Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Cup Finals For A Fiver At Hampden, Bramall Lane & Chesterfield FC

Main entrance to Bramall Lane, home of Sheffield United

Some upcoming Cup Finals which may be of interest if you are nearby...

The SFA Youth Cup is at the silverware stage and Aberdeen and Hibernian will meet at Hampden Park on Thursday 26th at 7.30pm.

Cash admission is available on the evening and entry is priced at £5 Adults and £2 Concessions.

Bramall Lane hosts two FA finals on consecutive Sundays starting with the Sunday Cup on 29 April at 1pm.

Reigning champions Hardwick Social, of the Stockton Sunday League, are looking to retain the trophy with Gym United from the Bury St Edmunds & District Sunday League aiming to stop them.

Admission is £5 Adults and £1 for Under 16's and the same prices apply the following Sunday, 6 May, when the Inter League Cup is decided between the Amateur Football Combination and the York Football League.

Just down the road on 29 April (2pm kick-off), Chesterfield FC host the FA Women's Premier League Cup Final between Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City with admission to the Proact Stadium priced at £5 Adults (including match programme), £2.50 Concessions and £1 Children.

The same stadium will also be prominent in the FA's hosting of the UEFA Under-17 Championship this May.

Monday, 16 April 2018

2018 Women's FA Cup Final

Arsenal and Chelsea will contest the 2018 Women's FA Cup Final after their respective triumphs against Everton and Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

I find it strange that the semi-finals are not played at neutral venues. Home advantage perhaps counts for less in women's football but it still means an imbalance in support for the two teams involved.

There will be no such problems at Wembley on Saturday 5th May (kick-off 5.30pm) and the presence of two London clubs could see last season's record crowd of over 35,000.

Tickets are priced at £15 Adults, £5 Concessions (OAP's and Students) and once again are free for kids.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

The Week Ahead

Some matches that may be of interest over the coming seven days...

On the Under-23 front there are games scheduled for Old Trafford (Friday 20th at 7pm) when Manchester United host Everton and Anfield (Sunday 22nd April at 1pm) when it's Liverpool against Chelsea but check in advance with the clubs to make sure nothing changes.

London Bees play the third of their free admission WSL2 fixtures when they entertain Brighton & Hove Albion at 8pm on Wednesday 18th.

Bad weather prevented Abingdon United hosting a 'Pay What You Like' fixture on Easter Monday but they have rescheduled it for this Thursday (19th) when Thatcham Town are the visitors for a Challenge Cup semi-final tie.

New Douglas Park, home of Hamilton Accies, is the stage for two West of Scotland Amateur Cup semi-finals this week on Monday (16th) and Wednesday (18th). Both games kick-off at 7.15pm and admission is priced at £5 Adults and £2 Concessions.

There is Cheshire Senior Cup semi-final action at Nantwich Town against Stalybridge Celtic on Monday (16th) at 7.45pm). Admission has been reduced to £5 Adults, £3 Concessions and £1 Under 16's.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Always Worth A Read

The following sites have been invaluable to me in writing this blog and are well worth a visit.

The London Football Guide - James Doe is the man behind Non-League Day and set up TLFG to provide a comprehensive guide to football (at all levels) in the capital and its suburbs. On a weekly basis he runs through all of the fixtures of note and is also happy to answer queries from anyone coming to London and looking to catch a match.

With its focus on a similar patch geographically, The Cold End combines news and match previews with reports, highlights and some great photographs of Non-League football in London, Hertfordshire and beyond.

If there is anything you need to know about football in Oxfordshire then the Oxon Football blog covers everything from Oxford United downwards while Football in Bracknell is an excellent not for profit site that doesn't leave a stone unturned when reporting on football at all levels in the Berkshire town.

Women’s football features regularly on these pages and the excellent She Kicks website has features, stats and regular fixture updates covering all levels of the game in the UK with Scottish Women's Football performing a similar function in its area.

The official FA WSL site also has an easy-to-navigate fixture list with ticket info and links.

Non-League Matters is a good resource for fixtures, tables and stats from all levels of the game below the Football League and the Forum part of the site has a section where special ticket offers, free and reduced admission and ‘Pay What You Want’ fixtures can be publicised.

The Northern Counties East Football League is my local Step 5 league and the home of Hallam FC who have featured regularly on the site. The NCEFL website is an excellent resource for results and fixtures while many of the clubs in the league feature on the Non League Yorkshire website which has a wealth of news, match reports and opinion from across the county.

North of the border, Scottish Football Fixtures does exactly what it says in the title with day-by-day fixtures from all levels of the Scottish game and regular Twitter updates.

I've always enjoyed Neil Jensen's writings in the Non-League Paper (the print edition of which is a great source for upcoming fixtures) but they are just the tip of the iceberg of his wonderful Game of the People website which has features and views on football in all corners of the globe.

And a quick word for Partizan Bristle and it's cracking tales of groundhopping in the West County and beyond.

Monday, 9 April 2018

UEFA Under-17 European Championship - Update

Tickets are now on sale for all matches in this summer's UEFA Under-17 Championship which will be hosted by England and played at Chesterfield, Walsall, Rotherham and Burton Albion in addition to St George's Park and Loughborough University.

There are lots of ways for youngsters to get involved with the tournament in addition to discounts for schools, families and clubs with many of the games played at times designed to encourage school trips.

Amongst the general sale of tickets at £4 Adults and £2 Children, there are two packages, priced at £10 Adults and £5 Under-17's, one for all three of England's group stage matches and one covering both semi-finals and the final which is set for the New York Stadium in Rotherham on Sunday 20th May.

Update: Tournament ambassador Wayne Rooney made the draw for the competition last week and England's three group matches will be as follows:

Friday 4 May: Versus israel at Chesterfield FC, kick-off 7pm

Monday 7 May: Versus Israel at Walsall FC, kick-off 3pm

Thursday 10 May: Versus Switzerland at Rotherham United FC, kick-off 7pm.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

The Week Ahead

A look ahead to what's happening over the next seven days and there's a wide variety of football on offer...

There is free admission at the Ricoh Arena on Monday 9th at 2pm as Coventry City Under 23's host Crewe Alexandra in the Professional Development League. Quite a few Under 23 matches are scheduled for a team's main ground in the coming week including Norwich City against Wolves on Sunday 15th. Tickets are available on the Canaries website and admission looks to be free but with a small processing charge.

I've not seen admission details yet but it shouldn't be too costly to watch Newcastle United Under 23's against FC Porto in the Premier League International Cup semi-final at St James' Park on Thursday 12th at 7pm.

Bath City have rescheduled their Family Day for Saturday 14th when Hungerford Town are the visitors in National League South. Two Adults and Two Children can watch the game for £20.

Cardiff City Stadium hosts the FAW Women's Cup Final on Sunday 15th at 3pm with Cardiff taking on Swansea City in the showpiece game.

Tickets are priced at £4 Adults and £1 Juniors/OAPs but if you attend the FAW Under 16 Girls Cup Final at Cardiff's Leckwith Stadium earlier in the day (£3/£1) then you'll get a free ticket for the later game.

Qualification is also continuing for the 2019 Women's World Cup and Scotland host Poland at St Mirren on Tuesday 10th, kick-off 7.35pm. Tickets are priced at £5 Adults and £2 Concessions.