Friday, 27 May 2011

Review of the 2010/11 season

As always I like to give a brief review of the season and this year is no different:

Number of games seen: 53
Number of new grounds / venues visited: 48
Number of new clubs seen: 44
Number of different leagues seen games in: 23 (including 2 in Germany)
Number of new leagues seen games in: 8 (as above)

A breakdown of the new teams that I have seen in league order:

Cambridgeshire County League (2) Longstanton; Over Sports
Central Midlands League (6) Church Warsop S & S; Kinsley Boys, Nettelham, Nottingham United, Phoenix, Thorne Colliery
East Lincolnshire Combination (1) Chapel Swifts
FA Premier League (2) Everton; Liverpool
German Bundesliga (1) VfL Bochum 1848
Germany Niederrheinliga (1) Turu 1880 Dusseldorf
Hellenic League (1) Winterbourne United
Leicester & District League (5) Allexton & New Parks, Aylestone Lounge*, GNG, Queniborough, Thurlaston Magpies
Liverpool County Premier League (1) Waterloo Dock
Midland Combination (3) Clements '83, Future Legends, Stretton Eagles
Midland Football Alliance (1) Tipton Town
North Leicestershire League (4) Butler Court, Marlborough Rovers, Measham Imperial, Sutton Bonington Academicals
North West Counties League (2) Ashton Town, Glossop North End
Northamptonshire Combination (2) Weldon United; Welford Victoria
Northern Counties East League (1) Winterton Rangers
Notts Senior League (1) Kimberley Miners Welfare
Scottish Football League (1) Stranraer
Southern League (2) Bideford; Chippenham Town
Spartan South Midlands League (1) Leverstock Green
United Counties League (3) Boston Town, Harborough Town, King's Lynn Town
West Midlands (Regional) League (2) Goodrich; Tividale
Western League (1) Roman Glass St. George

* - play at a venue previously seen another team at

There were also four grounds that were visited either used as a neutral venue or a case of clubs moving into new grounds:

Ermine Street, Ancaster; Eagle Valley, Arnold, Hunts Post Community Stadium, St. Neots and Evans Park, Stafford

Best Game: saw some cracking games this season but winner is Leverstock Green v Enfield 1893 (FA Vase) – a nine goal thriller with a goal in both the 1st and last minute 

Worst Game: Phoenix v Kiveton Park (CML) – simply awful. 

Best Team (in relation to level): Allexton & New Parks (Leicester & District League) – won their division with 100% record and if they have the same players, should do it again next season. 

Worst Team (in relation to level): Raunds Town (UCL) – totally outclassed at King’s Lynn on New Years Day 

Favourite Ground (professional): Anfield 

Favourite Ground (non-league): The Walks, King’s Lynn 

Ground liked the least (non-league): Eagle Valley, Arnold – boring and soulless etc 

Most picturesque setting: Thurlaston Magpies (Leicester & District League) 

Best programme: VfL Bochum - 60 A4 pages for only €1. St. Helens Town was the best non-league one I picked up. 

Worst programme: King’s Lynn Town (UCL) – shocking A4 effort they issued on New Year’s Day. 

Most difficult ground to find: Did not have any trouble finding any grounds this season. A sat-nav and good maps always help! 

Friendliest club: Tipton Town (MFA) – very friendly club and they even allowed me pitch side(instead of being behind the athletics’ track) to take photographs. 

Most arrogant / unwelcoming club: King’s Lynn Town -Came across as arrogant and had a Billy big time attitude. 

Best goal: The third goal for Mablethorpe Athletic @ Chapel Swifts (21-05-2011). A superb side foot volley that flew past the keeper. 

Scores seen for the 1st time: 5-4, 7-2, 7-3, 2-7 and 0-8

Average goals per game: 4.83 (256 goals in 53 games)

Back in July for the football when I will be attending day 1 of the 2011 Emirates Cup. There might be some new posts during the summer as I hopefully will be attending at least one cricket match and / or going to Mallory Park to watch some motor sport.

Take care

The Rambler
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