Between 1980 and 1986 I saw Motorhead pretty much every time they played at The Hammersmith Odeon - and they played there … a lot.
In 1982 Motorhead released the live album No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith - probably the finest live album ever released, and … Hammersmith in the album title - so … when it came out I thought “in amongst that roar is me”.
Turns out I was wrong - it didn’t take too long to find out becuase at the beginning of (We Are The) Road Crew a member of the crew introduces the song with the words “… come on Newcastle, let’s hear it for the road crew!”
So, things I (eventually) knew about the North East …
Most of No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith was recorded over two nights at The City Hall, Newcastle.
I’m not sure what I like about football - pretty certain it’s not what most people like about it. But I do rather love non-league (and lower league) football, maybe because, as a Wimbledon fan, most of my football watching has been on sparsely populated terraces.
I had been to very few matches in the years before we moved North, just the odd Wimbledon match when Adam could talk me into it, but arriving in the North East seemed to fire something unexpected and found me spending a few weekends and evenings standing on sparsely populated terraces… here’s a very quick round up.
So… this lot will probably be my North East team because they’ll be my local team and that’s who you should support. So I guess it’s appropriate that they have treated me to a rather uninspired season.
West Allotment Celtic
4 - 2
FA Cup (preliminary round)
3 - 4
FA Vase (Q1)
1 - 3
Northern League 1
My Whitley Bay FC record 2021/2 - three matches, three defeats
I love the FA Cup, particularly the early rounds - there’s something beautiful about lowly teams having dreams of cup glory. A lot of the games I went to this season were cup games, and Gateshead had a good run in the cup so I saw them quite a few times.
Gateshead reached the second round and put up a decent showing against Charlton
6 - 2
Bradford Park Avenue
FA Cup (Q2)
3 - 2
FA Cup (Q4R)
2 - 2
FA Cup (1)
0 - 2
FA Cup (2)
My Gateshead FC record 2021/2 - four matches, two wins, one draw, one defeat
I guess if I were a glory hunter I would have chosen North Shields as my North East team but that’s not how it works, also their ground The Morgue is a charmless field whereas Whitley Bay’s Hillheads feels like it’s been lived in.
I headed down to the south coast to see The Robins play Littlehampton
3 - 1
FA Cup (Q1)
1 - 0
FA Vase (QF)
1 - 3
Northern League 1
My North Shields FC record 2021/2 - three matches, two wins, one defeat
We went to Spennymoor Town becuase it was the FA Cup - turns out that was a mistake as it was a truly dreadful 0-0 draw - and annoyingly, becuase of that, it was the most memorable day!
I went to Percy Main Amateurs becuase … because why wouldn’t I want to see a team called Percy Main Amateurs.
0 - 0
FA Cup (Q3)
Percy Main Amateurs
1 - 2
Newcastle Blue Star
Northen Alliance Premier
There was one more match … Wimbledon’s first defeat of the season at Sunderland - things went badly downhill for The Dons after this - and they’re headed for League Two … and some sparsely populated terraces.