Cheltenham Town v Wycombe Wanderers Programme Review

Cheltenham Town v Wycombe Wanderers

GM Vauxhall Conference

Tuesday 19th March 1991

Price: £0.70

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I have chosen this programme at random from my collection for todays review.

The programme consists of 32 pages from front to back, unfortunately 20 of those pages are made up of adverts.

The programme opens on page 3 with the ‘Dave Lewis Column’ a warm welcome is extended to all from Wycombe Wanderers who at the time were managed by Martin O’Neill.

Page 6  focuses on Wycombe Wanderers, a full squad picture and a brief history of the club. The club was founded in 1884.

Wycombe Wanderers player profiles follow on page 9, one player of note is Steve Guppy who went onto to play for the likes of Leicester City and Celtic.

Page 12 looks back at previous meetings between the two clubs and in paricular a ‘vintage match’ that took place only the previous season and ended in a 4-0 victory for Cheltenham.

The centre pages provide all the usual stats and figures, at the time of writing Cheltenham’s highest attendance of the season was 2,007 in a FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round game against Worcester City. Cheltenham won that game by goals to 2.

Page 24 looks at ground improvements being demanded by the GM Vauxhall Conference.

Page 27 is titled Conference News, this as the title suggests looks at all the recent goings on in the GM Vauxhall Conference. Stafford Rangers chairman, Dave Bundy had resigned from his position and Colchester United had agreed to sell their Layer Road ground to the local council for £1 million.

The final piece of the programme gives the current standings in the GM Vauxhall Conference, Cheltenham 3rd bottom with the visitors, Wycombe in 5th place.

A decent enough programme despite all the adverts


A Choctastic Day – 100th Ground Visit

Date: 14.09.2019

Match: 11 (2019/2020 Season)

Ground: 100

Venue: The Bournville Recreation Ground

Teams: Cadbury Athletic Reserves v Sporting Club Inberrow (Inkberrow Reserves)

Competition: Midlands League Division 4 Trophy

Final Score: 1-8 (H/T 0-4)

Referee: Keith Tibbatts

Attendance: 35 (Head Count)

Admission: Free Entry

Mileage to Venue and Return: 77.4 Miles

Total Driving Time: 2 Hours 22 Minutes

Programme: None Issued

What a fantastic way to enjoy my 100th ground tick at this brilliantly historic and unique football ground. Not only that, but I got to enjoy the day with my Wife, Jodie to make the whole day a truly wonderful and memorable experience.

As I am sure you can tell – Cadbury Athletic Football Club are connected with the hugely popular connfectionary company – Cadbury. Regular readers of my blog posts will note that I do like to provide information on the surrounding area of the football club that I am visiting, well I can assure you that this blog post will be exactly the same. So without further ado lets start the blog by talking about Cadbury and the village where it is based in – Bournville.


Early History

Cadbury was established in Birmingham in 1824 by John Cadbury (12.08.1801 – 11.05.1889) a Quaker, who back in those days sold tea, coffee and drinking chocolate. The business was developed by John Cadbury alongside his brother, Benjamin and later by his two sons – Richard and George.

In 1831 John Cadbury decided to move into the production of several varities of cocoa and drinking chocolates. During this time the produce was made in Bridge Street, Birmingham and mainly sold to wealthy people due to the vast amount of money it cost to produce the finished items. In 1847 John Cadbury went into partnership with his brother, Benjamin and the company became to be known as Cadbury Brothers. Back in those days, the main competitior to Cadbury was Bristol based company – Fry’s. In 1847 Fry’s produced the first ever chocolate bar, later to become known as Fry’s Chocolate Cream. Cadbury were to produce their own brand of chocolate bar two years later.

In 1861 the Cadbury business was taken over by John’s two sons – Richard and George. During this period the business was in a swift decline, several employee’s had lost their jobs and the company was losing money. However, fast forward five years to 1866 and the business was profitable once more – due to the fact that the Cadbury brothers had turned the business’s focus towards chocolate rather than tea and coffee.

