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View from the Cemetery - October 2011

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Monday, 3 October 2011

"Just like a river that don't know where it's going, I took a wrong turn and I just kept flowing...."

Well apart from the wrong turn bit, if it's good enough for the Boss it's good enough for me. Might not be a wrong turn, in fact it's turned out lovely, but we certainly don't know where it's going, or if it will ever end? A comprehensive dispatch of the Bishop's boys and another two solid wins on the road since my last communication, and we sail serenely on in untroubled waters, well clear of the chasing pack.

View From the Cemetery - September 2011 - Part 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Friday, 23 September 2011

I always think the Northern League's Northern Ventures magazine is a good read, when that is it gets thrown over the fence, but for name dropping purposes the editor has surpassed himself this month. His Grace the Duke of Northumberland, The President of the Worldwide Methodist Conference and the MP for Guisborough. All in a few pages; a noble, holy and, almost certainly, honourable trio if ever I saw one. Counterbalanced of course by the usual stories, and sadly pictures, of blokes who look and sound demented in the extreme, and whose dress sense, if sense is the word, leaves quite a bit to be desired. Unless, in one spectacular and eye hurting case this month, you are about to mount a surf board in Hawaii. Which they weren't. I was once asked to leave the bar at Crook Golf Club because of my trousers, specifically the fact that I didn't have them on as it happens, but I won't bore you with sordid details. Much more importantly, there is no photographic evidence of the same, something some of the braver correspondents to Northern Ventures might care to ponder on. Still, makes for something to talk about during the boring bits. And were there boring bits in the 0-0 draw down at Bishops? Not really to judge by the reports, which either reckoned Bishops should have won comfy, or that RCA could have been five up by half time; funny how folks can see the same things different ways, no? And a quid for a cup of tea, no recession in the wild south west by the sounds of it.

View from the Cemetery - September 2011

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Monday, 12 September 2011

Well clear at the top of the League, and a couple of cracking home wins against Coxhoe and Cleveland Bridge to enjoy. Hang on a minute, that doesn't sound quite right...

Yes, it's been a pleasure to watch the CW on tour, down here at Meadow Park, while the council wait for the nesting swallows to move on before they can finish the work up at the Welfare. And a couple of canny games as well, with some RCA old boys on show. They have been as good as gold so far, tidying after them and all that. Nice to see a spirit of neighbourliness here in Ryhope, normally the neighbours is just the first place you go when your telly goes missing in these parts; and even better to see both clubs going like trains. Been nearly as good as hearing about the RCA on their travels. Watching the CW over the fence has been fine, but I wish I could have been up at Benfield on Saturday.

View From the Cemetery - August 2011 - Part 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 25 August 2011

Well, well, well, who would have believed it? Four games in and not beat yet, are we the Colliery in disguise, sneaking into the local league? Oh no, I don't think so, we are the Meadow Park boys, taking on the big names and getting results. Fair perked me up no end it has. But can it last? Will the cold chill of a Ryhope August Bank Holiday weekend bring it all to an end? Are the neighbours revolting? Will the council turf us out? Who is getting sent off this week? Has the Deft finally ordered enough beer and pies?

View From the Cemetery - August 2011

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Wednesday, 17 August 2011

So, we have turned into a team of cloggers then? Two sent off in half an hour, is this good for the revered name of Ryhope I ask? Mind if the same rules had been applied when I was a lad, there isn't a side in Ryhope would ever have got to half time with a team on the pitch. Came up against some right assassins playing for the Railway or the Top Club over the years, me being the more refined sort from over the water, tha knars.

(Pre) View from the Cemetery

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Middle of July, three or four weeks to go, plenty of grass on the pitch, lots of hammering and banging in the clubhouse, level on points at top and bottom, must be time to think about the season ahead. Worked out all right in the end last year, though there were a few more grey hairs around at the end than the start, thats for sure. Usual raft of new faces at pre season training, most of them been and gone before you can learn their names, but a couple of blasts from the past even I can recall seeing before, and a promising young keeper. And Owensy returns, and is a wizz at the pre season beep tests, just wind him up and let him go.

Cemetery View - February 2011

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Friday, 11 February 2011

Where have you been? I hear you cry. Yes, gap in reports from over the fence during the winter months, but I have an excuse. Thanks to the little known Anglo-Australian Corpse Exchange Programme, I spent Christmas and New Year down under watching the cricket. A tough life, or death, I know.

Good sport though, there’s little to beat the pleasure of thrashing the Aussies on their own soil. But by far the best bit is listening to the insane Aussie commentators, who all subscribe to the Japanese emperor school of mindless optimism, as in “the war hasn’t turned out necessarily to our advantage’. Well, you don’t say so sunshine!

Cemetery View - October 2010 - the GG's back!

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Friday, 29 October 2010

Was that the trees a rustling, or the hinges of the gate? Or Ernie’s ghostly goldtop a rattling in its crate?

No, it is I, Leclerc, the voice of reason from over the cemetery fence, back to bring you down to earth, or possibly under it, if things go wrong, as they likely will.

Couple of 1980’s comedy quotations there for the sharper amongst you.

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