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West Bridgford FC vs Kimberley Miners Welfare FC

Match Report: Kimberley Miners Welfare FC vs West Bridgford FC

10 Man Bridgford Earn a Point

10th August 2019

Kimberley Miners Welfare FC vs West Bridgford FC

East Midlands Counties League

Final Score Kmberley Miners Welfare FC 1 West Bridgford FC 1

A late Jordan Wheatley penalty earned West Bridgford a hard fought point away to Kimberley today.

Bridgford travelled to Kimberley today in the second game of their East Midlands Counties campaign. Heavy rain and blustery conditions were a contrast from last weeks perfect sunshine for the win over Clipstone FC.

Bridgford were the first to show when a precise through ball from Ryan Wheatley put Ryan Whitehurst in on goal on 5 minutes. His shot was saved by the home keeper to deny Bridgford an early lead.

On 10 minutes the game was turned on it’s head when the Kimberley forward Goodhall was adjudged to be onside in behind the Bridgford defence. Goalkeeper James Fogg came out of his area to challenge but committed a foul and as the last line of defence, was shown a straight red card.

With no keeper on the bench, Bridgford were forced to move midfielder Joe Terry in to the goal and would have to play the remaining 80 minutes with a man less than their opponents.

Despite this, Bridgford dominated the remainder of the first half, Hopkinson and Whitehurst both had opportunities to score. On 35 minutes Bridgford suffered a further setback as John Whitehurst, a scorer last week at Clipstone, took a knock on his knee and had to be replaced.

Half Time Kimberley Miners Welfare FC 0 West Bridgford FC 0

The second half started as the first had ended, Bridgford creating chances, but not taking them. They were punished on 55 minutes when a freekick from the left found Jordan Lambert who managed to scramble the ball past Terry in the Bridgford goal.

The game became stretched as the 10 men of Bridgford strived to find a way back into the match, this led to chances at both ends. Stand in keeper Terry making a number of impressive saves as he kept his sides hopes alive, Whitehurst, Oldham and Hopkinson all going close at the other end.

The decisive moment for Bridgford came in the 85th minute. A ball into the box resulted in Tom Batterham being fouled by the Kimberley keeper and a penalty was awarded. Jordan Wheatley showed great composure to drill the ball into the bottom right hand corner and level the match.

Bridgford continued to push looking for a winner, Batterham almost converted from a tight angle and in the last minute, Hopkinson outpaced the home defence but fired his shot just over the bar.

Full Time Kimberley Miners Welfare 1 West Bridgford FC 1

With the chances created Bridgford will feel disappointed to not win the game, however, playing for 80 minutes with 10 men and still getting something from the game shows great commitment and effort from the players. Bridgford finish the day in third place in the early league table, with 4 points from their opening two games. There is no game next Saturday, Bridgford return to action away to Gedling on Saturday 24th August.

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Match Report: Clipstone FC vs West Bridgford FC

Perfect Start for West Bridgford FC

3rd August 2019

Clipstone FC vs West Bridgford FC

East Midlands Counties League

Final Score Clipstone FC 1 West Bridgford FC 4

West Bridgford made a perfect start to their East Midlands Counties Campaign today away to Clipstone FC, winning 4-1 in a one-sided encounter.

Bridgford were immediately on the front foot and spent the early stages camped in the Clipstone half. On 5 minutes a brilliant outswinging cross from Ellis Williamson found John Whitehurst at the far post and he placed his header beyond the Clipstone keeper to give Bridgford the lead and a great start to their season.

Bridgford continued to dominate proceedings with Callum Lloyd and Jordan Wheatley pulling the strings in the middle of the pitch. On 28 minutes another excellent cross from Williamson found Hopkinson, who expertly took the ball on his chest, before volleying past the keeper to double Bridgford’s lead.

Ten minutes later and Hopkinson was on hand again to double his tally and extend Bridgford’s lead to three. This time he found space in the box and was unmarked to power his header home Jordan Wheatley’s cross from the left.

Half Time Clipstone FC 0 West Bridgford FC 3

The second half was played at a slower pace, as would be expected in a season opener. The exception to this was a goal of great quality on 55 minutes that put the outcome of the game beyond doubt. Great trickery on the left from Josh Rae found Jordan Wheatley in space, his pinpoint cross to the middle was met by the head of last season’s top scorer Ryan Whitehurst, who opened his account in style, heading past the stranded keeper.

Clipstone pulled a consolation goal back when a break down the left found William Whitehead in behind the Bridgford defence, but in truth, the result was settled in the first half.

