Friday, December 31, 2010

End of year football round up

January
The year started how it finished with bad weather leading to most games being cancelled. Highlight of the month was therefore the only game I got to, which would have been highlight of the month anyway, as Villa beat Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage. I enjoyed it, although my celebrating in the home end led to Macca banning me from the fixture this season.
one game two goals

February
I had a lot of work on in February, but thanks to the cancellations in December and January I managed to get to three games. The highlight being Ely's victory in a rearranged game against local rivals Mildenhall. The Hall had wanted the game cancelled and would have been really glad if it had been, as Ely totally outplayed them nad won 2-0. Lowlight of the month was undoubtedly Villa losing in the League Cup final. Villa went one up, Vidic should have been sent off and it was probably the last time that Rooney had a good game.
three games five goals

March
March saw the arrival of some much needed sunny weather and also saw me visit two new grounds. On the first day of sunshine I got to Histon who took on Gateshead. The game finished 0-0, but it wasn't that bad as a specatcle and I was impressed by the friendliness of the staff. The week later I went to Portman Road to see Ipswich take on Scunthorpe with the whole family. It was a good game and teenage sensation Connor Wicken scored in the last minute to send the Ipswich fans home happy. The other game I got to in the month saw Ely beat Debenham LC 2-0
three games three goals

April
April saw us go to Ukraine for a couple of weeks, but thanks to volcanic ash the holiday turned into a month long affair. The lowlights were probably the pathetic state of Arsenal Kyiv, propped up by and ageing Shatskhi and Vorebei and an ancient Reva and playing their home games outside of Kyiv in front of an apathetic crowd. I started the holiday seeing them win against Metalurh Zapporizhya in Boryspyl and then saw them lose at Dynamo. This brings me to another lowpoint of the month as the owner of Arsenal and his moaning about the advantages Shakhtar and Dynamo get from referees grated a bit. Mind you the amount of advantages Dynamo got in the game I saw them win against Dnipro would suggest that he may have had a point. One of the best points about the trip from a footballing point of view were the terrific atmosphere at Obolon Arena when Obolon took on Dynamo, the fantastic performance in that game by Andriy Shevchenko (who could have imagined him playing at Obolon in a competitive match when he was in his pomp at Milan and Obolon were in the regional divisions?)and sitting next to Artem Milevskiy and also the amount of cheap beer on offer. The other lasting football impression was actually going to see a game at Bannikov, which is situated near the flat, I skived off work for a few hours to watch the Ukraine Under 19s take on Dynamo's young players (it would have been Slovakia if not for the volcano). It made up for the game that we trudged up to Chapaevka that was called off when the Polish leader croaked it.
six games 20 goals

May
I didn't get to any games in May as most of the local stuff finished at the end of April

June
June was the World Cup. It wasn't great. My neutral team were Uruguay, but when they cheated Ghana I got sick of them. In fact it was probably one of the worst world cup's ever if you aren't Spanish.

July
Ironically, as the month of July is out of season I saw a shed load of games in preseason. Highlights were some fine performances by Ely in preseason, particularly in a game against a strong Hadley team, and despite draws against Swaffham and Stowmarket there were some really good individual performances. Other highlights included a good night out at Histon where they took on a strong Ipswich team and lost 6-0, but the weather was good and it was an entertaining game out. Villa also repeated their favour of the previous year by organising a friendly at Peterbrough just before my birthday. They also helped make it a good birthday by winning 3-2
five games 21 goals

August
August saw the end of the preseason and the start of the serious stuff, and it was another good month for getting to games. The month started with Ely thumping local rivals Soham Town Rangers 4-1 in the Unwin memorial cup, which was only spoilt by Soham leaving the cup at their ground. Ely also registered a fine 4-2 win against Histon Reserves and beat Stanway 2-1. In the FA Cup they could only draw with Wroxham after extra time, however they disposed of them in the subsequent penalty shoot out. Other games included a brilliant performance by Peterborough as they crushed Bristol Rovers 3-0, unfortunatley since then while the Posh forwards have continued to perform well, the defence has been found out and they have started to slip down the table a bit. I also too Matt to the Shabby Abbey where Cambridge ran out 2-0 winners against Eastbourne Borough on the bank holiday Monday.
six games 19 goals

September
My football in September was constrained to Ely City games in what proved to be poor run for the club and culminated in Dennis Lightning quitting from the post of manager. Ely are cash strapped and could have done with a decent cup run. However, they started the month by being dumped out of the FA Vase in a replay at the Unwin by Gorleston from the division below after extra time. Just four days later they were out of the only other cup with any potential for boosting the budget when they lost 1-0 at home to Stewarts & Lloyds, and Dennis was on his bike. This was followed by a 2-1 defeat at home to an impressive Dereham side. The month finished with us going on a day trip to Great Yarmouth, which was a good day out despite some appalling weather. I also always love going to a different ground and Yarmouth was both intersting and welcoming. Luckily Ely also played well and came away with a 1-1 draw.
four games seven goals

October
This was another disappointing month for the Robins with the best performance coming in a 0-0 draw against a strong Kirkley & Pakefield side. The lowlight of the games I was present at for the Robins was definitely when they lost 5-2 after extra time against Fulbourn Institute in the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup. It might not be a prestigious competition, but I think the decent run the club went on in it a couple of seasons ago really helped boost the squad and provided us with a lot of entertainment. I also went to Soham Town Rangers against Daventry Town in a game that ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw. However, it perhaps wasn't too disappointing as my dad was down and he had the golden goal with no goal scorer on it, so we had a free day out. If the public transport was a bit better and cheaper I'd be tempted to go their more often. I also had a bargain trip to Craven Cottage where I saw Fulham beat Wigan 2-0 for a fiver.
five games 14 goals

November
Work and bad weather meant that November was a bit of a wash-out as far as football was concerned. Dad came down for a clash between Peterborough and Charlton in the middle of the month. Peterborough had the worst defence and the best strike rate in the league and the Addicks were coming into form, so we expected to see goals. We saw six, but unfortunately five of them were in the back of the posh net.
one game six goals.

