September date for Non-League Day 2016
Following another successful event last year, Non-League Day (NLD) will return for a seventh consecutive season on 3rd September 2016.
Choosing the date of NLD is probably the hardest thing we have to do each year and we take time to try and make the best decision.
Bedlington Terriers 1-3 Heaton Stannington
Saturday 20 August 2016
The rain was coming down dogs and dogs at Bedlington as the Stan achieved their 1st league win of the season when Heaton Stan Harry and the team tamed the Terriers. There were 3 changes from Wednesday’s team and there was a familiar face (apart from the Captain Haddock beard) in the Bedlington starting 11 in the shape of Jon Wright. (more…)
Hungerford 0 Eastbourne Borough 2 (20/8/16).
It was a full day out on the train to Berkshire for this match in the Conference South. A train to London Kings Cross them across on the tube to Paddington for the hour journey onto Hungerford. Its halfway between Reading and Swindon and you go through the former named as the trains travels to Hungerford. (more…)
Billingham Synthonia 2-2 Heaton Stannington
Wednesday 17 August 2016
The Stan went into their third away game on the bounce still looking for their first point and indeed looking for their first league goal. There were 5 changes from last Saturday and a debut from the bench for Joshua Bynoe. It was a lovely August night at the CLS Sports Stadium as the Stan kicked off. Straight away the Synners were on the attack, perhaps sensing the Stan’s defensive frailties, and made several attacks in the first 10 minutes. But the Stan, still licking their wounds from conceding six at Thornaby at the weekend, were holding firm and looking a lot more defensively sound. The first shot on target was by Billingham’s Steel but Matt Smith saved well. On 19 minutes, the Stan left back Philipson went down and Heaton Stan Eva (note the Chelsea reference) had to attend. (more…)
Thornaby 6-0 Heaton Stannington
Just 2 days after their defeat at Easington in the 1st league game of the season, the Stan travelled to Thornaby looking to get their league campaign back on track. Despite suffering a 1-0 defeat at Teesdale Park last season, hopes were high that the Stan could bring back something to Tyneside. There was just one change to the starting 11 with Williams replacing Leighton. (more…)
Easington Colliery 2-0 Heaton Stannington
Thursday 11 August 2016
After suffering exit from the FA Cup on Saturday, the Stan were keen to put things right at Easington where they kicked off their league campaign. The Stan Army were as ever out in good numbers with around 25 and Heaton Stan Harry making the visit to the Welfare Ground. Despite being the middle of August the weather had a distinct autumnal feel about it by the time Easington kicked off with a strong Westerly wind in their faces. There were competitive debuts for Dan Robinson and ex-player Sam Walton and from the bench for Abu Salim and Joe Robertson. (more…)
Lossiemouth 2 Turriff United 0.
It was a 6 o’clock in the morning start for this one as I got a taxi down to Newcastle central railway station. I took the 6.30am train to Edinburgh and then a change for the train to Inverness. Then it was another one to Elgin where I would have to get a local bus the 3 miles or so to Lossiemouth. I managed to get a first class advance ticket in both directions for this amounting to £93. Then it was an extra £12.50 for the Inverness to Elgin train, £4.50 return for the local bus and then £50 for bed and breakfast in Inverness. Add the entrance to the ground of £8 and that comes to £168 plus sundries. I even think at times it is madness but this ‘bug’ gets a hold of you and it’s very difficult to shake off. There’s no cure for this ground hopping business. (more…)
St Cuthbert Wanderers 4 Nithsdale Wanderers 2 (30/7/2016)
It’s only about eight weeks from last season since I watched my last competitive game. The time between each season seems to become shorter and shorter as time goes on.
I was only holiday in Dumfries and Galloway and was due to leave for home the day of the match. I managed to persuade the wife to stay a bit longer as i took in this match in Kirkcudbright, a pleasant and picturesque harbour Town on the Solway Coast. (more…)
Quakers fans to benefit from Virgin Trains partnership
Darlington have announced a new travel partnership with Virgin Trains giving Quakers season ticket holders, 500 club members and fan membership (the Darlington Football Club Supporters Group) 25% off rail travel with Virgin Trains.
Darlington director John Tempest said; “This really is a fantastic offer from our main sponsors, Virgin Trains, and the club would strongly encourage all our supporters to take advantage of it.
There are some great savings to be made for journeys on its east coast route and everywhere else on the Virgin Trains network, the bookings don’t have to be for travel to football matches alone!
“I have been working with several people from Virgin Trains on this idea for several months, and I have been impressed by their input and professionalism throughout. I fervently hope that the relationship between the club and Virgin Trains remains strong and lasts for several years.”
Dalbeattie Star 3-3 Heaton Stannington
Saturday 20 July 2016
For the 2nd year in a row, the Stan travelled to Scotland to play Lowland League opposition and the match again ended in an entertaining 3-3 score line. The visit to Islecroft Stadium saw the Stan’s team bus containing more supporters than players as only 12 were available including new keeper Mahamad Shajari. The team took the fixture seriously though and so did Dalbeattie who start their league campaign next Saturday. When it comes to Scotland versus England there is no such thing as a friendly! Fans of both teams were also able to see and hold the FA Cup although some young locals had to be informed that it was the English version and not the Scottish Cup! Of equal curiosity to the Stan army was a contraption that resembled a Hannibal Lecter mask on a long stick which was used to retrieve the ball from a fast flowing stream behind the dugouts. Its effectiveness is such though that only 3 balls have been lost in 30 years! (more…)