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, 17 November 2018


Samba Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
Att: 14
Not been to Spa Lane, the home of Aslockton & Orston FC for a couple of years now, infact last time I went, the new clubhouse and changing rooms were just a shell and halfway through being built.

Before the match, there was a minutes silence for Terry Annable, the former Secretary of the Notts FA who sadly passed away earlier in the week. 
I had many dealings with Terry in the early 1990's walking up that steep hill of Claredon Street in the centre of Nottingham, he was strict but very fair person with a lot of knowledge that he passed down to a lot of people and was very well respected.

The game kicked off and the visitors seemed to have the upper hand pushing forward and cutting out a very good chance in the 5th minute, when a ball from the left wing flashed across the 6 year box but the sliding in attacker just couldnt connect.

In the 17th minute, from a corner from the right hand side, a header aiming towards the top corner of the net was headed off the line to keep the home side on level terms. On 27 minutes, The Locks had to thank their keeper for a quick double save.

In injury time of the first half, Magdala;s corner broke down and a long clearance to the halfway line was met by ex Leicester City and Aston Villa striker JULIAN JOACHIM who ran forward with the ball and stuck home from 30 yards out to give his side the lead.

Magdala came out fired up for the Second Half and it looked only a matter of time before they would be on level terms as they pressed forward, but the home defence stood tall, also from each corner, the Locks keeper leaped up and caught every cross.

Aslockton came more in to the game looking for the second goal to give them that cushion, but didnt really trouble the visiting Budgies keeper too much and whilst Magdala threw everyone forward for the final ten minutes, the homesters took the points.

121 Photos can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 11 November 2018


Samba Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
Att: 64
Stapleford Town FC played their first Notts Senior League Premier Division match at Hickins Lane of the season due to no other matches being played at Basford United FC due to their involvement in the FA Trophy, this bought good news to the club before kick off as the League's groundgrader arrived to check out the facilities of this advancing new club that has only been in existance at senior level football for just over a year. Their opponents Southwell City FC have alot of history behind them having been formed in 1893.

I have only ever seen one match at this ground and that was last season and played on the front pitch, so on arrival was delighted to find out that this match was being played on the back pitch, which will be set up for their new home, for this match it was roped off but they are looking at railing all round and getting respect barriers.

As the players were bought on to the pitch by the three officials through the respect flags, they were taken to the halfway line, where one of the Stapleford Town;s sponsors had donated a metal soldier, so the respect handshake took place around it before the minutes silence and both sides then joined in a photo with the banner "Stapleford Remembers".
The visitors went in to the match six points clear of the home side but Stapleford Town have three games in hand, so this was a clear six pointer match that at the end of the season could well decide where the championship title would be heading, though titles arent won in November.

The game began at a good pace, with Southwell carving out the early chances and on 23 minutes took the lead through a JONATHAN NUSSEY penalty. The lead only lasted for 4 minutes, as the Town pressed forward and was awarded a penalty of their own, which ADAM HASSALL duly dispatched to level up the scores.

At half  time I headed to the busy tea bar which was manned by the wife Hazel who was doing a sterling job.

The Second Half, it was Stapleford who made the most chances, but could not find away past the in-form Ryan Fletcher in the visitors net who was equal to everything thrown at him.

A very good game played by two very good teams and the three officials were very good as well.

You may recall at the start of the season, Stapleford Town FC were due to host Attenborough FC and they produced their first ever programme, the proceeds they kindly donated to my charity Blog for FORGET ME NOT, a small charity that supports people with Dementia and their families and carers to the sum of £46, this has now been added to the running total and its takes the blog to over a thousand pounds, the running total now stands at a amazing £1.010.75p. 

From programme sales at this match, all money was going to the local British Legion and £48 was taken, the Nottinghamshire Senior League have made it up to £100 for such a good cause.

Photos from this match can be seen on this LINK

Friday, 9 November 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division One

Mansfield Hosiery Mills FC did their first ever programme for a league match and with a print of 50, I had pre orders of 21 sold, on arrival I was greeted by 3 hoppers who had travelled to the match from the Wakefield area and the match officials.

A minutes silence was taken in the pouring rain as I stood behind the goal in the stand with Malc Storer and Kev Goodman and was soon joined by Teveral FC's Kev Newton and his family.

The game kicked off in difficult weather conditions and both teams were equal to each other with very few chances being made in the First Half.

The Second Half began with Mansfield Hosiery Mills on the front foot and after 50 minutes, a screwed shot by Aspinall that was heading just wide was turned in by KIAN BREWIN to open the scoring.

