Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Curzon Ashton v Bradford Park Avenue

A win for the away team - with a very late goal - check out these pix while I compose myself ....


The game - caught 1857 train to Ashton then walked it - no problems for a fit eco-warrior like myself !! First half was one way traffic - it really was. Bradford were by far the better organised, the quicker, the neater and the more inventive of the two sides - by a long way. This surprised me - and maybe others - we've all seen Curzon several times this season - and they've been far better than this - in fact to me they seem to reduce themselves to the rough niggly side that I saw pre-season against Sheffield FC - and I know others have seen since - it does not become them - at all.

Still - 0-0 at half-time - and it was bloody cold - so cold in fact that my chance of a lift back to Mossley "copped out" at 45 minutes - no names no pack drill (I might want a lift later in the season !!) A word in the bar with some - including Cyril who went on about the booking for Curzon's number 6 - "He should have kept out of it" - by now you can guess who got a second yellow in the second half (I believe it was Chris Curley - if I'm wrong will someone tell me sharpish ..).

Despite being down to tem men, Curzon continued to keep Bradford out - in fact for a good period of the second half it looked more likely that Curzon would score first. The freezing cold weather abated somewhat when it started to rain (although some were looking for it to turn to sleet !). Still no score..and then - the man with 87 on his "Golden Goal" erupted (as did many Bradford fans) when Tom Baker who'd come out of the Tardis as a second half sub - got on the end of a "ball blocked, keeper on ground, ball in air" moment (not unlike the Mossley goal at Radcliffe on Saturday !).

I've got to be honest - the better side won on the night - if Curzon had held out for a further 3 (plus) minutes that would have been a point gained rather than two lost. You could see at the final whistle how important that win felt for the Bradford players and fans alike - OK it's not the best "STS exclusive" - but you get the picture (plus you can see "Mad Pete" from the Bradford "Nutty Boys" in the background !!)


So - no lift, a walk into Ashton to find both train and bus times against me..found a bus to Satlybridge - one in the Buffet Bar (Phoenix "Flash Flood") before 2241 train home - to this ..

6 comments:

Tameside Eye said...

Mike, could you please contact myself - tameside.eye@gmail.com

We are very interested in your Tameside Council blog.

Mike Smith said...

Why ? It's empty !!

Twas more a question of "nicking the name" - and (in true "new socialist" style) hoping to sell it on at an enormous profit - he he !!

Or am I missing something here ...

Tameside Eye said...

Ah well good luck, Blogger domains don't sell very well.

We thought you set up an anti Tameside Council blog like 1 or 2 people have done only to be threatened with legal action.

We thought you may have some information we don't have ;)

Mike Smith said...

Sorry to disappoint you - but if I do hear stuff....for example Mr Oldham being picked up from Stalybridge Buffet Bar (after a "sesh" with cronies) in the council limo ...and how the letter pointing this out got suppressed by the Reporter - and how certain people knew who'd sent the letter (due to the alleged "Council mole" at the Reporter) - and were then spooted trying to find out who this person was ....I'll be sure to let certain people know about it !

Tameside Eye said...

This is the sort of stuff we like to hear Mike. Send me an email and we will investigate and publish it. Your comments would be strictly confidential.

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