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)



Clubs visited already in League Football  (see 92 Tour)

Aldershot Town

Dagenham & Redbridge


Leyton Orient 

Macclesfield Town

Torquay United

Tranmere Rovers


York City 

Mansfield, Cambridge, Grimsby & Lincoln back in 92



Highlights & Lowlights 

Haig Avenue, Southport         


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


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


Surrey Street, Glossop North End


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


Globe Pub with own brewery shut on Sat lunchtime !


The Horsfall Stadium, Bradford Park Avenue


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


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


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.


Pennine showers

Primitive facilities


The Abbey Stadium, Cambridge


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


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


Blundell Park, Grimsby Town


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


M62 roadworks and Bank Holiday rain

Monotonous long ball by Mansfield


Holker Street, Barrow


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


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 


 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


 Lost in Lincolnshire briefly trying to find motorway home


York Street, Boston United


St. Botolph's Church, known as the Stump

The Grand Sluice

Huge Sausage Bap £2

Packed Pilgrim's Lounge

Goals Galore for Boston


Pork Bap sold out

Droylsden bad tackles and bad temper towards end


Field Mill, Mansfield Town


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


Frustrating traffic on A6 and in Chesterfield

Disgusting watery Hot Chocolate at Half Time 


New Bucks Park, Bootle


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


Coldest Easter Monday Ever


Woodhorn Lane, Ashington


Woodhorn Mining Museum

Milburn Statue, Charlton brothers' shirts

Action packed game and home win

Rohan Kanhai pub

Smart new ground with history well preserved


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




At Bower Fold, Stalybridge


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


Disappointing goalless draw

Last Tripe Shop closed

Quietest town centre on a Saturday ever



New Ferrens Pk, Durham City


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


Heavy traffic and roadworks

Home side deserved better result


Deva Stadium, Chester City


Cathedral and City Walls

Blues Bar

Local Ales

BT Sport Live

Dramatic game with exciting finish

Half Time Bovril to keep warm


Coldest match for a long time

Quality not helped by wind and bobbly pitch


The Shay, Halifax


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


Cocky Burnley fans spoiled my train journey again


Nanpantan Sports Ground, Loughborough Dynamo


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


Only John Smiths Bitter in Clubhouse

Borough Park, Workington



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


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 



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


Long, long queues at the bar


Gateshead International Stadium 



Angel of the North

Schooner Pub

Unusual Stadium

Good win for home side


Miserable Bank Holiday drizzle


Aberaman Park, Aberdare 



Cultural Memorials

Eisteddfod Stone Circle

Evan Evans Beer

Great views of the Valley

Big, strong display from Pontypool Visitors

Brecon Beacons drive home


Drenched in Aberaman Park

Heavy pitch

Consoled by locals as Burnley beat Rovers on lunchtime TV game


Edgeley Park, Stockport 



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



Lacklustre performance by home side


Wyncham Park, Northwich Victoria 



Salt Museums

Visit to Drillfield Road

Swing bridges

Goals galore in second half


Mighty cold and poor first half

Vics revival stopped in its tracks


Mariners Park, South Shields



Marsden Rock

Stormy North Sea

Views across Tyne to North Shields

Impressive new clubhouse

Memorabilia of League team


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


Aggborough, Kidderminster Harriers 




Warm welcome from Alty fans on coach

Top of table for food

Huge Cottage Pie

Severn Valley Railway

Final Whistle Bar

Tense relegation battle



Late equaliser for home side was a cruel blow to Alty


Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone United  


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



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 



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



Dismal game

Freezing Fingers

No time for a Parmo


Pennydarren Park, Merthyr Town



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


Another cold one


Sincil Bank, Lincoln



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




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