Sunday, 19 March 2017


Notts Senior League
Division One

On the way down the M1, the rain began to come down very fast on the way to Sandiacre Town and when coming off, the lanes were full of puddles. On arrival at St Giles, the rain had stopped and I bumped in to the ref who said he was to do a pitch inspection at 2.15pm but wanted the game to go ahead. Whilst having a cuppa, the heavens opened again but this time, the rain was heavier and the referee ad no alternative to call the game off, as the goalmouth was flooded.

Back on to the M1 north and a quick phone call was plan B and after finding that Bilborough United was on, it was to Basil Russell we headed. On arrival at 2.45pm, I obtained the team line ups from the ref and then on to pitchside ready for the match.

The game began and Kirton had the first chance when the young right winger fired wide, but United was having the better of the play at this stage and on 25 minutes, the home side were awarded a free kick just inside their half, the long free kick was fired in high and met by the head of CHANNON SMALL which dipped over the Kirton keeper.

Kirton from the kick off drove forward and a header by Ricketts went just wide of the sticks. Kirton then were on the opposition box on 29 minutes, when a ball was played out of defence and saw KRISTOPHER DRAYETT fire his side on to a 2-0 lead.

Kirton again from kick off drove forward and got a corner on the right hand side, which was swung in and SCOTT RICKETTS headed home to reduce the arrears.

I was then joined by local hoppers the Hartsthorne Brothers as the rain roared down and we all stood on the steps of the pavillion to stay dry. 

The Second Haf saw play swing from end to end , but Kirton had wasted a few golden chances but on the hour were level, when SCOTT RICKETTS fired in at the far post.

Both sides then had chances to win the game, but a draw was probably the right result.

During the match, Michael Hartsthorne donated £4.30 to the new charity;s blog and I won the scratch card in the pub so have donated £10, so the running total now for MAGGIES CANCER CENTRE stands at £45.80p

Photos from the game can be seen on this LINK

Wednesday, 15 March 2017



Only last week, me and Hazel announced that the 2017-18 Aroundthegrounds Charity Blog would be for MAGGIES CANCER CENTRE at City Hospital in Nottingham. A Charity very close to me, having fought and beaten Hodgkins Lymphomia twice in 1990 and again in 1997, I know that I am a very lucky chap as many people havent quite made it through, so I never grumble.

Since last week, I have received many pledges, as we announced the cause and how we were taking donations NOW and also how the Precision Notts Senior Football League would be kindly allowing my Wife Hazel to do the raffle at all 4 semi finals and 2 cup finals for the cause.

We already have a running total, as Herbie and Sue from Newark gave me £10 the other Saturday when I bumped in to them, then our best man at our wedding Greg Osborne and his Dad Mick kindly donated £20 between them, as the cause is very close to them, as Greg;s mum is fighting the dreaded C at present, so our best wishes go out to her and her family. With the  goals scored @ 25p per goal I see scored and I saw 2 scored at Aston United v Magdala Amateurs last Saturday, the running total currently stands at £30.50p.

This Saturday I am attending Sandiacre Town FC v Bingham Town FC with a 3pm kick off, so if any players or clubs or supporters would like to make a donation, then please see me at the game, no matter how little, it all helps. I cant thank people and clubs enough.


I will be setting up the new blog very soon

Sunday, 12 March 2017


Precision Notts Senior League
Premier Division

Was intending to go to Radcliffe Olympic Reserves v Basford United Community Reserves, but a phone call letting me know the hone side couldnt raise a side, saw me put plan B in to operation and having promised Aston United a visit for some time, this was their first home match of 2017.

There was a bit of confusion to the time of the kick off but it was confirmed as a 2pm kick off earlier in the morning, so down the M1 and not far from the ground, we found the road blocked, so a de tour round Ilkeston to the ground.

I soon got the line ups and was ready for the match at the New Manor Ground, the game kicked off and it was very even, but one thing I have noticed about the ground, is the seated stand behind the dugouts and you cant see a thing from the seats, so I strolled round the ground to take some photos from the game.

