Life can get very complicated
Especially when it rains
I begin with the good news first. My football team, the Shakers, played Championship side Coventry City last night at Gigg Lane in the Carling Cup and “whupped” them 3-1. Not wanting to gloat at the expense of Mr Hood, our erstwhile U11 and U12 scorer, but I notice that Brentford lost to Hereford.
Today should have seen two Bob Hurst U11 District Semi-Finals. The decision was taken early this morning when heavy rain was in the air to switch them both to the reserve day tomorrow. The forecast for the rest of the day in the north of the county especially was dire. Guess what, as I write this Blog the sun has come out in Radcliffe. If the weather forecast proves to be wrong I will have to have a Tesco moment.
The Under 14’s have had two good days down in Taunton notching two wins. The details of the games can be found in the Excellence Section of the website. Their place in the National Finals at Oakham School next week has been confirmed. They will face Norfolk in the Semi-Finals to be played on Tuesday of next week. The other Semi will be between Devon and Staffordshire. The make-up of the Semis is very interesting as there is only one First Class County out of the four teams – ourselves.
The Final will be played on Wednesday August 17th.
Just a few serious words here. Like most others I have been completely “gobsmacked” with what I have been seeing on my television over the past few nights. In all my years as a teacher and then as a Headteacher I had to deal with quite a number of “numties” but I have to say that I have never really witnessed anything approaching the actions I saw on my TV last night and on earlier nights. I am a firm believer that sport is the medium that should be able to get across to everyone how to behave and respect the law. I do hope that when the Premiership kicks off on Saturday that the players look to show respect to themselves as professional footballers, to the officials and to the watching public. I wonder. Last night at Gigg Lane the players provided a splendid example of the spirit of football and respect for the officials – just as the announcer was telling us that because of the “numties” in Manchester, and to a small extent in Bury, that the Metrolink service had been closed down and buses in and around Bury had ceased to operate.
One good thing about the “rain” today is that it may well calm down the “numties”. I once had a Police Superintendent on my Governors, and he said that wet weather was a bonus to his policing of the part of Bolton that was his patch. Let it rain.
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