Goole captain sacked in one of the worst incidents in Non-league football

The video does contain some foul language.

In what is no doubt the most disgraceful scene in non-league football this season, Goole AFC of the Northern Premier League have sacked their captain Karl Colley following his attack on Coalville fans yesterday.

The Humberside club welcomed the Liecestershire club to The Victoria pleasure Ground for the Evo-stik first division south clash yesterday.

Mid way through the game skipper Karl Colley was dismissed from the game after a bad challenge on Cam Steward of Coalville.

It lead to Colley jumping over the barrier to attack fans in the stand. Not once but twice.

In a statement by club it read: “After the deplorable incident at today’s home game against Coalville Town, we can confirm that the player responsible has been released by the club.

We are a family club and incidents of this nature have no place in football and will not be tolerated at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds.

The club acted quickly and decisively and released the player with immediate effect and as such the player in question will never play for our football club again.

We apologise to each and every supporter at the game today and whilst as a club, we can’t legislate for incidents of this nature, we will not tolerate them from anyone.”

The incident has caught feature on the website on a number of national newspaper websites and the on the BBC.

Goole went on to lose the game 3-0.

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Meat pie Sausage roll come on Chorley give us a goal

FGR ground as the Fog comes down  (photo Richard Scott)

FGR ground as the Fog comes down
(photo Richard Scott)

Us football fans we are a barmy bunch of people really. We go to great lengths to follow our team across the country even if we get beat every week.

Tuesday night was just one of those cases for me, well not getting beat.

My team, Chorley fc were away at Forest Green Rovers in an FA Trophy replay having got a memorable 0-0 draw against them on Saturday at home and we felt we could beat them.

This meant I just had to go to Nailsworth, where FGR are based, to cheer on the Magpies in the last 16 where a trip to Tamworth was awaiting the visitors.

Leaving the Market Town of Chorley at 1pm we surely had no chance of a victory. The law of physic surely must say that a higher league club will beat the lower league time at home in any game.

But we had a chance didn’t we? Once 6pm had arrived and the 51 Chorley fans that had made the 3 and a half hour journey to down the M6 and 42 we in The Green Man pub singing Chorley songs. It felt to be a Magpie.

The only downfalls was no programmes available. Sure that’s against FA ruling, but I will leave that too them and the fact the food was expensive and not meat products (hence the title Meat pie Sausage roll Come on Chorley give us a goal), but a Badger Pie, what the hell is one of them.

It’s a pasty with swede and Sweetcorn in it from what I was told- false advertising if there was ever one.

So onto the game. What a night it was to be Magpie, the home fans thought it was a fore gone conclusion that FGR were going to be making the trip up to Staffordshire for Tamworth.

However Flitty’s men battled hard and took their moneybag hosts into the break level with the loud vocal backing on the fans.

Come second half and not much a change really just Chorley looking good and were doing well to keep the host out.

Extra time was nerve racking, always is and the lads looked to be tiring, but kept going and then onto the shootout.

I wont describe it as there is a video below, which is not the best as the fog was coming down thick at that point.

The video starts just after Deano scored to put Chorley 1-0 up following Josh Hine and Matthew Barnes-Homer has missed their spot kick.

Apologies for the songs in the video but I make no apology for showing it.

But We’re going to Tamworth was the cry after the game from the Magpie and by all that had finished it was gone 11 when we got back on the bus to head home for a 3am arrival.

But what an amazing night was and the chant from the Chorley fans as FGR took their first penatly: ‘You will never beat Sam Ashton’ rang out true. Ok they only did once but Sam Russell was beaten once, twice and three times to give Chorley a win.

Time to rest my throat I think.

FA Trophy draw and reaction

The FA Trophy  (photo by Whitley Bay FC)

The FA Trophy
(photo by Whitley Bay FC)


On Monday lunchtime every non-league fan who team was still in the FA Trophy was glued to their computer screen and the FA website to see who their club had drawn in the FA Trophy 2nd round.

32 teams will play on the weekend 14/15th December to move one step closer to Wembley and the FA Trophy final.

For those who haven’t seen the draw on The FA website here it is.

1 Staines Town or Luton Town v Wrexham

2 Whitehawk v Basingstoke Town or Havant & Waterlooville

3 Eastleigh v Gateshead

4 Barnet v Coalville Town or Grimsby Town

5 Barrow v Maidenhead United

6 Gosport Borough v Nuneaton Town

7 Tonbridge Angels or St Albans City v Cambridge United

8 Guiseley v Bradford Park Avenue

9 Aldershot Town or Weston Super Mare v Worcester City or AFC Telford United 

10 Tamworth v Boston United

11 North Ferriby United v Woking

12 Whitstable Town v Ebbsfleet United

13 Leek Town v Hungerford Town

14 East Thurrock United or Dover Athletic v Leamington or Northwich Victoria

15 Braintree Town v Lincoln City

16 Chorley v Dartford or Forest Green Rovers

NB St Albans and Havent and Waterlooville have won their replays on Monday night.

