Saturday 26th October 2013 ko 19.00
Northern League Division One
NEWCASTLE BENFIELD 2 (Stephenson 29 Brayson 31)
MORPETH TOWN 1 (Chilton 35)
Chicken Curry & Rice £2
It may have been less than a mile from Team Northumbria to Sam Smith’s Park, but the whole feel of the area changed completely between the two grounds. I’m sure nightfall had something to with it, but Benfield’s home looks like a traditional football ground, and one that could grace a league higher up the footballing pyramid.
Looks are deceiving, the club has only been around since 1988, and with Northern Alliance outfit Newcastle East End next door I wonder how many hoppers pondered whether a fifth game could have been squeezed in? It wasn’t a long-lived thought, it would have been too much- four is enough!
Where the club unquestionably got it…
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Continuing our series of extracts from ‘The Lost World of Football’ (which is ‘brilliant’… if you believe the first published review in Sport mag!)
Since 1908 the Charity Shield had been treated like a mixed metaphor of dog’s dinner and moveable feast. Touring all the big grounds from Highbury to Goodison, it eventually settled on a formula of League Champions vs. FA Cup Winners. However, by the early Seventies, its stock was pretty low.
In The Lost World of Football we go on to look back on Cloughie’s Leeds vs. Shankly’s Liverpool – not a highly charitable occasion.
But here we remember the 1975 Shield between champs Derby and Cup winners West Ham. Specifically, how smashing it was when Umbro shirts and…
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Isthmian League Cup, 2nd Round
Walton Casuals FC v Walton & Hersham FC
Tuesday, 28th October 2013, 7.45pm
Entrance £8, Programme £2
Distance 6 miles, Attendance 104
As the Baldwin sisters were sending out invitations for a lavish ball deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, nearly four thousand miles away in deepest Surrey folks were planning a couple of Walton get-togethers of their own.
Oblivious to the shenanigans across the pond – as the Second World War came to a close – in the League of Corinthians, fifty year old “Grandpa” Walton FC was cosying up with Esther; or neighbouring Hersham FC as they were more commonly known. A few years later, on the other side of town, a group of ex-servicemen were casually forming an outfit which would eventually rival old man Walton.
Starting out in the county’s local intermediate league, the casual servicemen climbed the mountain…
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It’s a winner! Football Special 79