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View from the Cemetery - October 2012

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 11 October 2012
Well goals galore at Meadow Park, but sadly the opposition scoring quite a few of them. Do fans really want exciting football? Or a nice quiet comfortable home win? Well to judge by the recent "crowds" down here they don't give a toss either way. Thin is the word, although not always in individual cases. So, what do the fans want? Well, some of them want to watch the Colliery and that's a fact. And the fixtures seem to be conspiring to let them do that instead of watching us, which is a shame. Never mind on we go, and the delightful hordes from down country will be making the Vase trip this week. Always a pleasure to be condescended to by the country cousins. Still us poor people in Ryhope knows our place squire, thankee kindly for the visit, I'm sure, and yes we agree street lights and mains drainage are much over rated by us city folk. All joking aside, good lads from Bishops by and large, and stalwart supporters of their club, which is as it should be. I expect cup tie heroics...

View From The Cemetery - September 2012 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Monday, 24 September 2012

Postal service not working well from the cemetery: posted from over the fence before the Penrith match.

I hear the league chairman has been having a bit of a go at our beloved first team coach in one of his latest blog postings on the league website, looks like the obsession with the old foul and abusive is reaching new levels of hysteria. Given, and as the chairman himself points out to be fair, most of the time no one knows what George is saying anyway, apart of course from "Get in front" and "pick a man up", this all seems a bit over the top. I wasn't there myself as usual, away travel is far too taxing, but by all accounts the trip to Marske all went off very well, decent game, good result, and happiness abounding, what's not to like? Shouldn't the chairman be spreading the good word? Surely we should all be encouraging elderly gentlemen to get out and about and expressing themselves in their golden years?
Never mind, the first results of the secret snoopers campaign are due for release shortly, who will the villains be? Not our bold boys I'm sure, the departure of the Belfast voice has certainly lowered the decibels and the ferocity, is our loss Spenny's gain do you think? That maybe, maybe...

View from the Cemetery - September 2012

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Well back from my holidays at last, takes time to travel in my condition...

So, what do we reckon so far? Mixed bag, mixed bag, what? Solid start, apart from the annual early exit from the FA Cup, good job we don't need the money. Great little result up at the Bay, followed immediately by bad result at home. But couple of old boys back in harness, and a couple of likely looking young boys as well. Will Shieldsy finally be able to put his feet up? 
I think we might need a few young legs around the pitch this term, it certainly looks like a real tough league this year. Darlo and Spenny obviously, but West and Shildon look up for it, the Bay won't be far away, Bedlington and Ashington are tough, and even Bishops look like they might have a team to match the size of their fans mouths at last, unlikely as that may seem. But we will battle on I bet, and not many will look forward to their trip to the slope in Ryhope, although already it looks like we will be stronger away than at home like last season, how does that come about?

View from the Cemetery - April 2012 Part 3

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Friday, 27 April 2012

I don't set myself up as a football pundit, but I do reckon I can spot a chancer when I see one, and as evidence I refer you to my earlier musings from the 8th March on this very site, and I quote, "And who do we fancy for the England job? Good old Arry? I don't think so. I reckon his bubble is in the process of bursting good and proper". Quite perceptive I think you will agree. The ever reliable Hotspurs, the original morning glory, starting like Jack Nicklaus and finshing like Jack Duckworth to use a golfing term; collapsing like a pricked balloon as soon as any chance of success shows on the horizon. And with good old 'Arry watching from the sidelines, looking like he doesn't know what to do, and for why? Well in my humble opinion, because he doesn't know what to do, that's for why. And anything more than a cursory examination of his career would reveal the same, unless of course you are a member of the Fleet Street mafia, waiting in vain for a London-based saviour. Or a dodgy agent who has 'Arry's number on speed dial. Still, it's easy to mock. Sometimes very easy. And he seems an amiable old duffer and handy to know if you are short of a few quid.

View from the Cemetery - April 2012 Part 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Wednesday, 11 April 2012

"And then like my dreams they fade and die".

Little bit of cockney sentimentality there, but it feels appropriate after last week. Three defeats in a row and probably, though not definitely yet, the end of the dream for the daft lads from Ryhope. But hasn't it been fun? And, amazingly, still top of the league deep, deep into April, though probably knocked off by now, who would have thought it? Not me for a start, I am happy to admit, the usual hard fought battle against the drop was what I was anticipating, and quite looking forward to it to be honest. This has been a new experience though and no mistake, fair had me spinning in my proverbial at times. Little bit of upheaval and sharp words at times to spice things up, some cracking goals, though most of them far and wide across the North East while we home birds had to make do with scrambled one-nils. But overall we looked like a good side, with some stand out performers in amongst it. The two new lads in the middle were top notch, Adsy came on a ton once he got his head on straight, and Jonesy had another rock solid season. Which is not to pick people out, everyone did well, apart from the gold digger up front who passed this way for a few weeks, but we won't mention him. But we will mention Neil and George and their crew on the sidelines, absolutely top drawer, if a little too free with their language occasionally...

View from the Cemetery - April 2012

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Monday, 2 April 2012

So the old Spenny hoodoo strikes again, and as usual mostly in the shape of a small balding ginger Irishman. I am only pleased I wasn't there to see it. Not bad in the first half, but second best after that was the way I heard it, albeit we had a couple of good chances which might have changed things if they had gone in, as goals always do. Never mind, still in great shape; which I also heard was not something you could say for the aforementioned red headed Dubliner. Supposedly he played a role more like a quarter back than a footballer, sitting in front of the back four and hitting forty yard passes all day, a role that does away with the need to run about very much; to his evident pleasure. And to be fair he does it very well. Including the not running about bit. George wouldn't allow it though, which maybe explains why his stints with us tend to be of the cameo variety; good job we like him really....

View from the Cemetery - March 2012 - Part 3

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Monday, 19 March 2012

Another mighty win on the road, and still top of the league, when will it end? Probably in a fortnight's time up at Spenny, the cynical might suggest, but I beg to differ, looks to me like we play better against the top sides, so who is to say we can't go deep into the country and win again? I won't see it of course, but Tuesday tonight should be good, league champions themselves only a year or three back and always a steady side. Will the manager go with the two big men up top again, he seems to have returned to this of late. Certainly worked against the Bay when we launched the second half aerial assault, to much hapless defending in the box. Bring it on!

View from the Cemetery - March 2012 - Part 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 8 March 2012

Deary me, a goalless draw. Only the second time this season that has happened here at Meadow Park, and as the lights went out after five minutes the last time it probably doesn't count. Is this cruelty to the deceased? Not really, it was actually a very decent game, featuring a few great saves, from both keepers to be fair, and one extraordinary miss, when one of our bold boys managed to put himself into the net but forgot the ball. Still, the giants of the Bay to look forward to, with their travelling hordes. Wonder if the Defty brand of hospitality matches up to that back at the seasiders' home? Will anybody dare ask for chips? Will they end up crying if they do? Still, extra pie ordered, I am reliably informed.


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