All About the Charity Blog

Over the seasons Aroundthegrounds has raised £1000's for different charities, this season 2018-19 is no different as we raised for FORGET-ME-NOT, a small self funding charity that supports people with dementia and their partners/carers. Each goal I see scored we will donated 25p, I know a lot of people and clubs like to donate, doesnt matter how small, it is always very gratefully received, your name or club will go on to the donators list.

Saturday, 19 January 2019


Samba Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division Two
Admission Free
Att: 40 est
When Sticky Nick Palmer took over Keyworth United Developement, they had a goal difference of minus 50 plus, over the past few months with todays result, he has turned his sides form around and they have a positive in that column on the league table and sit in eighth, meanwhile you have to worry about Sneinton Town FC who have now played 18 League matches and remain on zero points, but all credit to them, as they turn up every week.

The greens from Keyworth were soon in their stride as after just 38 seconds they were in front through OLI PEER. Keyworth kept pressing forward with chances going wide, but after 16 minutes a long ranged shot from TOM WILSON was fumbled by the home keeper in to the net to double the away sides advantage.

On 19 minutes, things got worse for Sneinton when a corner from the left hand side was floated in and a defender headed past his own keeper.  After 28 minutes and it was 4-0 to the Developement side when their captain CALLUM BARRATT hot a 35 yard volley.  After 32 minutes, a lovely through ball split the home defence for TOM SISWICK to run on to and chip the outcoming keeper.

In the 34th minute, the visitors were awarded a penalty, to which Sam Wood struck the post with the ball bouncing outwards and being cleared, but it wasnt the end of the first half scoring as TOM SISWICK in the 40th minute added his second and his clubs sixth goal of the match.

After a half time bovril, it was back to pitchside and it was Sneinton who had their best spell of the game and the Keyworth keeper was called in to action a couple of times, but after 52 minutes, Keyworth continued their rout towards the home net, when CALLUM BARRETT hit another 35 yarder shot that nestled in to the net to give his side a seven goal lead.

Sneinton changed their keeper as a outplayer went between the sticks, whilst the visitors bought on their three subs for a run out and on 75 minutes, it was one the subs STEVE CULLIS who lobbed in to the net from a acute angle. It was soon 9-0 when SAM WOOD finally got on to the scoresheet after 77 minutes.

The end of the scoring came in the 81st minute, when the Greens were awarded their second penalty of the match, to which BLAINE GREWCOCK made no mistake from the spot to score his first goal for his club at senior level.

Must say that I felt the young referee LEWIS SMITH had a very good match.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

With ten goals scored at this match, it raises another £2.50 towards FORGET ME NOT a small charity that supports people with Dementia and takes the running total to a amazing £1,136.70p

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


Central League
Admission Free
Coffee £1
Att: 100 approx
A few years ago whilst my son Shawn attended Farmilo Primary School there were rumours that Mansfield Town FC were to build a new football facility next door on old farm land at the bottom of a cul de sac, this has now taken place and as you enter towards the end of the cul de sac, you are met with the impressive looking changing rooms block and car park at the RH Academy.

On arrival, I met Nigel Prost and then found the tea room, where there was Gotham based hopper Neil Glenn and three Notts County supporters who I joined at the table for a cuppa.

The pitch is 4g and is inside a cage with a seated stand on the half way line.

For the First Half I stood up to the left hand side as I walked in and chattered with local and professional Cameraman Dan Westwell along with Malc Storer and Steve Davis and Dan Bishop.

The game started with the Young Stags on the front foot and after 10 minutes, a mistake at the heart of the Magpies defence saw TOM FIELDING capitalise and put the Mansfield side in front.

The yellows pressed forward looking to add to their total but the County defence stood tall.

After the Half Time cuppa, I joined Teveral FC;s Keith Parnell in the stand but I soon had to stand up, as in a bit of pain with my back, so stood pitchside with Neil. County came out a differewnt side and pressed and had a couple of wayward shots, inbetween testing the home keeper.

