FOOTBALL can be a fickle mistress and Ferriby’s fall from grace has been rapid – much like the Colne Dynamos (remember them anyone) side in the 90s they marched up through the lower-league ranks then slid back from whence they came in double-quick time.

I’ve not managed to get to a Villagers game yet but have watched their start (back) in the Northern Prem with interest – 1 draw and 1 loss spells a pretty dull opening to the campaign after conceding a late goal at Whitby and the loss/draw combo matches exactly Mickleover’s own two games.

But, despite that turgid picture there’s a reason I have selected this match, as it was a fixture that was once one of the hottest Northern Prem H2H’s and saw some absolute crackers a few years back with no love lost between the teams.

With a total of 29 goals across the last 5 H2Hs we have a mouthwatering average goals per match of just under six – the scorelines of 6-2, 4-0, 3-1, 4-2 and 3-4 offer up a pretty good picture of the nature of these Derby v Yorkshire derbies.

It may be early days in this campaign but both sides feature defences that were ripped apart throughout the end of the previous league run-in. The majority of Mickleover’s matches saw 3 or more goals whereas Ferriby suffered many a humiliating scoreline.

With no significant injury news and both managers clearly stating they want to put the campaign back on track I suspect we may be in for a few goals here at The Don Ammot Arena.


  1. nathanufton 9 months ago

    Not sure if you know this, but when my beloved Derby sign new players, managers, coaches etc, they ALL live in Mickleover and its surrounding area. I also know for a fact that some former players regularly head over to Mickleover Sports and throw in their two-penneth worth because they still live in the area and still socialise with other past and current players. Mickleover have never ever strived to have the success that we’ve seen Nigel Clough build in his early days at Burton, probably because nobody will invest in what is essentially a full time amateur club. But, they do have links back to Derby footie club and I’m sure their academy/youth setup will be taking the occasional ” Jolly ” down to see them. I’ll look into it, see if I can find any squad news. It would be interesting to see how many ex players needing their fix of ” Sunday league ” football are actively involved.

    • Mr Fixit 9 months ago

      I thought HullShaker had just made them up especially when he called them Micklover.

    • HullShaker 9 months ago


    • HullShaker 9 months ago

      Evening Nathan – plenty of market news, team news and local ‘feeder’ link coverage on teams like Mickleover/Ferriby these days…social media, websites, fanzines are relatively low-cost operations and many of the ‘team-to-fan’ lines of communication at these ‘Sunday League’ teams as you call them would knock spots off your big EPL/Championship sides ?

  2. hollywood rainham 9 months ago

    Decent tip. But good old Corals & other bookies don’t cover the match. Never mind. Fingers crossed Guys.

    • HullShaker 9 months ago

      Shame that – Coral used to always do the English lower leagues and often had the best market coverage ?

  3. nathanufton 9 months ago

    I’ve spotted former Derby defender Pablo Mills is a regular, and Clinton Morrison ( you must remember him ) he’s a regular forward. It seems the club is set up way too good for the status it currently has. They have a reserves side, an academy, and every age group from under 8’s to under 18’s. Could be that its a bit of a low level feeder club to get the local kids on the first rung of the ladder. Don Amott ( king of caravans – former Derby board member is chairman and another committee member Peter Lorimar is also a former Derby board member ). They have the structure in place but the club is really tiny.

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