch having a stand straddling the half line on the far side, with the dugouts sitting in front of it'. It's Central Midlands League action for Rob as he attends the South Div fixture at Clifton (v AFC Hucknall) played on 22/10/11...check out his ace report and pictures...to read more about Rob's travels go to his excellent weblog All Roads Lead Somewhere by clicking on the following link: http://www.rambler77.net/

Tuesday 25th October - TT No.75: Mike Latham - 'The main ground itself, bordered by trees, with splendid dug-outs and surrounded by a post-and-rail fence is testimony to the hard work of the club officials over the summer; they have transformed the site in just a few months'. Mike takes in the important new ground opening match at Penyffordd (v Coedpoeth United) in the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division played on 22/10/11...don't miss the superb matchday report and photos...

Tuesday 25th October - Latest Programme News: Graeme Askham - Details from Annan Athletic v Elgin City (Scottish Football League Div 3) on 15/10/11 and Whitehaven Amateur v Morpeth Town (Northern League Div 2) on 22/10/11 now added to the Programme News page. 

Monday 24th October - Latest Images: Gary Spooner - It's FA Vase action for Gary as he attends the Second Round fixture at Norton United (North West Counties League Div 1) v Heath Hayes played on 22/10/11... now added to the new FGIF album gallery...

Monday 24th October - Latest Images: Gary Spooner - Wow!! Check out these superb ground photos taken at both the Zoo Stadion, home of Wuppertaler SV Borrusia (Regionalliga West) and at the Signal Iduna Park, home of Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga 1) during his recent German trip...now added to the new FGIF gallery...pixel perfection!  

Gary notes (via E-Mail): 'Whilst in the region I couldn't pass up the opportunity of travelling again on the Schwebebahn - a fantastic hanging railway that rides high above the traffic, streets and river in Wuppertal. One of the stops along the line is Zoo Stadion, home of Wuppertaler SV Borrusia, another fantastic stadium with lots of terracing. I have now visited the stadium a few times but have yet to see a game there, something that I must rectify in the not too distant future'.

'It was raining like a wet weekend in Glasgow on Tuesday so we decided to escape the downpour by taking a tour of the Signal Iduna, home of Borussia Dortmund. Cost was 6 euros each and the tour lasted about an hour and a half. It was conducted by former Dortmund and Germany captain Aki Schmidt who gave everybody a signed photo at the end. Following the tour we went up to the top of the Dortmund Tower from where the aerial pictures were taken. Due to the wind and rain it was not a pleasant experience!'

Monday 24th October - Latest Images: Mandy Spooner - German Special! You'll really love Mandy's creative sephia and black and white matchday photos captured on a visit to Westphalia Herne FC (v Schwarz Weiss Essen (NRW Liga) on 16/10/11...now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...nice one Mandy! 

Monday 24th October - Latest Images: Gary Spooner - German JPEGs!! Check out Gary's mouth-watering selection of ground, action and matchday pictures from the following matches: Borussia Monchengladbach (v Bayer 04 Leverkusen) in the Bundesliga 1 played on 15/10/11 and Westphalia Herne (v Schwarz Weiss Essen (NRW Liga) on 16/10/11...both now added to the new FGIF album gallery...

Gary writes (via -Mail): 'The first part of our German trip saw us travelling to Monchengladbach. Tickets had been acquired via the internet and arrived just three days after booking. A big advantage of having tickets posted is that they give you free train travel to and from the game from anywhere within the VRR region. For ourselves this meant a free return from Dortmund. From Monchengladbach (or Rheydt) station there are free shuttlebuses (and lots of them) to the ground. On entrance to the ground a FREE excellent 104 page A4 programme is given out. Food and drink are plentily available and you can pay by cash, unlike a lot of other German stadiums where a card system is used. Afterwards, despite the masses, the shuttlebus service was superbly organised and we were back at the station within 40 minutes of the game ending'.

'Westphalia Herne had been on my hitlist for a long time. I was not dissapointed! Capacity is listed as 32,000 with 4,500 seats. That means 27,500 capacity of fantastic terracing! The stand is impressive as well. Admission was 7 euros for myself and 5 euros for Mandy. 12 page A4 programme was 50 cents. Club shop inside ground sold lots of souvenirs including metal pin badges and a wonderful set of postcards from 1959 showing the ground with over 30,000 inside. These are also available online on the club website at http://www.westfalia-herne.de/. The photos don't really do the ground justice - it was stunning and would be greatly appreciated by anyone who loves what I call "proper" football grounds'!

WebEd - Can I take the opportunity to thank Gary (and Mandy) for the magnificent photos contributed from their recent trip to Germany...die Bilder sind absolut brillant!!      

