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Saturday 25 February 2012


Football players and Groundhoppers will find themselves as TV stars in Norway after Norwegian Channel TV2 announced it will be sending over a TV crew for the Ninth Annual Windsor Foods Service Central Midlands Football League Bonanza weekend.

The eagerly awaited Groundhoppers feast of games takes place on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March with the usual one match on the Friday evening and four on the Saturday.

The weekend kicks off on Friday 16th at Bilborough Pelican who have re-entered the Central Midlands League, who welcome newcomers Belper United with a 7.45pm kick off.

Though the Bonanza has visited this ground in the past, Pelican have altered their name to Bilborough Pelican and this match will be played under floodlights.

On Saturday 17th, there is a coach available on a first booking service, but with few seats left through Bonanza Organiser Rob Hornby, departing and returning to Nottingham Railway Station.

The First match on the Saturday sees two new sides face each other when Clifton FC host Real United in a local Derby with a 10.10am kick off. Another two new clubs face each other with Basford United hosting Nottinghamshire Police at 1pm.

The Bonanza then heads into Derbyshire to take in Dronfield Town v Thoresby CW for a 4.30pm kick off, before heading for a local derby final match where Glapwell FC play host to Parkhouse FC with a 7.30pm kick off.

Advanced Tickets for the weekend are just £15, which gains you entry to all five matches and a pack of all five programmes. Coach Travel for the Saturday is £15 per seat. Some clubs will be charging £1 for car parking on the day.

Organiser Rob Hornby states “ The Central Midlands Football League Bonanza has always been well supported by football fans from all around the world and this year is no exception with people having already booking from as far away as Sweden and Germany, as well as all four corners of the UK, including possibly the World’s oldest Groundhopper who is aged a young 90!

We are looking in the range of 250 to 300+ attending the matches, which is vital for small clubs who struggle for money in these hard times. By buying the Advanced ticket, it helps all 10 clubs involved, as paying on the day, helps just the host clubs, so buying a Advanced Ticket gives something to all 10 clubs, so they all get a fair bite of the cake”.

For more information on the Bonanza, you can e-mail or phone Rob Hornby on 01623 486678 or 07973517603.

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