Saturday, 31 October 2009

Bamber Bridge vs Ossett Albion (31/10/09)

Match 59

Ground #: 33

Ground: QED Stadium

Competition: Unibond Division 1 North (Level 8)

Kick Off: 3pm

Cost: £4 (student ticket)

Programme: £1.50

Attendance: 128

Bamber Bridge 1

Eastwood 78’ (pen)

Ossett Albion 1

James 24’, Cook s/off 77’, Allison s/off 77’


Planning for this game was a mess. Firstly Bamber vs Salford was the original game I had selected for Halloween until Salford’s FA Trophy run meant they now had a home game against Clitheroe and so plans were made to stay at a friend’s in Salford and make a day/night of it. Until the night before as they all bailed out. So on the morning I was faced with the prospect of doing nothing on a Saturday afternoon except grimace at every update from Hearts’ game at Fir Park or go outside and get some fresh air at a game. Although Lancaster’s FA Trophy game against FC United of Manchester was tempting I chose to drive to Bamber Bridge, my original destination, on my tod.


Bamber Bridge or “The Brig” is a small village South of Preston which is about all I can say for the place! It housed an American camp during WW2 which saw some trouble break out in 1943 between the soldiers and locals. Also a small textiles industry was here like most Northern towns but that seems to be about it in terms of highlights for the place. (I’m sorry if I’ve missed anything major out!) Having left Lancaster at about 1:30, I arrived at the QED Stadium at around 2:10 as it was the easiest ground I’ve ever had to find. Parking was also on site and a friendly steward helped me get a space so a stress free journey was complete! The QED Stadium (or Irongate) is a ground I had wanted to get to for some time because of all the positive things I had heard about it. The ground itself has a main stand which is an impressive seating stand that runs down the side of the pitch. Opposite that is hard standing which is where the dugouts are and large nets to keep the balls from flying into houses behind the ground. Behind one goal is a decent covered terrace while the other side is the clubhouse side which has a small covered stand and also a strange balcony area which I presume is the director’s lounge. Bamber Bridge were having a rebuilding season after finishing last season in the Unibond Division 1 North in 11th place. Disappointing from their standards. Currently in 8th position going into this game, Bamber had played so few league games because of playing in several cups (FA Cup, FA Trophy, Lancs Cup, etc) which they had all crashed out of. Their ‘trick or treaters’ (last Halloween joke I promise) to the QED were Ossett Albion who were suffering from an awful start to the season down in 18th place, just outside the relegation places. The Albion from Yorkshire were looking to pick up all 3 points in this “War of the Roses” battle.


Having watched the end of Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Spurs in the great clubhouse, I walked around the ground taking pictures before taking a seat in the main stand as I felt incredibly lazy and could not be arsed standing up today. The game kicked off with both sides looking fairly even although Bamber had an early chance to take the lead when a free kick from the right was dropped by Ossett keeper Lee Ashforth but the two Brig strikers could not react in time. From then on the game was played very competitively but with few chances as both teams were not using the width of the pitch to full affect. The game needed a bit of magic or stupidity to break the deadlock and we got one of them on 24 minutes. Thankfully it was a moment of magic. Ossett right winger Steve Smith picked the ball up in the corner and skipped by one poor challenge before he proceeded to rip the piss into the whole of Bamber’s left side with two nutmeg’s and skipped past another challenge before his shot was saved by Mike Hale but diverted into the path of Nathan James who smashed the ball into the roof of the net to make it 0-1. Bamber nearly equalized straight away as a great ball in found Phil Eastwood who’s acrobatic attempt was well saved by the Ossett goalie. The rest of the half was basically a non-event with some silly fouls and a yellow card for Ossett’s Martin Allison. Not many shots either apart from long range efforts and hit and hope. Off to the tea-bar at half-time for a good pie!


