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”

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”

The Modern Age

Grampound v North Hill, Duchy League Division 1


In a global, digital age it’s frustrating that so many grassroots clubs don’t seem bothered to engage with a wider world beyond their immediate community. Some make a go of it, but the web’s littered with the long-dead websites and social media pages of Cornish clubs. They start enthusiastically, with a flurry of Continue reading “The Modern Age”

Out of the Mystic

Tintagel v Lanivet Inn, Duchy League Division 2


There’s something incongruous about the existence of a football team in a place that’s famous for something entirely different. The village of Tintagel, due purely to its ruined castle’s spurious link with Arthurian legend has, somehow, thanks to the dumb logic of our dumb age, seen its old centre Continue reading “Out of the Mystic”

Man Out of Time

Madron v Stithians, Trelawny League Division 4


Almost every football phone-in radio show you listen to seems to feature an Arsenal fan calling in to moan about their underachieving team. They’re invariably followed by a call from a supporter of mid-table Championship club x, who will let the Arsenal fan know that they don’t know they’re born, that Continue reading “Man Out of Time”

Abide With Me

Constantine v Threemilestone, Trelawny League Division 1


Brian Jorey, Constantine chairman and ex-player, is looking over some old team photographs in the social club by the ground. As with most clubs the pictures capture the occasional highlights, the trophies and promotions, and the long fallow spells in between. Brian has a realist’s acceptance of the way a Continue reading “Abide With Me”