December
The weather was the worst for December on record and games all over the country were cancelled. Ely only managede to get one game on and it was the Saturday that I had to go to work. We finally got to a game with Jake and Tony on the 28th. Again the home side, who had done so much to make sure the game went ahead lost 5-1. This time it was Cambridge who lost 5-1 against a buoyant Mansfield side, at least a good time was had by all.
one game six goals

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

3-4-3 is not a winning formation

Yesterday I got to a game for the first time in over a month and like the last game I went to the away team won 5-1. Volunteers had helped clear the pitch of snow at the Abbey. They probably wished they hadn't bothered. Due to having to make changes Cambridge manager Martin Ling decided to change the formation to 3-4-3, which might have worked if the forwards weren't firing blanks, although it was always going to leave the team exposed at the back.

The match didn't start off too badly for Cambridge and both Wayne Gray and Danny Wright had chances that they squandered. However, in this period Cambridge were a bit guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net and Mansfield looked dangerous on the break. They showed just how dangerous they could be when on 33 minutes Adam Murray (not to be mixed up with his namesake at Ely City) blasted the ball into the back of the onion bag. Just 4 minutes later Adam Smith doubled the visitors lead with a wicked strike that on December 28th was probably the best goal I have seen all year. The first half finished with Mansfield 2 up, but Cambridge didn't look out of the contest just yet.

Cambridge came out firing in the second half and at this point it looked like they would be happy to travel back to Nottinghamshire with a 2-0 away win. Cambridge finally got back in the game on 66 minutes with a goal from Robbie Willmott that even surpassed the blast from Adam Smith for the Stags in the first half. After beating the whole of the Mansfield defence he blasted the ball from about 30 yards out at quite an accute angle and it went flying past the keeper to make it 2-1 and it looked like it was game on.

It wasn't though and Mansfield woke up and on 73 minutes Rob Duffy put the Stags 3-1 up. Cambridge then fell apart and in the last minute the slippy pitch saw Josh Coulson knock the ball into the back of his own goal. They hadn't finished yet though and in stoppage time with the Cambridge defence at sixes and sevens Danny Mitchley made it 5-1 to the visitors inflicting Cambridge's heaviest defeat since 2007.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Club focus -- Mansfield Town


Mansfield Town like a lot of British clubs in the nineteenth century came into being due to local God botherers wanting the local folk to keep away from the demon drink by embracing sport. From these values Mansfield Town were born as Mansfield Wesleyans in 1897. They later shortened the name to Mansfield Wesley in 1906, by the way. They finally became Mansfield Town in 1910 in a move that didn't go down well with their more successful local rivals of the time, Mansfield Mechanics.

To celebrate their change of name Mansfield left the Mansfield & District Alliance behind and joined the Central Alliance League. They also found a new ground called 'The Prairie', which had all the facilities you'd expect to find on a prairie (i.e. none) and the surface would have more aptly been called 'The Quagmire'.

War was around the corner and like many clubs Mansfield packed in for the duration. However, after the war in 1919 Mansfield Mechanics, who were having money problems, invited Mansfield Town to join them at Field Mill. The Stags seized the opportunity moved to Field Mill, changed their colours to Amber and Blue and have been there and wearing those colours ever since. The Mecahnics on the other hand have disappeared into the mists of time (as far as I know).

In 1921 Mansfield won the Central Allinace and moved to the Midland Counties League. In 1924 they adopted the stag emblem, which was part of the town's coat of arms, which in turn came from the close proximity of Sherwood Forest.

1926 saw the Stags apply for a place in the League, however they were turned down and instead joined the Midland Combination, which at the time was mainly made up of reserve teams of the region's league clubs.

If the Stags were out to impress the league officials they certainly did in 1927-28 when they beat Wolves in the FA Cup and took Arsenal to the wire at Highbury only to lose out to 2 late goals. Nevertheless, Mansfield still couldn't get a place in the league, so in 1931 they changed their tactics. After years of applying for the 3rd Division North they thought they might be better of applying for the 3rd Division South. The tactic worked immediately, much to the chagrin of Newport County, who were the team who lost out.

Since entering the league Mansfield have played the typical role of a relatively small town club close to a couple of cities; both Nottingham and Derby have taken fans away from Field Mill over the years, and now the sky generation probably all support Chelsea or Man City, or whoever has the most cash this season. Mansfield have yo-yoed between the top 2 divisions and between the North and South of Division 3 when it was still regional. Their most consistant stay in a division was for 5 seasons from 1986 when they managed to stay in the 3rd division, as it was called more logically then.

In 2008 Mansfield were relegated from the League to the Conference and have been their since. Their biggest local rivals are Chesterfield who were refer to them as the scabs. Chesterfield being from Derbyshire who went on strike during the miner's strike and Mansfield being from Nottinghamshire, who didn't.

End of the barren spell?

It looks like Aslan has finally defeated the evil snow queen, instead of snow today we have rain, so here's hoping the pitch isn't flooded now. It looks like it could be my first game since mid-November, something will probably happen to piss on my chips though.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Club focus -- Arminia Bielefeld


According to some internet japesters, the town of Bielefeld does not exist and it's just a conspracy by the German equivalent of 'The Man' who has perpetuated the lie of the town with a population of 330,000. The reason is that if you ask most Germans the following three questions they will answer no in all three cases:
1 Do you know anybody from Bielefeld?
2 Have you ever been to Bielefeld?
3 Do you know anybody who has been to Bielefeld?

In my case I can answer yes to all three questions, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at the local club, Arminia Bielefeld. I haven't been to a game there and have only had a couple of pints in the supporters' club and seen trams done out in the club colours, so maybe the club doesn't exist and it all is a figment of my imagination. However, their record would suggest that they are a real club.

Arminia currently play in 2Bundesliga and are one of the biggest yo-yo clubs in Germany and one of their biggest claims to fame seems to be actively bribing their opposition to stay up in 1971.

Arminia were formed in 1905 by 14 of the local bourgeoise and were admitted in to the Westphalia league in the same year. In 1913 they won their first Westphalia Championship after beating BV 04 Dortmund. In 1919 they almost merged with another Bielefeld club, but it never happened.

In 1922 Arminia won the West German Championship for the first time, but it was a bitter-sweet victory, as they were only awarded the trophy because their opponents Kolner BC 01 fielded an illegible player. The following year they were back to reclaim the championship in impressive style when they came from being 3-1 down at half time to beat TuRU Dusseldorf 4-3.

The next pieces of silverware to follow were the Westphalian title in 1924 and the Westphalian cup in 1932. Arminia then decided to join the new Gaulagia Westfalen in 1933. This wasn't a great success, and in 1943 they merged with VfB03 Bielefeld. The merger lasted one year and saw the club finish bottom of the pile.

