Where's The Tea Hut reflects upon local football South West style with a few trips further afield. Keep the faith & stay safe.

Monday, 29 December 2014

The Future of Tea Hut?

Nothing too dramatic is being planned but I am thinking about the Tea Hut blog going forward, especially for 2015. 

Seems daft and more than a little boring to keep writing about football grounds I have visited on numerous occasions only to dish up the same old slop in the visit report. Truth is there are not many new targets (grounds) in reasonable striking distance to warrant regular weekly postings. Perhaps Where's The Tea Hut has reached its current sell by date on that basis?

I'm not going to close the Tea Hut site but I reckon any new posts will only occur when I manage to fund a visit to a new ground that I've not been to before, these jaunts could be well spaced out to say the least. An objective that probably wont be assisted by the growing number of big-wig egocentric clubs that have started banning people with camera's (even at certain non league levels)?

Lets see how things develop.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Blackburn Rovers 2 Charlton Athletic 0

Saturday 20th December 2014
Attendance: 13,231
Admission: £17 in the Riverside Stand near the halfway line
Programme: £3 and a big step up in quality from 2 quid non league jobs
Tea Hut Stuff: Went to Macdonalds just across the road
Weather: Cloudy and cold which complimented all the concrete
Parking: Blackburn town centre, the wife was doing shopping
Credit were its due Rovers offer some of the best ticket prices going. 17 quid for Championship level football in a seat with a good vantage point is really decent value, in fact its even cheaper than a whole host of Non League Conference level clubs at the moment (you know who you are).

This game fell in with the Financial Controllers compulsory Christmas Shopping trip for herself. So long as I dropped her off in the town centre and could guarantee she would be off home no later than 5.15pm I had clearance to (as she kindly put it) "bugger off to football". I signed up to the deal immediately.
It was a technically acceptable game with the home side making a great start with a couple of early Jordan Rhodes goals. The South London visitors provided little threat for the most part and offered only a limited second half fight back for their 318 supporters lost in the caverns of the Darwen End, for the first 45 minutes Charlton were never at the races. Long trip this time of the year for such a lack lustre showing. Rovers themselves look to have the quality and spirit to get back into the competitive play off race, lets hope they stick with the genuine ticket pricing structure.

Monday, 15 December 2014

A visit to Leeds Programme Fair

Sunday 14th December 2014

Hit the M62 eastbound for a Sunday morning trip to Elland Road. Parked adjacent to the club shop next to the famous Billy Bremner statue. A proper bloody footballer and sadly missed. Loads of cars had arrived at the ground, fact is they were all buying crap in the LUFC souvenir shop, meanwhile at the back of the South Stand upstairs in the appropriately named 'Billys Bar' there was me and 2 other blokes spread out between 5 lonely stalls of programme sellers. Free in but I must admit to thinking it would be a lot busier than this. No wonder the traders had long faces. Never mind I made the best of the limited choice and picked up around a dozen or so quality publications for very economical prices. I buy quite a few programmes off eBay from time to time but the truth is there is a 30% chance you will get ripped off, usually over audacious lies told about 'condition'. If you attend a programme fair you can make sure you are buying top condition stuff without ending up with creased grubby covers, rusty staples and all the accompanying team changes written in pen.

Here is a brief selection of some of my purchases on the day.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

FC United 4 Harrogate Town 0

Saturday 13th December 2014
FA Trophy 1st Round Proper
Attendance: 907
Admission: £8
Tea Hut Stuff: No chance with these greedy buggers, massive queue
Programme: £2, one of the better non-league efforts
Weather: Broken cloud, a cold day following overnight frost
Parking: By the fancy houses off Mottram Road
Reasonable match, big scalp, visiting fans in tears.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Curzon Ashton 3 Frickley Athletic 0

Saturday 6th December 2014

Taken from the post I placed on Tony's 'Non League Matters' forum....
Evo Stik NPL Premier Division
Attendance: 185
Admission: £8
Programme: £2 (rip off I'm afraid)
Tea Hut Stuff: Tea bag £1.20
Weather: Cold, broken cloud, late winter sunny spells
Parking: Decent club car park

Ended up here after Dithering Doreen the Dodgy Lady Ref changed her mind about missing an afternoons Xmas Shopping and a few crafty fags with Big Tina. She duly postponed FC United v Workington (all the way from Cumbria) just after 2pm after the club stated she had eventually passed the pitch as playable at 1.15pm? This was in stark contrast to 100% of all FC United, Workington players, management, officials and Bower Fold Ground Staff trying to convince her the pitch was totally safe and fully playable. Hundreds of people either en route or already at the ground lost untold amounts of cash plus valuable weekend leisure time as a result of this disgrace. I have asked the Evo Stik Northern Premier League for an investigation to ensure this farce never happens ever again!

Fuming calmed down to apathy I'm afraid and I struggled to get into the match.

Curzon Ashton do look a very good footballing side, they had far too much class in the locker for a robust but limited Frickley outfit.

Great looking pitch, good facilities, seating and standing but a tad corporate and concrete with such a small attendance.

Looks like FC United will be playing some home games here before finally moving in at their new ground.

Shame some younger FCUM fans also turned up here after their postponed game only to start abusing the Curzon Ashton club? This was a minority of idiots and not a reflection on the many FC fans who also went along glad to just watch a football match after Doreen had her evil way back at Bower Fold.

*Bower Fold is home of Stalybridge Celtic, FC United have been using it for home games this season.