There were a number of positives for Ryan Doherty’s men. The debut of Lee Stevenson in defence who looked strong and assured, the two 19 year old full backs, Ellis Williamson and Ryan Wheatley both put in near faultless performances and the attacking options of Hopkinson, Rae, Oldham and the Whitehurst brothers look as though they will cause a lot of teams a lot of problems this season.

An excellent opener to the season for Bridgford. Attention now turns to next Saturday’s game away to Kimberley Miners Welfare where we will be looking for more of the same.

Full Time Clipstone FC 1 West Bridgford FC 4

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Local football clubs announce merger

West Bridgford Football Club have announced an exciting development in local football that will see the men’s first team of West Bridgford Colts FC merge with AFC Bridgford, creating three teams in the senior section of WBFC.

As well as offering the club’s junior players a smooth transition into adult football, this merger will give AFC Bridgford a home ground they can truly call home, with facilities to match their ambition to progress to higher levels.

The WBFC first team will be playing at Step 6 in the East Midlands Counties League, while the second and third teams, playing under the name West Bridgford AFC, will hopefully compete in the Nottinghamshire Senior League, subject to AGM approval.

Ryan Doherty, WBFC first team Manager, commented: “To run a truly successful football team, you need to bring the talent through the youth section, giving young players a clear path to a possible place on the first team. And this new merger will provide just that. It’s all about giving players the opportunity to achieve their potential as the club progresses to bigger and better things.”

AFC Manager Barry Mathews, said: “We’re really excited about joining one of the East Midland’s premier clubs and continuing the amazing journey that AFC Bridgford started 16 years ago. The opportunity to be a part of such a professional set up at West Bridgford FC is a great step forward. We hope to continue the winning traditions of both clubs in the coming seasons, at all levels.”

The three teams will work closely together to ensure the Club is able to put out three competitive sides each week. Training will take place weekly at the Regatta Way ground in Gamston, where the facilities are some of the best in Nottinghamshire.

If you want to join any of the three teams and help make West Bridgford Football Club a powerful force in local football, contact the Club through their website: alternatively, email with your details and playing history.

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AFC Bridgford looking for new players for 2018/19 season

AFC Bridgford FC is on the lookout for footballers of all abilities in all positions for the new 2018-19 season. The team is based at Gresham playing fields off Wilford Lane. They have two teams, one competeing in the Notts Senior League (NSL) and the other in the NMA.

If you are interested then please give them a call on 07733 040557 or contact them via twitter at @afcbridgford

Edwalton Football Club make a move to the next stage of their history

Next season will see both Edwalton Football Club and Edwalton Cavaliers begin a new chapter in their history by moving from the Alford Road site that’s been home for the last 27 years to take up residence at the Nottingham Football Centre’s Rushcliffe site.

Over the last year the club has been completely focused on working towards taking this momentous step and feel it was what was needed if they were to achieve their two key objectives, making every aspect of football available to the community and becoming a totally self-sufficient club as chairman Tim Stacey explains:

“Our first black tie ball earlier this year allowed us to raise enough money to organise refereeing and coaching courses for our older age groups so they can start taking responsibility for our younger age groups. It also gave us enough money to provide a series of football open days for girls, the first of which saw 40 girls across a variety of age groups enjoy professional coaching for free at Edwalton Primary School.”

However Tim was also quick to add:

“The only thing missing was a real identity for the club and as a committee we felt we could never cultivate that at Alford Road. However, having moved all of our coaching to the NFC two years ago, we recognised broadening out that partnership could well provide the answer.”

Richard Hipkiss, Managing Director of Field Sports Management – owners of the Nottingham Football Centre – agreed:

“When we sat down to talk it immediately became obvious we all wanted the same thing. We both want to build a real community club and work together towards – we hope! – establishing a senior Saturday afternoon side in the coming years that will really promote just how active football is in Rushcliffe Borough. We also agreed that a club needs a physical focal point and we hope that the fast improving social facilities at our Rushcliffe site will deliver just that, somewhere the parents and players can meet up and somewhere the club can put up their colours in and promote their successes.”

If you would like to find out more about how your sons can join Edwalton Cavaliers or if you’d like more details on the upcoming free coaching session for girls, you can find out more at or email them at

The club are also looking for more senior players for their first and reserve teams so again if you’d like to apply, please email them via the website or the gmail address.

tour of britain

West Bridgford chosen for Tour of Britain start

West Bridgford has been chosen as the starting point for the penultimate – and longest – stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race.

The biggest free-to-attend sporting event returns to Nottinghamshire this year on Saturday 8 September starting in West Bridgford and ending in Mansfield.

