Dave Reynolds
Greg & Michael Osborne
Graham Moseley
Karl White
Precision Notts Senior League
NSL Senior Cup
NSL Junior Cup
Tony Mullen
Michael Hartsthorne x 3
Martyn Cheatle
Gedling Southbank FC
James Needham
Malc Storer & Kev Goodman
Neil Laughlin
John Beckett
Russell Booth
Lewis Quayle
James Tewson
Mark Yates(Ravenshead FC)
Woodthorpe Park Rangers FC
Kevin Guise
Jonathan Holt(Radford FC)
Kirkby Athletic FC
Andy Gregory
Chris Munroe(Basford United FC
Kieran Wells (Basford United FC)
St Ives Mariners FC
St Erme FC
Netherfield Albion FC
Calverton MW FC
Stapleford Town FC
PJ - Woodthorpe Park Rangers FC x 2
Oggy & Spiz(Gedling Southbank FC)
Nottingham Community FC
Rod Grubb
Gareth Tye
Wes O Rourke
Malc Storer
Nigel Tasker
Gedling Southbank Reserves
Jim Bethall
Ashland Rovers FC
Andy Clerke(Gedling Southbank FC)
Gavin Rice
Bill Fishwick(Wollaton FC)
Oz(Netherfield Albion FC)
Steve Lee(Bilborough Town FC)
United Grays FC

59 Matches
301 goals

Running Total

Sunday, 18 March 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division

My brother in law has just begun to watch non league football down at Shirebrook Town FC in the Northern Counties East League but due to him not being too well of late, he was aware that I watch non league football and asked if he come along with me. My first choice of game was Attenborough FC v Underwood Villa FC but I found out that the match had been moved where there was no clubhouse, so wit the snow falling, it was a matter to see what was on. I spoke to Zoe, the Flowserve Secretary and she told me there was no problems out Newark way and felt this would be a good venue to take Ron, as it had a clubhouse, programme and could get a cuppa.

We was welcomed on arrival by Zoe and had a cuppa and Zoe kindly found Shawn a knitted Newark Flowserve hat, I think that will come in handy for his holiday next week!

The 3 officials arrived and the weather was a blizzard but funny sort of weather as it snowed heavy for 5 minutes, then the sun came out then it snowed again, but the pitch was playable.

Last weekend, Flowserve suffered their first defeat of the season, so I wondered how they would re-act to that result, well we didnt have to wait long, as in the 6th minute, a cross from the right hand side, found LEE POTTS who tapped them in to a early lead. After 7 minutes, it was 2-0 when ELLIOTT KING struck the ball home. 

The Balderton based side continued to press forward and after 18 minutes, SAM AGAR got on the scoresheet to make it 3-0 much to Bilborough;s dislike, as they appealed for a offside decision that didnt come.

I then got a phone call from friend Herbie to say his match in Lincs had been abandoned and to see if the match I was at was in any doubt, to which I said no and he would see me for the second half with his wife Sue, who has a operation on Wednesday, so we all send our best wishes to her.

On the half hour, Flowserve made it 4-0 with a second goal for ELLIOTT KING and when the half time whistle went, I think everyone was glad of a cuppa and a warmth.

Herbie and Sue arrived and last weekend Herbie had been to Forest Park v United Grays and whilst talking to the United Grays manager telling him about the charity blog, the chap kindly donated £2 to pass on to me, so a Big thank you to you, sorry I dont know your name.

The Second Half kicked off and Bilborough Town pushed forward and had a couple of decent efforts that went close, but on 51 minutes, ELLIOTT KING beat the offside trap and completed his hat trick to put his side in to a five goal lead.

Bilborough didnt give up and matched Flowserve for the majority of the half but it was the home side who had the last say in the 85th minute, when JAMES CULLINGWORTH made it 6-0 to open their lead at the top of the table to 18 points.

My brother in law really enjoyed the standard of the match and wants to come and watch a lot more Nottinghamshire Senior League football.

