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HONOURS & WHO’S WHO Pre 1998 Merger

Post 1998 Merger

Doncaster & District Senior League

Wilkinson Sword Trophy Runners-Up 2010-11

as Rossington Main FC (formed 1919)

Northern Counties East League

Champions 1944-45 Cup Winners 1944-45 Premier Division Cup Winners 1973-74

Doncaster & District FA Challenge Cup

Central Midlands Football League

Doncaster & District Senior League

Premier Division Champions 1984-85 Premier Division Cup Winners 1984-85

Winners 2002-03

Doncaster & District Sunday Alliance League Shield Winners 1990-91 Shield Runners up 1989-90

Champions 1999-2000 Runners-up 2011-12 Cup Winners 1999-2000 Premier Division KO Cup Winners 2010-11 Premier Division KO Cup Runners-up 2005-06 Division 1 Cup Runners-up 1998-99

as Rossington/Station FC (formed 1974)

Doncaster & District Boys Sunday League

Central Midlands Football League

Premier Division Runners up 1992-93 Division 1 Champions 1987-88 Division 1 Cup Runners-up 1986-87, 87-88 Reserve Division 1 Cup Winners 1987-88 Reserve Division 2 Champions 1986-87 Reserve Division 2 Cup Winners 1986-87 Division 1 Sportsmanship Award 1986, 87, 88

Doncaster Senior League

Division 1 Cup Winners 1997-98 Division 1 Cup Runners up 1985-86 Division 2 Runners up 1982-83

Doncaster & District Sunday Alliance League Premier Division Champions 1986-87, 88-89, 89-90 KO Cup Winners 1983-84, 89-90 KO Shield Winners 1986-87 KO Cup Runners up 1988-89 Division 1 Runners up 1992-93

Sheffield & Hallamshire Junior League Junior Shield Winners 1983-84

Doncaster & District Boys Sunday League Under 18 KO Cup Winners 1991-92 Under 18 Division 3 Runners up 1990-91

Bentley League

Shield Winners 1974-75, 78-79

Retford Sunday League Shield Runners up 1987-88

Views expressed in this programme may not necessarily represent the views of Rossington Main FC.

Under 18 West Champions 1999-2000 Under 18 West Runners-up 2001-02 Under 18 Cup Winners 1998-99, 99-2000, 01-02 Under 18 East Runners-up 1998-99 Under 17 League Runners-up 2008-09 Under 17 Cup Runners-up 2008-09, 10-11

Sheffield & Hallamshire WRAGG League Division 2a Champions 2000-01 Division 1a Runners up 2001-02 League Cup Runners up 2004-05

President Vice President Chairman Secretary Treasurer Asst Treasurer Groundsman Programme Editor Website Editor

Gerald Murden Raymond Hughes Carl Stokes Ged Parsons Tommy Henderson Doug Lawton Ian Wilson Glen Wilson Pete Murden

Committee Members Keith Bell, Dave Billam, Dave Burley, Mick Cooke, Hugh Gibson, Rob Hastie, Alan Jones, Steve Lodge, Steve Pendleton, Carl Simpson, Ian Wilson

1st Team

Manager Steve Lodge Asst. Manager Ian Wilson Asst. Manager Daniel Lodge

2nd Team

Co Manager Keith Bell Co Manager Paul Colley

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CLUB HISTORY Like many local football clubs, the history of Rossington Main FC has been revised several times in recent years. Originally thought to have been formed in 1926, local knowledge has since revised this date to 1919 when ‘Rossington Colliery’ entered the Sheffield Association League, playing their fixtures on ground at the back of the Colliery offices. A club had competed under the Rossington Colliery name in 1917, but only since 1919 has the club been in continued existence. The club moved to their current Oxford Street ground in 1921, and just a few years later enjoyed their best ever run in the FA Cup, reaching the 4th Qualifying Round in the 1924-25 season, where they were beaten 3-0 at Lincoln City. The club continued under the name Rossington Colliery for thirty years, enjoying its most successful season at the end of the Second World War when they did the ‘Doncaster Double’, winning both the Doncaster Senior League and Cup in 1944-45. Following the nationalisation of the mines in 1948, the club endured a change of name to Rossington Miners Welfare, and under this moniker they lifted the Doncaster Senior League Premier Division Cup in 1974. In 1983, now known as Rossington Main, the club became founder members of the Central Midlands League, being promoted to the Premier Division as runners-up in their first season. The following year the club took the top flight by storm, winning the Premier Division title and completing the double with the Premier Division Cup. In 1991, following the erection of floodlights and a new Main Stand at Oxford Street which were christened with a friendly against Leeds United that attracted a crowd of around 1,200, the club made the step up to the Northern Counties East League and have remained in Division One ever since. In 1998, after lengthy negotiations, the club merged with near neighbours Rossington FC. Formed as Station FC in the 1970s (initially changing in a small building at the pub of the same name for games on the adjacent Tornedale field) they had begun life in local Sunday football, but had progressed rapidly, relocating to Rossington Welfare and joining the Central Midlands League in 1986. Here they excelled early on, lifting nine awards in their first two seasons in the league including the Division One title in 1987-88. Rossington FC continued to grow operating four teams; a Sunday side and an Under 18s team flanking their 1st and 2nd teams in the Central Midlands League. But, despite growth and development on the field the club

were unable to match the expectations of the Central Midlands League financially, and in 1998 they elected to leave the league; facilitating the merger. Immediately after the merger Main ran both an over 35s and an under 18s team to much success. The over 35s made good progress in the Wragg Sheffield & Hallamshire League finishing Division 2A Champions in 2001 and Division 1A Runners-up the following year. Whilst the under 18s enjoyed continued success in the Doncaster & District Boys League. The club’s reserves, competing in the Doncaster & District League, have also enjoyed much success since the merger. They achieved a League and Cup Double in 2000, have reached the Cup final on three other occasions in the past decade, and finished as League runners-up just last season. The early years of the 21st century weren’t as kind on the Rossington Main 1st team, but recently the club has enjoyed a revival of fortunes and reasserted itself at the heart of the community. In 2008 much work was done at Oxford Street to bring the club’s home back up to scratch, a job rewarded as the club hosted Doncaster Rovers,in a pre-season friendly.; the gate receipts from which enabled the club to regain a financially sound footing. Further ground improvements have followed each summer, as the club have looked to provide better facilities for players and supporters alike, most notable of which is the new clubhouse which has enabled the club to bring in much needed revenue. The pride in the club’s off the field set-up continued with the club’s programme picking up awards in both 2011 and 2012 whilst edited by Pete Murden. Off field progress has been matched on the pitch too, with Main reaching the final of the Wilkinson Sword Trophy in 2011. And in 2011-12 the club enjoyed its best ever season in the Northern Counties East League, breaking club goalscoring and points records to finish seventh, despite losing 11 members of the 1st team squad along the way. Rossington Main now operates two sides on a Saturday. The aims of the club are to provide a unified approach to football in the village so that there is a natural progression in the development of the game. The club strives to sustain competition at the highest possible and affordable level, to continue to provide excellent facilities for both players and spectators, to give opportunity for local players to progress, to reward loyalty and cater for the progression of football in the community of Rossington.

