Castled

Saturday 11th August 2018 | Netherfield Cricket Ground Kendal County 5-2 Crooklands Casuals | West Lancashire League Division One Attendance: c.40 | Admission: FREE The second part of my Cumbria mini-hop took me to the town of Kendal, which, like Penrith, isn’t in the Lake District but is close enough that it feels part of … Continue reading Castled

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Bonnies Blues

Wednesday 8th August 2018 | Frenchfield Park Penrith AFC 1-3 Newton Aycliffe | Northern League Division One Attendance: c.100 | Admission: £6 (programme £1) One of the benefits of being married to a Cumbrian is the chance to make regular visits to the Lake District. My wife is a Lakelander born and bred; she grew … Continue reading Bonnies Blues

Heads of the Valleys: road trip to the home of The Martyrs (and a brush with the FA Cup in September!)

Last Saturday while thousands of Welsh football supporters were heading toward Cardiff for Wales’ crunch World Cup qualifier against Austria, I found myself heading north away from the capital. My destination: Merthyr Tydfil. It wasn’t the World Cup I had on my mind; it was instead the FA Cup.   Long before the mainstream media … Continue reading Heads of the Valleys: road trip to the home of The Martyrs (and a brush with the FA Cup in September!)