NPL 1 NORTH AT SHAWBRIDGE
29 AUGUST 2016 --- 3PM
|A CLASSIC CLITHEROE PICTURE THE VIEWS WITH SHAWBRIDGE IN FULL SPLENDOUR|
|TODAYS DESTINATION WITH CLITHEROE CASTLE IN VIEW|
|ANOTHER VIEW FROM THE CASTLE|
|THE COBBLED APPROACH TO THE TURNSTILES|
|TOWARDS THE MAIN STAND AND CHANGING ROOMS|
|CLOSER VIEW WITH THOSE ROLLING HILLS|
Description of this ground really cannot do it justice its a ground of 'character', its lived in but functional and as the amazing backdrops of the castle, church and the rolling hills down both touchlines. But here goes immediately to the left is a deep but low roofed stand to the first touchline which contains a new hospitality cabin, snack bar, toilets and the new modern cabin changing rooms before the main stand which has some quality old style wooden pew like seats set within it.
|THE SLOPE TO THE CORNER FLAG ADDS TO THE INTERESTING NATURE OF SHAWBRIDGE|
|COVERED TERRACING WITH A SUPERB VIEW OF THE GAME|
|THE UNIQUE SEATS IN THE MAIN STAND|
|TODAYS OFFICIALS HEADED UP BY ALAN BENNETT IN PRE MATCH WARM UP|
|LOVELY APPLAUSE IN MEMORY OF CLIFF CHATBURN CLITHEROE FC|
|MATCH ACTION WITH THE CASTLE OVERSEEING|
|THE CASTLE AGAIN WITH RAMSBOTTOMS ALEX MEANEY IN PLAY|
We reached half time with the home side 3 goals to the good and Ramsbottom appearing shell shocked they just had not been able to get a foot hold in the game.
|RONNIE MORAN AND HIS SON PAUL|
|HERE COMES THE RED|
|AND HERE'S A YELLOW|
|TUANZABE MAKES IT 4|
Overall though this was a very fair result played in front of a nice sized crowd on a lovely day were this superb little ground is cupped in the hand of the nestling beauty that surrounds it in both town and countryside, well worth the visit.
With 3/4's of an hour to go before the departure provisions intake for the journey back was made at a Lancashire based food supermarket that I had not come across before Booths was by the station so I opted to leave a few pounds there. They appear to be a local firm similar in style to Waitrose offering a more speciality type of produce alongside the national named items.
My choice fayre was a 'Toppings Pork Pie' boxed up nicely local produce with British pork, arriving back at the station in the glittering sunshine the logic told me eat the pork pie first. I ended with the contradiction, when looking at where it was made, of eating a Yorkshire pie in a Lancashire town the shame.
The inward bound train for its return to Manchester Victoria had cleared the station from Platform 2 and was soon in place with 15 minutes to go before departure from number 1 platform. Having enjoyed the last few minutes on the platform it was time to depart fro the first change at Salford Crescent. An interesting experience here was a Freightliner train pulling through with Viridor waste containers emitting a non to fresh smell bit we we were soon connecting up at Oxford Rd were after a small wait the final train of the day was a comfortable affair which departed the blog at base station at around 9pm.
Overall the weather was fantastic and I'm sure has an influence on how you feel about visits like this but it has to be a must if you haven't done Clitheroe and its football club a superb ground full of everything that's great about football at step 4 and a town to also spend some time in if you should wish.
|15O DROPS THE BLOG AT PLATFORM 2 WITH CLITHEROE CASTLE IN VIEW|