Football's back ... and it was a lovely day for it ! First friendly for Celtic - apparently after only one training session on Thursday night - 4-1 to Oldham in the end, but a good run out - and good to see the return of some familiar faces - both on and off the pitch. Pictures from the game at Stalybridge Celtic 1 Oldham Athletic 4 .
Part of the Greater Manchester Walking Festival - took the train down to Manchester ... and quite literally "walked home" ... not the best weather, and when we got to Hartshead Pike it lashed it down ! Good day out though with the Tameside Ramblers .. pics at
'twas a 50th birthday bash for an old friend who used to live opposite - so we made a (very) long weekend out of it - up to Alnwick for the "big do" on Saturday night (me and Mrs Smiffy scored top marks at the ceilidh !!!), followed by a long walk on Sunday (bus to Amble and walk back to Alnwick), followed by a fairly lazy Monday (shopping, tea etc) and home on Tuesday. Pics mostly from the Sunday walk with a couple from Tuesday - brief stop at the Angel- at
A trip out to a "Football League" ground ... with all the aggro that it involves - non-smoking stadium, cr*p beer at inflated prices, search bag ("That's a professional camera ... you can't etc etc etc") .. aargh !!! We made it through however. Celtic's last chance to make something out of what has been a sh*t season to be honest - and at the end of the night they weren't far off - a freaky wind assisted goal in the first five minutes was all that separated the two sides - although towards the end there was some momentous "goal saving" efforts by the Celtic defence as they pushed forward. Hey ho - well done to FCUM at the end of the day - now time for Celtic to regroup and prepare for the Evo-Stik League. Pics from the night at FCUM 1 Stalybridge Celtic 0 .
...walking a lot and seeing some old ruins ... hence the lack of football since the "Great Mossley Escape" .. A week in Italy along the Amalfi Coast - including Pompei, Vesuvius and Herculanem A few pix (!!) at
Liam Ellis has just made it 2-1 - first goal for Mossley and oh so important !!!
Mossley are staying up - 'twas squeaky bum time as ... if Mossley lose their last two and Goole win their last two ... disaster. Fortunately - when Mossley were 0-1 down - word came through that Brighouse were 2-0 up against Goole (both goals scored by ex-Lilywhite Mike Fish - thank you a million times !!!). Anyroad up - Mossley did it themselves ... pics at
Luke Pilling saves the pen - despite the efforts of Trump, Wall and Bandidos ...
A little bit of Mexico came to town on Saturday - together with Donald Trump and a paper wall - a celebratory "day out" for the Champions - honours even at the end, but a grand day out for all I'm sure ...
An early "Banksy" on the wall of the Chapel @ Haddon Hall ...
Sneaked a few days down at "Chez Caravano" before the Easter rush with friends - sadly the weather (and injured personnel) was against us - so just a short wander above Castleton on Thursday and a wander around Haddon Hall on Friday Pre-Easter Break ... .
A no-pic post !!! OK .. it does tend to be mostly Mossley on here - but you'll obviously have seen the trips to other places as well - and I've done 'Bridge a fair few times this season - and I reckon I've only seen 'em win once ! When fixtures collide (as they do) I'll end up going local - and I've not seen Stalybridge for a fair few weeks.
In that time they've managed 7 points out of 9 - it could well be the "great escape" from relegation - who knows ?? Especially with rumours of clubs going under. Today they've managed to beat (top of the table) AFC Fylde 2-1 to keep that trapdoor open (or should that be shut ?) - on Tuesday night they're at home to Kiddermister Harriers - could this run continue ?? Should I go ?? Answer being "no" for other reasons - it's going to be one of my very very few chances to see Stafford Rangers ... who are up at Ashton United - a re-arranged game that was postponed a month or so ago. People have lucky pants, lucky socks, lucky allsorts - and I'm going to stick with the lucky absences - at this time of 'Bridges season I reckon points are far more important than pictures ... .
Were they just comparing tattoos ?? Some new dance moves ???
The return game ... and instant revenge for the Gladiators ... We'd headed down to our "bolt hole" on Saturday morning ... time to open up the caravan for the new season - and it just so happened that Ashton were just down the road at Causeway Lane. It was either that game or head over to see Belper v Shaw Lane ... and at the end of the day I probably wish I'd have chosen the latter. 'Twas a bad day at the office for the Robins ... Matlock Town 3 Ashton United 0
Never say never (until the mathematics finally kicks in) - but the chance of escaping relegation is moving further and further away. Three points is an absolute "must" on Tuesday night against Bradford PA ... .
... if all else fails ... Dovestone Reservoir is only five minutes away ... although looking for new angles on somewhere we've been hundreds of times over the last 35 years is getting increasingly difficult ! Hey ho .. some pics at
The joys of retirement i.e. another "awayday" !! A bit of a six-pointer this one - although at the end of the day Mossley only got three !!! By the way - if you bought a "Non League Paper", please totally ignore most of the match report ... either the guy wasn't there or he nipped out for a smoke/pee/cuppa at the wrong moment !!!
... to reveal possible plans to re-locate Stalybridge Celtic FC to a new town centre ground with other little tempters as well. Opinions on the plan appear to be mixed - although very few - if any - of the doubters were actually in attendance (!)
'Twas a much changed Mossley side following a rather busy "departure lounge" over the last couple of weeks (!) ... but considering Lancaster were seven points clear at the top of the table, it was a very good performance by the home team. Sadly another defeat, but if they keep playing like that there should be no problems at the "wrong end" of the table. Pics at ...
A rare trip down to Belper for the weekend - maybe it won't be that rare now I'm not working on Saturdays !! A chance to take in a Belper Town game for the first time since (I don't know when !!) - not the most exciting of games but ... two fairly matched teams scrapping for points probably made a draw pretty inevitable - although Belper 'keeper Scott Low was the busier of the two goalies. Some pics from the game at ..