Sunday, 31 March 2013

The Derby

Saturday 30th March 2013 the day of the derby i had bad feeling about this one Scarborough have improved massively they are certainly the strongest since their formation and favorites to win the NCEL Premier division, this would probably be our last competitive game together so for me it was important that we didnt lose.

its an 11:30 am kick off as its a special ground hopper day they are watching three games in one day
Bridlington Town v Scarborough
Pickering Town v Worksop
Tadcaster v Barton Town

its a lot of football and travelling for one day but good luck to them i hope they enjoyed it.

once we arrived at Queensgate thats me Graham and Stuart they are both Boro fans but very good friends so we always attend the derbies together we see a few guys taking photo's of the sign outside the ground they was snapping all sorts of random things to do with their day.

The match had to kick off at 11:30 and would not be delayed, it was a very good game with a bumper crowd of 1247 although there was some confusion about this as it went around the ground that the attendance was 1569 but whatever the correct attendance  i am sure Mr Smurthwaite will have been happy.
 believe me i was a bag of nerves about this game and it was Boro who took the lead with a long shot that seemed to slip under Wilberforce i think he should have held it, Paddy Miller got the goal and Stu and Graham celebrated by grabbing me and shaking me about (no nice) the Bus shelter was cram packed full and was probably 75% Boro fans we were probably outnumbered on the day 3 or 4 to 1 but they are an ex Football league club so it was expected but they were great with some really good banter that had us in stitches.

it was just two minutes later when we caught Boro on the break and my player of the year Chris Batchelor slotted the ball past the Boro keeper to level things up, it was really strange the massive crowd were silenced apart from a little roar from the Town fans i would think maybe 200 to 250 at the most but we were back in the game.

both teams were creating good chances and there was some right feisty tackles going in a typical derby really.

on 40 mins Nathan Cook (a Scarborough lad) put Brid 2-1 ahead and the abuse from some of the Scarborough fans was awful but probably expected, he had a strange celebration covering one eye and waving a bit of a strange one that.

Again both sides creating chances Scott Phillips who has been in good form lately had a one on one but his shot was easily saved.

and just before half time Boro had a player down injured some of the fans were screaming at their own players to kick the ball out of play but they carried on playing. and how it paid off and shot that Wilberforce should have saved deflected up and Jimmy Beadle headed the ball into the net to make it 2-2 right on half time.

Its only three minutes in to the second half and one of the best young strikers at this level Ryan Blott has put his side 3-2 up (Stuart told me his dad was once Manager of Brid Town) and once again i have been shaken from pillow to post with their celebrations. i fear the worst now and expect Boro to go on and win the game.

i honestly think on the day we were just slightly the better side we created so many chances it was such a shame that Scott Phillips forgot his boots he hits the post and missed two other good chances.

we do get back in to the game and its another Scarborough lad Josh Greening who puts us level he is another very good young player that has done us proud. he found him self one on one with the Boro keeper whom he beat and slotted the ball in to the net. Graham and Stu are gutted and Stu says ill take that now a draw would be a fair result and i agree its been a very good game.

both sides created chance after chance Chris Batchelor tried an auditious lob from the half way line when he spots the Boro keeper of his line but it goes wide.

Then we suffer a blow our tough tackling Captain Tom Fleming is shown a second yellow card its our first red of the season and in a game we didnt really need it yes were down to 10 men with about 10 minutes to go against the strongest Boro side i have seen. not looking good for us now,

Craig Hogg who has scored over 100 goals for Brid Town comes on he has had a big dip in form recently so i was praying for him to come good today, he is one of them players that looks very lazy but on his day can produce a moment of magic and with minutes to go the Boro keeper made an excellent save from a Hogg shot.

again Phillips had another great chance to win the game but his shot rolled of his shin and went straight in to the keepers hands when it was probably easier to score.

the game was marred by the nasty injury to Frank Belt who had to be taken away in an ambulance he had dislocated his elbow. hope he gets well soon he is a nice lad.

all in all this was an excellent game of football and probably a fair result and i am sure the ground hoppers will have enjoyed this game as much as we did.

10 out 10 for me. and me and the lads had a great night in Town talking about it over a few beers.

