Each year, me and my wife Hazel have decided to help a Charity, by donating 25p every goal we see at the matches we attend. Over the years, people and clubs have also donated as we have visited the grounds and we have raised over £2,300 in the 3 seasons we have run the Blog.
During the 2014-15 season, we are supporting "Support Dogs" who train Dogs to transform lives of people with Autism and other disabilities. So if you would like to make a donation(no matter how small) and you see me at a match, please come up to me or Hazel, we would be very grateful. All Donators will get a mention on the blog.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014


Pre Season Friendly

Had this pre season game mapped out as my facebook football group member Phil listed the game a few days back, just before leaving home, I gave the Bilborough Town Chairman Steve Lee a call to make sure the game was still on and he confirmed it was , but they only had a bare 11 or 12 young lads.
On arrival I was greeted by Phil and Kev and all the Swanwick Committee and had a quiet cuppa, then noticed that they had some club mugs, so was kindly given one along with some of their charity match programmes from the other week which will go on to my charity programme stall table this Saturday down at the Peterborough Groundhop.
The visitors arrived and it soon became clear that they were going to struggle for a side, but they did manage to muster 10 players though one had only had a hernia operation last week, so Swanwick borrowed them a player in the crowd to top them up to kick the game off with 11 players.
The first few minutes and Bilborough had more of the ball and went forward a couple of times, but it didn't take long before the Swans got in to stride and after just 5 Minutes DEAN OWEN opened the scoring. It looked then like a landslade was on our hands when after 8 minutes MATTHEW PHILLIPS made it 2-0.
Bilborough's heads didn't go down and they push at every opportunity they could with a few wide shots and good handling by the Swans keeper and they got their reward on 20 minutes when ASH MOORCROFT slide past the oncoming keeper to reduce the arrears, maybe a come back then?
Swanwick again upped their game as the bright sunshine glowed on to the pitch and after 29 minutes and 34 minutes, they had taken a 4-1 lead as GUY WILDING had added 2 goals to the home sides tally.
Just before half time, the Bilborough Town player who had the hernia operation last week left the field in pain, so his side were down to 10 men for the rest of the match.
After 54 minutes, LEWIS MASON tucked home the ball to make it 5-1 and we didn't have to wait too long to see DEAN OWEN's hat trick that came in the 59th minute.
DEAN OWEN then added his 4th and his clubs 7th in the 61st minute as Bilborough Town was falling apart and a few heads were going down.
Veteran ANDY WHITE made it 8-1 on 78 minutes before DAVE ROBIINSON completed the scoring to make the final score 9-1.
Swanwick Pentrich Road FC is a must for hoppers to visit, as they are issuing their FIRST EVER badge shortly, as they have them on order at the moment, also the village is well worth a visit, as there are TWO pubs that sell real ale, The Steam Packet and the Cross Keys and both are within walking distance of the ground.
I would like to thank Phil for the donation on behalf of Swanwick Pentrich Road FC to this Blog's Charity for SUPPORT DOGS that aid people with disabilities which takes the total now to £73.55
Photos from the game can be seen on this LINK
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