The next notable period in Arminia's history came in 1966 when they won the West German Cup for the first time beating Alemannia Aachen. In 1970 they got in to the Bundesliga for the first time by beating Tennis Borussia Berlin in the play-offs. They obviously thought that they were going to struggle at this level though, but they managed to stave off relegation, however it later transpired that they had fixed their matches against Shalke, Hertha and VfB Stuttgart and they were relegated to the regional leagues.

Their chance to get back in the Bundesliga big time came in 1977, however they finally finished 2nd behing St.Pauli, but there was still the play-offs. They must have thought their luck was in when they beat 1860 Munich 4-0 at home. They then went to Munich for the 2nd leg full of confidence only to lose 4-0. There was then a third game organised in the neutral city of Frankfurt, which Arminia lost 2-0.

The following year Arminia went up and despite a record win of 11-0 over Arminia Hannover and a 4-0 win over Bayern Munich Arminia were relegated. 5 years later Arminia bounced back again and have basically been bouncing since.

Weather watch, another blow

Well, it looks like the football drought for me is going to continue, as I have just been on the Ridgeons League forum and it looks like Mildenhall v Ely is definitely off. I must say everything is still frozen, so it doesn't come as a shock especially as the games at Histon and Peterborough are off today. The question is am I ever going to see a game again?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Top played tracks in 2010 (sort of)


I've been putting together a Spotify playlist of the artists that were number 1 in my weekly Last FM charts over the year. Here are the tracks:
The Wolfe Tones – A Nation once again
The Farm – Hearts and Minds
Bad Lieutenant – Sink Or Swim
Ty Segall – The Drag
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – The Devil May Care (Mom & Dad Don't)
Tokyo Police Club – Nature Of The Experiment
Los Campesinos! – Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks
The Essex Green – Rabbit
Tokyo Police Club – Wait Up (Boots Of Danger)
Stereolab – French Disko - 2006 Remastered Single Version
Tokyo Police Club – Bambi
The Dubliners – Seven Drunken Nights
The La's – Timeless Melody
Slowdive – Alison
The Apples In Stereo – Dance Floor
Jesus And Mary Chain – Happy When It Rains
Talco – Bella ciao
Beastie Boys – Sabotage
Johnny Foreigner – Criminals
James – Come Home - Flood Mix
Johnny Foreigner – Sometimes in the Bullring
65daysofstatic – Dance Dance Dance
The Rakes – Strasbourg
Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign
Spiritualized – Soul On Fire
Editors – Munich
Altern 8 – Activ-8
Spiritualized – You Lie You Cheat
John Dahlb├Ąck – Bobobear
Broken Social Scene – 7/4 (Shoreline)
Tokyo Police Club – Tessellate
Film School – Heart Full of Pentagons
The Stone Roses – Love Spreads
The Charlatans – One To Another
Best Coast – Summer Mood
The Wedding Present – Brassneck
The Merton Parkas – Face In The Crowd
Caribou – Odessa
Bear In Heaven – Lovesick Teenagers
MC Solaar – Les Colonies
The Coral – Pass It On
Mogwai – I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead
The Airfields – Quiet Nights
Caribou – Bowls
The Twang – Encouraging Sign
Pavement – Gold Soundz
LCD Soundsystem – Us V Them (London Session)
Ride – Twisterella
Gold Panda – You
Sleigh Bells – Infinity Guitars

And here are the links:
http://open.spotify.com/user/jim_bomb/playlist/3zSOvASw0LpGTy3r67YJdJ

spotify:user:jim_bomb:playlist:3zSOvASw0LpGTy3r67YJdJ

Club focus -- Bohemian Football Club


Bohemian Football Club are often known as Bohemians and shouldn't be mixed up with the several clubs in the Czech Republic who lay claim to the legacy of the Czech team Bohemians. Apart from anything else the Czech team wore green and white, which is the colour of Shamrock Rovers who are the Bohs' fiercest rivals.

Bohs wear red and black stripes and are based in the North Side of Dublin, where as Shamrock are based in the South of the City. However, Bohs have fans all over the city and indeed all over the country. Mind you they've moved grounds that many times it's no wonder they have a fan base all over Ireland and it could account for their other nickname of the Gypsies.

Bohemian FC are the 3rd most successful club in Ireland with an impressive 7 Football Association of Ireland cup wins, 6 League of Ireland titles and 3 League of Ireland cup victories. They are also the most succesful Irish team in terms of victories in Europe, although this season they went out in the 2nd round of the Champions League Qualifiers against Welsh outfit The New Saints. On a more local basis they also hold the record for most Leinster Cup wins (31).

With regards to the fans the club is owned by the fans, which due to some shrewd buisness dealings put them in a good position a couple of years back. However, like many clubs the ground developers let them down and now like many clubs worldwide and especially in Ireland the future isn't looking too rosy.

Cabin Fever

The festive period is upon us now, which should be a bumper time for football, however last year the weather scuppered my plans quite badly. The last month has seen me go to bugger all matches, the only week when there wasn't any bad weather I was working, so here's hoping that the weather is going to improve. 27th December should see a trip to Mildenhall for the Ely game, although that one is still looking doubtful and then the day after Cambridge United take on Mansfield. According to the Mansfield site the staff at the Shabby Abbey are confident that the game will go ahead, so hopefully they have a direct line to the weather and the game will go ahead. I'm going out of my mind with no football for ages.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bad weather continues

Still no football as the bad weather continues and there's work to be done this weekend.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Nothing happening

Well it's been a quiet couple of weeks on the football front. Last weekend I was in Bielefeld, Arminia were playing on the Friday night, which I had free, but the game was away. This weekend I planned to see Ely at home, but the game was called off. I don't know if it's got something to do with the time I spent in Russia and Ukraine, where I've seen Spartak play when it's been well below zero on a hard pitch, CSKA Kyiv go to extra time in a cup game at minus 12 and play on in extra time despite two of the floodlights not working and of course the Dynamo v Shakhtar game where it snowed 2 feet during the game, but cancelling the game this weekend seemed to be a bit of an easy option. Maybe I'm not being fair as nobody wants to see someone get injured because of an unplayable pitch and I did walk out in disgust at the ridiculousness of the Dynamo v Shakhtar game and maybe I'm feeling a bit bitter after watching Villa get turned over by Arsenal and Ipswich by Norwich on the box. At the same time I was also a bit lazy myself as after the Ely game was off I toyed with the idea of going to Cambridge v Altrincham, but was just to knackered. Hopefully something will go ahead next weekend, but with the snow who knows and it looks like the only options are Ipswich v Swansea in the early kick off and an unspiring fixture between Histon and Fleetwood. Watch this space.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jekyll and Hyde at London Road

Yesterday I went to London Road for the fourth time to see Peterborough take on Charlton Athletic. At the start of the day both of the teams were in a play off position. Peterborough had started off the season well, but have lost their way since being thoroughly beaten by Brighton and the absennce of George Boyd after a sending off in that game. Conversely, Charlton seemed to start the season off badly, but improved after being beaten comprehensively by Brighton a few weeks back.

