Sunday, March 1, 2015

Peterborough United 2 Bradford City 0

The photo above shows posh taking the lead

Yesterday we were back at London Road to see Peterborough take on Bradford City in League 1. We went without much hope. Peterborough had been on a terrible run of form that had seen them sliding down the table, which had led to Darren Ferguson being sacked as manager of Posh with Dave Robertson taking charge in a caretaker role. Bradford on the other hand are hopeful of the play-offs and are one win away from Wembley for a visit to the FA Cup semi finals if they can beat Reading next week. They have already knocked Chelsea and Sunderland out of the cup.

The first half was hotly contested, although Peterborough looked the better of the 2 teams. That said their main problem has been scoring goals and despite some nice passing Kyle Vassell didn't offer much hope of breaking the deadlock. Bradford were also finding it frustrating, but this was mainly due to the good work in central defence by Gabriel Zakuani and Ricardo Santos. The first half was exciting enough, but ended 0-0 and it was difficult to see where goals moght come from.

We didn't have to wait too long though after the second half got under way. After 53 minutes Gabriel Zakuani went up and a scruffy goal saw Posh take the lead. Peterborough were galvanised by this and Bradford didn't offer too much hope for their fans. A handball in the last minute allowed Michael Bostwick to double Posh's lead and it was like the old days again as posh ushered in a new era and we finally got to see a win.

A different kind of sport

Last week we did something different and went to the local rugby. It was good to see a locall team win for once, as Ely Tigers defeated Ipswich YM 22 -8. It made a change, but yesterday it was back to the football for Peterborough v Bradford City.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Photos from King's Lynn v Workington

Workington warm up. A rare picture of their goalkeeper, Jonny Jamieson with his mouth shut.

Lynn get ready to launch a free kick in during the first half.

Nadiya and Sean behind the goal in the second half.

King's Lynn Town 1 Workington 2

It was a cold day, but at least the pitch was playable for King's Lynn's home game against Workington yesterday. Before the game the Linnets were in 12th in the table with Workington in 5th. A win for the visitors meant they went up to 2nd, while Lynn remained in the same position in the table.

It was a hard fought game, which always looked like it would bubble over into violence. King's Lynn started the brighter of the two teams, but could never really get a good run of passes together and the Workington back four looked like they could keep the visitors at bay. The best chance of the opening encounters saw Leon Mettam come close on 8 minutes, Spriggs was also doing some good runs, but couldn't get a shot in and was kept at bay by Gari Rowntree at left back for the visitors and some suspect work by the linesman. Michael Frew for Lynn was playing with shall we say a robust style that was winding Workington up. On about 35 minutes Frew was decked by Jonny Jamieson in goals for Workington just outside the box. The Lynn fans were baying for him to be sent off. To be honest there was a covering defender so it was a yellow card, but as he grabbed few in shall we say a sensitive area in the ensuing fracas he should have been off. To rub salt in the wounds, the freekick that came from it was woeful and Workington went up the other end and scored through Gareth Arnison when the ball was judged to have gone over the line. The goalkeeper was still engaged in 'banter' with the fans as the half drew to a close and it's a pity that he had time to shout his mouth off for most of the second half too,

The second half was more eventful for the violent tackling than the end to end action as Lynntried to pour forward, but were kept at bay by the defence ending in stalemate for a long period of the half. It was a bit against play, but not all that surprising when Gavin Skelton added to the home team's woes and put Workington 2 up on 76 minutes. Lynn finally did find away through when Leon Mettam got a goal n 88 minutes. The referee had completely lost control by now, so it was a bit surprising that he played 6 minutes of stoppage time where Lynn threw everything forward, but unlike on other occassions didn't manage to salvage anything from the game.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tough times

Things have been pretty busy lately, and the weather has been dreadful. We had planned to go to Peterborough on Saturday, but after being stuck in traffic after Sean's game at Exing and then a downpour of snow we didn't make it.

We saw a few games on TV including disappointing draws for Borussia Dortmund and then a disastrous performance by Villa at Arsenal. Hopefully, we will be back at a few games soon, but with Sean having 3 games away in a row, training on Tuesday and the weather continuing to be bad, I am not to sure when we will get back into the swing of things.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Ely City 1 Wivenhoe Town 2

A new year and for me, after most of the home games being called off a new look Ely City. Unfortunately, it was the same result.

Several players have arrived on loan and it was hoped that they woud provide the shot in the arm that the Robins needed.Kairys and Ourtilbour on loan from Histon looked promising enough, but the Robins lack steel in central defence and look like they will do well to put the chances they create away. All in all a recipe for disaster. Ourtilbour looked good going forward on the left wing, but nobody seemed to be able to keep up with him for speed when he wanted to put a cross in.

It was a real shame, as the game offered Ely a chance to perhaps turn things round. Ely are bottom, but Wivenhoe are third from the bottom. They also arrived late due to traffic and didn't have enough time to warm up properly and had a player sent off after three minutes. Therefore the omens looked good for Ely. Fat chance though, as a mixture of players not knowing each other and baffling tactics meant that Ely were soon one down. After the break they went 2 down. They did pull one back near the end, but they also lacked in spirit. Whereas Downham last week when they pulled one back went on the rampage Ely had a player having a lie down and complaining about a little scratch on his leg with time running out. Can it get any worse?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Our Subbuteo Part 4 - The Mid 80s

These were all zombie teams in the more normal shaped boxes that are pretty similar to the ones used today. These were all teams that I bought myself when I was a lad with my pocket money.

Scotland 1986
This was the kit worn by the Scotland team at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. It was quite distinctive in that they wore the shorts with the hoop across the middle as seen below in Subbuteo form.

The Scotland team for a cahnce to qualify for the World Cup needed a result. They got a draw to set u with Wales, to set off a play off game with Australia, however they didn't feel much like celebrating, as their iconic manager Jock Stein suffered a heart attack during the matach and died.

Alex Ferguson took over for the play off game against the Aussies, which they won 3-0. At the World Cup they were drawn in the 'group of death' with Denmark, West Germany and Uruguay. They only managed to get one point from a 0-0 draw with Uruguay.

Aston Villa 1985-87
This kit which was a deviation from the traditional claret with blue sleeves and was made by minor firm Henson, wasn't everybody's cup of tea, but it was one of my favourite Villa shirts of all time and reminds me of a time when I was a regular on the Holte End.

They weren't the best of times at Villa Park, but here's a picture of Paul Birch in the kit.

Manchester United 1985 FA Cup Winners Kit
This was back in the day when coverage of the FA Cup final was on all day and all of the clubs took it seriously the game was won in extra time when Norman Whiteside scored for United the only goal in the game against Everton.

Here they are after winning the pot,

Queens Park Rangers 1985-87
The red on the main part and the sleeves was unique to this period when QPR were sponsored by Guinness. It was during a period of time when QPR were doing quite well and at the end of this period finished 5th.

In the mid 80s Monaco had a lot of domestic success and even hammered Bordeaux 9-0 in a record breaking scoreline.