Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Eve playlist


As usual I've made a mix for New Year's Eve and here it is. This time available on Spotify. It's going to be the year of the Tiger and they have this beer on in the Minster at the moment (pub not the actual Minster), so I dare say I will see the New Year in with a few pints of it.
Fluke – Atom Bomb
Deadmau5 – Strobe
The Chap – I Got Flattened By a Pig Farmer
Hot Chip – Shake A Fist
New Order – Confusion
A Certain Ratio – The Big E
Friendly Fires – Paris
Kraftwerk – Musique Non Stop
LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll
Mexican Institute Of Sound – Dub-A El Tiempo Es Muy Largo
Booka Shade – Outskirts
Fever Ray – Keep The Streets Empty For Me
Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat
Ellen Allien – Einsteigen
Apparat – Can't Computerize It
Future Prophecies – Thunder & Lightning
Burial – Unite
No Bra – Super Subway Comedian
Mouse On Mars – Wipe That Sound
Passion Pit – I've Got Your Number
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Love Burns
The Smiths – Shoplifters Of The World Unite
Stereolab – French Disko - 2006 Remastered Single Version
Pavement – Gold Soundz
Paramore – That's What You Get
Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To
Manic Street Preachers – You Love Us
The Russian Futurists – Our Pen's Out Of Ink
Cornershop – Born Disco: Died Heavy Metal
Blur – Song 2
The Chameleons – Perfume Garden
Junior Boys – Parallel Lines
The Stone Roses – One Love - Full Length - Remastered
Luciano Pavarotti – Son Salvo - I Puritani
Editors – Bullets - Single Version
Future Of The Left – Fuck The Countryside Alliance
M83 – Violet Tree
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
The Wedding Present – Kennedy

Monday, December 28, 2009

End of year round up

This year saw me see go to 41 games the vast majority of which were at the Unwin Ground in Ely. Unlike last year where there were plenty of foreign football trips to some of the more obscure outposts of Eatern Europe, this year all of my football was concentrated in England and more often than not Eastern England. In the Premier League I visited Villa Park and Craven Cottage, the only other league ground being Peterborough's London Road. The second most visited ground after the Unwin was Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium. The other grounds were all non league and included Julius Martin Lane (Soham Town Rangers), Milton Road (Cambridge City), The Walks (home of the hopefully temporarily defunct King's Lynn), The Nest in Outwell (home of Outwell Swifts, but at the moment being used by Wisbech), and a couple of trips to Sherbourne Stadium home of Newmarket Town.

Highlights
Highlights of January were Cambridge United beating Woking 4-1 with Rodders in attendance on what was a bitterly freezing day and Ely City finally dispensing of Great Shelford in the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup.

Febraury was pretty much devoid of football as the weather was bloody awful and the only match was fortunately one of Ely's best performances that I have seen as they dispensed of Soham Town Rangers , 3-2 away in the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup Quarter Finals.

March saw a lot more football being played and there were some memorable days out, Macca came up for Cambridge United's game against Burton Albion and although the Brewers lost 2-0, it was a great day out for all, and although it hailed the start of Burton's attempts to blow automatic promotion, they finally managed it at the end of the season, although unfortuantely to the expense of Cambridge who almost caught them. Other highlights included a first trip to Newmarket Town where they beat Fakenham Town 3-1 and an away win for Ely at King's Lynn

April was a disappointing match as all the games involved Ely losing the only game of any not was when the rserves lost 4-2 to Great Shelford.

In May I finally got to see Aston Villa, however the lads were knackered and they went down 3-1 to Fulham, but a good day was had by all.

July saw a few friendlies, but the most impressive was the Villa kids beating Peterborough 3-0 at London Road, although Ely's Doug Unwin memorial game against Soham, which Soham eventually won on penalties was an enjoyable evening despite the result and quality of football.

