Glossop North End away to Billingham Town.

The sole surviving club in the F.A. Vase east of the M60 motorway is Glossop North End. Two seasons ago, they reached the F.A. Vase Final, losing to Whitley Bay.

The 19th November will see Glossop North End travel to Teesside where they face Billingham Town. The Teesside club play their first team fixtures in the STL Northern League – the same league as Ashington, who beat Guiseley in the F.A. Cup Third Qualifying Round. Previous results in the F.A. Vase saw Billingham Town beat Whitehaven 4-2 and South Shields 5-2 – all of which at home.

The Bill’s Bedford Terrace ground is a short walk away from the town centre. Billingham town centre saw much redevelopment and expansion in the 1950 and 1960s owing to huge investment by ICI. Till recent times, the town’s fortunes were built on ammonia and synthetic chemicals. It was this material which inspired the name of The Bill’s rival team Billingham Synthonia. The latter part of the name is a shortened version of Synthetic Ammonia. The proliferation of chemical industries in the town inspired The Alan Parsons Project’s 1984 album Ammonia Avenue.

Ashville, victors of Formby on Saturday have a home tie against Staveley Miners’ Welfare. At the start of this month, they ended their F.A. Cup campaign against Hyde. November 19th sees them hope for better luck in the F.A. Vase. Had Oldham Borough beaten Padiham on Saturday, they would have been granted a home against another former colliery side. Making their journey to the Arbories Memorial Sports Ground is Askern Villa. Their campaign began on the 10th September in the First Qualifying Round with an away trip to Silsden, and a convincing 5-2 win. This was followed by a 1-0 home win against Hall Road Rangers on the 24th September in the Second Qualifying Round. A 63rd minute penalty separated the two sides. This Saturday saw them beat Selby Town 3-1, another home win.

The second Lancastrian (or should that be Yorkshire?) club to be rewarded with a home tie is Barnoldswick Town. Making their journey to the Silentnight Stadium is Spennymoor Town, a County Durham side formed from the ashes of the defunct Spennymoor United and fellow local side Evenwood Town.

Second Proper Fixtures (19 November 2011):

  • Ashville v Staveley Miners’ Welfare;
  • Padiham v Askern Villa;
  • Barnoldswick Town v Spennymoor Town;
  • Billingham Town v Glossop North End;

Next Time…

Will Glossop North End beat Billingham Town? We shall see after the 19 November 2011…

S.V., 24 October 2011.

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