The Stags seemed to have weathered the storm and looked on their way to the points, but on 81 minutes, County were back on level terms when SAM OSBORNE hit the back of the net.

On 87 minutes, County pressed forward and got a free kick of the left hand side, to which WILL PATCHING guided home the winner.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Saturday, 12 January 2019


Samba Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
Att: 48
Not been to Butt Field this season and Bingham Town went in to this match with a good 12 match unbeaten run, whilst Eastwood Community Developement have been playing well.

The game had a lively start, with the visitors strongly shouting for a early penalty which was turned away. The first couple of chances did go to the Community side, whilst Town started to come more in to the game.

After 17 minutes, a long ball down the left hand line was collected by MICHAEL JEPPS who cut in towards the penalty area, where he drew the young keeper and chipped it over him into a empty net.

This pushed the side from Eastwood in to attack and a ball up the left wing was failed to be cleared by the Bingham defence before Community man KALLUM O'DOWD slotted home the equaliser.

The Second Half saw the homesters come out fast and furious and after just 90 seconds in to the half, they had retaken the lead, when a sweet half volley by EDWARD HODGSON nestled in to the corner of the Eastwood net.

Town continued to press forward and on 52 minutes, they extended their lead, when a pinpoint cross from the left wing, found the head of MICHAEL JEPPS who converted to make it 3-1.

On 71 minutes, Community thought they were back in the game when Dalton Stephens broke the offside trap, but a brave low save/block by 17 year old Harry Haywood kept his goal in tact.

A good match played in the right spirit and must mention all 3 officials who I felt had a very good game.

I must thank Mike Spencer who kindly donated £5 on behalf of Bingham Town FC towards the Charity Blog, which is for FORGET ME NOT, a small charity that supports people with dementia.

On bit of sad news is that Flickr are starting to charge for me putting the photos on my blog and have cancelled my account, so I have now gone back to Photobucket, so hopefully the link to the photos will work, so everyone can enjoy them.

Photos on the match can(hopefully) be seen on this LINK

Saturday, 5 January 2019


Samba Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
Admission £3/£1.50
Programme Available
Att: 42
Counting back the years and it appeared that the last time I visited Wharf Lane, the home of Radcliffe Olympic FC was on the 21st March 2008 when they hosted a groundhop match in front of a crowd of 329 against Dunkirk FC.

Radcliffe Olympic at present are in process of re building their team after taking relegation from the East Midlands Counties League to the Nottinghamshire Senior League, with several changes of managers, former player Chris "Rocky" Bennett has taken over the reins and bought in several new faces.

Their visitors Keyworth United came in to the match sitting in 7th position after FC Cavaliers had moved above them in beating Eastwood Community Developement on the Friday Evening.

The game kicked off and it was Olympic with the better of the chances, but they could not force the visiting keeper in to a save, on another day maybe they would have gone in to the half time break 2 to 3 nil up.

The Greens of Keyworth pressed forward in the Second Half but they found the home defence hard to break down, but after 85 minutes, a ball came through from the right side in to the feet of SCOTT LITCHFIELD who slotted the ball into the Olympic net.

Radcliffe from the kick off had to push forward with little time left and this left gaps and on 88 minutes, CAMERON GREY stroked the ball home for United to give them the points.

Felt that all 3 officials had a good match

Photos from the match can been seen on this LINK

Saturday, 22 December 2018


Samba Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division Two
On the morning of this game, it was second versus third, so a tight encounter was expected. After heavy overnight rain, the far pitch at Calverton MW FC was in excellent condition. On arrival, I was greeted by Calverton Secretary Jo Swinscoe who made me a cuppa and I was soon joined by Stapleford Manager Sefton and their club secretary Jason Cockerham, who kindly bought me my raffle prize that I had won from their club raffle last weekend. I was then greeted by AFC;s Secretary Alec who is always friendly and welcoming.

With meeting the match referee Tris Churcher and the team line ups in, it was up to the pitchside and photos taken of Top Valley;s new tracksuits and shirts in their team photos.

