Bacup Borough 3 v Padiham 1 (After Extra Time)
Attendance: 80 Admission: £6
Ground : Old scenic ground set amongst the Lancashire Penine countryside - a must tick ! 10/10
Food/Drink: Delicious home made Pie and i had seconds and was even tempted for thirds !! (secret recipe they told me !) Peas and Gravy £2 10/10
Conditions :Wet, slippery and rain storms
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A visit to Bacup had long been on my 'must tick' list and reading fellow hopper 'Where's the Tea Hut' report it moved up into my top three on grounds i must visit at the earliest opportunity if anything to get it out of my system. It was a ground that intrigued me because every time i mentioned it to someone they just smiled as if to say "are you mad".The more people who said that the more i wanted to visit this Lancashire Town.
It was also a "Black Pudding Derby"match and also FA Vase Replay ... who could resist that !.
|My fav pic of Bacup's Ground|
I loved the rickety old stands set with a beautiful backdrop of the Lancashire countryside - peaceful in every way. After taking my photos i spoke with the locals who encouraged me to try their "award winning pie" which can be obtained in the beautifully named "Martin Peters Bar" - no not him of '66 ! but the son of the manager !! The bar from the outside looked not so good and uninviting but once inside was spacious and vibrant with the walls full of history from years gone by.
Inside the Martin Peters Bar
The Homemade Pie and Peas was delicious, the best so far this season, you could tell it was homemade, when i asked whats inside the reply came "its a secret" - so much was it good i went back for seconds !
The game started in light rain and as early as the 2nd minute i saw the miss (or double miss of the season). The Bacup forward went round the goalie had and open goal and hit the bar ! it rebounded back to him , still with an open goal he second shot hit the post !!! and rebounded to a Padiham player. Bacup scored a 28th minute penalty and then a minute late the Bacup bench was barking out oders to their left back - he told them to f*** off and said "if you can find someone better do so" - less than 30 seconds later he was substituted and whilst coming off took off his shirt and threw it to the ground in disgust ... " and don't bother turning up for training next week" came the reply from the bench as he went down the tunnel. It was so funny !
Bacup left back being subbed ....watch vid
Extra time was completed in the pouring rain and Bacup scored 2 goals to end up 3-1 winners.
My adventure in Bacup had come to an end , and what an enjoyable adventure it had been.
But rest assured i will be back ! this was a gritty northen ground full of charm in every way - quite simply outstanding !