Thursday 10th April 2014 ko 18.30
Northants Combination Division 3
NORTHAMPTON AFC OBELISK 0
KISLINGBURY 1 (Richards 79)
80 minute game
If you travel to the Kingsthorpe district of Northampton you’ll find an obelisk. It’s not in brilliant condition, its 100 feet’s’ worth of sandstone in need of renovation, despite its Grade II listed status. It was placed there by order of Lord Strafford of Boughton Manor, friend of the 4th Duke of Devonshire, educated here by his tutor the Rector of Boughton, and the inscription reads as follows,
“This Obelisk was erected in the year 1764 in memory of His Grace William Cavendish
Duke of Devonshire.
There in the Rich, the Honour’d, Fam’d and Great,
See the false seat of Happiness Compleat.”
The estate that surrounds it is modern, and as a result the obelisk looks rather out-of-place with its surroundings, but it does serve one purpose; if you want to find a fourth tier Northants Combination game, just aim for the obelisk, and the Obelisk club is to be found at the end of the lane to its left. That said, as I photographed the structure several visiting players asked me whether they were heading in the right direction!
They could be forgiven, this is Obelisk’s first season in the lowest division for first elevens in the league, after playing for many years in Sunday football. Its been far too long since I watched a game right at the base of the footballing pyramid (obelisk?), and it was a real joy to sit at the half way line, and watch a good honest game, beautifully refereed by Simon Yanacki. Nothing fancy, just football played and watched for the love of it, what could be better on a warm evening?