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WELCOME / CONTENTS Good afternoon and thank you for choosing to spend your afternoon with us at Oxford Street, supporting your local community team. Today we entertain Bradford side Albion Sports here in the village, and everyone at Rossington Main extends a warm welcome to all involved with their club, from players to committee and supporters. We hope you enjoy your visit to Oxford Street (although not too much on the field). Hopefully, with Doncaster Rovers away from home in FA Cup action today, we will see another bumper crowd down at the ground this afternoon to rival the 120 we had for the Selby match a fortnight ago. I know I’m preaching to the converted writing this in a programme, but every £4 on the gate, and 70p in the tea-room makes a huge

difference to clubs like ours, so please do continue to support your local side when you can. Hopefully we can also go some way to match the on field performance from the Selby game, and extend our current unbeaten run to three matches. In terms of the matchday programme, thanks as ever go to Dan Lodge for his 2nd team write-up, and my dad, Ian, for his reports on the 1st team’s last two outings. And having received nothing from Selby ahead of our game with them a fortnight ago, I must also thank Jaj Singh of Albion Sports for providing info on the visitors, it certainly makes a programme editor’s life easier. Enjoy the Game. Up the Main! Glen Wilson

Teamsheets for today’s match are available shortly before kick-off from the Main Stand at a nominal fee of 20p. Please try and have the correct change.

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On This Day Today’s Visitors We’ve Met Before League News Main in Action Main in Action League News In Reserve Results & Appearances

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Football’s Faults League Tables Results Service Away Day Travel Meet the Main Men 1919 Q & A Meet the Main Men In The Book Half-Time Teasers

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A trip to Leeds for the Main five years ago today as they travelled to face Yorkshire Amateur at Bracken Edge in front of a crowd of 28. Rossington took the lead ten minutes before the break as the always prolific Lee Holmes put them ahead, but his goal was cancelled out by a Paul Graham penalty on the

stroke of half-time and Main never really recovered.

In the second half Simon Kirisma showing notable charm to add two further goals for the Ammers; Mick Jones strike for Main twelve minutes from time offering too little too late.

DIVISION ONE 2001 // NCEL ROSSINGTON MAIN 1-2 TADCASTER ALBION Rossington were sick of the site of Tadcaster Albion before this game even kicked off, so you can imagine how frustrated they felt come full-time. This was the third fixture between the two clubs in just eleven days, and thanks to this 2-1 win Albion had triumphed in all three. The first meeting had come on Tuesday 20th November as Albion hosted Main in the Wilkinson Sword Trophy, and saw Rossington off with a 3-0 win Just four days later Rossington were back in

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Tadcaster for a league meeting, but faired little better, this time returning to South Yorkshire on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline. So this, their third and final meeting, offered something of a progression, though Main still lost. Perhaps most galling of all in regard to this run of defeats to The Brewers, was that Rossington actually ended the season five places above Albion in the Division One table, sitting in 8th whilst Tadcaster languished in 13th. How times have changed since.


Twenty-two years ago today the current Main management duo were involved with the pre-merger Rossington FC, just a couple of hundred yards over the field behind the Main Stand. Steve Lodge was in goal for Ian Wilson’s Rossington side as they hosted Bulwell United on the Welfare fields. A crowd of 87 watched Rossington notch up a 3-1 win over the visitors, but the points weren’t made safe until

Adie Newman struck the home side’s third goal two minutes from time. Rossington had gone in front from the penalty spot through Gary Mountford 18 minutes in, a lead they had held through until half-time. Nigel Feirn added a further goal just before the hour mark, but Bulwell struck too in the second half to set up a nervy close until Newman found the net.

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TODAY’S VISITORS A WARM WELCOME TO ALBION SPORTS Albion Sports Football Club was founded in 1974 and initially played in the Bradford Amateur Sunday League. After a brief spell in the lower divisions, gaining promotions on a regular basis and winning the Amateur District and Senior Cups along the way, Albion Sports in 1995/96 won the Premier League title for the first time, something which was to prove the catalyst for what was to come.

‘Ambassadors of West Yorkshire’ an honourr for which they beat the likes of Patrick Stewart (Star Trek actor) and the late Richard Whiteley (Countdown presenter) into 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Albion Sports resigned from Sunday football in 2007 in order to progress up through the Football Association pyramid. In 2007/08 the club joined the Bradford Telegraph and Argus League and won promotion in the first season as well as winning the League Cup.

Albion Sports won a further five League titles, two County Cups, three District Cups and seven Senior Cups. Other highlights included reaching the final of the National F.A Umbro Sunday Cup on two occasions. The first in 2000 at the City Ground (Nottingham Forest) where Albion Sports were beaten 1 -0 by Prestige Brighams of Hull. The second came in 2005 and was played at Anfield (Liverpool F.C), this time Albion were beaten 3 -2 by London side Gossoms End.

Albion Sports F.C were elected to the WRCAFC in 2008, gained promotion in the first season and also won the District Cup. In 2009/10 Albion Sports finished runners-up in the Premiership and won the Divisional Cup. In 2010/11 they again finished runners-up and were then successfully elected to join the NCEL for the 2011/12 season.

Albion Sports have been honoured by receiving three civic receptions from the City of Bradford as well as winning an award of

Albion Sports missed out on promotion by a solitary point in their first season at Northern Counties East League.

Thanks to Jaj Singh of Albion Sports for all club info.


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Bradford District Sunday Cup Winners 1994/95, 1998/99 and 2004/05 Bradford Senior Cup Winners 1986/87, 1990/91, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1999/2000, 2002/03 and 2004/05

CLUB FACTFILE Founded 1974

Nickname The Lions Home Ground Horsfall Stadium, Bradford County Association West Riding FA

West Riding County Cup Winners 1999/2000 and 2002/03

Home Colours Yellow & Royal Blue

Bradford Amateur Cup Winners 1978/79 and 1985/86

Sponsors: Basi Gas The 3 Singhs Restaurant and Bar

Charity Shield Winners 2000/01 and 2002/03

Joined the NCEL 2011

Premier League Champions 1995/96, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2004/05 and 2005/06 Saturday District Cup Winners 2008/09 WRCAFL Divisional Cup Winners 2009/10

Away Colours All Red

Biggest NCEL win 9-1 vs Askern Villa Saturday 10th November 2012 Biggest NCEL Defeat 0-6 at Handsworth Saturday 18th February 2012 Last time Out 0-2 vs FC Halifax Town (West Riding County Cup) Wednesday 28th November 2012

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WE’VE MET BEFORE Saturday 3rd March 2012 Baris NCEL Division One

Rossington Main 2-2 Albion Sports

Lewis Hilton 66 Alex Cusack 46 Lewis Hilton 70 Paul Helliwell 90 Attendance: 73

Wednesday 21st March 2012 Baris NCEL Division One

Albion Sports 3-1 Rossington Main

Aron Heywood 53 Dean Sidebottom 77 Declan Normanschild 86 Aron Heywood 90 Attendance: 73 12

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LEAGUE NEWS AMMERS IN MOURNING Terribly sad news for our fellow NCEL Division One side Yorkshire Amateur this week as club President and Treasurer Bill Ellis passed away. The long-serving club man had been in hospital fighting a recently diagnosed disease, bust sadly lost his fight late on Monday night.

his tenacity and enthusiasm for Yorkshire Amateur in its toughest times, it’s fair to say the club would not still be here today.

Speaking on Mr Ellis’ passing, Ammers’ Chairperson Jeni French said; “Bill has been a huge part of the club for over forty years and, without

All at Rossington Main extend our condolences to Yorkshire Amateur as well as Bill’s friends and family.

“All our thoughts are with his wife Pauline and son Paul. He will be greatly missed by all at the club.”


Bottesford Town have had one point deducted from their NCEL Division One tally, having been found to have fielded an ineligble player in their 2-2 league draw with Clipstone Welfare last month.

As a result of the deduction the Poachers have also been fined £100 for the infringement of Rule 6.9 in the Football Association Standardised Rules for the National League System.


The past fortnight has seen several managerial moves across the NCEL’s two divisions. There was a surprise at Oxford Street two weeks ago when ex-Main manager Ian Dring pitched up in charge of visitors Selby Town having taken charge of the Robins following the departure of Phil Jones. With Selby’s game last week postponed due to stolen pipework at the Rigid Stadium, Dring’s challenge begins in earnest this week in a top v bottom clash at Athersley Recreation.

Elsewhere, Appleby Frodingham are still looking for a new manager following the resignation of Simon Shorthose several weeks ago. Committee men Martin Blades and Mark Crowston have been holding the fort in the mean time. Also looking for a new man for the dug-out are Glasshoughton Welfare. The vacancy at the Leeds Road side comes by way of Graham Hodder’s departure, following a run of poor form culminating in Premier Division defeat to Pickering last Saturday.

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MAIN IN ACTION SAT 17TH NOVEMBER // NCEL DIVISION ONE ROSSINGTON MAIN 2-0 SELBY TOWN Quite surprisingly in front of one of our biggest attendances of the season for this early “six-pointer” at the wrong end of the table, Manager Lodge had almost a full squad at his disposal. The other major surprise of the day was that Selby arrived with ex-Main manager Ian Dring at their helm, having been appointed following the resignation of their previous incumbent. Our visitors had the better of the early exchanges, encouraged by a good number of visiting supporters, without really penetrating our back-line to force a save from young Jordan Wildey. Once again we started slowly and struggled to string passes together and much of the opening quarter was a dour struggle in midfield. With the interval approaching the deadlock was broken when Jonathan Mirfin’s dangerous cross from the right was headed past his own keeper by the visitors’ fullback, a rare effort on target by either side in a disappointing first half. Ben Clark replaced Niall Doyle at half-time and we started the second period with far more urgency, and began to get more possession in all areas of the field. Brandon Fallon dragged his shot wide when wellplaced and the home attack was causing far more concern for Selby’s defenders. Another excellent cross, 16

this time delivered by Shaun Pendleton from the left, was hammered home by Nathan Fraser and it looked odds on at this stage that we might increase our advantage with other openings being created. Full credit however to Selby as they battled on and as the game opened up our defenders had their work cut out to keep Wildey protected. He was beaten just the once but fortunately the striker’s dipping effort rebounded into play off the upright. At the other end we had chances but could not capitalise as a combination of some good saves and some near misses saw us fail to add to our tally. The home crowd was nearly treated to a parting goal from influential captain Pendleton (who moved to Australia on the 23rd) when clever work by Fraser down the line gave him the opportunity to depart in style, but his driven effort from the edge of the box just cleared the bar. Our second half performance had just shaded it and we were worthy of the victory in the end, but we will have to compete for the full 90 minutes if we are to improve our situation near the foot of the table. Up next for the Main was an intriguing visit to Appleby Frodingham and another important game...

Report by Ian Wilson

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MAIN IN ACTION SAT 24TH NOVEMBER // NCEL DIVISION ONE APPLEBY FRODINGHAM 1-2 ROSSINGTON MAIN Following Shaun Pendleton’s departure to sunnier skies and the absence of young Brandon Fallon (attending football trials for U.S.A. scholarship), manager Steve Lodge promoted Richard Spears and Adam Wisdom to the starting line-up for this second “six-pointer” in the space of a week. On the bench were a not fully fit Ben Clark and David Holvey, and central defender Will Rowley who was pulled from the 2nd team squad. The pitch looked well but with rain threatening it was likely to cut up as the game progressed. Not for the first time in recent weeks the Main were slow starters and they failed to close the opposition down, whilst at the same time failing to play with any fluidity themselves. The home attack were threatening down both flanks and only timely interceptions by central defenders Chris Hanson and John Tunney, and some good handling from young Jordan Wildey kept us in the game. It was therefore no surprise when the home side took the lead midway through the half - a cross from the right eluded everyone and the home left winger controlled with one touch before despatching a fierce shot across Wildey into the roof of the net. Quite surprisingly instead of stepping up the pressure, the home side then decided to play with just one up front, allowing us to gain

control in our own half. With fullbacks Danny Taylor and Brad Billam now able to attack more than defend, we began to gain the upper hand and the home attacks were sporadic. Nathan Fraser should have scored following good work by Wisdom and the home goal was now under constant threat. In a second goalmouth scramble just before the interval Niall Doyle turned on the ball near the penalty spot and placed his shot into the corner of the net to give us a deserved equaliser. The second period was a constant wave of attacks and a succession of corners as we took complete control and had we scored a further five or six goals it would have been no surprise to the watching few. Even a couple of elderly home supporters stood near me were amazed by the number of opportunities we had to increase our lead, as the home goal led a charmed life. Efforts from Tunney, Billam and Fraser were cleared off the line; Billam’s chip hit angle of crossbar and post and another effort from him was brilliantly saved. Wisdom volleyed just wide and the keeper also thwarted him in a one-onone. Jonathan Mirfin and Doyle exchanged passes with the keeper stranded, when either player could have scored.

Continued on page 18...

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MAIN IN ACTION APPLEBY FRODINGHAM 1-2 ROSSINGTON MAIN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 With so much possession and pressure, there was always the danger that Appleby Frodingham might break away and nick one at the other end, especially as they introduced a couple of substitutes with fresh legs, and Wildey was called upon to make a crucial stop. With just 5 minutes remaining Scott Spencer’s header from our umpteenth corner looped into the corner before being hacked clear. Fortunately the female assistant on the near touch-line was ideally positioned to deem that the ball had crossed the line and she awarded the goal. God bless her....

A deserved win against fellow strugglers sees us amass 20 points and join three other clubs with the same points total at the exact midpoint of the League season. Let’s hope we can go on our customary post-Christmas run of form into 2013 (although we’ve four more matches to contend before then) MAIN TEAM; 1 Wildey, 2 Taylor, 3 Billam, 4 Mirfin, 5 Hanson, 6 Tunney, 7 Spears, 8 Spencer, 9 Wisdom, 10 Fraser, 11 Doyle. Unused subs: 12 Clark, 14 Holvey, 15 Rowley

Report by Ian Wilson

COUNTY CUP DRAW The draw has been made for the next round of the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA Senior Challenge Cup. Both the 1st and the 2nd team are still involved in their respective county competitions after some encouraging and impressive wins thus far, not least the first team’s surprise second round win away at Parkgate. The 1st team are now the lowest ranked side left in the Senior Challenge Cup, so were always going to face a tricky quarter-final tie, though they’ve avoided some of the 18

bigger names in the hat to be handed a home match against Staveley Miners Welfare to be played on 9th March. In the other quarter final ties Athersley Recreation travel to Frickley Athletic, AFC Emley play Stocksbridge Park Steels whilst Worsborough Bridge Athletic will entertain Sheffield FC. The 2nd team have battled through to the 3rd round of the Rosehill Press Challenge Cup, and they travel to Sheffield next Saturday to face Davys FC. If you fancy a trip along to support them, details can be found on page 30.

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IN RESERVE SAT 14TH NOVEMBER // DONCASTER & DISTRICT PREMIER LEAGUE ROSSINGTON MAIN 4-2 SCAWTHORPE & BENTLEY RHINOS With the withdrawal from the league of Mexborough Town striking three points from Rossington’s record, the visitors found themselves below the visitors in the table ahead of this game. Main were keen to get a result and get back up to the right end of the division, but were without several key men. Usual captains Scott Spencer and Niall Doyle were again on duty with the first team, as too was Will Rowley. Also missing were James Batchelor, Dan Green, Dean Griffiths and Eric McMillan, but there was a boost in the form of Dan Elcoat returning from injury, and Scott Henderson joining the side. The visitors started well, keeping the ball and looking confident in possession, but they struggled to create any clean openings. Main however were thriving, with teenagers Marcel Chipamunga and Josh Bathgate both rattling the crossbar within seconds of one another. Skipper Reeece Brailey would fare better though, sliding onto Dave McGee’s through ball before bending a beautiful effort into the far top corner to put Main ahead. Shortly after it was 2-0 as Chipamunga’s corner just evaded Jonathan Cook at the near post, but was volleyed home by McGee from close range. The home side didn’t quite have it all their own way up to the break through and needed a couple of

decent saves from Dan Lodge to keep the Rhinos from pulling a first half goal back. The second half began as the first had ended, with the visitors on top, but failing to find a way past Lodge in the Rossington goal. And so when a goal did come it went the way of Main again as Tom Harte made it 3-0 with a long-range free-kick. The visitors would come back into the game though as they pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Lodge was adjudged to have fouled a Rhinos striker, despite the striker himself having no knowledge as to what the penalty was for. To add insult to injury Lodge was booked for the ‘foul’ before the visitors stroked the penalty home to make it 3-1. Soon after that the Rhinos reduced the deficit further as their winger beat the Main offside trap and his pull-back found a team-mate in the centre and his shot bobbled across the goal-mouth to find the bottom corner. Thankfully though Main would wrap the win up with a late spot-kick of their own; McGee dribbling into the box and around the keeper only to be pulled down for a penalty. Cook stepped up and buried his penalty with composure, just as he had at Hemsworth, to secure the 4-2 win.

Thanks to Dan Lodge for the match details

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MAIN APPEARANCES 2012-13 DATE OPPONENT 04 Aug Selby Town 07 Aug Teversal 11 Aug Atherton L.R. 14 AUG KNARESBOROUGH TN 18 Aug Hemsworth M.W. 25 AUG CLIPSTONE WELFARE 27 Aug Louth Town 01 Sep Congleton Town 05 Sep Shirebrook Town 08 SEP TEVERSAL 12 Sep Albion Sports 22 SEP GRIMSBY BOROUGH 25 SEP DINNINGTON TOWN 29 Sep Cleethorpes Town 06 OCT AFC EMLEY 09 OCT KIVETON PARK 13 Oct Yormshire Am. 16 Oct Pontefract Coll. 20 OCT ASKERN VILLA 27 Oct Hallam 03 NOV ATHERSLEY REC. 06 Nov Parkgate 10 Nov Worsborough B.A. 13 NOV BOTTESFORD TOWN 17 NOV SELBY TOWN 24 Nov Appleby Frod’ham 01 DEC ALBION SPORTS 08 Dec Dinnington Town 15 DEC PONTEFRACT COLL. 22 DEC ECCLESHILL UNITED 26 Dec Askern Villa 29 Dec Eccleshill United 12 Jan Knaresborough T. 19 JAN HEMSWORTH M.W. 26 Jan Clipstone Welfare 02 FEB LOUTH TOWN 09 Feb Teversal 16 FEB SHIREBROOK TOWN 23 Feb Grimsby Borough 02 MAR CLEETHORPES TOWN 09 Mar AFC Emley 16 MAR YORKSHIRE AM. 30 MAR HALLAM 06 Apr Athersley Rec. 13 APR WORSBOROUGH B.A. 20 Apr Bottesford Town 27 APR APPLEBY FROD’HAM


