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June 2020

Football training Monday Practised heading the ball: Missed it – nutted the neighbours wall. . Tuesday Perfected my sideline throw: Fell in the mud – forgot to let go . Wednesday Worked on my penalty kick: A real bruiser – my toe met a brick. . Thursday Gained stamina – went for a jog: Ran […]

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December 2019

The Football Pitch that Dad Built (continued) At last they arrived. Dad unwrapped the parcel and unravelled the nets. He stretched them between his vice like hands testing their strength and smiling his approval. Eventually the bright orange nets hung over the posts. He put the ball down, took three paces back ran… and then…thump! […]

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October 2017 and The Western Hop

Net to net rolls the ball with the feet fast they scroll the kicks find the bar too small too hard to score a goal! . Sweats it out the forward saves it tough the one at back like a fort he must guard not allow a crack! . On the grass no guide or […]

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Holiday Jinx

Holiday Jinx Decided to take in a week’s holiday in a cottage just outside Colne, Lancashire, at a place a little indelicately named Foulridge. We had rented a cottage called “Toad Hall”, although the only connection with toads was a small stone effigy outside the front door. I had hoped that I might get five […]

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Early Season Blues

Ahhhh! Slowly, slowly, the drug begins to take effect! Meaningless little friendly matches at first, but very early on a new ground to add to the list speedily followed by four more. It is only the silly season really, ┬ástill warm, sunny and light in the evenings. Wait till it’s Winter and the gales howl […]

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Central Midlands League Bonanza

There was but a scarce week after the Mid-Wales Hop Up before The Central Midlands Football League Bonanza, but I managed to squeeze three games in between the two! On Monday evening, I followed an eccentric route to Hinckley United guided by what can only have been a slightly inebriated sat-nav. Hinckley has become almost […]

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