Sunday, November 13, 2005

Leamington v Quorn

It seems Quorn is not a mushroom based vegan food, its a town in Leicestershire, and this town in Leicestershire has a football team who play in the Midland Alliance. Just like Leamington do. Now, what are the odds of that?

John, Steve, Tom and myself all travelled up to the New Windmill Ground and positioned ourselves in our usual spot to watch the game. We then had to shift ourselves and position ourselves in our traditional second half spot as Leamington were shooting the other way in the first half. This wasn't as easy as it sounds, as there were a fair few people there. I estimated 612. The correct answer was 621, which I'll think you'll find was quite close.

The game was also quite close. Leamington scored first with a very good goal by Ryan Howell, but Quorn equalised a few minutes later. Leamington had more chances, but the score remained 1-1 at full time. The 'buy chips, Brakes score' gambit seems to have expired, as John and Tom spent about 79 hours in the chip queue and there were no goals scored in this time. Back to the lucky T shirt then I suppose.

It took us a while to get out of the ground at the end, as once we'd maneuvered our way past the cars parked down the middle of the car park, Sir Mick Brady (Brakes chairman) stopped us and asked Steve to drive to the garage and shine his headlights in as the bulb had gone (or something). Grassroots football - fantastic.

Happy happy Friday

Its been a while since we had a happy Friday in Leamington. Last week we did take happy Friday on tour to Colchester, but it wasn't quite the same - mainly because the pub shut at 11 and we didn't want to be too hungover for Leamington's big game on the Saturday.

Anyhow, happy Fridays are arranged in the sauna or jacuzzi at Regency Health club these days, and Steve joined me on Friday afternoon to make the executive decision to go for a curry and then for a few sociable glasses of wine. John and co had been boozing all afternoon, so me, MC and Steve made a detour to TJs to drink some cocktails to catch up.

We met up with John, Gary and PFH in Millenniyummy, and had some nice tasting food before adjourning to the jug where we got the wines in and sat in the corner. We had much fun taking phone photos, pulling faces and giggling about nothing in particular. At some point Gary and MC left, but its all a bit blurry after then, probably due to the several gallons of wine inside me. It was all OK as I got home safely and managed to get to the pool in the morning, unlike someone...

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Leamington v Solihull Borough: The Truth

As there are several (incorrect) versions of this match report knocking around, I thought I'd let this blog live up to its name and speak only the truth.

I work on Tuesday evenings, so normally don't get to attend midweek Leamington games, but this week I thought I'd make an effort to go for half time. It was very, very, very cold and wet when I turned up on Tuesday night, but that was really no excuse for John and Steve to be stood under the covered stand instead of in our usual spot. I can't believe this is how they behave when I'm not there to sort them out...

When I arrived, Leamington were losing 1-0. I know this because the scoreboard said 0-1 and John said we were going to get knocked out of two cups in a week. Anyhow, Leon Morgan scored to bring it to 1-1. I know this because I saw it, and I know it was in the second half because I wasn't there in the first half.

At this point there were discussions about extra time/replays. No one seemed to know, but since the teams carried on playing, we assumed extra time it was. In the first half of extra time, Kristian Kelsall seemed to accidentally score for Leamington as the ball got in the way as he ran into the goal. We were all happy, but then some Solihull bozo equalised.

Just as we were discussing penalties and and the chance of frostbite, and with the scoreboard showing 0 minutes to go, Jon Adams (not Josh Blake) scored to make it 3-2 to Leamington, save us all from pneumonia and send Leamington into the quarter finals of the Birmingham Senior Cup. Hurray!