Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Mossley v Radcliffe Borough

 Captain Keogh prepares to make it 3-0 ...

Cold Cold Cold ... and that was at 0630hrs in the morning ... didn't get much better rain, sleet, more rain etc etc - you get the picture ... home to cook a special request from Mrs Smiffy - an Aubergine and Tomato Bake (made sure I did some meat on the side for me mind !!) - and then off up the (cold) road to (a cold) Seel Park to see if Mossley could continue their "Unbeaten in 2015" run.

No problem.  3-0 up at half-time (playing the "wrong way" !!) - 4-0 soon after (afraid I missed the fourth goal - I was being offered some Pussers Rum from a hip flask at the time - certainly helped to combat the cold - but at a price - sorry Rio !!!).  Late goal for Radcliffe messed up the "clean sheet" option, but another three points is good ... shame everyone else around is/are also winning - hey ho, just a question of keeping the momentum going and hoping for slip-ups elsewhere ... pics from the game at 

Mossley 4 Radcliffe Borough 1

Almost tropical at work today mind ... nearly 7 degrees !!!  Mrs Smiffy away so went for the Arsenal option ... hmmm

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Curzon Ashton v Ilkeston FC

Curzon scorer Ryan Brooke on the ball

I'll be honest - it was NOT the tempter of the free bar after the game that took me to the Tameside Stadium yesterday - I didn't stay for it - and my plan was Ashton United v Frickley until I got home after work to find it had been called off !!

Got to the ground in good time ... to watch a scintillating first 45 minutes where Ashton simply blew away their fellow promotion contenders.  The second half was quite an anti-climax - even so Curzon were in total control throughout.  Pics from game at

Curzon Ashton 4 Ilkeston FC 0

This win certainly resurrects Curzon's promotion credentials - talking to some of my Ilson friends during/after the game, there seems to be a realisation that despite their elevated position in the table ... "They're struggling" ... not replacing players who have left (e.g. Che Adams) seems to be the 'grouse' ... still fourth mind (with games in hand) while Curzon remain seventh.

Strange how the fixtures fall - after not getting to Curzon since last October, it looks like Curzon next Saturday (v Stourbridge) and the Monday after (rearranged game v Belper Town).  This midweek Mossley are at home on Tuesday night to Radcliffe Borough ... note Mossley's creditable 2-2 draw yesterday away at high-flying Spennymoor.

Finally a quick "well done" to Glossop North End who secured their place in the FA Vase Quarter-Final after an extra-time 3-1 win at Dunston UTS.  The now travel to Shaw Lane Aquaforce next Saturday ...

Monday, 16 February 2015

Mossley v Ossett Albion

"The eyes have it" - man balances ball on head

... so we weren't allowed to listen to James singing "Ossett Town Osset Town Ossett Town Sit Down Next To Me".  A holiday Saturday for this postie .. so what happens ??? Too many local teams at home ... and an organised engagement in Rochdale in the evening.  Therefore thuswise so ... stay local (had it not been for the Rochdale "tryst", I'd have probably aimed for Newcastle Town v Stafford Rangers - but hey ho).  First thoughts after that were Stalybridge v Brackley (and sooo glad I didn't in the end !) - but ... I just got lazy (it's allowed surely ?!?) and had a late wake-up (luxury !!), bit of a tidy-up and then up the road to watch the game at Seel Park.

Mossley - unbeaten in 2015 - looked good for a comfy win on Saturday against lowly Ossett Albion (they were just above Ossett Town in the table !) - but no ... it was a lot harder than that.  A very even first half saw it goalless (my word to peeps in the club were "We'll walk it second half!)  - and sub Josh Granite (you've got to luurve that name for a big centre-back !) got up to put Mossley in front five minutes after the break.  Credit to Ossett mind - they kept plugging away (a couple of good chances denied by keeper and blocking defenders) - Mossley still had chances as well - some good work by Ossett 'keeper Brett Souter - but at the end of the day, 'twas three points for the home team - and the 2015 unbeaten run continues.  Pics from the game at

Mossley 1 Ossett Albion 0

This week - probably nowt - but if you hang on a bit ... I've got some stuff from Friday - messing about with the new lens (plus extension tubes) - actually let's go for it now ....