The second half started much like the end of the first, with a lot of effort but no real quality as Ossett tried to extend their lead but a lack of final ball let them down. It wasn’t happening for Bamber either with the game seeming to pass most of their players by. Only a deflected shot wide was their only shot of note by the midway point of the 2nd half until a mental 3 minutes would shape how this game would end. Firstly, Bamber finally got behind the Ossett defence and a great ball in was well saved by the Ossett goalie, however before a Bamber striker could get to the rebound, Ossett defender Kyle Cook decided to use his hands to get the ball away. Woops! Red card and a penalty to Bamber. The drama continued however as a lot of the Ossett team had surrounded the referee and Martin Allison must have said something too much as he was shown a 2nd yellow and Ossett were down to 9. Allison came off the pitch in disbelief telling the main stand, “I wasn’t the one that said owt!” Who knows. Bamber striker Phil Eastwood smashed the penalty home on 78 minutes and Ossett would need to hang on for 12 minutes to claim a point. The final 12 minutes were Lancashire’s re-enactment of the Alamo as Bamber bombarded the Ossett goal and were a final touch or more self composure away from taking an undeserved 3 points. In the end both sides were unhappy with the result. Bamber ruing the missed chance to beat 9 men, Ossett angry that they ended the game with 9 men as one fan shouted at the referee when leaving the pitch. An entertaining finish.


An enjoyable day out in Bamber Bridge as the game livened up towards the end. Bamber Bridge have shot right up the list of favourite clubs as every single person there today was friendly and helpful which makes the club so great. A decent ground and a great clubhouse (who are well known for their real ale’s but Lancashire Constabulary would have something to say about driving after drinking some of that!) makes the club a great one to visit. I recommend doing so! Another great advert for the Unibond League. Just a shame Hearts had to spoil the day with yet another pathetic performance at Fir Park.

Photos from Bamber Bridge vs Ossett Albion


Match Ratings:

- Match: 6/10 (fairly decent, great finish)

- Value for money: 7.5/10 (can’t argue for £4)

- Ground: 8/10 (great ground, great clubhouse)

- Atmosphere: 6/10 (lively)

- Food: 7/10 (pretty decent pie and bovril – good price too)

- Programme: 8/10 (excellent effort)

- Referee: B.Copp – 5/10 (was ok)

BB vs OA prog

BB ticket

Sunday, 18 October 2009

St Helens Town vs Nelson (17/10/09)

Match 58

Ground #: 32

Ground: Knowsley Road

Competition: Vodkat Northwest Counties Premier Division (Level 9)

Kick Off: 3pm

Cost: £5

Programme: £1.20

Attendance: 107

St Helens Town 4

Dyson 6’,89’, G.Mitchell 43’, P.Mitchell 74’

Nelson 0


The thing with sitting up late at university is sometimes, with friends, you talk about utter rubbish. Conversation topics that nobody else would understand or care about. Earlier this week, a friend at uni (lets name him Andy) who originally hails from St Helens was appalled at the fact that Clitheroe played in the league higher than his town’s football team. He also joked that imagine a team who play at Level 9 in the football pyramid played at Knowsley Road, one of rugby league’s most popular grounds with a capacity of 17,500. So upon investigation it was found out that they indeed do play at the home of egg chasing in St Helens, another journey was organised to a ground I hadn’t expected to get to this season.


St Helens is a large town in Merseyside that was famous in the industrial ages for being a centre of coal and glass making. Today the town is more of a commercial town with most signs of industry now being dormant with the large amount of chimneys that still are standing in the town but are not in use. The main industry in the town now is Pilkingtons Glass which is a “world leader” in its industry. Another famous presence in the town is the main rugby league team that play there – St Helens RLFC. One of the world’s first rugby league teams, they recently have become a major player in Super League, although having not won a Grand Final since 2006, they have lost the last 3, all to Leeds Rhinos. This town is a major rugby league town, but football is still played here, despite all the plastic scousers normally supporting either the red or blue side of Liverpool. The town’s team, St Helens Town, currently play in the Northwest Counties Premier Division which is set at Level 9 on the English League Pyramid. The league which is sponsored by Vodkat (dunno what that says about Northerners…) and normally feeds the Champion directly into Unibond Division 1 North. (Where last season’s Vodkat Champions, AFC Fylde are currently playing) St Helens were founded in 1946 and have a rich history of producing well known players in English football. Ex players include, Bert Trautmann, Bill Foulkes and Dave Bamber. In fact, Trautmann signed for Man City from St Helens exactly 60 years ago and the club were advertising an upcoming celebration game against a Man City Legend XI in mid-November. St Helens moved from their Hoghton Road ground in 2000 to move in with St Helens RLFC at Knowsley Road and were almost relegated from this league last season, but a late rally saved them and they went into this game in 5th place, 13 points behind 100% leaders Newcastle Town, but with a game in hand.