On 18 minutes, Aston broke from a throw in down the left side and the ball was played in to the middle, where CHRIS BEIGHTON struck home for the hosts to go in front. The rest of the half was a funny sort of half, with not much of the game played on the ground, the amount of headers must have set a record.

The Second Half began brightly foe the visitors as they pushed forward but didnt really push the home keeper in to making a save, whilst Aston played on the counter attack and nearly doubled their lead on the hour, when the ball was cleared off the line.

From 70 minutes onwards, Aston began to take control of the game and it looked only a matter of time before they did score again and this happened on 81 minutes, when SHAY WIGGINS fired in to the corner of the net to make it 2-0.

I felt all three officials, Referee Barry Goodley and his two assistants Colin White and Michael Evans all had very good games

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Wednesday, 8 March 2017



Each season I set up a new Charity Football Blog which I raise funds by sponsoring 25p each goal I see throughout the season from March to March, we usually end the running total to a seasons charity before the Precision Notts Senior Football League Semi Finals, that way the funds Hazel raises at those games through the raffles, give the new Blog a good start on a running total.

We are very pleased that people and clubs/officials and players/supporters have kindly donated towards this years charity which was the 10th Mansfield Scout Group where we have raised a great total of £656.00 to which we would like to thank everyone for their support. The cheque will be handed over at the 10th Mansfield Scouts Groups AGM.

The BIG news is that we have already began raising for this years Charity which me and my wife Hazel decided to be  The MAGGIES CANCER CENTRE, a charity that supports and offers advice and care to Cancer Patients at Nottingham City Hospital and also their families. More can be read about their work in the link at the bottom of this article.

This is a Charity very close to my heart, as many of those who know me, I have fought and beaten Hodgkins Lymphomia twice in 1990 and again in 1997 and I am one of the very lucky people to have survived.

We have already had a opening donation from Herbie of £10.00.

If anyone would like to help support or make a donation, please see me at any of the matches I attend or please email me on  it doesnt matter how small the donation, it will be greatly appreciated and you will get a mention on the new blog once Ive set it all up for the 2017-18 season.

Here is a website link to Maggies

Monday, 6 March 2017


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Ashland Rovers FC are a Charter Standard club of over 20 years standing & are looking
 to appoint a new Manager/Management Team for next season.
We currently play in Division 1 of the Notts Senior League, however, our ground at 
Kirkby in Ashfield is being brought up to Level 7 standard
 & we are looking for candidates who can take 
us to that next level.

Ideally we would like to make the appointment before pre-season commences &, 
to that end,

 could any interested parties contact me on in strict confidence."

John Dawn
Ashland Rovers FC

Sunday, 5 March 2017


Notts Amateur Alliance
Division One

One of those days where I would weather watch before deciding on where I was going to watch a match in a day of a lot of postponements. A few months back I bumped in to old friend John Cusick who invited me down to watch his new club Rainworth Archers who play down the side streets of the posh village of Farnsfield. Not having any phone numbers, I posted on the Notts Amateurs Alliance Facebook page and got a reply to say the game was on by Michael Cole, the clubs Chairman. I rang my mate Herbie from Newark as he had this game in mind and arranged to meet up for te first time this season.

Having looked at he league table, it seems that Harriers are the whipping boys of the Division, but you never know things can happen on a pitch after a lot of rain, so with Archers being mid table, I thought I may see a couple of goals.

On arrival, I was greeted by Michael and John and the referee I knew from some years ago and we had a chat, a friendly club. Herbie arrived and donated £10 to the Blogs Charity which has a running total of over £650.

I was a bit worried as with ten minutes to kick off, the visitors only had six players arrive, but then a couple of cars turned up last minute, including the manager and they were able to field ten.

