If You Build It, They Will Come

Halsetown v Camborne School of Mines, Trelawny League Premier Division

When Londoner Bob Pratt moved down to Halsetown, a little village just south of St Ives that’s a gateway between the tourist town and the badlands of West Penwith, he was missing his football. This was the mid-seventies and, while Bob was enjoying watching the beautifully named and now long-defunct team Continue reading “If You Build It, They Will Come”

The Kids Are Alright

St Columb Major v Saltash United, Duchy League Division 2

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Cornish junior football, and indeed the grassroots game across the country, is in something of a crisis. Three clubs from the Duchy and Trelawny Leagues have already folded this season and player registration is down year on year. The finger is routinely pointed at the Continue reading “The Kids Are Alright”

Family Affair

Altarnun v Saltash United, Duchy League Division 2

Kevin Sandercock, Altarnun FC’s self-styled ‘secretary-cum-everything-else’, is doing the pre-match changing room tidy up. At most clubs this would involve a once-over with the cloth and broom but for Kevin it’s a hellish fortnightly ritual of sweeping up great mounds of flies – literally thousands of Continue reading “Family Affair”