Festive Football Fun!!!

9 01 2014
Bangor City 1 Afan Lido 0
Welsh Premier League
21/12/13

I am pleased to announce that I ticked off one of the items on my bucket list today. I can finally say that I have been able to  “Watch a football match in a typhoon” ! Until ten to four this didn’t seem likely as today was just like any other rainy December Saturday, luckily the weather god turned the tap and wind machine on.

Typhoon Terry certainly was a sight to behold; even the people seated fifteen seats in to the stand got wet. I’ve experienced most weather types as fan and player but I’ve never seen rain swirl like that before.

The match was forgettable until the magic moment depicted in this photo. Lido were entitled to feel a little aggrieved as their defensive endeavours probably merited a point.

The late goal may have put a spring in everyone’s step but the standing water on the pitch told us how fortunate Bangor had been. If the Typhoon Terry had started 5 minutes earlier an abandonment would have been likely.

How narrow the threads between triumph and boredom!

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Bangor City 4 Bala Town 2
Welsh Premier League
26/12/13 

Bala are one of those awkward teams like Prestatyn where the matches are annoyingly close without a chance to relax. Today seemed typical after 15 minutes; Bala were 2-0 up mainly because of Bangor’s defensive sloppiness. Minds drifted to May’s play-off capitulation. Before people were able to worry too much Bangor were level, Sion scored the first and Les scored a fantastic equaliser. The useless keeper might have saved Les’ shot if he’d have used his correct hand.

The second half was really comfortable considering it was Bogey Bala. Petrie and Miley scored the goals. It was a good job the second half was so comfortable as Phil told me of rather disconcerting news from the internet. It was rumoured that we’d signed Shaun Tuck. Needless to say it wasn’t a pleasant journey home.

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Stockport County 1 Workington 1
Conference North
28/12/13

 There are several things that can lead someone to doubt their choice of match, quite a few of them happened today.

The self-appointed efficiency of Jobworths.  I saw the eagle-eyed beardy zero in on four teenagers as they ate chips. With all the bearded bravado he could muster he uttered “I saw you stumbling off the coach when it arrived, You can’t come in”. You have an inkling you may not enjoy a match when your first sight of a club official is a steward reading the Riot Act to some teenagers.

None of the teenagers were obviously drunk, none of them were staggering, giggling or missing their mouths with their chips, but Beardy had to make a vulgar display of fluorescent jacketed power. The teenagers may have gone to the trouble of travelling from the environs of the Scottish border to offer Stockport entrance money but what does this matter when a jobsworth has the heady scent of power in his nostrils?

The exorbitant cost – Today I had visited a club in a semi-pro league that sells tickets for £15 – You had to buy tickets – programmes for £3 and matchday meal deals (Pie / Hot Dog / Burger & Bottle of Coke) for £5. I know Stockport have suffered, and continue to suffer from, financial problems but £23 for a normal matchday experience at the 6th level of English football is taking the piss. If Stockport wanted to improve their crowds shouldn’t they be offering a cheaper day out?

The weather – It was cold

The poor standard of football – The football wasn’t much to write home about. (I’m used to this however)

The “Atmosphere” – Some teenagers had a drum and sang about the crap away support.

“Local Characters” – At half time I sat at the end of a row – I need leg room for “Six-a-Side Goalkeepers’ Knee” – in a sea of unoccupied seats.  Just before the second half started a bloke came up to me and said “I’m sorry but that’s my seat…….No Offence but I’ve sat there for 30 years and there are plenty of others.”

The wrong person with a microphone – The hospitality announcer got on my nerves with his less than subtle product placement.

The weather – It was cold.

The exorbitant cost – I paid £15 for the privilege of watching players that are worse than Colwyn Bay’s.

The weather – It was cold.

The exorbitant cost – I paid £15 for the privilege of watching players that are worse than Colwyn Bay’s.

The weather – It was cold.

I’ll probably go again.

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Rhyl 2 Prestatyn Town 1
Welsh Premier League
1/1/14 

Bangor’s return match with Bala suffered the inevitable postponement so I went to Rhyl with Eric. The match may not have been very good but at least there was a satisfying result. Would the relgation of Prestatyn be too much to hope for?

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Bangor City 1 XXX XXX XXXXXX X
Welsh Premier League
4/1/14 

A match happened on this afternoon.

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