COMP RES. ATT. NCEL 0-1 94 LC 1 1-2 68 FAC EP 2-4 38 NCEL 0-3 95 NCEL 4-3 97 NCEL 1-4 47 NCEL 0-1 120 FAV 1Q 0-3 118 NCEL 1-0 71 NCEL 0-5 51 NCEL 1-1 30 NCEL 3-1 59 NCEL 1-2 61 NCEL 2-3 103 NCEL 0-3 64 SHSC1 4-1 51 NCEL 3-2 30 NCEL 0-4 43 NCEL 1-1 53 NCEL 1-2 79 NCEL 0-2 81 SHSC2 2-1* 65 NCEL 1-3 49 NCEL 0-3 56 NCEL 2-0 121 NCEL 2-1 20 NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL NCEL






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Hanson Tunney Tunney Hanson Hanson Hanson Harte Harte Harte Harte Spears Spears Spears Spears Spears Taylor Spears Spears Spears Spears Taylor Taylor Hanson Spears Taylor Taylor

Billam Billam Billam Pendleton Doyle Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam Billam

Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin Tunney Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin 2 Mirfin Mirfin Tunney Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin Spencer Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin Mirfin

Tunney Pendleton Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers Rowley Rodgers Jones Rodgers Pendleton Pendleton Pendleton Pendleton Pendleton Pendleton Hanson Hanson Tunney Pendleton Tunney Tunney Pendleton Pendleton Hanson Hanson

6 Holvey Hanson Holvey Holvey Holvey Holvey Pendleton Pendleton Pendleton Holvey Holvey Holvey Holvey Tunney Holvey Holvey Pendleton Tunney Hanson Hanson Hanson Hanson Holvey Hanson Tunney Tunney

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Fraser McLaughlin Sidebottom Sidebottom Sidebottom Sidebottom Sidebottom Maughan Fallon Tunney Sidebottom Sidebottom Sidebotton Sidebottom 2 Taylor Clark Chipamunga Chipamunga Taylor Clark Spears Spears Spears Fallon Spencer Spears

Pendleton Taylor Taylor Taylor Pendleton Pendleton Taylor Taylor Mirfin Taylor Tunney Tunney Tunney Green Green Tunney Taylor Taylor Pendleton Taylor Pendleton Pendleton Spencer Tunney Pendleton Spencer






Fallon Taylor McLaughlin Sidebottom10 Doyle7 Fallon Fraser Doyle Clark Rowley Fallon McLaughlin Pendleton Hanson Maughan8 Fallon Fraser Doyle Clark7 Thornton9 McLaughlin Maughan Clark Fallon11 Thornton4 McLaughlin Thornton Clark Fallon7 Tunney4 Wisdom Fallon McLaughlin Jones5 Chipamunga11 Wisdom Fallon Clark Tunney9 McGee2 Wisdom Taylor Clark Hanson Sidebottom Wisdom McLaughlin Clark Spears7 Hanson Wisdom Fallon Maughan Green11 Harte Wisdom Green Chipamunga Taylor11 Clark9 Fallon Chipamunga Green Thornton10 Wisdom7 Wisdom Thornton Clark Taylor7 Chipamunga9 Wisdom Thornton Clark Chipamunga11 Jones9 Thornton Fraser Green Wisdom Spears6 Thornton Fraser Green Wisdom7 Wildey Thornton Fraser Clark Wisdom9 Doyle11 Thornton Fraser Clark Wisdom Chipamunga11 Wisdom Fraser Doyle Chipamunga7 Thornton Fraser Clark Chipamunga7 Wisdom9 Thornton Wisdom Chipamunga Doyle9 Fallon5 Fraser Fallon Doyle Chipamunga6 Coburn11 Fraser Wisdom Clark Taylor2 Chipamunga11 Fraser Fallon Doyle Spears4 Wisdom10 Wisodm Fraser Doyle Clark Holvey

Competition Index NCEL (League) FAC (FA Cup) LC (League Cup) FAV (FA Vase) SHSC (Sheffield Hallamshire Cup)



Clark Chipamunga9 Clark14 Maughan11 Wisdom10 Wisdom Wildey Jones5 Spears4 Thornton11



Thornton9 Wisdom Fraser11



Clark9 Wildey Chipamunga7




Mirfin Appleby Spencer Clark11 Rowley


(+1 own goal)

Guide to Table Wisdom10 Sub on for number shown Wisdom 2 Denotes goalscorer 2-1* Includes own goal for Main Home fixtures in Capitals

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During this year’s European Championships that most erudite of pundits Jamie Carragher was being asked his opinion of Roy Hodgson. Carragher suggested that Hodgson failed to win over the Liverpool team, because his training sessions were ‘boring’ and ‘repetitive’, something that was startlingly taken as fact by the rest of the panel. The idea that trying to get good at something should involve some form of repetition of said thing apparently alien to today’s top-flight footballers.

Andre Villas-Boas was reportedly given short shrift, and short-time, at Chelsea because the senior players (senior in this sense meaning most cockish), the trio of John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard didn’t really respect him. What this, and Carragher’s remarks, point to is a growing collective ego amongst top flight footballers, phrases such as ‘player power’ and ‘dressing room clique’ are becoming increasingly common, and you know why this is? I‘ll tell you, because of pre-match huddles. Think about it, there was none of this ‘player power’ chat before teams started gathering in groups by the centre circle. Its only since they started closing ranks in the middle of the pitch that managers have begun to find themselves outside the clique. There they gather in the middle of the field. One of them occasionally glancing over his shoulder, keeping look-out. Shifty looking bunch. They’re definitely up to something. “Forget everything he said lads, let’s do it like this…” 24

And that’s the thing about huddles, this group have people have spent all week on the training ground together, all day in each other’s company, and have planned monotonously, yet thirty seconds before kick-off they have to put their heads together again. It all seems a bit last minute, as if someone in there is saying “Lads, lads, this isn’t Wigan, it’s West Brom… quick go to Plan C”.

