Tuesday, 25 October 2016

OK .. I Lied ...

... but stuff happens - that is sometimes more important than football  ... add to that a person who is not 100% healthwise ..

and Hyde won 2-1 ... aarggh

Monday, 24 October 2016


The impressive-looking Parkhurst Hill ...

... OK reason for Celtic rather than Mossley - we were heading down to our "bolt hole" because the site is closing in two weeks and we needed to start "doing stuff" (having never "closed down" a static before).

I can start to understand why they close down 'twixt October and March - because it was bloody cold on Saturday night (sadly our budget didn't stretch to one of these fancy-dan centrally-heated double-glazed vans !!!!).  Still ... jobs got done Saturuday evening and Sunday morning - and we did manage to get out for a brief walk before heading home to Chez Mossley.

Short walk therefore short piccy gallery ... at

Upper Dove Walk 23Oct16

Tuesday night ... I WILL get to Hyde v Mossley in the re-arranged Manky Premier Cup game !!

Stalybridge Celtic v Alfreton Town

Liam Dickinson, Jako the Ball and Alfreton defence ...

OK so Mossley were also at home ... but they always lose at home (check out 1645hrs - same as aargh !). However there were other family reasons which saw me head up to Bower Fold on Saturday - so there !!

To the game - a disastrous first 45 for the home team ... 2-0 down, half the managerial team red-carded - and not looking too clever on the pitch ... and I'm being polite !!!  There must have been one fearsome b*ll*cking at half-time (hair-dryers, teacups ... you know the score !) as Celtic were on fire from the 46th minute onwards.  A Chippendale shot which got the slightest of deflections from Scott Spencer - Danny Wilkins coming on - and another Chippy shot ... and then it was 2-2.  From then on there looked to be only one team who were going to win the game ... but then ... in the 92nd minute Alfreton got a really soft foul (see the pic !!!), and - you've guessed it - nicked a totally undeserved winner.  Gutted was an understatement for the majority of the crowd - and those in blue shirts ...  pics from game at

Stalybridge Celtic 2 Alfreton Town 3

There was parrot-vomit everywhere at 1650hrs ...

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Mossley v Colne

Jason Hill (plus Adam "bloody" Morning !) - in glorious sepia ...

OMG !!!

Why can't Mossley win a home league game ??????????????????????????

Plenty of pressure plenty of chances ... but just like Tadcaster etc it was a smash and grab from the visitors ... grrr ... and naturally it was a Mossley old boy who came back to haunt  (viz Adam Morning) ... pics at

Mossley 0 Colne 1

Watch 'em win at Hyde on Tuesday ...

Mossley v Northwich Vics 11Oct16

 Mike Fish at full stretch ...

... in the Trophy replay ...

At last - another home win for Mossley - the only other one was in the FA Cup against Hemsworth 

Pics from game at 

Mossley 3 Northwich Vics 2

Next round ... Farsley Celtic at home ...

Monday, 10 October 2016

Sunday Walk ...

 Unusual architecture for Staffordshire !!!

Straight after football headed to caravan where we were meeting Mrs Smiffy's brother and partner for a bit of a nosh up/booze up.  Late start on Sunday - but we still got a 6 mile circular from Wetton which took in the Manifold Valley.  Not too many pics - must be getting lazy !

Wetton Walk 09Oct16

Home in time discover Mossley had got a draw in their FA Trophy game at Northwich Vics (played on Sunday) - somewhere to go tomorrow night then (i.e. replay) ...

Stalybridge Celtic v Altrincham

Andy Owens meets "Jako" ...

After a hard week at the mailface (my oppo was off this week so I had to do the driving side of the van share - which I don't particularly enjoy !) we got to Saturday and football - a real "six pointer" at Bower Fold.  After 88/89 minutes of fairly even/cagey/not brilliant football ... Alty grabbed two late goals to send a good proportion of the 777 crowd home happy - and the rest - well you can guess.

Stalybridge Celtic 0 Altrincham 2

So the strugglle continues at Stalybridge - OK only October, but these are the sort of games (against other teams "down there") that need positive results ...