I think I may have been relegated to the inside pages
That was the last time I looked yesterday
They seek him here, they seek him there,
JH’s fans seek him everywhere,
Is he in heaven, is he in hell,
That damned elusive Scarlet “Blog”pernel
With apologies to the Pimpernel version.
I decided earlier this week I should take a break from my historical adventures into the Life and Times of LSCA and do a Blog. To help get the “Blog” brain going I thought I would check the LCB site to a) to see if my competitor bloggers had done any blogging recently and b) to total up my ever increasing number of “hits”.
You can imagine my chagrin when I could not see a single link on the front page to any of my blogs other than by clicking on the News button and then Blogs. My fans deserve better – especially when I added up the number of hits since Blogging began to a massive 26,558. By today that will have increased further. My Blog entitled “What a Great Game” has been seen 865 times to date.
With that sort of following I am still missing from the front page. Is this a mysterious plot to enable other Bloggers to improve their ratings I wonder. My friend Ted will be most puzzled.
If, after posting this latest Blog, I am nowhere to be seen I may have to sulk, or resort to other ulterior motives. It could even prompt a “question in the house”, or at the Board Meeting on Thursday.
What have I been up to.
Last Thursday was the LSCA AGM at Old Trafford. The Meeting Room in the Centre is being converted to a Gym for the players whilst the new Players’ Pavilion is constructed. Work begins on the old Pavilion imminently and they have to move out of there. We had the meeting in one of the classrooms which brought back memories of my teaching career. Chairman Dennis and myself were sat at the front keeping control over a class containing such pupils as Batman and Robin to mention but two. (You will remember them as Manager & Coach of last year’s Under 12’s. Batman was famously snapped having a kip at Taunton whilst helping in the U11 week.)
We had a good meeting. I was able to let everyone have the latest fixture list for 2012. I was just short of two confirmations then. As of today I just have one left to be confirmed. I would hope to publish the full list on the website next week.
Sophie had her first away soccer match for some time on Sunday. This was at Bispham. The Diamonds won 5-3. I was Transport Manager.
Last night I drove across to Darwen for the Lancashire Partnership AGM and Meeting at 7.00pm. We were done and dusted and in the car back home by 8.00. Chairman, Brian Woodhead, does not mess about. I quite liked Ian Cordingley’s financial statement delivered by son, John. “Tell them there’s nowt gone in, and there’s nowt gone out.” Brilliant.
Tomorrow there is a meeting of the LCB Executive with what looks like a sizeable agenda. It could get even bigger as the Boss (ANH) has just emailed everyone to say he has an important paper he needs us all to see resulting from an ECB Meeting he has just attended.
Whatever his important paper may contain if this Blog does not show in a prominent place on the front page of the website there will be serious problems afoot.
I am getting close to completion of my historical adventure through the life and times of the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association. Below is a photograph from 1988. I do not have any details of the players’ names. I can identify quite a few – Glen Chapple for one. Andrew Payne looks a little puzzled on the bottom right.
There’s no missing Knowles’y on the front row with John Ratledge to the left and Gareth Cordingley to the right. Mark Harvey is top left and Philip Moffat is the tall one on the back row. I think it is Carl Drinkwater between Gareth and Andrew. Can anyone help me with the others? We know what Glen Chapple has been up to in 2011 but I wonder whether the others are still playing - like I know that Graham Knowles is still turning out at Haslingden.
I bet Ted will know a few.