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


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
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

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

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


Eastern Counties League Part 3

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

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

Stanway Rovers
Colours: Yellow shirts / black shorts
Nickname: Rovers
Year formed: 1956
Ground: Hawthorns
New Farm Road

Colours: All blue
Nickname: The willows
Year formed: 1890
Ground: Walsham Sports Club Ground
Summer Road
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


Eastern Counties League 2010-2011 Part 2

Great Yarmouth Town
Colours: Yellow and black striped shirts / black shorts
Nickname: The Bloaters
Year formed: 1897
Ground: The Wellesley
Sandown Road
Great Yarmouth
NR30 1EY

Hadleigh United
Colours: White shirts / blue shorts
Nickname: The Brettsiders
Year formed: 1892
Ground: Millfield
Tinkers Lane
Off Duke Street

Haverhill Rovers
Colours: All Red
Nickname: Rovers
Year formed: 1886
Ground: The New Croft
Chalkstone Way

Histon Reserves
Colours: Red and black striped shirts / black shorts
Nickname: The Stutes
Year formed: 1904
Ground: The Glassworld Stadium
Bridge Road

Kirkley and Pakefield
Colours: Blue and Red striped shirts / blue shorts
Nickname: The Royals
Year formed: 1886
Ground: Kirkley & Pakefield Community Sports & Social Club
Walmer Road

Colours: Blue shirts / white shorts
Nickname: Blues
Year formed: 1880
Ground: LTAA
Victory Road
IP16 4DQ

Year formed:

Eastern Counties League 2010 -2011 Part 1 badges

Brantham Athletic


CRC are a feeder club for Cambridge United and use the same badge

Debenham LC

Dereham Town

Ely City

Felixstowe and Walton United

FC Clacton

Eastern Counties League 2010-2011 Part 1

Part one of a look at the teams competing in the Ridgeon's Premier for the 2010-2011 season.

Brantham Athletic
Colours: All blue
Nickname: Brams
Year formed: 1887
Ground:Brantham Leisure Centre
New Village
Brantham Near Manningtree
CO11 1RZ

CRC (Cambridge Regional College)
Colours: Yellow shirts / black shorts
Nickname: None
Year formed:2006
Ground:R Costings Abbey Stadium
Newmarket Road

Debenham LC
Colours: Yellow shirts / black shorts
Nickname: The Hornets
Year formed: 1991
Ground:Debenham Leisure Centre
Gracechurch Street
IP14 6BL

Dereham Town
Colours: Black and white striped shirts / black shorts
Nickname: The Magpies
Year formed: 1884
Ground: Aldiss Park
Norwich Road
NR20 3AL

Ely City
Colours: All Red
Nickname: The Robins
Year formed: 1885
Ground: The Unwin Ground
Downham Road

Felixstowe and Walton United
Colours: Red and white striped shirts / black shorts
Nickname: The Seasiders
Year formed: 2000
Ground: Town Ground
Dellwood Avenue
IP11 9HT

FC Clacton
Colours: White shirts / blue shorts
Nickname: The Seasiders
Year formed: 1892
Ground: Rush Green Bowl
Rush Green Road
CO16 7BQ

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

No work and lots of fun. Ely v Histon reserves

Last night Ely took on Histon reserves in a game that was always going to be hard to predict. Mor often than not Histon put out a strong team against Ely, as it being a local game it invaribly goes ahead on Tuesday night. But things have changed dramatically at Histon and the old chairman of Histon, who was at the game last night, must be wondering where it all went wrong. Not that the future is that rosy at Ely either, but at least the team are playing well and they came into this game off a 2-0 win away at Harwich and Histon had gone down 6-1 at Dereham.

That said I wasn't that optimistic, as my last day had started with me hearing that O'Neill had quit Villa and then progressed to various authors and freelancers throwing huge spanners in the works just before I went on holiday.

Anyway, I didn't need to worry. The Histon team looked good enough, but very young, judging by the look of them they were probably having to stay up past their bed time. Ely had an effective enough looking team, but I did wonder about dropping Kentoth Gray and moving Ben Lawrence to left back. Ely were also without Robbie MAson, who was on holiday and Tony Beck who may or may not have had a bit of a falling out with Dennis Lightning at the Stowmarket game. Hopefully, I'm wrong about that, but they did have a pretty long discussion after he was substituted.

