Phil's 92 Tour & Beyond

A tour of all the clubs that ever played in the Football League

The Alternative Tour - How Are the Mighty Fallen ? (Sammuel 1:27)

This leg of the tour started in 2010 and is dedicated to all those clubs who used to be in the Football League. There are at least 35 possible venues on this one.

Off we went to Southport for a cracking F.A.Cup Tie against Sheffield Wednesday - big crowd, joyous pitch invasions and facts about Southport we never knew.

The Alternative Tour had begun 

    

       Wild scenes as Southport equalise against Sheffield Wed.

Current Ex-League Club Count 37               Ticked Off    34

The Games

Southport      2 - 5 Sheffield Wed.   F.A.Cup 1st Round

Glossop N.E.  1 -1   Rossendale United  NWC Premier

Bradford P.A. 3 - 1 Stafford Rangers    NPL Premier

Nelson            2 - 2  Formby               NWC First Division

Cambridge U  2 - 0  Southport           Conference Premier

Grimsby Town 4 - 1 Mansfield Town  Conference Premier

7 Barrow AFC     1 - 4  Cambridge Utd.  Conference Premier 

8 Gainsborough T  3 - 0 Droylsden          Conference North

9 Boston Utd       5 - 1  Droylsden            Conference North

10 Mansfield T    5 - 0  Dartford             Conference Premier

11 Bootle            1 - 0  AFC Liverpool      NWC Premier

12 Ashington         3 - 0 Sunderland RCA   Northern League

13 Stalybridge C  0 -0  Stockport Co.      Conference North

14 Durham City   2 - 3  Shildon                Northern League

15  Chester         2 - 1 Halifax Town     Conference Premier

16  Halifax Town  2 - 0 Luton Town       Conference Premier

17 Loughbro' Dyn  4 - 1 Sheffield FC               NPL (S)

18 Workington Town 1 - 0 FC United              NPL (P)

19 AFC Darwen      5 - 3 Hanley Town        NWC (1) Play-off

20 Gateshead      2 - 0 Limcoln C  Conference Premier

21 Aberdare Town 0 - 2 Goytre      Welsh League (P)

22 Stockport County 1 - 2 FC United Conference (N)

23 Northwich Vics 0 - 5 Farsley C          NPL (N)

24 South Shields P - P Brandon Utd  Northern Lge 2 

25 Kidderminster H 1 - 1 Altrincham Conference (P) 

26 Maidstone Utd 1 - 2 N Ferriby Utd Conference (P)

27 Darlington 2 - 0 Gloucester City   Conference (N)

28 Merthyr Town 1 - 0 Chesham Utd     SPL (P)

29 Lincoln City 3 - 1 Forest Green R  Conference (P)

 

SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR DETAILS

Clubs visited already in League Football  (see 92 Tour)

Aldershot Town

Dagenham & Redbridge

Hartlepool 

Leyton Orient 

Macclesfield Town

Torquay United

Tranmere Rovers

Wrexham

York City 

Mansfield, Cambridge, Grimsby & Lincoln back in 92

 

 

Highlights & Lowlights 

Haig Avenue, Southport         

HIGHLIGHTS 

Wild scenes as Southport equalised twice leading to pitch invasions

Big Wednesday following enjoying seaside outing

Post match drinks in the grand surroundings of The Scarisbrick Hotel on Lord Street, including Sandgrounder Beer

LOWLIGHTS

Missed out on Grandstand Gold Beer as we were not able to get into the bar at the ground.

              

Surrey Street, Glossop North End

 Highlights

Rail journey through Dinting   

Fine views of Derbyshire Hills 

Mean-looking Glossop sub in pre-match stand-off

1899-00 season shirts on sale in bar  

Bleaklow ale. Historical photos in clubhouse

Lowlights

Globe Pub with own brewery shut on Sat lunchtime !

 

The Horsfall Stadium, Bradford Park Avenue

Highlights

Photos of Park Avenue Football League Days

Len Shackletone memorabilia wall

Free tickets over internet

Decent crowd made good noise, visiting fans also

Victory for promotion-chasing home side

Lowlights

Long journey through Yorkshire small towns and roadworks

Cold late winter showers and muddy pitch made for dour first half

                        

Victoria Park - Little Wembley, Nelson

Highlights

Lord Nelson Pub, after which town is named

£1.85 Pint of Chestnut Mild

Excellent Pie, Peas and Gravy at Ground

Decent Game, 4 goals and spirited show by the now lowly home side.

