Friday 30 October 2015

Mossley v Droylsden ...

Mitch Bryant has a crack ...

Comfy for Mossley - worrying for the Bloods mind

Mossley 5 Droylsden 1

A handy warm-up for Mossley before the daunting trip to Darlington in the FA Trophy tomorrow - point needs making that they STILL need to tighten up at the back - just saying ...

Me tomorrow - at Ashton United for their FA Trophy game at home to Ramsbottom United ..

Clearout ...

Another souvenir uncovered in the loft ... framed and everything !!

from the phone - some people take interesting stuff on their phones - I guess I'm not one of them ...

Phone Camera Clearout

(and this was probably the half-interesting stuff !!)

Monday 26 October 2015

Saturday Night ... Seth Lakeman.

Seth - from the "lower balcony" (form phone)

... once the Celtic game finished it was get home ASAP - shower, eat etc (I'd been REALLY good all afternoon - because I was "Des" ... as in  designated driver !).  

Drove over to Holmfirth to see Seth Lakeman at the Picturedrome - first time there ... what a cracking venue (just a shame it's a PIA to get to - only way is drive) Last saw him at Buxton Opera House back in 2011

What a good gig - what a very good gig indeed - didn't take any photographic apparatus apart from phone - but hey ... you see with your ears sometimes.

I might be seen by many as a heavy metal/psychedelic rocker ... but you should see my music collection - and there is a lot of Seth Lakeman there !!  A cracking night out indeed ...

P.S. be warned - I've emptied all the photos off my phone - I may well do an album of the best !!!

Sunday 25 October 2015

Stalybridge Celtic v North Ferriby United - FACup - 24 Oct15

 "Well we nicked a draw" - eyes to the sky by Celtic Manager Liam Watson

Not the greatest of games - given the amount of money involved ... but a late late goal from Bohan Dixon made sure Celtic sneaked into the 1st Round draw tomorrow from game at

Stalybridge Celtic 1 North Ferriby 1

Friday 23 October 2015

Mossley v Witton Albion

Dave Short on the chase ...

... and the win streak goes on - some interesting comments from the Witton end ("a poor Mossley side" etc) - but hey 4-0 is 4-0.  Trick is not to get a player sent off I guess !! Pics from game at

Mossley 4 Witton Albion 0

Tomorrow - for me - is a trip to Bower Fold to see if Stalybridge Celtic can get past North Ferriby United and arrive in the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup - fingers crossed ...

Sunday 18 October 2015

Mossley v Bamber Bridge

Mike Fish in "Fisherman's Pose" ... "It was THIS big !!"
Time for some revenge following the FA Cup defeat by Brig earlier in the season. An excellent first 45 minutes of football by the home side, who then went 2-0 up early on in the second half.  Seemed to ease off a touch after that - Brig pulled one goal back and - following the referee's indication of 5 (five) minutes added time (how ?? where from ??), Bamber Bridge were awarded a penalty.  Thankfully Liam Flynn pulled off a great save; it would have been an absolute travesty if the visitors had gone home with a point. Some pics from the game at

Mossley 2 Bamber Bridge 1

So it's onwards and upwards for Mossley - unbeaten now in five games and back in the top half of the table.  Another home league game on Tuesday against Witton Albion before the FA Trophy game away at Darlington next Saturday.

Friday 16 October 2015

Stalybridge Celtic v Chasetown - FACup Replay 13Oct15

It was hard work all night for the home team ...

... but they got there in the end - pics from game at

Stalybridge Celtic 2 Chasetown 0 (FAC Rep)

Next stop - a home tie against North Ferriby United (who will no doubt feature Tom Denton - as in ex-Mossley Tom Denton) - it's on my calendar ...

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Home on Saturday ... then ...

"Where the hell have you been all bloody week ??" - a stern-looking Rollo ...

... sort out dirty washing (much !), relaxing evening (yes even a take-away !) - then Sunday ... continue with clean-up, prep tea, trip to supermarket to catch up with food and then .... guess what ... a bit of a walk !!!!!

Nothing dramatic mind - just up the canal to Greenfield, quick pint in the Railway (OK two) and a brief glimpse at the Fabulous Dilly Sisters - a few less than brill pix (I had my "walking lens" on) at

Fabulous Dilly Sisters @ Railway Greenfield 11Oct15

... and then home back down the canal (to eat the slow-cooked lamb shanks wot I sorted earlier !)

Monday 12 October 2015

Cotswold Way ...

I've been away !!

Token posy pic - Winchcombe High Street ...

Strange really - I checked my holiday chart a couple of weeks ago .. and realised I had a week's holiday at the beginning of October - and the added bonus was that now that Mrs Smiffy is officially "retired" - we could actually do something with it !!  An abortive trip to travel agents (no decent Saturday flights to anywhere with walks !) meant we hit the internet to book stuff (mostly pubs of course !!) for a seven dayer down on the Cotswold Way.  So - following the "archetypal Postie day off" recently, it was the "archetypal Postie week off" - 50 miles through the Cotswolds starting in Chipping Camden finishing in Painswick near Stroud.  A couple of wet days and then it dried up.  All in all a good week away. Some pics at

Cotswold Way - October 2015

Back at work today - aargh - back at football tomorrow (Stalybridge v Chasetown FA Cup replay) ...

Situation normal ...

Mossley v Harrogate RA - FA Trophy 03Oct15 - Catching up !

I've been away !!

An Alex Low O.G. was the difference at the end of the day (second left) ...

A bit of revenge for the league defeat a few weeks ago - and a few bob in the kitty as well - again match report available at this place

Mossley 1 Harrogate RA 0 (FAT)

Next stop - Darlington - aargh - we've had some interesting encounters with them chaps in the not too distant past - fingers crossed for Hallowe'en ...

Mossley v New Mills 29Sep15 - Catching up !

Guess how many goals Tom Pratt has scored ...

I've been away !!

If you need a match report try this.   Suffice to say there are some pics from the game at

Mossley 3 New Mills 0

... shame there weren't more goals given the amount New Mills have been shipping - still it's three points at the end of the day.