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View From the Cemetery - January 2013

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 3 January 2013

A happy new year to both my readers, kindly try and look interested at the back, and here we go again on another footballing year, what will it bring? Time for some predictions? OK, since you ask so nicely.

Well it looks like our friends on Tyneside are determined to maintain their self-appointed title as the entertainers, their 10 goal adventure at Arsenal certainly entertained the lads in the Ryhope bars the other night, so yes, I think we can rely on continuing mirthful activity from the wee club at Sid James Park, the gift that just keeps on giving. And enjoy the trip to Kharkiv by the way...

View from the Cemetery - December 2012 - Part 3

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 20 December 2012

Time for the traditional look back at the year, so what have we been exercised about this past 12 months? Well, a spectacularly good season in 2011/12, who can forget being top of the League in April? And finishing a superb fourth. Wasn't everybody saying when we touched top in October it was a flash in the pan? And me among them! But we kept it going very nearly to the end, fair made me proud. And, when all is said, it was the best ever season in the Northern League for the raggy lads from Ryhope, and by a long way, so worth a mention over the mince pies and whisky; did someone say whisky? Yes, please, I will.

View from the Cemetery - December 2012 - Part 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Well, I reckon it's not really on asking a man in my condition to produce articles, or a even a paragraph or two, at this kind of notice, but needs must, so let us consider the possible talking points. Our big brothers over the water finally getting a win to keep Mr O'Neill in office? The bad weather and what kind of winter we are looking forward to? The &*^*&*$ Secret Shoppers? No, none of these, I think we will go with referees; again.

View from the Cemetery - December 2012

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Tuesday, 11 December 2012

In his ceaseless quest to ensure the improvement of the Northern League I see the chairman has turned his attention from bad language to bad weather this past week or so, musing on the willingness or otherwise of clubs and referees to call games off when pitches are judged unfit. He is joined by the League secretary, already with his eye on Malta in May, in generally wishing that all concerned would just get on with it, ignore the clarts and the standing water, and bash away like the good old days. Makes for good entertainment he reckons.

View from the Cemetery - November 2012 - 3

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Tuesday, 27 November 2012

So the nominations for BBC Sports Personality of the Year are out, and not a racing driver, horse riding or resembling member of the royal family, or indeed horse known as the latest new Red Rum, in sight. Even the regulation tennis player managed to win something. It must have been a disastrous year for British sport. Has nobody managed an unlucky second in a Grand Prix? Where are the usual tennis failures? Has that bloke with the pipe packed in playing bowls? Surely we have one horizontal heavyweight to our name? Must have been damn near impossible for the committee to come up with an appropriate list with nothing but a load of gold medal winning, Ryder Cup retaining, mountain climbing on a bike riding, top class, world dominating winners to pick from. Its damn unEnglish if you ask me.

View from the Cemetery - November 2012 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 8 November 2012

Mighty fine effort by the boys the other night, rode our luck a bit but never mind, a very creditable point against the reigning champions. Showed some real fighting spirit. Our old boys were out in force, Rash, Sparky and Joe all obviously keen to do well, running about, not something Rash usually does, and shooting on sight. Was it just the lights or is Rash's hair coming back? No, you are right, it was the lights. I digress.

View from the Cemetery - November 2012

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Friday, 2 November 2012

A bit of a kerffulle I hear over West's plans to up their prices, in fact to double them, when the hordes from Darlo come to town. Much wringing of hands and threats of boycotts in the air. Which got me thinking, how will we cope on that frosty night in January? Has anyone bothered to tell the neighbours yet? I thought not. Better get your courage up methinks and get a few notes through doors, or is that inviting trouble? God knows what Tracey will think when she finds a double decker parked on her drive. Well, that's not right, we do know what Tracey will think, and it isn't "how quaint". Of course it won't come to that I'm sure, but is access quite as bad anywhere else in the League? Probably not I guess, so some good thinking required over the next few weeks, though sod's law probably means the game will be postponed three times and happen some time in April. Should be a very interesting night though, whenever it is played, and might it challenge the attendance record? 

View From The Cemetery - October 2012 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Friday, 19 October 2012

Sorry if I offended anybody with my remarks the other day. For the avoidance of doubt let me confirm my outright admiration for all Northern League clubs and especially the ones in Ryhope, and my fervent desire to see, or at least listen to, a Ryhope derby sometime soon, and very hopefully next season. Blimey, you have to be careful....

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