Lowlights

Pennine showers

Primitive facilities

              

The Abbey Stadium, Cambridge

Highlights 

Great hospitality from home fans

Impressive University Buildings

Parker's Piece, birthplace of football rules

Friendly Supporters Club bar

Two great headed goals by Tom Elliott

Lowlights

Enjoyed the summer weather but just a tad too hot for football

 

Blundell Park, Grimsby Town

Highlights

Seaside day out, cheap fish & chips and beer

Big crowd for this level 3,300

Good following from Mansfield, over 500

Oldest stand in Professional Game

Fine performance by home side

Lowlights

M62 roadworks and Bank Holiday rain

Monotonous long ball by Mansfield

 

Holker Street, Barrow

Highlights

Picturesque coastal train journey

Town full of character

Views of Jubilee Bridge and Walney Island

Soccer Bar and Crossbar

Action packed game

Brave effort by 10 man home side against the odds

Lowlights

A bracing wind but surely in September not cold enough for Stewards to long for their warm fire - Barrovians going soft ?

 

At Northsholme, Gainsborough Trinity 

 Highlights

 Pleasant town by the Trent

 Cracking pre-match pub, 8 Jolly Brewers

 Smart little ground

 Lots of football on the deck

 Star performances from home side's forwards

 Lowlights

 Lost in Lincolnshire briefly trying to find motorway home

  

York Street, Boston United

Highlights

St. Botolph's Church, known as the Stump

The Grand Sluice

Huge Sausage Bap £2

Packed Pilgrim's Lounge

Goals Galore for Boston

Lowlights

Pork Bap sold out

Droylsden bad tackles and bad temper towards end

 

Field Mill, Mansfield Town

Highlights

Strong performance as Stags home in on Play-offs

Action packed game

Great view for a tenner from Ian Greaves Stand

Who's Toys and Giant Feather Sculpture

Sandy Pate Bar

Great drive over High Peak

Lowlights

Frustrating traffic on A6 and in Chesterfield

Disgusting watery Hot Chocolate at Half Time 

 

New Bucks Park, Bootle

Highlights

Big 'Derby' Crowd of 258

Home side bidding for title

Stones throw from Aintree

Rattle-whirling AFC fans

Steady supply of hot drinks to keep warm

Lowlights

Coldest Easter Monday Ever

 

Woodhorn Lane, Ashington

Highlights

Woodhorn Mining Museum

Milburn Statue, Charlton brothers' shirts

Action packed game and home win

Rohan Kanhai pub

Smart new ground with history well preserved

Lowlights

Gave up trying to decipher what the locals were saying to me

 

 

 

At Bower Fold, Stalybridge

Highlights

Excellent ground at this level, picturesque setting

Railway Bar, Pubs with shortest and longest names

Big County Following

Plenty of pre-Manchester Derby football chat

Keen football town, fans had own song

Lowlights

Disappointing goalless draw

Last Tripe Shop closed

Quietest town centre on a Saturday ever

 

 

New Ferrens Pk, Durham City

Highlights

Impressive City and Cathedral

Great North East Hospitality

Stadium Tour with Gaz

Photos and tales of Club History

England shirt of Sammy Crooks

Cracking second half

Lowlights

Heavy traffic and roadworks

Home side deserved better result

 

Deva Stadium, Chester City

Highlights

Cathedral and City Walls

Blues Bar

Local Ales

BT Sport Live

Dramatic game with exciting finish

Half Time Bovril to keep warm

Lowlights

Coldest match for a long time

Quality not helped by wind and bobbly pitch

 

The Shay, Halifax

 Highlights

Piece hall and Eureka

Pump House and Three Pigeons

Some good Yorkshire Real Ales

Luton fans on way back up

Great win for Halifax, pressing for play-offs

Excellent pre-match chat in supporters' bar

Big crowd, good atmosphere

Megaphone Men

Lowlights

Cocky Burnley fans spoiled my train journey again

 

