Sunday, 29 May 2011

Looking ahead

The only game I'm definitely going to before my own personal 2010-11 journey comes to an end, will be England v Switzerland at Wembley next Saturday (June 4th), that's a 4.45pm kick off ... all tickets have now sold out.
Former Worksop Town goalkeeper David Stockdale and Jermaine Defoe have both withdrawn from the England team for this Euro 2012 qualifier, latest squad details on the FA website are:
England squad in full
Scott Carson, Joe Hart, Rob Green*;
Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, John Terry, Kyle Walker;
Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Ashley Young;
Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Bobby Zamora
* replaced David Stockdale

Beyond that the provisional lists of pre season friendlies are racking up already and it won't be long until 2011-12 is upon us.
But I won't list where I'm going just yet, because those sort of games are always subject to 11th hour alterations.
And playing my cards close to my chest also lessens the risks of being stalked.

You never know, I might even have back filled all the gaps on this blog and recovered the posts that went missing this season before the next one starts, but don't hold your breath.

End of season odds and ends.
It's great news that the Tigers (Worksop Town) are moving back to Worksop, albeit as tenants to Worksop Parramore (formerly Parramore Sports and Sheffield Parramore) at Sandy Lane (now known as the Windsor Food Service Stadium) after Parramore's chairman Peter Whitehead bought out the lease to the ground from 'that other guy' ... but it's going to take time for the new pitch to settle in, so WTFC are limited to how many pre season friendlies they can play there.
Worksop Parramore themselves are playing a home friendly against Retford United on 3rd August which is very tempting.
United have just installed Brett Marshall from Blidworth Welfare as their new manager. He was of course part of the management team previously at Cannon Park, during happier times for the Badgers than they've experienced of late.
Blidworth were runners up to Parramore in the CMFL and narrowly missed out on promotion to the NCEL (Division 1) when they were beaten (by Parramore) on the final day of the season in a winner takes all game at the Don Valley Stadium (on Worksop Road) that saw Peter Whitehead's side gain promotion instead.
Retford United will play in the NCEL (Premier Division) next season, after resigning from the Evo-Stik League, because they need to restructure the club financially at the present time. In anybody's book, that's a sensible and necessary course of action for them to have taken at the present time.