In 1878, Richard and George Cadbury decided on building new premises for the company in a countryside area, four miles from their original premises in Birmingham. The new home for the business was located next to the Stirchley Street Railway Station, the brothers renamed the area as – Bournville, opening the new factory the following year.

In 1893, George Cadbury, out of his own money bought 120 acres of land near to the factory and planned for a model village to be built in order to improve the cramped living conditions for employees. By 1900 the Bournville estate encompassed 314 houses and cottages. As the Cadbury family were Quakers their were no pubs built on the estate, which I believe is still the same today.

Modern Day

Today the production site in Bournville employs close to 1000 people and is at the heart of the British Chocolate Industry.

Cadbury produce is made at sites all over the world in countries such as:

Ireland, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India and Malta.

In 1990, The visitor attraction of  Cadbury World was opened at the Bournville Cadbury site. This excellent attraction see’s 500,000 people flocking through the doors every year and is one of Birmingham’s most popular attractions.

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Jodie and I visited the excellent shop inside Cadbury World before we made our way to the football ground and treated ourselves to a few chocolate bars.

In 2003 a second Cadbury World opened in Dunedin, New Zealand.


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As I have previously mentioned, Bournville is a model village, A Model Village is a type of predominately self-contained community, constructed from the latter part of the 18th century onwards by landowners and business owners to house their workers. The village is situated on the Southern Side of Birmingham and in 2003 was reported to be one of the nicest places to live in the United Kingdom.

After Jodie and I had treated ourselves to some chocolate in the Cadbury World Shop we had a little wonder around the roads nearest to the recreation ground and took some photographs of buildings and points of interest.

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The above photograph that I took is of the No.1 Lodge – it is one of several entrances into the factory. It was constructed in 1889 as part of a suite of office buildings for directors of the Cadbury business.

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This photograph that I took shows the Bournville Baths – the foundation stone for the baths was laid by William Cadbury in the early part of the 20th century. Twelve months later George Cadbury officially opened the building which today is a Grade II listed building. Just behind the bus shelter you can see a war memorial, this memorial is shown below on a close up photgraph that I took.

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A quite beautiful War Memorial and very thought provoking – I read the plaque on the left of the photograph with much interest, it stated the following:

 “To the glorious memory of the men from these works who gave their lives for their country in the Great War 1914-1918 and in grateful memory of those who shared its dangers –  killed 214. Served 2148.”

I must admit that when reading the numbers above, the enormity of what I had read did take a while to sink in. The plaque on the right of the photograph is dedicated to those brave people who served and fell in World War II.

On ending this section of the blog I would just like to talk about a hero of World War II who hailed from Bournville.

Bertha Bracey was born in Bournville in 1893 and was an English Quaker, school teacher and aid worker. Before, during and after the the Second World War she organised relief and haven for Europeans caught up in the unrest of the conflict. These European people included a high number of Jewish children that were being threatened by the Holocaust and were subsequently rescued in an operation known as the Kindertransport. In 2010, Bertha Bracey was recognised as a British Hero of the Holocaust, one of 52 receipients to be recognised.

As you have read there is a vast amount of history to be learnt about Bournville, what I have shared is just a mere snippet.

The next part of this blog will focus on the fabulous Bournville Recreation Grounds.

The Bournville Recreation Grounds

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I love this ground in every way, I must admit I could of taken photographs all day long.

The Recreations Grounds were laid out in 1896, with the wonderful half-timbered pavillion (shown above) added to the grounds in 1902. The pavillion was built by the Cadbury firm to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII. The Recreation Grounds are used throughout the year for cricket, hockey, football and bowls. Every summer the grounds plays host to the popular Bournville Festival. As you will see from my photographs, the grounds are surrounded by large tree’s which in my opinion adds to the beauty of the grounds.

As well as the beauty of the Pavillion, one of the real highlights of this ground for me was the superb stepped terracing. There is high terracing next to the pavillion with further terracing on the right had side of the pitch as you look at it when standing by the pavillion.

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The terracing next to the pavillion – Jodie posing for a picture at the same time.

Two photographs that I took of the stepped terracing – those of you who read my blogs of my recent visits to the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium and the Mark Webster Community Stadium will know how much I admire this style of terracing.

On the same side as the terracing shown in the two photographs above are the home home and away substitute benches – green in colour as you can see.

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The substitue benches with a purple Cadbury bin inbetween.

The goal furthest away from the pavillion has hard standing available for those who wish to watch a game from this position – I did take a look at this area before the game started and took the following photograph.

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The area to the right of the above photograph leads onto the cricket square and behind that, in the distance I could see the Bowling green.

I made my way back to the pavillion after taking the photographs that I have shared with you for a closer inspection of this wonderful structure.

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Quite beautiful – as well as being the cricket pavillion the building also hosts a gym, changing rooms for the various sporting teams and a lovely snack bar. I think the word lovely is the understatement of the year! It is quite magnificent as you will see from the following photographs with a lot of information to read about the two World Wars.

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Must be one of the best locations for a football snack bar in the whole of the United Kingdom.

I would really urge anybody thinking of visiting the Bournville Recreations Grounds to do so – it is brilliant!

Before I go into my match report of Cadbury Athletic Res v Inkberrow Res, I will provide a brief history on Cadbury Athletic Football Club.

Cadbury Athletic Football Club

The football Club was founded in 1994 and for their first season of football they were admitted to the third division of the Midland Combination. Despite a 9th place finish in their first season, they were promoted to the second division of the Midland Combination. The 2000/01 season saw the club achieve a 4th place finish which was enough to secure promotion to the first division of the Midland Combination. That same season, The Chocolate Men lifted the league’s Challenge Vase trophy. The 2004/05 saw the club finish as first division runners-up which meant promotion to the highest level of the Midland Combination – The Premier Division. The club achieved a 12th place position in the Premier Division for the 2011/12 season, despite this, the club resigned from the division, dropping back down the first division. Cadbury Athletic won the Midland Combination first division title in 2013/14 which was the final season before the league merged with the Midland Alliance to form the Midland League. Following the merger the club were placed into Division One of this new League for Midlands football. The 2018/19 season saw Cadbury Athletic finish in 9th place in the Midlands League Division One. The club also enjoyed a decent run to the 4th round of the FA Vase last season.

Before going any futher it is worth noting that the club’s first team do not play at their home games at the Bournville Recreation Grounds due to the lack of floodlights. The first team currently play their home league and cup fixtures at the Triplex Sports Ground, home of Pilkington XXX in Kings Norton.

Some former Cadbury Athletic Youth Team players who have gone to play at a professional level are: Daniel Sturridge, Demarai Gray, Ryan Burge and Corey O’Keefe.

Cadbury Athletic Reserves currently play in the Midlands League Division 4.

The Match

Line Up’s

Please note, I have obtained this information from the excellent Midland League Website and as you can see the starting 11’s are listed in alphabetical order by surname. So in that respect the first names to appear for each team does not mean that they are the goalkeeper.

Cadbury Athletic: Aaron Atkins, Malachi Clearkin, Sam Griffin, Shaun Hunter,          Matthew Kenny, Jake Marsden, Jamale McKenzie, Husein Mohamed, Che O’Connor,   Luke Simpson, Daniel Shea: Substitutes: Marcell Bridgen-Insular, Casey Edwars,        Cordell Jones, Odane Campbell

Sporting Club Inkberrow: Alex Bullock, Bill Coughlin, Jamie Firkin, Harry Grant,        Greg Guy, Robert Guy, Chris Hill, Ben Ladds, Kieron Sheen, Samuel Steele, Joel Steer: Substitutes: Moayad Eyad, Kelvin Farrow, Codie Walker

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Pre-Match Handshakes

As the final score suggests, this Midlands League Division 4 Trophy game was quite a one sided encounter. Inkberrow were very impressive but credit must also go to          Cadbury Athletic for not letting their heads drop and for competing for the whole 90 minutes.

Inkberrow made a very fast start to the game creating numerous chances along the way. The best of these came in the 6th minute, the Inberrow number 9 having a shot cleared off the line by a Cadbury defender when a goal would have been the boost they needed.

Two minutes later the number 9 for Inkberrow had another attempt at goal with a drifter of a shot that was deflected wide of the target.

In the 16th minute an Inkberrow forward found himself clean through on goal but was thwarted by the Cadbury goalkeeper who showed the braveness of a lion, diving at the Inkberrow player’s feet and smoothering the ball.

The pressure being applied by the visitors finally told in the 18th minute when Inkberrow opened the scoring via a close range header following good work down the right flank.

It was 2-0 six minutes later, another close range effort, on the rebound after a great save by the Cadbury goalkeeper.

Another good move down the right by Inkberrow contributed to make it 3-0 on 36 minutes, this time via an own goal by an unfortunate Cadbury defender.

To their credit, Cadbury created two good chances of their own on 38 and 40 minutes respectively but were thwarted by good goalkeeping by the Inkberrow custodian.

On 45 minutes, Inkberrow  scored their 4th of the afternoon, a through ball found their number 4 clean through on goal, after running quite a distance with the ball (not quite a marathon though) he dispatched the ball calmly past the on rushing goalkeeper.

The referee blew his whistle shortly after and said to both sets of players, lets have a break – have a Kit-Kat but do not turn it into a picnic.

Half-Time Score: 0-4

First Half Photographs

Second Half:

Cadbury thought that they had pulled a goal back in the 56th minute but unfortunately for them it was disallowed for offside.

Inkberrow made in 5-0 four minutes later when their number 4 just beat the goalkeeper to the ball, prodding home from 12 yards out.

It was 6-0 to the visitors on 58 minutes, yet more great work down the right which created the opportunity for Inkberrow which was finished well at the far post.

A minute later and it was 7-0, the goal coming from the Inkberrow number 11.

It would now be easy to forgive the Cadbury players if they let their heads drop, but I really must congratulate them for how well they competed throughout the game. Indeed, on 61 minutes they were denied a goal by a superb save from the Inkberrow goalkeeper who tipped a curly wurly shot from distance onto the bar.

There was not too much goal mouth action for the next 25 minutes but the game was still competitive with some crunchie but fair tackles from both sets of players.

Cadbury were rewarded for their effort on 89 minutes, a long high ball over the top of the Inkberrow defence found the number 7 clear through on goal, the player kept his composure and finished well under pressure.

Inkberrow ended the scoring on the stroke of full time through a well taken strike.

Final Score: 1-8

Second Half Pictures



This was a quite wonderful day of groundhopping and one that will live long in my memory. BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT!

As this was my 100th ground tick I have decided to give away a football programme from my collection to a winner of the following competition.

To enter all you need to do is to tell me how many chocolate bars I have mentioned in my match report. Entries can be provided in a number of ways:

Twitter: @Gareth19801

Facebook: By Private Message

My Blog: Via the comments section.

The competition will run for 7 days with the winner being announced a week today – Thursday 26th September. If more than one person guesses correctly then the name will be put into a hat with a name drawn at random to decide the winner. Godd luck!







One Club Men #16 – An Italian Great!

For today’s player I will be talking about a goalscoring legend of Italian football by the name of Angelo Schiavio.

Angelo Schiavio was born on 15th October 1905 in Bologna, Italy. Regarded by many football experts as one of the greatest strikers ever to play the game in Italy, Schiavio spent the whole of his playing career with the club of the city where he was born and died – Bologna Football Club.


Angelo Schiavio [Image:Wikipedia]

Schiavio began playing for Bologna FC in the 1922/23 season and in his inagural season for the club he played 11 league and cup games, finding the net on 6 occassions – all this at the age of 17. At that time, Italian league football was divided into several regionalised groups.

In 1925, Bologna won the first league title in their history – Schiavio was an important member of that championship winning team by scoring 16 goals in 27 appearances.

Bologna won a second league title in the 1928/29 season, again Schiavio more than contributed by scoring 26 goals in 30 appearances.

The 1929/30 season saw the introduction of the Serie A – the 1931/32 season saw Schiavio winning the Capocannoniere award (league top scorer) with 25 goals.

Schiavio’s last season before he retired from the game was the 1938/39 season when he made 6 appearances in the league but failed to score.

In total, Angelo Schiavio spent 16 seasons with Bologna making 361 appearances for the club and scoring an amazing amount of 249 goals, 242 of these goals coming in the Italian League – a Bologna club record!

The hero of Bologna played 21 times for Italy, scoring 15 goals – his debut came in November 1925 against Yugoslavia, scoring both of the goals in a 2-1 victory.

Angelo Schiavio won many honours during his career:

Club Honours

Serie A: 4 Winners Medals

Mitropa Cup: 2 Winners Medals

International Trophy of the Universal Expo of Paris: 1 Winners Medal.

International Honours

Olympic Bronze Medal: 1928

FIFA World Cup Winners Medal: 1934

Central European International Cup: 2 Winners Medals

Schiavio died at the age of 84 in Bologna on 17th April 1990 and was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2012.


Gareth Thomas

17th September 2019.



A Kind Gesture from Woodstock Town

This is the latest installment of my Friday Programme Reviews for the excellent ‘your football page’ group on Facebook.

Inside the Programme #530

24th August 2019

Woodstock Town v Long Crendon Development

Hellenic League Division 2 North

Programme Price. £2 (or free with admission)


I recently visited the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium where I watched Banbury Utd Development 0-1 Woodstock Town. Before the game I enjoyed a good chat with Liam Walker, Head Coach at Woodstock Town. We talked all things football and when I mentioned that I was a groundhopper Liam kindly said to me that he would arrange for Woodstock Town to send me a programme through the post. Well, on Wednesday of this week I was delighted to receive this very programme along with another issue and a club badge – a very kind gesture indeed.

Ok, lets get into the programme. The first thing I will say is, what a great front cover that shows an old photograph of a previous Woodstock Town team, of whom more later.

Page 2 of the programme see’s ‘Chairmans Notes’ written by Woodstock Chairman, Neil Roberts. He writes that there is a positive feeling around the club which bodes well for the league campaign ahead.

Pages 3-4 are adverts which are followed by pages 5-6 looking at the new laws introduced to the beautiful game over the summer. This article provdies insights into Penalties, Drop Balls, Quick Free Kicks, the Kick off and cards for Coaches.

Page 7 is titled – ‘WhatsApp Quick Fire’ this feature see’s the club sending random questions to their players to see what they get back – this issue featured – Charlie Collins.

Page 8 looks back at Woodstock’s recent home defeat, 0-2 against Heyford Athletic in the Bluefin Challenge Cup Round 1.

Now I promised that I would talk a little more about the front cover – page 9 explains that the front cover shows arguably the greatest team in the history of the club – the Woodstock Town team from the 1911/12 season. In that season the team won the Witney & District League for the first and only time. The team also became the first Witney League Club to win the John Fathers Junior Shield. The centre pages show a larger picture of that successful Woodstock Town team.

Pages 10-11 are adverts, followed by page 12 which is titled ‘work talk’ in this feature the club takes a look out what their players do for a living.

Page 13 is titled ‘club news’ where various pieces of information are given on the goings on at the club.

Page 15 is titled ‘Half Time Teasers’ the questions for this issue are all about which clubs used to played at these former grounds. Some of which include – The Manor Ground, The Dell and Highfield Road.