The announcement comes on the back of last year’s successful event which attracted 210,000 supporters on the day – one of the biggest turn-outs across the eight stage race across the UK.

The race boosted the Nottinghamshire economy by more than £3.4m.

With a global TV audience of millions, once again the eyes of the world will be on Nottinghamshire when 120 of the world’s top cyclists race the longest stage which is approximately 223 km long (139 miles)

The route will take in key Nottinghamshire landmarks such as the new Sherwood Forest Visitor centre, Newstead Abbey, Clumber Park and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground.  The race will travel through many town and villages in the south of the county as well as taking riders over the iconic Trent Bridge for the first time.

Tour of britain

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the race will be returning to our great county on Saturday 8 September – and will take in every district, including the City area.

“Last year’s event really was a fantastic day and shows that Nottinghamshire has what it takes to host a sporting event of this scale.

“We hope even more residents and visitors will turn out in force  to experience this fantastic event this year – and let’s hope the county reaps even bigger economic benefits”

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director added:

“The turn-out for the Nottinghamshire stage last year really was incredible.  The viewing figures for ITV4 show that Stage Four was popular with the audience at home too, with half a million people tuning in to watch the highlights– attracting the highest ratings of any of the other seven highlight shows.

“So we are delighted to be returning to Nottinghamshire as this year’s route  makes it seem like  a completely different county!  We are taking in a lot of new areas, approaching a significant part of 2017’s route  from the opposite direction as well as having hillier sections this time.”

The route will take in dozens of towns and villages including Ruddington, Cotgrave, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Southwell, Retford, Worksop and Hucknall.

Commenting on West Bridgford being chosen to host the start of the race, Councillor Simon Robinson, Leader of the Rushcliffe Borough Council said:

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome such a unique, prestigious event to the borough for the first time.

“We are proud of our heritage in sport and it’s fantastic we have been chosen as a host county and that so much of the stage will ride through Rushcliffe.”

Kate Allsop, Executive Mayor of Mansfield, said:

“We are very pleased and proud that Mansfield has been chosen as a host for the second year in a row – this time for the exciting finish.

“As it is on a Saturday, we hope this will enable even more people than last year to line the streets and provide a huge welcome for the cyclists as they make their way to the finish line.”

The economic impact report [PDF] commissioned by national Tour of Britain organisers showed that spend on food and drink was by far the biggest contributor to the local economy last time (almost £1.13m) followed by accommodation costs (£611k).

More than 39 per cent of those who turned out to watch the race had travelled from outside the county – therefore attracting around 81,000 visitors to Nottinghamshire.

Other figures shown in the report include:

  • Average daily spend for day visitor was more than £27
  • Overnight visitors spend more than £101 on average
  • Almost two-thirds of spectators said the race had inspired them to cycle more
  • Half of those attending came with their families.

Check out further details of the full national route.

Trent Bridge Cricket Ground

Safety Barriers installed for Summer of Sport

The County Council is installing temporary safety barriers to improve pedestrian safety around areas of West Bridgford prior to a number of summer sporting events. The barriers, which will be installed in early June, will be the same style as the existing ones on Trent Bridge. They will be situated on:

· Radcliffe Road (between Loughborough Road and Fox Road)

· Bridgford Road (between Loughborough Road and Hound Road)

· a section of Loughborough Road near the Southbank Pub (either side of Pavilion Road).

Installation of the barriers will take place overnight and there will be parking and lane restrictions in place during this period. Once the barriers are installed there will be no changes to existing parking and access. The barriers will be on the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground side of Radcliffe Road and Bridgford Road.

Councillor Gordon Wheeler, Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are working with our partners, including Nottinghamshire Police, to ensure pedestrian safety ahead of what we hope will be a fantastic summer of sport.”

The barriers are a temporary measure until a permanent solution can be developed. Similar measures have been taken at other venues around the country e.g. London Marathon.

Ex-Forest players to offer summer holiday football coaching

Former Forest stars Wes Morgan and Julian Bennett have started a new venture offering youngsters aged 7-11 professional football coaching and mentoring over the summer holidays.

The courses will run at the Regatta Way Sports Club in Gamston starting on July 27th until 28th August. They will run between 9am and 3.30pm and cost £75 for the week or £20 per day – limited spaces are available. For more information visit or call 077257809769.

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AFC Bridgford looking for new players

AFC Bridgford FC is on the lookout for footballers of all abilities in all positions for the new 2014-15 season. The team is based at Gresham playing fields off Wilford Lane. They have two teams competeing in the Notts Amateur Alliance (NAA).

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If you are interested then please give them a call on 07855 298160 or contact them via twitter at @afcbridgford