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A strange little football ground

In Pictures from England,soccer,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on September 19, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

While I was UK my former home town team played an FA cup-tie at Ascot United FC. Many of you will know Ascot as the location of one of the UK’s premier horse race courses, Royal Ascot and all that. Well the foootball ground is inside the racecoourse, making it one of the more unlikely places I have ever been to watch a game!

In the background to this photo you can see the seven furlong marker of the New Mile. this is the straight track which HM Queen comes down in procession when she attends the races there. (The goalkeeper is of Ascot United, being sent the wrong way by a Tonbridge penalty.)

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Ascot United FC and the Racecourse

There’s a little gate in the fence so they can retrieve footballs. They cannot play when there is a race meeting on. The previous match had to be on a Friday evening, this game was played on a Sunday afternoon after a two day meeting had concluded.

Don’t go to Ascot after a two day meeting. The pubs in the town had been drunk dry by racegoers! Luckily the football club did have some to offer, although not of the preferred real ale variety.

The crowd was 430, comfortably the biggest attendance they’ve had. The result was a 2-2 draw, with the home side almost winning in the dying moments but a penalty was superbly saved by the Tonbridge goalkeeper.

The English FA Cup still has replays. That followed on the Tuesday after, which Tonbridge won comfortably 7-0.

The most recent cup tie was a 3-0 away win at Wingate and Finchley FC and the reward a third qualifying round match at home to Hereford.  Hereford FC was formed in 2014 after the demise of the established Hereford United FC and currently plays in the semi-professional Southern League South and West Division.

I am sure a large number of travelling fans will be heading to Tonbridge for a day out on 1st October. Their last home league game was watched by a crowd of 3102! They play in the eighth tier of English Football. They have more fans than several Superliga teams here in Portugal where I live. Only a couple of other teams in that league have crowds of even near 1,000. Most are much less well supported.

A couple of other pictures from Ascot.

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Pre-match ambience at the ‘picnic area’ by the clubhouse and bar.

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Tonbridge, in blue, score their first – you can just see the ball inside the goal behind the defenders.

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A visit to Sudbury, Suffolk

In Pictures from England,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on September 15, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

A football match was my reason to visit a part of the Country I have rarely been to. The match was AFC Sudbury v Tonbridge in the semi-professional Ryman Isthmian League, the seventh tier of English football. Both teams had started the season well and a good game was expected. It was a rainy day but the synthetic grass pitch was in good condition. Tonbridge won the game 1-0 to remain 2nd in the League.

I had time before the game to take a look around town. Sudbury is an historic market town, with a market charter dating back to the 11th Century. In the Middle Ages it was a prosperous centre of wool and other textiles. Later it was home and inspiration to two of the best known British landscape artists, Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable.

As might be expected, there are plenty of older buildings to be seen among the modernity. Here are a few pictures of the town )it was a rainy day!) and a few of the game. Click to see.

If you don’t have a car and want to visit, Sudbury is easily reached by train from London’s Liverpool Street station in about 1hr 20 minutes. The main line train takes you to Mark’s Tey, where the branch line to Sudbury veers off into the countryside. Trains run once each hour. It’s also easy to travel from the Norwich and Colchester areas along the same main line.

The minimalist railway station replaced a much larger edifice that was closed and demolished when the railways further into the countryside were closed in 1966 and 1967.

A modern Leisure centre now occupies most of the site of the old passenger station and various commercial undertakings cover the former goods yard area. The embankment that once carried the line across the meadows towards Long Melford and Haverhill is still in situ and now used a footpath.

There is a railway museum half way along the line at Chappell & Wakes Colne station – http://www.earm.co.uk/

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Lewes FC v Dulwich Hamlet FC

In Pictures from England,soccer,Sports - football, soccer on July 17, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Mid July in England and a host of semi-professional football clubs are starting pre-season. Such a day was Saturday 16th July, when Lewes FC hosted the well known Dulwich Hamlet team. Both clubs have Community Club status, which in simple terms means that they are owned by Supporter’s groups.

Lewes play in the Ryman Isthmian League First Division South, the 8th tier of English football (The English Premier League is the 1st and top tier). Dulwich Hamlet play one tier higher, in the Ryman Isthmian League Premier Division having narrowly missed out on promotion last season.

Lewes is one of the more eccentric grounds around the English semi-professional scene, with a tree inside the stadium, boundary walls of flint stone and a strange little row of huts serving as private viewing boxes.

The ground is known as ‘The Dripping Pan’ reputedly after the business of monks from the ancient priory, who used it to extract salt from the tidal waters of the river. Lewes has always played there, since foundation in 1885, which must make it one of the oldest grounds in continuous use anywhere.

Wikipedia article – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewes_F.C.

The game itself wasn’t too bad for a pre season affair. Dulwich took and early lead, Lewes equalised shortly before half time. Amid the usual raft of substitutions common in these games, Dulwich regained the lead, Lewes equalised with the kind of goal to coaches and managers nightmares but eventually Dulwich pulled away to come out 5-2 winners.

If you are in the area and plan a visit, the stadium is 200 metres from Lewes railway station, meaning you can properly enjoy the selection of real ales available in the bar.

My pictures here.

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What’s gone wrong here?

In Pictures from England on July 16, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

I find myself unable to edit previous posts and importantly the status item at the top. Enquiries of WordPress and user forums have not found any answers. Suffice it
to say that I have now left Albufeira to the heat (mid 30’s C) and the hordes of tourists.

I shall be in Eastbourne (Sussex, England) for a few more days before setting off for my annual trip to the Bordeaux and Aquitaine region of France. It’s been good weather here today, 24C which is good for an English summer.

I have a few pictures to show from a trip today to Lewes Football Club, up here tomorrow.

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Tonbridge v Canvey Island 26 March 2016

In Pictures from England,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on March 28, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Whenever I am able, I schedule my trips back to my former home town to co-incide with a match. Tonbridge currently play in the Ryman Premier League, the seventh tier of English football. They are currently third in the League with a very good chance of being in the promotion playoffs. On a very windy, cold and wet March afternoon, 659 fans braved the elements and were rewarded with a 2-0 win. Conditions made play very difficult!

Here are a few pictures. Click to see them

There’s brief local newspaper match report at http://www.courier.co.uk/Tonbridge-Angels-make-case-defence-2-0-defeat/story-28998630-detail/story.htmlhttp://www.courier.co.uk/Tonbridge-Angels-make-case-defence-2-0-defeat/story-28998630-detail/story.html

They may add more.

Today, Easter Monday (a holiday in the UK) they return to action again. A visit to Dulwich Hamlet FC, only around 25 miles away, is sure to draw a very big crowd. Dulwich are also in the promotion places and regularly attract around 1,500 fans to home games

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Eastbourne UK Good Friday holiday

In Pictures from England on March 25, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Good Friday holiday in Eastbourne, a sunny but windy day. Plenty of people out walking along the seafront, children on scooters and skateboards. Dog walkers in numbers also.

The pier, badly damaged by fire last year, has been well restored. One picture below, the rest here.

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Canterbury and Faversham trip

In Pictures from England on September 24, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Managed to get the pictures out of the faulty camera, which is now off for examination as it is under guarantee.

Here’s a sample – click to see full size

A few more pictures at http://1drv.ms/1PxO94h