My beer ...

Yeah - goofed about on Friday - having been asked to come in to work on Thursday/Friday ... Thursday no probs - turned up Friday to find "sick person was well" (nice to be told !!!). SO went home. mucked about then went out with the 24mm lens - weather was sh*te so ended up messing about with it - plus extension tubes - in the pub.  Pics from the afternoon booze session at

Close up Stuff

The Sunday walk was interesting as well - a slight "communication breakdown" meant the camera never made it !!!! I've took some pics on the cameraphone - but I still need to download them (can't find the microSD adapter - give me time) - but I'm sure there's plenty up top for you to be going at !!!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Mossley v Irlam ...

Man with head behind ball - OK it's John Bennett ...

Hooray Hooray ... it's a holiday week - enjoyed Monday (scanning in programme covers), enjoyed Tuesday (scanning in MORE programme covers) - thence to Seel Park for the Manky Prem Cup Semi versus Irlam.  Early goal settled the nerves (still sorting out camera settings - usual excuse - nowt to do with the pre-match pint - honest !!).  All went a bit "even" after that with Irlam stretching Mossley a bit (and Andy Farrimond in the Mossley goal having to do a bit !).

A goal for Mossley early doors in the second half (officially Tom Dean - but Andy Keogh did all the hard work) settled us few (OK 101) fans ... but credit to Irlam - maybe a "touch" physical (North West Counties ??) but still a few scares before Mossley put it to bed in the last five minutes with a couple more goals - which made the score slightly flattering in my humble opinion ...  pics from game at

Mossley 4 Irlam FC 0

So - holiday week - doing all the things you do when you can ... until the Wednesday afternoon phone call - "So-and-so's gone sick - do you fancy working Thursday/Friday/Saturday ???".  Well - weighing it up ..sitting in a cold house all day (or putting the heating on ?) - wife's still at work - I'd done all the "things you do when you can" ... why not ??? APART from Saturday of course !!!!!!!!

So that was Thursday ... now to cook tea (Mediterranean Lamb).

Monday, 9 February 2015

Football-Free Saturday

They've come a long way (through several re-incarnations mind ...)

Plans were for the Curzon Ashton v Belper Town game - sadly when I got home from work I found out it was off.  By then it was too late to get to anywhere else .. so I sulked in the pub watching a ticker tape on Sky Sports News - not my favourite way of spending a Saturday.

Later on I started my "Job for the Week" - a week's holiday which involves "sorting out" a shed-load of football programmes (many of which need offloading - or according to Mrs Smiffy ALL of them !!).  Decision was made to scan in the covers.  First efforts are here ... going back to the very first year of the Northern Premier League ...

Northern Premier Football Programmes 1968/69

MONDAY - cracking on today as well - must have done over 150 covers ... to be announced !!!  At least there's proper football tomorrow.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Ashton United v Nantwich Town (plus Sunday stuff !!)

 Ploughing through the mud at Hurst Cross - note "blue" line markings ...

Work was fun ... three days' worth of mail to attempt to deliver on Saturday morning (deliveries had been suspended on Thursday and Friday).  Naturally a completely impossible task within our time (obviously no-one does overtime on Saturdays !!).  Monday will be fun - with some areas having four days' mail (plus parcels of course).  Anyway enough of that ... football ...

... and it was thanks to the sterling efforts of supporters, volunteers ... even the joint Managers - that this game was on - terrace clearing on Friday and pitch clearing on Saturday.  A 3-1 win for the home team made it all worthwhile - although Ashton DID go 0-1 down before sorting themselves. Pics from the game at

Ashton United 3 Nantwich Town 1

Government stats say 1 robin in 4 is clinically obese ... here the proof ...

Back Garden plus Dove Stone Reservoir (again !!)

More to come ... off to watch Hayseed Dixie tonight ...