The match kicked off and was very even with possibly the visitors in the first 15 minutes on top, with them winning that second ball, but not really pressing goalbound with it. Top Valley began to grow in confidence as their fast forward line sprang the offside trap a couple of times and the visiting keeper was struggling with a injury.

On 31 minutes, a ball sent home forward KANE PEARSON through on goal, to which he side stepped the keeper and slotted the ball past the visiting defender on the line to put his AFC side in to the lead.

On 38 minutes, it could and should have been 2-0 to the homesters, but a superb double save by Gomes in the visitors net kept them out.

The Second Half and Top Valley came out pressing forward and on 50 minutes, a free kick from the right hand side was pushed by Gomes on to the crossbar and KANE PEARSON was first to react to tap the ball home.

On 54 minutes, Ben Cummings broke down the left hand side and beat his defender before shooting, his shot hit the inside of the post and landed at the feet of JACOB GUNN who fired home to make it 3-0.

Stapleford didnt give up but found the home defence in fine form and the home side today deserved their victory and extended their unbeaten record in league matches to seven games.

Must add I felt that referee Tris Churcher had a superb match.

With 25p per goal making 75p today going to the blogs charity FORGET ME NOT, it now takes the running total to £1,126, 95p

100 Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Friday, 21 December 2018


Samba Nottinghamshire Senior League Referees Evening
held at Nottingham Forest FC Academy
On Thursday 20th December 2018, a very special evening took place, as Notts Senior League Referees were invited to Nottingham Forest FC;s Academy for a training evening for the first ever time and well organised by League Referees Secerary Darrell Parkes, Notts FA and Nottingham Forest FC.

The evening consisted of several activities including Warm Up exercises, Multi Stage Bleep tests and Fitness advise, the officials were split up in to 3 groups and this included some players from Ravenshead FC who attended.

All enjoyed the evening and officials also donated towards Prostate Cancer and also this Blogs Charity FORGET ME NOT and a HUGE kind donation of £51.70p was presented, taking the Blogs charitys running total up to a staggering £1,126.20p

To read more about the blogs charity please click HERE

Saturday, 15 December 2018


Samba Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division Two
Att: 19
Robin Hood Colts are a new club in to the Nottinghamshire Senior League and play just off Sixth Avenue on the famous village of Edwinstowe in the heart of Sherwood Forest and just down the road from the world famous Robin Hood's Major Oak tree. Ive not been to this ground since Thoresby CW folded some years ago and having to stay very local, this fixture caught my eye with both teams playing very well of late.

The forecast was for snow, but on arrival it was very cold with the temperature in the car showing at minus 1, the pitch looked perfect for football and after my cuppa and a chat with referee Gareth Tye, it was to pitchside under the stand, which I was grateful for as the freezing rain began to lash down.

A minutes silence took place for a young player who sadly lost his life on a pitch playing football during the week.

The game kicked off and both sides matched each other with very few chances but the Colts possibly just shading the possession in the first thirty minutes, but Flowserve began to raise their game and quite quickly had the ball cleared off the line twice.

In the 40th minute, the deadlock was broken, when a shot from the right hand side of the box was turned in by the Division top marksman LEIGHTON NICHOLSON on 40 minutes to give the Orangemen from Newark the lead.

As we were heading towards half time, a break this time down the left hand side saw TYLER MARTIN chip the home keeper who got his fingers to the ball, but to no avail as the ball dropped behind him in to the net to double Flowserve;s lead.

The Second Half saw The Colts press forward in search of getting back in to the game with a goal, but this was made harder when Wigglesworth in the 56th minute was dismissed for a second cautionable offence.

Flowserve played the remained of the match on the break, whilst Colts pressed but in the end to no avail. The result lifts Flowserve in to 4th in the table with games in hand on those above them.

I felt referee Gareth Tye had a good match in difficult conditions.

I would also like to thank Robin Hood Colts FC for their kind donation of £10 to the Blogs Charity FORGET ME NOT which is a small charity that supports people with Dementia and their partners/carers. The running total now stands at £1074.50p.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK