Tannoy

20 Apr 19
weetabliss

It’s a big one. My 100th ground. Who would have thought that, back in 2013 when I hatched a plan, with Kenny the Panda, to visit the 42 senior Scottish football grounds, that it would kick-start an obsession that would lead me here? Ground No. 100, Raydale Park, Gretna 2008 v Gala Fairydean Rovers. Since […]

20 Apr 19
Archy Worldys

The comedy series Still Game may be over forever, but maybe we did not say goodbye to all the actors. The fans of fast food in West Lothian seem to believe that one of their favorite characters could have found a new job by working for a local fast food chain. When Alan Currie drove […]

20 Apr 19
News Archives Uk

The comedy series Still Game may be over forever, but maybe we did not say goodbye to all the actors. The fans of fast food in West Lothian seem to believe that one of their favorite characters could have found a new job by working for a local fast food chain. When Alan Currie drove […]

19 Apr 19
London Glossy Post

Ed Sheeran has promised fans in Hong Kong he will return before the end of the year after cancelling a show due to severe weather conditions. Fans had waited for hours in the rain at the Fantasy Road Outdoor Venue Hong Kong Disneyland on Thursday. Some took to social media to air their disappointment over […]

19 Apr 19
The Mis-Education of Danni- Thoughts From The Other Side

Easter alone Is that something bad? A walk along memory lane, is inconclusive.

18 Apr 19
The Surrey Lion Sleeping

Once upon a time – A Coppers Tale – (a fictional tale with a happy ending) 30 years or so ago a little boy told his parents he wanted to be like his Daddy and be a Policeman, so he could ‘catch criminals’ and ‘help people’. He went to a ‘bog standard’ Secondary School – […]

18 Apr 19
MSich Chronicles

I have been tagged by Billy Mac, who was supposedly charged to finish this story, but decided not to and passed the baton to me instread.  Please check out his blog as well as all of the other bloggers who collaborated on this project. Here are the rules– 1. Copy the story as you receive […]

17 Apr 19
Postcard from a Pigeon

Hamish dashed to catch the eight am express train to the city. He caught it just in time, the loud swishhh of the electric doors behind him and the cold draft of winter air reminded him just how close. The train was packed, with many people standing, briefcases tucked between their ankles, handbags clutched under […]

17 Apr 19
Number 1s of my lifetime

17th November 1979 for three weeks Judging by the single cover picture I doubt that any of these guys were real doctors. When You’re In Love With a Beautiful Woman is a nice song. It’s so nice that its the sort of song you hear a lot on supermarket tannoys. It was definitely a Morrisons […]

17 Apr 19
Dream Team FC
The Nevilles, the Charltons, the Toures… football’s rich history of brothers is no secret. But for Lincoln City fans, one pair of siblings stands above all: Danny and Nicky Cowley. The brothers – now 40 and 35 respectively – took over as manager and assistant in 2016 with the Imps drifting along aimlessly in the National League. Fast-forward almost three years and they are celebrating promotion to League One. But that’s only half the story. Menacing imp and all Two seasons ago Lincoln reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup; the first Non-League club to make the last eight of the competition in 103 years. Last season, they won the Chekatrade Trophy, enjoying a well deserved day out at Wembley. The Cowley brothers’ impact on Lincoln has, quite frankly, been Roy of the Rovers stuff. “From the moment they walked through the door, the football club on and off the pitch has changed,” Alan Long told me, prior to the Imps’ promotion-clincher against Cheltenham on Saturday. For many years, Alan has doubled up as the club’s Supporter Liaison Officer and match day PA announcer — he’s a popular face at Sincil Bank. “You’ll see it here today; we’re going to have nearly 10,000 people in the stadium. The day they [Danny and Nicky] came we were averaging about 2,500.” A special day When the Cowleys, both former Non-League footballers and PE teachers turned hot-property managers, arrived, Lincoln were going nowhere in the National League. Four years of stagnation in Non-League followed 13 years in League Two and morale was low. “The best we’d done in the Vanarama National was 14th, “ Alan explained. “Never really threatening to get out. And then suddenly, not only did we win the National League, we had a cup run finishing at Arsenal in the quarter-final. “We got to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy and the following season we won the Chekatrade Trophy and got to the playoff semi-finals. Now here we are on the brink of promotion to League One.” Fans of other clubs may shrug their shoulders at promotion from League Two but it means a lot in Lincolnshire. It’s been 20 years since Lincoln were a third tier club (back when it was called Division two) and that was their only season there since 1961 — these really are the club’s glory days. And those invested in the club are unified in their praise for the Cowley brothers. Brothers in arms “They’ve galvanised the whole city,” lifelong fan Richard Hardick told me outside the ground. “gates have tripled from 3,000 to 9,000 since they’ve come and it’s such a positive thing.” Richard was joined by friends John Anderson and Martin Skayman — between them, they’ve watched Lincoln for a total of 130 years. “Everyone is just talking football,” John told me. “There’s people who haven’t been to games for 50 odd years who stop in and and talk about it in town. “They’re too old to come down now, but they’re still listening on the radio on a Saturday.” Loyal fans With three points required to secure promotion, there was a party atmosphere around the ground prior to kick-off with a live band enabling fans to dance in the cold sunshine. However, I couldn’t help but notice the horrifying appearance of the imp on the club badge. “It is for the opposition!” John laughed, while Alan explained it is based on an imp at the city’s beautiful cathedral that, according to legend, was a creature sent to the holy building by the devil only to be turned into stone by an angel. “He wasn’t exactly a friendly short of cherub shall we say,” Andy said. “So it’s not the most friendly thing in the world but it’s our imp so that’s all that really matters.” Ready for League One On the field, the Imps secured promotion to League One, despite managing only a draw against Cheltenham, as Mansfield and MK Dons also dropped points. Alan, on PA duty now, let a young fan read the teams out over the tannoy and it struck me just how many kids were present and how much of a fun, family feel there was at the ground. A chorus of “We’re on our way” from noisy fans in the corner of the Lincolnshire Co-op stand provided some charm while and an air raid siren was universally ignored just before half time. Because of the reliance of other results, the moment of glory unfolded slowly. Fans shook hands and wished each other well for another week as about a third filed out of the stadium in an orderly fashion. Eventually, somebody figures out Mansfield and MK Dons have to play each other before the end of the season and so they can’t both make up the 12 point deficit — Lincoln are up! Alan had the pleasure of announcing it officially and there were rapturous celebrations among those who sensibly remained. Emotional scenes “The city itself has really taken to heart what we’ve been trying to do here,” Alan said after making the announcement. “And Dan and Nick are obviously very much pivotal in that. The players as well, and you’ve seen what it means to the city of Lincoln. “I don’t know if you’re staying over tonight but it might be a good night to go into town. I might have a shandy!” Homegrown midfielder Lee Frecklington came close to promotion to the third tier during his first spell at the club from 2003 to 2009. He returned last summer and has now achieved it, although he admitted those on the pitch had no clue what was happening on Saturday. “We had no idea, we didn’t know the other scores,” he said as we chatted in the middle of the pitch. “We knew if we’d have won we were up. We weren’t sure whether the draw was enough but thankfully we’ve done it. It means everything.” On the up Thoughts now turn to next season in the hopes this fantastic Cowley-led roller coaster continues. “Obviously it’s going to be tough next year,” Alan concluded. “I know Dan and Nick will work their magic and I fully expect us to be competitive at that level and who knows.” If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s not to underestimate Lincoln or the Cowleys. READ MORE FROM FOOTBALL’S FRONT LINES: How Southampton are moving on from the pain of the ‘pantomime villains’ Wingate & Finchley are using AI to inspire the next generation of coaches and scientists Civil war at a mythical fortress — all is not as it seems at Crystal Palace View this post on Instagram Sergio Ramos has revealed that he has a painting of The Last Supper in his house but he is sat in the place of Jesus 😂 A post shared by Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) on Apr 16, 2019 at 2:21am PDT
17 Apr 19
Market Research Reports Updates...

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17 Apr 19
american covfefe

Anyone who writes about San Diego and doesn’t start with: “Founded by the Germans,” is lying to themselves and their readers. So now that’s out the way, let’s begin in earnest. I can honestly say San Diego is the only city that reminds me of fresh linen. Downtown is clean, comfortable, somewhat classy, with white […]

16 Apr 19
Diane's Words and Pictures

Fur clad ladies, fighting in the aisles
the man whose greasy belly smirks
from the gap between his vest and shorts.

15 Apr 19
Artificial Constructs

Day One As with my previous journey, preparation is key for this trip and so I am up early.  In fact, I am up at 2am playing Red Dead Redemption 2 and at 6am I decide that maybe I had better sort out the rest of my preparation.  As well as the usual attire, I […]