Wales, towards the end of John Toshack’s reign, went through a spell of prematch huddling. Though going on the subsequent performances they produced there is every chance that those huddles were just serving as a sort of office teambuilding exercise, and the team were simply introducing themselves to one another. “My name’s Gareth, I’m from Tottenham, and… now, let me see… a previous challenge I’ve overcome…” If left unchecked then this practice of huddling up can go one of two ways; either we will see managers being offered shorter and shorter contracts, clubs hot-desking rather than assigning a manager’s office and Harry Redknapp perpetually stalled at the end of his driveway giving interviews on his admiration for every team on the planet; “Obviously, y’know, Brechin City are a top, top side, and I’m delighted to be linked wiv em.” Or, potentially worse, the game spirals into Americanisation and before you know it we’re celebrating goals by wooping, chanting “De-fence, De-fence” during opposition corners, and slapping friends’ asses to show approval for a particularly nifty tea-bar queue jump. No-one wants that.

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LEAGUE TABLES NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST LEAGUE DIVISION ONE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.

Athersley Recreation Cleethorpes Town Albion Sports Louth Town AFC Emley Knaresborough Town Worsborough Bridge Ath Pontefract Collieries Teversal Shirebrook Town Grimsby Borough Clipstone Welfare Hemsworth M.W. Bottesford Town Dinnington Town Eccleshill United Askern Villa Yorkshire Amateur ROSSINGTON MAIN Hallam Appleby Frodingham Selby Town

P 20 21 19 20 20 21 19 20 22 20 22 20 20 20 19 20 17 21 21 19 21 20

W 13 12 11 11 12 10 11 11 10 10 9 8 8 8 8 5 6 5 6 4 4 2

D 5 4 5 5 1 7 3 2 4 2 2 4 3 3 0 5 2 5 2 5 2 3

L 2 5 3 4 7 4 5 7 8 8 11 8 9 9 11 10 9 11 13 10 15 15

F 45 51 56 47 56 40 44 33 52 37 32 34 39 34 37 33 30 33 23 29 26 19

A 23 38 27 31 26 28 28 20 39 39 36 31 40 36 49 37 42 52 45 40 68 55

GD Pts +22 44 +13 40 +29 38 +16 38 +30 37 +12 37 +16 36 +13 35 +13 34 -2 32 -4 29 +3 28 -1 27 -2 26* -12 24 -4 20 -12 20 -19 20 -22 20 -11 17 -42 14 -36 9


P W D L F A GD Pts Shafton Villa 9 8 1 0 37 9 +28 25 Bramley Sunnyside 9 8 0 1 39 8 +31 24 Hemsworth Town 8 5 1 2 16 14 +2 16 South Elmsall United Serv. 10 4 2 4 27 19 +8 14 ROSSINGTON MAIN 9 5 1 3 33 13 +20 13” Sutton Rovers 7 4 1 2 12 11 +1 13 Denaby United 9 4 1 4 19 19 = 13 Scawthorpe & Bentley R. 10 4 0 6 25 23 +2 12 Kinsley Boys 6 3 1 2 12 9 +3 10 Bawtry Town 8 3 0 5 20 28 -8 9 South Kirkby Colliery 9 0 0 9 9 48 -39 0 Carcroft Village 10 0 0 10 10 58 -48 0 *1 point deducted, “3 points deducted Mexborough Town resigned from D&D League; their results have been expunged 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

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Shirebrook Town


2 - 2^

Appleby Frodingham





2 - 1*

Knaresborough Town


1 - 2*

Pontefract Collieries

NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Bridlington Town Brighouse Town Parkgate Tadcaster Albion

3 3 6 0


2 1 1 2

Armthorpe Welfare Barton Town Old Boys Nostell Miners Welfare Pickering Town

*result after extra-time ^Bottesford won 4-2 on penalties after extra-time Results service compiled with the aid of both the BARIS Northern Counties East League website, and the Football Mitoo website.


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NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Hall Road Rangers Heanor Town Liversedge Long Eaton United Maltby Main Pickering Town Scarborough Athletic Thackley Winterton Rangers

0 3 0 1 3 3 3 3 1


2 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 2

Staveley Miners Welfare Parkgate Brighouse Town Bridlington Town Lincoln Moorlands Railway Glasshoughton Welfare Arnold Town Armthorpe Welfare Worksop Parramore

NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST LEAGUE DIVISION ONE Albion Sports Appleby Frodingham Cleethorpes Town Hallam Knarseborough Town Louth Town Pontefract Collieries Shirebrook Town Yorkshire Amateur

1 1 4 1 4 5 0 2 1


0 2 2 1 1 1 3 2 8

Bottesford Town ROSSINGTON MAIN Clipstone Welfare Eccleshill United Grimsby Borough Hemsworth Miners Welfare Athersley Recreation Teversal AFC Emley


0 2 4 3 1


2 6 2 1 6

Hemsworth Town Denaby United Scawthorpe & Bentley Rhinos Bramley Sunnyside Bawtry Town



3 - 2*


Albion Sports


FC Halifax Town



Maltby Main

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Dinnington Town

Directions Phoenix Park

131 Laughton Road Dinnington, S25 2PP

NCEL Division One Kick-off: 3:00pm Admission: £4 and £2 Cover for 200 (80 seats)

Head through Tickhill and then take the A60 south through Oldcotes. Turn left onto the B6463; in Dinnigton turn left onto Breck Lane. Turn left at roundabout onto Laughton Road. Ground is on the left after 400 metres.

Public Transport

Bus 18/18a from Doncaster Interchange, takes 50 minutes to Dinnington centre. Leaves at 1:30pm. Return at 5:30pm

RESERVE TEAM FIXTURE Saturday 8th December

Davy FC

Directions Davy Sports Ground

630 Prince of Wales Road Darnall, Sheffield S9 4ER

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From the M1 Junction 33, take Sheffield Parkway (A630) towards city centre. Take A57 ramp for A6102/Ring Road. At roundabout take second exit (A57/Parkway). At next roundabout take 3rd exit for Prince of Wales Road (A6102). Davys Sports Ground is on right after around 100 metres.

