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 Post subject: Football.....bloody heck
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 10:04 pm 
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At half time at Heritage Park tonight a depleted Bishops side with a number of juniors drafted into the team with their 1st Div status lying in others hands were drawing 0-0 and Roofing were 1 up, the majority of the crowd seemed distant with their minds on events elsewhere.

The 2nd half progressed and news filtered through that RCA were winning. The atmosphere changed somewhat....probably nowhere else within the NL would you get sections of the crowd celebrating goals elsewhere. Bishops took the lead. RCA went further in front. Bishops were on the brink of a cup final and survival. More celebrations when RCA went 4-1 up and Bishops were safe. Still leading 1-0 and into time added on Benfield equalise. Still the feeling amongst the crowd is relief and anything else is a bonus. Penalties. Bishops win 4-2 in front of the tin shed.

Colin Myers resigned straight after the game. I personally have a lot of respect for Colin Myers, clearly he knew the time was right. I can only imagine the pressures he has felt as manager over the past months, probably 10 fold to us supporters, the extremes in performances have clearly showed something has not been right. I hope Bishops win it for him. The whole summer now to get things right.


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 Post subject: Re: Football.....bloody heck
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 11:04 pm 
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It will take a lot longer than the summer to sort that shower out. Rome needs rebuilding and it wasn’t done in a day.


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 Post subject: Re: Football.....bloody heck
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 5:46 am 
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Maeanwhile, on Teesside, Dunston managed to defeat Stockton Town. Now considering the fact that Dunston had played the night before against Bishops, I had a feeling that tonight’s game might be too much of a challenge against a side who’ve secured a place in a Wembley Final.
Dunston thoroughly deserved their win last night, they battled and fought for everything to a man. I’m amazed how they have managed to put in such a performance, considering the grueling fixture scheduled they have had to face recently
Stockton seem like they have the makings of a very solid club with good numbers of supporters, impressive modern facilities and a capable looking team. I would not be surprised to see Stockton is progress further up the pyramid over the next few seasons.

All that said, what really strikes me in regards to Northern League football and in particular Dunston, is they way in which they treat supporters.
I took the bairn; he had the time of his life. The players, management and committee had time for him, signing his programme. One player even gave him a pile of Panini stickers. To top his day off the club have asked if he wants to be mascot for the final. Touch of class really.
Well done Dunston on last nights truly Hurculean performance and best wishes to Stockton at Wembley.


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 Post subject: Re: Football.....bloody heck
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Well said Dan. And well done Dunston!

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 Post subject: Re: Football.....bloody heck
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 6:45 am 
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Well done to Dunston. Probably the highlight of that young lads football life. We have been using our juniors for mascots at most home games this season and to see the delight on the faces when they walk out holding the captains hand is what makes it all worth while. Kids are the future of football at grass roots level not just professional. Treat them well and the will always have an affinity with their local club. :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Football.....bloody heck
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 9:50 am 
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Yes well done Dunston deserved the win last night, great performance by Liam Thear especially.

Stockton, with a couple of players already injured, were never allowed into the game really by a well drilled Dunston who visibly tired but stuck to their guns.. .... worse than the result was what looked like a serious injury sustained by Max Craggs and we're all praying for his sake that the prognosis today is better than it seemed last night.

We are also getting an increasing number of young fans attending games with parents talking of scrapping Boro season tickets for Stockton Town ones, the youngsters have a connection with the players on the day and that goes a long way. We have introduced a policy of using our junior teams as mascots/player escorts especially for big games and its worked well generally. Plus they can see lads who've come through the same system as them to play for the first team, Jake Petitjean the latest U18 star, played last night and didn't look out of place.


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