Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 28 November 2013
So, corruption in football rears its ugly head again, will it reach down to our level? I don't think so, surely even the mad keen gamblers of Hong Kong and Shanghai wouldn't want to cast a spell over the honest endeavours of the doughty battlers around Durham and Northumberland? Surely there aren't many in the opium dens of Happy Valley studying the Northern League fixtures and offering the view that Aycliffe at Dunston looks like a good draw? Maybe there are, maybe there are. But, even if they did fancy a bit of an asian handicap, could our lads manage to follow instructions? I doubt it again, not their strong point by and large. Marking up at corners is tough enough, if they had to not mark up at corners, but look as if they were, I reckon most of their brains would explode. So I think we can go on trusting that it's cock up not conspiracy we are watching.
Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Splendid effort last week, can we keep it going? No, not my comment on the Consett game, but roughly translated, Mr Woy's view of the England effort against Chile. Should have gone to Specsavers. We hear constant nonsense about the quality of the Premier League, then reality bites when a few twinkle toes from down south come to visit. They did look good though didn't they? Reinforces my suggestion of a major investment on Brazil for next year's World Cup, don't think they would be worrying too much about Chile, just getting themselves organised for next year.
Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Tuesday, 12 November 2013
It all seems very chipper over the fence at present, happy smiling faces all round. Results not quite as good as performances seems to be the general view; often the mistaken view of those in trouble, but let us assume not in this case. A lot of young boys around, not much need for razor blades as far as I can see, and you do fear for some of them when they come up against the more basic wily old campaigners in this league, but they have to learn; and it looks like they can run fast, which can be very handy when things get feisty. I think it will all be fine....
Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 31 October 2013
Two league wins in a week? Can this be right? Seems like it is, and very welcome at that. Looks like our new management team know the time of day, as all of us locals knew anyway, and the transfer of power seems to be seamless, congratulations in order for all concerned. The old boss seems happy wandering the North East terrorising Wearside League managers every time he appears on their touchlines, "scouting" as he calls it, "pinching my best lads" as they call it, and the new team can get on with their jobs in peace.
Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Monday, 21 October 2013
So, RCA out of the Vase, but England going to Brazil. A small mercy. Never mind, there is always next year, and we did win one game, and, so I am told, had a good day out at Bridlington, apart from the result. Good set up I hear, excellent pitch, good spectator facilities and a handsome clubhouse. Just like home then....
Still Brazil is something to look forward to next close season, a month of just about continuous football every evening. Tide us over to the pre-season friendlies no bother. Not the silky skills of John Jury, or the rugged line leading of Gav Barton admittedly, we must just make do with assorted South American ball players taking the proverbial out of lumbering Europeans, particularly England. What price Brazil in the same group? Odds on. And far it be from me to encourage anybody to gamble, but 7/2 about the host nation to win it? Like finding money in the street.
Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 26 September 2013
So, the first manager in Sunderland to lose his job this season is Paulo Di Canio. Something of a surprise, he was no better than second favourite in my book.
Well, it was certainly entertaining while it lasted, but you have to doubt the wisdom on a few fronts don't you? Personally I don't mind the ranting and raving, and I think he was right on the fitness front, but the results were poor. But then again, if you accept his analysis about how many faults there were needing to be put right, then you have to think it's going to take a few months to get sorted. Never mind, on we go, it's not of much interest really to us lads. Belting win on Saturday much more important, and a win in an FA competition at that, that doesn't happen often enough in these parts. With a trip to sunny Bridlington to follow, will we be causing havoc in the nitespots of the Yorkshire coast I wonder? Saturday night out in Scarborough on the way home, sounds good to me, but I'll have to give it a miss of course.
Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 14 September 2013
It's a long way home from Carlisle if you get beat, and for us it always seems to be a Tuesday night, which certainly makes it worse, so the point the other evening was gratefully received, I'm sure. Although my correspondents tell me it could easily have been all three. In particular a very solid first half performance, defending solidly and breaking well, with a shot rattled off the crossbar and the keeper making at least one top class save, could have seen us go in more than the one goal to the good at half time. Inevitably the massed ranks of highly paid Scottish mercenaries, taking advantage of their full time training and consequent fitness edge, put us under the cosh a bit second half, but overall a very good show, I am reliably informed. However, apparently one of our colleagues, bouncing back across the A69 to the upbeat strains of Marvin Gaye, failed to spot a speed camera and may pay the price, which took the gloss of his good humour, but you can't have everything now can you? Still all in the camp seems sunshine and harmony at present, much philosophising for the Sky cameras going on the other day, National Non League Day no less as you all know, and barely a harsh word to be heard all afternoon. What could possibly go wrong? Just wait, we'll think of something...