Monday 24th October - Latest Images: Bob Davies - Check out Bob's ace selection of matchday images from the United Counties League Div 1 clash at Olney Town (v Potton United) played on 22/10/11...all now added to the new FGIF album gallery...

Bob adds (via E-Mail): 'On Saturday I visited Olney Town for the visit of Potton United. With Olney sitting in second place and unbeaten facing a Potton side just one place of the bottom and without a League win all season the odds would have been on a home win. However sometimes it doesn't go to plan and Potton romped to a deserved 3-0 win. Funny game football, that's what makes it worth watching'.

Monday 24th October - Latest Images: Rob Campion - View Rob's superb photos from a visit to Clifton (v AFC Hucknall) in the Central Midlands League South Div played on 22/10/11...now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly...  

Monday 24th October - Latest Images: Mike Latham - Don't miss Mike's superb matchday images from his hop to watch Penyffordd (v Coedpoeth United) in the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division fixture played on 22/10/11...now uploaded to the FGIF album gallery...TT to follow... 

Monday 24th October - Latest Images: WebEd - View the ground, action and matchday images from a hop to CNSOBU (v Hemsby) in the Anglian Combination League Cyril Ballyn Cup Round 2 played on 22/10/11...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...

Monday 24th October - Latest Images: Andy Gallon - Check out the latest terrific matchday photos from a trip to watch Roundhegians RUFC v Bramley Phoenix (Yorkshire Three) played on 22/10/11...now added to the Rugby Union album in the new FGIF gallery...

Andy writes (via E-Mail): 'With a view to keeping down travel costs, I plumped for rugby union again today. Roundhegians RUFC, from the affluent Leeds suburb of Roundhay, are just 24 miles from home, and therefore an easy 'tick'. The club, founded in 1926, have just resumed programme production, and with The Memorial Ground staging a top versus second fixture in Yorkshire Three, it was an ideal opportunity to get them out of the way. Roundhegians led 17-0 after 15 minutes and 23-6 at half-time. But opponents and Leeds rivals Bramley Phoenix hit back strongly in the second half, closing the gap to 23-16 before going down 33-26 in front of 90 (h/c) spectators on a gloriously sunny afternoon. In an entertaining encounter, Roundhegians scored four tries to two. The Memorial Ground is named after the 88 Roundhegians players killed during the Second World War. In a touching gesture, the club planted the same number of trees around the ground, which is an extremely pleasant two-pitch venue, albeit lacking cover. The programme ("nowt special", I was warned) turned out to be a simple four-pager. Nicely done, though, and of course far better than nothing'.

Thursday 20th October - Anglian Combination League News: Gyles Basey-Fisher - writes: 'You might not be aware that Sprowston Wanderers (Div 2) have now moved to Thorpe School, Laundry Lane, Norwich NR7 0XS and newcomers Hingham Athletic (Div 6) have moved their pitch to the far end of the complex, not something that bothers me, but some do like to do the pitch rather than the complex...'

Thursday 20th October - Latest Programme News: Keith Aslan - Our programme chasing expert brings us the latest news covering another selection of clubs currently issuing on his travels...go to the Programme News page link above for more...

Thursday 20th October - Programme Reviews: Leon Gladwell -View three programme cover scans from the recent HL Hop featuring the following matches: Carterton (Hellenic League Div 1 West) v Lydney Town; Clanfield 85 (Hellenic League Div 1 West) v Tytherington Rocks and Kidlington (Hellenic League Prem Div) v Ardley United all played on 08/10/11...all now added to the PR page for October 2011...

Thursday 20th October - Programme Reviews: Mark Farnell - Check out the latest programme cover scans and details from Mark's recent games at: Darlaston Town (West Mids Regional League) v Pegasus Juniors played on 15/10/11; Desborough Town (United Counties League Prem Div) v Thrapston on 08/10/11 and Eccleshall (North West Counties League Div 1) v Irlam on 01/10/11...all now added to the PR page for October 2011...

Thursday 20th October - Programme Review: Simple Pieman - View the cover scan and details from Steve's visit to Morecambe (Football League Div 2) v AFC Wimbledon played on 08/10/11...now uploaded to the PR page for October 2011...

Thursday 20th October - Programme Review: Andy Gallon - Andy brings us the latest cover scan and details from a local hop to York City (Conference Premier) v Cambridge United played on 18/10/11...now uploaded to the PR page for October 2011...

