No-one would have stopped this !! Dwayne Wiley scores the only goal..
The summer tour continued with a trip to Causeway Lane (OK the DCJ Group Insurance Arena if you want to be pedantic !). A close-fought encounter with the two teams separated by one bullet header by Dwayne Wiley and an outstanding last 10 minutes performance by Matlock 'keeper Phil Barnes. Pics from the game at Matlock Town 1 Altrincham 0 .
A few days staying down at my Mum's gave me a chance to catch a game at the Rangers - I could talk till the end of time about Stafford Rangers and the 1970s (I WAS THERE !!!) but viewings have been few and far between since the mid 80s. Hey ho - they'd got off to a flyer beating Alty on the Saturday - Sutton Coldfield had also won on the opening day so something had to give ... and it was the away team. Stafford started slowly, but got the opening goal just before half-time - and following the cup of tea and slice of lemon it was easy street in the second 45. A crowd of 615 (OK a far cry from the 2,500+ gates of the "good old days") created an excellent atmosphere as well. A comfortable win - with pics at Stafford Rangers 4 Sutton Coldfield Town 1
Let the season begin !!! ... and one of the joys of not now working on Saturday - awaydays are available - not forgetting the "Senior Citizens Railcard" which knocks a few bob off as well. Good day out - good weather - good beer - good everything - and then the footy. Mossley started like a house on fire, early lead etc ... only for Netherfield Kendal Town to go in 2-1 up at h/t. Was I worried ?? No. A second half blitz (downhill !) saw Mossley comfy winners at the end - a perfect start to the season ... pics from the game at Kendal Town 2 Mossley 5
Football's back ... and it was a lovely day for it ! First friendly for Celtic - apparently after only one training session on Thursday night - 4-1 to Oldham in the end, but a good run out - and good to see the return of some familiar faces - both on and off the pitch. Pictures from the game at Stalybridge Celtic 1 Oldham Athletic 4 .
Part of the Greater Manchester Walking Festival - took the train down to Manchester ... and quite literally "walked home" ... not the best weather, and when we got to Hartshead Pike it lashed it down ! Good day out though with the Tameside Ramblers .. pics at
'twas a 50th birthday bash for an old friend who used to live opposite - so we made a (very) long weekend out of it - up to Alnwick for the "big do" on Saturday night (me and Mrs Smiffy scored top marks at the ceilidh !!!), followed by a long walk on Sunday (bus to Amble and walk back to Alnwick), followed by a fairly lazy Monday (shopping, tea etc) and home on Tuesday. Pics mostly from the Sunday walk with a couple from Tuesday - brief stop at the Angel- at
A trip out to a "Football League" ground ... with all the aggro that it involves - non-smoking stadium, cr*p beer at inflated prices, search bag ("That's a professional camera ... you can't etc etc etc") .. aargh !!! We made it through however. Celtic's last chance to make something out of what has been a sh*t season to be honest - and at the end of the night they weren't far off - a freaky wind assisted goal in the first five minutes was all that separated the two sides - although towards the end there was some momentous "goal saving" efforts by the Celtic defence as they pushed forward. Hey ho - well done to FCUM at the end of the day - now time for Celtic to regroup and prepare for the Evo-Stik League. Pics from the night at FCUM 1 Stalybridge Celtic 0 .
...walking a lot and seeing some old ruins ... hence the lack of football since the "Great Mossley Escape" .. A week in Italy along the Amalfi Coast - including Pompei, Vesuvius and Herculanem A few pix (!!) at
Liam Ellis has just made it 2-1 - first goal for Mossley and oh so important !!!
Mossley are staying up - 'twas squeaky bum time as ... if Mossley lose their last two and Goole win their last two ... disaster. Fortunately - when Mossley were 0-1 down - word came through that Brighouse were 2-0 up against Goole (both goals scored by ex-Lilywhite Mike Fish - thank you a million times !!!). Anyroad up - Mossley did it themselves ... pics at
Luke Pilling saves the pen - despite the efforts of Trump, Wall and Bandidos ...
A little bit of Mexico came to town on Saturday - together with Donald Trump and a paper wall - a celebratory "day out" for the Champions - honours even at the end, but a grand day out for all I'm sure ...
An early "Banksy" on the wall of the Chapel @ Haddon Hall ...
Sneaked a few days down at "Chez Caravano" before the Easter rush with friends - sadly the weather (and injured personnel) was against us - so just a short wander above Castleton on Thursday and a wander around Haddon Hall on Friday Pre-Easter Break ... .
A no-pic post !!! OK .. it does tend to be mostly Mossley on here - but you'll obviously have seen the trips to other places as well - and I've done 'Bridge a fair few times this season - and I reckon I've only seen 'em win once ! When fixtures collide (as they do) I'll end up going local - and I've not seen Stalybridge for a fair few weeks.
In that time they've managed 7 points out of 9 - it could well be the "great escape" from relegation - who knows ?? Especially with rumours of clubs going under. Today they've managed to beat (top of the table) AFC Fylde 2-1 to keep that trapdoor open (or should that be shut ?) - on Tuesday night they're at home to Kiddermister Harriers - could this run continue ?? Should I go ?? Answer being "no" for other reasons - it's going to be one of my very very few chances to see Stafford Rangers ... who are up at Ashton United - a re-arranged game that was postponed a month or so ago. People have lucky pants, lucky socks, lucky allsorts - and I'm going to stick with the lucky absences - at this time of 'Bridges season I reckon points are far more important than pictures ... .
Were they just comparing tattoos ?? Some new dance moves ???
The return game ... and instant revenge for the Gladiators ... We'd headed down to our "bolt hole" on Saturday morning ... time to open up the caravan for the new season - and it just so happened that Ashton were just down the road at Causeway Lane. It was either that game or head over to see Belper v Shaw Lane ... and at the end of the day I probably wish I'd have chosen the latter. 'Twas a bad day at the office for the Robins ... Matlock Town 3 Ashton United 0