The start of more competetive football in August wasn't too great, although a trip to Villa to see them beat Fiorentina 1-0 with a goal from Emile Heskey was a bit of a treat and Cambridge United's 3-0 victory over Gateshead in the Conference came as a welcome restbite from the dreadful football Ely were playing. The matches at Villa Park and the Abbey were also Sean's first trips to Villa Park and the Abbey respectively.

Highlights of September were Villa's victory over Portsmouth and a goal fest at the Unwin where Ely overcame Diss Town 5-4 after extra time in the Vase. The poor old Diss striker got booked for scoring his team and his own 4th goal to put Diss ahead, but it was all in vain.

October was a disappointing month, although we started off dreaming of Wembley when Ely beat Eynesbury Rovers in a great game which ended 3-2 at the Unwin. The other highlight was when the reserves beat Lakenheath 4-3, with Lakenheath bringing a surprising number of fans for a club at this level, and despite the pressure they put on the linesman he had the last laugh ruling out a last minute equaliser for offside.

Highlight of November was Cambridge's game against Kettering, which Cambridge unfortunately lost 2-0, but marked Mark Cooper's last game at the Poppies before he went on to manage Peterborough.

December was a snowy and quiet month with the highlight being Villa's 3-0 victory over Hull City in a very convincing win.

Lowlights

The year started off with what was going to be a pattern for the rest of the year with Ely losing 1-0 to CRC, unfortunately compared with recent games against CRC this was a respectable result for the Robins.

The weather and lack of football was the lowlight of February.

March saw Ely visit Cambridge City and for the second year running they have achieved the award for arseholes of the year. Firstly the stewards pissed Mick off then the same obnoxious fans as last year pissed me off. This was topped off by some of the worst weather possible at a football game and Cambridge winning thanks to a Ben Lawrenson own goal, although you would have thought that they were Brazil the way they were acting. Hopefully I will never go to this shitehole ever again. A 6-1 defeat at Wisbech would have been low point, but we had a good evening and having to placate Nige was a laugh, so we won't dwell on that!

In April Ely's loss against local rivals Mildenhall Town was ludicrous with some of the craziest refereeing ever ruining the game that Mildenhall eventually won 4-2. That said we have seen some more ludicrous refereeing since and the way that Ely have no control of discipline is never going to endear them to visiting officials.

There were no lowlights in May and no football in June and July wasn't too bad apart from Ely not doing their confidence levels too much good with a 6-1 defeat at home to Bury Town in preseason.

August saw some pretty poor results for Ely, but losing to Wisbech 1-0 in the FA Cup was an especially low point, as I was having to control Sean and I didn't see much of the match, and I am getting a bit sick of losing to Wisbech.

For some reason Ely never finish a mid week home tie in cup competitions off in normal time and this can be frustrating on a work night. Therefore, the low point of September was actually an Ely victory. They took King's Lynn Reserves to extra time in the League Cup, but it was cold, Mick was off with flu and I couldn't be arsed to stay for the penalties, as Ely had again snatched a draw from the jaws of victory. I'm not proud of myself, but I legged it and missed an Ely victory on penalties.

October saw some dreadful football, but Ely losing to CRC 5-1 in the Cambridgeshire Cup (which was a welcome distraction last season) and then a 4-1 loss to them in the league also at home were incidents that were particularly hard to swallow.

The football in November and December has been / was good, with the only lowlight being snow ruining the potential for some Boxing Day football.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing day blues

Well it's been a cold and snowy Christmas period. I had toyed with the idea of going to Port Vale v Burton today, but was put off after a few public transport problems in Stoke over the last week.

The weather has improved here, but Rocester's game against Biddulph was still called off, so here I am without a match to go to on what is probably the most boring day of the year.

It looks like the Villa v Hull game on 12 December was the last game of the year.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sad news about Kings Lynn

Kings Lynn have unfortunately gone out of business and this seems to mean that their reserves will also fold, despite rumours earlier in the week that the reserves might take the place of the first team.

It's a shame as Kings Lynn has got a decent history of football, in fact I think if my memory serves me that it was the first town to have a newspaper dedicated to football.

