Leverington Sports v Peterborough I.C.A. Sports

Peterborough & District League

Premier Division

Sunday 30th July 2017

Kick Off 14.00  Actual 14.02

Leverington Sports 2 Peterborough I.C.A. Sports 0,  attendance 304

52′ 1-0

90′ 2-0

@ Leverington Sports & Social Club

Church Road


PE13 5DE

£4 Admission, including programme, 8 pages.

Another trip to The Fens, today’s game being just outside Wisbech. Sadly, another really poor match and the lack of quality in the three games watched in this league over the weekend do not reflect at all well on the league, especially as two of the matches were in the top division.

Spalding Town v Wisbech St. Mary Saints

Peterborough & District League

Division 2

Saturday 29th July 2017

Kick Off 16.30 Actual 16.34

Spalding Town 2 Wisbech St. Mary Saints 1,   attendance 240

18′ 1-0

40′ 1-1

90′ 2-1

@ Pinchbeck United F.C.

Knight Street


PE11 3RB

??? Admission

£1 Programme (didn’t bother)

So, just six miles from the last game and on to the ground of Pinchbeck United, last seasons Peterborough & District League Premier Division champions. This very basic recreation ground would never meet the ground grading for the Step 6 United Counties League, which Pinchbeck have been promoted into, so they have moved to groundshare with Spalding United, which in turn, has enabled Spalding Town to move in here.

No idea how much the admission was here, as no one was interested in taking money, so the admission was as if it was any other league match……nothing !

With this being two levels lower than the last game, I wasn’t expecting much quality……and wasn’t disappointed….it was rubbish.

Moulton Harrox v Sutton Bridge United

Peterborough & District League

Premier Division

Saturday 29th July 2017

Kick Off 13.45  On Time !

Moulton Harrox 3 Sutton Bridge United 0,  attendance 280

6′ 1-0

27′ 2-0

43′ 3-0

@ Moulton Harrox Sports Field

Broad Lane


PE12 6PN

£4 Admission *

£1 Programme (didn’t bother as already ripped off on admission price)

Thankfully, there were only going to be three grounds being visited on this years ‘Peterborough Hop’ ( primarily organised  for a coach load of groundhoppers incapable of doing anything for themselves, but swelled by around 150-200 other ‘hoppers who travel by car and don’t need their hands held !) that I had not visited for a match, which if visited on any other day during the season would be free to enter, but here, it is an extortionate price for the level of football on offer.

Moulton were very impressive in the first half, but the second half was a total non event, which sadly, would be a recurring trend.

As always, yet another inflated attendance claimed, as at least 40 fewer here than the official figure.

K. E.G. Gistel v S.K. Eernegem


West Vlaanderen Provincial Cup

Group C

Wednesday 26th July 2017

Kick Off 19.30  Actual 19.29

K. E.G. Gistel 2 S.K. Eernegem 0,  attendance 62

58′ 1-0

74′ 2-0

@ Stadion De Kegge

Pol Gernaeystraat 1

8470 Gistel

€5 Admission

Team Sheet, free.

K. Eendracht Genootschap Gistel, to give them their full name, have played in the Belgian League, albeit some time ago, as have the visitors, although that was as recent as a couple of years ago. Nowadays they are back in the Provincial set up, this being level 2 versus level 1.

This was the first competitive game of the season in West Vlaanderen, brought forward from next weekend due to S.K. Eernegem having a match in the 1st Round of the Belgian Cup. It was a real slow burner, in which there were plenty of chances, but in the end probably a deserved win for the hosts.

The fact that Gistel is only an hours drive from The Tunnel meant we were on the 2250 crossing back, so despite numerous single lane sections on the M20, I was back home by 2340…..2 hours earlier than from Hull the night before ! Even better, the trip only cost us £20 each for Tunnel/Fuel.

Hull City v F.C. Nantes

Pre Season Friendly

Tuesday 25th July 2017

Kick Off 19.30. On Time !

Hull City 0 F.C. Nantes 0,  attendance 2,097

@ Hull Kingston Rovers R.L.F.C.

KCOM Craven Park

Poorhouse Lane

Kingston upon Hull


£12 Admission

£1.50 Programme, 16 pages.

Craven Park, which is also referred to as New Craven Park, as it takes the same name of the stadium it replaced in 1989 (old one was on Holderness Road) is home to Hull Kingston Rovers R.L.F.C. From 1995 to 2005 it also hosted the Hull Vikings Speedway team and during the 2015/16 season it played host to a handful of football matches when Hull United played here in the Northern Counties East League.

I was living abroad at the time, so never got to see football played here, and if it wasn’t for the fact that Hull City were carrying out work on the pitch at the KCOM Stadium, then this might have been a ground I would have missed out on, for football that is, as I had been here for rugby league on 14.10.1990, when 5,583 were present for Hull K.R. 22 Widnes 20 in a Division 1 match. The attendance tonight was never going to trouble the 12,225 capacity and only the East and West sides of the ground were open.

Having visited Boothferry park a few months earlier (16.4.90 Hull City 2 Wolves 0, Division 2, attendance 7,510) and then the brand new KC Stadium, as it was then known, (18.3.03 Hull City 1 Torquay United 1, Division 3, attendance 13,310 ) I never thought I would get to see a third venue stage a Hull City match.

This game never looked like producing a goal. That about sums it up. The only thing of note was the fact that it was the first game back in England for visiting manager Claudio Ranieri, following his sacking at the defending Premier League champions Leicester City.

