Tag Archives: non-league

In the bar, Brighouse Town

Saturday 19th November 2022, 2.55pm (day 4,104)

Bar at Brighouse, 19/11/22

While I did get an interesting photo of Clare today it was definitely a posed shot, and I try not to have such pictures on here. Call me a pedant but it’s always been the case (and stated on the About this Blog page) — so let’s stick with it. Instead, another picture from inside a pub, or more precisely, the bar at Brighouse Town FC. We drowned our sorrows in advance, as by half time the team were 4-1 down and it didn’t get any better after that.

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Chadderton FC, Sunday morning

Sunday 30th October 2022, 10.45am (day 4,084)

Chadderton FC, 30/10/22

I’m not even trying to hide the fact that I went to another football match this morning. For a while, the light was good. Better, then, than staying inside. This is how I make my life calculations these days.

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Social club

Friday 29th October 2022, 2.05pm (day 4,083)

Vauxhall Motors FC, 29/11/22

There might only have been about 35 or so people at the game, but it was social enough — despite appearances at this point.

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Sunday, Calder Holmes Park

Sunday 16th October 2022, 12.25pm (day 4,070)

Hollins Holme FC, 16/10/22

Tried to get on a train today to go somewhere other than home, but when it turned up 20 minutes late and dangerously overcrowded, I remembered, only then, that Manchester United were at home (not to mention Leeds and Liverpool), and the hourly Sunday service was really not up to the job. I therefore returned home: but there were things to see on Calder Holmes Park that were just as interesting as what I might have encountered elsewhere. So the bad planning (mine, and the train company’s) didn’t matter in the end.

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Spectating

Tuesday 11th October 2022, 8.00pm (day 4,065)

I’m not the only one who does this random non-league football thing, you know. In fact this was a pleasant evening, and there are certainly worse things to do on a Tuesday. Taken at Hurst Cross, home of Ashton United FC, during tonight’s game against local rivals Curzon Ashton. This ground has been in continuous use since September 1884, making it one of the oldest football grounds in the world.

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Pontefract Collieries FC

Thursday 29th September 2022, 6.35pm (day 4,053)

Pontefract Collieries, 29/9/22

This afternoon I paid a first-ever visit to the town of Pontefract, which has a significant amount of history, as is first of all indicated by its name of almost pure Latin — pontus fractus means ‘broken bridge’. Its castle was once the second-largest in the country and in its dungeon, King Richard II was starved to death in 1400.

But while I did take pictures of some of this history, in the end I am going with the surreal sight of these mannequin’s legs at the local footie ground. The absurdity of life and its trivia, and all that.

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The Astleys, above Sowerby Bridge

Sunday 18th September 2022, 11.00am (day 4,042)

The Astleys, 18/9/22

Flat land is at a premium in the valley, so round here, the recreation grounds are built high up: as with the Astleys, a set of one cricket and three football pitches above Sowerby Bridge. There are worse things to do on a Sunday morning.

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Brighouse v Worksop

Monday 12th September 2022, 8.10pm (day 4,036)

Brighouse v Worksop, 12/9/22

A slightly familiar scene perhaps, whether generally or specifically to this location and club. But I don’t care. This take on it pleases me and although my lot (in orange) lost 2-0 this was the most pleasant thing about the day.

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Two interests coming together

Saturday 6th August 2022, 2.45pm (day 3,999)

Football blackberries, 6/8/22

It’s nice when interests coincide. Behind one goal at Atherton Laburnum Rovers’ Crilly Park stadium, there was growing today a whole run of plump, ripe blackberries, of which this was just a small part. Luckily for me I had a collection vessel, which was definitely filled before I settled in to watch the game.

You might have noticed that a nice round number approaches, in terms of the number of days I have been doing this. But that’s for tomorrow.

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The goalie at Bacup Borough

Saturday 30th July 2022, 3.30pm (day 3,992)

Bacup goalie, 30/7/22

Bacup Borough FC’s ground, the Brian Boys West View Stadium, is located at about 280m/920 feet above sea level. Which, OK, is not very high by the standards of some countries but for Britain it’s elevated: in fact this is one of the highest football grounds in the country. So even at the end of July it wasn’t exactly tropical. The goalie ponders play while the moorland ponders dumping some more rain on all participants and spectators.

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