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View from the Cemetery - October 2014 - Part 5

I don't know why, but I fell to musing the other day on the issue of players and their tendency nowadays to move on every season, or maybe more often. So, who is the record holder for the NL? Who has done his bit for more clubs than any other? Must be old Jamie Clarke surely? I use the term 'old' affectionately of course, our little club being one of the many who have been graced by his talents over the years. More clubs than the proverbial Jack Nicklaus indeed. But you might know of another contender. That little baldy winger whose name thankfully escapes me at the minute springs to mind as well. So, why do so many players move clubs so often nowadays? Well, probably because they can, if truth be told. The old days of a group of players largely sticking together through a few seasons seems to have gone at most clubs, which can make it tricky for fans, trying to separate your Jasons from your Jonathans. Best to stick to "well played son" I reckon, on most occasions. But we have had a few stalwarts over the years, and I hear a rumour that we may be planning a presentation to one such some time soon, watch out for more info...

And grinding it out point by point, will this rash of home games help us on the climb up the table, let us hope so. We certainly need to win a few, and not just cup ties!

View from the Cemetery - October 2014 - Part 4

Very unlucky up at Bedlington on Saturday I am told, although missing pens can't really be counted as bad luck, can it? But overall by all accounts we were much the better side, against a team going very well indeed. But no points, which we rather need at the minute. Never mind, the next game is always the important one. Bob Paisley used to say you should ignore results, as anything could happen in football, and focus on performances only. Mind, he was usually top of the table so he could afford to let results look after themselves, bit more difficult down the other end.

View from the Cemetery - October 2014 - Part 3

Well, well, well. What a change. A good game on Tuesday night, or at least it looked it from the restricted view area. And a decent crowd in, including a lot of recognisable faces from around the league. Keen to get a look at what the new boys in charge are up to, and I guess they must have been reasonably impressed. A very decent performance, and probably unlucky not to take all three points against the league leaders. But a draw keeps this little run going, can we do the same or better on Saturday and move off the bottom? Be a big boost, so fingers crossed.

View from the Cemetery - October 2014 - Part 2

Another win in a cup tie, what is going on here? Six cup games, four wins; nine league games, no wins, what kind of crazy form is this? Or is it just the new gaffer showing his magic touch straight away? Undefeated, amazing. I'm no expert, and never was, as many will tell you, but from my limited view we look a bit more purposeful of late, a bit more direct, and a bit tougher in defence. Or maybe this is just wishful thinking, I hope not. A few new or former faces appearing again, and at least we have plenty of bodies, with a good few young ones amongst them.

View from the cemetery - October 2014

According to the league chairman our game at Jarrow Roofing the other week was poor, poor and poor. Harsh I'm led to believe. Usual mistakes cost us dear, but we played with some spirit and might have got something from the game but for the Jarrow keeper who was excellent, or at least that was the way I heard it. And mostly a fairly contested event, and a small but engaged and vocal crowd. And anyway not the kind of promotional chit chat from the bigwigs which is likely to bring more in, if you ask me. Only saying. But what would I know?

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.

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