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Monday 14 May 2012

Charity Blog Cheque Hand Over


For 21 years, I have had Grand Mal Epilepsy and been treated superbly and professionally mainly at the Queens Medical Centre Hospital in Nottingham, though my epilepsy have never been controlled, the Doctors,mainly Dr Whiteley has tried his best up to his retirement around Christmas Time in 2011 to find a solution. 

I felt that I wanted to give something back as a thank you but not really sure how to.  

After Malc Storer & Kev Goodman did a charity blog during the 2010-11 season, I thought well if I can just raise £100, I'd be delighted, so imagine how I felt with a total of £541.25p that I handed over to the Neurology Department this morning. 

There was Dr Whiteley and Dr Wills, a Epilepsy Nurse and photographer from the Nottingham Evening Post(already had the interview via phone on Friday).

I would really like to thank every club, every one who has donated towards the Blog Charity throughout the season.

I will be keeping the Blog going next season and hoping to yet again raise £100 towards another Charity to which I've not decided upon as yet.

Thank you to all those that read my blog and have added it to their blogs

The pictures from this Mornings Presentation can be found on

Saturday 12 May 2012

St Marys Grab the Points

Notts Senior League: Division One

After ringing League Sec John Beeston to check the game was on and also Underwood's Sec John Gregory, we set off to the venue. Southwell St Mary's needed a point to gain a promotion postition.

On arrival we was greeted by the Villa Manager and introduced to Mr Underwood himself John Gregory who kindly made me and Hazel a cuppa..We had a nice chat and also with a couple of the players dads..

Just before kick off, John Holt arrived and very kindly donated £10 to the Blogs Charity to which I am handing over on Monday at Queens Medicial Centre, a massive total over £541.75..I would like to thank everyone who has donated in every way, I will update the blog on Monday with the pics etc.

John told me how he was now watching Radford FC, but was over the moon that I was organising the Notts Senior League Bonanza from next season and he would buy a advanced ticket.

We walked down pitch side and the action was very fast with each team cancelling each other out, we was then joined by Nick Westerman's family and I had a good chat with his dad.

The Second Half, I strolled across the other side of the ground and had a chat with St Mary's Manager Dave Scott before being introduced to Villa's Developement Officer Malc.

Half way through the Second Half, Secured a promotion place when they scored and won the game 1-0.

A good match with both team,s playing top off the day, back to the Welfare where I won £10 on the card!!!

Photos from the match can be viewed on

Underwood Villa FC Website

Southwell St Marys FC Website

Tuesday 8 May 2012

Bilsthorpe Hit Welbeck for Eight


I rang up Welbeck Chair Graham Hall on the morning of the match to find it was on, but was told I'd possibly have to make my own drink as they had no one to run the tea bar, so I asked Hazel if she would come along to run the tea bar for the evening..On arrival, I did the gate and sold the programmes.

There were a few faces there that I knew like Ollie and his friend from Chesterfield and also CMFL regular hopper Richard Lane, plus Simon Matters and his friend and other folks that I knew by face.

The game kicked off and the first goal soon arrived, followed by a second in which the keeper bought down the attacker as he was through on goal but the ball bounced out to a following attacker who made it 0-2.

The goals came at regular intervals and also did the good saves by the Welbeck keeper or it could of been a matter of how many.

You do have to feel a bit sorry for Welbeck as they have now had a few very hard seasons and dont seem to have ever replaced such a good squad when they had the likes of Dean Rick & Carl Haslam in their side.

Well the charity total now goes over £530 with Saturdays match to come, where I am off to Underwood Villa FC

Welbeck Welfare Website 

Sunday 6 May 2012

Dronfield Town lift the CMFL League Cup

Central Midlands Football League Cup Final
Played at Alfreton Town FC
Att: 220

This must be rated as one of the Best Central Midlands Football League Cup Finals that I have ever seen, with Dronfield Town racing in to a 2 goal lead after just 25 minutes, but Clifton FC possibly playing the best football, by half time the scores were level at 2-2 and the next goal was vital.

On 50 minutes the goal came with the Derbyshire side advancing in to the lead again and then controlling the Second Half to finish off their chances to increase their lead to 5-2.

Both sides played a great part in this final but I dont think there was a 3 goal gap between the clubs.

This was to be Frank Harwoods final match as Chairman of the Central Midlands Football League and thought there may well be a presentation to him after such a valuable service he has provided over the years since its beginning at the final whistle, so a bit saddened there wasnt.

One incident of the game was when a annoucement went out for a Jermaine Jenas to go to the clubhouse, as someone had handed in his Visa card that he had lost...goood job it wasnt a woman who had found it..or it would have been..who wants to be a millionaire lol

Photo's from todays match can be viewed on this link

Saturday 5 May 2012

Sandhurst FC Bank A Win

Notts Senior League
Senior Division

After I found out that Welbeck Welfare v Thoresby CW had been called off quite early, it was a matter of looking for a match to go and watch, so on to Football Mitoo and the Notts Senior League to see what was in the offering in that League.I saw Sandhurst FC was at home and this was a ground that I've been meaning to get to for ages but never got round to.