A trip to London Road though usually guarantees a few goals and looking on TV and from the odd occasion I have made the joutney there most of the goals go in in the London Road End, so I was looking forward to a bit of a goal fest right in front of where I was standing and I wasn't disappointed in that sense. However, the reason for such goal fests seems to lie in the fact that Posh have some forwards who wouldn't be out of place in the Championship and have decided to couple this with a Conference level defence, unfortunately it was the comical defence who were in prominence on Saturday afternoon.

Things got off to a bad start with Grant McCann needlessly fouling Scott Wagstaff and Johnnie Jackson converting the penalty in front of the London Road end on 15 minutes. Things were about to go from bad to worse and the Posh goal keeper Joe Lewis ( who ironically seems to feature more often than not as Peterborough's man of the match and was player of the year last season despite the fact that for the second year in a row Posh have one of the worst defences in the league)was not able to hold back a Charlton side on rampant form and a comical defence. Therry Rackon made it 2-0 on 25 minutes, before Jackson got his second on 36 and Lee Martin made it 4-0 just a couple of minutes later. So, at half time it was 4-0 to the Valiants with all the goals being scored at the London Road end.

The second half got under way and the crowd were well behind the Peterborough team, who have a bit of a reputation of amazing comebacks, so despite the defecit there was still a feeling that Posh could get something from the game. That feeling increased on 53 minutes when McCann made up for his earlier misjudgement by scoring a well taken goal. At this point it was all Peterborough and Aarom McClean was causing all sorts of problems for the visitors. However, there was to be anoother twist and the twist was that of a knife when more ridiculous defending allowed Lee Martin to get his second and to put Charlton 5-1 up on 65 minutes.

Petrborough carried on fighting, but Charlton weren't going to let them back in the game in the same way Swindon and Huddersfield had earlier in the season. They packed out the defence and were responsible for some of the worst time wasting I have ever seen. The biggest villain of the piece being Charlton goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who whilst gettting treatment for an 'injured' elbow actually had the cheek to turn round and wink at the Peterborough fans.

Anyway, I can't really complain, it was a poor performanc eby Peterborough and an efficient one by Charlton and from a more or less neutral point of view I did get to see 6 goals and 5 of them were at the end I was standing at.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Another trip to Craven Cottage


Yesterday I went on what seems to be my annual trip to Fulham's Craven Cottage to see Fulham take on Wigan. I think I may have been banned from Villa games down there by Scott, so the most neutral of games was probably seen as a good idea (by him). That said, it was a sell out crowd mainly because Fulham charged a very resonable fiver for the game.

The game itself was a bit one sided with Fulham's Clint Dempsey scoring both of Fulham's goals in the first half. Predictably he was named as man of the match by most of the Sunday newspapers, but I think that Baird, Salcido and Dembele were also as impressive if not more so.

Andy Johnson, who many thought would have to retire after a horrific injury earlier in the year, also came on late in the match and added to the Fulham forward line.

In general not a bad game, but a bit one sided.

The picture shows Fulham's Zoltan Gera tackling Wigan's Hugo Rodallega.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Club Focus on Wigan Athletic

Wigan were formed in 1932 and kicked around in the Lancashire League and the Cheshire League. Their first application for the league came in 1950 when 4 clubs were added to the league; 2 to Division 3 North and 2 to Division 3 South. However, they lost out to Scunthorpe and Shrewsbury.

In 1954 the Latics took Newcastle to a 3rd round replay in the FA Cup and they felt like they would be elected to the league, but they weren't. After several other aborted attempts at getting into the league they became founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968. In 1971 after narrowly losing to a strong Manchester City in the FA Cup they again thought that they had a good chance of getting in the league, but again it wasn't to be. As a protest the following season they applied to join the Scottish League, but they didn't get a single vote and in England the place that they coveted went to Hereford United.

In 1975 they won the NPL for rhe second time, but they weren't in any state to join the league with financial problems and average gates of less than 650 in what has always been a rugby league town. Nevertheless, the following season they joined the league at their 35th attempt. They had only finished as runners-up in the Northern Premier League, but Boston United's ground wasn't up to scratch, so Wigan finally got their place in the League.

After 2 seasons in the League Wigan introduced the 'tree and crown' badge. The crown representing the plantagent dynasty, which is also a feature of the town's coat of arms and a rowan tree. The rowan tree is known locally as a 'wiggin' tree or Wigan tree. It is also interesting to notice that the prominent colours are red and white rather than the blue and white that the club wear. However, they did wear red and white up until the outbreak of the 2nd World War.



In 1989 the club then changed the badge to the local coat of arms:




During most of their period in the League Wigan kicked around in the lower divisions and seemed to go from financial crisis to financial crisis. That all changed in 1993 when David Whelan started bank rolling the club that saw them go from the basement when he took control to the Premier League in 2005, where they have been since. In 2008 they also reintroduced the tree and crown motif, which was a popular move with the fans.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Firsts of the season

On Tuesday night rain called off a game for the first time this season with the Ely City v March Town United game in the Eastern Counties League game being called off and Saturday sees my first Premier League action of the season with Fulham taking on Wigan. I might even get back in time to catch it right at the end of match of the day!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Photos from Soham Town Rangers v Daventry Town




Above are a couple of photos of the stand at Soham Town Rangers.

The terrace at Soham





The clubhouse at Soham.



Soham warm up before the game.




Daventry Town warm up.

Greens and purples at Soham Town Rangers

There were no games in Ely yesterday, so I decided to go on the relatively short journey to Soham to see Soham Town Rangers take on Daventry Town in the Southern (Zamaretto) League Central Division.

