Friday, 15 September 2017

Dovedale - 14th September

 Ilam Church - from the terrace at Ilam Hall ...

Grabbing a quick walk ... without the aid of walking boots, due to slight logistics problem (!) Pics at

Dovedale Walk 14Sep17


Belper Town v Newcastle Town - 12th September

Eric Graves makes it 2-0 with a 25 yard screamer ...

Good result against the third-placed team in pretty grim conditions !! Pics at
Belper Town 2 Newcastle Town 1


Mossley v Prescot Cables - 9th September

Liam Ellis scores his and Mossley's second ...

More pics at 

Mossley 2 Prescot Cables 0

Reunion Walking Weekend 2/3 September

... at the old Tissington Railway Station ...

A bit of a walking weekend with some of the peeps we met on our walking holiday in Italy earlier this year ... walking, BBQs and alcohol !!  Pics at

Walking Weekend 2/3Sep17

Droylsden v Mossley - 28th August

No way through for Caldon Henson ...

Not the best Bank Holiday Monday ... pics at

Droylsden 2 Mossley 0


Mossley v Trafford - 26th August

Adam Latham scores for Mossley ...

Pics at

Mossley 1 Trafford 1


Thursday, 24 August 2017

Shugborough Hall - 22nd August

 Kitchen in the Farm House

A few more days down at Stafford - no football this time though !  A day out at Shugborough Hall instead.

Shugborough Hall - 22Aug17

Matlock Town v Altrincham - 19th August

No-one would have stopped this !! Dwayne Wiley scores the only goal..

The summer tour continued with a trip to Causeway Lane (OK the DCJ Group Insurance Arena if you want to be pedantic !).  A close-fought encounter with the two teams separated by one bullet header by Dwayne Wiley and an outstanding last 10 minutes performance by Matlock 'keeper Phil Barnes.  Pics from the game at

Matlock Town 1 Altrincham 0

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Stafford Rangers v Sutton Coldfield Town - 15th August

Joe Thomas finds a gap ...

A few days staying down at my Mum's gave me a chance to catch a game at the Rangers - I could talk till the end of time about Stafford Rangers and the 1970s (I WAS THERE !!!) but viewings have been few and far between since the mid 80s.  

Hey ho - they'd got off to a flyer beating Alty on the Saturday - Sutton Coldfield had also won on the opening day so something had to give ... and it was the away team.  Stafford started slowly, but got the opening goal just before half-time - and following the cup of tea and slice of lemon it was easy street in the second 45.  

A crowd of 615 (OK a far cry from the 2,500+ gates of the "good old days") created an excellent atmosphere as well.  A comfortable win - with pics at

Stafford Rangers 4 Sutton Coldfield Town 1

Next stop ... Matlock Town (QED) ...

Kendal Town v Mossley - 12th August

Get in !!!! Jack Tuohy makes it 2-2 ...

Let the season begin !!!

... and one of the joys of not now working on Saturday - awaydays are available - not forgetting the "Senior Citizens Railcard" which knocks a few bob off as well.  Good day out - good weather - good beer - good everything - and then the footy.  Mossley started like a house on fire, early lead etc ... only for Netherfield Kendal Town to go in 2-1 up at h/t.  Was I worried ?? No.

A second half blitz (downhill !) saw Mossley comfy winners at the end - a perfect start to the season ... pics from the game at

Kendal Town 2 Mossley 5

Next stop ... Marston Road, Stafford ...


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Here and There - early August

Derbyshire - Wolfscote Dale ...

 Herefordshire/Worcestershire - The Malvern Hills ...

A few days at the caravan - followed by a few days at friends in Herefordshire (which included a "booze cruise" round the Weston's Cider Mill !!) - naturally walks at both venues ...

Derbyshire/Herefordshire Aug 17

Westons Cider Mill Tour 06Aug17

Can recommend the Weston's Perry (always liked perry !!) and also a rhubarb cider called "Flat Tyre" (available in Tesco's Stalybridge !!).

Droylsden v Stalybridge Celtic - 01Aug

"Part" of that free-kick from Oli Roberts - check out album for more ! 

Emphatic win for Celtic - beginning with a belting free-kick from Oli Roberts - and a good defensive performance to keep out what was a lively Droylsden fromt line.

Droylsden 0 Stalybridge Celtic 5

Belper Town v Mickleover Sports - 29th July

Will Dennis on the chase ...

Family party down Belper way - so a chance to check out the Nailers pre-season ... well-deserved draw against higher-level (and rougher !!) opposition ...

Belper Town 1 Mickleover Sports 1

Stalybridge Celtic v Huddersfield Town - 25th July

First view of Jake Charles (for me anyway) - John Charles' grandson

Fairly even game against a very good Terriers under 23 (?) team ...

Stalybridge Celtic 1 Huddersfield Town 1

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Monday Walk

Alport Castles - part of ...

A quick drive up to Ladybower Reservoir followed by a 9.5 mile walk "over the other side of the hill" to Alport Castles - somewhere new for us !  Pics at

Alport Castles Walk 24Jul17

Mossley v 1874Northwich - 22nd July

 Peter Watling on the ball ...

