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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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Sunday, 20 September 2015 19:32

Goals Galore at the Aqueduct

SATURDAY 19th SEPTEMBER: The Bont, sunny and warm.
ACREFAIR YOUTH 1 NEW BRIGHTON VILLA 9 (FAW Trophy Round 2)
A second week of cup football, and another trip to north-east Wales. This time it's the venue that draws me rather than anything about the fixture itself: people watch football for all sorts of reasons - some follow one team exclusively, others seek out top quality football or promising fixtures, while the pure groundhoppers seek out new grounds and eschew re-visits. I don't fit neatly into any one of these groups, but today the groundhopper in me prevails. The Bont at Pontcysyllte is one of Wales's iconic settings for football, one I've long planned to visit. For some years I have planned to catch an Acrefair home game in a national cup, but they often get knocked out early, or are drawn away, or the weather is risky. Now, at last I set out to visit the Bont, and in the historic FAW Trophy, formerly the Welsh Amateur Cup.

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