View from the cemetery

View from the cemetery - September 2014

A point at last, well done boys! And well deserved from what I saw through the netting. So on we go, many more to follow in coming weeks I'm sure. And the Lucky 7 is a rollover I believe, which always gets the locals excited, three figures is big money in these parts. Mind I can remember buying one of my best ever cars for £50, so it goes to show that values change over time. It had no seatbelts and little in the way of brakes, but it went well, as long as it wasn't raining, happy days....

I digress. Deadline day for the big boys yesterday, did our friends at the Stadium get Borini after all? Or decide on a Uruguayan centre half in the Liverpool sales instead? Alvarez? Welbeck? You will know all by now. There will be a few expensive turkeys bought by somebody desperate you can guarantee that. Just got to hope they end up in Black and White.

View from the Cemetery - August 2014 - Part 3

For obvious reasons we don't get to see a lot of televised football in this place, but I did manage to see a bit of Manchester United this week. Typical of Sunderland that they manage a draw against the Reds and it turns out to be the worst anybody has done against them so far this season. Some side those Wimbedon exiles, and the troubles of the long time big boys does seem to give a lot of people pleasure. The Germans have a word for it, though we normally use two....

Back to the real thing though. Not a great start to the season, he says diplomatically. Although from what I saw we should probably have won against West Allotment and the replay with Bishops was a close run affair, but most people only see the result, and make their mind up on that basis. Never mind, nothing' s won or lost in August, it's a long season. And the new kit looks very smart.

View from the Cemetery - August 2014 - Part 2

A factor in this new season which had escaped my attention until Sunday, and which for some reason has tickled me more than somewhat, is the new name under which the Conference clubs will be operating this year. You probably already noticed. It is now the Vanarama Football Conference no less. Vanarama are no doubt a top class outfit, the go to guys if you need to lease a van, part of the Autorama Group, based in the fine footballing town of Hemel Hempstead, and obviously determined to raise their profile through the medium of football. Good luck to them I say. But I can’t help thinking that as they started casting the net for new sponsors the good people of the Conference management committee were hoping for something maybe a little bit more upmarket, or at least more upmarket sounding. BT Sport maybe, or perhaps British Gas. Or if not more upmarket then one of the apparently endless supply of betting firms now on the go; the Paddy Power Conference, or the Bet 365 Conference. But no, after much diligent effort it is the Vanarama Conference after all. And very good it sounds.

View from the cemetery - August 2014

According to Google Earth the grounds of Billingham Synthonia and Billingham Town are about 400 yards apart, as the crow flies. Meadow Park and the Colliery Welfare by comparison are about 800 yards apart. So not the closest, but it still makes no sense to have RCA and the CW at home at the same time, which, unless postponements, cup ties and secretarial ingenuity can work their magic, will happen time after time this season. It's just a cock up of course, not a conspiracy as many would have it, but it is very harmful, not just to RCA and the Welfare, but also to trying to build Northern League football in Sunderland. Self inflicted wounds, the most painful kind, he says pompously...

View from the cemetery - March 2014 - Part 4

Last home game of the season, and still in March? What has happened? Is summer football starting after all? Or is it just the vagaries of the old Golightly computer? Seems a bit odd whatever the reason, and with all to play for as well. There seem to be a lot of conspiracy theories around at the moment, so is this the making of another one? Has the fat lad upset someone in authority? Again? Makes you wonder. Never mind, some of us will just moulder on down here while you lot enjoy the delights of Crook and Bedlington and such like, not to mention Penrith on a Tuesday night; always a fun ride out. Shouldn't complain of course, those lads are back and forth across the A66 every other week, and still have a boatload to go. And they put up a decent show here on the Meadow a fortnight since, although as an unbiased supporter I thought the second half effort from our bold lads deserved a point at least. And by all accounts the same applied down at Guisborough last week. Well, nobody ever said it was fair, or if they did they are daft.

The reason football is the best game in the world is because the best side doesn't always win. Or so I reckon anyway. Which doesn't mean you should rely on luck, doing things right is the way to go, and by and large it pays off overall. The late, great Bob Paisley used to maintain that you should always ignore results good or bad when looking at your team, because there was nothing much you could do about results, what mattered was performances, and if you got that right the results would follow. All very true no doubt, although some think a little bit bribery also helps sometimes....

View from the cemetery - March 2014 - Part 3

Well, Saturday was close wasn't it? Terrible conditions, couldn't work out whether it was better to be playing down the bank with the wind at your back, or up it with it in your face, and neither could the players of either side to be honest. But our bold lads battled away and finally cracked it with a superb free kick from young Wilson; he can strike a dead ball, can't he? So, over the forty point mark and still a long way to go before we can claim to be safe, funny old season. Should keep us focused though, and the interest up, although I note us home only fans have only one more game to enjoy this season after Penrith on Tuesday night, with another six on the road. Like the Gypsy Kings on tour. And just as we appear to have finally laid the old home game hoodoo, let’s hope it isn't going to turn the other way now....

View from the cemetery - March 2014 - Part 2

So back to the real thing as the Wembley dream dares to disappear, and probably for another fifteen years at that. Never mind, much more importantly it's a big few days coming up for the bold boys over the fence. Points in the bag or games in hand? What would you choose? By Wednesday morning we will have a good idea. Might be delighted, might be very worried, or more probably somewhere in between. Have to ignore the home game problems which still haunt us from time to time mind, and by all accounts Billy Town are planning on going down with a flourish, making plans, plotting results, and even signing some of our old boys I hear, and tasty ones as well. Still, I'm confident we can do the business, and with Penrith to follow, always a long ride out from Cumbria on a Tuesday night, we have got to have a chance with that one as well. Let's be positive boys and girls! One thing I reckon is that it will go to the wire, as it usually does.

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