After the match, Steve Lee of Bilborough Town kindly donated £10 to the Charity Blog which is for MAGGIES CANCER CARE CENTRE, so a BIG thankyou Steve. The running total now stands at a amazing £1,292.50p

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 11 March 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior Football League
Division One

My first choice of going to Burton Joyce was a no goer as it was called off very early after a night of heavy rain, so it was to the website and seeing if anything would be on, a safe bet was to go to Calverton MW, as there were 2 matches planned there, with Calverton MW hosting Sandiacre Town, whilst I was interested in the Division One clash between Netherfield Albion and Stapleford Town.

A minutes silence took place at both games for a young lad who had sadly lost his life earlier this week before the games kicked off.

Netherfield went in to the match at the summit of the table with visitors Town in 5th with 5 games in hand and 12 points behind.

The game kicked off and it was the away club that pushed hard and Junior Rodrigue was leading the front line and causing a few problems, but Albion survived, even a last gasp clearence off the line on 26 minutes, but the home side began to come more in to the game and Town;s young keeper was on hand to pull off a double save, but after 30 minutes, a miskick swerled in the air and looked to be going over the crossbar dropped straight over the keepers head to give CAMERON ROBINSON and his side a unexpected lead.

The Second Half and Netherfield came out looking alot brighter and straight on to the attack and on 49 minutes, BRENT HORTON cut in from the right hand side and rifled home to double his teams advantage.

This seemed to wake Stapleford up and they pushed forward and changed their formation and Steve Jones in the Albion net was kept busy, until the 74th minute, when KYLE WADDELL blasted home to reduce the arrears.

On 84 minutes and with all Albion subs used, a player went down injured near to the touchline and needed treatment and could no longer carry on and had to go to hospital, to which all hope that the player is ok and a speedy recovery. From the long throw in, the ball zapped in and out the six yard box and towards to the net several times, then the referee gave a goal to Stapleford, though no idea who got the final touch, it looks like it was credited to LUKE GUADAGNI which leveled the scores up at 2-2.

The game was then well in to injury time with both teams going for the winning goal and in the 4th minute of injury time, it came when RYAN FOWLER ended home to give the current league leaders the three points.

A good game played by two very good footballing teams.

Must thank OZ of Netherfield Albion who kindly donated £20 to the Blogs Charity which is MAGGIES CANCER CARE CENTRE based at Nottingham City Hospital and it takes the running total to a amazing £1,279.00

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 25 February 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division

A trip to Harvey Hadden Stadium always brings back good memories of when I used to be a foster carer and Nottingham City Social Services used to put on a annual event at this venue for all the foster kids. Now days it is used for a variety of sports including being the home of Bilborough Town FC, but it doesnt come cheap playing here, with pitch hire and officials costs.

Todays Referee was Peter Crags in his first middle in the NSL with his assistants Tim Bee and Andy Benner on the lines.

The game kicked off and Bilborough Town were looking very good, playing the long ball and it was working for them as the 2 forwards raced on to them and caused the Wollaton defence a few problems and on only 7 minutes, a long free kick by Matt Hayes found JOEL ISSAC who turned and hooked the ball home in to the bottom corner of the net to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Bilborough went pressing for a second goal but found the visiting keeper in fine form, whilst Wollaton broke on the counter attack where several times play just broke down, but after 26 minutes, a square ball was played to JAKE FISHER who dribbled past three defenders before shooting home the equaliser.

The Second Half kicked off and Wollaton were first out the blocks and in 49 minutes, a shot hit the post and bounced down in front of the goal, where REECE CAMPBELL just tapped home to put Wollaton in to a 2-1 lead.

Within 4 minutes, the ball was played out to the right hand side and KASEY FISHER fired home to make it 3-1. At this stage, I though Bilborough;s heads may drop, but to their credit, they carried on playing and could well have pulled a couple of goals back, but it was to be Wollaton FC;s day and they returned just up the road with the three points.

All three officials had good games.

Must thank Bill Fishwisk for a kind donation of £5 and to Michael Hartshorne for £2, it now takes the Charity Blogs running total to a amazing £1,257.75p for MAGGIES CANCER CARE CENTRE based at Nottingham City Hospital.

Photos of the game can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 18 February 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
My first visit of the season to the Stag Ground saw Cotgrave returned to East Nottinghamshire with the points after a first half brace from Bassey Okon.

