26/09/2015 – 3pm
2nd Round Qualifying
After what was quite a drive to Newton Aycliffe I finally arrived along with my brother in time for the 2nd qualifying round of the famous FA cup.
This game was being touted as a ‘David v Goliath’ fixture with North Ferriby being clear odds on favourites. After seeing the performance at Brighouse I knew it wasn’t going to be as easy as the bookies suggested.
The first half was a high tempo battle and was a joy to watch. Aycliffe certainly gave it there all and didn’t look out of place in the slightest. It ended 0-0.
The second half was completely different. Whilst not as entertaining for the fans it was still a good battle and it was clear that both teams now had their own agendas. It was no surprise when the game finished 0-0 although there were some late chances!
It was along way for a goalless draw but still entertaining. I look forward to seeing the potential giant killing on Tuesday.
Match report from the Chronicle
The draw means that it’s a Tuesday night away in North Ferriby near Hull for the replay. I hope the traffic gods are kind to me and the M62 is clear!
Some more photos and videos from the day.
Sat 12/09/2015 3pm
FA Cup First Round Qualifying
Another trip to Yorkshire to see Brighouse for the 3rd time on this amazing journey. A love for pints, minty peas and pies welcomed me and my mates at the Commercial Inn / Railway pub once again pre-game. Thanks again to Trevor and the gang for making us feel welcome.
At the ground we saw a few familiar faces as well as some new ones. It was certainly a friendly place to be… I met up with Andy, part owner of Brighouse and Wayne Gibson – The towns all time leading goal scorer with 249 goals from 326 appearances. Prolific!
As always, whatever team is the winner from the previous round I will fully get behind and in true style (and after a few pints!) I was willing the Brighouse lads along. To be fair they gave it a good go but it ended up being a frustrating game for the home fans and Aycliffe were the ones to capitalise on their chances including one sublime effort. This gave Aycliffe a historic victory in the FA Cup competition.
I’d like to say thank you to all those in Brighouse both outside and within the football club who have made my experiences so enjoyable. As discovered today my next trip is up to Newton Aycliffe for the tie against North Ferriby United.
During the game I met up with some of the Aycliffe fans and got chatting. I look forward to the next part of the journey! I also at the end of the game somehow ended up with this photo… Probably due to the added confidence of a few too Guinness!!! Thank you to the Aycliffe team for this beaut!
Thanks again to Brighouse once again for the experience and commiserations. Newton Aycliffe – see you at home in a couple of weeks!
Some more photos and videos from the day…
The famous pies.
Another FA Cup Journey man
Mon 31/08/2015 3pm
FA Cup Preliminary Round (replay)
My first trip to Atherton to watch the Colls for the 3rd time. After another evenly contested game I must now say farewell to a club I have had such a good time with. Both home and away the game could have gone either way but it has fell in Brighouse Towns favour who I will now follow. That means a return trip to the already familiar Brighouse on the 12th September to watch them take on Newton Aycliffe in the 1st Round qualifying.
The conditions quickly deteriorated after half time and the heavens opened but thankfully there was cover in which the 200+ number crowd escaped from the incliment weather.
Although the result and conditions certainly put a dampener on the day, the bar after the game was still a friendly place to be and allowed me to have a final pint and say farewell to some of the people I have enjoyed the journey so far with. Special mention again to Zach and Joe who have certainly made me feel like one of the gang!
We clap off the Colls one final time…
And Brighouse Town who become my new team to follow.
And that’s it. Next round here we come.. Once again – it’s destination Brighouse.
A few more photos from the day….