Wednesday 19th October - TT No.74: Justin Holmes - 'In keeping with every ground in Luxembourg I have visited, it is extremely neat and tidy'. Justin rounds off his hopping weekend off with a trip to watch UN Kšerjťng 97 (v CS Fola Esch) in the Luxembourg Div Nationale also played on 16/10/11...a lovely report containing essential matchday pix... 

Wednesday 19th October - TT No.73: Justin Holmes - ''. For his second game in his busy hopping weekend Justin takes in the Luxembourg Div Nationale ficture at FC Differdange 03 (v F91 Dudelange) played on 16/10/11...a superb review including terrific photos...

Wednesday 19th October - TT No.72: Justin Holmes - '...without having any kind of "wow" factor, it is a very pleasant venue to watch football at'. Our roving reporter brings us a cracking report and photos from his first game in a three match hopping weekend in Luxembourg with a visit to Racing FC Union Luxembourg (v Union 05 FC Kayl-Tťtange) in the Luxembourg Division Nationale played on 15/10/11...top notch stuff!

Wednesday 19th October - TT No.71: Paul Roth - 'Yes, the ground is equipped with a large grandstand, has an abundance of poplar trees surrounding it and is railed in entirety; but it's just too lower-league French for my liking; there's just nothing there that sets the pulse racing'. Check out Paul's magnificent matchday report and photos from his trip to watch Sporting Club Bailleulois (v Omni Sport Airois) in the French Coupe de France 5th Round 5 tie played on 16/10/11...tres bien! 

Wednesday 19th October - LL No.16: Leon Gladwell - Check out the matchday photos and review from Leon's hop to AFC Hoxne (Suffolk & Ipswich League Div 3) v Stradbroke United in the Suffolk Junior Cup Round 2 played on 15/10/11...now added to the LL Index 2011-12...

Wednesday 19th October - Latest Images: Justin Holmes - A terrific Luxembourg treble! Justin brings us the very best ground, action and matchday pictures from an exciting hopping weekend featuring three Luxembourg Division Nationale matches at: Racing FC Union Luxembourg (v Union 05 FC Kayl-Tťtange) played on 15/10/11 and FC Differdange 03 (v F91 Dudelange) and UN Kšerjťng 97 (v CS Fola Esch) both on 16/10/11...all now added to the new FGIF album gallery...pixel paradise!   

Wednesday 19th October - R Nos.13 & 14: WebEd - Report and photos from Newmarket Town (v Felixstowe and Walton in the Eastern Counties League Premier Div played on 08/10/11 and Mutford & Wrentham (Lowestoft & District League Div 1) v Waveney in the Suffolk Junior Cup Round 2 on 15/10/11 both added to the Ramblings Stats Index 2011-12...

Wednesday 19th October - Latest Images: Paul Roth - View Paul's superb ground, action and matchday photos from  Sporting Club Bailleulois (v Omni Sport Airois) in the French Coupe de France 5th Round 5 tie played on 16/10/11...now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly... 

Monday 17th October - TT No.70: Paul Roth - 'Its Disney-esque structure also provides us groundhoppers with what must be one of the most unique venues - and backdrops - anywhere on the non-league circuit'. Paul brings us a fascinating report from his hop to watch Guru Nanak (v Sevenoaks) in the Kent League Div 2 East fixture played on 15/10/11...top notch stuff! 

Monday 17th October - TT No.69: Chris Freer - 'Chadfields, despite being situated on the outskirts of town, is a venue with quite a bit of history, going back to just after the Second World War'. Chris ticks off another Isthmian League ground with a visit to watch Tilbury (v Waltham Abbey) in a Division 1 North fixture played on 15/10/11...a superb summary...expertly planned!! 

Monday 17th October - TT No.68: Mike Latham - 'Just about the best game I've seen in Scotland, and that's saying a lot; simply outstanding'. Check out Mike's excellent inspirational review from his visit to Forth Wanderers (West Region of SJFA) v Lesmahagow Juniors (West of Scotland Cup Rd1) played on 15/10/11...complete with matchday pictures it's a cracking read! 

Monday 17th October - Bangor City FC Update: Huw Pritchard - writes:

'You probably know that Bangor City FC will be leaving its famous Farrar Road stadium in early 2012 to take up new residence at Nantporth, a brand new ground under development on the banks of the Menai Straits outside the city centre. 

Farrar Road has been the home of Bangor City for nearly 100 years, and has played host to many famous matches, including of course, Cityís memorable European games against continental giants such as Napoli and Atletico Madrid.

 

Groundhoppers wanting a last look at Farrar Road on matchday should check our official website http://www.bangorcityfc.com/index.php?p=ac218670.0.2.1 for details of upcoming first team and reserve matches.

