New Hartley Juniors 12 v Horden Community Welfare U18s 2 - 22/09/18 - ground 471 - New Hartley Welfare

I'd been wanting to do this ground for about 2 years, but wanted to do on same day as when SD were at home aswell,as it's only 5 mins away on the bus. This is Horden's first season in this league, so they'll need time to settle. NH are well established in this league & it showed. some well taken goals and 2 penalties in the space of 3 minutes around 37 mins eased them to HT. during the 2nd half I got the X7 down to SD to catch up with that game's first half. I even saw some chances and a goal whilst at the bus stop!

season 2018/19 - 5 new grounds, 46 goals :)

transport -
X10 stockton - eldon square
X7 haymarket - new hartley
X7 new hartley - seaton delaval

Seaton Delaval afc 3 v Seghill fc 2 (a.e.t) - 22/09/18 - ground 472 - Wheatridge Park

the bus stops next to the ground, where there was a lovely litle moggy wandering about outside :)

Seghill were 2 up at the break but couldn't get through to the next round. I didnt have much energy left by this time, as long bus rides knacker me! so I just took a few pics from the "car park end", and sat down to eat my bait & drink me juice & rest!

season 2018/19 - 6 new grounds, 51 goals :)

transport -
X7 seaton delaval - haymarket
X10 eldon square - stockton


Richmond Town Academy 1 v Leyburn Town 1 - 15/09/18 - ground #470 - Easby Field

A heck of a hike along a country path (even tho its only about 10-15 mins walk from the main road), just outside the market place, brings you out at this unique pitch. An explorer ticket was required for today, the footy was nice, but my main highlight of the day was Barton CC, another tick off the Darlington & District League & my last cricket game til next summer, unless I win lotto, then its off to NZ & aussieland :)

season 2018/19 - 4 new grounds, 32 goals :)

transport -
X66 stockton - darlo
X27 darlo - richmond
X26 richmond - barton
X27 barton - darlo
X67 darlo - fairfield


Loftus FC 2 v Thirsk Falcons 12 - 01/09/18 - ground #469 - Ben Scotts Playing Field

This season, the NRFL has been kind enough to give me 3 new local ground ticks. For the 2nd saturday running, an arriva day ticket was required (tho todays was £1 cheaper than last weeks). I timed my busses well both there & back, which was nice, even allowing for a sainsburys tick at Marske on the way there :)
Thirsk always had a good team in their Teesside League days, over the years their youth set up through the ages from early to senior has been commendable. after a couple of years gap, their senior side are back, and judging by today's showing, with a vengeance! They looked fit & fast and hungry for goals. Loftus FC are a brand new team, hopefully the lads will keep at it, as too many teams go down the plughole these days. Thirsk scored from the spot after a few mins & never looked looked lagging. The 5th was a class freekick! Loftus scored 2 in the 2nd half including a penalty of their own. I aim to visit Thirsk Falcons new venue this month, only leaving T.I.B.S FC U19s ground to re-complete the league again :)

season 2018/19 - 3 new grounds, 30 goals :)

transport -
X67 stockton - boro
X3 boro - marske
X4 marske - loftus
X4 loftus - boro
X67 boro - stockton


Barnard Castle Redwell Rangers 0 v Crook Town Wanderers 8 - 25/08/18 - ground #468 - Teesdale School

2 new teams joined the C&D league this season, Redwell Rangers and Darlo GSOB (which I've got planned to do on 08/09). This was my 3rd BC ground, all C&D league ticks, so it was an arriva day ticket day again. Redwell's 1st 2 games of the season saw them concede 19 goals & score 1. Crook were 3 up in 10 mins, so they must've feared the worst. Fair play to them tho, they give it a good go and HT was 5-0. Crook could've had more if not for some excellent saves.
next, it was cricket time, and a Darlo & district league tick (of which I've got a few planned in the coming weeks), I decided to do Cliffe CC, as Piercebridge was on the way back :)

Season 2018/19 - 2 new grounds, 16 goals.

transport -
X66 stockton - darlo
X75 darlo - barney castle
X75 barney castle - piercebridge
X75 piercebridge - darlo
X67 darlo - Fairfield


Sunderland Town End FC 6 v Hylton Sports Club 2 - 18/08/2018 - ground #467 - Thompson Park

My last "day out" was HSCs 19-0 win at Jarrow FC reserves back in April. A few skint months later & it was finally time to get back on the tracks again ! :)
after a qick visit to sainsburys for my ciders on train back, I headed to the station for the 12.46 to Sunnyland, where I got the metro to the SOL. an 8 min walk later, I arrived at Thompson Park for the 2pm k.o. HSC took the lead in the 3rd minute, but Town End (who started up with 9 of HSC's players when they started up pre-season) had a goal disallowed soon after but still ended up 3-1 at HT. it was 4-1 quickly after. Town End looked sharp & well up for it. a penalty made it 6-1 before the visitors had the last say. FT 6-2.  a few pints in spoons followed before 17.50 train back home.
next month I'm off to watch Jarrow FC reserves at their new ground, Monkton Stadium. to watch HSC again to complete the league :) 

season 2018/19 1 new ground , 8 goals

transport - 
142021 Stockton - Sunderland

4028+29 Sunderland - Stadium Of Light
13 wheatsheaf - City Centre
142094 Sunderland - Stockton


Jarrow FC Reserves 0 v Hylton Sports Club 19 - 21/04/18 - Ground #466 - Hedworthfield CA

my first explorer ticket of the year was required for a busy day of groundhopping, which was thankfully blessed with lovely weather !! :)
after ticking off South Shileds CC, it was off to the footy, where I would recomplete the Durham Alliance League. I expected a high score & it certainly was! Hylton started off the scoring with a penalty, then the floodgates opened. with the HT score at 11-0 & jarrow only had 10 men throughout, the ref decided that the 2nd half would only last 25 mins. Hylton added 8 more before the ref brung a finish to the 70 minute game. after the footy I made my way to Boldon CC for my 2nd cricket ground tick of the day :)

season 2017/18 = 25 new grounds , 160 goals

transport -
X10 stockton - heworth
4085+37 heworth - chichester
4053+55 chichester - pelaw
4066+84 pelaw - fellgate
4065+23 fellgate - east boldon
4058+04 east boldon - heworth
X9 heworth - billingham
36 billingham - stockton


Kader FC U19s 2 v Redcar Newmarket U19s 3 - 08/04/18 - ground #465 - Hustlers Trust Pavillion 3G

a few weeks ago on twitter, I noticed that Kader were adding the finishing touches to their new 3G pitch. I'd already visited the venue to watch Whinney Banks in the teeside league, so this gave me an opportunity for a new local tick :)
the game was cracker! I shook hands with the Redcar manager before the game, he says they usually win when I turn up! This was only their 4th win of the season & my 3rd game watching them! Redcar scored the best goal of the game, which happened to the first of the game, a great curling shot! taking pics at 3G/4G grounds isn't pretty at the best of times, but at kader, supporters are only allowed to watch from outside the cage (only players & staff allowed inside). final score could've been 5-5 easily. hopefully next season will bring more new grounds to visit in the North Riding League :)

season 2017/18 = 24 new grounds , 141 goals

transport -
37 stockton - boro
12 boro - acklam
12 acklam - boro
36 boro - stockton