At the moment Soham are propping up the division and although their pre-season performance at the Unwin against Ely suggested that they would struggle this season they actually played pretty well and I feel were unluck not to come away with more than a 0-0 draw.

In the first half Daventry probably had the best of the chances, although I never felt like they really looked like scoring. The Soham defence however looked a little vulnerable and on several occasions failed to clear their lines, which against a more clinical team could have led to problems.

The second half was all Soham though and if it hadn't been for the diminutive Daventry Keeper with a foghorn of a voice Soham could have easily been 2 or 3 up in the first few minutes after the break. However it wasn't to be and although Dubi Ogbonna came close to scoring for Soham near the end the score remained 0-0.

The Non-league Paper gave man of the match to Ogbonna, but I think that Deakan Napier on the wing caused the visitors more problems. I also found the game pretty entertaining despite the lack of goals so I don't agree with the 1 star the NLP gave the game either.

That said I also had a free day out as I won £25 for having 'no goal' in the golden goal competition. It's also not often you see a team in green take on a team in purple and moreover with both teams wearing their first colours.

It was only my second trip to Soham, but I enjoyed and hopefully I'll go back there again when Ely are away at place I can't get to.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Value for money?

Supporting a club who haven't won a trophy for ages and having spent years away following local clubs who don't really have a sniff at a trophy I don't really understand how cups have become 'devalued' to the extent where everybody seems to field weakened teams. The trend seems to have caught on so much that last night Ely City fielded a weakened team against Fulbourn Institute in the Cambs Invitation Cup. The starting line up only included 4 first teamers and two of them were coming back from suspensions (Richard Chadwick and Ben Lawrence), one had been missing for a while (Simon Warren) and the other was left back Kenthoh Gray (there aren't that many left backs around). However, unlike some bigger teams Ely still charged 6 quid to get in last night, which is a bit of a cheek when you consider Villa are charging a tenner for the Burnley match in the League Cup and Burton dropped their prices to a fiver for the Paint cup thingy. When you consider that 6 quid is about the same as it costs to get into a Werder Bremen game it really does seem a bit steep, although I don't really resent paying it when the first team play.

Mind you on another level if value was measured in goals we did OK, there were 7. And as it was a cup game in meedweek it obviously went to extra time so we got another half hour there. And I doubt that I would be complaining if things had carried on the way they started.

The game kicked off and Ely were 1 up within 20 seconds when Chadwick broke through the defence to slot the ball home past the keeper. Fulbourn had a chance that they fluffed badly on 5 minutes after the Ely defence slipped up, but for the rest of the first half hour it was all Ely. On 8 minutes the goalkeeper flapped at a chance and Ely could have easily been 2-0 up and they also hit the post on 18 and 20 minutes. However, Fulbourn got back in the game and grabbed an equaliser when a cleverly worked corner saw them passing the ball back 30 yards for an on running midfielder to blast the ball into the back of the net. Ely still looked more likely to go into the break with the lead though and again bothered the woodwork on 38 minutes and then on 43 minutes Chadwick was upended in the area and the Robins were rewarded a penalty. Grant Robbins stepped up to take the penalty, but unfortunately rather than the back of Fulbourn's net bulging for the second time, the wooodwork was hit for the fourth time in the half.

The second half started off the second half more brightly than Ely coming close straight from kick off and dominating for the next 10. However, Ely showed some intent on 59 minutes when Kenthoh Gray went on a run through the whole of the Fulbourn team. Nothing came of that move, but Fulbourn then went up the other end to put themselves into the lead for the first time in the game.

After the Fulbourn goal things were quite unsettled and neither team seemed to have much control in midfield, although Ely mixed things up a bit with the introduction of 'the man with no name', well we didn't recognise him and his shirt was completely blank without a sponsor or even a number. Whoever he was he did seem to gain control of the midfield and Ely perhaps could have equalised on 72 minutes if Grant Robbins hadn't stumbled over the ball. Amends were made a couple of minutes later when the mystery substitute crossed brilliantly to Robbins who finally got his name on the score sheet.

Robbins had a chance to make a double ammends on 82 minutes and send us home on time, but again he hit the crossbar. The last 10 minutes were played out without many chances and the game went into extra time.

The first 10 minutes of extra time looked like we would be going home after penalties, but then Fulbourn took the lead and it was curtains for Ely. The second half of extra time saw Fulbourn add 2 more goals to their tally to finish the game as 5-2 winners.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ely City v Wisbech Town, more great football but still no win

Last night Ely took on Wisbech in a Cambridgeshire Derby at the Unwin.

Ely were further down on numbers with yet more injuries and suspensions, so much so there was only one outfield player on the bench. Wisbech on the other hand had players on the bench that would have started in most teams in the Eastern Counties League. Furthermore, Wisbech have had a good start to the season, although it has to be stated that most of the good results they gained came from home games at their new ground, which has a bit of a hostile atmosphere or so I here.

Despite the lack of available players and the supposed quality of the opposition Ely got off to a great start with Andy Pettit heading the Robins ahead on 3 minuites. This set the scene for most of the first half with Ely playing a nice passing game with the ball on the floor and also creating numerous chances. In fact Ely could have easily been 2-0 up at half time when Andy Pettit hit the crossbar on 35 minutes. Wisbech's first real chance came 2 minutes later, but they didn't manage to get a shot in when Chris Strecki managed to steal the ball from the attacker at the last minute. Unfortunately though a mad 10 minutes followed which started with Robbie Mason getting booked after completely losing his rag and culminated with Wisbech getting an equaliser on 43 minutes. You just have to wonder if things would have finished differently if Ely had managed to hold the lead going into half time.

The second half didn't start off so well for Ely with a Wisbech dorward skipping through the defence before skillfully planting the ball in the back of the net just 4 minutes after the restart. Ely weren't finished yet though and on 49 minutes they came close to an equaliser on 51 minutes Robbie Mason came close and a few seconds later he came close with a rocket of a shot that bounced over the unfortunate Wisbech keeper into the back of the net to make the score 2-2.

However there was still three quarters of an hour left on the clock and with half an hour left Wisbech made it look all too easy to beat the Ely defence and the Fenmen were 3-2 up. Wisbech could have gone further ahead on 71 minutes when a brilliant move went just over the bar. Not that Ely didn't have chances either Andy Pettit was judged to be offside on 74 minutes in a move that would have probably led to a goal and on 76 minutes Robbie Mason again had a blaster that looked like it was going in.

