Frickley Athletic v Darlington
Saturday 16th January 2016, 3pm
Evostik Premier Division
Frickley Athletic FC, Westfield Lane South Elmsall, West Yorkshire, WF9 2EQ Tel 01977 642460
History: The old Frickley Colliery Club was formed in 1910 and played in the Sheffield, Yorkshire, Midlands and Cheshire county leagues. In 1970, the club changed its name to Frickley Athletic and in 1976 joined the Northern League and by 1980 was invited to compete in the Alliance Premier (Conference). Darlington fans will join in the club’s 30th year celebration of Frickley’s defeat of Hartlepool in the FA Cup 2nd round although they lost to Rotherham in the 3rd round. In the previous 1985/85 season, Darlo beat them 1-0 at the same stage. After relegation in the late 80s, the next couple of decades saw Frickley in the Northern Premier, a high point in 2005/06 saw them pipped by Blyth to the title.
Record Attendance: 6,000 v Rotherham (FA Cup, 1971)
Last season: 19th
Honours: Runners-up Alliance Premier League (now Football Conference): 1985–86
Nickname: The Blues
Colours: Blue and yellow
Chairman: Karl Rose
Manager Gary Hackett
Trivia: The band Chumbawamba mentioned the club in their song “Frickley” during the miners’ strike.
Click for Streetmap of ground
Ticket prices (2015/16): Adults £9; OAPs £6, under 16s £3.
There is the Big Fellas snack bar serving pies, chips, burgers and soup.
The official Frickley Athletic website has useful information for travelling fans.
At the ground:
The best option for those going straight to the ground is the Big Fellas clubhouse, which opens an hour before kick off. As well as the usual lager, bitter and cider the bar now stocks regularly-changing real ales.
Pubs in area:
Barnsley Oak, Mill Lane, South Elmsall, WF9 2DT
Open from 11. Food and a couple of real ales. This is a jaunt from the ground though.
Sheffield city centre
Sheffield Tap, Platform 1b Sheffield Station, S1 2BP
Best option for the DAFTS real ale drinkers, one of the popular Tap chain in a former first class refreshment room. It still is. Open from 11am. There is a 13.30 to Moorthorpe for the match.
Kelham Island Tavern, 62 Russell St, S3 8RW
A regular award-winner with a huge choice of beers.
The Fat Cat, 23 Alma Street, S3 8SA
A proud real ale pub and past CAMRA winner, which even sells ale-flavoured cheese, as well as Kelham Island and other beers.
If you’re in the area, there is also The Wellington, right by the Shalesmoor tram stop, which passes the ‘old codger’ quota.
Corner Pin, 231-233 Carlisle St, S4 7QN
Back-street boozer on the corner with guest ales.
Also is the renowned Devonshire Cat, Devonshire Green (off West Street near the West Street tram. It was famously built as the part of the ground floor of a privately developed student hall of residence.
For a more “traditional” setting, try the The Red Deer, , also near the West Street tram.
If you don’t want to wander too far from the station, then The Red Lion 109 Charles Street is another option. A separate snug and Black Sheep and Taylor’s among the ales.
From the North (76 miles from Darlington, approx 1hr 25 mins): From the A1 turn off onto the A638, towards Wakefield. At the second roundabout turn left onto the B6474 towards South Elmsall. Turn left at the traffic lights and then turn right at the T-junction to stay on the B6474. Go over the railway line and turn right at the bottom of the road and then immediately left up Westfield Lane. The ground is signposted on the left after about half a mile. Parking: There is a large grassed car park next to the ground as well as plenty of street parking on Westfield Lane.
Car parking is on the left through the archway opposite Vets For Pets but is limited and costs £1 on a first come, first come basis. There is street parking but do not park in Westland Gardens and The Holloway, next to and opposite the ground respectively. The turnstiles are opposite Amblecote church.
arlington FC Supporters’ Club
Coach 11.45am, fare £15 Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, call 01325 250531 or 07951 434731 to book a seat. Details to be confirmed. Details of the supporters’ group travel can be found here.
Tingley’s Private Hire 01977 611111
Kirkby Cars 01977 609999
Joe’s Travel 01977 609999
001 Cars and Minibuses 01977 61100101384 469 469
There are two railway stations serving Frickley. Those travelling from Darlington/Leeds, get off at South Elmsall station. The ground is a half a mile walk up Westfield Lane. Exit Station Road, cross over the main road and turn first left up Westfield Lane. You walk past Westfield Resource Centre and shops before turning past the cricket ground to the stadium. From Darlington there is a 10.05 and 11.05 via Doncaster, returning 17.39 via Wakefield.
Moorthorpe Station serves the Sheffield/Doncaster line and is 15 minutes walk to the ground. Come out of the station cark park, turn left and carry along Barnsley Road until you turn right up Carlton Road opposite the library. Turn right at the end onto Westfield Lane and follow the directions above. (There is a 13.30 there and a 17.20 back – takes 35-45 mins)