The tie of the round should Luton win tonight is game one as they will welcome last seasons winners Wrexham who overcame Gresley from the Northern Premier League at the Weekend.

A tough battle is always expected between these two teams and the draw will have made it even an even bigger reason for Luton to go through.

But forStaines the thought of welcoming the winners of last seasons competition to The Wheatsheaf park will be massive and are no strangers to the big game having been in the first round of the FA Cup this season losing 5-0 to Brentford away.

Leek Town have a great tie in the face of welcoming Hungerford Town. It may not see like a massive tie for the Staffordshire side but it is certainly a winnable one for the Evo-stik Northern Premier League first division south side.

Hungerford do sit 8th in the Southern League but The Blues are at home and having seen off Brackley at home in extra time and Altrincham away.

But I do believe that Lee Casswell and his team can once again upset the odds.

For me personally I like the look of the last draw Chorley v Forest Green Rovers/Dartford.

Simply because as many of you will know I am a Chorley fan.

For a while the Magpies have craved a big team at Victory Park and while it may not be Luton or Wrexham at VP FGR and Dartford will be tough to beat but with the Magpies on a 12 match unbeaten run if they can keep the run up then I would fear for an upset if I was a FGR or Dartford.

Key info
Ties to take place 14/15th December 2013
Winners will receive £6,0000

The £4 pie at Kidderminster Harriers

The catering outlet at Kidderminster (photo by Sam Elliot)

The catering outlet at Kidderminster (photo by Sam Elliot)


When I go to football games I always like to get a bit of grub at the game, to sample the cuisine offered up at game.

Some clubs have produced some amazing food to match their talents on the pitch (or in some clubs the lack of talent)

Barwell offered me curry, many clubs just offer the normal burger, chips and pies etc. But there is one club that offer the best food ever.

That club is…. Kidderminster Harriers of the Skrill Premier.

The Harriers match day is simply the best on offer in the world of non-league football- the normal burgers and pies are on offer but some amazing stand out offers include the Aggborough soup which is simply amazing on a cold afternoon but heavens knows what is in.

I rather not know, but it taste amazing.

However the one that I love is the Aggborough cottage pie. Priced at £4 the Harriers take some stick over but this is not your normal pie, this is a work of art.

The £4 cottage pie  (photo by Richard Scott)

The £4 cottage pie
(photo by Richard Scott)


Homemade the cottage pie just taste amazing. My first run in with the Aggborough pie was in March of this year when I covered Kidderminster Harriers in the Conference Premier. It was just amazing and every bite wanted me to go and buy another one.

My return to Aggborough and to the press area in November 2013 saw me eager to get another and once I had signed in at the club reception my first thoughts was how I could get my hands on one.

The catering units had just opened when I had arrived and was ready to hand over this amazing pie.

£4 it was worth every penny and soon as I had it I had scuttled over to the press box with my pie.

Sitting there it was just divine. The pie had a kick to it which made it even more better, normally I don’t get worked up about football food but this was different.

If I was a food critic I would rate this pie 10 out of 10 without a shadow of a doubt and would urge anyone who ever plans a trip to DY10 then to arrive early as not too miss out on this amazing piece of craftsmanship.

The Woking loaning

Scott Randell (photo from Woking fc)

Scott Randell (photo from Woking fc)


Loan signings are real hit of miss in the market really. You can either get a real good loanee and he will become a hero for your team in a very short space of time or they can not be bothered to put the effort in because they want to get back to their main club and force their way into the first team there.

Woking seem to be a club over their first two season in the Blue Square Premier that have made some excellent loan signings who have really worked hard for the team.

Last season The Cards had Billy Knott and Jayden Stockley.

Billy Knott was on loan from Premier League club Sunderland and is formerly of West Ham United and Chelsea.

The former England under 21 midfielder has to date made one Premier League appearance to date, which he made after a successful loan spell at Woking.

This came on the back of a very successful loan spell for Woking having joined in October and made his debut against Cambridge. He scored his first goals for Woking in a 3-1 win over Luton Town (netting twice) on New Years Day. He even made contender goal of the season with a curling effort vs Hyde.

Knott put in a string of impressive performances scoring 8 goals in 20 games before returning to Sunderland.

Jayden Stockley came from Bournemouth last season originally until January 2013 but after proving his goal scoring worth for The Cards his loan spell was extended until the end of the season.

At the Skrill Premier club he scored 10 goals in 26 games and was among the leading scorers for Woking last season.

What are they doing now.