Page 17 gives recent results and forthcoming fixtures for the Woodstock first team and their development team.

The programme ends with a look at Long Grendon Development – the club itself was founded in 1886.

This is an excellent programme, thanks once again to Woodstock Town for kindly sending it to me.

Look out for another programme review next Friday.

Gareth Thomas



One Club Men #15

The latest installment of my One Club Men series.

After talking about Antoni Galecki on Tuesday who played for Lodz in Poland, for today’s installment we stay in Europe, this time travelling to Portugal for todays one club man.

Sheu – full name Sheu Han, was born in the small fishing port of Inhassoro, Mozambique on 3rd August 1953. Sheu, who has Chinese ancestry moved to Portugal in 1970 and promptly joined the Youth setup and Portuguese giants Benfica. This is where he was to remain for the duration of his football career.


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Sheu made his debut for Benfica’s first team in 1972 but only became a regular in the team some three seasons later.

A midfielder, Sheu played 349 league games for Benfica and scored 33 league goals. He was a very important member of the team and played pivitol roles in several league and cup title triumph’s. He has a very impressive list of honours to his name – as follows:

Primeira Liga: Winner (9 times)

Taca de Porugal: Winner (6 times)

Supertaca Candido de Oliveira (2 times)

Taca de Honra (6 times)

As well as winning all of these honours, Sheu was a member of the Benfica team that were runners up in the 1987/88 European Cup and runners up in the 1982/83 UEFA Cup.

As well as his exploits with Benfica, Sheu won 24 caps for Portugal, making his debut on 7th April 1976 against Italy in Turin.

I hope that those of you have read my recent blogs with regards to this series are enjoying what I have written to this point. If anybody has suggestions of a player who you would like me to feature in this series then please let me know. You can concact me on my twitter feed on @Gareth19801 or by leaving a suggestions in the comments section of my blog.

Gareth Thomas



A night on The New Saints Radio

Date: 10.09.2019

Ground: 33 (Revisit)

Match: 10 (2019/2020 Season)

Admission: £8

Teams: The New Saints v Newtown AFC

Competition: JD Cymru Premier League

Final Score: 2-1 (H/T 1-0

Referee: Kevin John Parry

Attendance: 221

Mileage to venue and return: 78 Miles

Combined Driving Time: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

Programme: £3

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Since I started to groundhop as a ‘full time hobby’ just over three years ago, I have made several enjoyable visits to Park Hall in Oswestry. I think this particular visit however was the most enjoyable of them all. The reason, I spent over an hour talking on the TNS Radio Station alongside the club’s Media and Communications Officer – Stewart Bloor. Like me, Stewart as a passion for groundhopping as well as fulfilling his daily duties with the champions of Wales. When I announced on twitter that I would be attending this fixture, I was kindly invited by the club to join Stewart on the club Radio Station for the evening. Obviously, I jumped at the chance to do this – I have enjoyed listening to football commentaries on the radio for as long as I can remember and the opportunity to be a part of a live broadcast during a football match was fantastic.

I arrived at Park Hall at 7:25pm after dropping my wife (Jodie) off in Shrewsbury as she was meeting some friends for a meal in Shropshire’s county town. I parked my car behind the goal nearest to the main turnstiles at Park Hall and made my way into the ground, picking up the matchday programme from the turnstiles.

I had arranged to meet my Father-in-Law (Dave) at the ground, which I did after I had seen Stewart Bloor whilst making my way to the balcony area. Stewart informed me that it was still ok to join him on the radio for the evening and to do so whenever I wanted to during the game. I spent the first half hour of the game talking to Dave and made my way up to the commentary position after 30 minutes of play. At this point The New Saints were already a goal to the good (I will talk about the match itself in more detail shortly) Stewart was commentating on proceedings as I joined him and promptly handed me a microphone. I was introduced to the listeners as being on air and for the remainder of the first half we talked about the action unfolding before us and touched on our shared passions of groundhopping. The subject of groundhopping was talked about indepth during the half time interval, Stewart and I sharing our groundhopping experiences. Just before the second half started I was fortunate enough to meet the chairman of The New Saints Football Club – Mike Harris. It’s not everyday that I get to meet a chairman of a club who are the reigning champions of their country and to do so was brilliant!