That was to be Ely's last chance though and the last 10 minutes or so saw the referee go a bit mad shall we say. First on 82 minutes Strecki was sent off for a challenge which at worse was a booking and a couple of minutes later he gave Wisbech a free kick on the edge of the box after one of the best dives seen outside the Premier League. However, nothing came of that and the game finished 3-2 to Wisbech. You also have to wonder if the referee had been sent mad from all the arguing of the Ely players. It can't really do them any favours and the lack of empathy and or sympathy of referees that we see at the Unwin is probably connected with the lack of respect taht they tend to get. Maybe I should just shut up though and not be so judgemental.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

No goals at the Unwin

It's really rare to see a 0-0 at the Unwin, in fact the last 0-0 I can remember was not at the Unwin, but an away game to Newmarket at the start of last season, though I might be wrong.

Ely had a makeshift defence due to injuries, illness and suspensions and they were up against Kirkley & Pakefield who going into the match were top of the league with a goal difference that suggested they had a decent forward line and a decent defence.

However, it was Ely who had much of the early play and they nearly went ahead on 5 minutes when Robbie Mason hit the post and they also had a decent chance 5 minutes later when there were a few chances for players in the box to make contact with the ball, but it somehow went past everyone.

The best chance K&P had in the first half was on 29 minutes when one of the forwards was clear through on goal, but Adam Dalby forced the plater to go wide. The reason that this was the only real chance the visitors had during this half was probably testimony to how well the 2 Adams, Dalby and Wallace were able to clear the ball and the way in which the defence as a whole was more organised than usual, despite the fact that they weren't used to playing with each other.

The second half wasn't all that exciting as both teams cancelled each other out. And if I could be bothered to navigate the Kirkley & Pakefield website I think I might find that most of their goals came at home (and probably against Histon Reserves ! :)) and that they play a more cotaining game away. They seemed to be limited to trying to hit Ely on the break, and they came close on 72 minutes, but Lee Pacey saved. In defence they seemed to be effective on at hustling Ely off the ball. Anyway, it finished 0-0 which was probably a fair and not too disappointing result.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Match action Great Yarmouth v Ely

Great Yarmouth on the attack in the first half


Lee Pacey clears for Ely in the second half

The Wellesley






I have to say that the locals were friendly at the Wellesley, which reminded me of a Serie A ground (he says tongue in cheek) with the running track around it, although that is probably due to the fact that they share the ground with an athletics club. In terms of refreshments there was a tea bar, which also doubled as a souvenir shop with Ipswich and Norwich stuff as well as Bloaters' memorabilia. I have to say that they were quite friendly there and even did the ever demanding Nadiya some toast. They also did bovril at half time, which a lot more clubs in the region should do. There was also a posh tea bar and a proper bar. The proper bar was very comfortable and looked more modern than most Conferenc clubs provide. Again the people were friendly, but we did have to wait until 2.40 to get a drink, because they were waiting for somebody to bring some money to put in the till. I did think of suggesting they took the cash and gave me the change later, but I didn't feel like rocking the boat.

The programme was a bit of a bargain at £1.50 and actually gave a decent insight into the club, it's probably in terms of value for money one of the best programmes I've come across in a while. I also thought it was good the way they had an announcer who announced the times and names of scorers and didn't have any vomit inducing music and it made a nice change. I also liked getting a ticket as a souvenir of the game, but had to wonder why they bothered for a crowd of about 75, even so a nice touch.

The ground had one very interesting feature in that the stand that has recently been reopened thanks to a cash injection from Haven holidays is in the Guinness book of records for being the oldest spots stand in use in the world. It dates back to 1902.

All in all a good day out an interesting ground and a friendly atmosphere.

Photos
From top to bottom:

Top: The stand at the Wellesley that has recently been restored to it's former glory and appears the same as it did in 1902.

Second: A view of the pitch at the Wellesley.

Third: Me on a very comfortable leather sofa in the sports bar in the ground. Good job it was comfortable when you have to wait 40 minutes for a pint, but never mind.

Fourth: The stand again.

Bottom: The pitch again.

On the way to the Wellesley

The ground is a short walk away from the seafront, here is part of the way to the Yarmouth ground.



The locals were pretty friendly. Here's me questioning one around the corner from the ground.



Here we are at the entrance to the ground.

Random Yarmouth photos




Kids at the seaside






A bit of an interlude. Here are some random photos of the kids at the seaside.

A trip to the seaside

Yesterday Ely took on Great Yarmouth away at the Wellesley Recreation Ground. And although I have been lucky with the weather at the coast since coming back to England a couple of years ago the weather was dreadful yesterday.

Ely had the weather on their side in the first half and Adam Dalby ( I think!) put Ely ahead on 19 minutes. It was a 35 yard blaster that I like the entire Yarmouth defence missed. At half time it remained 1-0 and Ely were unable to extend their advantage of playing with the wind and rain behind them.

In the second half both Ely and Yarmouth played well and both keepers had saves to make, but Yarmouth managed to equalise on 69 minutes. After this Ely had most of the play and looked the more likely of the teams to steal the game especially when 15 minutes before time Impey broke through the Yarmouth defence, but unfortunately hit the bar.

So the game finished 1-1 and it could have been better, but on balance it was probably a fair result.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Better football, but no result

Yesterday Ely took on a strong Dereham side at the Unwin and the team played a lot better than they have of late, but unfortunateley they didn't get the reslult needed. All the team played well, but Lee Dixon and Nick Impey probably impressed the most.

Ely fell behind early on with Dereham scoring from their first attack of the match on 4 minuites. However the Robins showed determination and a beautifully taken shot by Nick Impey that was both powerful and accurate put the teams on level terms on 18 minuites.

One of the most pleasing things about the first half performance was that the players didn't let their heads drop when they went behind and the midfield was engaged with the match and equal to a Dereham side who beat them 3-1 a couple of weeks ago and who are unbeaten this season.

The second half was also pretty evenly balanced game with Robbie Mason and Andy Pettit both coming close and Lee Pacey making a couple of good saves from the Dereham forwards.

The midfield might have got more involved in the game and the players might be playing better in general; it would also appear that the long throws into the box have been outlawed (come on, they can be effective now and again it was just that when they are the only offensive tactic they get a bit grating), however Ely still look a bit lacking when opposing sides try to hit them on the counter attack and this was the case again today with Dereham getting the winner on 55 minutes.

