Showing posts from May, 2018

End of Season Travel Blues

The big problem with taking a holiday during the football season is how you minimise missing fixtures.  For many years now the current Mrs C has been perplexed over the length and timing of our various forays to foreign parts.  My seemingly impeccable planning with fixture list in one hand and flight schedule in another has generally minimised my absence from EP to about one game and about the same for an away trip.  This spring Mrs C celebrated a land mark birthday and having rejected most of my game missing holiday ideas and itineraries she settled for her default beach/poolside sojourn. With deft planning I arranged a Mexican encounter that would mean a sharp getaway post Telford at home, miss Blyth away and return (somewhat jet lagged) for the final game against Darlington at home.  The powers that be soon threw a spanner in my carefully prepared schedule and re-arranged the away game at Chorley two days into my Central American excursion, hence doubling my missed game t

Stockport County 0 Chorley 1 ( Vanarama National North- Play Off QF) 2 May 2018

After a night   rich in tension and high octane fever pitch football, County bowed out of this season’s play offs , beaten by   a well drilled Chorley FC side, in front of another massive Edgeley Park crowd of over 6000. Cheadle End to my right The score was 1-0, and that probably reflected accurately how it went. However, the first half might have seen Matt Jansen’s side leak a goal or two- they didn’t, and just showed too much savvy particularly late on when County got ever more anxious for a goal. County did loads of attacking especially in the first 45 minutes when they racked up corner after corner, going close more than once in the process. There was more passion than finesse though in much of County’s work, and whilst individuals played well( Minihan gave us 90 minutes pure effort and not a little threat…Thomas likewise, and Winter drove his men on relentlessly throughout a pulsating encounter, but   in vital areas the blues were matched by the Lancastri