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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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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”

East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #1: F.A. Vase Fourth Round Draw and Third Round Results

OMG, They’re Playing Whitley [Bay].

Before I lead you towards any references to the animated series, I can reveal that Kyle, Eric Cartman nor Chef feature in the side drawn to Whitley Bay in the Fourth Round of the F.A. Vase.

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East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #1: F.A. Vase Third Round Draw

Home tie for Glossop North End against more local opposition.

Glossop North End’s reward for beating Billingham Town is a home tie against  Runcorn Town.

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East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #1: F.A. Vase Second Round Proper results

Glossop North End cruise to victory against Billingham Town.

Our only side left in the F.A. Vase east of the M60 motorway advanced to the Third Round Proper beating Billingham Town 4 – 2.

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East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #1: The F.A. Vase Draw

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. Continue reading “East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #1: The F.A. Vase Draw”

East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #1: F.A. Vase Second Qualifying Round Results

Glossop North End and Oldham Borough through but early exits for Chadderton and Abbey Hey

Glossop North End made up for their early exit in the F.A. Cup with a morale boosting 3 – 1 win over Shirebrook Town. The Hillmen took the lead early on in the game with the Nottinghamshire side equalising soon after. By half time, Glossop North End were leading 2 – 1, with a third goal in the second half ensuring passage to the First Round Proper.

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East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #1: The F.A. Vase

F.A. Vase Second Qualifying Round under way this week

For most non league sides, the most realistic way of getting to Wembley is through the F.A.’s Trophy, Vase, Youth Cup and Sunday Cup competitions instead of the Challenge Cup. Some clubs may enter the other F.A. competitions but decline the offer of appearing in the Football Association’s flagship one. Continue reading “East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #1: The F.A. Vase”