A draw would have probably been a fair result, but football's hardly ever fair, just ask Robbie Mason, who got booked for a Dereham player running in to him just before the hour mark.

At least now Ely can put the two cup games behind them and hopefully push forward in the league.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fenerbahce emblem



Fenerbahce's name comes from Fener, which is Turkish for lighthouse and Bahce, which is Persian for garden. However neither a lighthouse or a garden appear on the badge. Nevertheless the badge does have a lot of symbolism.

The badge was designed by Fener left winger Topuz Hikmet who was helped by Tevfik Haccar (who was based in London or Germany depending on which reference you read)and every little bit of it has some meaning. The white symbolises purity, the red love and attachment and the red and white are also there to invoke the Turkish flag. The yellow and blue as well as being the colours of the club represent admiration and envy, and nobility, while the acorn leaf represents the power of Fenerbahce, so that's you told!

Not surprising after all that effort the only major change has been the lettering on the badge which changed when the preffered alphabet of Turkey changed.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Out of the cup and managerless

Yesterday Ely City took on Stewarts & Lloyds Corby in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup. After the disappointment of going out of the Vase on Tuesday Ely needed to pick themselves up and sharpen up in front of goal. Unfortunately it was Stewarts & Lloyds who took the lead on 10 minutes after their centre forward burst through the Ely defence. Ely had the chance to make ammends just 2 minutes later when they were given a penalty for a foul on Mark Johnstone. Smith stepped up to take the penalty, but the keeper saved.

It was another frustrating game for Ely with a lack of ideas in front of goal undermining their chances of making progress. Several changes were made to the team who lost to Gorleston on Tuesday but the main problem seemed to be the tactics of hoofing the ball up field and getting as many bodies in the box as possible and at the same time by commiting too many people forward left gaping holes at the back that Stewarts and Lloyds could possibly have hit on the break.

In the second half Stewarts and Lloyds had decent chances to score on 54 and 57 minutes, but the centre forward had forgotten his scoring boots in the second half. Unfortunately Ely still couldn't come up with any ideas either and the game finall finished 1-0.

Man of the match was probably Adam Murray who played well in midfield and at centre half when he swapped places with Simon Warren.

After the match Dennis Lightning resigned as manager of the Robins leaving Alan Allsop in charge for the time being.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Extra time blues in the vase

Another Tuesday and another cup replay at the Unwin. This time Ely City took on Gorleston, who play in the division below of the Eastern Counties League in a replay of the vase qualifying round after drawing 1-1 away on Saturday.

We all expected not to be getting an early night and that was the one front we were not disappointed on.

Ely rested several players, but still had out what looked like a fairly competitive side. However, the Robins really lacked fire power up front despite starting with old favourite Andy Pettit and Nick Impey, who always played as a striker before, but has looked a lot livelier since his move to midfield in pre-season.

It was Gorleston who should have taken the lead in another game that lacked goal mouth action on 30 minutes when some brave keeping from Lee Pacey and a bit of luck kept them out. Gorleston repeated the move one minute later, but the result was the same. On several occassions during the game Ely's ill advised offside trap and a fast Gorleston midfield could have undone the defence. However, thanks to poor finishing, luck and Pacey being on form the two incidents around the half hour mark were pretty indicative of Gorleston's night.

Ely on the other hand seemed to rely on hoofing the ball up field as fast as they could and hoping for a defender to give a throw in away so that Ben Lawrence could launch a throw in into the box. It was one of these moves that led to a 'goal' on 35 minutes. Bruiser Brown looked to have headed the ball clean in. The referee gave a goal, but the linesman saw an Ely player handlle the ball into the net. I'm not sure if anyone else did, although the ref later claimed he'd seen it and somebody said that they caught it on video (which I haven't seen, but if you happen to stumble on this post I would like to see it).

Anyway, to cut a long story short the second half was pretty much the same as the first with Gorleston doing everything but finding the back of the net and Ely lacking any imagination apart from the hit and hope or throw and hope tactics of the first half. The major incident was in the 84th minute when Chadwick who had been on for all of 3 minutes kicked out at one of the defenders while he was on the floor and got sent off. Again the referee missed the incident and consulted the linesman who also appeared to have missed the incident, but had heard the Ely fans saying that Chadders had been lucky he hadn't seen it.

The game finally drifted into extra time and in the second half of stoppage time Gorlesto finally got the ball into the back of the net on what was really a bad night for Gorleston strikers, a bad night for Ely City and a bad night for the officials. Here's hoping for a bit more entertainment whenn the FA Cup returns to town on Saturday!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

FA Cup Saga

On Tuesday night Ely City took on Wroxham in the FA Cup Preliminary Round replay. The game was only been being played because despite Ely being 2-0 up in the game on Saturday and then they let Wroxham get back to 2-2 despite Wroxham being down to ten men.

Anyway, as you may have guessed a mid week cup tie at the Unwin was never going to be settled after just 90 minutes and I had taken both the kids with me, so I'm expecting the NSPCC to knock on the door at any moment.

The first half was a fairly turgid affair with neither side really getting a grasp on the game, although Richard Chadwick was causing some problems for the Wroxham defence. However, the deadlock never really looked like being broken and at half time at 0-0.

The second half was more of the same, although Simon Warren finally broke the deadlock on 72 minutes. Ely needed to shut up shop and keep a rather impotent Wroxham at bay. However, they didn't manage to keep them out and on 80 minutes Wroxham equalised. There were a few chances for both Chadwick and Mason to finish off Wroxham in the last 10 minutes and stoppage time, but in the end the game drifted to penalties.

When Robbie Mason hit the bar with his penalty it looked like Ely wouldn't get through, but well struck penalties by Warren, Robbins and Dixon saved the day. However, the real hero of the night was Lee Pacey, who as well as saving 2 penalties stepped forward to smash the winning penalty home.

Just after the first goal



Players return to the centre circle after Coulson's goal

Sean at Cambridge United v Eastbourne Borough

Experimental photos

I got a new phone on Saturday and although the software is getting on my nerves I have mangaged to send a couple of photos from the Cambridge United v Eastbourne Borough match.

Bank holiday Monday at the shabby Abbey

On Monday afternoon me, Sean and Matt headed for the Abbey for Cambridge United's game against Eastbourne Borough. Cambridge needed to start scoring and to start winning games and despite having lost on the Saturday previously Eastbourne Borough had started strongly.