The second half kicked off and again I got to offer my opinion on proceedings – the second half seemed to fly by which I think showed how much I was enjoying this unique experience.

I would like to thank Stewart and The New Saints for giving me this opportunity and it is a memory that I wil treasure for a long time indeed.

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I took this picture from the commentary position and it Shows chairman Mike Harris with Stewart Bloor just behind.

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Selfie time!

The Match

Team Line Up’s

The New Saints: 1) Paul Harrison (c) 3) Chris Marriott, 4) Keston Davies,                            6) Jon Routledge, 7) Dean Ebbe, 8) Ryan Brobbel, 10) Danny Redmond,                               11) Adrian Cieslewicz, 22) Kane Lewis, 23) Aeron Edwards, 24) Ryan Harrington

Newtown: 1) David Jones, 5) Kieran Mills-Evans, 6) Jay Denny, 8) Nick Rushton,              10) George Harry, 11) Joe Kenton, 16) Jack Thorn, 19) Craig Williams (c) 22) Nial Flint,    25) Jack Kelly, 26) Sam Barnes

The New Saints were the victors in this JD Cymru Premier encounter, in truth they looked comfortable for much of the evening leading by 2 goals to 0 for a long period but they had to endure a nervy last 15 minutes after Newtown gabbed a goal back.

The New Saints took the lead on 17 minutes through a superbly taken free-kick by Ryan Brobbel. Brobbel left the visiting goalkeeper with no chance after he found the top corner from 25 yards out.

TNS doubled their advantage on 40 minutes through a goal by Dean Ebbe. A comfortable close range for Ebbe after being found in the box by a great pass by Adrian Cieslewicz.

The game remained at 2-0 in favour of the hosts as the two sets of players left the field for the half time interval.

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Ryan Brobbel about to put TNS 1-0 up.

The New Saints remained the dominant force in the second half although Newtown did slowly come into the game as the game progressed. Indeed, Newtown pulled a goal back on 75 minutes through a goal by Joe Kenton. The ball found it’s way to Kenton in the danger area who shot across Paul Harrison, the ball bounced off the inside of the far post and was adjudged to have crossed the line despite Harrison’s best efforts.

Following the goal Newtown created at least two more chances to score but were unable to convert those chances meaning that The New Saints grabbed all three points and went to the top of the JD Cymru Premier League.


An absolutely brilliant night which I will remember for years to come – in closing I would like to wish both The New Saints and Newtown all the best of luck for the rest of the season.





One Club Men #14

This is the latest installment of a series regarding footballers who have only played for one club during their career.

Today we look at a player who’s football career spanned from the early 1920’s to the late 1930’s.

Antoni Galecki was born on 4th June 1906 in Lodz, Poland. Galecki joined joined his local club LKS Lodz in 1922 which is where he was to remain for the duration of his club career.


Antoni Galecki [Image:Wikipedia]

The defender went onto become a key player for the club, playing more than 400 games. In many of those games he was the team captain.

Antoni Galecki also won 22 international caps for Poland, his debut coming against Czechoslovakia on October 27th 1928 in Prague.

Galecki was an important member of the Poland team that competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

1939 saw the end of Galecki’s football career when he was called up to active miltary duty in August 1939. After fighting in the September 1939 campaign (the invasion of Poland by Germany) Galecki was captured and imprisioned in a POW camp in Eger, Hungary. The footballer from Lodz made a successful escape from the camp through Yugoslavia, Greece and finally ending up in Palestine. After the conclusion of World War II, Galecki retunred to his home town of Lodz in 1947, dieing 11 years later aged 52.


Gareth Thomas