Before kick off a minutes silence was held for long serving Notts Alliance and Notts Senior League Andy Rolfe who sadly passed away last weekend. I had known Andy for many years when I was at Dunkirk FC and he always insisted on paying his 40p for the matchday programme and would often read it whilst his pre match warm up of having a cigar outside the changing rooms and having a chat with everyone. A BIG loss to Nottinghamshire football and our thoughts go out to all his family at this sad time.

The game kicked off and Kimberley were first on the attack and it was hard to see how they were at the root of the league table, but it was the visitors who was first to strike on 9 minutes, when a ball from the left wing found BASSEY OKON with a open goal for him to slide the ball home on a very soft muddy pitch.

Kimberley tried to bounce back and should really have equalised but they hadnt their shooting boots on and the Cotgrave keeper Adam Heard was just a spectator waiting for my son Shawn to keep fetching the ball for him when it went out of play.

Cotgrave broke forward again in the 24th minute and again BASSEY OKON fired home from close range giving Liam Bradley in the  homesters net little chance.

The Second Half saw Kimberley push forward but that final ball just wasnt there, whilst Cotgrave played on the counter attack and could well have added to their tally, but on 69 minutes, Kimberley could have reduced the arrears when they were awarded a penalty by match referee Andy Benner, but Jake Mee's spot kick was matched by Adam Heard's save in the top left hand corner to keep his side 2-0 in front.

The game petered out and Kimberley possibly had the lions share of play but Cotgrave had those two periods of killer instint to claim the points.

The three officials had a very good match in which I cant recall any player having to speak to the referee or the referee speaking to them, a credit to both clubs.

PHotos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 11 February 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
Att: 17
A clash of third placed FC Cavaliers hosting second placed Awsworth Villa looked on paper to be a close encounter, but in the end it was the visitors who took home the three points after looking the better side for the majority of the match.

On arrival, I was greeted by Cannock Hopper Steve Hardy who Ive not seen for a matter of years now.

Stood throughout the match with Ironbridge hopper John Higgins who just arrived as Villa had taken the lead on 7 minutes through a cross shot from the right hand side by RICHARD HODGMAN.

FC Cavaliers then had to change their formation as a player went down with a handstring problem on the far side of the pitch and was carried off on the manager Martin Hickeys back, so a early sub was used.

FC Cavaliers pushed forward but the Villa defence held tight whilst their attack wasted a few good chances until the 40th minute, when RYAN WHITEHURST;s acute angled shot from the left hand side beat the home keeper to double his sides score.

The Second Half came and the Cavs keeper made a outstanding one handed save as the ball was heading in to the top corner of the net, whilst up the other end, Cavs could well have pulled one back but it wasnt to be their day with finishing the chance.

On 80 minutes, Awsworth wrapped up the match when RICHARD HODGMAN added a third and his second of the game.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 4 February 2018


Nottinghamshire FA Intermediate Cup
Semi Final
(Bingham Town win 7-6 after Penalties)

Hazel dropped me off at Eagle Valley as both sets of players from Polonia United & Woodthorpe Park Rangers were on the pitch with the match referee, when a Arnold Town official came on to the pitch and deemed it to not be played on, as Arnold Town own the pitches, the referee was forced to call the game off. I stood with the Woodthorpe Chairman and we was going to head to the other Notts FA Junior Cup Semi Final but word came through that the match at Stapleford Town had just been called off. We then decided to head to Calverton MW thinking with floodlights it would be a 3pm kick off, but just as we turned the corner, PJ;s stopped and we had to pull in to a bus stop layby as he had run out of petrol, so to pass time, I cracked a few jokes that had PJ and his wife in laughter. Some of the Woodthorpe players came to the rescue with some petrol for a red faced PJ.

As we arrived at Calverton the players were playing, so I enquired and found out that the game kicked off at 1.30pm and 25 minutes had gone passed without any score. Calverton looked on their game and had several chances before a header in the 45th minute found the net to give them a half time lead. At half time we ventured in to the clubhouse and to cheer poor PJ up, we had a pint and a laugh, as we got back to pitchside, we found out that Bingham had equalised through TOM SPENCER.