In the game in what might be one of the last sunny days of the year Cambridge United got off to a fine start with James Jennings ( who was allowed to play after an appeal to a ban) crossing the ball from a corner to Josh Coulson who headed in at the far post. After this Eastbourne looked good on the counter attack, but Cambridge should have been 3 or 4 up at the break. However, they had to settle for only 2 before the break thanks to a thunderous free kick struck by James Jennings, Eastbourne must have wished that Cambridge hadn't appealed for his sending off at Altrincham.

The second half was more of the same with Cambridge throwing men forward and always looking dangerous and Eastbourne posing a threat particularly from the right where Ross Treleaven caused problems with his crosses and long throws.

However, Cambridge didn't extend their lead further and the game finished 2-0. There should have been more and against other teams Cambridge will need to be sharper. They also picke up a couple of injuries that will hopefully not impede their progress too much.

2 games in 2 days

The last two days of August saw two games in two days with a trip to Cambridge United and Ely City. Here's what happened in the following posts.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Eastbourne Borough badge




Tomorrow Cambridge United take on Eastbourne Borough and the early season form has been a bit contrary to how most people expected it to be. Cambridge are at the moment, although it's still early days near the bottom of the Conference and Eastbourne who were expected to struggle have got off to a good start.

Eastbourne were formed as late as 1964, so it's probably good to look at their badge rather than their rather short history.

The Eastbourne Borough badge might look like a sandcastle but it actually represents a Martello Tower. The Martello Towers are fortifications that were built along the South Coast to repel Napoleon in the 19th Century.

Eatbourne Borough were formed as Langney FC in 1964 and changed their name to Langney Sports four years later. The Martello tower in the badge is the one situated at Langney Point.

The club didn't have a badge until the 1970s and the Martello Tower was chosen ahead of The Priory, mainly because it was easier to draw. The three waves under the tower in the original badge is taken from the logo of East Sussex County Council.




Langney changed their name to Eastbourn Borough in 2001 when they won promotion to the Southern League from the Sussex League in a bid to gain more commercial interest. They are now in their second season in the Conference, which is the highest level that they have played at.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Zombie football

This doesn't really refer to the match between Ely City and Stanway Rovers on Saturday, but my own state of mind. I'd been up since Thursday night and travelled back from Dalyan to Ely on the morning of the match. I think that most people were surprised that I had made it back in time for the game. Anyway, the first half offered a lot of niggly tackles, but didn't offer much in the way of goal mouth action. Ely did break the deadlock just before half time though when either Simon Warren or Grant Robbins put the Robins ahead. I say either as Simon Warren had a shot that seemed to spill on to the goal line and Grant Robbins seemed to put it over the line. Most of the debate at half time seemed to think that it was Warren's goal, but the referee gave it to Robbins, however it said that Warren scored the goal in the Cambridge News, so I guess we will never know who really got the goal.

There was no doubt about who got the second goal for Ely though as Robbie Mason powered through the Stanway defence to make it 2-0.

For most of the match Stanway were frustrated by the Ely off-side trap, but it's always a dangerous game for Ely to play and a lot of goals are scored from them not doing it properly. On one or two occassions it seemed that Robins could be thankful for some generous flag waving from the linesman. Stanway did get a goal back when Lee Pacey handled outside the box, but as it was accidental he only got a yellow. This set up a tense finish, as happens quite often at the Unwin, but it was a good result for the Robins who were missing 5 first teamers.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Eastern Counties League 2010-2011 Part 4 badges

The final part in the badges of the clubs taking part in the Eastern Counties Premier Division 2010-2011.


Wisbech Town




Wivenhoe Town



Woodbridge Town



Wroxham

Eastern Counties League 2010-2011 Part 4

The final part in who's who in the Eastern Counties League 2010-2011

Wisbech Town
Colours: All red
Nickname: The Fenmen
Year formed: 1920
Ground: The Tom Wood Fenland Stadium
Lynn Road
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 7AN
( This is the official stadium of Wisbech Town. However, they have been playing at the Nest, Outwell, Cambridgeshire for the last two seasons and I think that they will continue there this season.




Wivenhoe Town
Colours: Blue shirts with white sleeves / white shorts
Nickname: The Dragons
Year formed: 1925
Ground: Broad Lane Ground
Elmstead Road
Wivenhoe
Essex
CO7 7HA


Woodbridge Town
Colours: Black and white striped shirts / white shorts
Nickname: The woodpeckers
Year formed: 1885
Ground: Notcutts Park
Fynn Road
Woodbridge
Suffolk
IP12 4DA


Wroxham
Colours: Blue and white striped shirts / white shorts
Nickname: The Yachtsmen
Year formed: 1892
Ground: Trafford Park
Skinners Lane
Wroxham
Norfolk
NR12 8SJ

Eastern Counties League Part 3 badges

Part 3 to go with the focus on teams in the Eastern Counties Premier League 2010-2011

Mildenhall Town



Newmarket Town



Norwich United



Stanway Rovers




Walsham-le-Willows

Eastern Counties League Part 3

Mildenhall Town
Colours: Yellow shirts / black shorts
Nickname: The Hall
Year formed: 1898
Ground:Recreation Way
Mildenhall
Suffolk
IP28 7HG


Newmarket Town
Colours: Yellow and blue striped shirts / blue shorts
Nickname: The Jockeys
Year formed: 1877
Ground: Sherbourn Stadium
Town Ground
Cricket Field Road
Off New Cheveley Road
Newmarket
Suffolk
CB8 8BT


Norwich United
Colours: Yellow shirts / blue shorts
Nickname: The Planters
Year formed: 1903
Ground: Plantation Park
Blofield
Norwich
Norfolk
NR13 4PL



Stanway Rovers
Colours: Yellow shirts / black shorts
Nickname: Rovers
Year formed: 1956
Ground: Hawthorns
New Farm Road
Stanway
Colchester
Essex
CO3 0PG


Walsham-le-willows
Colours: All blue
Nickname: The willows
Year formed: 1890
Ground: Walsham Sports Club Ground
Summer Road
Walsham-le-Willows
Suffolk
IP31 3AH

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Eastern Counties League 2010-2011 badges

Here are the badges for the teams featured in the second part of the review of clubs in the Eastern Counties Premier League for this season.

Great Yarmouth Town



Hadleigh United



Haverhill Rovers



Histon Reserves



Kirkley and Pakefield



Leiston