Tuesday 25 October 2016

OK .. I Lied ...

... but stuff happens - that is sometimes more important than football  ... add to that a person who is not 100% healthwise ..

and Hyde won 2-1 ... aarggh

Monday 24 October 2016


The impressive-looking Parkhurst Hill ...

... OK reason for Celtic rather than Mossley - we were heading down to our "bolt hole" because the site is closing in two weeks and we needed to start "doing stuff" (having never "closed down" a static before).

I can start to understand why they close down 'twixt October and March - because it was bloody cold on Saturday night (sadly our budget didn't stretch to one of these fancy-dan centrally-heated double-glazed vans !!!!).  Still ... jobs got done Saturuday evening and Sunday morning - and we did manage to get out for a brief walk before heading home to Chez Mossley.

Short walk therefore short piccy gallery ... at

Upper Dove Walk 23Oct16

Tuesday night ... I WILL get to Hyde v Mossley in the re-arranged Manky Premier Cup game !!

Stalybridge Celtic v Alfreton Town

Liam Dickinson, Jako the Ball and Alfreton defence ...

OK so Mossley were also at home ... but they always lose at home (check out 1645hrs - same as aargh !). However there were other family reasons which saw me head up to Bower Fold on Saturday - so there !!

To the game - a disastrous first 45 for the home team ... 2-0 down, half the managerial team red-carded - and not looking too clever on the pitch ... and I'm being polite !!!  There must have been one fearsome b*ll*cking at half-time (hair-dryers, teacups ... you know the score !) as Celtic were on fire from the 46th minute onwards.  A Chippendale shot which got the slightest of deflections from Scott Spencer - Danny Wilkins coming on - and another Chippy shot ... and then it was 2-2.  From then on there looked to be only one team who were going to win the game ... but then ... in the 92nd minute Alfreton got a really soft foul (see the pic !!!), and - you've guessed it - nicked a totally undeserved winner.  Gutted was an understatement for the majority of the crowd - and those in blue shirts ...  pics from game at

Stalybridge Celtic 2 Alfreton Town 3

There was parrot-vomit everywhere at 1650hrs ...

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Mossley v Colne

Jason Hill (plus Adam "bloody" Morning !) - in glorious sepia ...

OMG !!!

Why can't Mossley win a home league game ??????????????????????????

Plenty of pressure plenty of chances ... but just like Tadcaster etc it was a smash and grab from the visitors ... grrr ... and naturally it was a Mossley old boy who came back to haunt  (viz Adam Morning) ... pics at

Mossley 0 Colne 1

Watch 'em win at Hyde on Tuesday ...

Mossley v Northwich Vics 11Oct16

 Mike Fish at full stretch ...

... in the Trophy replay ...

At last - another home win for Mossley - the only other one was in the FA Cup against Hemsworth 

Pics from game at 

Mossley 3 Northwich Vics 2

Next round ... Farsley Celtic at home ...

Monday 10 October 2016

Sunday Walk ...

 Unusual architecture for Staffordshire !!!

Straight after football headed to caravan where we were meeting Mrs Smiffy's brother and partner for a bit of a nosh up/booze up.  Late start on Sunday - but we still got a 6 mile circular from Wetton which took in the Manifold Valley.  Not too many pics - must be getting lazy !

Wetton Walk 09Oct16

Home in time discover Mossley had got a draw in their FA Trophy game at Northwich Vics (played on Sunday) - somewhere to go tomorrow night then (i.e. replay) ...

Stalybridge Celtic v Altrincham

Andy Owens meets "Jako" ...

After a hard week at the mailface (my oppo was off this week so I had to do the driving side of the van share - which I don't particularly enjoy !) we got to Saturday and football - a real "six pointer" at Bower Fold.  After 88/89 minutes of fairly even/cagey/not brilliant football ... Alty grabbed two late goals to send a good proportion of the 777 crowd home happy - and the rest - well you can guess.

Stalybridge Celtic 0 Altrincham 2

So the strugglle continues at Stalybridge - OK only October, but these are the sort of games (against other teams "down there") that need positive results ...

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Droylsden v Stalybridge Celtic - finally updated 07Oct16

Nick Ryan's winning penalty for Celtic ...

.. in the Manchester Premier Cup.

As it turned out I could also have attended Ashton United v Curzon Ashton (3-0 to the away side) or Hyde United v Mossley (2-2 before being abandoned due to bad injury to Cal Warburton) ... but neither of these games appeared on the Evo-Stik website ! Reckon it's all gone downhill since Alan Alcock left (and I never did get a letter/e-mail back regarding that "volunteer jobbie" with the NPL ... hmmm).

Droylsden 1 Stalybridge Celtic 1 (4-5 on pens)

Friday words - finally got the pics together - if you were at the game you'll notice a certain incident is missing - my choice for now ... but very best wishes to Sam Tatum ... not what you want to see at a football match ...

Quick Sunday Stroll

'Twas some kind of "Boat Race" on the ressie on Sunday ...

I had a day off work on Monday ... plan was to nip down to Stafford on Sunday afternoon and "kidnap" my Mum and bring her up to Mossley ... but before that we sneaked out for a quick "local walk" to stretch legs etc ... and here are the pics ...

Once Round Dove Stone Reservoir 02Oct16

... the trip to Stafford was a nightmare ... what normally takes about 1hr 20mins took ... 4 (four) hours due to absolute chaos on the M6 (multiple lorry/car crash in the middle of the roadworks !).  We got there in the end - and it was a damn site quicker on the way back !!!  Posh tea ... and late night stay-up !!

Monday was a camera-free day - a bit of a walk around the same reservoir as Sunday before a trip to the newly-renovated Museum in Uppermill (well recommended !).  Posh tea ... and a not too late stay up as I was back in work Tuesday morning !

Ashton United v Coalville Town

 "Best foot forward" from Coalville's Alex Troke ...

You might think that a 3-0 home win sounds comfy ... but I would disagree (if only slightly !) at this encounter up at Hurst Cross.  Coalville are not a bad team - looked lively up front (but couldn't finish) and fairly well-drilled at the back (but they leaked 3 goals).  "Funny old game innit ???".  I just loved Ashton's opener - the way Jack Dyche just took out two defenders with one twist to give himself the space to blast home.  I've not seen much of the Robins this season - but I've heard all about Lee Gaskell and free kicks - and he didn't let anyone down today !  Goal three was a reward for perseverance - but at a price (i.e. injury).  All in all a good performance from the home side ... and not a bad performance from the Ravens ... pics from game (I edged down towards the Coalville end as @ashtonsnapper was in residence !!!) at ..

Ashton United 3 Coalville Town 0