long eaton united

Consett’s next game: a first-ever visit to Long Eaton United

With no game this Saturday, our next match is away to Long Eaton United on Saturday, 8 October, with a 3pm kick-off. It will be our sixth consecutive away match in all competitions.

The usual limited number of places are available to supporters now on the official club coach to the game, priced £20. Call at the ground or phone 01207 588886 to book. Please note that seats must be paid for in advance.

Like Consett, Long Eaton are also in their debut season in the NPL, after being promoted as champions of the United Counties League Premier Division North.

They play at Grange Park in Station Road, Long Eaton, which is in Derbyshire, despite being beside the River Trent. It is close to the Nottinghamshire border, and has a Nottingham postcode (NG10 2EF).

The football club is most famous for producing Garry Birtles, a striker who Brian Clough signed for Nottingham Forest for £2,000.

He went on to win two European Cups with Forest in 1979 and 1980, and was capped three times by England in a career which also included spells at Manchester United, Notts County and Grimsby Town.

The journey from Consett to Long Eaton is 156 miles, and should take just under three hours via the A1(M), M1 and A52.

Gary Welford