The game kicked off and as expected it was the Archers who were straight on to the attack and it only took 4 minutes before ADAM MELLORS got his sides and his first goal of the day. He soon doubled that advantage on 12 minutes and 2 minutes later, completed his hat trick. It remained at 3-0 for quite a while as the home side missed a few chances and the visiting keeper was called in to action more than a few times, but it was a matter of when and not if when the next goal was going to happen and it did on 29 minutes, when MICHAEL HALL headed home. On 37 minutes it was 5-0, when MICHEAL HALL doubled his tally again with a flying header. 

The half time break came and I stood talking to Herbie and said I was impressed how Harriers had turned up with 10 men and not given up, chasing every ball, but sadly hadnt created a chance, infact that first half, Im not sure that the home keeper actually touched the ball.

The Second Half kicked off and Archers were soon in to their stride and young KORIE CANTRELL fired in a sixth goal on 47 minutes. On 59 minutes, Adam Mellors could have added to his tally but he laid the ball square to MICHAEL HALL to slide home his hat trick.

It then became the ADAM MELLORS show as from the 65th to the 77th minute, he added four more goals to make the score 11-0 and in the 80th minute, KORIE CANTRELL added his second of the game, before that man ADAM MELLORS finalised the scoring on 82 minutes with his 8th goal of the game and Rainworth;s 13th.

A game played in the correct spirit with hardly any free kicks and I must mention that Hucknall Town Harrier;s young linesman who had a superb game, he was only about 12 years old and all players from both sides respected his decisions.

PHOTOS from the game can be seen on this LINK

Sunday, 26 February 2017


Midlands Regional Alliance
League Cup
Quarter Final
Admission Free
Att: 24

With having to travel to my mums as it was her 80th birthday during the week, the family had put together a surprise birthday party for her, so I was looking for a match somewhere between Mansfield and Lichfield, but found the majority of clubs around the Lichfield area to be away from home. After scouring the internet, I found Burton Town v Allenton United with a 1pm kick off which suited the bill, but on Friday evening and Saturday Morning, I couldnt get a answer from the home club secretary, so altered my plan and before I left home decided on Cannock United FC with a 2pm kick off. As we drove down the A38 through Derby, I said to Hazel, we could find Burton Town;s ground and if its off then we have a hour spare to get to the back up match at Cannock if needed. As we were just approaching Burton Albion;s ground, my mobile rang and it was Kumar, the Secretary of Burton Town who apologised to me and kindly guided us to the ground.

On arrival, I was greeted by the clubs Assistant Secretary and the Manager of Burton Town, then as the visitors were heading back to the changing rooms, a voice said, bloody hell Rob, what you doing was old friend and Allenton United Captain Danny Briscoe, who Ive not seen since his South Normanton Athletic FC days many years ago.

I strolled to the far side of the pitch and had a chat with a group of lads who were from Willington FC, who didnt have a match.

Burton Town are in Division Two of the MRA and are sitting top at the moment, whilst visitors Allenton United sit second in the top Division, so a good close game was on the cards, so I thought..famous last words!

Allenton kicked off and was straight on the attack, they looked a taller side and seemed to be able to fairly push Burton off the ball quite easily to begin with, so it came as no surprise that after only 4 minutes, DANNY BRISCOE hammered home the opening goal of the tie. 

Burton seemed a bit shell shocked and though they pumped balls forward, Allenton seemed to be first to the ball or pickin up the second ball and straight back on the attack. After 25 minutes, Allenton were awarded a penalty, but they couldnt increase their lead, as the ball was fired well over the crossbar.

However they did double their lead on 31 minutes, when the Allenton NUMBER 7 fired a low free kick through the wall from 25 yards out to make it 0-2.

The Second Half kicked off and the half time talk must have been stern as the homesters came out firing and after 47 minutes, got a penalty of their own, to which their NUMBER 5 dispatched to halve the arrears. The home Chairman came and had a chat with me and we agreed the next goal was vital either way for this tie.