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MEET THE MAIN MEN Steve Lodge (Manager) Steve took over the reigns for the end of the 2010/11 season, leading the club to the Wilkinson Sword Trophy. Last season, Steve’s first full season in charge, was also successful as the first team broke a number of club records to achieve their best NCEL finish. A firm believer in club spirit, which is why most players and officials at the club are local. Ian Wilson (Assistant Manager) A former Wales youth and amateur international Ian also does an excellent job as club groundsman amongst other roles. Previously in charge of Rossington FC, he took that club from local Sunday football to the top flight of the Central Midlands League Lee Appleby Now in his 7th season at the Main, making him one of the top appearance makers in recent years Lee was instrumental in our record breaking season last year with some outstanding performances and 12 clean sheets. Dedicated, honest and hardworking as well as agile, quick and boasting superb handling Lee is one of the best keepers the NCEL has to offer. Jordan Wildey Young Jordan will provide competition for the number one shirt this year after some impressive displays in tough games for both 1st and 2nd teams last season where he performed maturely and competently. He is a fantastic shot stopper, agile and very confident. Bradley Billam Flying full back Brad continues to grow at left back; combining athleticism, confidence and consistency with a willingness to work forwards and backwards to become a valuable member of the Main squad. His attacking prowess was clear to see last year as he was credited with 8 assists. Dan Elcoat Primarily a central defender, Dan can play anywhere across the back four and also in

central midfield. He is strong in the air and tenacious in the tackle, boasting good communication skills and a strong desire to play. Chris Hanson Chris joined the Main late last season from Yorkshire Main, playing a versatile role in the Rossington defence. Chris is calm in possession and is a good reader of the game. Tom Harte Very good on the ball and well organised Tom came back to football last year after some time away from the game. He played with the Reserves last season but has shown during pre-season that he is capable of becoming a 1st team player. David Holvey 2011/12 Manager’s Player of the Year; Club Captain Dave lead by example last year and his never say die attitude and loyalty to the club make him an invaluable asset. A great leader and robust defender Dave is also capable of pin-point long range passes that turn defence quickly into attack. Dean Jones Dean can play in any position across the back four, as he has done for the Reserves. Another player to return to the game after some time away, Dean is a good footballer and very good in the air. Will Rowley 2011/12 Reserves Players’ Player of the Year. Long-time Main man Will is an old school central defender who provided some excellent displays last season. Solid in the air, well-timed in the tackle and a threat at set pieces he is reliable and extremely valuable for both sides. Richard Spears Very hard working, committed and energetic, Richard played an important role in the club’s strong 2011/12 campaign. Richard will no doubt look to continue working hard to cement his place in the team.

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1919 Q & A AS ROSSINGTON MAIN WERE FORMED IN 1919, WE PROVIDE 19 QUESTIONS & 19 ANSWERS TO HELP YOU GET TO KNOW THE MAIN MEN This afternoon’s interviewee is CHRIS HANSON who will be able to sit back and enjoy this himself as he’s sadly suspended for today’s game. Q6. Which footballer was your boyhood hero? A6. Chris Waddle Q7. Who do you consider the greatest ever player in your position? A7. Bobby Moore Q8. What was the first professional game you ever watched in the flesh? A8. Wimbledon vs Sheffield Wednesday (see question two). Q1. When was your Rossington Main debut and who was it against? A1. Middle of last season, though I can’t remember the opposition; I think I came on for Dean Sidebottom, out of position on the right wing. Q2. What is your first footballing memory? A2. A tour of the old Wembley Stadium when I was about 8, then going on to Selhurst Park to watch Sheffield Wednesday away against Wimbledon. Q3. What was the first team you ever played for? A3. Sprotborough Crusaders Q4. Which team do you support? A4. Sheffield Wednesday

Q9. If you could travel in time to attend any match ever which would you choose? A9. The 1966 World Cup Final; England v West Germany. Q10. What make of boots do you prefer to wear? A10. Adidas

Chris; Waddle not Hanson

Q5. What’s you favorite ever team kit? A5. The 1990 Umbro England National Home Kit. 34

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Old Trafford: Still can’t see the appeal; won’t get the sun like the Gerry Murden Stand does.

Q11. What is your most prized footballing possession? A11. My first pair of football boots Q12. Favourite ground you have ever played at (apart from Oxford Street obviously)? A12. The Keepmoat Stadium Q13. If you could play at any ground in the world which would it be? A13. Old Trafford Q14. Who is the best player you have ever played alongside? A14. Chris Waddle Q15. Who is the best player you have ever played against? A15. Jamie Coppinger

Q16. What is your proudest achievement in football so far? A16. Winning the League and three Cup Competitions with Yorkshire Main in the 2010/11 season. Q17. What has been your favorite moment playing for Rossington Main? A17. Beating Glasshoughton 4-0 away last season. Q18. Can you sum what playing for Rossington Main means to you in 5 words or less? A18. All about the banter Q19. Lastly, which other 4 players (past or present famous or not) would make up your fantasy dream team? A19. Peter Schmeichel, Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi and Pele.

Quiz Answers (from page 42): 1. Paris St German, 2. Red, White and Blue, 3. Sampdoria, 4. St. Pauli, 5. England; cross of St George, 6. Bohemians 1905; the original kangaroo was a gift from a tour of Australia. 7. Napoli, 8. Panathinaikos, 9. AS Roma, 10. Dynamo Moscow and Dynamo Kiev, 11. A crown; Real means Royal, in Spain only clubs that enjoy patronage of the Spanish Royal Family can feature a crown on the club crest.

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MEET THE MAIN MEN Shaun Pendleton Shaun played the majority of last season at centre back before moving into central midfield where he put in some great displays. Versatile and very professional in his approach, Shaun is a hard worker. His defensive attributes are as impressive as his offensive ones. A very strong passer of the ball, he can play a vital role in playmaking from deeper positions. John Tunney John joins the club from Yorkshire Main after several very successful seasons there. A versatile player who is equally capable of playing anywhere in defence or midfield. Marcel Chipamunga Young local lad Marcel is making his first steps into senior football this season, hoping to gain experience and develop as a player. Marcel has already shown the management team that he has bags of potential and willingness to learn. Ben Clark Young and enthusiastic with a good attitude to learning the game. wide man Ben is also making his first step into senior football. He is full of pace and positive running which will no doubt cause a problem for defenders. Niall Doyle As the Reserve team captain Niall has become an important part of the club, helping the Reserves to a close title race last season. Niall likes to keep the ball moving and push forward into goal scoring positions whenever possible. Nathan Fraser Another very versatile player who is naturally gifted, Nathan loves to attack and run at players and his creativity could prove important . Nathan’s ability to play out wide, down the middle, up front and even at the back makes him a key squad member. Jonathan Mirfin Main’s 2011/12 Supporters’ Player of the Year. Jonathan continues to impress at the Main with consistent displays in the centre of 36

midfield. Jonathan rarely gives the ball away, starting attacks and creating chances for his team mates. The controlled midfielder is also useful from free-kicks. Danny Taylor Danny joins the club from Askern this season and can play across the midfield and at full back, is very confident in possession and looks after the ball well. Brandon Fallon Brandon burst into the Main squad in March. Tall, powerful and very quick and for such a young lad he fits in very well at this level. After only seven appearances last season, we are waiting to see even more of Brandon this year. Tom McLaughlin Pace, dribbling and finishing are just three attributes that make Tom a very dangerous opponent for defenders. He can play up front or on either wing. Tom joins after several seasons with Askern Villa and will be looking to cement a starting role at the Main this term. Scott Maughan The club’s overall top scorer last he make his return to football after some time away from the game. It proved very successful as he fired the Reserves into a title chasing spot. Scott is a natural finisher who comes alive around the penalty area. Dean Thornton A former regular scorer for the Reserves, Dean has returned to force his way into the 1st team. Dean is excellent with his back to goal and good in the air, but equally as effective running past the back four. A natural finisher and confident in front of goal. Adam Wisdom Adam is blessed with pace and power and his physical attributes and appetite to work make him a handful for opponents. A threat running beyond defenders, but really comes alive from close range, where he scored all of his goals last season.