Bingham looked to have stepped u[p their game and seemed to want to be first to the ball, but both sides had chances and Calverton must have thought they had won the game when they went in to a 2-1 lead on 85 minutes. Bingham though always play to the final whistle and it paid off for them as in the 90th minute, they drew level again to take the tie in to extra time.

The pace of the tie didnt slow down and both sides went for it and Bingham took the lead after 106 minutes for the first time. Calverton came back and was awarded a penalty to which the match official showed the young Town keeper a yellow card, must to the disgust of the home faithful. The keeper then made a outstanding penalty save, but there was still more action to come, as after 115 minutes, a player from each side came to each other and the referee had no choice in producing a red card for the Bingham player and a second yellow card for the home player.

It was now Calverton;s turn of never say die, as they pushed forward and 2 minutes from the end of extra time, they pulled it level, so the game went to penalties.

Both sides took 8 penalties each before we had a finalist with Bingham winning 7-6. A shame that a club had to lose as this would have made a superb final, but was a good advert for Non League Football in front of a crowd of around 80.

All Photos taken by Geoff Cameraman can be seen on this LINK any clubs that wish to hire Geoff, please contact him on twitter on

Sunday, 28 January 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division Two
Att 28

With heavy rain on Saturday morning and needing a 2pm kick off due to going out at 5.30pm for Hazels birthday meal in Nottingham, it had to be a game very local, so when first choice match went at Robin Hood Colts due to the opposition failing to raise a side, it was to plan B, but Selston Reserves was called off at 11am due to a waterlogged pitch, that left me with 2 choices, Kirton Brickworks or their reserves match down at the old Sandhurst FC ground. After conformation that the 1st team match on, then it was to the main Brickworks ground I was heading.

Due to the heavy rain in Mansfield, I didnt take my camera and as usual, it turned out to be a very pleasant afternoon with no rain in Kirton..Typicial!!!

The game kicked off at a very fast rate and both sides matched each other, but as the half wore on, it was Rovers who had the better of the chances and really could well have been at least three goals to the good, with on 2 occasions the Brickies keeper playing his part in 2 one on ones, but he could do nothing on 43 minutes, when a shot by DANIEL BIRCUMSHAW flashed past him from a good 30 yards to give the Rovers a one goal lead at the interval.

Kirton to their credit in the Second Half pushed forward and could well have been level with the chances that they created but stopped by good keeping and defending kept them at bay. The changing point of the match though came on 67 minutes, when a long ball from the Ashland defence was punted up field and with the home keeper coming to clear, he totally mis-kicked it and it left ALEX ENGLAND with a empty net to convert and put the visitors 2-0 up.

The home keeper did redeem himself on 79 minutes, as from a visiting corner, he made a superb goalbound save from a header. On 85 minutes, The Brickies must have thought they had pulled themselves back in to the game, when a long curling shot was heading for the top corner but the visiting keeper at full length managed to palm it round the post with one hand.

In the final minute, Rovers were awarded a free kick on the left hand side, that was floated towards the far post and ADAM MELLORS was there unmarked to slot the ball home.

Must mention Referee Ian Smith who I felt had a great game and also 2 clubs who both wanted to play football and not argue, a credit to them all

Sunday, 21 January 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Premier Division
Att: 50
A odd day as on the way home from Ravenshead FC on Friday evening it was snowing, so to wake up and see the fields over my back garden flooded, I thought I would ring Sandiacre Town FC which was my first choice, I got the reply that there would be a pitch inspection at around 12.30pm, so thought if it was off, then it would leave me little time to get to a 2pm, so rang Burton Joyce FC and they had switched their fixture due to their ground being under water, so a call to Pat Johnson who had already been down to Southwell Citys ground and a positive yes it was on, made up my mind as Id not seen either Southwell City or Bingham Town this season.

On arrival the pitch looked heavy but well playable and a chat with Ian Smith who was one of the Assistant Refs confirmed this.

The game kicked off and was very even, with both sides matching each other and very few chances, but after 22 minutes, a volleyed backpass just missed the Bingham goal to the delight of the Bingham keeper and defender. Bingham began to push forward and on 34 minutes were unlucky to see a effort rebound off the crossbar.