Another friendly - more new faces and more goals.  A fairly comfortable win for the home side - and another "good weather day" ... pics at

Mossley 4 1874Northwich 0

Ashton United v Stockport County - 18th July

 Fancy footwork from Florian da Silva ...

A tale of two penalties - one scored and one missed - a close-fought 1-0 win for the Robins ...

Ashton United 1 Stockport County 0

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Saturday - and Sunday

 Greg Wilkinson about to score Celtic's third goal ...

Saturday - football - Hyde United v Stalybridge Celtic - and a win for the Tigers ...

Hyde United 4 Stalybridge Celtic 3

Greenfield .. and the Pots'n'Pans Monument ...

Sunday - just a bit of a local walk ...

Sunday Walk - 16Jul17

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunday Wander ...

"Local resident" ...

Morning "stroll" from Uppermill to Diggle, slightly beyond, and then back (stopping for cuppa and bacon butty at Grandpa Greenes !).  A few pics at


Stalybridge Celtic v Oldham Athletic - 8th July

 The return of Greg Wilkinson ...
Football's back ... and it was a lovely day for it !

First friendly for Celtic - apparently after only one training session on Thursday night - 4-1 to Oldham in the end, but a good run out - and good to see the return of some familiar faces - both on and off the pitch.  Pictures from the game at

Stalybridge Celtic 1 Oldham Athletic 4

Saturday, 8 July 2017

One Month - One Album - No Football

Tewksbury Abbey from the "Secret Garden"

This was June .. a wedding and lots of walking ...


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Midweek Escape ...

A question of balance ...

... a few days away - walk on Monday - walk on Tuesday - walk on Wednesday - big walk on Thursday ...

A few pictures


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Manchester to Mossley ... on Foot ...

 Canalside "apartments" near the City Centre ...

Part of the Greater Manchester Walking Festival - took the train down to Manchester ... and quite literally "walked home" ... not the best weather, and when we got to Hartshead Pike it lashed it down ! Good day out though with the Tameside Ramblers .. pics at

Saturday Walk 20May17


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Another "Trip Out" ...

 Warkworth Castle from Amble Marina

'twas a 50th birthday bash for an old friend who used to live opposite - so we made a (very) long weekend out of it - up to Alnwick for the "big do" on Saturday night (me and Mrs Smiffy scored top marks at the ceilidh !!!), followed by a long walk on Sunday (bus to Amble and walk back to Alnwick), followed by a fairly lazy Monday (shopping, tea etc) and home on Tuesday.  Pics mostly from the Sunday walk with a couple from Tuesday - brief stop at the Angel-  at


Manchester Premier Cup Final ...

James Roberts has a crack ...

A trip out to a "Football League" ground ... with all the aggro that it involves  - non-smoking stadium, cr*p beer at inflated prices, search bag ("That's a professional camera ... you can't etc etc etc") .. aargh !!!  We made it through however.
Celtic's last chance to make something out of what has been a sh*t season to be honest - and at the end of the night they weren't far off - a freaky wind assisted goal in the first five minutes was all that separated the two sides - although towards the end there was some momentous "goal saving" efforts by the Celtic defence as they pushed forward.  Hey ho - well done to FCUM at the end of the day - now time for Celtic to regroup and prepare for the Evo-Stik League.  Pics from the night at

FCUM 1 Stalybridge Celtic 0


Thursday, 4 May 2017

I've Been Away ...

...walking a lot and seeing some old ruins ... hence the lack of football since the "Great Mossley Escape" ..
A week in Italy along the Amalfi Coast - including Pompei, Vesuvius and Herculanem

A few pix (!!) at 

Looking down on Bomerano

Sunday Pictures

The Duomo at Amalfi

Monday Pictures

Pink Floyd played here ... Pompei ..

Tuesday Pictures

What have the Romans ever done for us ??

Wednesday Pictures


Thursday Pictures


Friday Pictures

The grapes are coming !

Saturday Pictures

Home on Sunday - MRI Scan on Tuesday - CT Scan on Wednesday - Manchester Premier Cup Final tonight ...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mossley v Glossop North End - 17th April

 Liam Ellis has just made it 2-1 - first goal for Mossley and oh so important !!!

Mossley are staying up - 'twas squeaky bum time as ... if Mossley lose their last two and Goole win their last two ... disaster.   Fortunately - when Mossley were 0-1 down - word came through that Brighouse were 2-0 up against Goole (both goals scored by ex-Lilywhite Mike Fish - thank you a million times !!!).  Anyroad up - Mossley did it themselves ... pics at

Mossley 2 GNE 1


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ashton United v Blyth Spartans - 15th April

Luke Pilling saves the pen - despite the efforts of Trump, Wall and Bandidos ...

A little bit of Mexico came to town on Saturday - together with Donald Trump and a paper wall - a celebratory "day out" for the Champions - honours even at the end, but a grand day out for all I'm sure ...

Ashton United 1 Blyth Spartans 1

(Still never forgiven Blyth for that 7-1 defeat of Mossley a fair few years ago ...)

