Westward ho ho ho!
January 1, 2000
With us being half way (ish) through the current League campaign, I thought I would take a quick surf around the Western Peninsula.
A not too serious seasonal surf, I hasten to add, and not to be confused with that other West Country water sporting pastime; so, not so much of a Westward Ho but more of a Westward Ho Ho Ho!
How about this on The Robins’ Official Web site: Don’t be a Twit, follow us on Twitter. I tell you what, if anybody else sends me a Christmas card with a Robin on I will shoot the, yes you know the word. What’s worse to a Pirate than a tweeting Robin! Posted on 20th December the site is proud to announce as follows. The Robins have officially joined the Twitter universe and we are looking for the Cheltenham Town faithful to come on board and to become a follower.
Excuse me for one second, and I do appreciate good communication, but for me football is more about the noble game, live action on grass that you can see and in the fresh air that you can breathe. For me it should be, don’t be a Twit get down to Whaddon Road; become a follower, come to football matches.
My journey down the western front takes me to Swindon Town; no, not more Robins! It’s all so (not) original. What are the Wiltshire Tweets up to then? Well they are blogging, that’s for sure. Sorry, this is football, don’t you mean blocking? No, OK, blogging it is then. A main feature on the Town official website is the blogs and how about this, become a fan like us on Facebook! For me it’s the same message as for Cheltenham Town. It would have to be, become a fan, come down to the County Ground.
To be fair the regular Friday round up does include aspects of football. One piece that did catch my eye was news that former Town midfielder Jamie Pitman has been confirmed as manager at Hereford United until the end of the season. The 34 year old will be assisted by Lennie Lawrence in his role as Technical Director. Personally I am pleased to see Lennie back in football for what could be the final chapter in his book. I say that, but never write Lennie off. I’m sure he will be the driving force to help the Bulls up the League Two table and into the safety zone; I hope so anyway, all the very best Lennie.
now Technical Director
From Wiltshire to Somerset and click on Yeovil Town. Really refreshing, all of </span>the leading stories and features are about football with leading headlines such as ‘Nice to score but disappointed we didn’t win says Ed.’ Oh dear and, ‘Town tanned by Pools comeback.’ This being a particular reference to the result from Hartlepool where the Glovers were beaten 4-2 in the FA Cup, having taken an early two goal lead.
This is how the report on the game went;
“Yeovil Town crashed out of the FA Cup this evening at Hartlepool United after conceding a two goal advantage to lose by four goals to two at Victoria Park. Andy Williams and Ed Upson had given the threadbare Glovers squad a great start to put them two up after just over half an hour, but a hat trick from Antony Sweeney and an acrobatic effort from veteran Ritchie Humphreys ensured it was the Pools who will travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford in the Third Round.”
What struck me was the attendance at the game, a mere 1,914 loyal fans; how many more on Twitter and Facebook I wonder.
Moving on to Devon to take in the three League clubs in the county; back to full strength having been reduced to just one not so very long ago. For Exeter it was ‘Tis on his players’ and ‘Exeter City 5 Sheffield Wednesday 1: Would you believe it! Fair play it was a great result for them. This was how the site saw it;
“City romp to one of the best wins seen at the Park in many a year beating second placed Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 in front of an impressive 5,524 supporters, including an almost heroic 800 plus from Sheffield who’d made the trip down despite the most abysmal weather.”
Now that’s more like live football.
Down on the coast I found an official statement from Torquay United that will be of some interest to Bristol Rovers fans;
“The club can today confirm that both Wayne Carlisle and Danny Senda have left United with immediate effect. On behalf of the club we would like to thank both players for their commitment, and efforts, while playing for Torquay United”; all the very best to the former Gas favourite.
Finally to Plymouth, where we find an official statement from the Board of Directors. It would pay to read it and take note. All in football pass on their good wishes to our visitors today as they work through their present financial difficulties.
Sorry to finish on a more serious note. There we are then, a trip round all of our West Country League Clubs. Haven’t missed anyone have I? No offence, all the best for 2011.