Some matches what I went to

18 10 2013
XXX XXX XXXXXX X Bangor City 0
Welsh Premier League
22/9/13

A match happened on this afternoon.

Gap Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 Bangor City 1
Welsh Premier League
27/9/13

I’d like to be able to tell you how Bangor didn’t win this match but my descriptive abilities won’t stretch that far. If an atmosphere is reliant on a group of teenagers trying to be funny in loud voices then give me a void. Bangor virtually controlled the first half and quietened the whining kids by creating an opportunity for an own goal. Christ knows what happened in the second half. Christ knows what happened in the last 5 minutes. Fuck knows what happened in injury time. sep 28 004

FC United 1 Whitby Town 3
Northern Premier League Premier Division
28/9/13

It was the day before the Tory conference in Manchester and dissent was in the air. I almost convinced an evangelical Christian to pay a visit to the conference and make the unholy repent. A woman on the SWP did her best to convince me to return for tomorrow’s demo but she was happy to let me go if I bought a paper. Just before I boarded the tram to Bury I found something that epitomizes everything that’s wrong with that modern football; a chancer with a stall full of “comedy” Fellani wigs and half-half scarves for a normal Manchester United league match.

By the time I’d arrived at the Bury tram depot I realised that I’d made a little bit of a cock-up in the calculations department; there was only half an hour until kick off. Luckily a female comrade was on her way to Gigg Lane and we shared a taxi. She was going to have a good weekend; FC United today, demo tomorrow. Football and politics in one weekend! Sadly I was still too late to experience CYCM but  in time to see FC United lose. Whitby’s striker played like a narcissistic prick as well. What a crap football weekend, I didn’t even have time to buy a packet of monster munch for the train home. sep 28 048

Bangor City 3 Aberystwyth Town 2
Welsh Premier League
4/10/13

The club shop was shrouded in darkness and the first half was a pain in the arse, apart from Les’ pea-rolling thunderbolt of course. The second half was much, much better and we played some nice stuff. Bangor’s second goal was created by a lovely free-flowing one touch move. Aber scored a customary late goal, “comfortable” just isn’t in Bangor’s vocabulary. They would have scored an equaliser if their striker hadn’t made an air shot after the ball had hit the crossbar. It was a bit weird to see Peter Hoy in opposition shirt, especially when he tried to maim Les in the second half. It’s probably a little early to say that Bangor have “turned a corner” but that didn’t stop me considering the thought. OCT 5 017

FC United 1 Marine 0
Northern Premier League Premier Division
5/10/13

I bought a different Socialist paper, from a different stall, today. The stall was in the same position as last week’s stall so I had a look. I noticed that the pamphlets were totally different, then I noticed that the paper they sold used had a different font from normal (you notice these kind of things when you’ve manned a stall). Before I had a chance to think about flouncing off from these obvious splitters the six year old behind the stall disarmed me with a question  “DO YOU WANT TO BUY A BADGE?” As I continued looking she repeated the question; “DO YOU WANT TO BUY A BADGE?” How could I refuse? I bought a couple of badges, a Palestinian solidarity ribbon and a copy of the paper in the end.

Then I saw the SWP stall. If ever a scene explains the problems that socialists create for themselves it was this one; one street, one socialist goal, two different stalls manned by opposing factions. They share the same ideals and vision of a better future under socialism yet they split in to sectarian factions over slight policy disagreements. And another thing ,why don’t their papers cover sport like The Morning Star? This week FC were in Stalybridge which meant a short train journey from Victoria.

The journey to Stalybridge and the walk to the ground were so peaceful I was able to forget about the rugby league fans in shorts and the irritatingly loud hen parties in clichéd sashed bullshit in the city centre.

Stalybridge Celtics’ ground is a “proper” non-league ground, proper terracing, changing rooms not under the stand and a pronounced sloping pitch / stands. I liked watching football there and FC United won.

This weekend was rather better than the last one, I even managed to get a packet of monster munch before I got on the train. OCT 5 061

Carmarthen Town 4 Bangor City 4
Welsh Premier League
12/10/13

The day started so well, a moidering wonderland of a car journey, a feast in another new pub, a pass to get in for nothing and  a few nerve settling pints in the clubhouse. Then Bangor went 2-0 up after about 10 minutes, and Carmarthen’s team had been reduced to 10 players. Then we lost the 2 goal lead.

Fate, that capricious slut, then led us down the garden path. On the surface everything had been righted; Bangor scored again before half time and the second half looked lovely; Carmarthen didn’t get anywhere and Jamie McDaid slotted Bangor’s fourth goal through the keepers’ legs.

Then the capricious slut deserted us in the last four minutes; Carmarthen scored again and then hit an injury time equaliser. Moidering makes you feel better on the surface but it’s never more than a loose mask when you’ve lost (it felt like a loss today). Of course the journey home would have felt rather different if that bloody equaliser hadn’t gone in.

The memory of moidering had faded by the time I was waiting for a bus in Bangor. The nearest pub was full of bloody students speaking “sooooooo like that” at the top of their fucking voices. There were also bloody students type on the bus as well, my headache throbbed until I reached Llandudno.

They say it was always better in my day, when it comes to university they are right, it was better in my day; no-one spoke “sooooooo like that” at the top of their fucking voices, and they didn’t sell ready-made student uniforms in Top Man, and we weren’t escorted round city centres by companies that create the ultimate student parties, and we had grants, and we weren’t pricks. If I was a student in 2013 I would feel like soooooo like……guilty I wouldn’t have the cheek to be like… seen in like…. public. Genius. Oct 12 016





Some more matches

27 05 2012
Prestatyn 0 Bangor City 4
Welsh Premier League
16/3/12

This match had been significant for a long time because it was going to be the endpoint for a fundraising endeavour. When I say the endpoint I literally mean the endpoint; Bastion Gardens was going to be the finishing point for a sponsored walk.

You may be wondering why people embarked on a sponsored walk, well let me offer a small explanation; our club needs to build a terrace at the “Bridge End” of Nantporth and the BCFCSA agreed to help raise money for it. Therefore the BCFCSA is trying to explore every possible avenue of fundraising.

Apart from the walk we’ve come up with a couple of other ideas; firstly there’s a “Buy-A-Brick” scheme and this offers a chance to leave a permanent record of your support, there’s also the book about the history of Farrar Road being written by Glynne, a notable BCFCSA member. To the untrained, i.e. moaning bastards, these examples may not sound much but we, the BCFCSA, are organising them by ourselves  and even this amount of  fundraising has already required loads of effort. Hopefully once all the potential money comes in the BCFCSA should be able to donate quite a substantial amount towards the cost of the terrace.

The truly impressive thing about the fabulous act of the 15 sponsored walkers is that they walked to the match from Bangor. They covered the long long distance, 36 miles, in about 16 hours. You can imagine the aching limbs and blisters can’t you? It’s acts like this that form the backbone of football; without people going above and beyond their duty football would probably collapse.

OI YOU!!! YES YOU. OI!!!!!! I’M TALKING TO YOU!!!! YES YOU, I MEAN YOU!!!! YOU SHOULD BE DOING MORE!!!

Unfortunately I missed the walkers’ arrival on to the pitch,, I only heard the applause as I was queuing to get in. I eventually saw the walkers in the Prestatyn directors’ portakabin. As you would imagine none of them were too sprightly. As Mike said on Citizens Choice this win must be dedicated to the efforts of the walkers, I can only doff my cap to my comrades’ efforts.

After the obligatory scares the match events were as expected,  Chris Jones scored from a lovely free kick after about 20 minutes and Sion doubled our lead just before half time. In the second half Les and Sion added other goals to give the match a comfortable feel.

I could lament the fact that Prestatyn don’t put up much of a challenge any more, or I could yearn for the days of last season, but why would I do that? I quite enjoy winning 4-0 and I really enjoy seeing the resigned look on the face of Hill-Dunt. Another three points also meant we were top of the league again, which is always good.

On a final note I must tell you that there was strange atmosphere surrounding the match. It seems the sponsored walk had facilitated mutual good feelings. The good vibes began with message board expressions of admiration and offers of hospitality. The good vibes developed into full-blown sentiments of glad tidings. The really odd thing was that it happened on message boards, the very place that caused the ill-feeling in the first place. I suppose it’s more proof that messageboard loudmouths aren’t exactly the people to set the tone.

Bangor City 2 Llanelli 2
Welsh Premier League
24/3/12

On this day I told Llanelli where to go. Yes I actually told them where to go, well I’m a decent sort and they were going the wrong way besides I could hardly refuse to help after they’d stopped to ask for directions.

Steve Jenkins, the ex-Welsh international, asked the $64,000 question. “Where’s Bangor’s new ground mate?” Being one of those people who thinks of a witty comeback 3 hours after it’s needed I warmly answered; “Well you just go around the roundabout there and go back the way you came, it will be on the right and it’s signposted”

I stood there as Llanelli’s players drove past me, basking in Steve Jenkins’ friendly acknowledgement as he drove off. My God!!! A Welsh international had waved at me!!! Then I realised they hadn’t even offer me a lift.

Those fucking tossers!!! How could they be so bloody heartless?

As I walked through the rest of Upper Bangor I didn’t need three hours to formulate the lines. Although the thoughts were still between 3 and 15 minutes too late.

I realised what I should have said was; “Well you just go around the roundab………….Hold on a minute. Fucking find it yourself!!!!! And another thing, tell that Chris Holloway he’s a fucking gap-toothed prick as well!!!!! Now FUCK OFF!!!!!!!”

I pictured myself having the last laugh by stealing their thunder. I saw myself casually striding off, leaving Llanelli’s players dishevelled and despondent in my triumphant wake, broken men with no stomach for the fight. If only that was how things had turned out!!

By half time I felt no need to break the spirit of men. However the events of the first half, and the strong sun, had only lulled us all into a false sense of security; Bangor were 2-0 up and seemed to be in control. How foolish we all were, the harsh rays of the sun had merely caused a mirage; the game looked over, finished.

I couldn’t help but fall into the trap; Llanelli were on a very bad run and it’s obvious that when you’re leading 2-0, and in control, against a team on a bad run you’re going to be  fooled into presuming certain things will happen. The heat was so strong that my thoughts actually ran into each other; “How many will we score?”………“This was all great!!!!” ………….. “Now that we’ve won this match we only have to win the next three and we’ll be champions again!!!!!!!!!!!!!”……………… “I really love you football!!!” ……………. “Football, you are a beautiful creature!!!”

Unfortunately for those presumptuous souls amongst Bangor’s support the second half happened. In my time I’ve noticed that it’s alright having a 2-0 lead if the other team doesn’t score. When the other team manages to score the jitters often descend and that’s what happened today. Needless to say the fuckers also scored another late equaliser.

The sunshine of a glorious now had been replaced by the despondency of a bleak tomorrow. We’d dropped two points and XXX XXX XXXXXX had won. Those plastic fuckers were now 4 points ahead and we had to rely on them dropping points to win the league. I hate those relentless fraudulent football clubs with their wily ways.

If only I ‘d come up with the line that I needed when I needed it!

 
 
 
 
Cefn Druids 4 Airbus 1
Welsh Cup Semi Final
31/3/12

A Welsh Cup semi-final without Bangor City, what was the world coming to?

Bangor City 4 Bala Town 2
Welsh Premier League
6/4/12

On the eve of my esoteric honeymoon to York I ventured to Bangor wrapped in the feeling that my football hopes had been rekindled.

Even though there was rain and a tangible nervous tension in the air I took the combination as a signal that destiny was turning in our favour. If we won tonight the title was on again, I could feel it. It didn’t matter how XXX XXX XXXXXX did tomorrow. I just knew that things would get better.

I was sure that the  two great possibilities that could follow a Bangor victory WOULD happen. If XXX XXX XXXXXX lost we’d only be a point behind them again. If Neath lost we will have qualified for Europe again. So when we won and both Neath and XXX XXX XXXXXX lost we will be back in the title race and back in Europe. I liked the sound of that!!! I knew it would go our way.

Unfortunately Bala went into the lead after about six minutes. Hold on, I hadn’t computed that.

Then Smythy did the decent thing by equalising with another well taken goal. After about 25 minutes Bangor were in front when Smythy scored again. He should have had a third after a mazy dribble but the shot was cruelly saved by the keeper. Obviously Bangor were leading at half time.

By the end of the half I was wet through so the second half meant the cover of the stand. This position also meant that I had a rather good view of Bangor missing several good chances. Bala managed to earn a penalty near the 70th minute mark. From my vantage point it looked like the Bala player took to the ground rather too easily. Needless to say Bala scored from the penalty.  Someone from Bala’s bench decided to gesture wildly at us with extended fingers and arm-pumping gestures.

Usually, when a hero in blue is needed, a hero in blue acts. Consequently Peter Hoy headed Bangor’s third goal. Sion scored our fourth to seal victory against the team of the gloating simpleton in the away dugout.

We’d done our part would the fates allow us to fulfil our glorious destiny?

 

XXX XXX XXXXXX X Llanelli 2
Welsh Premier League
7/4/12

 The unwritten laws of honeymoons state that you’re not allowed to go and watch a football match. In my case this meant missing York City v Fleetwood. Unless you’re a football fanatic you couldn’t possibly know how hard it is for a football fanatic to walk in the opposite direction from a football crowd. They say married life changes your life but I didn’t think that I’d notice differences in a matter of hours.

In the evening I received a very charming text from Les. In actual fact the text made my day complete because it told me that XXX XXX XXXXXX had drawn 2-2,  just the result that Bangor needed. Now our destiny was back in our own hands. You know that things are going your way when your club doesn’t even play and results are in your favour.

I was put in such a good mood by the text I forgot the unwritten laws of honeymoons. I went to Bootham Crescent the following morning. I spit at pointless custom!

 

 
Neath FC 1 Bangor City 3
Welsh Premier League
15/4/12

This trip was one of the great moments of the season but we always knew that this match had the potential to become great. The fixtures, the course of the season and the events of last season meant that we already knew of the  potentially beautiful possibilities.

The great events of the Easter weekend allowed us to dream that Bangor would gain the two wins we needed from our last two matches. The great events allowed us dream about becoming Welsh champions for a second season running. And why wouldn’t we dream after last Sunday, wasn’t this what happened last year? We also dreamed of the accoutrements that comes with being Welsh champions; another couple of games in the European Cup and loads more money to spend on stuff like the ground.

The last point may sound a little too mercenary and I suppose it is. However when you look the point from another angle it becomes far more socially acceptable. If Bangor City received the several hundred Euros from UEFA this will obviously stop XXX XXX XXXXXX  from receiving it, and there was tap-room gossip that they could go part-time if they were denied UEFA’s European Cup bounty. The right outcome would be sweet!!!

Mind you knowing about the right outcome leads to thinking about the right outcome and thinking about the right outcome led to hoping for the right outcome. Inadvertently hoping always leads to worrying, It was alright saying we’d win both matches but “What if we don’t win?” This is the trouble with hopes and dreams, they are often dashed when you’re too busy enjoying thoughts of what could be. It’s a vicious circle, you become hopeful,  then the worries visit, then you become hopeful again, then the worries……. This well-known process, at least by me and my therapist, happened yet again.

Even though I was almost queasy with worry I must say that the journey down to Neath was very pleasant.  The match was on a Sunday and the train service to south Wales was a bit ropey so this time I had to go by car . Livzy was driving and we picked up Phil and Mike on the way. It was all very pleasant, a good bit of moidering, a bit of food and some beverages.

Judging from the tone of conversations in the car other people were also worried about the outcome, but trying to take it easy. At some point our objective looked so easy, we only had to win two matches, at other points the problems were insurmountable; we were away in the last match on plastic and we were playing Neath, the best team in the league, today. I was confused, was I going to have a good day or a regrettable waste of time?

While the positive and negative parts of my brain were doing battle we drifted into an area with lovely scenery to look at. The breathtakingly beautiful Brecon Beacons were enhanced by the creation of a kaleidoscope of colour by the sun and clouds. After seeing the glorious vista everything felt good, I was so hopeful when we finally arrived in Neath that the only problem was not being able to find the appointed pub.

Inside the appointed pub the great and good of Bangor City were having a grand time, some were even having Sunday lunch. Today was the first appearance of the shadowy group “ The West London Blues”. “The West London Blues” had been set up by Phil and Cabs because they lived in West London and were Bangor City fans.  Up until today the only member we’d seen were Cabs and Phil, there had been rumours of visits to Bangor matches but for one reason or another we failed to see the rest of them, it was very nice to finally see them.

As I had flags to arrange I left the pub earlier than everybody else. As I was putting the flags up a kindly steward came and told me that the Bangor fans could use the terraced stand behind the goal. I didn’t rejoice, we’d heard this before. I asked him if he was serious, he assured me he was. I stayed there for a couple of minutes, ostensibly checking the flags, just to see if I’d be ushered on. When I finished checking the flags I tried to look like I was contemplating a distant glorious future . When I remained undisturbed for another couple of minutes I realised the steward was actually telling the truth.

With a spring in my step I went in Neath’s clubhouse. I spread the good news and everybody seemed very happy with it; it was usually better supporting your team from behind the goal. In the clubhouse I met a lad from Cardiff. He writes a website called Contra and he seemed very happy that I was the owner / designer of flags. It’s quite humbling when someone you’ve never met says nice things about you.

The match was so much better than the doom and gloom that plagued me would have suggested, by the end we could even say that it was even better than last year. Of course this idea wasn’t evident at the start of the match so I couldn’t help worrying. I continued worrying after Les had smashed the ball in to the goal and I continued worrying after Peter Hoy Football Genius had doubled our lead. It was going too well, almost exactly like last year.

My head felt strange. There’s nothing like an unexpected 2-0 lead to make you feel like you’re on top of the world. The joy was so intense I felt funny sensations in my torso. If the first goal was fantastic for it’s sheer unstoppable quality the second goal was fantastic in its own way; there’s nothing like seeing an annoying keeper struggling to grasp a spinning football. Instead of displaying his usual composure he looks like he’s plagued by invisible killer bees. Seeing the frantic grasping motion really makes your day. Directly after the second goal I was dumbfounded for a couple of seconds because I couldn’t quite believe what I saw, when I realised that the ref had given the goal I was able to celebrate.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing like an unexpected 2-0 lead for making you worry about things turning out badly. My head was in a mess but with extreme joy and justifiable worries in my head at the same time it was no wonder my head was in a mess. Meanwhile, our new friend from Contra seemed to be enjoying himself.

Luckily we weren’t troubled that greatly by Neath after the second goal so I felt like I could deal with half-time in a good-natured way. I could even look favourably at the annoying kids with their annoying songs and fucking musical instruments. I saw Mark from Port Talbot during half-time and it’s always nice to see a friendly face.

We could actually stand behind the goal in the second half so that’s where we stood. Finally standing behind the goal was quite a good experience generally. At the start of the second half things didn’t look so good; Neath scored. After the goal everything flashed before my eyes and everything looked bad.  When Neath managed to exert pressure the colour drained from my cheeks. Everything was turning to shit, no Europe next season, no trip!!!!

Then when a hero was needed, another blue hero scored;  Smythy smashed the ball in to the goal. This was good, this was very good. The colour was back in my cheeks and everything looked great.

Everything continued to look great. It looked great when the Neath player was sent off, it looked great when Neath began to flounder, it looked great when we heard the final whistle and the players came over to acknowledge the massive following from Bangor. Everything looked fantastic on the way home, the sun was lighting out way, and all roads led into Europe!!!!

Yes!!! We were in Europe again!!! And we could win the league again. Everything was good!!!!

 

 
 
XXX XXX XXXXXX X Bangor City 0
Welsh Premier League
21/4/12

A match happened on this afternoon.

Rhyl 1 Bangor City 2,
North Wales Coast Cup Semi-Final,
24/4/12

Bangor should have won by more than we did. In the first half  we would have scored a couple with more accurate shooting and we would have created several chances with more accurate passing. Rhyl looked ok but didn’t look like scoring until Johnno made an uncharacteristic mistake in the last minute. Bully scored both out goals today. The first one was good enough by itself but Bully’s second goal was something else.

Bully’s second goal was quite possibly the best goal I’ve ever seen. The goal was a direct result of Rhyl equalising in the last-minute of a match they were lucky to still be in. Imagine the scene………….

…..The air is filled by the gloating of idiots, the ball is on the centre spot, Bully is standing in the centre circle. The ref blows his whistle and Bully receives possession of the ball…….

All Bully needed was a split second to see the keeper was slightly too far off his line. Bully had his chance so he decided to shoot………

The ball flew through the air, the idiots carried on gloating. the ball was level with the 18 yard line, the idiots carried on gloating, the ball looked like it was going to  loop over the keeper!!!!!!, the idiots carried on gloating, the keeper tried to reach out to the ball, the idiots carried on gloating, the keeper touched the ball but couldn’t stop it, the idiots carried on gloating, the ball went in to the roof of the net and the idiots were stunned in to silence. It’s was a fanastic piece of improvised skill!!

Bully’s goals weren’t the only thing that perked me up, the songs sang by the Rhyl fans really did the trick too. The songs ran the full gamut!!! From unintended comedy; seamlessly moving from “Always defecate on the Bangor side of the Bridge!!” or “We at the Bangor haters!!!” one minute, to “WHO ARE YA?, WHO ARE YA?, WHO ARE YA?” the next. Via mind-bending surrealism of “Where were you when you were shit?” Before ending up at the frankly odd; “The rhythmical repetition of the initials that symbolize XXX XXX XXXXXX set to a well-know generic tune

You’d think that some of the Rhyl “fans” had only come to the match to hurl abuse at Bangor City fans. I normally hate to judge but when 50-60 people watch and try to goad the opposition fans instead of supporting “their” club you can’t help but judge. When you see impressionable teenagers being led  by middle-aged blokes it’s certainly difficult not to judge.

Preston North End 2 Charlton Athletic 2, 
League One,
28/4/12

I’ve already mentioned the stuff that happened on this day here and here. One last thing I will say is that it’s alway nice to hear jovial sarcasm from a man who knows how to destroy a person with words.

Here are some pictures to look at;

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 







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