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Away Ground Guide- Lancaster City ( FA Trophy Rd 1-Saturday 16 December 2017)

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Stockport County 3 Spennymoor Town 2( Vanarama National League -North)9 December 2017

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Wow……..err…well perhaps Wow is overstating it a touch, but this game had masses going on sufficient to keep even the most serial of insomnulents awake. There were goals….5 of them……comebacks….winning County comebacks!......comedy refereeing, and the input of some seriously over sauced sponsors at one point.

The football it must be said was not that great at times, the passing , from both sides particularly, but there was plenty of energy and effort on show, and having sufficient of both of those was what saw County over the line, in a closely fought and keenly contested battle with archetypal battlers Spennymoor Town.

Town had snatched a 1-0 win at their place in the first game of the season, so it was particularly pleasing to see County put things to rights this time, but they had to work really hard to do so, winning 3-2 eventually against a Spennymoor side that fought right up until the final whistle. The victory was in no small measure due to a fine hat trick from Jason Oswell, whic…

Stafford, Brackley, Banbury and Lancaster by Man in a Hat

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Off With the Fairies


It all started so well. Breakfast at the Plaza Friday morning. The waitress excitedly trying on her fairy costume ahead of “breakfast with Santa”, which is held every Saturday morning in the run up to Xmas. The MaĆ®tre D flatly refusing to try on his elf outfit. The waitress flatly refusing to take her fairy costume off!
My travelling companion (Stafford) arrived in good time for us to get the train to Banbury. Once there, finding the bus to Brackley was easy enough, so the whole journey passed without incident and went exactly to plan.
We checked into the Crown Hotel and grabbed a pint of Old Hooky in the hotel bar whilst waiting for our taxi to the Stratton Arms for dinner. 


Our wait was enhanced through chatting with some Shrewsbury fans who were working in Brackley and planning to take in the game tomorrow, i.e. Brackley vs. County.
As we left the Crown, a guy at the bar tells us to give our regards to Phil, the Landlord at the Stratton Arms.
Upon arrival at the Str…