week 11: w/c 11th February 2018

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A hectic football management week kicked off early on Monday with another call to Andy and a conversation with the Chairman, a man who has very much become a reluctant Chairman. A situation I can sympathise with, the pressure of the finance drains any enjoyment you might otherwise have felt. Your head tells you that the playing budget has to be cut, lots of things must be cut…but the heart, ah the heart, the most influential organ in the body – that tells you something completely different. Continue reading “week 11: w/c 11th February 2018”

Week 9: w/c 28th January 2013

Bashley away / Hemel Hempstead Town away

The week started with a delightful message from one of our turnstile operators. I love the person involved to bits, he is an excellent source for gossip and I don’t think he actually expects me to pick the phone up every time he rings, my answer phone absorbs all the words and allows me to filter through the chatter to uncover the little gems of information that do make my life easier at the club. He was an absolute legend at the time when we were looking for a new bar manager and his little tit-bits of information have served many a purpose ahead of a board meeting, even if I do have to negotiate my way through the exaggerations before arriving at the truth (every person passing through the turnstiles has the same complaint? Really?). Continue reading “Week 9: w/c 28th January 2013”

Week 8: w/c 21st January 2013

Leamington home / Gosport away

I really am now starting to forget what this football game is all about, this week saw the country ground to it’s annual halt with a flurry of snow that sparked health & safety fears all across the country. Hats off to the weather forecasters, they seemed to be spot on with the timings of the snowfall, with Sunday being the picture postcard day, ahead of the big freeze. Local roads remained impressively free flowing, just the side streets that did not get a visit from the gritting lorries causing a few issues, which is difficult because that is where most people start their journeys – and for me that includes a fairly steep hill with card parked either side providing minimal scope for any out of control skids. Continue reading “Week 8: w/c 21st January 2013”

Week 7: w/c 14th January 2013

Hitchin away / Arlesey at home

Hitchin have opted to play their midweek matches on a Monday night, presumably an attempt to combat the threat of clashing with Champions League football on the television and having the crowd decimated as a result. I am a little surprised that more clubs have not attempted that, though you do still face the competition of Monday night Premiership football on Sky (in fact, it is almost impossible to avoid coming up against an easy alternative for the armchair supporter such is the way that football on the gogglebox has expanded – 3.00pm on a Saturday is the only time you can be sure of avoiding a clash). Continue reading “Week 7: w/c 14th January 2013”

Week 5 (w/c 31st December 2012)

St Albans Away / AFC Totten at home

After the wettest year on record, 2013 started off as a glorious sunny morning, the wind and rain that had blurred the Weymouth horizon for the past week had given way to sunshine and shadows on the seaweed decorated sandy beach. Looking out the kitchen window, early morning (for New Year’s Day anyway) walkers filled the beach likes ants scurrying about their business. Many were making the most of the dramatic transformation in weather whilst others were clearing the lungs after a night of celebration and heavy drinking. Continue reading “Week 5 (w/c 31st December 2012)”

Week 4 (w/c 24th December 2012)

Chippenham & Barwell at home

Christmas is all about the kids, and my boys are at a brilliant age. They still get excited, but have the patience to control the excitement to a tolerable level, though do still like to get up early Christmas morning, it was about 2.15am when the boys first awoke to discover that Santa had once again been very generous with his stocking fillers delivery. Continue reading “Week 4 (w/c 24th December 2012)”

Week 3 (w/c 17th December 2012)

St Neot’s away 

Once a team is knocked out of the FA competitions – or more relevantly, knocked out of the chance of winning some decent prize money – there is a tendency for the playing budget to take a hit, or at least be contained more tightly than previously. As a supporter I always saw that as bad management, but having seen it from the other side for a number of years, I now understand that there is a fine line between speculating and gambling. Continue reading “Week 3 (w/c 17th December 2012)”