Sunday, 16 July 2017

Saturday - and Sunday

 Greg Wilkinson about to score Celtic's third goal ...

Saturday - football - Hyde United v Stalybridge Celtic - and a win for the Tigers ...

Hyde United 4 Stalybridge Celtic 3

Greenfield .. and the Pots'n'Pans Monument ...

Sunday - just a bit of a local walk ...

Sunday Walk - 16Jul17

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunday Wander ...

"Local resident" ...

Morning "stroll" from Uppermill to Diggle, slightly beyond, and then back (stopping for cuppa and bacon butty at Grandpa Greenes !).  A few pics at


Stalybridge Celtic v Oldham Athletic - 8th July

 The return of Greg Wilkinson ...
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

Saturday, 8 July 2017

One Month - One Album - No Football

Tewksbury Abbey from the "Secret Garden"

This was June .. a wedding and lots of walking ...


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Midweek Escape ...

A question of balance ...

... a few days away - walk on Monday - walk on Tuesday - walk on Wednesday - big walk on Thursday ...

A few pictures


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Manchester to Mossley ... on Foot ...

 Canalside "apartments" near the City Centre ...

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

Saturday Walk 20May17


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Another "Trip Out" ...

 Warkworth Castle from Amble Marina

'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


Manchester Premier Cup Final ...

James Roberts has a crack ...

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


Thursday, 4 May 2017

I've Been Away ...

...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 

Looking down on Bomerano

Sunday Pictures

The Duomo at Amalfi

Monday Pictures

Pink Floyd played here ... Pompei ..

Tuesday Pictures

What have the Romans ever done for us ??

Wednesday Pictures


Thursday Pictures


Friday Pictures

The grapes are coming !

Saturday Pictures

Home on Sunday - MRI Scan on Tuesday - CT Scan on Wednesday - Manchester Premier Cup Final tonight ...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mossley v Glossop North End - 17th April

 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

Mossley 2 GNE 1


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ashton United v Blyth Spartans - 15th April

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 ...

Ashton United 1 Blyth Spartans 1

(Still never forgiven Blyth for that 7-1 defeat of Mossley a fair few years ago ...)

Short Break ...

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 ...

Ashton United v Stafford Rangers - 11th April

Where were the black and white stripes ? 

Carrying on with my "Whoever you want to win - they lose" formula - a chance to see the old home town ... not good ... but obviously a quiet "well done" to a team I've been checking out all season.

Ashton United 2 Stafford Rangers 1

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sunday Solo Walk - 9th April

Says it all really ...

Lovely day - wife away - but criminal not to take a bit of a stroll ...

Local Wander 09Apr17

The Quandary that is Stalybridge Celtic ...

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 ...

Mossley v Colwyn Bay - 8th April

 Mossley MOM Dan Johnson ... at a 45 degree angle ...

A lovely day weather-wise ... however ...

Mossley 0 Colwyn Bay 3

Grr ...

Mossley Academy v Kidsgrove Athletic Academy - 5th April

Moses Nsiala ...

The Cup run comes to an end - quite quickly ... twas not exactly "men against boys" ... more "big boys against smaller boys" ... no disgrace - 'tis an academy therefore a learning process ...

Mossley 0 Kidsgrove 3

..and when I say "learning process" I do tend to mean all the nasty things that now envelope football - sad but true (and if you don't know what I mean ... start watching pro-netball) ...

Ashton United v Workington - 4th April

 Matty Chadwick en-route to scoring the equaliser ...

Ashton United 1 Workington 2

Monday, 3 April 2017

Sunday Walk

After football - over to Sowerby Bridge to see daughter and future son-in-law ... good meal at Kiplings Restaurant, good kip and then out for a wander on Sunday near Mytholmroyd ...

Cragg Vale Walk 02Apr17


Mossley v Scarborough - 1st April

Mason Duffy never gave up ... 

Not unlike Tuesday night - playing a team near the top of the table and putting up a good show ... but coming away with nowt again ...

Mossley 0 Scarborough 2


Academy Game - Mossley v Matlock Town - 29th March

Mossley MOM Jordan Booth

Took the chance of a Wednesday afternoon game up at Seel Park - and nice to see a win ...

Mossley Academy 3 Matlock Town (Blue) 1

Mossley v Farsley - 28th March

Liam Ellis looks for a way through ...

 ... up against a top two team - no disgrace ... but sadly another defeat ...

Mossley 0 Farsley 2


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Non-Football Bit of the Weekend

 Only 39 weeks until Christmas !!

In between caravan cleaning/opening and football ... a couple of walks on Sunday and Monday - just a few pics with the cheap and cheerful (still longing for a Canon 24-105 F4 !!!)

DerbyshireDales 26/27Mar17

Monday, 27 March 2017

Matlock Town v Ashton United - 25th March

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


Friday, 24 March 2017

A Few Days Away in Herefordshire ...

 Cheap prices ... long since gone ... see old friends, drink beer/wine and have a couple of walks ... and yes it was still a touch damp underfoot ... a few pics at:

Wet Walks 21/22Mar17

... followed by a visit to see Mum (early Mothers Day stuff !!) followed by "Mayhem on the M6" ...


Ashton United v Matlock Town - 18th March

 Matty Chadwick ...

... only 1-0 to Ashton United ... but that was down to an excellent performance by Matlock 'keeper Phil Barnes ...

Ashton United 1 Matlock Town 0


Stalybridge Celtic v Bradford Park Avenue - 14th March

Celtic match-winner Rio Ahmadi ...

Finally ... a win for Celtic ... and the chance for survival ... good end-to-end stuff and the home side refused to give up ... pics at

Stalybridge Celtic 4 Bradford PA 3


Monday, 13 March 2017

Yorkshire Sculpture Park - 12th March

 Another one of our 'Enery's ... (Moore not Cooper) ...

Blue skies in Yorkshire !!  A bit of a wander round the YSP near Wakefield ...

Yorkshire Sculpture Park 12Mar17

Stalybridge Celtic v Darlington - 11th March

Keanu Deacon gets a warm welcome to the National League North ...

After two long months ... finally a home game for Celtic ...very tight game, plenty of pressure from Celtic (particularly in the last 20) but sadly still suffering in the "goals scored" department ...

Stalybridge Celtic 0 Darlington 1

Never say never (until the mathematics finally kicks in) - but the chance of escaping relegation is moving further and further away.  Three points is an absolute "must" on Tuesday night against Bradford PA ...

Monday, 6 March 2017

A Bit of a Stroll - 6th March

... if all else fails ... Dovestone Reservoir is only five minutes away ... although looking for new angles on somewhere we've been hundreds of times over the last 35 years is getting increasingly difficult ! Hey ho .. some pics at

Monday Wander 06Mar17 

Burscough v Mossley - 4th March

Mitch Bryant on the move ...

The joys of retirement i.e. another "awayday" !!  A bit of a six-pointer this one - although at the end of the day Mossley only got three !!!  By the way - if you bought a "Non League Paper", please totally ignore most of the match report ... either the guy wasn't there or he nipped out for a smoke/pee/cuppa at the wrong moment !!!

Pics at

Burscough 1 Mossley 2

Trafford v Mossley - 25th February

Aaron Burns and Callum Scullion ...

A well-earned draw against third-placed Trafford - and the introduction of some new (and not-so-new) faces certainly improved the Mossley front line ...

Pics at

Trafford 1 Mossley 1

Big Meeting at Stalybridge - 23rd February

Mr Gorski reveals all ...

 ... to reveal possible plans to re-locate Stalybridge Celtic FC to a new town centre ground with other little tempters as well.  Opinions on the plan appear to be mixed - although very few - if any - of the doubters were actually in attendance (!)

"Action pics"  (ho ho !) at

Stalybridge Meeting 23Feb17

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Mossley v Radcliffe Borough - 14th February

 Liam Ellis stretches ...

A win !!!  Had to get pics up tonight as I'm probably without tellyweb for the next couple of days !!

Mossley 2 Radcliffe Borough 1

P.S.  Raccy number 2 needs to sort out some anger management issues ... 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Mossley v Lancaster City FC - 11th February

One of the many debutants ... Danny Byrnes ...

 'Twas a much changed Mossley side following a rather busy "departure lounge" over the last couple of weeks (!) ... but considering Lancaster were seven points clear at the top of the table, it was a very good performance by the home team.  Sadly another defeat, but if they keep playing like that there should be no problems at the "wrong end" of the table.  Pics at ...

Mossley 0 Lancaster City 1

Big six-pointer at home to Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday to look forward to ... weather permitting of course ...

Belper Town v Stocksbridge Park Steels - 4th February

Belper skipper Eric Graves ...

A rare trip down to Belper for the weekend - maybe it won't be that rare now I'm not working on Saturdays !!  A chance to take in a Belper Town game for the first time since (I don't know when !!) - not the most exciting of games but ... two fairly matched teams scrapping for points probably made a draw pretty inevitable - although Belper 'keeper Scott Low was the busier of the two goalies.  Some pics from the game at ..

Belper Town 0 Stocksbridge PS 0 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Curzon Ashton v Stalybridge Celtic - 30th January

New Celtic signing Sefton Gonzales - with Chris Rowney in hot pursuit ...

Pics at

Curzon Ashton 0 Stalybridge Celtic 0


Sunday Walk - 29th January

Just a short local leg stretcher ...

Sunday walk 29Jan17

'Twas a touch chilly !!

Friday Walk - 27th January

'Twas a touch chilly - with ice ...

Well you can do that sort of thing when you're not working ... a 6 miler around the Broadbottom area ...

Friday Walk

Mossley v Hyde United - 28th January

Darrhyl Mason challenges ex-Lillywhite Russ Saunders

You could say ... a bit of a stuffing for Mossley on a bit of a mudheap... however two disallowed goals for the home side gave the score a rather flattering look ... pics at

Mossley 1 Hyde United 4

Sunday, 29 January 2017

New Year - New Laziness

A touch of catch-up to do ... will top up this post with the early January stuff ... soon ...