 

We also have an exclusive aerial view of the stadium on sale for just £2.00. You can buy this from the Club Shop on matchdays, or online here

 

Please pass this message on to other Club historians, groundhoppers etc.

 

Regards, Huw Pritchard, Media Officer Bangor City FC - Tel - 07896 861 661;

Web - www.bangorcityfc.com; Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/bangorcityfc

 

Monday 17th October - Latest Images: Bob Davies - For his second game of the weekend Bob takes in the FA Sunday Cup 1st round tie at St Josephs (Luton) v Crawley Green (Sunday) played yesterday at Biggleswade United FC...view all the essential matchday images...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...

Bob writes (via E-Mail): 'Today (sunday) saw the first round of this seasons F.A. Sunday Cup. Plenty of matches around the area but my chosen game was St Josephs F.C. (Luton) v Crawley Green Sunday played at Biggleswade United's Second Meadow ground. St Joseph's (Luton) have been five times finalist in this competition winning it first in 1995 and retaining the trophy in 1996. Two more finals have seen them defeated on penalties and one defeat in normal time against Hetton Lyons Cricket Club in a match played at Anfield.

Todays game was very closely contested and the Crawley Green were unfortunate to lose the their goal keeper through injury half way through the first half. The visitors fell behind five minutes before the break when Talibi opened his account for the afternoon. Talibi scored again just a minute into the second period and St Joseph's thought they were on there way through. Crawley Green almost immediatley made a couple of substitutions and changed the formation which began to put a lot of pressure on the home side. They were rewarded when Danny Swan got clear of the defence and slotted on sixty four minutes. All square on seventy three when a Mark Bunker free kick caused the home keeper all sorts of problems ended up in the back of the net. Just when the tie looked to be heading for extra time the man Talibi was in the right place to score the winner and complete his hat trick. Entertaining afternoon for the spectators and is this the begining of another long run in this competition for St Joseph's. Pictures from the game attached'.

Monday 17th October - Latest Images: Paul Roth - You'll love Paul's stunning matchday photos from a trip to watch the Kent League Div 2 East fixture at Guru Nanak (v Sevenoaks) played on 15/10/11...now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly...

Monday 17th October - Latest Images: Leon Gladwell - It's Suffolk FA Junior Cup action for Leon as he attends the all-Suffolk & Ipswich League 1st round tie at AFC Hoxne (Div 3) v Stradbroke United played on 15/10/11...now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...Leon's Lens summary covering this game to follow shortly... 

Monday 17th October - Latest Images: Bob Davies - Don't miss Bob's excellent matchday photos from a hop to Haverhill Rovers (v Brantham) in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division fixture played on 15/10/11...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...

Bob reports (via E-Mail): 'Please find attached first set of photos from trip to Haverhill Rovers yesterday (Saturday)afternoon. Brantham Athletic were the visitors and they played a fairly relaxed game to achieve a comfortable 3-0 victory against the hosts'.

Monday 17th October - Latest Images: Mike Latham - Check out Mike's latest superb matchday photos following a visit to Forth Wanderers (West Region of SJFA) v Lesmahagow Juniors (West of Scotland Cup Rd1) played on 15/10/11...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly...

Monday 17th October - Latest Images: WebEd - View the latest ground, action and matchday photos from a visit to Mutford & Wrentham (Lwestoft & District League Div 1) v Waveney in the Suffolk FA Junior Cup Round 2 played on 15/10/11...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...

Monday 17th October - Latest Images: Andy Gallon - A bit more egg-chasing...don't miss out on Andy's superb matchday pictures from a visit to Acklam RUFC (v Darlington) in the Durham Northumberland League Div 1 played on 15/10/11...the Rugby Union album in the new FGIF gallery...

Andy reports (via E-Mail): '...yesterday was so glorious (even this far north), I simply couldn't pass up the opportunity of an autumn morning walk in beautiful Coverdale (between Middleham and Kettlewell). Finishing after noon didn't leave a great deal of time to find a new 'tick', so I opted for rugby union (again!). On back roads, it took an hour and a half to reach the southern suburbs of Middlesbrough for Acklam's Durham Northumberland Division One game with promotion favourites Darlington at Talbot Park. Minimal ground facilities (club house, one side barriered with hardstanding, no cover, no lights), but amazing views south to the industrial Teesside skyline. Note the Tees Transporter Bridge! Darlington led 12-3 at half-time, and won 24-11 in front of 105 (h/c) spectators, scoring four tries to one. Admission was free, with a basic eight-page programme selling for £1'.