In the game itself Ely had a lot of the early pressure, but Jake Twinn put the visitors ahead on around the 10 minute mark. A couple of minutes later Tony Brown made the most of a mix up in the Histon box to put the Robins on equal terms. This more or less set the scene for the whole match, as Histon didn't get forward very often, but when they did they looked like scoring, while Ely got forward a lot, but only seemed like capitalising from defensive mix ups.

Justice was done on 35 minutes when Tony Brown's central defensive partner Simon Warren put Ely ahead, again when the box was packed with bodies. The final shot was definitely Wazzer's but it may have taken a deflection off a Histon defender.

On the stroke of half time Issy Smith scored what was the goal of the game with Histon's second shot as he slipped through the Ely defence to put the ball under Pacey from distance. Ironically, from the kick off after the goal Histon went forward again and could have made it 3-2, but fortunately the shot went wide to keep the result 2-2 at half time.

Ely came out firing in the second half and Andy Pettit put Ely ahead in the first minute after another incident of comedy defending where Histon failed to clear 4 shots before Pettit put it over the line. On 65 minutes Pettit wrapped up the game for the Robins after Mark Johnstone was fouled in the box. Mark Johnstone was probably the player of the match, but like a lot of the Ely players he needs to keep his trap shut.

Once Ely had gone 4-2 up there was no way back for Histon and Ely shut up shot by bringing on more defensively minded players. So a good start to the holiday and just for good measure I won a bottle of wine in the raffle

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Photos from Peterborough United v Bristol Rovers

Peterborough get the second half underway.

Peterborough attack.

Aaron McLean (number 9) tries to recover from his celebration which made it 2-0. He and George Boyd (number 10) celebrated that one for a few minutes!

The Posh and The Pirates

Yesterday saw the start of the season for the league excluding the Premier league and step 5 and 6 of non-league football. Ely were away, so I went to London Road to see Peterborough take on Bristol Rovers.

Last season was a bit of a nightmare for Peterborough with a managerial merry go round and relegation from the Championship looking almost certain as early as Christmas. Posh were relegated back to League 1, but they have managed to keep star players George Boyd and Aaron McLean and added some signings that make the club look stronger than when they played in the Championship. Also with Gary Johnson taking over as the manager they have a very experienced and able leader.

That said, it was hard to predict before kick off what the score would be with Bristol Rovers being one of the dark horses of the division. From the start it looked like Bristol Rovers were going to try and contain Peterborough and hit them on the break. The first 20 minutes was quite a turgid affair, but after that Peterborough had a few chances and if the linesman hadn't been so flag happy every time Mendez-Laing went forward Peterborough may have made the break through before half time. On the other hand Bristol Rovers also created a few chances and Kuffour came close on a couple of occassions.

Whatever Johnson said to the players at half time seemed to work though, as they came out firing on all cylinders and on 58 minutes George Boyd fired Posh ahead after a beautiful shot found its way into the corner of the Bristol Rovers' net. It was then Aaron McLean's turn to push forward and he came close on a couple of occassions before hitting the post and then on 73 minutes finally buring the ball in the Rovers' net. By now it could have been a cricket score for Peterborough, but they had to wait until 88 minutes when Posh new boy Grant McCann, who has 'freekick specialist' on his CV curved the ball around the Rovers' wall to make it Peterborough 3 Bristol Rovers 0

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Holiday playlist

What holiday would be complete without a mixtape. Here's mine. Only two working days to go.
Spiritualized – Soul On Fire
Primal Scream – Don't Fight It, Feel It
New Fast Automatic Daffodils – You Were Lying When You Said You Loved Me
Tokyo Police Club – Your English Is Good
John Dahlbäck – Mutants Mixtapes
The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
The Rakes – That's The Reason
Cud – Robinson Crusoe
Red Snapper – Dnipro
The Telescopes – The Sleepwalk
Mexican Institute Of Sound – Cumbia
Slowdive – 40 Days
The Dilettantes – Ready To Go
Film School – Sick Of The Shame
Trentemøller – The Mash And The Fury
Lindstrøm – Fast & Delirious
Los Campesinos! – We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Johnny Foreigner – Criminals
The Lea Shores – Brand New Day
The House Of Love – I Don't Know Why I Love You
The Blue Aeroplanes – Jacket Hangs
Crispy Ambulance – Deaf
Happy Mondays – Oasis
The Fall – Theme From Sparta F.C.
Pavement – Gold Soundz
Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
The Legends – Call It Ours
65daysofstatic – Weak4
Luke Vibert – Wow! It's Now! - Original
Mogwai – Glasgow Mega-Snake
The Stone Roses – I Am The Resurrection

Listen to it on Spotify:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bristol Rovers shirt history

When you think of quartered shirts you usually think of Rugby. However, a lot of football clubs also had quartered shirts in the nineteenth century. Strangely though the club that most famously wear this pattern in England, Bristol Rovers, didn't start wearing their distinctive blue and white quarters until 1931.

