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December 2016

The fans in the stand are silent You could hear the fall of a pin For the fabulous game just ended And the tale that’s about to begin. . From “The Goals of Billy Boot” by Allan Ahlberg (1937 – )   Saturday 3rd December 2016 Ryman Isthmian League Division 1 North Brightlingsea Regent 3 […]

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United Counties and Peterborough 2016

Each team would somehow pick itself No boys were left upon the shelf No substitution sulks or shame If you showed up you got a game. . Not 2-3-5 or 4-2-4 But 2-8-12 or even more Six centre forwards, five right wings Was just the normal run of things. . by Allan Ahlberg (1937 – […]

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Deja-vu

Team Talk 2 …………….Yes, and another thing I know your dad’s an expert I can hear him But take no notice – right? If I’d wanted to play you through the middle I would not have picked you At left back So let’s get out there Keep plugging away They’re not eight goals better than […]

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Ladies & Gentlemen

Ladies & Gentlemen (Early Days in November 2012)   Thursday 1st November 2012 EUFA Women’s Europa League k.o.:- 2.00pm Arsenal Ladies                   2                            FFC Turbine Potsdam                1 […]

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April Showers

After the Baris Northern Counties East(er) Groundhop, there was barely time to draw breath before it was Bank Holiday Easter Monday and the enticing prospect of three games in a day! Three games in a day used to be pretty easy as teams scattered kick off times like confetti at a white wedding, but of […]

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The Dog Days of March 2012

After all the excitement of Spain and Wales and The Central Midlands League Bonanza, the last few days of March were a quiet period when dogs lie low and expectation rises in anticipation of the next big hop and before you know where you are……………..the cricket season! Already, I have got upwards of fifty cricket […]

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