|Brandon Colliery Band 1908|
Our selected afternoon venue was Brandon United who were entertaining Whitley Bay in a Northern League Division One fixture. Brandon is only a few minutes drive to the west of Durham and the landlady of the hotel/pub (superb hospitality) where we stayed, drove us to the ground. She was originally going to drop us at Durham bus station but I guess Ian Scott charmed her into an extension of our company.
|Brandon Colliery c 1928|
After a number of refreshing beverages post match in the local hostelries we headed back to Durham for more of the same. Deja vous struck at closing time when the landlady of the Dun Cow insisted on driving us back to the hotel. Very friendly these northern folk (or was she just tidying up the bar? - Ed).
As for the match, Brandon went 3-0 ahead before Whitley Bay levelled at three each. In the last minute Brandon secured the points with a twice taken penalty. Gripping stuff for £4 admission. Programmes 50p (basic but for the price OK).
Smid's subsequent visit (March 2008)