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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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October 2016

¬† The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee (From “The Destruction of Sennacherib” by Lord Byron 1815)   Monday 3rd October 2016 […]

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Are The Daffodils Really Here?

For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils. William Wordsworth . . . Monday 22nd April 2013 Chromasport & Trophies United Counties League k.o.:- 7.45pm […]

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The Season’s Evening Draws On

  This is the place. Stand still, my steed, Let me review the scene, And summon from the shadowy Past The forms that once have been. The first verse of “A Gleam of Sunshine” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)     Tuesday 16th April 2013 Chromasports & Trophies United Counties League k.o.:- 7.45pm Premier Division […]

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Autumn Avalanche

Autumn Avalanche After the North Berks hop, you might have thought that the mad football hopping world might wind down from the crazy merry-go-round, into calmer waters. Not a bit of it; it seemed that games far and near continued to fly past with machine gun rapidity. Even so, I fell one short of fifty […]

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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, ¬†still warm, sunny and light in the evenings. Wait till it’s Winter and the gales howl […]

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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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The End of January 2012

It was a bit of a comedown getting back to dear old Blighty! Between the last match at SC Veendam on Monday 23rd January, I only saw three more matches before the end of the month! I did come back from Holland nursing a bad chest but when has that stopped me in the past? […]

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