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Cemetery View - January 2009

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 13 June 2009

4 4 2? Four at the back? Not to mention, away from home to the league leaders. And including two wingers. Have we changed managers while I wasn't looking?

It certainly seems like a change of plan at the very least. Still, us Ryhope lads have always believed in attack as the best form of defence, mind we were only rarely talking about football at the time. And it seems to have worked a treat, another win away from home at the league top dogs is not to be sneezed at. Up to eighth in the league, games in hand on everyone above you; sounds like the perfect recipe for a desperately unlucky run in. I might be being pessimistic, but that's what life after death has taught me, don't you ever believe it can't get any worse.

Never mind. So is this it? Are we going to see flowing moves here at Meadow Park as the lads sweep up the league table on a spring tide of Brazilian style football? Wingers hugging the touchline and curving quality crosses in? Will the big fella get back in on his return from foreign parts? Will Hicker stop shouting and start purring? It would be nice to think so, but never mind the manager, is the pitch up to it? All that sand can't be helping, there must be a better way to keep it right. Could throw the kids and the Sunday hooligans off for a start. Only a thought, only a thought. But I bet I'm not the only one it has occurred to. I can read the boss's mind as he walks round the pitch of a Monday morning, shaking his head and muttering. Course, I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way and all that, but maybe not right now when the pitch is... Well it certainly could be a lot better, and it has been in seasons gone by so what has gone wrong? Perhaps we will never know.

Good night at the dogs? I used to enjoy a night at the dogs, when you knew something of course. I hear its all very up market now. Not like the good old days, half an hour before the race, down the kennels while the bloke looks the other way, packet of sausages each for five of them, then back the other one, happy days, happy days...