Never let it be said that us Landlubber Midlanders won’t go the extra mile in order to watch some live sport.
It’s all well and good Duncan gallivanting off to Estonia on a scouting mission to source some new players for St Mirren but, aside from a recent visit to Gresley FC, (read it here) live sport has been in short supply.
Bearing in mind that myself and my two
drinking walking buddies recent trip to Matlock was before the easing on football crowds we decided to set up Beermat Tuesday FC.
(warming up for the big game)
Possibilities of playing Sheffield Wednesday were mooted but we settled for against Riber Rovers FC.
The only drawback of this was that (a) we’d already stopped off in four pubs and (b) it was an away fixture at a venue around 800 feet above sea level.
(crowd waiting at the bottom of the hill)
The hamlet of RIber is terrific and contains some serious hills as well as a nifty art gallery
featuring work from Eddie Hallam who is a bit of a legend in this part of the world.
(Riber Rovers groundsman preparing the pitch)
However, we had more important tasks to hand. I know Dave likes photos of my pals in uncompromising positions so he will be delighted with this effort.
With just one goal and an opposition team of two horses we were optimistic and Duncan will be pleased to know the score was a creditable 1-1 draw (attendance 1 est.).
Thankfully, after a steep climb it was downwards to Starkholmes but the White Lion was shut so more steps were in order as we looked for our post-match pint with views of Matlock Bath’s Heights of Abraham ahead.
594 – The Duke William DE4 3BZ loomed into view and it felt like a proper locals pub with less gastro than Tansley and it was (safely) full inside with two dogs having a sniffing and glaring contest in what looked like a mismatch.
Faced with the prospect of ‘dog bantz’ for around five minutes we plumped for the sunshine outside and a view to please Mark Shirley.
I think his influence might finally be rubbing off as we spotted a petanque court next to the beer patio out the front and watched the world go by with another magnificent pint of Landlord (Timothy Taylor’s).
One more climb back up and down took us into Matlock Bath for a visit to Rose Cottage (read here) and then the rattler back to Derby….
what a day and some fantastic countryside, which is often overlooked compared to the more fashionable Peak District towns.