Tuesday 25 April 2023

361 loughborough university stadium (v derby u21s)

Ground number 361

Date of First Visit: 24th April 2023

Loughborough University Stadium, Loughborough

Derby County U21s 1

Newcastle United U21s 4 (Jamie Miley, Diallo (pen), Lewis Miley, Ndiwedi)

FA Premier Reserve League 2

Attendance: 300 (estimated) (5 NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers)

Diallo steps up to take penalty kick ! 
(U21s in dark blue and gold change strip)
(Special thanx to 'Tex Taylor' for the photos az I woz tooo slow to get mee phone oot)

"I'D  WALK  A  MILLI🙂N  MILEYS  F😊R  😉NE  😀F         Y😄UR  SMILEYS!" 

125 years after NUFCs last visit to Loughborough in 1898, where wor forst team won 1-0, we paid WOR 1st ever visit to see wor U21s in action and won again, 4-1 this time!

Derby U21s play some of their home games at Loughborough University's Stadium 21 miles from Derby and az this woz yet another new groond for the Toonhoppers, we made the 170 mile pilgrimage to deepest Leicestershire to tick this one off! 

This iz the home of Loughborough University FC, who play in 'The United Counties Leegue Premyaa Division North' (Step 5 in the pyramid system) They have an excellent main stand with a great view and smaall terracin' on the other 3 sides of the groond, which holds 3,500 in total.

The story of the game woz the Miley brothers, Lewis and Jamie, who scored 2 of the goals and assisted in 2 ('yours truly' actually went to infant school with their grandad, 'many moons' ago!)

The forst goal in the 30th minute woz scored by Jamie Miley who woz put through by hiz brother Lewis!

Then just before the break Harrison Ashley woz fouled in the box and Diallo converted the resulting spot kick to put us 2-0 up!

7 minutes after the restart Diallo crossed for Lewis Miley to volley home to make it 3-0 to The Toon!

Then calamity struck when wor goalie Max Thompson woz sent off for 'last man' challenge on Wheeldon on the edge of the box! 

Hiz replacement Will Brown woz then shown a yellow card for a foul in the box, which resulted in a penalty to the home side. Brown saved the spot kick to keep wor 3 goal advantage!

Jamie Miley then played in Ndiwedi in the 64th minute to put us 4 goals to the good, with a great shot!

Derby pulled one back through Robinson in the 72nd minute  but it woz tooo little too late and we ran oot 4-1 winners!

That's TEN GOALS in 2 days for NUFC sides, after wor 1st team's 6-1 rout of Sporz the day before!---Long may it continue!

One drinkin den woz added to the away pub crawl list! Runnin total now 133!

View of the pitch from the excellent Robert Allison Suite (Whoever he iz???)

Flashback to 1898

Loughborough University groond iz on the left of the map and the *star shows where the game took place in 1898 aboot a mile away!



*Very strangely, there woz a Doncaster Rovers fan at the match, wearin hiz red and white hooped shirt---and even more strangely, (beleeeve it or not!) he woz carryin' a Doncaster Rovers garden gnome?????


Footnote: The official gate woz later given az 128 (looked a lot more to me?)
And the sending off happened after the 2nd goal, not the 3rd! (Glennn from Ashington haz pointed oot my dilibrit misstayks!)

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