Thursday 13th October - Latest Programme News: Steve Hardy - Check out Steve's latest programme addition following a visit to the JW Hunt cup fixture between Rugeley Rangers and Shenstone Pathfinder played last night (the 12th October)...go to the Programme News page for more...also added to the Latest News section of Steve's UKNLPD...

Thursday 13th October - Latest Images: Mike Latham - Just uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery! View a a superb selection of photos from Mike's hop to Montgomery Town (v Rhayader) in the Spar Mid Wales League Div 1 fixture played on 08/10/11...also added to his matchday TT report covering the game... 

Thursday 13th October - Weblog Update: Simple Pieman - Read the very latest news from the excellent Pie and Mushy Peas blog...with a report and photos from Morecambe (Football League Div 2) v AFC Wimbledon played on 10/10/11...for more go to: http://pieandmushypeas.blogspot.com/2011/10/morecambe-fc.html

Tuesday 11th October - TT No.67: Paul Roth - 'Stade Amour Sergent, the home of newly-promoted Le Portel Stade, is set on a spectacular promontory atop the cliffs and beach, a few metres out of the town centre, and is an absolute delight'. Check out Paul's latest report and photos following his hop to Le Portel Stade (v Aulnoye) in the Nord Pas-de-Calais Seniors D'Honneur Div fixture played on 09/10/11...c'est magnifique!!

Tuesday 11th October - Latest Images: Paul Roth - Hot off the Lens! View Paul's superb matchday photos from Le Portel Stade (v Aulnoye) in the Nord Pas-de-Calais Seniors D'Honneur Div fixture played on 09/10/11...now added to the new FGIF gallery...TT to follow... 

Monday 10th October - LL Nos.13, 14 & 15: Leon Gladwell - Hopping Mad! View the latest LL reviews covering ssential matchday photos and stats from Carterton (v Lydney Town) and Clanfield 85 (v Tytherington Rocks) both in the Division 1 West and Kidlington (v Ardley United) in the Premier Division all played on 08/10/11.. . now added to the Leon's Lens Index 2011-12...it's top of the Hops!!

Monday 10th October - TT No.66: Chris Freer - 'The stadium boasts a decent pitch, and a couple of fairly small but smart stands'. Chris brings us his latest review following a hop to Bedfont Town (v Romford) in the FA Trophy Preliminary round tie played on 08/10/11...as always it's a terrific read...to discover further football travels log on to Chris' ace weblog 300 Grounds And Counting by using this link: http://flynn123.wordpress.com/

Monday 10th October - TT No.65: Justin Holmes - 'Typically for a club in the Mid Sussex League, there are no spectator facilities and the pitch, which is bobbly, has a pronounced slope and undulates considerably, is not roped or railed off'. It's Sussex Intermediate Cup 2nd round action for Justin with a visit to Jarvis Brook (Mid Sussex League Premier Div) v Willingdon Athletic played on 08/10/11...complete with matchday pictures it's a superb report...

Monday 10th October - TT No.64: Bob Davies - '(An) impressive ground for this level, with a 200 hundred seater stand sandwiched between two sections of standing cover'. Bob brings us a terrific matchday report (with pictures) from his visit to Northampton Sileby Rangers (v Potton United played on 08/10/11...not to be missed! 

Monday 10th October - TT No.63: Mike Latham - 'With beautiful sweeping views across to the parish church, the ruins of the castle and wooded slopes the ground is set in a stunning location and the playing area is beautifully kept'. Mike takes in the Spar Mid Wales League Div 1 fixture at Montgomery Town (v Rhayader) played on 08/10/11...a cracking read from a cracking hop! 

Monday 10th October - Latest Images: Leon Gladwell - Three in a Day Hoppertunity!! Leon takes advantage of the official Hellenic League Hop to bring some superb matchday photos from matches featuring Carterton (v Lydney Town) and Clanfield 85 (v Tytherington Rocks) both in the Division 1 West and Kidlington (v Ardley United) in the Premier Division all played on 08/10/11...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...LL reviews covering all games to follow shortly...  

Monday 10th October - Latest Images: Justin Holmes - After several long trips lately Justin decides to stay local this weekend as he attends the Sussex Intermediate Cup 2nd round tie at Jarvis Brook (Mid Sussex League Premier Div) v Willingdon Athletic played on 08/10/11...view all his matchday pictures now added to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly...

Monday 10th October - Latest Images: Gary Spooner - Our lens master brings us the very best ground, action and matchday photos from a hop to Burton Park Wanderers (v Buckingham Town) in the United Counties League Division 1...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...

Monday 10th October - Latest Images: Bob Davies - Check out Bob's latest matchday images from a hop to Northampton Sileby Rangers (v Potton United) in the United Counties League Div 1 played on 08/10/11...now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly... 