After arriving at Knowsley Road with good time to spare, it took a while for the hardy band of us to find our way in, with only one stand open for football games. When we found the only open turnstiles, there was a strange sight of both teams warming up on the big pitch next to the stadium which is unusual as the rugby league season is finished now until early 2010, so the pitch isn’t needed to be great at the moment anyway. Once in, there was a programme seller almost dumped next to the side of the main stand entrance and with no food or bar facilities open that I could see, it was worrying that I would have to go through the whole game on an empty stomach. We positioned ourselves in the uncovered terraces next to the Main Stand when a steward demanded that my friend take no photos on his proper camera for the match. It meant that most of my pictures for this game were taken ninja style and when no stewards were near us in fear of getting caught. Knowsley Road is an impressive ramshackle ground with two covered standing stands, with an uncovered section behind one goal and to the side of the Main Stand. (More on the Main Stand later) St Helens hosted Lancashire team Nelson for this game who hail from just Southeast of Clitheroe and were only one place behind St Helens in the table, so a close game was expected. The game kicked off in the eerie silence of the empty stands we could see with the only noise coming directly from the players themselves with both teams resorting to long balls to bypass both midfields. St Helens were already getting early joy down their left side when a great ball was crossed in and found Grahame Mitchell who just headed wide. It was 1-0 moments later when Nelson played a too high line that allowed Phil Mitchell to feed the ball through the defence where captain Iain Dyson ran through and rounded the keeper to make it 1-0. The rest of the half was a non event really with St Helens having most of the possession but not really creating the chances to go with it. Nelson also were doing very little and it already looked like the game would finish with only 1 goal scored. However, coming up to half-time a superb through ball was played through to Graeme Mitchell who scored easily with the outside of the boot to make it 2-0 at HT.


At half-time I investigated the smell of pies in the air and stumbled upon one open food stall where I bought a very decent meat and tattie pie and a bovril for £2.20. Also, again the winning raffle ticket was not mine, although I really wouldn’t know what to do with a bottle of whisky. For the 2nd half I decided to sit in the old main stand on some cracking wooden seats (no pun intended) for a better view as Nelson took the game towards St Helens with a couple of long range efforts that hardly troubled town goalie Graeme McCall. The problem with attacking so much to get back into the game is however that you are left open to a counter attack which is increasingly what was happening at Saints were looking for a 3rd and to wrap the game up as Graeme Mitchell had an acrobatic attempt blocked. Nelson didn’t learn from numerous close shaves when Phil Mitchell got up through on goal again and managed to get a lucky break off a defender that took the ball past the keeper and allowed himself an easy tap in for number 3. Both Mitchell’s scored today, so Peggy will be proud. It should have been 4 on 81 minutes when another break found St Helens outnumbering the goalie 3 to 1. However the first shot was saved and the rebound crashed off the bar and over much to the annoyance of the home supporters. Graeme Mitchell had another chance to get a 2nd when a volley from a tight angle was just fired wide as by this time Nelson had given even trying to defend or remotely play any football. St Helens did add a 4th late on when another 1 on 1 was cut back to Iain Dyson who made it 4-0 and the game was over. An easy win for St Helens.


A strange day out then in Merseyside as St Helens picked up an easy 3 points over one of the worst sides I have seen this season. The “match experience” at Knowsley Road for watching football is a strange one, with it almost being like a younger brother is not allowed to touch a lot of his older brother’s stuff. The nomadic existence of the club may hinder the club in the long term, but the money is surely not there for a ground for themselves. Knowsley Road is also set to disappear in 2011 when both teams move to the new St Helens Stadium which will have a capacity of 18,000, a Tesco store and 2000 parking spaces. Maybe, the club might be playing Unibond football by then, but hopefully the club can draw some bigger crowds than the 107 that was in attendance for this game.

Photos from St Helens vs Nelson


Match Ratings:

- Match: 4.5/10 (quite one sided with not much entertainment)

- Value for money: 6/10 (its ok for £5)

- Ground: 8/10 (great, classic ground)

- Atmosphere: 1/10 (107 fans in a 17,500 stadium – do the maths)

- Food: 7/10 (decent, good value pie)

- Programme: 8/10 (excellent value and articles)

- Referee: M.Rawcliffe – 6/10 (not much to do)

SHT vs Nelson prog

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Clitheroe vs Belper Town (03/10/09)

Match 57

Ground #: 31

Ground: Shawbridge

Competition: FA Trophy Preliminary Round

Kick Off: 3pm

Cost: £7

Programme: £1.50

Attendance: 164

Clitheroe 1

Coar 22’

