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  1. Yes, mostly Herts County League stuff. Yesterday I saw Belstone beat Hoddesdon Town Reserves 2-1 -- an excellent game, superbly refereed, and played in good spirits throughout. I've also been watching quite a lot of Under-18 stuff. I was unfortunate enough to be at Silver Jubilee Park last Wednesday to see Hendon U18s beat Hammersmith College 36-0. I know that there are goal-whores out there who love this sort of thing, but for me it was a complete waste of ninety minutes. Give me a well-fought 0-0 any time.
  2. The Leverstock Green Twitter account is saying that the CSP friendly is cancelled, due to 'circumstances beyond our control'.
  3. The evergreen Fergus Moore was today appointed First Team Manager at Leverstock Green. He is joined by the equally evergreen Scott McGleish and Paul Marks as Assistant Manager and Coach respectively. Excellent appointments all round, and an entertaining season ahead for the Trees.
  4. This is a strange one Rhodes. It's clearly the visitors' end, but I don't ever remember sections being boarded off like that. Why would they do that ? Perhaps this is almost the end, when the place is closing anyway. And look at the visitors -- a feckless bunch, at best... Could this be Luton Town, on the last day, perhaps ? From time's distance, I envy them -- at least they were there...
  5. It probably passed you by Rhodes, but on April 1st, long before a ball had even been kicked, some chap posted on the 'Dunstable Town' thread that, in his humble opinion, 'Dunstable will do well to finish any higher than fith, and could easily finish bottom'. Well, whoever he is, he certainly appears to know his stuff... Wouldn't you agree ?
  6. 'sadly four of those players in the photograph are no longer with us...' Well, we have to be realistic Rhodes. Obviously Willie Maddren and Johnny Vincent died tragically early, but the rest of the guys are all in their mid-to-late seventies now, so we must expect them to be leaving us at some point. As I have pointed out elsewhere, given his erratic lifestyle, Wille W did remarkably well to make 81. Quite a few of the guys in the photograph are active members of the Middlesbrough FC Former Players' Association, run by the 83-year-old Alan Peacock, and, at 69, the relative youngste
  7. 'will be confident of qualifying for the Semi Finals...' What makes you think this, Rhodes ? I don't know about Aylesbury, but I have seen all of the other five in this group this season and have no doubt that Dunstable are the poorest of the five. Biggleswade, Newport Pagnell and Baldock are all comfortably better than Dunstable, and even though Shefford are Step 6, I expect them to be more than a handful for them. In my humble opinion, Dunstable will do well to finish any higher than fifth, and could easily finish bottom. Should there be any further easing of lockdown over the n
  8. Because, as I posted earlier, these projections are more then eighteen months out of date. It is also worth bearing in mind that none of these projections has any 'official' backing, or even any acknowledgement --- they are largely 'guesstimates' cobbled together by fans and enthusiasts. One of the most widely-quoted projections, for example, was put together by an ex-RAF man who is a season-ticket holder at Derby County. The projection reproduced here by Rhodes is, I believe, the one put together by a supporter of NWCL Club Warrington Town. He was posting on another forum quite recent
  9. An alternative plan being proposed at the same time as the 'Combined Counties North/South' option was, according to a respected source, the 'London Orbital' option. This would concern the five Step 5 leagues which cover Greater London, currently the SSML, the Essex Senior, the South-East Counties, the Southern Combination, and the Combined Counties. The plan would then involve taking from each of the five leagues the four Clubs closest to Central London, and creating a new league for the twenty Clubs. At the time this was mooted, the four SSML Clubs would probably have been Cockfosters,
  10. This is probably the pre-season photograph for the 1971/72 season. Back row: Gates, Smith, Moody, Boam, Whigham, Hickton, Maddren, Vincent. Front row: McMordie, Stiles, Downing, Mills, Spraggon, Laidlaw. Goalkeeper Willie Whigham sadly died, last Thursday, in Scotland, at the age of 81. Apart from being probably the best keeper I've ever seen, Willie was a real character. It was no secret around town that Willie liked a drink, and he was often found in the early hours asleep in a shop doorway or a bus shelter. No-one phoned the papers, or the television, or took photographs
  11. Pete --- I don't know how to post links, but here it is. It's in the background of picture 13. gazettelive.co.uk/news/nostalgia/gallery/teesside-ice-cream-kings-14966796
  12. 'Is this it ?' Yes it is, Pete, but at the same time, no it isn't. There were three Rea's Ice Cream Parlours in Middlesbrough, one out toward the south of the town, where the football ground was, and two in the town centre, and a lot of the posters on that facebook page are getting them mixed up. The one where I would see Chris helping out, (because he lived upstairs), was the southern one, referred to by some of the posters as 'Albert Park'. The one in the photograph, to the right of the red and white bus, was one of the two town centre ones. So, yes and no.
  13. The entrance with the gates in your photograph was on the far side from where I would approach the ground. People regularly refer to 'the iconic gates', but they were only really used by the players, the visiting team, the directors and the match officials. In common with most Middlesbrough supporters I suspect, I have never actually been through those gates. Walking away from the football ground, from the entrance I first used, (photograph 29), at the end of the road there is a small terrace of shops, and among them there used to be a cafe/coffee bar. My parents were getting a divorce
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