Monday, 16 January 2017

hedgegrower Salutes the Fingerpost Travel Club !

Sunday 15 January 2017 was a significant day for travelling County supporters. It is exactly 25 years since the Fingerpost Travel Club first hit the roads of the UK taking County fans up and down the country in support of their team!

This blog is delighted to offer congratulations to Lou Spalding and all who are associated with this brilliant effort.

Flyer circa 1991/92
Flyer 2015/16
Formed in 1991/92 season, and run by  Jim Wilkinson, Lou Spalding , and for a time Bob Jefferies, the FTC  has hardly missed a match during the ensuing years, indeed season 2016/17 again sees the Flyer with a 100% record for covering every match throughout the season.

FTC Awards 1996/97

Travelling County fans are well served by the FTC ,by Bullocks who provide top class coaches, and Lou Spalding – a tireless host who organises everything, supplying hot drinks on the longer journeys, and occasionally doing some driving himself!

In this respect, catch this link to a BBC film from 2010/11 when they accompanied the Flyer one snow blighted winter morning ,to Swindon , as the usual suspects headed off to support their team, then mired  in a relegation battle.
The workaholic Lou Spalding took on the driving that day, and look out for the magnificent Man Utd put down from Pete......

Over the years the FTC has involved itself fully in the County family, whether it be sponsoring the County Cricket Match…

..providing much needed equipment to a local hospital etc. FTC have been proud to play a part…

and hedgegrower is equally proud , and pleased to salute them!

Long may the Fingerpost Flyer fly!   

Ian Brown

Friday, 13 January 2017

Away Ground Guide 16- Brackley Town (Tuesday 31 January 2017)

Club Name: Brackley Town
Nickname: The Saints
Founded: 1890
Ground : St. James Park
                  Churchill Way,
Brackley, Northants, NN13 7EJ
Ground Capacity:3500( 600 seated)

Admission Price 2016/17:    Adults             £12
                                                Concessions :  £6
                                               Under 18          £1
                                               2 Adults/ 3 u18  £25

Car Parking : £2

I like St James``s neat, clean and nicely constructed, with seats on two sides. Cover is at a premium, if you like to stand, but with crowds averaging around 250, and seats sufficient for that number and more, what`s the problem?
There was no segregation, which was good, and no problems which was even better, both sets of fans mixing amicably around the bar!


I gave prior warning of the quality of the sausage and chips at this venue, and they did not disappoint. Real Sausage and chunky chips had most County fans munching away contentedly! Well above average this eatery, and at £3.00 not too great a strain on the resources either!

Directions :

1.    M60
2.   M56
3.    M6
4.    M6 Toll [Toll road]
5.   Continue onto M42
6.   At junction 3A, exit onto M40 toward London/Warwick/Stratford
7.   At junction 11, take the A422/A361 exit to Banbury
8.   At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A422 Going through 1 roundabout
9.   At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Banbury Rd Going through 2 roundabouts
10.               Turn right onto Bridge St
11.               Take the 1st left onto Churchill Way

Estimated Journey Time   -  2 Hours 20 Minutes

Post Codes for Sat Navs :    NN13 7EJ

Nearest Real Ale pubs:

  0.2m    Loco Inn on Bridge Street.

  0.2m    Red Lion  on Market Place.

Coach travel ; The Fingerpost Flyer again will travel to Brackley and take you there.
Details to follow...

To book phone Lou on 0789 6536757

Ian Brown

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Away Ground Guide- FC Halifax Town ( Saturday 28 January 2017)

The MBi Shay Stadium:  

FC Halifax Town
Address: The MBi Shay Stadium, Halifax, HX1 2YT (HX1 2YS for sat nav's)
Telephone: 01422 341222

Admission Prices;

Seats:  £16/ Conc £13/ Under 16's £5/Under7-£3
Standing: £15/ Conc £12 / Under 16's £5/ Under 7- £3

FC Halifax share the Shay with Halifax Rugby .
Oldsters will know the Shay to be a decent stadium well capable of housing substantial crowds at our current level, and the facilities are fairly good as well.

Catering I remember from a season or two ago as being OK , and the view from whichever spot they dump us in should be good.

From the North:

By Car.

Take the M62 exiting at junction 24, follow signs for A629 Halifax into Skircoat Road, then onto Shaw hill where you will find the ground

By Rail

Five to Ten minutes walk from Halifax station. Leave the car park, turn left and the ground is on your right in 1/2 mile.

Away Accommodation.

Well......see that photo at the header....forget it....this is where you will be.....

....... an older but perfectly serviceable stand

South Stand -

The Skircoat stand is all seater down the Skircoat Road side of the MBi Shay Stadium and when open is for away supporters.

Real Ale Pubs Close by....

First off we have  Three Pigeons just 0.2m away on Sun Fold.......

 then at 0.3m there is Shears Inn on Paris Gate.......

or should you find yourself able to resist the above maybe this will tempt you, still just 0.3m away on Clare Road.....Dirty Dick's Food & Ale Emporium ( no contest really)....

By Coach.......

The Fingerpost Flyer will get you there( details t/f)

Ring Lou on 07896 536757 to book.

 Ian Brown