Short Break ...

An early "Banksy" on the wall of the Chapel @ Haddon Hall ...

Sneaked a few days down at "Chez Caravano" before the Easter rush with friends - sadly the weather (and injured personnel) was against us - so just a short wander above Castleton on Thursday and a wander around Haddon Hall on Friday

Pre-Easter Break ...

Ashton United v Stafford Rangers - 11th April

Where were the black and white stripes ? 

Carrying on with my "Whoever you want to win - they lose" formula - a chance to see the old home town ... not good ... but obviously a quiet "well done" to a team I've been checking out all season.

Ashton United 2 Stafford Rangers 1

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sunday Solo Walk - 9th April

Says it all really ...

Lovely day - wife away - but criminal not to take a bit of a stroll ...

Local Wander 09Apr17

The Quandary that is Stalybridge Celtic ...

A no-pic post !!!

OK .. it does tend to be mostly Mossley on here - but you'll obviously  have seen the trips to other places as well - and I've done 'Bridge a fair few times this season - and I reckon I've only seen 'em win once !  When fixtures collide (as they do) I'll end up going local - and I've not seen Stalybridge for a fair few weeks.

In that time they've managed 7 points out of 9 - it could well be the "great escape" from relegation - who knows ?? Especially with rumours of clubs going under.  Today they've managed to beat (top of the table) AFC Fylde 2-1 to keep that trapdoor open (or should that be shut ?)  - on Tuesday night they're at home to Kiddermister Harriers - could this run continue ?? 
Should I go ?? Answer being "no" for other reasons - it's going to be one of my very very few chances to see Stafford Rangers ... who are up at Ashton United - a re-arranged game that was postponed a month or so ago.  

People have lucky pants, lucky socks, lucky allsorts - and I'm going to stick with the lucky absences - at this time of 'Bridges season I reckon points are far more important than pictures ...

Mossley v Colwyn Bay - 8th April

 Mossley MOM Dan Johnson ... at a 45 degree angle ...

A lovely day weather-wise ... however ...

Mossley 0 Colwyn Bay 3

Grr ...

Mossley Academy v Kidsgrove Athletic Academy - 5th April

Moses Nsiala ...

The Cup run comes to an end - quite quickly ... twas not exactly "men against boys" ... more "big boys against smaller boys" ... no disgrace - 'tis an academy therefore a learning process ...

Mossley 0 Kidsgrove 3

..and when I say "learning process" I do tend to mean all the nasty things that now envelope football - sad but true (and if you don't know what I mean ... start watching pro-netball) ...

Ashton United v Workington - 4th April

 Matty Chadwick en-route to scoring the equaliser ...

Ashton United 1 Workington 2

Monday, 3 April 2017

Sunday Walk

After football - over to Sowerby Bridge to see daughter and future son-in-law ... good meal at Kiplings Restaurant, good kip and then out for a wander on Sunday near Mytholmroyd ...

Cragg Vale Walk 02Apr17


Mossley v Scarborough - 1st April

Mason Duffy never gave up ... 

Not unlike Tuesday night - playing a team near the top of the table and putting up a good show ... but coming away with nowt again ...

Mossley 0 Scarborough 2


Academy Game - Mossley v Matlock Town - 29th March

Mossley MOM Jordan Booth

Took the chance of a Wednesday afternoon game up at Seel Park - and nice to see a win ...

Mossley Academy 3 Matlock Town (Blue) 1

Mossley v Farsley - 28th March

Liam Ellis looks for a way through ...

 ... up against a top two team - no disgrace ... but sadly another defeat ...

Mossley 0 Farsley 2


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Non-Football Bit of the Weekend

 Only 39 weeks until Christmas !!

In between caravan cleaning/opening and football ... a couple of walks on Sunday and Monday - just a few pics with the cheap and cheerful (still longing for a Canon 24-105 F4 !!!)

DerbyshireDales 26/27Mar17

Monday, 27 March 2017

Matlock Town v Ashton United - 25th March

Were they just comparing tattoos ?? Some new dance moves ???  

The return game ... and instant revenge for the Gladiators ... We'd headed down to our "bolt hole" on Saturday morning ... time to open up the caravan for the new season - and it just so happened that Ashton were just down the road at Causeway Lane.  It was either that game or head over to see Belper v Shaw Lane ... and at the end of the day I probably wish I'd have chosen the latter.  'Twas a bad day at the office for the Robins ...

Matlock Town 3 Ashton United 0


Friday, 24 March 2017

A Few Days Away in Herefordshire ...

 Cheap prices ... long since gone ... see old friends, drink beer/wine and have a couple of walks ... and yes it was still a touch damp underfoot ... a few pics at:

Wet Walks 21/22Mar17

... followed by a visit to see Mum (early Mothers Day stuff !!) followed by "Mayhem on the M6" ...


Ashton United v Matlock Town - 18th March

 Matty Chadwick ...

... only 1-0 to Ashton United ... but that was down to an excellent performance by Matlock 'keeper Phil Barnes ...

Ashton United 1 Matlock Town 0