Groundhop To Return In 2022

Fri 19th November 2021 | Announcements
By Martin Fallon

The North West Counties Football League and GroundhopUK are delighted to announce the host clubs for the 2022 NWCFL Groundhop. The event will take place between 4-6 March and will feature seven matches across the East Lancashire and Yorkshire area of the League’s footprint. This weekend marks the return of the Groundhop to the NWCFL after a year out due to the pandemic. The North West Counties League Groundhop was the only one of the “hops” to run in 2020, taking place just a few weeks before “Lockdown”!

The matches chosen for this season’s event are, as always, still subject to final confirmation at this point. However, the draft schedule is as follows:

Friday 4 March

7.45pm Golcar United v Campion, Division 1 North

Saturday 5 March

11.00am Bacup Borough v St Helens Town, Division 1 North
2.00pm Padiham v Ashton Athletic, Premier Division
4.45pm Nelson v Cleator Moor Celtic, Division 1 North
7.30pm Barnoldswick Town v Avro, Premier Division

Sunday 6 March

11.30am Steeton v Ashton Town, Division 1 North
2.30pm Ilkley Town v Garstang, Division 1 North

Speaking of the Groundhop, North West Counties League’s Martin Fallon said “We are delighted to once again host GroundhopUK with the 2022 NWCFL Groundhop. The Groundhop has become a keenly anticipated weekend of the season, clubs, players and fans all look forward to it and we are sure lots of people will be thrilled with the selection of clubs for 2022. Previous 'hops have seen season best attendances and even ground record attendances at games, and hopefully we can continue that trend with this selection”

Chris Berezai from GroundhopUK said “The last NWCFL hop was based in the Southern part of the league’s area, so it makes sense to balance out the host clubs this time with some of the more Northern and Eastern clubs. The venues chosen include some classic old grounds that hoppers love, as well as some of the new additions to the League so there will be something for everyone. We are once again looking forward to working closely with the NWCFL to make it an event not to be missed!”

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