And as one season ends. . .another one kicks off!

Quick off the mark: Fans get in some early football as the first pre-season friendlies got underway this week.          Photograph: Steve Ellis
Quick off the mark: Fans get in some early football as the first pre-season friendlies got underway this week. Photograph: Steve Ellis
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IT’S back - although it never really has gone away has it?

Euro 2012 carried football lovers through the usually barren month of June. After last Sunday’s final, there’d be those anticipating a brief interlude before pre-season friendlies started in earnest.

Not so. They kicked off pre-season fixtures in South Yorkshire this week. As early as July 3, in fact.

Our photographer Steve Ellis was at Moorends on Tuesday to see Thorne Colliery, of the Central Midlands League, take on N.Counties East League (NCEL) side Dinnington Town who probably reckon it handy preparation for entertaining an Owls side next Tuesday.

And if you hadn’t had your fill of tournament football from Euro 2012, you could have caught the pre-season Teversal tournament with two local NCEL sides Staveley and Parkgate in action on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.