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IN THE BOOK FOOTBALL ‘LITERATURE’ REVIEWED ‘THE FAR CORNER; A MAZY DRIBBLE THROUGH NORTH EAST FOOTBALL’ BY HARRY PEARSON - REVIEWED BY GLEN WILSON Quite simply, this is my favourite football book ever written. And you should buy it, and read it, and read it again, and again until your copy is as dog-eared as my own. But as reviews go, that doesn’t really fill this page, so I suppose I ought to offer you something of greater depth. Over the course of the 1993-94 season Harry Pearson travels across his native North-East tackling the region’s mind-set and social history through its football teams. From Newcastle United and Middlesbrough to Billingham Synthonia and West Allotment Celtic Pearson documents the game via the characters around him and the fabric of the town’s he visits. The game is on the cusp of changing dramatically and whilst Newcastle United become enveloped in the new soar-away Premier League, and Pearson’s own side Middlesbrough are on the verge of a move to a new ground and very different personnel, it is clear that the author is much more at home in the game’s lower reaches, amongst the codgers and the characters, something he makes clear on a visit to watch Gateshead.

“The Gateshead International Stadium is immaculate. It has comfortable seats with adequate leg-room, excellent sight-lines, easy access, a roof that keeps out the rain rather than funnelling it down the

back of your neck, a snack bar that doesn’t smell like the biggest burp in history and clean toilets. In short it’s a completely unsuitable place to stage a football match. Call me a romantic, but unless I’ve waded up to my ankles in urine, got wedged behind a pillar and had boiling hot Bovril spilled down the back of my legs by a fat bloke who’s been poorly advised on the breath-freshening qualities of fried onions, I just can’t settle down and enjoy myself“. Pearson displays an incredible warmth and admiration of his subject throughout and though rife with humour and wit, often at the expense of the region this book never patronises. Each paradigm of North East football life is admired and appreciated on its own merits with a genuine affection. What makes this book so special though is Pearson’s own brilliant writing style. Pearson is a funny man, a master of the sort of descriptive simile that causes you to laugh tea out of your nose, or earn panicked looks from strangers on the bus. Who else could describe the noise made by a player heading the ball like this; “When the leather came in contact with his pate it made a solid splatting sound like a Greek fisherman tenderising an octopus“? The Far Corner: A Mazy Dribble Through North-East Football Abacus (1994) £7.99

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HALF-TIME TEASERS TACKLE THIS XI ON THE SUBJECT OF EUROPEAN CLUB CRESTS 1. Which French club’s crest features a 8. Which famous Greek side has a white cradle beneath the Eiffel Tower? Shamrock as its club crest 2. Which three colours feature on the 9. The twins Romulus and Remus club badge of Bayern Munich? appear on the crest of which European 3. Which Italian side’s crest features a club? sailor smoking a pipe? 10.Which two former Soviet clubs, one 4. Which German side’s unofficial logo now of Russia, the other of Ukraine, use is the skull and crossbones? a large capital ‘D’ as their respective 5. The flag of which country appears on club crests? the club crest of AC Milan? 11. What item is depicted on the crests 6. Which Czech team’s club crest of Real Zaragoza, Real Madrid and famously features a kangaroo? Real Betis, but not on those of Atletico 7. A white ‘N’ on a sky blue background Madrid, FC Barcelona or Athetic Bilbao? is the badge of which Italian side? Answers can be found at the foot of page 35.

SPECTATOR NOTICE The committee, officials and all volunteers involved at Rossington Main have worked hard in recent years to establish a positive reputation for the club in both the local community and the wider footballing fraternity. We are rightly proud that this club is appreciated as one which upholds the true values of grassroots community football, and that Oxford Street is seen as a welcoming and friendly ground to visit. We ask that you help us to maintain this reputation during your time with us at the ground, ensuring that all present have a positive experience, regardless of the match result, and leave more than happy to visit us at Oxford Street again. Football is, after all, a game to be enjoyed by players, spectators and officials alike. Rossington Main is a keen supporter of both the ‘Respect’ and ‘Kick It Out’ campaigns, as such foul, racial or obscene language will not be


tolerated within the ground. Please respect the right of all supporters, both home and away, to enjoy the game of football. Please do not; - Ride bicycles in the ground - Smoke in the Main Stand or any club buildings - Stand in front of the seated areas - Allow dogs off their leads - Consume alcohol from glass containers at pitchside. - Enter the field of play before, during or after the game, other than at times necessitated for Health & Safety. All vehicles parked at Oxford Street are done so at the vehicle owner’s risk, though our shooting has improved in recent seasons. Thank you for supporting your local football team, and for purchasing this matchday programme.

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Steve Lodge Ian Wilson George Spears

Kulwinder Sandhu Pav Singh Ray Watling

Jordan Wildey Richard Spears Bradley Billam Danny Taylor David Holvey John Tunney Chris Hanson Dean Jones Jonathan Mirfin Ben Clark Brandon Fallon Dean Thornton Nathan Fraser Adam Wisdom Marcel Chipamunga Tom McLaughlin Scott Maughan Scott Spencer



Aaron Brian Temour Khan Asif Hussain Graeme Sides James Stansfield Danny Brown Adam Jones Anil Singh Charlie Flaherty Alex Cusack Daniel Facey Lee Maturine Kayden Jackson Karl Hall McKoy Lyn Roy Stamer Garry Tyson

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Enjoy the game & thank you for supporting your local team

Martin Chester (Lincolnshire)

Ian Cox

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Paul Rodgers

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Sat 22nd Dec. 3:00pm 1ST TEAM vs ECCLESHILL UTD NCEL Div 1

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Match programme for Rossington Main's 2012-13 Northern Counties East League Division One home fixture against Albion Sports