Saturday, 30 July 2016


Horace Hibbert Memorial Shield

The Horace Hibbert Memorial Shield has been played pre season each season now for a few years between clubs from Kimberley and Eastwood and always serves up a good local derby.

Danny Staley of Kimberley MW invited me, my wife Hazel and son Shawn to the Stag Ground to do the raffle for our Charity Blog and we would like to thank everyone as we raised a fantastic £35.00.

On arrival we were greeted and bought a cuppa by Kimberley's sec John Beeston, always nice to have a chat to him and just before kick off was joined by local hoppers Malc Storer, Alan Savage and local sweet eaters The Hartsthorne Brothers who I stood with during the first half of the match.

The game kicked off and it was the visitors who controlled the early play with the majority of the Eastwood side having played for local rivals and now defunct Hucknall Rolls Leisure FC last season.

After 22 minutes, Eastwood took the lead when the centre forward beat the Welfare defence and tuck the ball home. This seemed to be a wake up call for the homesters as they got in to the game and began to attack and after 37 minutes were awarded a free kick some 30 yards out to which GREG SIMMONS hit low in to the bottom left hand side of the net to equal the scores. At this stage Kimberley Miners Welfare Chairman Neil Wilson asked of I would do the honour of presenting the winning shield to the winning club at the end of the game.

As the Second Half began, I stood with Albert Greaves before he went as the game went through abit of a dull period and really needed a goal to brighten things up, as Albert was saying hs good byes, up popped JARROD WESTCARR with what turned out to be the winner after 61 minutes.

Eastwood pushed forward but this left gaps at the back and it was the visiting keeper with a string of saves that kept the score down but it was Kimberley Miners Welfare's Day as they were presented with the Horace Hibbert Memorial Shield.

Please click HERE for all photos from the match

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