The Walks where they played their home games for many years will be sorely missed, although I presume some bastard developers have had their eyes on it for a while.

Let's hope something can be done, I've also heard that the bloke who runs the speedway is interested in doing something with football, but we'll have to wait and see.

Another Ely win

It's not often that I get to write 'another Ely win' at the top of the post, although to be honest they made a hash of the Vase game at St.Ives on Saturday and lost 3-0, but I was at Villa and it wasn't the league.

On Tuesday night the Robins played Newmarket in a game that was previously a draw, but was replayed after Ely had been found to have an illegible player on the pitch, and ironically it was Ely who prospered with Newmarket now losing a point from the fixture and Ely gaining 2.

Ely started off brightly and had a number of the opening chances with Newmarket being hemmed in at the back, however we feared that Ely could be hit on the break and that is exactly what happened, and on 43 minutes after a very bright start for Ely, Stephen Bell made it 1-0 to Newmarket, which was another ironical twist and one that we predicted. He'd played for Ely up until recently and quite often for the reserves, he was a player I thought deserved more of a chance, he obviously did too as he adsconded to Newmarket. If it was any consilation at least the goal was a deflectio, but that's how it finished at half time 1-0 to Newmarket.

The second half got off to a better start though as on 47 minutes Robbie Mason made up for getting booked for swearing at the linesman (despite the ground being covered by signs saying to keep the bad language out of football) by scoring a superb ball that went into the top corner and gave the goalkeeper no chance.

It was to be a short lived victory though as Jamie Lane went down the other end straight from the kick off and levelled things up for the jockies.

Again Ely put the pressure on, but despite having 3 out and out attackers on the pitch in Impey, Mason and Fielding they never looked like scoring. However, in the end Newmarket must have felt that justice had to be done and obliged with an own goal on 76 minutes. It seemed to provide the catalyst Ely needed as 3 minutes later Scott Fielding scored a very nice goal to put Ely in the lead for the first time. What followed was a squeaky bum of a quarter of an hour, but in the end Ely ran out 3-2 winners.

Monday, December 7, 2009

William Mc.Gregor statue


I had to steal this picture from the Birmingham Mail and it just shows a minature version of the ststue that has recently appeared outside Villa park at the corner where the Trinity Stand meets the North Stand, so more about this later.

One way traffic



On Saturday I was up at Villa park for the clash between Villa and Hull. I can't get up there that often, so I had originally pencilled in the Hull match as one of those that Villa should win. However, Hull have hit form over the last few weeks and as Villa seem to struggle against the teams that they'd be expected to beat it was a calculated gamble.

Fortunately Hull must have read my mind and didn't put up much of a fight at all. Villa had most of the play and Hull didn't get a shot on goal even though the referee seemed intent on taking the names of all the Villa players and turning a blind eye to infringements by Hull players, it was still a bit too easy for the Villa. Richard Dunne put Villa ahead with a shot that looked like he was imaganing the ball was Thierry Henry's head. Then on 28 minutes James Milner who was again on fire (Gareth who?) took the opportunity when Myhill came out to clear the ball for a throw in. Sidwell who wasn't playing reacted quickly, Luke Young took a throw in and Milner managed to lob the keeper while he was still trying to get back to his goal line.

Milner and the Villa midfield as a whole played well and the defence managed to cut out what few attacks Hull had, but Villa still look like they need a natural goal scorer. Agbonlahor is great, but he isn't a poacher, Heskey just isn't right for the team and John Carew, you've got to love him, but he isn't exactly mr.Consistant. In fact Villa with a reliable scorer would have been 5-0 up at half time. Instead they had to wait until John Carew came off the bench for the lacklustre Heskey to get another goal on 87 minutes, and that was a penalty. Young was brought down in the box and he wanted to take the penalty, as did Milner, but Carew wanted it and who would be daft enough to get in an arguement with him. So that's how it finished 3-0 in what was an easy victory.

Pictures: Richard Dunne celebrates his goal
Zayette for once doesn't bring Gabby down