Groundhopper

Groundhopper : Broughty Athletic 2 Lochee United 3 (3/6/17) (Malcolm Stephenson)

Broughty Athletic 2 Lochee United 3 (3/6/17).

It might be June and I am still finding the odd game and new ground to go to. I knew I could always rely on Scotland for a match. Today entailed a trip on the train to Dundee as Broughty Athletic play on the outskirts of the City for the Scottish Junior East Region Super league game. (more…)

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Groundhopper: Hill of Beath Hawthorn Junior FC 0 Lochee United 2 (20/5/17). (Malcolm Stephenson)

Hill of Beath Hawthorn Junior FC 0 Lochee United 0 (20/5/17).

 

I travelled by car to this one with two other lads although they were not going to the same game as myself. Hill of Beath is on the outskirts of Cowdenbeath and near to Dunfermline. My two travelling companions were going to take in Cowdenbeath V East Kilbride in the Scottish Division two play-off second leg. Of course I had already been to Central Park many years ago so it Hill Of Beath for me as was a new ground not visited.  (more…)

Groundhopper: Kelty Hearts 5 Hill Of Beath 1 (13/5/17) (Malcolm Stephenson)

Kelty Hearts 5 Hill Of Beath 1

 

 

Games in England maybe be running out but you can always guarantee a few matches still going on in Scotland. I took the train to this one and it was pleasant journey up to Edinburgh with a connecting train North to Cowdenbeath. From there it was a connecting bus to Kelty just a few miles outside of Cowdenbeath.  (more…)

Groundhopper : Barton Town Old Boys 4 Parkgate 5 (29/4/17). (Malcolm Stephenson)

Barton Town Old Boys 4 Parkgate 5 (29/4/17).

 

Blyth’s season might be now over but there are hopefully a few more matches for me to get to before the season is finally over across the country. On the final Saturday in April I decided upon Barton Town Old Boys in the North East Counties league Premier Division.   (more…)

Groundhopper: Blackpool Wren Rovers 11 Crookland’s Casuals 0 (1/4/17). (Malcolm Stephenson)

Blackpool Wren Rovers 11 Crookland’s Casuals 0 (1/4/17).

Last night I was in Manchester for Maine Road’s game against West Didsbury and Chorley. Unfortunately that game was abandoned on 55 minutes due to a bad elbow injury where the player could not be moved. I thought I would be in better luck next day with my trip to AFC Blackpool. (more…)

Groundhopper: Maine Road 1 West Didsbury and Chorlton 0 (31/3/17) (Malcolm Stephenson

Maine Road 1 West Didsbury and Chorlton 0 (31/3/17)

(match abandoned on 55 minutes).

 

 

I was going to Blackpool to see a friend and taking in two games in one weekend was an opportunity not to be missed. Maine road were playing on the Friday night with a 7.45 kick off. I told the wife I was away for the weekend and thankfully she never put on the sour puss face or moaned at any point. After 23 years together now and I think she understands where she comes in relation to the football. I am so pleased she does not read this article as i would guess she would introduce me to ‘Madame Rolling pin’ across me nut!  (more…)

Groundhopper: Penistone Church 3 Rossington Main 0 (4/3/17) (Malcolm Stephenson)

Penistone Church 3 Rossington Main 0 (4/3/17)

 

I started the week with a trip to Wealdstone in mind but engineering works on the trains put paid to that. I would have had to endure at two and a half hour coach from York back to Newcastle. No thanks. I had then pencilled in Liversedge but on the way there the twitter feed came on saying the game was off. Plan C was put into operation and that was to go on Pensitone Church FC instead with fingers crossed that game as still on. I went by car today and it was a relatively straight journey down the A1/M1 with a short turn off for Penistone. Driving into the Town there was an impressive and functioning railway bridge into Pensitone. Amazingly the place had managed to avoid the railway Beeching cuts from 1963. (more…)

Groundhopper: Edinburgh City 0 Clyde 0. (4/2/17). 

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When is a visit to a new ground not a visit to a new ground? That is the question. I was actually here at the Meadowbank Stadium about 36 years ago. Then a team called Meadowbank Thistle was in existence but the club moved and changed their name to Livingston. I had not seen Edinburgh City play or have a home programme in my collection, so in my own mind I had to go back. Maybe a bit hair splitting, but there you go. I still do not think I am like a few anorak ground hoppers who do not include a visit to a new ground unless a goal is scored! At least I am not that bad.  (more…)