The lazy listicle – 2016-17 in review

For those who like a stat or two, here’s an approximate rundown of the blog’s 2016-17 football watching. It wasn’t exactly a vintage year for exotic new venues: having a child in September limited me largely to the north-east, and especially the Northern League. Happily, following almost 20 years away, there were quite a few new venues for me there as I worked my way around all 44 of the clubs that started the season. There was also a shortage of cup finals, largely due to work commitments at the end of the season. Those took me to ice hockey tournaments in Belfast and Cologne, but kept me away from the showpiece games in April and May.

Many of those games have already been covered on the blog – with Billingham Town’s FA Vase clash against Cleethorpes proving the most viewed item of the season.

Jarrow Roofing (blue) equalize against Shildon in a Northern League Division 1 game.

Total games seen: 56
Total goals: 213
Average: 3.8 goals per game

Highest scoring game: Consett 9-0 Chester-le-Street; Sunderland RCA 3-6 Shildon
Biggest win: Consett 9-0 Chester-le-Street
Biggest away win: Stockton Town 0-5 Seaham Red Star

Home wins: 21 Away wins: 28 Draws: 7 0-0s: 2

Grounds visited: 52
New grounds visited: 20

Clubs seen: 65
New clubs seen: 24

tea hut
The tea hut at Willington.


Seaham Red Star 1-5 Spennymoor Town
Coxhoe Athletic 1-4 Durham City more

Cleator Cup:

Shildon 4-1 Marske Utd more

FA Cup:

Ashington 1-2 Nelson more
Guisborough Town 2-3 Bridlington Town
Penrith 1-2 Dunston UTS
Dunston UTS 2-2 Skelmersdale Utd more
Bishop Auckland 1-0 Trafford more
FA Vase:

Bedlington Terriers 0-3 Bishop Auckland more
Whickham 0-2 Charnock Richard more
South Shields 2-1 Runcorn Linnets more
Newton Aycliffe 4-0 Worksop Town more
North Shields 1-2 Shildon more
Billingham Town 1-2 Cleethorpes Town more
Northern League Cup:

Norton & Stockton Ancients 0-4 Consett
Newcastle Benfield 1-2 South Shields

Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup:

Northallerton 4-0 Ryton & Crawcrook Albion more
Thornaby 1-3 Billingham Synthonia
Tow Law Town 3-3 Durham City (Durham win on pens)
Brandon Utd 0-0 Durham City (Durham win on pens)

Durham Challenge Cup

Stockton Town 0-5 Seaham Red Star

FA Youth Cup:

Rochdale 7-0 Ryton & Crawcrook Albion more

Action as Ryhope CW entertain Jarrow Roofing in the Northern League Division 1.

Northern League Division 1:

Ryhope CW 1-4 Jarrow Roofing
West Allotment Celtic 0-2 Morpeth Town
Consett 9-0 Chester-le-Street Town more
Whitley Bay 3-1 Guisborough Town
Washington 1-2 Ryhope CW
Seaham Red Star 1-2 South Shields
Marske Utd 5-0 West Allotment Celtic more
Sunderland RCA 3-6 Shildon
Chester-le-Street 0-1 West Allotment Celtic more
West Auckland 0-3 Newton Aycliffe
Jarrow Roofing 1-1 Shildon
Morpeth Town 3-0 Penrith
South Shields 1-1 Morpeth Town more

Washington (red) take on Ryhope CW with Penshaw Monument in the distance.

Northern League Division 2:

Team Northumbria 6-1 Bedlington Terriers
Willington 0-2 Billingham Town
Blyth Town 0-1 Thornaby more
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 0-1 Brandon Utd more
Hebburn Town 2-0 Darlington RA
Easington Colliery 1-1 Team Northumbria
Alnwick Town 1-4 Stockton Town more
Billingham Synthonia 0-0 Billingham Town
Esh Winning 3-2 Ryton & Crawcrook Albion more
Crook Town 0-5 Tow Law Town
Hebburn Town 4-1 Tow Law Town more
Darlington RA 2-3 Billingham Synthonia
Durham City 3-5 Whickham
Esh Winning 4-3 Northallerton Town
Heaton Stannington 4-1 Brandon Utd

blyth sunset
The sun sets over Croft Park at half time in the Evo-Stick League game between Blyth Spartans and Workington.

National League North:

Darlington 3-2 Halifax Town more

Evo-Stik League:

Blyth Spartans 3-2 Workington
Spennymoor Town 2-1 Blyth Spartans

Shipowners Charity Cup: Richmond Town 2-4 Cleator Moor Celtic more

Welsh football:

Barry Town Utd 2-0 Undy Athletic  more
Airbus UK 1-0 Cardiff Met University more

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