Monday 10th October - Latest Images: WebEd - View the latest ground, action and matchday photos from a visit to Newmarket Town (v Felixstowe & Walton) in the Eastern Counties League Prem Div fixture played on 08/10/11...all now uploaded to the ne FGIF album gallery...

WebEd - Car problems on Saturday scuppered any chances of a new ground visit at Hopton FC in a Norfolk Junior Cup tie ...a suspected damaged clutch saw the Wraymobile sadly come to a standstill on the A11 a few miles outside Thetford...after being towed back to our garage in racing HQ by a kind AA man it allowed us just enough time to walk up to Cricketfield Road for an enforced re-visit...a decent ECL Premier Division game saw the Jockeys record only their second win of the season against fellow basement side Felixstowe...every cloud and all that...hopefully with eyes focused on Suffolk Junior Cup action normal service can be resumed this coming weekend!!

Monday 10th October - Latest Images: Andy Gallon - This week egg-chasing Andy takes in the Durham Northumberland League Div 1 fixture at Hartlepool Rovers RUFC (v Gosforth) at The New Friarage played on 08/10/11...don't miss all the mouth-watering matchday pictures...now added to the Rugby Union album in the new FGIF gallery...

Andy writes (via E-Mail): '...it was rugby union again for me yesterday, albeit a superb ground I've wanted to visit for many years. Hartlepool Rovers were, until the 1970s, one of the North's stronger union clubs, and the facilities (two stands, terracing and floodlights) at The New Friarage reflect their former status. Constant mizzle meant attempting general ground pics was fairly pointless, but I did, from the sanctuary of the West View Road cover, manage some half-decent action shots. In front of a crowd of 140 (h/c), Rovers beat Gosforth 26-3 in a Durham Northumberland Division One fixture. Admission was £3 and included a 20-page programme. This was a colour, glossy shell of 12 pages with an eight-page photocopied insert carrying details relevant to the game'.

Thursday 6th October - DJJ No.35: Dave DJ Johnston - Check out the latest 'DJ Jottings' following a hopping trip to Albania on the weekend 15, 16 & 17 pril 2011...featuring the following clubs/grounds...FK Tirana, Dinamo Tirana and KS Kastrioti Kruje (all Kategoria Superiore); Erzeni Shijak (Third Tier) and Teuta Durres (U19 competition)...complete with some stunning ground photos (also added to the new FGIF album gallery), it's a terrific read...go to the DJJ Index tab for more...

Thursday 6th October - Latest Programme News: Graeme Askham - Find out the important programme details from Graeme's trip to Penycae (v Buckley Town) in the Cymru Alliance fixture played on 27/08/11...now added to the Programme News page 2011-12...
  

Tuesday 4th October - TT No.62: Justin Holmes - 'Views are excellent and obstructed from everywhere in the stadium, and with the whole stadium wrapped closely to the pitch, it is a very good arena to watch football in'. Our super hopper brings us his latest report following a trip to Sweden for the Allsvenskan fixture at IFK Gothenburg (v Mjšllby AIF) played on 01/10/11...complete with mouth-watering matchday images it's a terrific read...

Tuesday 4th October - LL Nos.11 & 12: Leon Gladwell - Our lens master brings us the latest matchday images and info from his Middlesex Saturday Double Hop featuring games at South Kilburn (v Guernsey) in the Combined Counties League Div 1 and Rayners Lane (Hellenic League Div 1 East) v Clanfield 85 in the Hellenic League Cup Round 1 both played on 01/10/11...now added to the Leons Lens Index 2011-12..

Tuesday 4th October - Weblog Up date: Shaun Smith - It's Football League Division 2 action for Shaun. Check out the latest update on Shaun's excellent weblog: The 100 Football Grounds Club...with a visit to Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town played on 01/10/11...for more go to: http://100groundsclub.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-matchday-297-memorial-stadium.html

Tuesday 4th October - Weblog Update: Richard Bysouth -View all the matchday words and photos from a visit to Stoke City (v Tottenham Hotspur) in the Carling Cup Round 3 fixture played on 20/09/11...to find out more go to his excellent blog Flysouth Bysouth by clicking on the link shown below:
http://flysouthbysouth.blogspot.com/#!/2011/09/stoke-city-fc.html.

Tuesday 4th October - Latest Images: Justin Holmes - Check out the superb matchday images from IFK Gothenburg (v Mjšllby AIF) in the Swedish Allsvenskan played on 01/10/11...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly...

