Whaley Bridge 2
Ground & Match Enjoyment - 9/10
If truth be told my main 'excuse' to go to Knutsford apart form visiting family for the festive period was the opportunity of visiting my favourite Indian Restaurant anywhere. Shoehorned into the back streets of this quaint market town is 'Mowgli' – within this gem of an eatery you are served the most delicious food you could wish for. If you are ever stuck in traffic jams on the M6 just take a detour and pamper yourself , you will be pleased you had.
“There's nothing there” said my brother “no stands or anything” as he slipped into his mouth another slice of left over cold christmas turkey. But little did he know that for any serious groundhopper sometimes less is more.
The club was formed in 1888 and according to articles from notes from the Northwich Guardian dated 1888 the club played their games at The Heath. "Rugby was to be allowed and there was already Football played on the Heath". These notes are stored in the towns heritage centre. The first known record of a formal Knutsford Team comes from 29 December 1888 when, on Boxing Day, the Knutsford Football Club greatly distinguished themselves on the Heath against the Manchester ‘Aberdeen’ Club – being successful in scoring 14 goals to nil. They are one of the two founding members to have stayed in the league since its formation in 1948.
Today you are assured of a warm welcome at this impressive set up. The Reds have are the current League Champions but due to ground grading have not be promoted in to the North West Counties League , something they hope to change very soon. The Club is well maintained with a touch of class. The Clubhouse is great and the tea bar provides and excellent selection of hot beverages and warm pies with a knife and fork and even served on a plate ! , all at sensible prices. The setting is lovely, semi rural and surrounded by lovely majestic and mature trees.
It was an even first half but after the interval the visitors from the High Peaks scored two well taken goals and then with held manfully on to their lead until the final whistle.
Afterwards as the beautiful winter sunshine began to dip behind the trees it was smiles and handshakes all round between two teams who had given their all in a most entertaining match.
If all games and club visits in this league are this enjoyable then I will be back for more.
A visit to Knutsford FC comes with my warmest recommendation. I was not expecting much but in the end it was one of my favourite visits – simply superb.