Monday, 22 October 2012

found this the other day

an old club crest featuring the greyhound it was redesigned after the club folded in 93 and reformed from the Greyhound pub in the same year.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Comeback kings crown season with cup final win - Football - Bridlington Free Press

Comeback kings crown season with cup final win - Football - Bridlington Free Press

Another go ... sorry

Really wanted to keep on top of this but Family and work have simply let it slip and fall down my list of priorities but here is a rare update on things. the 2011/12 season saw Bridlington Town under the guidance of new Manager Mitch Cook and Bridlington Town favorite Phil Harrison. Phillo who it was said made his 500th appearance in a Bridlington Town shirt quit the club due to wanting to spend time with his family but he had certainly done the club proud. We managed to get to the FA Vase 3rd round but came up against the Vase holders Whitley bay who had also won it the year before and although we created a few chances Whitley bay proved to be too strong for us and ended up 5-1 winners. to cut things short my low points of the season would have to be. 1) Defeat at Maltby main on the opening day of the season 2) the 2-2 draw at Selby Town 3) 2-0 up v Arnold Town only to end up with a draw 4) the 5-2 home defeat to Parkgate 5) the 3-1 defeat at Pickering Town 6) the 2-1 defeat at Staveley this was a heartbreaking defeat after a shocking dive deep into stoppage time that conned referee Mark Dwyer into giving Staveley a penalty and in a way handing the league title to Retford United. And the highlights 1) Boxing day v Scarborough Athletic they are a big club i dont care what people say and this year under the guidance of the great Rudy Funk they were going to win the league again (My mates words and about 200 other Boro fans) We won the game 3-1 2) the 2-1 away win at Scarborough despite being 1 nil down it was a great day for Scarborough lad Billy Logan who scored two second have goals to secure a great double over the tenants. 3) the 9-0 v Lincoln Moorlands Josh Greening scored 5 and Craig Hogg got 3 with that man Billy Logan grabbing the 9th 4) two nil down at half time at Armthorpe and showed amazing character to come back and win 4-2 5) The East riding senior cup final, we had reached this final twice in recent years and despite playing very well we ended up losing out to North Ferriby well the 2011/12 season had seen Ferriby knocked out and Hull City were beaten by Hall Road reserves who we would face in the final it was a horrible wet night and Hall Road went two goals ahead after 30 minutes and it was not looking good for Bridlington Town. Town's midfield dynamo Ashley Allanson pulled a goal back on 38mins and that's how it stayed until the second half. did a different Town team come out or did our fitness come out on top but although Hall road never gave up Town went on to hammer Hall Road for the second time this season Josh Greening scored 5 other goals came from Billy Logan, Craig Palmer and Club Captain Tom Fleming. i kind of felt sorry for Hall Roads reserve lads they never gave up the cause but it was so good for us to get our hands on that trophy.

Monday, 21 March 2011


Just want to apologise for the lack of blogging been very busy lately so its totally been forgotten.

Anyway if you don't know the Seasiders currently sit second in the league 6 points behind League favourites Farsley AFC but with 3 games in hand, Parkgate are also in the race for the title having played one game more than us and are just one point behind. We play Farsley at their place this Saturday its a massive game we cant really afford to lose, and we also still have to go to Parkgate two very big games that could well decide who this seasons Champions will be, I would love us to retain the title but there is still nothing concrete to whether we would take the promotion this time even though we have applied to go into the Evostik league.

Finally if you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that two of my very good friends Stuart and Graham are both very big Scarborough Athletic fans they gave me a lot of stick that year they stuffed us and although they reminded me when they knocked us out of the Vase this year revenge would taste sweet again especially for me.

Tuesday 8th March 2011
Bridlington Town v Scarborough Athletic

Attendance 537

this was one of the craziest games i have seen in a long time but bye eck it was an amazing result.
The first half both sides created chances we probably had the most but the first half was to end but ended 0-0, I remember Stuart saying one goal will decide this game tonight and i agreed and within a minute of the restart James Bennett had put us a goal up i grabbed Stu and said i hope your right about your prediction he was silenced and within what seemed like a minute and with what looked a lost cause Craig Hogg out jumped former Town keeper Tom Woodhead and headed the ball into the empty net 2-0, Boro did put us under immense pressure but they failed get past the Town defence, James Bennett scored a screamer for his second goal and Town's third, On 86 minutes former Boro player Scott Phillips tapped into an empty net after a terrible defensive mix up 4-0 this was getting better and better, Boro supporters were angry calling for the Managers head and even arguing with each other (dont like to see or hear that really) then you could see the main stand emptying as the game went on and to cap of this historic victory local lad Gareth Owen smashed the ball past Woodhead to make it 5-0 ... sorry Stu and Graham it had to be done.

since this game we drew 1-1 at Lincoln Moorlands, Lost 2-0 at Liversedge in the League cup and beat Hallam 2-0 in the league (this was an awful game but a win is a win)

will hopefully update again over the weekend.