Monday 3rd October - TT No.61: Paul Roth - '...the visitor...would have no sense of what lays hidden behind the rows of terraced houses situated along the northern part of that thoroughfare'. Paul brings us a terrific report and pictures from a local trip to watch Deal Town Rangers (v Sevenoaks FC) in the Kent County League Div 2 East fixture played on 01/10/11...it's top notch stuff!

Monday 3rd October - PR for FGIF: Andy Gallon - writes: 'Some decent publicity for FGIF from Welsh Alliance club Holywell Town FC! When we visited Halkyn Road last week, their secretary, Stephen Roberts, asked if I'd email any decent shots I'd taken so he could include them on the club website. I sent him a batch from the Wellmen's Sept 24th cup tie at Glan Conwy. I see he's provided links to my TTs from both games. See below:
http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/holywelltown

WebEd - Thanks to Stephen for posting the matchday photos on the HTFC website...nice one Andy! 

Monday 3rd October - TT No.60: Chris Freer - 'The Stadium itself comprises two sizeable seated stands with a small area of uncovered terracing behind each goal Ė quite a nice little set-up'. Chris heads north of the border for the Scottish Football League Div 2 fixture at Stirling Albion (v Brechin City) played on 01/10/11...another beautifully writen report...you can believe it!!! To discover further football travels log on to Chris' ace weblog 300 Grounds And Counting by using this link: http://flynn123.wordpress.com/

Monday 3rd October - TT No.59: Rob Campion - 'The ground that Village call home is behind the parish hall which is located on the eastern end of the village on Main Street. There is as expected nothing at the venue with the pitch not railed or roped off and no dugouts - typical for this level of football'. Rob takes in the Leicestershire Intermediate Cup 1st Round tie at Asfordby Village (v Glenfield Town) played on 01/10/11...to read more about Rob's travels go to his excellent weblog All Roads Lead Somewhere by clicking on the following link: http://www.rambler77.net/

Monday 3rd October - TT No.58: Mike Latham - 'The ground itself is atmospheric and memorable; its main features being two covered terraces backing onto Old Shettleston Road that are separated by a dressing room block and tea bar'. Mike brings us a cracking report and pictures from his visit to Shettleston Juniors (v Dunbar United) in the Scottish Junior Cup Round 1 tie played on 01/10/11... 

Monday 3rd October - TT No.57: Keith Aslan - 'The ground is, for want of a better word, lovely. With the Welsh hills as a back drop the ground is fully enclosed and railed off with a car park behind the goal'. It's Welsh Cup action for Keith as he attends the First Round tie at Llanrhaeadr (v Holyhead Hotspur) played on 01/10/11...check out his ace report here...

Sunday 2nd October - Latest Images: Bob Davies - Sunday Special! For his second game over the weekend Bob takes in the Hertfordshire Senior Sunday Cup First Round tie between Dun Cow FC (Stevenage Sunday League Premier Division) and Colne Valley Blues (Olympian Sunday League) played earlier today...all Bob's superb images have been uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...

Bob also reports (via E-Mail): 'The very pleasant weather of the weekend inspired me to take in the first round of the Hertfordshire Senior Sunday Cup. My chosen game was Stevenage side Dun Cow, current leaders of the Stevenage Sunday League Premier Division and Colne Valley Blues of the Olympian Sunday League.

The match turned out to be a bit of a mis match as the experienced Stevenage side played a controlled first half to lead 3-1. In the second however they really turned on the style against their younger opponents and found the net another 10 times for a final score of 13-1. I'm sure they'll find tougher opposition in the rounds ahead though'. 

Sunday 2nd October - Latest Images: Leon Gladwell - Hot off the LL..ens!! Don't miss Leon's terrific ground, action and matchday photos from a Saturday Double featuring games at South Kilburn (v Guernsey) in the Combined Counties League Div 1 and Rayners Lane (Hellenic League Div 1 East) v Clanfield 85 in the Hellenic League Cup Round 1 both played yesterday...all now added to the new FGIF album gallery...LL reviews from both games to follow shortly...

Sunday 2nd October - Latest Images: Paul Roth - Check out the superb ground, action and matchday images from Paul's trip to Deal Town Rangers (v Sevenoaks) in the Kent County League Div 2 East fixture played yesterday...all now added to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly...

Paul adds enthusiastically (via E-Mail): 'If you opt to attend just one KCL game this season, then make it Deal Town Rangers (photos attached). It is SUPERB, and they even issue a magnificent 20-page programme too! I cannot recommend them highly enough...'

Sunday 2nd October - Latest Images: Gary Spooner - It's Scottish Junior Cup action for Gary. Our lens master takes in the First Round tie at Petershill (Stagecoach West of Scotland Superleague Premier Div) v Maryhill played yesterday...all the matchday photos have now been uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...

