Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Retford United 1 v Glasshoughton Welfare 2 - NCEL Prem

Tuesday 8th April 2014
at the Jones & Co. Stadium/Cannon Park
NCEL Premier Division
Retford United (0) 1
Sam Jones 56
Glasshoughton Welfare (1) 2
Reece Chappell 27
Andy Seed 85
Admission £5. Programme £1.50. Attendance 68
Retford United:
James Hitchcock, Danny Smith (Andy Walkden), Graeme Severn, Jake Stannard, Rob Sanderson, Liam Gaughan, (Liam Nelthorpe 85), Bobby Johnson (C), Sam Jones, Gav Cooper (Liam Slack 45), Reece Thompson, Ben Muirhead
Unused subs - Danny Jarvis, James O'Neill
Glasshoughton Welfare:
Paul Hargreen, Serroa Hillaroa, Colin Leung, Adam Walsh, Jamie Williams, Mark Newton, Josh Thorpe, Andy Seed (C), Reece Chappell, Tomas Halverson, Liam Kellett
Unused subs - Josh Prudhoe, Matt Cressey
When I was very, very young, my next door neighbours, Mr & Mrs Green, had a dog that used to make a really high pitched howling/yodeling type noise, every time that this song by Slim Whitman (or the other version by Frank Ifield) used to come on the radio ... or was it still called a stereogram back in those days?

Mr Green was quite famous, for having been one of the press photographers who was stood in the background, when Neville Chamberlain made his famous and ill fated 'Peace in our time' speech in 1939.
As well as being a news and sports photographer and a fireman, Mr Green also had an oil painting of the Flying Scotsman passing through Retford Railway Station (for the benefit of our younger readers, it was a steam locomotive) displayed on Blue Peter, his son Don appeared on the programme talking to Peter Purves. How cool is that?
As East Retford upon Idle goes, that is a fairly substantial celebrity CV, I think you'll agree.
A few years later, Jimmy James, the singer with Jimmy James and the Vagabonds moved in a few doors down the road too. He gave me my first ever vinyl records, that had those push out black plastic middles, so he's probably responsible for starting off my music collecting fetish, which still continues in an unabated and very expensive way, until this day.
Yes, I still own this one .
His band toured as support to the Who n' all sorts of pop star types would visit his house from time to time.
So why am I telling you all of this?
Hmm, well, to be honest, I'm waffling, because I can't think of very much to say about tonight's, end of season, 'nowt to play for, going through the motions, football match.
Reece Chappell put Glasshoughton in front after 27 minutes, but Retford equalised through Sam Jones on 56 minutes.
With the clock ticking down towards full time, Reece Chappell received the ball in the middle of the pitch, but looked too knackered to venture forward with it. He saw off a challenge from Rob Sanderson fairly easily and sent his team captain charging off towards the Badgers goal, where he slotted the ball past James Hitchcock to claim all three points for the west Yorkshire side.
A draw had looked on the cards up until that point, but the couple of dozen hardy souls who had travelled down the A1 won't have been complaining.
FT - Retford United 1 v Glasshoughton Welfare 2
Not entirely the most awe inspiring game I've watched this season, if truth be told.