^^^ What is a MIF?!
I could go to town on last night’s experience. Stick the boot in, Alex Wall style. I won’t as (a) it would give me little or no pleasure and (b) I can’t really be bothered. The latter is rather apt.
Needless to say ...
Some things that I wish had changed, haven’t:
Overpriced food; befuddled stewards; the Magpies conceding a far post header and a comedy own goal; ill-disciplined players (Messrs Wall and Hinds, unsurprisingly, the chief culprits); double standards as standard; a chronic lack of midfield creativity; the tannoy not working properly; a soulless, shabby and soon-empty Club Shack. I could go on ...
Some things that I wish hadn’t changed, have:
Prior to last night, a 2-1 win over Staines Town in April 2010 was the last game that I had attended at York Road (we weren’t allowed in for the 3-0 defeat against Basingrad, that followed in August). On paper it was a meaningless, end-of-season encounter between two mid-table teams. The Youth (and the not-so-youthful) were behind the goal in numbers, though, and in good voice. Indeed, the Bell End was absolutely rocking during the second half.
It was a legendary midweek match, IMO, with memorable moments including:
A St John’s Ambulance man with dwarfism truly excelling himself as a stretcher bearer at half-time - he had to hold his handle up above his head - as the Youth rather cruelly hummed the Oompa Loompa song
Darti Brown - “You’re sub, in a shitty team” - staying out-of-sight within the away dugout; not once venturing out to warm up despite our encouragement for him to do so
Louis Wells - baited loudly throughout - gifting Lord Jamal of Fyfield (!) a late winner with a customary howler :-)
The standard of football wasn’t great (far from it). Nor was the attendance (271, similar to the 260 announced last night ... although the latter seemed about thirty or forty steep to me). Yet there was a sense of togetherness (sort of). Noise. Humour. Enjoyment. Good times to be had. In stark contrast, the only MUFC-affiliate inside York Road who could possibly feel contented, last night, was the person who gets to drive the shiny black 2011-plate Volkswagen Toureg parked close to the home dugout ... he/ she is obviously doing something right! ;-)
^^^ Ground improvements have clearly gone well
^^^ I did tell him he should have worn a disguise
Macleod (M), Bobby P, Joe and I ended up chewin’ the fat in the Anchor until the small hours (I was the only one who had work the next day, more fool me!). The usual choons were played on the jukebox: 3712 - ‘Black & White Town’ by Doves - sounding more profound than ever ...
It's been preying on me and mine
This is a dangerous place, man
This is a dangerous place, there's nothing here
Macleod (M) mentioned to me that Craig very occasionally reads the Sunday Post, specifically to remind himself of why he doesn’t regularly read the Sunday Post.
The relevance of this story was crystal clear.
^^^ The aftermath of Welling's fourth goal; a brilliant strike from Harry Baker. PA Coxy had to ask the keeper - who didn't have a save to make all night - which player had scored! And he (Coxy) was standing right next to me when he announced it ... and I still couldn't understand a word he said! :-)
^^^ A new addition to the wall in Stripes. How long do you give it? M.U.F.F.