Groundhopper: Nostell Miners Welfare (Malcolm Stephenson)

Nostell Miners Welfare 0 Bridlington 3.


Nostell play in New Crofton, near Wakefield. I expected a run down, terraced former pit village but was pleasantly surprised at nicer setting than I expected. They play at the Crofton community centre with bowling and rugby pitches close by. Nostell compete in the Premier division of the Northern Counties East League.


The club was formed in 1928 when they purchased the ground, where they play now, for just £400. Nostell toured Belgium for a competition in the 1950 and won it. For many years they played in Yorkshire league and did not join the North East Counties league until 2006. In the FA cup they have never got passed the preliminary rounds. In the FA vase they got to the third round in 2008 when they lost to Stone Dynamoes. In 2009 they won the leagues Presidents cup beating Scarborough.

Is an easy drive down the motorway to get here and took almost exactly two hours. The ground is tucked away behind houses on the edge of the village. There is only one turnstile into the ground and that took you to the main part of the stadium. A long clear Perspex shed covered about half the length of the pitch and this covered both seated and standing spectators. There were about 100 seats in the ground. Alongside were the changing rooms and players entrance to the pitch. It was slightly odd in the fact that all this was on a raised bank of about 10 feet over looking the pitch. At the bottom of the bank near the rails and pitch was hard standing. On the far side there were the dug outs.


The bar had a full size snooker table although locals seemed to be dominating its use. I was dying to get on and show them what a 147 break looks like but I never got a chance to show off my snooker talents. A’ hem. Right. Back to the football.


Nostell played in yellow/amber tops while Bridlington Town were in red. Bridlington were once managed by Colin Richardson who recently passed away. Bridlington beat Tiverton 1-0 in the FA vase Final at Wembley in 1993.


By 11 minutes of the game the home side were 2-0 down through goals by Craig(4) and Hogg (11). Nostell were always ob the back foot after that. Nostell are near the bottom of the table but are not likely to get relegated. Bridllington are near the top and not likely to get promoted.


In the second half the away side brought on a small ‘nippy’ substitute. Ombeni Ruhanduke scored on 76 minutes to put the game ‘to bed’. There was not a great deal of excitement after that. The only passion that stirred me was learning of Blyth Spartans emphatic away win at Witton Albion 5-1.


I was back in Newcastle by about 7pm. The wife had even made some token effort of housework by at least doing the dishes. I had been away most of the day so I was not going to complain. Next Saturday I will be back at Blyth for what might be an very interesting afternoon. You never know Blyth just might make the play offs yet. We will see.


Attendance 72

Programme £1


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