The Millers pressed forward and the Community keeper was forced in to action a few times in a better footballing second period, as the game was closing out a poor clearence out of the Basford defence landed at the feet of CRAIG NEWTON who on the edge of the box struck his shot that hit the inside of the post before crossing the line to double his teams advantage in the 90th minute. Mansfield, Hosiery Mills now go to 5 matches unbeaten.

I felt all 3 officials had a very good match.

Would just like to add that Mansfield Hosiery Mills are donating £1 per goal they score this season towards the Charity Blog which is for FORGET ME NOT, a small charity that supports people with dementia and their carers and partners. Also The Millers Under 16's team are also sponsoring the Charity Blog as well this season. So a BIG thank you to them

Sunday, 4 November 2018


Nottinghamshire County Saturday Senior Trophy
Round Two

I chose this Cup tie as it was close to home and with it being a ground Id never been to before, it appealed to me. On arrival I was greeted by the Reds Sec/Manager John and made very welcome.

Blidworth Reds dont actually play in Blidworth, but on the outskirts of Sutton In Ashfield on Unwin Road. The team had been set up as a kids team and all been friends as they grew up and didnt wish to be split up when they became adults, so moved away from Blidworth to set up their own Saturday adult side and ply their trade in the newly formed Midlands & Notts Alliance League.

With teamsheets written down it was to pitchside and a minutes silence of respect to those who sadly lost their lives last weekend at Leicester City FC.

The match kicked off and it was the visitors Burton Joyce who looked the stronger going forward and the club from the Nottinghamshire Senior League looked like they had opened the scoring in the first couple of minutes, but the referee called play back for a offside decision.

The Greens kept pressing forward and on 15 minutes, a trip just inside the area saw them gain a penalty decision, to which DEAN GENT duly dispatched to open up the scoring. After 19 minutes, Burton Joyce opened up a two goal advantage, when DEAN GENT beat the offside trap and rounded the home keeper to slot home.

The Reds then sprang in to action and began to play some good football and on 24 minutes reduced the arrears when a mistake at the heart of the defence and the visiting keeper let in RHYS EDMONDS to capitalise on.

The Reds confidence grew and in the 31st minute, they were on level terms when a corner from the left hand side, was partly cleared to the edge of the penalty area, where MICHAEL BIGGS placed a low shot in to the corner of the net.

Just before half time, Reds had a blow, when their keeper was struggling and went down to the ground, it looked as if he would make the half time whistle, but after treatment, he went down again and had to be replaced, with the homesters having to change their formation.

The Second Half was end to end in a blood and guts Cup Tie, with both teams going close, but as they say, every game has a turning point and this came in 57th minute, when Blidworth were awarded a penalty, the Reds player hit it sweetly towards the corner of the net, but Blyth in the Joyce net was equal to it and pushed it away. This proved to be critical as the visitors were ahead within 3 minutes, when NATHAN FRANCIS cut in from the left wing and drew the keeper before slotting it past him.

The Reds pushed everyone forward and in the final 3 minutes had 4 corners to which all 11 players were in the visiting penalty area but in the end the Greens defence stood tall and took a narrow win to face United Grays FC at home in Round Three of the competition.

Must add that both clubs represented their Leagues well and are a credit to themselves.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 28 October 2018


Samba Nottinghamshire Senior League 
Premier Division
Not having been to Sandiacre Town for a long time and not having seen League newcomers Eastwood Community Developement, this match fitted the bill for me. A few things have altered down at St Giles Park, as you walk in there are new home changing rooms and as you walk in to the clubhouse, to the left is a hatch to the teabar.

The game kicked off and you could see that this match was going to be a battle in freezing conditions, with very few chances being made, but a good defensive display by both teams. After 35 minutes though, it was the Badgers who took the lead when a long through ball from midfield set KALLUM O DOWD through and he slotted the ball past the outcoming home keeper.

Just before half time, Town thought they were back on level terms but the Assistant Referees flagged had been raised for offside.

The half time coffee was really welcomed as my hands were frozen and out for the Second Half came the teams and so did my son Shawn donning a new Sandiacre sweatshirt and a couple of other goodies that Emma from Sandiacre Town had kindly kitted him out with.

The Second Half kicked off and the homesters were kicking towards the church stand end and had the visiting keeper pulled off two fine saves to keep his sides narrow margin lead. Again the game flowed end to end until the 86th minute, when the visitors got a free kick on the right hand side of their own half, the ball was swept to the left wing and THOMAS COUPE caught it on the volley from 40 yards that dipped over the home keepers head to send the points back to Eastwood.