Nanpantan Sports Ground, Loughborough Dynamo

Highlights

Prematch visit to The Drome, Loughborough Utd

History trail, James Logan Way

End to End game at Nanpantan

Great breakaway football by home side

Action packed, sending off

Famous and oldest club as visitors

Lowlights

Only John Smiths Bitter in Clubhouse

Borough Park, Workington

 

Highlights

Scenic drive through Lake District

Shankly Bar complete with ‘Life and Death’ quote

Big crowd of over 2, 500

Amusing anti-Glazier and anti-Sky TV chants and banners in FCUM following

FCUM celebrating promotion

Good win for home side to clinch Play Off spot

Lowlights 

Horrendous urinals and the police keeping a close eye on some rough-looking FCUM fans, were reminders that not everything was better in the 70s

 

Anchor Ground, Darwen 

 

Highlights

Great memorabilia about Darwen’s famous history

Excellent pre and post match in The Anchor Pub

Guest appearance from Matt

Big day for my local town as club clinched promotion

Big crowd of 845

Thrilling end to end match in proper Darwen rain

Injured ref substituted

Lowlights

Long, long queues at the bar

 

Gateshead International Stadium 

 

Highlights

Angel of the North

Schooner Pub

Unusual Stadium

Good win for home side

Lowlights

Miserable Bank Holiday drizzle

 

Aberaman Park, Aberdare 

 

Highlights

Cultural Memorials

Eisteddfod Stone Circle

Evan Evans Beer

Great views of the Valley

Big, strong display from Pontypool Visitors

Brecon Beacons drive home

Lowlights

Drenched in Aberaman Park

Heavy pitch

Consoled by locals as Burnley beat Rovers on lunchtime TV game

 

Edgeley Park, Stockport 

 

Highlights

Hat Museum and Cafe

Views of Viaduct

Air-raid Shelter Tour Shop

Fine Robinsons Ales including County Gold in the ground

Loud and proud Home Support

Big following from FCUM

 

Lowlights

Lacklustre performance by home side

 

Wyncham Park, Northwich Victoria 

 

Highlights

Salt Museums

Visit to Drillfield Road

Swing bridges

Goals galore in second half

Lowlights

Mighty cold and poor first half

Vics revival stopped in its tracks

 

Mariners Park, South Shields

 

Highlights

Marsden Rock

Stormy North Sea

Views across Tyne to North Shields

Impressive new clubhouse

Memorabilia of League team

Lowlights

Game called off for water-logged pitch, just 15 minutes before kick-off

 

Aggborough, Kidderminster Harriers 

 

Highlights                         

 

Warm welcome from Alty fans on coach

Top of table for food

Huge Cottage Pie

Severn Valley Railway

Final Whistle Bar

Tense relegation battle

 

Lowlights

Late equaliser for home side was a cruel blow to Alty

 

Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone United  

Highlights

History Tour by the Riverside

Enterprising Phoenix Club on the rise

Decent crowd of over 2,000

Eventful, action packed game

Spitfire Bar, Kentish Mayde Pies

Santa slams in Half-time Penalty

Great performance by battling minnows from Yorkshire

 

Lowlights

Disappointment for home fans as they contemplated a relegation battle

 

Visiting in my abstinence phase, I missed out on fine Kent Ales, Stones Lager and special winter-warming offers on Jaiger Bombs.

 

Blackwell Meadows, Darlington 

 

Highlights

Home fans on a high after returning to their town

The Tin Shed in fine voice

Railway Museum and The Clock Tower

Old Feethams Site and Darlington CC

 

Lowlights

Dismal game

Freezing Fingers

No time for a Parmo

 

Pennydarren Park, Merthyr Town

 

Highlights

The Three Boxer Statues

Cyfartha Castle

Stadium mixing the old and the new

Home win for title chasing Merthyr

Half-time Bovrils

Evening celebrations as England beat Wales at Rugby

Lowlights

Another cold one

 

Sincil Bank, Lincoln

 

Highlights

Top of the League Clash won by Lincoln

Impressive Cathedral and Castle 

Steep Hill and Jewish Quarter

The Strugglers, top real ale pub

Beautiful Spring Day in Beautiful City

Another well orchestrated trip by Mr Kelly

 

Lowlights

 

In a League that’s supposed to be for tough guys, there was a lot of Premier League style play acting.