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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 15:45

Admirable

TUESDAY 15th AUGUST Bellevue Park, a warm and sunny evening
BELLEVUE 0 BRADLEY PARK 5 (North East Wales League)

Armed with a rail rover ticket for the week, I can't resist another long distance midweek trip. Wrexham has always been the general destination tonight, and tonight's home team have caught my interest enough to persuade me to watch them instead of Brickfield, playing on their temporary ground at New Broughton. The added bonus is the ease of getting to Bellevue Park, a little over five minutes walk from Wrexham General station. As I leave the station around 5pm, there are a few early arrivals for the Wrexham v Gateshead game at the Racecourse, no doubt heading off for a pre-match drink or two.

An hour later, over in Bellevue Park, the scene is a summer evening idyll, residents enjoying their attractive green space in the centre of town. Over in the eastern corner of the park, the teams are already warming up on the single roped off football pitch. It's a nice setting with a huge grass bank on one side, and large trees all around, with distant views of town landmarks.

What attracted me to this game most was the story behind the home club, who are newly founded this year. Aside from being a football club, affiliated to the North East Wales League and the NEWFA, you could call them a 'project'; or an 'initiative; they also refer to themselves as a family. They've grown out of informal kickabouts on this park between locals and the town's large migrant population - workers, students and refugees from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 19:55

Exotic?

SATURDAY 5th AUGUST - Estadio de Mark Lopez - cool and showery
NEW BRIGHTON VILLA 4 BRADLEY PARK 0 (N.E. Wales FA Challenge Cup Round 1)
Heading north again in search of proper, competitive football, and it's the North East Wales FA's second match-day in their main cup competition. If Maesgwyn on Tuesday was a relatively easy venue to reach, today's is the opposite. To get to New Brighton (the one in Flintshire, not the Wirral), I have to go all the way up to Chester and then an hour back into Wales on a Mold-bound bus. All the way, watching the showers and hoping they won't ruin the afternoon. 

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