 

Billy Knott is out on loan at Wycombe Wanderers and joined the Chairboys. He loan spell will end next week (27th November) and has played 20 games making his debut in a 2-2 draw with rivals Oxford United.

He scored his first Wycombe goal on 14th September against Plymouth in a 3-0.

 

Stockley is now at Leyton Orient on loan and has played 7 games and having scored one goal for the O. His loan spell will expire in January next year.

This season Jack Marriott and Scott Randell have joined The Cards on loan this season from Ipswich Town and Luton Town respectively.

Marriott has made one appearance for Ipswich in May away at Burnley in a 2-0 loss coming on off the bench.

The 19 year old has now played twice for Woking scoring three goals for Gary Hill’s side. The three goals have come against Hyde (twice) and old rivals Dartford, which has been his two games thus far for The Cards.

Scott Randell needs no introduction to non-league fans. The forward is on loan from Luton Town where he wrote himself not only into the Luton history books but the FA Cup history book as his goal knocked out Norwich City 1-0 being the first side from the non-league world to win at a Premier League.

Randell joined in September for The Hatters with a wealth experience but hasn’t started for John Still side since April.

He currently doesn’t got a squad number at Luton and hasn’t played in any of the pre-season games at Luton.

So far in his 11 games he has found the net 5 goals and made his debut against Tamworth on the day of his arrival scoring for the Kingfield side.

These are some of Woking recent loan signings there are more but it certainly proves that The Cards have made great loan signings.

Review of FA Cup Round One Action

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Some people may wonder why I am only posting this now but if truth be told the FA Cup 1st round has only just finished. So we are going to look back at the 10 games that I picked out on Friday.

The biggest upset was on Saturday when Swindon Town visited Cheshire and face Macclesfield Town. An upset was forseeable but nobody saw a 4-0 score line being the result. Goals from Connor Jennings (2), Scott Boden and Peter Winn saw them put a massive upset at Mose Road.

Stourbridge will be representing the Dudley Borough in the second round with a trip to Stevenage after they hammered Biggleswade with a 4-1 win at home. Two goals from the on loan Ryan Rowe and one each from Will Richards and Luke Benbow put the Glassboys through. While Evan Key scored for Biggleswade which made it 1-1 at one point.

 

Hednesford Town pushed Crawley Town all the way at Keys Park. After a goalless first half The Pitmen captain Darren Campion netted an own goal to give Crawley the lead before Elliot Durrell equalized from the spot but with just minutes to go sub Emilie Sinclair scored the winner put the Surry side level.

 

Edger Davids took his Barnet side to Lancashire to face Preston North End, but against one of the top 4 teams in league one they came unstuck as the Lilywhites ran rampant winning 6-0.

Goals from Tom Clarke, Joe Garner two and a half hat-trick from Paul Gallagher won the Lilywhites the game who also had Stuart Beavon sent off. While the Bees lost Keanu Marsh-Brown to a 12th minute red card.

 

Daventry’s big day out at Chesterfield didn’t end too badly as they took a creditable 2-0 defeat.

It took over an hour for the hosts to find the back of the net with Gary Roberts scoring on 69 minutes and Jimmy Ryan on 88 minutes. As the Northamptonshire side enjoyed their day in the limelight.

 

Halifax Town were knocked out of this seasons competition losing 4-1 at MK Dons. MK won the game with goals from a Izale Mcleod brace, a penalty from Shaun Williams and Brendon Galloway. While Lee Gregory scored the goal for the visitors.

 

Bishop Stortford lost 2-1 to Northampton in front of the TV cameras on Sunday. It took until the hour mark for the Cobblers to break through with Danny Emerton scoring for the visitors before Luke Norris made it 2-0 for the Football League side. The Storts got a goal back through Reece Prestedge but it wasn’t enough to force a replay.

 

In the all Skrill Premier clash it was Wrexham who came out onto of Alfreton by winning 3-1.

A brace from Andy Bishop put the Red Dragons ahead before Jake Speight scored from the spot just after the hour mark. But Jay Harris made it 3-1 to kill off anymore fight backs from Alfreton.

 

Gloucester City went out of Saturdays competition losing 2-0 at home to League Two leaders Fleetwood Town.

Goals either end of the game from David Ball (11 minutes) and Jon Parkin (84 minutes) put the Cod Army though to the second round of the competition.

 

The final of our top 10 games was Shortwood United playing Port Vale in front of the BT Cameras as Vale ran out 4-0 winners.

The Vale went ahead on 15 minutes through Jennison Myrie-Williams and on 30 minutes Vale went 2-0 with Chris Birchall making it 2-0. It stayed that way until the end when on 89 minutes Williams scored from the spot, before Chris Lines it 4-0 on 90 minutes.

The Vale team had to use a local park and ride to get to the ground due to no car park being at the ground.

