Pass It On Down

Dobwalls v Perranporth, Cornwall Senior Cup 3rd round

Sometimes it’s the solid markers of success and security, the bricks and mortar, that mean more to a grassroots football club than the end-of-season points tally or the thrill of a cup run. For Andy Walker, groundsman, treasurer and ‘doer of a multitude of other things’ at Dobwalls FC, the highlight of over Continue reading “Pass It On Down”

Stormy Weather

Storm v St Agnes, Trelawny League Division 3

Tony Howard, who took on the player-manager role at Storm FC at the start of the season, is on the touchline of the Roskear pitch waiting to see if he’ll have enough players to fill the teamsheet for today’s game. These are troubled times for the club. Relegated last season, now after just seven games in the Continue reading “Stormy Weather”

Steady As She Goes

Mawnan v St Buryan, Trelawny League Premier Division


For Leon Prynn, Mawnan FC committee member and vice president, the idea that a club has an established identity and a sense of what it stands for is important. And at Mawnan that understanding of the character of the club is deep-rooted. Leon himself played for the club in the 1970s and went on to be Continue reading “Steady As She Goes”

Workers’ Playtime

Holman SC v St Ives Town, Cornwall Combination League

There can be few towns and companies more inextricably linked historically than Holman Brothers Ltd and Camborne. At its peak the mining equipment manufacturer employed over 3000 people in the town, and a Holmans apprenticeship was a standard route into a skilled trade for generations. With its choir, sports and social clubs the company fostered a camaraderie among its workers, and for many Holmans was Camborne. Continue reading “Workers’ Playtime”

Bring The Boys Home

Threemilestone v Hayle, Trelawny League Division 1


As places to play football go, Boscawen Park in Truro is not too shabby. The pitches are reached via a walk passing through the park’s tidy flower beds and kids’ playground. To the east are tree-lined hills and to the west the tidal mudflats of the Truro River. The southern edge of the park, where the river Continue reading “Bring The Boys Home”

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”