IFA Roundup – October 2023

October was a busy month in the IFA, with at least 2 games taking place on each Saturday of the month. There was a total of 64 goals across the 13 games that took place in October!

Saturday 7th October

October began with a British Cup Group Game in Scotland and an English League fixture.

Livingston GS hosted Fir Park Corner (Motherwell Supporters) in a highly anticipated British Cup Group Game, with both sides on unbeaten runs after a strong start to the IFA season. As expected, it was a close game and the unbeaten runs would continue after a 2-2 draw. Michael Dosser and Paul Miller scored for Livingston GS, whilst Josh Ferrie and David Grier found the net for the visitors.

In the English League, there was a double header between Shrewsbury Town Supporters and Claret Shoemakers (Northampton Town Supporters) who were playing prior to their respective club’s 3pm League One fixture. Charlie Warren of Shrewsbury Town Supporters scored a brace, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Claret Shoemakers taking the 3 points, thanks to goals from Brendan Walsh, James Hurley and Ross Quennell.

Saturday 14th October

During the International Break were 4 fixtures, with 2 in the English League, including a double header, and 2 in the Scottish League.

New Brompton Gills (Gillingham Supporters) played their first game of the season when they travelled to Saddlers FC (Walsall Supporters), ahead of the League Two match between Walsall and Gillingham. Despite goals from Liam Stewart and Michael Stevens of the New Brompton Gills, it just wasn’t their day, after 4 goals from the hosts. Chris Saunders and Jack Pearson were on the scoresheet for the Saddlers and Rob Harvey scored twice, to help the Saddlers to a 4-2 win.

Claret Shoemakers (Northampton Town Supporters) hosted MK Dons Supporters in the other English League fixture. Despite a goal from Bobby Marsh of the MK Dons Supporters, the hosts emerged 3-1 winners, thanks to a brace from Brendan Walsh and a goal from Phil Smith.

In Scotland, Internazioswally Airdrie (Airdrieonians Supporters) were looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season when they hosted Alloa Athletic Supporters in a Scottish League fixture. They would continue their unbeaten run after putting six past the visitors in a 6-0 win. There were individual goals from Stevie Collins, Alex Cummings, Stewart Paterson, Fraser Fernie and Chris Couples. An unfortunate own goal completed the scoring on a miserable day for the visitors.

In the other Scottish League game, Fir Park Corner (Motherwell Supporters) travelled to Queen’s Park Supporters FC, with the away side also hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the season, like Internazioswally Airdrie. Goals from David Grier and Greg Rudder would help Fir Park Corner to another 3 points and a continuation of their fine form, with a 0-2 win.

Saturday 21st October

The penultimate Saturday of October saw 2 games in Scotland – a British Cup Group game between Internazioswally Airdrie (Airdrieonians Supporters) and Queen’s Park FC, plus a Scottish League fixture where Fir Park Corner (Motherwell Supporters) travelled to Alloa Athletic Supporters.

Internazioswally Airdrie went into the game with an unbeaten start to the season, which they managed to maintain after beating Queen’s Park Supporters 3-1. Goals from Ian McPherson, Stewart Gilcrist and Paul McManus ensured that Greg McArthur’s goal was a consolation for Queen’s Park.

Like Internazioswally Airdrie, Fir Park Corner are yet to taste defeat so far this season and they managed to maintain their unbeaten start after beating Alloa Athletic Supporters 0-4. Jake Glancy, Mark Preston, Greame McMahon and Craig Keatings all got a goal each for Fir Park Corner.

Saturday 28th October

October ended with 5 games on the final weekend of the month. There were 2 games in the English League and 3 games in Scotland, including a Scottish League fixture and 2 British Cup Group Games.

In the English League, Abbey United (Cambridge United Supporters) hosted Carlisle United London (Carlisle United Supporters) prior to their respective clubs’ 3pm League One fixture, with both sides were playing their first game of the season. Carlisle United Supporters emerged 1-5 victors after a Lucas Tembey inspired performance. Tembey scored a hat-trick, with James Griffiths and Chris Tembey completing the scoring for the visitors. Matthew Adlem got a consolation for the hosts.

The other English League fixture was between 2 local IFA rivals, Bury FC Supporters and Manchester United Supporters. It was an 8-goal thriller that was edged by Bury FC Supporters who claimed their first win of the season. The game finished 5-3 with Bury FC Supporters’ Connor Hargreaves hitting a hat-trick, whilst Greame Tobin and Adeboboye Taiwo got a goal apiece. A Calum Beckett goal and a Martyn Woods brace just wasn’t enough for Manchester United Supporters.

In Scotland, Glasgow Piraten travelled to KaisAyr (Ayr United Supporters) hoping to get their first win of the season in their British Cup Group game. Unfortunately for Glasgow Piraten, KaisAyr made sure that the visitors would have to wait a bit longer for that win, as the hosts won 4-2. Although Alan Johnston scored 2 for Glasgow Piraten, KaisAyr’s Mark Pettigrew also got a brace and a goal each from Calum Roseblade and Pete Noble ensured that the hosts emerged victorious.

Fir Park Corner (Motherwell Supporters) hosted Internazioswally Airdrie (Airdrieonians Supporters) in a highly anticipated British Cup Group game, with both sides yet to lose a game this season. As expected, it was a tightly contested affair where neither side could find a winning goal, meaning that the shares were spoiled, and the respective unbeaten starts were maintained. It ended 1-1, with Craig Keatings scoring for Fir Park Corner, and Gregg McPake notching for Internazioswally Airdrie.

The one Scottish League fixture was between Jags For Good (Partick Thistle Supporters) and Real Maroon (Hearts Supporters), with Real Maroon looking for their first win of the season. Sadly, for Real Maroon, they’ll have to wait a bit longer after an Arinze Okafor inspired performance helped Jags For Good win the game 7-0 in a dominant display. Arinze Okafor got 4 goals himself, whilst Richard Brown, Jonny Brown and Molamin Keita got a goal each.

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