NWCFL PREMIER @ POTTERIES PARK
17 SEPTEMBER 2016 --- 3PM
|SAM HIND CELEBRATES HIS WINNING GOAL FOR 1874|
With no rain today the blog had a free choice apart from trying to avoid any busy supporter trains and the choice was only made on Saturday morning to visit Hanley Town, this was a club we had in mind for a little while after taking in a pre season friendly just down the road at Eastwood Hanley's former Trentmill ground just over a year ago.
Autumn was arriving for with a cold start necessitating a coat and we were soon on the short journey from base station to our first change at Derby were we waited with anticipation for the Crewe bound train. As the East Midlands service pulled in it was the dreaded 1 carriage service and was pretty well loaded upon departure thankfully it remained comfortable for the 50 minutes to Stoke, no Stoke City game or Uttoxeter races today otherwise I dread to think of the sardines on show. The first part of our journey was helped along the way with fellow Derbyshire hopper Alan who was on board for his trip to Uttoxeter v Hinckley AFC it was good to catch up with football from his travels. Upon is departure we were joined by father and daughter Manchester City supporters Dave and Lucy who were off to see 'the City' in their Premiership game versus Bournemouth. They were looking resplendent in sky blue, it really is a cracking football kit colour. An enjoyable chat followed to our departures at Stoke were we said cheerio as they made their onward journey to Manchester and we went in search of the Uni Chippy just around the corner from the station.
|UNI CHIPPY FOR ANOTHER VISIT|
|THE COLIN STAIR STAND|
|TREASURER WENDY POSES WITH MICK FOR A PHOTO BY THE SMART CAFE|
|MATT RUSSELL OF 1874 NORTHWICH|
|THOMAS BAILEY CONTROLS THE BALL FOR THE VISITORS|
|PLUSH SEATS FOR THE 1874 LADIES|
|SAM HIND NEARLY LOSES HIS HEAD AFTER SCORING|
|PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR|
|EVERYBODY'S KEEPING CALM|
As we made our way around the ground to the business side of the ground we made acquaintance with one or around 4 non league dogs in attendance today. Northwich had their own canine supporter in 'Bailey' who had his own bowl and I guess food pitch side. Having posed happily for a picture you could only but feel an appropriate 1874 corporate coloured scarf would have suited him well.
|IF BAILEY SAYS ITS 1-0 THEN ITS 1-0|
|NEIL CHAPPELL COMES ON TOO HUMOUR|
Our chariot arrived at platform 1 and joy of joys it was a 2 carriage train with no problems on gaining a seat we had a comfortable journey back to Derby with a change getting us back to base station at just after 8pm.
Worth a visit to Potteries Park a tidy ground with todays game providing a very interesting game well supported by two sets of welcoming fans, today was a pleasure.