Belper Town 1

Stevenson 12’


This game wasn’t at all one I had planned to go to as I was looking to get to a midweek game during the 1st week at uni (where you get very little work to do) and Lancaster’s FA Youth Cup game against Chester City was the one I wanted to go to. Yet, with the game being scheduled for a Monday night and the fact I can’t make a Monday night means that idea went right out the window. So 3 of us at uni were checking games and places to go to that were is near driving distance. Kendal vs Kings Lynn came up as did AFC Fylde vs Leigh Genesis but in the end, it was immaturity that won the day. As we chose the Lancashire town of Clitheroe. On first look, you may think, “why is there a town called that"?” However as this is a family blog there will be no clit hero jokes here, and upon further investigation we realized that their opponents today in the FA Trophy (Belper Town) were nicknamed “The Nailers” – and that was that. We WERE going to this game.


Clitheroe is a town which lies on the Southern edge of the Forest of Bowland (which is an utter pain in the arse to drive around – more on that later) and its main landmark is the castle which sits in the centre of the town. An old Norman keep which is also one of the oldest buildings in Lancashire has a massive hole in the middle of it which was ordered by the government in 1649 for reasons that are beyond me. The drive across the Forest of Bowland from Lancaster University should have been straight forward according to Google Maps. However after driving over a fairly big mountain, we got lost. Badly. Getting lost in the woods is always a problem, however with no or little phone signal and a fairly low amount of petrol (“if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail”, I know!) this was fast becoming a major problem. We were bailed out by stumbling across the town of Goosnargh and we quickly made our way to Clitheroe coming in on the West side. (Google Maps stated we’d come in to the North – thats how badly it went wrong) By this time it was already 3:30 and then trying to find Shawbridge (home of Clitheroe FC) was also an effort, but it was found and we got inside at 2:57. One final point of how much I balls up this journey was I had forgot to get money out and only had £7 on me. Admission was £7.

Clitheroe play in the Unibond Division 1 North league which is the same league as Lancaster City. Currently having a poor start to the season, they lay in 19th position out of 22. Luckily they had another cup competition to distract them in the FA Trophy. The Trophy is only open for clubs in Steps 1-4 in the Non-League system and more often than not a Conference (Blue Square Premier) team will end up winning the Trophy at Wembley. Last year the winners were Stevenage Borough who beat York City 2-0. Clitheroe welcomed fellow Unibond Division 1 team Belper Town to Shawbridge for the game, who hail from Derbyshire. They however play in Division 1 South which meant a different set of faces from the norm for Clitheroe to play. They came into this game doing well and were in 7th place out of 22nd. This, after losing in the play-off final to Stockbridge Park Steels last season.


Upon first viewing inside the ground (see picture above) is the pitch – which is frankly laughable. A ‘small’ incline going lengthways up the pitch hinders any sort of football played on here (as we were about to see) and probably hinders any proper ground improvements too until the pitch is flattened. As for the ground, its your typical Unibond ground with mostly standing, although they did have a small seated section running near the corner flag down one end of the pitch. As we were so late in, the game was just about to kick off as we arrived and so took a place near the dugouts to watch the first half which kicked off with Belper making the better chances early on as the wind also played havoc with both team’s game plan. Belper took the lead on 12 minutes when they swung a cross in from the right (up on top of the hill) which wasn’t dealt with well and Lee Stevenson managed to turn his defender and shoot past Danny Hanford. Belper then tried to double their lead as Clitheroe struggled to make any impression on the game, except Alex Brees (who looks about 14) making good runs down the right which Belper struggled to deal with. Clitheroe did grab an equalizer though on 22 minutes after a freekick was headed straight at Belper goalie Martin Kearney. For reasons beyond me though, he only pushed this out into a packed penalty area and ex Lancaster City striker Alan Coar scored a tap in from about a yard out. Not much else happened for the rest of the half as both teams looked fairly even and the wind was hindering both sides.


For the 2nd half we all sat behind one goal and watched one of the least memorable halves I have witnessed in football. It actually was a blessing that two uni mates had made the trip as at least we could all talk to each other as the game was so dull. Brees needed to shoot on so many occasions after getting into good positions only to waste it by either trying to play a clever pass or make a successful pass to one of his team-mates who wasted each shot. Belper also had some play, as they actually thought they had won the game on 71 minutes when a Ben Walker shot managed to find its way in after a good cross, but the assistant referee ruled it out for a foul. The final chance of the game came late on when more good work by Brees set up the Clitheroe # 8 (he’s not even in the programme) who ballooned his awful shot over the bar. Full time. A replay to come, which I won’t be at.