Scott Anderson and his two assistants all had good games and let the game flow as much as they could.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 21 October 2018


East Lincs Football Combination League
Division Two
Att: 26 headcount
With spending a weekend away in Ingoldmells, I was going to pop in to Skegness to watch Susie Stars FC but the fixture wasnt on Full Time on the morning, so a quick phone call to Rob the secretary of Sutton Rovers FC to confirm the match was on.

On arrival there is a small car park and the ground contains a lovely clubhouse which I entered and had a quick pint whilst Hazel and Shawn headed in to the local town to go round the shops.

The game kicked off and the visitors pressed forward and on 4 minutes the home keeper fumbled the ball and the Cotes NUMBER 9 swept the ball past him. Straight from the kick off, the Rovers NUMBER 11 cut inside from the right wing and his shot nestled in the bottom corner of the net to bring the scores level.

Sutton stepped up their game and the visiting keeper was called in to action a couple of times, but on 21 minutes, it was North Cotes that took the lead, when a pass out from the home keeper was intercepted by the visiting NUMBER 9 to lash home. Again from kick off, Rovers pressed forward and gained a corner on the left hand side, from the resulting corner the home NUMBER 8 headed it home.

Sutton then continued to press forward and went in to the lead for the first time in the match on the half hour mark, when a long ball down the left hand side found NUMBER 6 who draw the outcoming keeper to place the ball past him. On 32 minutes, it was 4-2 when NUMBER 10 tapped in from close distance.

North Cotes had a couple of chances to reduce the arrears, but on 39 minutes, a cross from the right wing found out the head of the home NUMBER 2 to extend his teams lead. North Cotes now needed that half time whistle to come but Rovers with their tails up added a sixth goal before the break when a long free kick rolled along the goal line for NUMBER 6 to tap in.

After my half time cuppa, it was back outside and on 55 minutes, it became 7-2 when the home NUMBER 6 completed his hat trick. In the 59th minutes, North Cotes began a fight back, when they were awarded a penalty to which the NUMBER 9 duly completed his hat trick.

Just after the hour and Cotes reduced the arrears even more when a cross from the right hand side found out the NUMBER 9 who scored his fourth of the match.

On 73 minutes, North Cotes scored again when NUMBER 3 slipped the ball under the keeper to make it 7-5 to Rovers. Cotes kept battling but they couldnt score again.

A very good match and must say the referee did very well letting play flow

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Monday, 15 October 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division

It turned out to be a good day for table toppers Southwell City as their closest rivals in the table, Cotgrave FC, FC Cavaliers and Awsworth Villa all dropped points. Southwell City were ruthless here at the Strand Ground, the home of Attenborough FC.

The game kicked off and it was the Minstermen in front after just 75 seconds, when a swirling cross in the blustery wind spin, EWAN HILL scopped and the ball seemed in the air for ages before hitting the poor home keepers head and landing in the net.

After 4 minutes, it became 2-0 to the visitors, when a shot for the right side of the penalty area hot the back of the net through OLIVER CLARKE. There was no stop pushing forward as Law went close with several chances and after 12 minutes, the game could well have been right out of sight for Attenborough and maybe they could have said they were lucky only to be 2-0 down rather than possibly 5-0 down.

Attenborough tried to press but the final ball to their forwards just wasnt getting through with stubborn defending by the visitors. It was only a matter of more goals as the home keeper was pulling off several fine saves and it became 3-0 on 35 minutes, when a ball came in from the right wing, the first effort was volleyed off the line, but only to OLIVER CLARKE who hooked home from around the penalty spot.

On 38 minutes, CALUM LAW finally got his name on the scoresheet after robbing the defender of the ball and slotting home to make it 4-0.

A quick half time cuppa and back out in to the warm strong blowing cross wind, but again it was the Ministermen soon back in to their stride and on 54 minutes when CALUM LAW placed the ball past the oncoming keeper after a lovely through ball that split the home defence.

Attenborough then had their best spell in the game for 15 minutes, but their efforts were long range shots, whilst the City defence stood tight. On 70 minutes,  EWAN HILL made it 6-0 with a long range shot and in the 77th minute, EWAN HILL headed home his hat trick.

The final action of the day saw young City sub GEORGE CAUDWELL win the ball in the air and advance towards goal and keep a level head when slotting the ball in to the bottom corner of the net.

Must say I felt that all 3 match officials had a very good game with Shaun Garner in the middle and his two assistants Andy Chislet-McDonald and young Lewis Gilman on the lines.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK