Thursday, December 31, 2009

Farewell 2009 ...

So - another year bites the dust ... in fact another decade bites the dust ... hard to believe it was ten years ago at the "minellium" when Andy Wood proposed to Lynne in our back yard at 0015 !!!

Its certainly been a roller-coaster year here at "Six Tame Sides HQ" - so here's a quick "thrown together post" - got back from Bolton Octagon after watching "Oliver Twist" with Mrs Smiffy and her mum at tea-time and am now flitting 'twixt family and laptop !!

Highlights - Family first - the Smiffy's made it to "25 years not out" in the marriage stakes - and we had a helluva seven day party to celebrate same in a posh Elizabethan Manor House hired for the occasion. A couple of excellent other holidays as well in Britanny (summer) and Kefalonia (a "b*ll*x to redundancy" break in October) Plenty of football highlights as well - probably the biggest being getting a photographer's pass for the FA Vase Final at Wembley between Glossop North End and Whitley Bay and everything that went with it ... that was some day for me - shame the result went the wrong way though ! Other football photo highlights include getting some stuff in newspapers - Ilkeston Advertiser and Ashton Reporter (with credits !), "Non League Paper" (no credit !), and on websites other than my own (for example, - with credits). Shame that the Tameside Advertiser ended the year by basically "nicking" one of my pix with no credit - still awaiting a reply on that one !! Also nice to see the new "wall hangings" at Stalybridge Celtic Social Club last Monday (some "blown up" pictures of mine taken at the Alfreton game are now adorning the walls). The "collapse and resurrection" of Mossley AFC off the pitch during the summer was quite a relief - thanks to the hard work of many there's still football five minutes up the road for me !! Naturally some games/results come to mind - Mossley beating Brackley, and getting a draw at Ilkeston - seeing Stalybridge beating Hinckley, and the Alfreton game - sometimes not just the football but the whole "day out" as well (yes I'm talking about train trips and real ale !)

Lowlights - Redundancy naturally, and the realisation that no-one is safe these days and that management can treat people like sh*t because we've allowed them to (Thatcher started to kill the unions - and it's followed on from there. When people start moaning about the actions of Royal Mail/BA employees, they should really be looking at themselves and their fellow co-workers who for one reason or another decided that a tenner a month for union membership was better spent elsewhere - fortunately (in my eyes anyway) there are still some properly unionised workplaces who CAN and WILL look after the welfare of the workers - and it's when the management of these places attempt to bully in the same fashion as the non-unionised places ... that's when the conflict arises ... but I ramble ... football disappointments include seeing the state of Marston Road (Stafford Rangers) in 2009 - a far cry from the glory days of the 1970s; defeats for Mossley by Ilkeston - and Salford City not that long ago come to (immediate) mind, and of course Glossop's defeat at Wembley. We've lost a few good people to war, illness and old age this year - Cpl Joey Etchells (Mossley/Afghanistan), Tony Kempster (the non-league "guru"), Derek Howard and Phil Heap (Mossley) and Graham O'Neil (Ashton United) to name but a few ... I've surely missed many others - for which I apologise - but we should all take a moment tonight to think about those who won't be here to see 2010 ...

Enough of this ...a big thank you to everyone who keeps supporting this blog - that mouse-click means a lot to me - OK not the most erudite at times, often half-baked "stream of consciousness" type rubbish (with added pictures !!) and probably a few too many expletives at times (!), but football-wise I always aim to "get it up" (oo-err) ASAP, so you have to take the rough with the rough !! A Happy New Year to you all, and fingers crossed that when we all wake up - late - tomorrow ... there's some football to go to ... PLEASE !!!

Best wishes from Smiffy.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Through the Ice and the Snow ...

... with apologies to Dragonforce ! Some odds and sods taken in Mossley (last Wednesday) and Whitworth (our Sunday walk) ...

Ice and Snow

Tonight - it is minus daft degrees and blowing a gale ... we have beer, wine, cheese and biscuits ...

Stalybridge Celtic v Southport

.. a "call to arms" went out early morning - and having dropped daughter off @ Stalybridge Station at 1030 hrs (heading for London), I drove up the Mottram Road to Bower Fold - and jumped out of the car leaving Mrs Smiffy and boy to go "shopping for shoes". Nearly came a cropper in the car park - not promising - but then Mr Hall said "Game ON !", so I turned round and went to the pub ...

... OK I didn't - I grabbed a snow shovel and pitched in with the band of volunteers - I can now say I've done 90 minutes on Bower Fold (and this morning - Tuesday - my back is REALLY feeling it !!). Some stuff from the morning ...

Then - walk back down to Stalybridge to get money and lunch - and meet some of the Southport "Train crew" at the Buffet Bar, and then heading back up the road for the game. All the hard work had been worth it for 90 minutes football - a fairly even game - Southport had a tendency to put every chance high wide and handsome (this the team that stuffed Fleetwood 5-0 on Saturday !) - Stalybridge seemed to build/create better, but had less "product" on goal ... and with five or so minutes to go ... the floodlight pylon 10 yards to my left went "BANG" - and went out ... closely followed by the one opposite. After a 5/10 delay the other two "extinguished" and the ref blew his whistle for ... A-A (although I believe some "behind the scenes" chatting went on after the game between Managers and Officials - must wait for the official outcome on all that). Some pictures of the game (and the naughty floodlights !) at

Stalybridge Celtic v Southport

Quickie in the club (stopping only to admire the new wall hangings !!) before a couple in H&H followed by .. home ...

New Years Day - the weather forecast for the rest of this week is NOT promising .. but they've got it wrong before (!)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Emptying old compact ...

... yes I did get an upgrade for Christmas - goodbye old Fuji Finepix A500, hello Canon Powershot A480 (first gig for the newie will be Wolfmother in three weeks or so). Anyway, here's the final "hurrah" from Mr Fuji (complete with a farewell wave !!) ..

No idea where I took it either !!!

Football yesterday - obviously all off, so I did succumb to the lure of "Sky Sports Diretta" and Man City v Stoke City - well it was football after a fashion !! Today - a walk in the snow and a session of Wii - different but my right arm is sore (oo-err) after all that canoeing ..

Football tomorrow - the Mossley v Curzon game "re-scheduled" from Boxing Day appears to have bit the dust, so hopes are on for Stalybridge Celtic v Southport - apparently the thaw today HAS helped, but some help is still needed I believe - don't think I'll be able to "fork" tomorrow a.m. (family first etc) - anyways, I've done one "fork" this season (the Mossley v Brackley replay), so ... I will just cross fingers ...

Maybe some pictures tomorrow ...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Complete Wipe Out ...

... on Boxing Day in the "STS" area ...

... bugger ...

Ikea is calling ... then TV football - somewhere - this afternoon ...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Looks Familiar ??

One of my pictures from the "Mossley in the Snow" collection taken Sunday ...

And one from the Tameside Advertiser website spotted today - it's on the back of this weeks paper as well (thanks to Jason at Duki Town for "forewarning me" !) ...

(Article at

Strangely familiar - note the lack of credit on article and in paper - reckon the New Year will see me start to watermark all pix .... and as the Advertiser is part of the MEN cartel, questions will be asked !!!

On the other hand, the site employ a very nice lady called Pauline ... who asked - and there's a few of my Stalybridge Celtic pictures on there (in the "Sport" section) ... with credits !!

I'll certainly be keeping a close eye on things in 2010 ... I might not be looking for money (yet - although equipment upgrades don't come cheap when you're "without gainful employ") - but credit where credit's due I feel ...

I note there are "hopeful noises" from Hyde United ref the Boxing Day derby against Stalybridge - not sure about shifting the car now however - we'll see what pans out over the next 36 hours ...

Now I'm DEFINITELY packing up for a day or so ... enjoy your turkey (sod tradition - we're having honey-glazed leg of lamb !).

Merry Christmas Everybody

Keeping this short and sweet - hope you all have a "good one" - and find some football to watch on Boxing Day ! The omens are not brilliant (to put it mildly), but you never know ...

Enjoy ... and roll on either sunshine or rain - or both - in the next 48 hours !!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mossley in the Snow

... as promised ...

Mossley Snow - 20Dec09

Still cold - but unlike @ Woodley, I was moving most of the time !

Today - blue skies - but still plenty on the ground. Trains are still moving however (Mrs Smiffy abandoned car at home and chose that option to go to work). Me (and many others probably !) - out in a bit to finish that damned shopping ... yo ho bloomin ho !

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Woodley Sports v Wakefield

... such was the weather - always knew this was a "dead cert" once everything else was called off early doors. Had an interesting journey ... plan was train to Ashton then 330 bus to Woodley precinct; however the 1255 train was a touch crowded at Mossley - very crowded at Stalybridge - and then it refused to open doors @ Ashton, taking me straight to Manchester Victoria - good job I went for the 1255 rather than the 1355 eh what !

So - a tram to Piccadilly and a search for a train to Woodley or Bredbury - just managed to jump on the 1345 to Bredbury, and a short walk up the clogged A560 to Woodley Precinct and thence to Lambeth Grove. The pitch had a light sprinkling of white stuff (unlike at Durham apparently - they didn't bother clearing the snow off - but they let Nantwich Town embark on their 360 mile round trip for nothing - Durham might be in the "doo doos" but that was not clever, and when they need all the support they need - that sort of behaviour will win few friends) - but was perfectly playable as 3G pitches go - and the meagre crowd of 98 were treated to an excellent game - Wakefield kept going to the end but Woodley were deserved 3-1 winners to extend their unbeaten run to four games (an unbeaten run which began against .... Mossley of course !). Despite the arctic weather - it was pigging cold - batteries were giving up quicker than usual - despite the magic gloves my hands were struggling - (I was SO happy when it started snowing because it went up a couple of degrees) - still managed a half-decent set of pix for your delictation at

Woodley Sports 3 Wakefield 1

As I "sneaked in" last night, we had visitors - it snowed some more - and today we went out walking in the white stuff and I took a load more piccies as well. In the afternoon I went off on my own to get some more - including some pictures of the Mossley pitch (I reckon the Boxing Day game against Curzon Ashton is already in doubt). I'll try to get the snowy pix up sometime tomorrow - cus I've had a brief peek, and some of them aren't so bad either.

Anyway - at least we got a game in yesterday - one of only two games in the entire Unibond League - just puts the final bit of Crimbo shopping off for a bit longer ... and if the Saturday train to Manchester was anything to go by - I'm glad I avoided all that by sticking to train stations and trams !!

Naturally an empty week - I heard something of a Mossley friendly on Tuesday night but having seen the pitch .. forget it - looks like a wait until Boxing Day to see if anything's on then ...

I got football today !!

... at Woodley Sports where they beat Wakefield 3-1 ... in front of a crowd of 98 ! I was reliably informed that "the phone hasn't stopped ringing all morning" by a Woodley official. So where the hell did people go ?? The only other game (Leigh Genesis 4 AFC Fylde 1) got a crowd of only 173. So I guess the non-league fans of Tameside did their Christmas shopping - or watched United get stuffed 3-0 on illegal TV. I've said this before - non-league is a bit of a "family affair" - and I fail to understand why supporters don't go and support other teams in times of football need (that's support in "help" definition of course - I hardly expect lifelong Mossley fans to go and shout for Woodley - especially after the other week !). It's a game isn't it ?

Pictures sometime tomorrow - we have visitors tonight/tomorrow so this is a sneaky post while every bugger else has just gone to bed - and I still have half a can left .... !

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Football Today ?

Just put the milk bottles out at 0030 - I reckon there won't be much going on later today (the "graveyard Saturday" for non-league football anyway). Games already off that I know of - Corby v Droylsden, Ilkeston v Workington and Whitby Town v Boston United - with a promise of plenty more to come. Still Woodley Sports are at home to Wakefield and, assuming their 3G pitch doesn't freeze like the one at Durham City (still get a GRRR feeling after "that day out" !!), we "up here" might have a bit of a chance there.

Watch this space ...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Back to Work ...

... while the job hunt continues ... a small diversion (in reverse gear ??)

I was out this afternoon attempting to do some Christmas shopping before the world and his wife breaks up for Christmas and clutter up the streets and pubs of Greater Manchester. I've spent most of the daytime this week waiting for a plumber to come and fix our boiler which (seasonally ?!?) has decided to "go wrong" (anyone know a reliable plumber in the Mossley area ?). The moby rings - a message from small boy (with broken hand !) at home - remember that company that put me on the scrapheap at the end of October (yes Simon Carves) ? They have a problem with an unposted batch in the Nominal Ledger - it won't post because it won't balance. So, throwing the "you're still on notice so we CAN call you in at anytime" card into the ring .. they call me in. Timed to perfection .. now I have to finish my Christmas shopping in the mayhem that will be next week in the shops (can't do tomorrow - after taking Mrs Smiffy to work - I take car in for MOT, then continue the search for a plumber that will make our house warm ...)

But I digress - popped back to Cheadle Hulme to see a building in semi-darkness - 60% of the building is now "closed off" - so so sad to see - yes there's still "some" feeling for the place. I got into the secure building (cleaner let me in !!!!!!), onto a pc and sorted problem (£8m batch - so too many characters in field - I'd told them for years to keep the batches "small and often" - they still don't take it in !!). Someone even had the cheek to say, "While you're here ...?" - short shrift indeed. Then - a bit of a natter then back home - gosh how I miss those late trains - and sure enough the train back to Manchester was late.

Took me ten minutes to "get back into the database" as they say ... but you never lose it (just hope some recruiters are reading this !!) ..

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Finally - Dragonforce @ Manchester Academy 11Dec09

... the job application is winging its way across the ether to Oldham Council - and I'v now managed to drag some half-decent - OK quarter-decent pix off "ye olde compacte camerata" ... but you'll get the picture. A fine set in front of a very low crowd indeed at Academy 1 in Manc - so low that even the bloomin' touts were not buying - so if anyone wants an unused DF ticket - I've got one ! Three support bands, but I didn't bother with the first two (a pint in the Kro Bar won the day - Deuchars IPA at some daft price !). However Sabaton I DID like - not too shouty and heavy enough for rock'n'roll. DF played an execellent set - and the sound was OK for my ears. "Valley of the Damned" is now 'included' in the set rather than an encore (which was "Fire and Flames") - but I still missed the last train back to Stalybridge meaning midnight bus and taxi from Bridge - hey ho that's the way it go ... oh yes pictures:

Dragonforce & Sabaton 11Dec09

Next gig - Wolfmother in January - also today bought tickets for the John Butler Trio in April for daughter + 1 (plus one for me - he's a very talented banjo player indeed - feel free to check out John Butler - Ocean - you'll see what I mean !).

Now - off to cook some basic tea (jacket spuds and be damned !).

Salford City v Mossley

.. just the pix for starters ... a grim night for the Mossley faithful indeed ..

Salford City 4 Mossley 1

Now I MUST get back to a job application form - closing date tomorrow ... still a lot of catching up to do (Dragonforce anyone ?) after that ...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Been Quiet eh ?

... for a couple of days - big computer looking a little more healthy - although I'm now in a position to do everything on this laptop. Good to see Ashton United stopping the rot last night with a good thumping of AFC Kirkham and Fylde and Wesham. Bad to see Curzon losing in extra-time against Skelmersdale - buggered my chance of a Curzon v Belper semi-final. However .... very good to see the Belper Town board turning down Eastwood Town's "offer" for Lee Stevenson - I'm of the belief that all this uncertainty affected the whole team in their capitulation against Lincoln United last Saturday. Now it's all done and dusted they can take one step closer to Pride Park/Saltergate/Somewhere in Derbyshire by beating Glapwell tonight - who in fact beat Glossop in the previous round thus buggering my chance of a Glossop v Belper quarter-final (all part of a conspiracy to keep Belper away from the Manchester area I believe !)

Tonight - hopefully - it's Salford City v Mossley - heard nowt to the contrary at the moment, but Woodley Sports v Vauxhall Motors is alway a banker - or maybe Oldham Athletic Ressies v Preston North End Ressies @ Stalybridge Celtic. Weather looking OK for now however ...see what we can do with the lens tonight - looking for an improvement on Saturday (then again I'm always a little "intimidated" in the presence of "Sir Timbo of the Lens" (Belper snapper - he taught me all I know - I must have forgotten most of it on Saturday !!).

Jobs - I may have dropped a clanger today - but there's one good looking jobbie in Oldham to form-fill tomorrow - fingers etc suitably crossed.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Belper v Lincoln Pix

... after much effing about from one pc to another laptop - I'm not sure these are the proper pix - but don't worry - I wasn't overly impressed with my efforts anyway.. you decide

now bed - followed by some serious hardware/software sorting out tomorrow.

Nightmare - Absolute Nightmare ...

... you don't want to know the the absolute sh*te that I've been going through tonight in the land of computer - it's just crazy ... crazy ... this is coming via the laptop - however the photo stuff still needs to come via the other bloody thing - and bloody thing is an understatement - dunno whether it's to do with it being the 13th - or just all the crap etc that small boy has on the machine.

Suffice to say getting the Belper v Lincoln pix began at about 1945 tonight ... and is still going on now (!) - all this for 16 sub-standard (in my eyes) pictures - and I've STILL got to go through the crap from babycam (as in Dragonforce on Friday night - tell you what mind, Sabaton are WELL worth a listen !), and also the pictures from "Grandma's Party" (which I know you're not interested in but .. still need sorting out). I'm now sitting, looking at a JAlbum startup logo/splash screen that is just "sitting there" - AAAARGH.

I can see me taking a day out of "job hunt" this week - just to sort out all this garbage - I've a pc upstairs that could be - nay will be - "snapper only" - no rubbish, no internet, just photography - and then I can use memstix to move stuff around ... because 5 hours for 16 pictures is just daft. Stay tuned ... or have a good night's sleep first !!

(And yes I DO wonder about virus/keystrokes as well)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bad Start to Weekend

Got the unemployed equivalent of a "Dear John" letter from the DWP today - well early afternoon actually - so I will have to remain strictly the "wrong side" of the desk/bullet-proof window !

Panic ? Not yet ... I also got my second (of three) "Gardening Leave payslips" - and a credit card bill ... a real "roller-coaster of post" today !! Soon it's time to get ready for popular beat music this evening down in the big city - from the sublime of "Harp and a Monkey" last night to the ridiculous of Dragonforce tonight ... still got a spare ticket though I've put it up on - the ethical option.

Tomorrow sees "Grandma's Party" in Belper and hopefully a fair chunk of Belper Town v Lincoln United (cries of "Stevo must Stay !!" go up around the Amber Valley - and Southport as well).

Then back to the job hunt on Monday ...

Bonus Night Out !

..last night .. Liverpool v Fiorentina ('twas a "Christmas Wrapping Party" at home) - tonight was a "Hair Dye Session plus Christmas Deccies" party - so I got to go up to Mossley Social Club to one of Orpheus's "2nd Thursday" gigs .. and saw a rather good trio called "Harp and a Monkey" ... saw the harp, but .. no monkey !! I can't take big camera to DragonForce tomorrow (today ?!?) - and I failed to get on the guest/photographer list for Power Quest next week - Manuela from PQ was really nice about it, but because they're only "support" to Michael Schenker the options (passes if you like) were fewer - hey ho !! so I gave it a go tonight with big bugger ..

Harp and a Monkey - Mossley Social Club 10Dec09

Crappy compact tomorrow (today ?!?) folks .....

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Some Wednesday Words ..

.. OK last night for starters - got there - Bower Fold - late (yep the Parents Evening @ Salford College - which also confirmed my earlier blog post that "Steve Settle is unavailable for the Lancaster/Mossley game" - well work DOES come first - my excuse for missing out the 0-3 defeat @ Giant Axe was "Your kids come first") - but still in time to see Celtic go one down.

Panic ?? Nobody did (apart from me still desperately trying to get my snapper gear in order - it gets harder and harder "in the dark" - even under the Conference standard of "lux 250"). Celtic meanwhile didn't panic - played it around - even backwards at times - but it eventually brings results, and for me once the equaliser went in, Gloucester were seriously on the back foot - and Celtic knew it ! Number 7 Dave Hankin - who's moved up to Conf North from Unibond 1 North Clitheroe - was the key ... surging down the right and putting over 'dirty balls' both in the air and on the ground - an absolute nightmare for the Gloucester defence. In the end 4-1 was well-deserved - and to be honest, could have been more.

Today ... one of those "dolescum" days for me - checking emails in (2 knock-downs) and going round the agency websites - and putting house in order and cooking posh tea. Got "pass out" to watch fitba tonight - 'twas Liverpool v AC Fiorentina - and Florence certainly 'put one into the machine' with that late late winner from Gilardino .

Job hunt ?? I've started to write "a book" about this stuff - OK it would be nice to get something sorted before Christmas but .. I seriously wonder about the validity/honesty/usefulness of certain of these so-called "job aids" - I really do. There was a post a few months ago on here where I despaired of "being honest" because "being honest" gets you nowhere these days - I start to think a few 'tweaks' to job applications/date of birth etc might make a difference - who knows .. but if I ever meet a "banker" (with a £30,000 bonus - i.e crooked dishonest cheating scumbag who will further himself to the detriment of thousands of others) in the street, I may well become VERY VERY dishonest ...yes sh*t would certainly be k*cked out of said leech ... people like that put people like me where we are today ... just like being back in Maggie's recession - yep last time I got made redundant ...

Still - looking forward to Friday at this moment in time - DragonForce @ Academy .. and I found out last night that several of the (younger) Stalybridge Celtic Matchday Stewards will be there also - just a shame they won't have their hi-vis on - I might have been able to wangle "big camera" into the gig !! As it stands you will get only "AliceInChains" quality as the "baby camera" seems to be on the way out ..OK it has been for a number oif years but --has never been replaced - maybe a PowerShot A480 for Christmas (although my earlier hint for a Manfrotto 679 monopod has today been upgraded to a 681 - for the extra couple of inches ...)

Anyway DF ..

DragonForce 2008 is here

DragonForce Nov 2007 @ MEN Arena is

But their best ever gig in Manc (and even my baby cam was inspired that night !!) is here

One day - one day - I WILL get my act together ref gig photography - it can be done, and I have done it at the lower level with big camera - see my pic of former PowerQuest drummer Francesco Tresca taken @ Satan's Hollow in Manchester last year (there is a colour version too !) ..

They're supporting Michael Schenker next week (PQ that is) - we'll have to see - maybe I can swap my spare DragonForce ticket for a PowerQuest ticket - after all PQ's Steve Williams used to play in DragonHeart - the early version of DragonForce ...

My God .. I've wobbled on a bit tonight - hope it was worth it ...

Stalybridge Celtic v Gloucester City

... pix only ... it's nearly two thirty !!

Stalybridge Celtic 4 Gloucester City 1

Promise some words tomorrow - good to see a team who don't panic after going 1-0 down - I'm told patience has its just rewards !!!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Extractions 2 Fillings 4

... a cracking away win for the fillings, while crazily all 6 were scored by the Greek (?) "striker" Lampraki.

Another score today was NewSpex 2 Vision 20/20 ... while the Asda £50 option sounds tempting ... they were in the end 'trumped' by the "2 for £75" option at SpecSavers (the opticians of football officials country-wide !)

... which leaves only one more effing chest x-ray - OK I say one more - the three up to now have been 1 - "Clearish, but we'd like to check"; 2) "Shadow/inflammation on right side" and then 3) "OK on right side, poss inflammation on left side" - and my entire physical self should be sorted - pro-tem !

... which reminds me - "We must book the car in for an MOT before New Years Eve " .. ho ho ..

PS for those who fancy Lancaster City v Mossley on't'net tomorrow night - is the radio station of choice - from 1935 onwards ...

Tidying up the Weekend - Walkies ..

Pix from Sunday (it was a rare outing for the 19-35mm wide angle lens as well !!) :

HealeyDell - 06Dec09

Now to psyche myself up for the 1145 dental "event" ...

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Changes to the "Comment Options" on "STS"

Just to let you know - I've changed the blog settings for when peeps want to tell me stuff - I've added the "Word Verification" option to the bottom of the "Comment" page - because if you look at:

This blooming spammy post !!

You'll understand why !!

Sunday - Late-ish

Quick weekend ctach-up, which began @ Stalybridge Buffet Bar, meeting the boys (and girl !) from Ilkeston Town - well those who hadn't buggered off to the Wetherspoons anyway. Scabbed a lift on their coach up to Bower Fold as well !!

The goal certainly caught a lot of people "cold" - or still in pie queue - or still faffing with camera before walking round !! And after that ... the next 86 minutes were fairly evenly matched - although I reckon Celtic's Dave Carnell was the busier of the two 'keepers - and a little bit more composure in front of goal could well have seen Ilkeston win handsomely. But there you go - "win ugly" and all similar cliches. Celtic certainly looked a bit "ring rusty" - after all it was their first league game since the end of October - crazy, but that's FA competitions for you (work it through and you'll find it's the fault of the World Cup ... or Sky ... or both, because Sky told FIFA when to have the World Cup, where to have the World Cup, and also the kick-off times ... allegedly .. !!

Off to Rochdale in the evening - and this morning a wander around Healey Dell Nature Reserve - I've got some pix, but they're on t'other pc - and boy is watching "Bad Girls" (why ?) on it at the moment, so ... we'll have to wait on them.

This midweek is varied to say the least (!!) - Monday the dentist starts ripping my mouth apart - on Tuesday, the Salford College Parent's Evening means no Lancaster City v Mossley - so I'll probably try to catch as much as poss of the Stalybridge Celtic v Gloucester City game ... Wednesday .. hmm - Thursday .. hmm - and Friday it's DragonForce at Manchester Academy .. Saturday sees a trip to Belper .. party and hopefully a goodly chunk of football, and a chance to discuss the merits of ISO 3200 on an EOS 20D against ISO 3200 on the EOS 50D - it's bloomin important at this time of year when light is at a premium - and if I do - fingers crossed - get back into gainful employment before the "Gardening Leave" finishes - an upgrade to the 50D body is a distinct possibility.

And naturally in between all this "fun and games" - the Job Hunt goes on ...

Stalybridge Celtic v Ilkeston Town ...

... some pictures for now (as in 1600 Sunday afternoon) - more later ...

Stalybridge Celtic 1 Ilkeston Town 0

Saturday, December 05, 2009

A Word or Two of Advice ....

... DO NOT get bought out / taken over by an Indian Company ... it's bad for your health (allegedly) - and employment prospects (allegedly) ... or to put it into football scores ...

Punj Lloyd 2 Simon Carves 0
Tata 2 Corus Steel 0

At least we didn't get India in the World Cup draw ... USA, Slovenia and Algeria - the knock-out awaits, surely ...

Friday, December 04, 2009

Christmas Comes Early ...

... in the "ROCK'N'ROLL" Department - jobs ... not yet ... but gigs ... oh yes !!! I give you this week's arrivals at Chez Smiffy...

(For those who can't quite see ... the DragonForce gig is next Friday by the way !!) 'Twill be interesting to see how the new Wolfmother line-up pans out ... but that's something for next year. Apparently tomorrow I'm due at Stalybridge Buffet Bar at 1215 - according to Sean (Ilkeston Town) !! God only knows what the plans are for the early part of the day (some serious recycling needs doing .. the can box is full of food cans - no room for my couple of Shandy Bass cans anywhere !!) - but the evening = trip to Rochdale (and Mrs Smiffy IS driving Mr PC "Christmas Grabbing I'm on Commission" Badger). Naturally my thoughts are up at Bamber Bridge tomorrow - which I miss due to the Rochdale jaunt - just hope there's "some" improvement after Tuesday's 'surrender' at Woodley Sports. Next Tuesday - Lancaster away - which I miss due to small boy's 'Parents Evening' @ Salford College (will this make Steve Settle "unavailable" I wonder ?) and then the Saturday after (12th if you've lost count !!!) ... Bamber Bridge @ home (and Mother-in-Law's Christmas bash "away" - so I do Belper Town v Lincoln United that afternoon).

But of course on the 11th ... it's DragonForce .


Thursday, December 03, 2009

Looking to the Weekend ...

... and I'm afraid Bamber Bridge v Mossley is a "no-go" due to family/friend requirements early evening on Saturday - so it's a trip to Bower Fold to see Stalybridge Celtic "wreak a local revenge" on Ilkeston Taarn - maybe. It also gives me a chance to meet the "Ilson train boys" in the Buffet Bar pre-match ... and tempt them up to the Hare and Hounds for a pint of Black Sheep as well !!

Today's job hunt - two applied for - no knock-backs - although with so many on-line" applications going in over the last week or so, it seems that if you've heard nowt within 3 or 4 days you should consider that a "knock back" - as I said earlier this week the whole jobsite/recruiter "thing" is not the greatest method - and as I also said - there is an "article" being put together on this subject - as well as the basic "I've been Cheated over my Working Life" article which is turning into a seven parter at the moment .... furthermore I'm now getting plenty of e-mails in the style of "Get Yourself a Job - Give Us Money and We'll Improve Your CV" offers, and "Why Not Retrain and Get a Job in IT ... but Give Us Money First" options ... hmmm...

Tonight me and Mrs Smiffy met up with the Northumberland Branch of the Mossley Supporters Clubs (Lynn and Andy moved up there a few weeks ago, but were down for the night) - curry and beer were the order of the day/night.

Let's see what Friday brings ....

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Woodley Sports vs Mossley

Cold ... if I remember nothing else about last night ... it was cold - must be something about all-weather pitches ... and cold ... Durham last season was ... cold. Even the beer @ Woodley was John Smiths ... Extra Cold (Yes, I had a couple for my sins - needed a "beer coat" last night because it was so ... cold - and I did have a pint of Robbies in the "Railway" pre-match !!).

Enough of this - what can I say about last night - in short a very poor performance by Mossley - in fact, I've said somewhere else that the reason for a lot of Woodley players being in the foreground of the pictures is because Mossley were second to every ball - not far wrong either ... pictures ...

Woodley Sports 2 Mossley 1

Strangely enough, by the time I got back to Mossley (2200 bus to Ashton, quick stop in Asda for cans, quick Robbies in "Prince of Orange" and last train back) ... it didn't seem that ... cold ... because it had definitely warmed up ... however the three points were in (cold ?) storage back at Lambeth Grove, Woodley ... bugger...

Job Hunt update - yesterday - 3 applied for, two other rejections - this morning so far - one e-mail rejection, and Postman Pat tends not to turn up much before tea-time !! Now the football is sorted, it's back to work ... looking for work ...

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


... (for Dec 2nd) to Rod Haslam @ Woodley Sports - the entire Mossley team tonight decided to give you an early birthday present of three points ...

... and make my birthday (Dec 1st) not so much fun ...

Photos tonight ?? Get stuffed ... and I even managed to miss both Woodley goals due to equipment malfunctions ... malfunctions which - until I get a job - may well happen again during the sh*te weather time of year ... suffice to say a Manfrotto 679 (or 679b) is now top of the Christmas list (it's cheap - yet good - but contrary to some opinions, it's NOT for life !) for starters anyway.

All in all ... bugger ...

Thoughts/Options for Tonight ...

... mostly in pictures ...

Woodley it is then - no-brainer really - what finer way to spend your birthday than getting pneumonia ... although some fans were caught preparing earlier this afternoon ...

Hang on a minute - why is our manager waving a Woodley scarf (ho ho ho !)