Ravens

Not really a birding post but yesterday Steve James, Dave Gray and I were joined by Steve’s mate James as we visited Owen Street, home of Coalville Town FC. The reason for our visit was an FA Trophy first round tie that pitted the Ravens (Coalville Town were formerly Ravenstone Miners Athletic) against the once Mighty Mariners of Grimsby Town. It’s been over 30 years since I last saw Grimsby Town when they were beaten by The Owls on our way to promotion back in 1983/84. Since then the Mariners have fallen on hard times and now find themselves playing Conference football. In non-league terms this is Premier League v League Two, First Division v Fourth in old money. A real David and Goliath fixture. Owen Street is currently a Northern Premier First Division South ground but in all fairness it’s not even a good Midland Football Alliance ground. The staff though had done their best and *ahem! 844 people had packed in…

20131201-182757.jpg

Owen Street, Coalville

20131201-182809.jpg

Owen Street, Coalville

20131201-182958.jpg

Owen Street, Coalville

The game was played at a high tempo but the pitch wasn’t prepared for passing football as The Ravens tore into the Mariners. After a goalless first half Grimsby had the ball in the net three times in the first five minutes of the second half but only one counted… a screamer from man-of-the-match Alex Rodman. I think everyone thought that the game was up for Coalville but they gamely fought back and were rewarded The game was played at a high tempo but the pitch wasn’t prepared for passing football as The Ravens tore into the Mariners. After a goalless first half Grimsby had the ball in the net three times in the first five minutes of the second half but only one counted… a screamer from man-of-the-match Alex Rodman. I think everyone thought that the game was up for Coalville but they gamely fought back and were rewarded when Jordan Hempenstall equalised with a superb goal in the 80th minute.

20131201-182823.jpg

Coalville Town FC 1-1 Grimsby Town FC

Today I ended up in the Blackies with Mike Speight and was introduced to Mick Hollis. Mick played football professionally from 1969 to 1976 having spells with Barrow AFC, Chester City (with the three Futcher brothers), Stockport and playing alongside Robin Friday at Reading.

20131201-184127.jpg

Barrow FC 1970/71

20131201-184140.jpg

Chester City FC 1972/73

Advertisements

2 responses to “Ravens

  1. Gareth Parkes.

    Would you know how I might get hold of Mick Hollis? Nice article. Many thanks.

  2. thedrunkbirder

    I’m afraid not Gareth.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s