Birstall, Birstall Juniors, Birstall United, East Midlands Counties League, Edward VIII post boxes, Ethan Bibby, Great Central Railway, Houghton Rangers, Leicestershire Senior League, Meadow Lane, Newfoundpool FC
Tuesday 23rd September 2014 ko 19.30
Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division
BIRSTALL UNITED 2 (Bibby 53 Shipley 73og)
HOUGHTON RANGERS 0
No Programme (old copy) FREE
There were no lack of options for somewhere new to visit, but with midweek fixtures in the LSL rather sporadic, and the trip up likely to be uneventful it proved to be an easy decision to make, and as it turned out, a rather good one.
Birstall is a village just off the northern tip of the city of Leicester, its growth due to firstly the Grand Union Canal, then the Great Central Railway. The ground is neatly tucked away at the edge of the village at the end of Meadow Lane with only the Watermead Country Park beyond.
You pass the Birstall Juniors ground at the start of the lane, and I’m pleased and grateful the club found me an old (15/02/92 vs Barwell Athletic) programme which reveals the ground to be where the now defunct Newfoundpool FC, also of the LSL, used to play before folding just before the start of the 1997/8 season.
Birstall’s end of Meadow Lane is a fine ground, with plans for East Midlands Counties League clearly coming to fruition. The clubhouse is light and modern, the ground has been enclosed, and the materials for a covered stand are in place. That does mean that if you want to sit down, you make do with a pile of breezeblocks, but the club’s ambitions are clear.
As a team that had enough to beat a limited Houghton side without ever having to be completely convincing. A number of chances were missed before Ethan Bibby opened the scoring, and when Karl Shipley sliced a cross into his own net, it served to give the final score a realistic slant on the proceedings.
They’re handily placed too, in 5th spot just 3 points behind Saffron Dynamo, so perhaps when we finally get that East Midlands Counties League Groundhop up and running we’ll have a trip to Birstall on the itinerary.
The Edward VIII post box is at 14 Central Road, Hugglescote, Coalville outside the former Post Office.