Firstly, sorry was the delay in publishing this (if you were so desperate to read about someone’s trip to Shawbridge!) I have had a surprising amount on in my 1st week back at uni. Secondly, on the game, it all seemed a bit rushed for me to totally enjoy the game. Its a lessoned learned and I have already started to make plans for my next game on Halloween at Bamber Bridge. Finally, as it has taken me so long to get this post out there, the replay actually took place on Tuesday night which Clitheroe managed to win 4-1 away at Belper to go through to the 1st Qualifying Round away at Bradford Park Avenue. (Which PA should win) Overall, a decent ground, a strange pitch and I hope to be back one day when I’m less stressed out!

Photos from Clitheroe vs Belper Town


Match Ratings:

- Match: 4/10 (stalemate)

- Value for money: 6/10 (was ok – not the greatest quality for £7)

- Ground: 6/10 (the pitch!?)

- Atmosphere: 7/10 (both sets of fans got behind their team)

- Food: N/A – had no money to buy any!

- Programme: 6/10 (decent attempt – good amount of info)

- Referee: G Hock – 6/10 (seemed ok)

Clit vs Bel Prog

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Preston North End vs Reading (29/09/09)

Match 56

Ground #: 30

Ground: Deepdale

Competition: English Championship

Kick Off: 7:45pm

Cost: £15 (Young Adult ticket)

Programme: £3

Attendance: 10,987

Preston North End 1

Parkin (pen) 85’

Reading 2

Church 34’, Kebe 43’


So now back up North for what looks to be my last year at uni (*sob*) and I decided to try and get to grounds that were in the local area and there was one that stood out from the rest. Preston. Why I had waited till now to go see the largest team in the area (sorry fans from Burnley, Blackpool, Blackburn, etc) until now I don’t really know. However with it being Freshers Week and final years having not much to do, me and 3 uni mates made the short journey down the M6 to a midweek Championship clash. Preston is a city in Lancashire and was England’s 50th City as it was granted city status in 2002. During the Industrial Revolution Preston became a boom-town due to its large textiles trade. Recently the city has suffered from the effects of de-industrialization, but recent developments have seen the city improve and become more popular.


Preston is a footballing city and has always been by heart. The major club in the town, Preston North End were founding members of the Football League way back in 1888 and won the subsequent championship that season. That season they also went undefeated in the league, one of only two teams to be ‘invincible’ through a top-flight season (Arsenal were the others in 2004) and were the first team to do the double. Sadly though, the Twentieth Century brought very little success and even had the Lilywhites playing in the bottom tier. Yet, this has now allowed the club to become one of the few teams to have won all four professional leagues in England showing their true rise and fall throughout the seasons. Preston has also been home to a famous ladies team – Dirk, Kerr’s Ladies FC who became so popular, that the FA banned woman’s football at its members grounds until 1971 (50 years after they had banned it). With Preston clearly being an important part of English footballing history, it was this reason that the National Football Museum was opened at Deepdale in 2001. We went round before the match and I was extremely impressed with the place, and the exhibitions and items that they have at the museum. It was also free (although we did all donate) and had a good cafe/shop too that had the Champions League game between Rubin Kazin and Inter Milan on at the time.


We also saw fans of another team in the museum too, who had made the long journey up from Berkshire for the evening’s game and that was Reading. Many fans who have only become interested in football recently (i.e – the plastics) may see Reading and think of them as a permanent fixture of the top two tiers in England. However, the club had only achieved promotion to the Premiership for the first time in their history three years ago and while their two season stay was brief, they had impressed at times and nearly qualified for the UEFA Cup in their first season. Since then, nearly every player who played for the Royals in their Premiership days have gone, as only 3 remain; Ivar Ingimarsson, Marek Matejovsky and Kalfia Cisse. Their long serving manager Steve Coppell also left in the close season and so it was up to Irishman Brendan Rodgers to oversee this season of “consolidation and change.” It hadn’t started well as Reading went into this game in 21st position, only 1 place outside the drop zone. A slow start or a team destined to struggle? Preston on the other hand were in 3rd place going into this game and looking good for another crack at promotion. The 4 of us, got into the ground fairly late (for me) after spending so long in the museum, but we still had time to buy a famous Chicken Balti Pie (which is full of win) and place a £1 bet on Neil Mellor to be first scorer. We were sat in the biggest stand, the Sir Tom Finney Stand in a fairly decent position. Behind one goal was where a small band of Reading fans were and a section of the home support in the Bill Shankley Stand, the other stand behind the goal was all home fans which was Alan Kelly Stand. The newest stand which was only built recently is the small Invincibles Pavilion which is a nice looking stand although fairly small. Preston also played UB40’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” just before the teams came out which I think is a great song to play before a game.