Will leave you with this great tune from Stealers Wheel makes me think of that great night with Graham and Stuart ... enjoy

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Game on at Armthorpe

Well today we travelled to Armthorpe Welfare a team who i feel have always given us a good game it is also the place where we were crowned Champions only 9 months ago.Its my fourth visit to Armthorpe and one thing that has always drove me mad the chippy opposite the ground is never open when we arrive for the match so i was into the near petrol station/mini market for a nice ploughman's sandwich £2.40 mind you.

Town were fielding the two new signings in the team today Scott Phillips who has joined from Barton Town and David Kemp from Scarborough from what i have seen of them they both look like good signings a should fit in well to our side.

The match programme was the usual Armthorpe special only £1 and is more like a small version of the Yellow pages full of adverts and then a piece of A4 stapled in the middle of info about Bridlington Town that we already know about but i buy it every time i guess my pound will help towards the Armthorpe club funds.

It was a good end to end game with both sides making good chances and it was Town who made the breakthrough on 29 minutes with a nice team goal Ash Allanson smashing the ball past the boisterous Jamie Green in the Armthorpe goal this lad seems like a right hot head often finding himself well out of his goal and shouting at the Referee cant believe he was not booked or at least spoken to being honest.

Armthorpe had a great chance to equalise only moments after we went ahead it was a towering header from former Doncaster Rovers and Cardiff striker Leo Fortune-West he towered above everyone and headed towards goal and it looked like it was going in all the way until my man of the match Mark Wilberforce managed to get a hand to it and push it away for a corner, this would not be the first time that Wilberforce would save us today.

it was in the 33rd minute when Town extended the lead with a blistering shot from Alex Rhodes from possibly 35 yards out flew past the diving Green to see the Seasiders two nil up and the travelling 25 to 30 Seaside barmy army went crazy

Once again both sides created good chances but failed to put them away. Poor old Craig Palmer was denied twice by Green in the Armthorpe goal and he also forced good saves from Craig Hogg (who i thought had a very good game) and Scott Phillips.

Half time and i hit the tea hut its like a little cafe with a seating area i like this and sat down with a cup of tea and Pie and Peas (very nice pie might i add)

The second half it was a strange one the Bridlington Town of last season would have been able to step up a gear and take control of the game, my own view is we have lost two much quality from the Champions team especially with Wallace, Giblin and Hotte no longer with us.

I always felt we needed that third goal but it was Armthorpe who pulled one back and it was the giant Leo Fortune-West who scored it. We were right under the cosh now wave after wave of attack i bet Dave Kemp was wondering what he had let himself in for and Mark Wilberforce was superb. Yes Town did have one or two chances but rarely troubled Green in the second half in fact his mouth did more work than his hands.

And then bang as i expected in the 84th minute Armthorpe were level and deservedly so Joe Wilcox scrambled to ball past Wilberforce.

But we are still in the race to retain our title there is a long way to go yet. Roll on Tuesday night when we play Armthorpe again at Queensgate, fingers crossed the giant Leo Fortune-West will be unavailable.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Snowed off AGAIN !!

Although i don't enjoy driving in the snow i do like to see the fields and tree's i don't know why there is just something i like about it, But being truthful and you all probably feel the same i am totally fed up with it now it is affecting our beautiful game and i cant wait to see the back of it.
What to do now well the other half did say lets go shopping but i put my foot down and said no i went last week and it drove me insane so luckily for me she has gone with her friend and i can have some ME time and watch Ipswich Town v Swansea City and then Jeff Stelling and Co on Soccer Saturday including funny men Chris Kamara and Dean Windass (he represents Scarborough now in their programme) two very funny men when it comes to match commentary (see below).

We were supposed to be making the short trip to Hall Road Rangers today they have just been taken over by former Town Management duo Billy Heath and Mark (Bobby) Carrol who had a successful time with us winning three trophies the Wilkinson Sword 2002 the East Riding senior cup 2005 and the league in 2003 gaining us promotion to the UniBond league so they are still two very popular men with the Town supporters and i wish them both well at Dene Park.

As for Town and when we will play again well we were supposed to be at home to Selby next week but because of Boro's Fa vase game our game is cancelled but hopefully the league will see sense and switch our game to play at Selby all Weather permitting of course.

Other news

Bus shelter features in Bridlington Town Snowman competition promo picture

picture by Trevor Emmett

Oh and if you have not heard although it looked and sounded quite promising for us to win the bid for the 2018 World cup we were clearly cheated out of it with the dodgy going's on at FIFA we were eliminated from the bidding in the first round with two votes Russia the eventual winners, its a massive blow and it sickens me to think that the whole thing stinks reports of bribes to help win the votes is so wrong. Personally i think we should drop out of FIFA and form a new honest Football federation, the Muppets at FIFA should not be able to get away with this.

And if you hate Sepp Blatter.... You might like this