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Book Review: British Football’s Greatest Grounds

Not only a coffee table book for groundhoppers; a must for any football fan

  • Title: British Football’s Greatest Grounds: One Hundred Must-See Football Venues;
  • Author: Mike Bayly;
  • Photography: various contributors including David Bauckman, Paul Paxford, Colin McPherson, Andy Nunn, Stuart Tree, Ben Webster,
  • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Limited (2020);
  • Recommended Selling Price: £30.00 (hardback).

At this moment in time, you may be missing your football fix if you often go out to see your favourite team. Due to the lockdown, only Elite League football teams (National Leagues North and South upwards) can continue their season. In what is now known as The Trident Leagues (Northern Premier, Southern and Isthmian leagues), league football has been suspended till further notice. Likewise with its regional feeder leagues.

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Tameside’s and Glossop’s Northern Premier League 2019 – 20 Fixtures

Ashton United welcome newly promoted Atherton Collieries whilst Mossley and Stalybridge Celtic travel away

Well, the wait is over. Today at 6pm, the Northern Premier League has announced its fixtures for the 2019 – 2020 season. This season will also see two significant developments for the 51-year-old league. First is the creation of a North West Division and a South East Division. The second one is a change of sponsor: this time as the BetVictor Northern Premier. A change from being sponsored by adhesive products.

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Tameside F.C.? No Way, Pedro!

Why a combined borough-wide team may hinder rather than help

Tameside: a product of the 1972 Local Government Act comprising of 210,000 residents, parts of three historical counties, and six senior level football teams with rivalries of their own. Devotees of the semi-professional game are spoilt for choice in the borough. Besides Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde FC, Droylsden, Ashton United, Curzon Ashton and Mossley A.F.C, there is a further two clubs taking temporary residence. Continue reading “Tameside F.C.? No Way, Pedro!”

Countdown to Agony or Ecstasy: 21 Days Set to Shake Tameside Non League Football

A preview of the final three weeks of the 2013-14 football season

At around about this time last August, we were bracing ourselves for what would hopefully be a good season for all clubs in the Tameside area, and Glossop North End. At this time of writing, we are now three weeks away from its completion, that very point of the season which is often known as ‘the business end’. Continue reading “Countdown to Agony or Ecstasy: 21 Days Set to Shake Tameside Non League Football”

Moments Which Shook Tameside and Glossop Non-League Football: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten seminal moments of non-league footballing greatness in the Tameside and Glossop areas

With the season less than ten matches from completion, this would often be the time for Player of the Year, PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards. This would also be a time to reflect upon the last three-quarters of the footballing season, maybe the odd past glory or two. Continue reading “Moments Which Shook Tameside and Glossop Non-League Football: The Not So Perfect Ten”

From Worksop Parramore to Wembley

A spotlight on the 2013-14 F.A. Challenge Cup competition

By next week, the world’s greatest and oldest cup competition will be in full swing. Everybody says the absolute zenith of the competition at its finest is the final tie at Wembley. I beg to differ. What has made, and continues to make the F.A. Cup one of the most revered competitions in the world is its qualifying rounds, leading up to the First Round Proper. It always seems to lose some of its allure when the last non-league side has been eliminated. Continue reading “From Worksop Parramore to Wembley”

East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Third Qualifying Round Draw

Home ties against Yorkshire opposition await Hyde and Droylsden

 

The Third Qualifying Round draw sees both the Bloods and the Tigers awarded home ties.

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East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Second Qualifying Round Results

Away wins for Hyde and Droylsden but Stalybridge Celtic, Buxton, Altrincham and Ashton United bow out at home

East of the M60 motorway, only one of our teams are in the hat for the Third Qualifying Round draw (with another just inside the M60). Both of which are in the Blue Square Bet North, one of which has enjoyed a good run in the league, with the other one stuttering a little.

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East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Here Come the Big Guns

F.A. Challenge Cup Second Qualifying Round draw

For many fans, this is where the magic of the F.A. Cup starts to unfold. From the 1st October, the Step Two sides enter the Second Qualifying Round. By then, the likes of Stalybridge Celtic, Altrincham and Hyde battle it out for a place in the next round and (hopefully by November) the First Round Proper, along with sides from Step Three downwards.

From the First Qualifying Round, Ashton United, Radcliffe Borough and Buxton have made it through to this round at the first attempt. Tomorrow night, we shall see if Woodley Sports or FC United of Manchester will join them at Surrey Street, Glossop. Continue reading “East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Here Come the Big Guns”