Bristol Rovers started off life as the Black Arabs in 1883 and wore a black shirt with a gold sash.

In 1893 the Black Arabs became Eastville Rovers and wore white with black shorts and later a sort of dirty green and yellow halved shirt. In 1897 they became known as Bristol Eastville Rovers and one year later became simply Bristol Rovers. From 1897 to 1900 the club wore blue and white hoops.

Bristol Rovers alternated between kits of black and white stripes and blue and white hoops during the first 31 years of the 20th Century and then in 1931 they introduced the blue and white quarters for the first time.

The shirt design became that iconic that Bristol Rovers didn't bother with a club crest. However, between 1962 and 1973 they abandoned the quarters for blue and white stripes and plain blue kits. In 1973 the quarters were back and they have been in fashion ever since. In fact in 1980 when Rovers finally designed a badge it was based on the pattern of shirts.

The badge added a rather camp looking pirate in 1997 to go with the club's nickname of the Pirates, but the shirt pattern is still prominent.

I'll be off to see Bristol Rovers at Peterborough on Saturday and below is the kit they will be wearing next season, although they will be wearing their away strip, as Peterborough wear blue.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The first silverware of the season, or not?

Last night Ely took on Soham Town Rangers for the Doug Unwin memorial trophy and what a performance for the Robins it was. They have looked quite impressive in preseason, but this game was the iceing on the cake. Ely started with what is expected to be the starting line up for Saturday's opening game in The Eastern Counties and the only surprise was perhaps that Robbie Mason didn't start and there wasn't a place for Tony Beck, who has also looked pretty sharp in preseason so far.

Simon Warren who had missed the previous preseason games that I had been to did start and made an impact early on by heading the Robins ahead on 3 minutes. In fact it was all Ely from start to finish and on 25 minutes Chadwick playing in only his second game of preseason doubled the score. Ely could have finished the game by half time, but it was only 2-0, which set up what might have been a tense second half with Ely's propensity in the past to mess up in defence and Lightning's tendency to change most of the team at half time in preseason.

Lightning did change most of the team and Mason and Beck came on, but Ely continued to dominate and didn't look much different to in the first half. The biggest change was from a 4-4-2 system to a 4-5-1 with Mason playing up front as the lone striker.

It was Mason who extended the scoreline early on in the second half and Ely continued to press forward an reverted to 4-4-2 when Andy Pettit came on. It was a switch which also seemed to work as Pettit made it 4-0 on 75 minutes.

Soham got a concellation goal on 88 minutes when Lee Pacey fouled a Soham forward. Dubi Ogbanna stepped forward for the Greens, Pacey saved, but Ogbanna got the rebound.

It finished 4-1 and we hoped to see Ely lift the trophy, but Soham had left it in their clubhouse, so we had to make do with seeing the players presented with mini trophies.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

5 games in July

Yesterday saw Ely City take on Stowmarket in another friendly, in what was the fifth game I went to in July. It was the third Ely game and ended in a draw, meaning in July I saw the Robins win one, draw one and lose one.

Stowmarket weren't exactly brilliant opposition and when Grant Robbins scored in the opening couple of minutes, it looked like Ely might be in for a big victory. However, things didn't work out like that and on the half hour mark a bad offside call by Lee Dixon let Stowmarket equalise. However, their parity was short lived with Nick Impey making it 2-1 to Ely just before half time.

It looked like Ely might be able to extend their lead in the second half, as Stowmarket didn't seem too clever a team, but unfortunately it was Stowmarket who equalised. The introduction of Robbie Mason gave Ely a fresh impetus, but he didn't seem to be comfortable playing with Andy Petit and the game finished 2-2 in what was the poorest of the preseason perforrmances I have seen by Ely so far. One bright spark was a new signing in midfield from Chatteris who looked more than useful and at the same time it was an experimental team.

Dennis Lightning has promised to put out what will probably be the starting line up when the proper season gets underway against Soham on Tuesday, so hopefully it will be more like the performance against Hadley last week.