We didnt have to wait that long for that next goal as in the 54th minutes, the visiting NUMBER 9 lobbed the home keeper to restore their two goal advantage. Within 3 minutes, the tie was over, when a cross seemed to hit the head of the visiting NUMBER 6 and end up in the net to make it 1-4.

Allenton seemed to then take their foot off the gaas and in this time, it allowed the home side to show some of the football that has taken them to the top of their division, but no more goals came in the game.

Must mention the young referee who I felt had a very good match

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK

Thursday, 23 February 2017


Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Notts Senior League Cup
Quarter Final
Admission Free
Programme £1
Att: 119

If I was to write a report on this match, then I would be guessing, as I hardly saw any of the game to be fair, as I produced the First EVER Ravenshead FC programme and with pre orders and the large crowd turning up, I stood at a table at the enterance to the pitch selling them and chatting away most of the game to those that had travelled far and near.

The First half saw Ravenshead have a few chances but soon after the break it was mainly Flowserve who applied the pressure and scored straight away, this seemed to knock the home clubs confidence in the pouring rain that had joined us for the second half. Flowserve quickly double their advantage and sealed the tie to face the winners of Nottingham Trent University or FC Cavaliers in the semi finals.

Hoppers kindly donated £10 and Ravenshead FC donated £10 to the Blogs Charity where the running total has now gone up to £651.50p, so a big thank you to all who attended and also those that made donations.

Saturday, 18 February 2017


Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League Junior Cup
Quarter Final
Admission Free
Att: 12

Before the tie, hosts and second division newcomers were laying 7th in their division, whilst their visitors in a division above were in fifth place, so Wollaton Reserves were the favourites to progress in the tie.

Wollaton began the game on the front foot and could well have been a goal to the good, when Russell found himself one on one with the home keeper, only to have his shot blocked. The home club then fought and the game was very even with chances at both ends until the 23rd minute, when LIAM PORTER fired AFC in front after referee Steve Cook played a very good advantage.

Wollaton came back in to action but found the home keeper in good form and the home back four solid, until after 39 minutes JASON RUSSELL found the back of thhe net to level things up.

The Second Half began and it was AFC who looked a pace quicker, winning the second ball and getting to the vital challanges. On 52 minutes, AFC broke down the left side and the ball was cut back for FRANK CORBETT to stroke home.

Wollaton then had their best spell of the game and with them on the attack and the home club playing on the counter, it made a very exciting game that could have gone either way, but on 77 minutes, a mix up in the away defence saw JOSS CARTER nip in between two defenders and slip the ball home.

So West Bridgford AFC now go on to face Awsworth Villa Reserves of Division One in the Semi Final at a neutral venue to be annouced soon.

Must also give credit to Referee Steve Cook who had a superb game

Photos from the match can be seen on this LINK


Central Midlands South Division
Admission £3
Programme £1
Att: 138

Sherwood maintained their push for promotion with a 3-0 victory over Pinxton FC in front of a healthy crowd with many groundhoppers who had travelled from London To Manchester, Leeds to Milton Keynes.

The game kicked off and Sherwood were straight on top creating chances and after 27 minutes they took the lead through LIAM THEAKSTONE. On the half hour, ref Stu Richardson pulled up and looked to be in pain but after treatment was able to carry on with the match.

On 36 minutes, a shot sprung round the Pinxton penalty area and landed at the feet of EWAN ROBSON who slotted home to make it 2-0.

The Second Half again saw Sherwood on the attack and they missed several golden opportunities to increase their advantage until 80 minutes when JAMIE YORK made it 3-0.

Pinxton then had the best part of the game in the final ten minutes but created very little in front of goal apart from a couple of free kicks that were blocked or went wide.

Must say all three of the officials, Ref Stuart Richardson and his assistants Lee Clarke and Dan Seward all had a good match.

Finally I would like to give a BIG thankyou to groundhopper CHRIS GARNHAM for is kind £20 donation towards the blogs charity which now has a running total of £630.25p