Preston made the better start to the game with some great crosses being whipped in that troubled the Reading defence, but after the early stages the game began to get more even with both teams having a decent amount of possession but Reading creating the better chances with Andy Lonergan saving well from Jobe McAnuff. Brian Howard was next to have a crack at the Preston goal when he controlled a ball in well but fired just over the crossbar. Reading then continued to trouble Preston, especially right winger Jimmy Kebe who clearly the fastest and most skilful player on the pitch. Preston now needed to get firmly on the ‘control’ button otherwise they could well lose this game, sadly for Preston boss Alan Irvine his team firmly pressed the ‘suicide’ button as they threw the match away in 9 minutes. Firstly Richard Chaplow lost the ball in midfield to Brynjar Gunnarsson after 34 minutes who then put through Simon Church who thanked Chaplow for his gift and skipped away from the last defender and easily slotted the ball past Lonergan. Preston now needed to respond well and it looked like they would when they won a series of corners, however a poor ball was cleared away to Jimmy Kebe who sprinted away from two Preston defenders and scored the 2nd easily. The fan right in front of me went ballistic at his side’s defending for the second as he shouted, “THATS UTTER GARBAGE!!” Before making his way to the half-time queue. The HT whistle went to the sound of a chorus of boos from the home end. A big 45 minutes were ahead for Preston and their unbeaten home record.


For most of the 2nd half, not really much happened after Chris Brown had a goal, correctly, ruled out for offside on 55 minutes. Reading nearly had a 3rd goal and all 3 points on 60 minutes when a ball came over from the right hand side. McAnuff managed to miss still from 5 yards out with a fluke save from Lonergan and Preston scrambled the ball clear with no damage done. The final 20 minutes was when Preston started to actually play fairly well and for the most part, Reading had no answer except in the form of their Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici. Firstly Ross Wallace brought a great save from Federici that he managed to push onto the bar. Then Preston hit the post twice through Mellor and Wallace, both of these shots I managed to miss as I played the role of annoying fan who went to the toilet. Preston were handed a lifeline with 5 minutes to go when Matt Mills stupidly brought down Jon Parkin in the box who himself took the penalty and scored with ease. Game on! Preston then battered the Reading goal and nearly had their equalizer when Parkin hit a half volley from well inside the area which brought a brilliant save from Federici. Preston’s corners after this suffered from the problem that had hindered them all night as they failed to beat the first defender and Reading had managed to hang on.


A surprising result then at Deepdale, and a decent night out in Lancashire watching this. A few final things about the game, firstly I was surprised at the low attendance on the night – only 10,987. Hearts get more than that for every league game, so its a surprise to see a team challenging for promotion to the Premiership getting crowds of this for a league game. Secondly, is the quality of the football. I hear stuff like “The Championship plays some of the best football outside the top tier in Europe”, I’ve now seen two games in this league and the quality has been dire. Even some of the stuff I’ve seen in the SPL has been better. Maybe I should go to some of the top teams in the league such as Newcastle or West Brom before I’ll come back to that statement. It was still a decent night out during a week where I have very little to do. No idea where or what my next match will be, I have a few options so we’ll see what happens in the next coming days. Its nice to be back in t’north again.

Photos from Preston N.E vs Reading


Match Ratings:

- Match: 5/10 (never got going)

- Value for money: 6.5/10 (thankfully nabbed a Young Adult ticket for £15)

- Ground: 8/10 (really liked Deepdale, also a great museum)

- Atmosphere: 5/10 (was up and down throughout the night)

- Food: 7/10 (Chicken Balti pie was superb – shame it was £2.40 though)

- Programme: 9/10 (great effort)

- Referee: Andy Penn – 6/10 (not much to do really – penalty decision was right)

PNE vs Read prog

PNE vs Read ticket