A quick phone call to League Secretary John Beeston to check the match was on and when given the green light, it was then a matter of finding anyone who knew if the kick off time had been altered, in the end, I managed to contact Gedling Southbanks helpful manager Roberto who confirmed it to be a 3pm kick off.

So off I set to Walesby Sports Ground and what a lovely surprise, a beautiful little ground with a nice clubhouse with a lovely set of people running the club, I was greeted as soon as I got there by the Sandhurst's Secretary Bob(be careful though here, as everyone at this club is called Rob or Bob and with my first name, I kept turning round to answer everyone lol) and was taken in to the clubhouse for a cuppa coffee and I sat and had a chat with the 3 match officials who I felt were very good today.

Just before kick off I got a phone call from the Welbeck Chairman and a hopper from Essex had arrived, so I directed him to Sandhurst and just as the teams came out, he came across and introduced himself to me.

With Sandhurst lying 2nd from bottom in the table and Gedling Southbank in mid-table and the reserve fixture ending 0-0, I wasnt expecting too many goals and perhaps expecting a end of season dull match, but this was far to be, the visitors began on the attack, as the home side seemed to be happy to just settle in midfield and it came as no surprise when the visitors took the lead, but right on half time, the home side seemed to get more belief in themselves and equalised and that was the turning point of the game.

The Second Half, Sandhurst played a lot better than their recent form showed and added a further 2 goals and if the number 9 had managed to keep his line, as he was caught offside a few times, then the score could have been a lot higher. The final few minutes, Southbank did push forward and nearly came back in to it, then the keeper was called in to action and again when striking the post right at the end.

A enjoyable day was finished off in the clubhouse watching the FA Cup Final and I am sure this ground will go down a treat when it is Sandhurst FC's turn on the Notts Senior League Bonanza which begins next season.


The cheque will be handed over at Queens Medicial Centre, Nottingham to Dr Whiteley on Monday 14th May at 10.30am...I will put photo's on the blog after the presentation.

There a lot of people that do blogs and really encouraged me to do this Charity blog and 3 of those people have decided to hang up their mouses and retire their blogs at the end of this season, I would like to say thankyou for the great reads of Malc Storer, Rob Waite and Rob Campion.

Photo's from the match can be found on this link

Sandhurst FC Website

Gedling Southbank FC Website

Saturday 28 April 2012

Bulwell FC Seal The Championship

Notts Senior League: Senior Division
(played at Vernon Park)

After a phone call to Notts Senior League Secretary John Beeston to check the above game was on, I was informed that the match had been switched to Vernon Villa FC, so decided still to go and watch, not knowing until I got there, that if Bulwell FC won the game, that they would become League Champions.

As I was talking away to a couple of the Bulwell FC Committee Members, in through the gate came along Mark & Fred Hackett, who seem to be following me about of late! Mark bought me a cuppa and we headed pitchside and we was all amazed that the game was still goal-less after 20 minutes, but as soon as the 1st Bulwell goal went in, it was a matter of how many..Mark reckoned it would be 7-1, I said there will be 10 goals in this match.

Just before half time, the Bulwell keeper, with nearly his first touch of the game, had to go off with a finger injury, but it didnt matter that much as it was 4-1 at the time.

At Half time, I had a natter with John Beeston regarding next seasons Football Bonanza and the Notts Senior League are very proud for their league to be involved in it and I'm sure the hoppers will love this league.

Straight from kick off in the 2nd half and Bulwell expended their lead by a further 2 goals in a minute and Mark was getting excited that it was 6-1 and Bulwell may take their foot off the gas and just score one more..tough luck mate..Bulwell just carried on pressing forward and though scored nine, it could and maybe should have been quite a few more.

At the end of the match, John Beeston presented the Title to Bulwell FC.

Saturday 21 April 2012

Ponte Spoil Parra's Promotion Party

NCEL Division One
Attendance: 47

Well a change of plan due to the weather saw me ring old friend Max Ross sec of Worksop Parramore to check out if the match was on. With the game on, it was time to check out the train times from Mansfield to Worksop.

With League leaders Handsworth losing last night, it meant that if 2nd placed Parramore could beat Pontefract in 5th place, they would go top and also be promoted.

On arrival I was soon met by Steve Smith and Max Ross followed in the clubhouse by Pete Whitehead who invited me for a cuppa..Whilst chatting to Ponte Chairman Guy, NCEL Sec Brian came in and we had a chat, then came in Herbie and his wife Sue, swiftly followed by Mark and his dad Fred.

out I went in to the nice breeze to pitchside and within 5 minutes, Ponte took the lead through what I thought was a soft penalty, but it was well taken. Both sides were playing good football and creating good chances without the finishing touches, until from a acute angle Ponte increased their lead just after the half hour.

People around felt that this game was far from over at half time and that if the homesters could pull 1 back then it was game on, but it was not to be when the visitors went further in front on 48 minutes.

That goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Parramore and Ponte seemed to be a second quicker to the ball each time and there was no more goals in the match.

Parramore are at home again next Saturday where they face table toppers Handsworth which will be a championship decider and Handsworth will be taking 100 fans to the match.

Pics from the match can bee seen on this link

Worksop Parramore FC Website

Pontefract Collieries FC Website