UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE 1 @ STATION RD
13 AUGUST 2016 --- 3PM
|LATE SAVE DENIES LONG BUCKBY|
The blog seems to be covering some UCL games last season and after last weeks Peterborough Sports game we decided to call in at a club we had passed on our journey to Northampton ON Chenecks last season. Todays journey would involve 8 trains with changes at Derby, Tamworth and Rugby. It was a pretty smooth procedure that saw us arrive at Long Buckby just after 1pm although as ever a fair amount of standing was the call of the day. With new houses being built on Station Rd near the ground and with a large commuter car park the feel of regular Monday to Friday travellers to London was very evident. The station is an unimpressive stilted affair with a commuter only ticket office that to be honest did not give a great impression.
We decided to walk past the ground which is easily accessible in well under 10 minutes and onto the village. Its an attractive affair without being chocolate box representative there are many old and quirky houses and an attractive church which is the final resting place of the aforementioned Stanley Unwin who resided most of his life in the village and had invented his own language 'Unwinese'. For those not familiar with the gentleman a You Tube search will bring up some funny interviews to enjoy from the more gentle times of comedy. Before we did a mini tour of the village we called in at the local delicacy shop, fish and chips to you and me. The Big Fryer had been researched and was well populated with a selection of customers and today we opted for fish cake and chips twice with Mick back on the travels today. Interestingly base county is never far away with the shop owners having relatives running fish and chip shops in Matlock Bath and Ashbourne and formerly in Buxton. The Northamptonshire shop though was looking good and people spoke well of it locally and we enjoyed our fayre this afternoon. As we finished off our tray of lunchtime food we opted to take a look at Long Buckby Castle and as you can see its pretty impressive..................sadly only a mound is now left!
|LONG BUCKBY CASTLE IN ALL ITS GLORY|
|LONG BUCKBY AFC CLUB HOUSE|
|THE MAIN STAND AT STATION RD|
|EDWARD KOSTIUK ON THE BALL FOR LONG BUCKBY|
|LEWIS SMITH OF OLNEY TOWN BRINGS THE BALL AWAY|
|CLOSE TO THE ACTION IN NON LEAGUE FOOTBALL|
In the final minute a succession of free kicks on the edge of the Olney box ended with a curling set piece from Linton which visiting keeper Taylor flew across to deny the home side three points.
Probably not one of the better games that will be viewed this season but a nice little club with a steady little village well worth a visit and indeed with a FA Vase game versus Hillingdon Borough in a few weeks it is sure to feature on further visitors lists this season.
A couple of balls viewed of the cricket as we made it smartly back to the station with the return journey taking a similar route back to base station with a little time built in for refreshments at Rugby. Base station was achieved around 7.30pm and the only was the return stripey boys bus which messed up my connection. Good day out nice visit to Northamptonshire and another UCL club visited on a nice summer afternoon.
|WELCOME TO LONG BUCKBY STATION|