Gary writes (via E-Mail): 'Whilst England and Wales basked in the sun yesterday, Glasgow suffered monsoon conditions! As our preferred games were being rapidly called off we decided on the 3g at Petershill for a guaranteed game. Not a bad choice and a good day out was had'.   

Sunday 2nd October - Latest Images: Rob Campion - Rob brings us a cracking selection of matchday photos from the Leicestershire Intermediate Cup 1st round tie at Asfordby Village (North Leicestershire League) v Glenfield Town (Leicester & District League) played yesterday...all now added to the new FGIF album gallery...TT to follow shortly...

Sunday 2nd October - Latest Images: Bob Davies - It's Bedfordshire Senior Trophy action for Bob as he attends the First Round tie at Caldecote (Bedfordshire County Football League Prem Div) v Flitwick Town played yesterday...view all the superb matchday all now uploaded to the new FGIF album gallery...

Bob adds (via E-Mail): 'Please find attached a selection of photos from yesterday's Bedfordshire Senior Trophy tie between two Beds League Premier Division sides, Caldecott and Flitwick. The visitors took an early but Caldecott came to take a half time lead. An early home header in second half made it 3-1 but Flitwick reduced it to a one goal deficit midway. There was no further scoring as the heat took hold of sides and it end 3-2 for Caldercott to set up an away trip to Woburn in the next round'. 

Sunday 2nd October - Latest Images: Andy Gallon - This week egg-chasing Andy takes in the Yorkshire League Div 2 fixture at Barnsley RUFC (v Wath-upon-Dearne at Shaw Lane played yesterday...don't miss all the mouth-watering matchday pictures...now added to the Rugby Union album in the new FGIF gallery...

Sunday 2nd October - Latest Images Mike Latham - A Glasgow Double! It's a trip north of the border for Mike as he brings us the essential matchday pictures from Shettleston Juniors (West of Scotland Juniors Central District Div 1) v Dunbar United) in the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup First Round tie and Blantyre Victoria (v Stonehouse Violet) in the West of Scotland Juniors Central District Div 2 both played yesterday...now added to the new FGIF album gallery...TT from the match at Shettleston Juniors to follow shortly... 

Sunday 2nd October - Latest Images: WebEd - Check out all the ground, action and matchday images from a visit to Redgrave Rangers (v Hoveton Wherrymen) in the Anglian Combination League Div 4 played yesterday...all now added to the new FGIF album gallery... 

Sunday 2nd October - Programme Reviews: Leon Gladwell - Programme cover scans and details from Leon's recent games including: Stoke City (Premier League) v Manchester United played on 24/09/11; Cardiff City (Football League Championship) v Leicester City on 25/09/11 and South Kilburn (Combined Counties League Div 1) v Guernsey and Rayners Lane (Hellenic League) v Clanfield 85 in HL Cup Rd 1 both on 01/10/11...all now uploaded to the PR page for October 2011....

Sunday 2nd October - Programme Reviews: Andy Gallon - View the latest cover scans and details from a mega North Wales hopping break featuring: Penycae (Cymru Alliance) v Flint Town United played on 10/09/11; Buckley Town (Cymru Alliance) v Rhyl on 13/09/11; Holyhead Hotspur (Welsh Alliance Div One) v Nefyn United on 14/09/11; Rhyl (Cymru Alliance) v Llangefni Town on 16/09/11; Glantraeth (Welsh Alliance Div Two) v Trearddur Bay United in the FAW Welsh Trophy Round 1 on 17/09/11; Colwyn Bay (Conference North) v Altrincham on 20/09/11; Holywell Town (Welsh Alliance Div One) v Llandudno Junction on 21/09/11; Cefn Druids (Cymru Alliance) v gap Connah's Quay on 23/09/11 and Glan Conwy (Welsh Alliance Div One) v Holywell Town on Cookson Cup Round 1 on 24/09/11...all now added to the PR page for October 2011....

Sunday 2nd October - Programme Reviews: Bob Davies - Part Four of Bob's proggy reviews cover recent matches from Boreham Wood (Conference South) v Welling United played on 19/09/11; Leverstock Green (SSML P) v Biggleswade United on 17/09/11; Lincoln United (NPL D1S) v Ilkeston Town on 13/09/11; St Margaretsbury (SSML) v Langford in the FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round tie on 10/09/11 and Charlton Athletic (Football League Div 1) v Sheffield Wednesday on 05/09/11...all cover scans and details now added to the PR page for October 2011...

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