The Second Half began well for Bingham as they were on the attack and on 56 minutes Jepps had the ball in the back of the net, but as they went to celebrate, they were stopped as Assistant Smith;s flag was raised for offside. Within 30 seconds though, Bingham were in front, when MICHAEL JEPPS cut in from the left and fired home.

Southwell then began to come more in to the game and had a couple of decent efforts, but failed to get that final touch in front of the net until 79 minutes when JON NUSSEY headed home the equaliser.

No one had time to applaud as from the Bingham kick off a ball was played forward and their leading scorer TOM SPENCER lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper to seal the victory.

Must mention all 3 officials, Ref Gavin Rice and his Assistants Ian Smith and Tim Bee who all had good games and also a big thankyou to Gaving Rice who kindly donated £5 of his match fee to the blogs charity which is for MAGGIES CANCER CARE CENTRE based at Nottingham City Hospital where the running total now stands at a amazing £1,246.25p

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

More photos taken by Bingham Town;s Geoff Curtis can be seen on this LINK

Friday, 19 January 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division One
Photo taken by Jim Bethell

A rare Friday evening at the Cornwater Ground, Ravenshead and was met by both sides before the match and then by match Referee Andy Benner, after getting both teamsheets it was down to pitchside. 

Since my last visit, Ravenshead have fully railed the pitch, before long I was joined by a Awsworth players dad and 2 hoppers, one from down London way and Ken from Leicester. After chatting for a while to the players dad, I joined long time friends Jim Bethell and his dad.

The game kicked off and it was Ravenshead who were first to strike, when their captain ADAM MARTIN fired home after just 3 minutes. Awsworth then pushed forward but didnt really trouble the home clubs defence, whilst the homesters played on the counter attack and Walsh in the visiting net had to come to the rescue a couple of times.

On 45 minutes, a ball from the left, found Paul Smith who chipped the ball to the far post for ADAM MARTIN to mash in to a empty net to double his sides lead.

The Second Half and the home keeper made his first save of the game and the ball was cleared up field, the referee gave a free kick some 30 yards out after a trip on a Ravenshead player, the free kick was struck hard and hit the keeper who spilled the ball and TOM HUBBARD was first to react to slip the ball home on 49 minutes to make it 3-0.

Villa then had their best spell in the game and could well on another day seen them pull back a couple of goals by stout defending by the home defence kept their clean sheet in tact.

After 61 minutes, the match was put out of doubt when just inside the area, TYLER LAMBERT turned on a sixpence to smash the ball low and in to the corner of the net to make it 4-0.

Sunday, 14 January 2018


Nottinghamshire Senior League
Division Two
A couple of reasons I chose this match was that Nottingamshire Senior League newcomers Bridfgord United are flying high in 2nd position in Division and I hadnt seen them, plus the fact that sadly Greenwood Meadows ground that they play on has been sold to a rugby club and after Bridgford United;s next home match on Thursday or Friday evening, football wont exist at the venue no more. Bridgford have the intentions of moving down to the second pitch at Roko on Wilford Lane that has been under construction for some time now and seems not far off completion.

After getting the team line ups and a chat with both sets of players, some of the AFC Charity Wollaton team arrived to watch the match. Again for the second week, Ibi was assessing the referee.

The game kicked off and the visitors more than matched their high-flying opponents and the home keeper was called in to early action to push a long range shot round the post. Bridgford began to get more in to the game, but were lacking that final touch to score the opening goal.

Eventually, United did get the breakthrough, when a ball played up the left wing saw JARROD WESTCARR cut in and tuck the ball past the outcoming visiting keeper(see main photo above) on 35 minutes.

This gave the homesters alot more confidence as they pressed, but all credit to the visitors, they defended well esp Duffy in the centre, but they could do nothing about Bridgford,s second goal, when a ball played in from the right saw SHELDON TUTIT sweep the ball home to make it 2-0 after 44 minutes.

The Second Half kicked off after Hazel had done the half time teas on a bitterly cold afternoon and I actually missed a little bit of the game, poss a few minutes. Bridgford were mainly on the attack and should well have added a few more goals to their tally but a mixture of brave defending and good goalkeeping kept them at bay until the 75th minute, when a cross from the left saw the flying header of NATHAN FRANCIS to head home to make it 3-0.

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK