Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Natives are Revolting (once again....)

Hereford are coming.  Whisper it quietly.  Lock up your livestock.  Tie down your daughters.

The Poppies (well, more likley the Police) are instigating the first attempt at segregation at Latimer Park, and, it's fair to say, those Poppies fans who tend to get heated about such things, are not letting us down.  Even supporters who have watched us home and away since our formation over 140 years ago are up in arms - numerous calls of "Shent Goo Agen" are echoing up and down the town.

And who can blame any Poppies fan for totally losing their sh*t at this disgrace?  We are being herded from our usual crappy, flat concrete standing place, to another, equally crappy place.  Oh, and we're losing "The Tin Hat...."  I truly fear the Hereford supporters' amused reaction to seeing exactly what we're losing our minds over being denied for the evening.  Is it the Kop?  The Stretford End?  The North Bank?

Hardly.  Is the loss of a few tin steps enough to make us fear Hereford?  Never mind our excellent home record - we can't possibly win without our tiny terrace!  All is lost!  We may as well hand the points over now.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Don't buy your undeserving relative that 8th Christmas Present.....

...perhaps a small donation here would be a better idea? 

Sunday, 3 December 2017

...and then there was four, or even five....

Many thanks to our keen-eyed readers for helpfully pointing out that in addition to regular appearances of former loanees Wilson, Wyke and Carayol (sounds like a solicitor firm you can trust), you can regularly catch Jevani Brown and Tom Flannagan strutting their singular stuff in the Football League.

Jevani was a player who certainly looked the part for us, until he got injured and then couldn't force his way back into the starting XI.  A week or two on the bench was enough for him to up sticks and head off to pastures new.

Tom Flannagan was a gangling youth, loaned from MK Franchise, who, if memory serves, made his debut for us away to the Scum, on a day we had something of an ad-hoc defence.  Tom started alongside the incredibly hefty Ian Roper, with former midfielders Patrick Noubissie and Marcus Kelly as full-backs, all playing in front of the eager, but erratic Nick Bussey.  Our main striking force was an unfit, returning Iyseden Christie.

Given that we usually lost heavily to the Scum, even when we were at our strongest, this team didn't look like improving our record, but, as history shows, we won our last competitive game against that now long-gone club.  Tom played well and made a good foil for Roper during his month or two with us.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Also looks familiar

Nick Provenzano's footballing rehabilitation is complete, as he is allowed
to assist with the 2018 World Cup draw, under the benevolent
gaze of former Fine Young Cannibal frontman, Roland Gift.

Looks familiar......

Sometimes you really shouldn't switch on Friday evening FA Cup football on the telly.  Particularly when it's a non league / football league match.  The balance of power at senior non-league level has certainly shifted since we last graced such heights.  So much so that I'm sitting here watching some f*cking team called Fylde, playing at an amazing looking stadium, and bugger me, I've just read that they are in the National League?

Hey?  What?  Who the, and what the hell are Fylde?  I mean, it's not even a place!

I'm not ashamed to admit I've had to lean very heavily on the Internet to glean any information about this Fydle thing.  After literally seconds of research, I think I've got a handle on AFC Fyeld.

How familiar does this sound?

  • The club had previously been amalgamated from two other clubs.  
  • Local, rich businessman wants to play football chairman.  
  • Builds ridiculously good ground on the edge of a village.
  • Throws huge wedges of cash at the "project." 
  • Lots of expensive players who've always wanted to play in Wesham (pop. 3584)

Well, we've all seen where this story ends, haven't we.  All I ask is that when Fdyle go bust, please, PLEASE don't try to move us there!

AFC Feydl's Mill Farm Stadium. 
All well and dandy.
But does it have Latimer Park's er, um.
Sorry, I got nothing.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

...and then there was three...

Seeing Callum Wilson being interviewed on Football Focus today put me in mind of the falling away in numbers in recent years of ex-Poppies that we glimpse on the TV.  Callum, in midst of a stellar Premier League career, probably doesn't reflect much on his time with us, even though it represented his first prolonged run at senior football.  But, like all other Poppies fans, there is still that tiny frisson of joy that someone who pulled on OUR shirt is doing so well, and regularly appears on Match of the Day.

However, most former Poppies we used to see on the TV featured in the various Football League Saturday night round-up shows, rather than the august BBC Flagship show.  For the few years after our plunge down the divisions, several of the players who used to turn out for us, with varying degrees of success, flitted across our screens.

We basked in seeing our old players such as Chris Beardsley scoring, Andre Bouchard tip-tapping in the middle of the park, John Dempster nodding in at the back post and Guy Branston heading opponents into the terraces.  There were also a host of Poppy-loanees back playing for their parent clubs.  It all kind of made us feel that even though we might have been playing our games in front of 150 hardy souls at Steal Park, we were still a real team, who had real players.

Within a few seasons the ranks of former Poppies started to thin.  Beardsley flitted around a host of struggling clubs.  Bouchard slithered out of the League with Dagenham & Redbridge.  Demspter took a coaching job at Mansfield.  Branston continued heading opponents in a playing and coaching level at hundreds of further clubs as he drifted back into Non-League, even though he always had his mobile phone with him just in case the Premier League came calling.....

These days it's slim pickings for the Poppies-watcher.  Other than Wilson there seems to be only a couple of former Poppies plying their trade at League level.  Charlie Wyke, who looked a handful at Non Park has continued to look useful at both Carlisle and recently Bradford City.

The other player is Mustapha Carayol, who used half a dozen games for us back in 2009 to achieve the twin feat of pissing off Brett by nicking his place, and jogging around to slowly get his fitness back ahead of embarking on a bizarrely successful League career.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017