Watch highlights of the game here.

There were other shocks including Tamworth beating Cheltenham 1-0 at The Lamb but there were impressive wins for Kidderminster Harriers, Dover and Welling (who knocked out Luton who made last seasons 5th round.) While Gateshead, Grimsby and Lincoln City all have replays against Football League sides.

The Magic of the FA Cup 10 games to look out for.

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The Magic of the FA Cup returns this week and this is when it gets really serious. (Well for the national media does anyway.) League One and Two teams come into the draw now and it has produced some fantastic ties here are out top 10 games coming up in the FA Cup.

How TV bosses over looked Daventry visit to Chesterfield as a possible cup upset I will never know. One of the lowest ranked teams playing at the Procat stadium, Chesterfield.

It is just full of cup upsets however I am sure the Northamptonshire club fans will enjoy their trip to Derbyshire in what will be a little cracker and who knows an upset could be on the cards there.

One game that could be an upset and is on TV is Bishop Storford welcoming Northampton Town to ProKit UK stadium. The Skrill South side that are famous for being placed in the Conference North a few seasons ago will enjoy hosting Northampton live on TV.

The Cobbles sit at the foot of the Football League and with the Storts 3rd in the Skrill South there is every chance of a famous upset coming from Hertfordshire.

Another game that can see a possible upset is Hednesford v Crawley Town , which is one of the games that has extended highlights on ITV. The Pitmen sit top of the Skrill North despite only being promoted last season and look a good bet to keep on their good form and win the promotion.

In Crawley Town they welcome a team no stranger to an FA Cup run themselves having made the 5th round to visit Manchester United but lost 1-0. Crawley Town, formerly of the Southern League and rivals of The Pitmen, sit 13th in League One and could this time they be on a cup upset.

You can see my FA Cup preview on Hednesford below.

Preston North End v Barnet is an interesting tie for me personally. The Bees managed by Edger Davids one of the most well known managers in the world of Non-league.

Ok he may not be at Deepdale as he doesn’t travel far north (which for me is a bit arrogant but that is beside the point.) Preston are in the top four and under Simon Grayson look set to make a return to the Championship next May and I am sure he will be looking forward to welcoming Davids to the Deepdale dugout.

Halifax Town travel to MK Dons in another FA Cup tie. The Skrill Premier side have made a fantastic start to life there and an FA Cup upset will be great for them having dispatched Nuneaton in the last round They Shaymen will be hoping to have another cup upset and get themselves on TV.

While MK Dons, the club forced AFC Wimbledon to be form, sit 8th in League One and while they expect for it to be a formality for them to progress into Sunday’s draw.

Monday’s FA Cup tie see Shortwood United welcome League One to Port Vale.

The Wood knocked out former Football League club Aldershot out in the last round and now will be looking to do the same vs Port Vale.

There is the added bonus that Shortwood joint manager Alex Sykes grew up in the area and will be looking to get one over his local club.

The Valiant have been in this place before when they faced Forest Green Rovers at this stage last season so know what to expect from Shortwood.

It is not just league v Non-league Saturday as Stourbridge v Biggleswade face each other on Saturday. The Glassboys will be a little disappointed not to be welcoming a Football League side to the War Memorial Stadium but in welcoming Biggleswade they must be happy in having a chance to progress into Round Two.

While Biggleswade will face their league rivals. The Town sits in mid table ahead of their trip to promotion chasing Stourbridge in a game, which could go either way.

Homeless Gloucester City welcomes Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup. Gloucester homeless since 2007 and the flooding and are soon hoping to return to Meadow Park their home.

Fleetwood Town are look to be getting another promotion as they sit high in League Two. Having won the two legged race with Wrexham in the Conference Premier couple of season ago they haven’t found Football League plain sailing but will hope to going up this time round.

Macclesfield Town vs Swindon is the penultimate fixture we preview. Macc haven’t had a great time this season and after a 7-0 win over Vauxhall Motors in the last round they will be hoping the FA Cup can give them some relief from the league struggle.

Swindon Town offer the Macc a stern test as they sit just outside of the play offs but will Mark Cooper, who last season at time was managing Telford United in the Conference Premier will want a distraction from the League Challenge.

The final game is another all non-league clash as Alfreton Town visit Wrexham as we are set to have at least one Skrill Premier side into the 2nd round and it is a tough one to call who makes it into through.

Wrexham have struggled this season and sit 17th in the league only having won just 5 of their games this season, which has been very disappointing for a team who won the FA Trophy and made the Play Off final last season.

While after a good start to the season Alfreton sit 9th in the league, wins over the likes of Kidderminster, Forest Green and Woking they should be favorites but this is the FA Cup and anything could happen.

That is just 10 games there are many more which you can see here. We will be you a round up of the FA Cup fixture over the weekend.