Saturday, 24 January 2009

Wigan Robins on Match of the Day

Many thanks to Matt of St Helens Town for filming this and sending me the link

Check his own excellent blog in the Other Football Blogs section to the right

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Looking Dodgy - Bacup v Wigan Robins in a Michael Fish stylee

From the NWCL site
These are the scenes at Bacup Borough’s Brian Boys West View Stadium on Wednesday 21/01/09, three days ahead of their Vodkat North West Counties Challenge Cup Replay with Wigan Robin Park.

The original tie which produced a 3-3 draw after extra time was on the 8th of November. Since this date the replay has been postponed twice previously at Bacup Borough & twice at Wigan Robin Park. With the forecast in East Lancashire showing no signs of getting any better over the next few days, it looks like this replay will once again fall foul of the weather for a fifth time.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Wigan Robins versus Chaddy: Match preview

So get out the prayer mats and pray or hope for dry weather. Get out the hot-air blowers and hot water bottles in case of cowd weather and with thanks to Allah, God and and with just a bit of luck the Robins might actually get to play a home game on.

And if they do it will be Chadderton FC that trundle along to Wigan WN5 this weekend. Now I've been to Chadderton and Oldham and Shaw and around there a few times. Personal circumstances and all that and I like Chadderton. I've even got a mug that I drink my coffee out of that says Chadderton Football Club on it. See an old work mate of mine used to be involved there and I saw the team a few times. Cracking little club that have been knocking around the North West Counties since the beginning of the league in 1982. Before that they were formed as Millbrow Football Club in 1947, later changing to North Chadderton Amateurs, before adopting its present name in 1957.

There have been ups and downs and David Platt (ex England star and now owner of the strangest shame head in football pundrity) started his career there. As did John Pemberton - the ex Rochdale, Palace and Leeds player. Pemberton also appeared on the box recently as the manager of the Forest side for the Third round of the F.A Cup that beat City 3-0 at the council house in the FA Cup. With Billy Davies taking over at Forest I'm not sure whether Pemberton is still there. I am sure that Mark Owen of Take That fame isn't at Forest but he did once play for Chadderton.

Rumours that Gary Barlow may be lining up at th'athletics stadium on Saturday remain just that. The NWCL website informs me that their home kit remains all red yet their away kit that we will be witnessing is Orange Shirts - Fudge Shorts - Orange Socks

Shorts made of fudge?!?!?!

Chadderton sit just behind the Robins in sixth place with 27 points from 18 games with Mickey Green the leading goalscorer with eight goals...

Mickey Green

As normal all we can hope for is a decent game

Chadderton(H) League, th'athletics stadium Sat 17 Jan 2009 3.00pm - £3.50 to geet in.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Cheadle Town v Wigan Robin Park: Match Preview

Train to Manchester Picc, change and onto Gatley and then up the road into the High Street and Stockport Road, a myriad of pubs and then into the Park Road Stadium for (hopefully) a game of football...

It's been a while but this Saturday the weather looks brighter, the beer looks colder and Wigan Robin Park might actually be playing Cheadle Town FC.

If so they will be taking on the team formed by two kids in 1961 as Grasmere Rovers playing in the Manchester & District Sunday Football League in their Under 16’s Division.

By 1982 Grasmere had moved into their own ground at Park Road Stadium the following season changed their name to Cheadle Town when they also joined the North West Counties Football League - where they've been ever since. Yet before they went there Portugal, along with Eusebio trained their for the 1966 World Cup campaign.

View from Main Stand

Back in October an even game saw the teams share the points at th'athetics stadium while at present Cheadle sit in seventh place. With just the one league game over at Ashton in recent weeks it'll be hard to see what performance the Robins put in and what team will they will put out.

But as normal you can be assured they'll put in 100% and with some good support from the sidelines it should be an excellent day out

For more information on Cheadle Town FC check out the excellent Cheadle Town Online Fanzine

Meanwhile the photos are taken from the sets that the lads behind the fanzine put together - loads more available @

Directions: M60 to junction 2 (formerly M63 junction 11), follow A560 to Cheadle. Go through first main set of traffic lights and then first left after shops into Park Road. Ground at end of road. Nearest Railway Station: Gatley