GROUNDHOPPERS TO HIT NOTTS
Last March as the hoppers were leaving Glapwell FC to head back to the coach, their cars and trains and planes, the question on all lips was "Rob, where are we going next season?" The reply was "I am in talks with the Notts Senior League". Talks infact were being discussed amongst the Notts Senior League Committee and they welcomed the idea with open and excited arms.
Five matches were discussed in August and a meeting with the ten clubs was arranged for September at Wollaton FC on a bright Sunday Morning. Clubs that attended were more than happy with what they heard and have really looked forward to taking part in this forthcoming Annual Event for Nottinghamshire Football.
We did have a slight hiccup as one of the host clubs had to withdraw as their new clubhouse and changing room facilities wasnt going to be built in time, so a quick replacement was made and everyone was happy.
The Advanced Tickets went on sale in Mid - September and end on Thursday 11th April and sales reached a amazing 156 sold including our Overseas friends from as far as Sweden.
A bargain to be had at just £15 which included entry in to all 5 grounds and also a programme pack of all 5 different programmes.
Those that just wish to turn up, can pay £3 on the gate and buy a programme for £1 each. All home clubs will have their first ever Enamel Badge at £3 each...Most clubs home and away will have a stall to raise funds for their clubs, selling old shirts, programmes etc. There will also be stall holders who sell programmes, books, badges etc.
Food at each game is different, so a good choice is on offer.
Here are the matches and directions and bit about the games(up to Friday 12th April 2013):
FRIDAY 19th APRIL
MAGDALA AMATEURS FC v BILBOROUGH TOWN FC 6.30pm kick off
Parking at Emmanuel School (opposite the Ground)
Magdala are in fine form with only two losses in the last fourteen League matches and are sitting in fifth place at present, whilst visitors Bilborough Town started the season off very poorly and spent a lot of time at the bottom, but having won seven out of the last nine that they are unbeaten has moved them up in to a respectable mid-table postition. The fixture earlier in the season finished as a 2-2 draw. Magdala Amateurs will be producing their First Ever League Programme.
Magdala will be doing either Pork Cobs or Hot Dogs
Entrance £3..Matchday Programme £1
With this being the Friday Evening fixture, it would be lovely to see some Football League Fans down to have a look and support Non League Football.
SATURDAY 20th APRIL
SELSTON FC v WOLLATON FC 10.10am kick off
Selston Parish Hall Ground
Parking next door to the ground at the school
Selston FC are capable of giving any club a good match, but they have had a topsy turvey season and sit in 7th position in the table at the moment, whilst Wollaton FC who won the Notts Senior League for the 1st two seasons are have struggle this season and are third from bottom at the moment, but having seen both clubs recently, this could well be a close called game. Earlier in the season the clubs drew 1-1 at Wollaton FC.
Selston FC will be doing Bacon Cobs, they will also have a Real Ale tent with a Real Ale specially brewed called GAME OVER.
Entrance £3..Programme £1
With a early kick off of 10.10am, A healthy crowd should appear at this game with well over 300 hopefully.
UNDERWOOD VILLA FC v WEST BRIDGFORD FC 12.45pm
Felley Mill Lane North
Parking in the Club's Official Car Park £1
We now ventured in to Division One for the 1st time now, where hosts Underwood Villa FC are having a lot of work done on their ground after getting a Football Foundation Grant to build new changing rooms. Bracken Park houses two pitches, the main pitch being nearest to the changing rooms. On the pitch, Underwood are third from bottom having only won four games all season, but I saw them win of of those matches and thought they played very well against a team from near the top of the table that day. Newly promoted West Bridgford FC started off the season brightly but of late their form has taken a slight faulter. When these two teams met earlier in the season, it resulted in a 3-3 draw. Underwood Villa FC will be producing their First ever Programme.
Underwood Villa will be selling Pie and Peas.
Entrance £3 Programme £1.
AWSWORTH VILLA FC v COTGRAVE FC 3.30pm
No parking at the Ground, side street Parking only.
Awsworth Villa are sitting mid-table in the Senior Division but have recently reached the Semi Final of the Notts FA Intermediate Cup where they held CMFL Newboys AFC Mansfield to 0-0 for 90 minutes before losing in Extra Time. One of the nicest grounds I have been to, as it is shaped in a mini bowl and you can watch the game from above the pitch level. Their visitors CotgraveFC are sitting two positions below, but as I write, have played a couple of games more. This will be the first meeting of the clubs this season.
Awsworth Villa FC will be selling Home Made Stew and Dumplings, also Cottage/Shepherds Pie.
Entrance £3 Programme £1
KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE FC v KEYWORTH UNITED FC 6.15pm
Street Parking only
Kimberley MW FC have a nice ground and are sure to greet the Hoppers well, as will all the other four host clubs. Kimberley sit around the halfway place in the League table and with a few wins could well spring further up the table.
Keyworth United FC are sitting second from bottom, but as I write, do have a couple of games in hand of others around them.
This will be the first meeting of the season between the two clubs.
Kimberley MW FC will be having a BBQ which always goes down well.
Entrance £3 Programme £1.
I do still have 3 seats left on the coach for the Saturday games leaving Nottingham Station Street at 8.30am and arriving back at no later than 8.40pm, if you are interested in the coach seat, they are priced at £15 and will be sold on a first serve first sold basis, so please ring me on 01623 486678 for a coach seat.
MAGDALA AMATEURS FC
From A453(JCT 24), head for Nottingham, as you approach Clifton Bridge, take left lane and turn LEFT at island on to Wilford Lane(B679). Continue for approx 1 mile, you will see ROKO Centre on Right, park in school on LEFT. Ground entrance is behind the ROKO Centre.
From Trent Bridge/West Bridgford. Go along Loughborough Road, Turn RIGHT on to Wilford Lane and ground is approx 1 mile on the left, parking is at school on the right.
Regular buses 1 and 2 from Nottingham City Centre drop you outside the ground.
From M1(JCT 27), take the exit and take A608 Heanor, travel for approx 1 mile into Underwood and turn RIGHT at T Junction. Follow B600 Alfreton-Selston. Travel for 1.5 miles, at Petrol station on RIGHT, turn RIGHT on to Mansfield Road. Go rund left bend and ground is on the LEFT hand side. Parking is next to the ground at the school.
UNDERWOOD VILLA FC
Turn RIGHT back on to Mansfield Road out of Selston's ground. At bottom, turn LEFT on to B600, after 1.4 miles, turn LEFT on to Sandhill Road, at top of the road, the ground is straight ahead of you. You MUST park at the club's car park and NOT on the country lane.
AWSWORTH VILLA FC
Leaving Underwood FC, turn RIGHT and head for the M1(Jct 27) South..Come off at M1(Jct 26)..Take A610 Ripley..After 2 miles, come off at Awsworth sign, be in LEFT lane. Follow to 1st island and keep LEFT towards Awsworth, as you go up the hill, turn RIGHT on to STATION Road. The ground is 2nd left on Attewell Road. Parking in ground for disabled only.
KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE FC
On leaving Awsworth, turn LEFT out of Station Street and at island, go over and take lane for Kimberley, turn Right on to Digby Street and the ground is down a alleyway approx 100 yards on your RIGHT. Street parking only available here.
Anyone need any help or has any questions then please give me a ring on 01623 486678 or contact me via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org