St. Michaels D.H.F.C. v Parklands

Widnes Cup

Group 2

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Kick Off 15.00 On Time !

St. Michaels D.H.F.C. 3 Parklands 3,  attendance 70

14′ 1-0

19′ 1-1 (pen)

21′ 2-1

85′ 2-2

88′ 3-2

90′ 3-3

@ St. Michaels Parish Centre

St. Michaels Road



No admission (a bucket collection was made for charity) or programme.

The Widnes Cup is now in its fifteenth season. It is played in two groups of four teams, the winners of each group contesting the final, with the two runners up playing off for third place.

Both these teams are in the Premier Division of the Warrington & District League. They were very evenly matched and put on a game of very good quality for the level, in what was my first competitive match this season after a number of friendlies in the last couple of weeks.

Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils

Rugby Football League

Super League

Friday 21st July 2017

Kick Off 20.00 Actual 20.03

Leigh Centurions 25 Salford Red Devils 0,  attendance 7,002

@ Leigh Sports Village Stadium

Sale Way


Greater Manchester


£20 Admission

£3 Programme, 84 pages.

Leigh Sports Village Stadium was opened in late 2008 and has a capacity of just over 12,000. I had been here previously to watch football on 21st April 2009 ( Leigh Genesis 2 Bradford Park Avenue 1, attendance 301, Northern Premier League, Premier Division). Genesis played here until they folded in 2011.

I had seen Leigh play at their former home, Hilton Park, back on 18th March 1990, in a Division 1 match versus Widnes, where they drew 20-20 in front of a 4,848 crowd.

Tonights game had a very unexpected result as bottom of the table beat 4th place in the final regular season match before the play offs.  It was 18-0 at halftime and incredibly it took 35 minutes of the second half to add to the scoring when Leigh kicked a drop goal. Shortly afterwards they scored a breakaway try, which was converted, to complete the scoring. More importantly, it lifted them off the bottom of the table, replaced by Widnes Vikings.

Leigh are yet another club who vastly add numbers to make it look like they are well supported, as there looked to be fewer than 5,000 present, despite the total they announced.

The Open Golf Championship

The 146th Open Golf Championship

Day 2

Friday 21st July 2017

Tee Off 06.35

@ Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Waterloo Road



£80 Admission

£15 Park & Ride

£10 Programme * (didn’t bother at that price)

*Free guide and tee times available, plus free course maps.

Birkdale Golf Club was founded in 1889 and was awarded ‘Royal’ status in 1951. Birkdale was nominated as the venue for the 1940 Open Championship, but this was cancelled due to the outbreak of WW2 in 1939. The Open Championship was finally staged here in 1954 and this year is the tenth time it has hosted it. The Curtis Cup, Walker Cup, Women’s British Open and the Ryder Cup have also been held here.

The previous Open Championship winners here are Peter Thompson (twice), Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson, Ian Baker-Finch, Mark O’Meara and Padraig Harrington. The latter two were playing today.

Today consisted of 52 games, each having 3 players. The first group set off at 06.35, with the last trio heading out at 16.16. We saw parts of 20/52 games. Having arrived on the course at 07.00, expecting to get an absolute soaking, if the totally wrong BBC weather forecast was to believed, we made it through until 1605 before the rain arrived, but we had planned to head off around that time anyway. By the time we were driving away from the course, the rain was absolutely hammering down.

Golf isn’t really the best sport to watch ‘live’ and there is no atmosphere whatsoever out on the course. Rather like Formula 1, it is best watched on television from the comfort of your armchair.

Despite not being a big golf fan, at least of the 60 players we saw in action, I had actually heard of quite a few of them. Recognising any of them in the street however………….

Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer, Zach Zohnson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Paul Casey, Matt Kuchar, Paul Lawrie, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari, Marc Leishman, Bubba Watson, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Rose were the ones I knew of in advance.

Fordingbridge Turks v Fawley

Pre Season Friendly

Wednesday 19th July 2017

Kick Off 19.00 Actual 18.58

Fordingbridge Turks 2 Fawley 7,  attendance 25

@ Fordingbridge Recreation Ground

Ringwood Road


No Admission

£1.50 Programme, 16 pages, covering all pre season matches.

Fordingbridge Turks are the oldest club in Hampshire, having been formed in 1868 ! They take their name from the renowned fighting spirit of the Turkish forces who faced the mighty Russian Army in the Crimean War. They play in Division 1 of the Bournemouth League, which is the second tier. Fawley play two levels higher, in Division 1 of the Wessex League.

It took a while for the deadlock to be broken, but it was pretty much one way traffic from that point. Fawley scored after 33, 37, 52, 56, 61, 64 and 69 minutes to lead 0-7. Turks scored twice the in the last ten minutes, giving me a second 2-7 score line in my last 3 matches.

F.C. Elmstead v Hildenborough Athletic

Pre Season Friendly

Tuesday 18th July 2017

Kick Off 19.30 Actual 19.32

F.C. Elmstead 4 Hildenborough Athletic 1,  attendance 22

@ Coney Hall Recreation Ground

Church Drive

Coney Hall


No admission or programme.

Elmstead, who play in the Southern Counties League Division 1, were far too strong for the visitors, who last season finished second bottom in the Premier Division of the Kent County League. Goals on 19, 21 and 52 minutes put them well in command. Hildenborough got a consolation goal on 76 minutes before Elmstead added their fourth two minutes later.

With a ridiculously late scheduled kick off time, considering there were no floodlights, it was no surprise that the Referee blew for full time eight minutes early, when it began to rain and visibility was becoming very poor.