What a start November had. Atherton Collieries visited Daisy Hill in the FA Vase and it was another 8 goal thriller. That is about as good as you can say for the hosts. Colls ran out 8-0 winners and missed a penalty. Though they fell at the next hurdle, losing 2-1 at home to Seaham Red Star. Five nights before their defeat in the Vase they beat neighbours LR 4-2 after extra-time in the NWCFL Division One Cup.
Early on in the month Glossop North End went to Maine road and won 3-0 in a fairly even match, in another tight game at the end of the month they lost 1-0 to 1874 Northwich.
A soon to be defunct Stockport Sports lost at home to St Helens Town 2-0 in front of still my lowest ever attendance, just 16 of us there. West Didsbury & Chorlton won 2-1 away at Bootle on a cold and grey afternoon a few days before, on a very cold night, Cheadle Town and Hanley Town played out a 1-1 draw in the aforementioned NWCFL trophy. That included extra-time. Only the bravest were still around for the penalty shoot-out. Hanley Town prevailed.
I went to Crook Town v Penrith, more about that at the end of my year. Total class.
My month finished at Skelmersdale United as they drew 1-1 with Grantham Town.
GAME OF THE MONTH: Crook Town 4 Penrith 4
GROUND OF THE MONTH: Crook Town
RED CARDS: 4
NEW GROUNDS: Stockport Sports; Bootle; Crook Town; 1874 Northwich; Skelmersdale United
I attended 10 games in October, starting with a FA Vase weekend as West Didsbury & Chorlton and St Helens Town dispatched Northern Counties East teams in the Second Qualifying Round. Rossington Main and Nostell Miners Welfare their respective victims.
The following Friday was a big evening in Atherton as Colls took on Daisy Hill, a massive gate of over 600 turned up to witness a fantastic game, both sides attacking from the off, Colls winning 5-3. I headed over to Yorkshire the following day, to the Oldest Football Ground in the World. Hallam play at Sandygate, a venue that has been in use for, well, a very long time. Hallam lost a man to a red card and the game 3-2 to Shirebrook Town.
I met Gary Langley, he of NWCFL and programme fame on my way to Litherland REMYCA for a midweek game against Wigan Robin Park, the match which took place in a downpour finished in a one-sided victory for REMYCA by a 4-0 scoreline.
Another weekend, another trip to Yorkshire, Doncaster this time, as Armthorpe Welfare upset the odds in beating Handsworth Parramore 1-0 on a sunny afternoon. Midweek I stayed as local as it gets, Trafford are the closest team to where I live, Ashton United visited and left with 3 points, scoring the winner in their 2-1 victory late into stoppage time.
I finished the month with a weekend in Wales. Friday night was Bangor City v Connahs Quay Nomads, the visitors winning 2-0 in a tight game. Saturday afternoon was my second visit to Prestatyn Town, where there was another away win, Carmarthen Town leaving with a victory, 3-1 the final score in a bad tempered game, the hosts finishing with 9 men. Sunday and it was back to The Rock, Cefn Druids and Airbus UK Broughton drawing 1-1 in another tight and close match.
GAME OF THE MONTH: Atherton Collieries 5 Daisy Hill 3
GROUND OF THE MONTH: Hallam
RED CARDS: 4
NEW GROUNDS: St Helens Town; Hallam; Litherland REMYCA; Armthorpe Welfare; Bangor City
A quieter month than August started with a Friday evening game as Clitheroe welcomed New Mills and somehow let them leave with a point in a 2-2 draw where they should have claimed all 3 points. The following day I was at Irlam to watch their FA Vase tie with St Helens Town. This was the second time I had seen a game go into extra-time as the visitors claimed the victory by a 2-1 scoreline.
Northwich Victoria thumped Burscough 5-0 a few days later at Flixton in a very one-sided game; I followed this up on the Saturday with an FA Cup tie at Sheffield FC. The worlds oldest club knocking out Shepshed Dynamo in a thrilling game 3-2.
Two days later there was a bit of a row at half-time between the Curzon Ashton groundsman and some Skelmersdale United fans about the use of sprinklers at half-time in certain areas of the pitch. The Nash ran out 2-0 winners so it possibly played some part.
Another Saturday and another cup-tie, this time between Cammell Laird 1907 and Northwich Flixton Villa, Lairds finally making their class tell with a 4-1 win. Another team with numbers at the end of their name, Darlington 1883, rolled into town on the Tuesday. On a very wet evening the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw.
My final match of the season was during an extended weekend away in Scotland, Eyemouth United losing 4-1 at home to top of the table Peebles Rovers, where a run of 10 games without seeing a penalty finally came to an end.
GAME OF THE MONTH: Sheffield FC 3 Shepshed Dynamo 2
GROUND OF THE MONTH: Sheffield FC
RED CARDS: 1
NEW GROUNDS: Clitheroe; Sheffield FC; Curzon Ashton; Cammell Laird 1907; Radcliffe Borough; Eyemouth United
Finally after just shy of 6 weeks off it was footy time again.
A first trip out into the hills of Lancashire and to Bacup & Rossendale Borough, unfortunately they didn’t really turn up, Glossop North End started an incredible season trouncing them 6-0. GNE again a few days later as Maine Road visited them, another victory for the Hillmen, 2-0 this time.
Off on my travels on the following Saturday, I went North to Newton Aycliffe, where West Auckland Town won 4-0 on a sunny afternoon. The weather had changed a bit for a midweek game, Knutsford entertained an Aston Villa kit wearing Linotype Cheadle Heath Nomads, great game as the visitors won 4-3 despite being down to 10 men and 3-2 down late on. The following night I went to Flixton, Northwich Flixton Villa v Cheadle Town, the hosts pulling off a surprising 2-1 win.
FA Cup time next, Glasshoughton Welfare going out after losing 2-1 to Knaresborough Town, later in the month I was in Yorkshire for the next round as the hosts again lost 2-1, Garforth Town at home this time, Harrogate Railway Athletic the victors.
Ashton Athletic scored a late winner to overcome Winsford United 2-1, before I went west over to Wales. Cefn Druids, the oldest club in Wales, home of the Welsh Braga, hosted Aberystwyth Town on the Friday of the bank Holiday Weekend, lost 5-0 in a one-sided game, though it was nothing compared to the following day. Llandudno Junction beat LlanfairPwll 11 (ELEVEN) – 0. A record score that, at the time of writing, has yet to be beaten. Bank Holiday Monday was spent at Salford City as they beat Droylsden
GAME OF THE MONTH: Knutsford 3 Linotype Cheadle Heath Nomads 4
GROUND OF THE MONTH: Bacup & Rossendale Borough
RED CARDS: 4
NEW GROUNDS: Bacup & Rossendale Borough; Newton Aycliffe; Knutsford; Glasshoughton Welfare; Ashton Athletic; Cefn Druids; Llandudno Junction; Salford City; Garforth Town