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A Small Island, A Big Derby

I feel under a bit of pressure writing this blog now, as thanks to the subject matter of my previous entry it was read by a hell of a lot more people than usual! Will they expect more of the same? Or will they just take what I normally write? Well neither of that really matters at the moment, as I am once again writing about non-league football on Canvey Island, and more importantly, a match taking place on Boxing Day.
First though, a very small bit of history and stuff for you. Canvey Island is a small place deep in the heart of Essex, often overlooked due to its location near Southend and Basildon, and normally remembered for the floods of 1953 and the large gas/petrol works on the island. Well on this small island there are two football clubs, those being Canvey Island FC and Concord Rangers FC. Canvey Island FC has been around since 1926, surviving the floods and having varied success over the years. The big moment in Canvey’s history was when local businessman Jeff King took over …

A Bit Of Non League Passion

Yes this is another sports based blog, but this is one focused solely on football of the non-league variety, and this is another one that's been going round in my head for a while waiting to be typed up!Now everyone is familiar with professional football, even if you don't follow it there is enough news around the sport that its bloody hard to miss. However its when you look deeper at the sport and take notice of the grass roots, that's when you get a whole new appreciation for the game and what playing it entails.At the moment there are two non-league football clubs on Canvey, the town which i have called home for all my 28 years, Canvey Island FC & Concord Rangers FC. Now when i was younger i only knew about Canvey, and even had a season ticket one year. Well after a while that got left behind and i got fully into the professional game. Over the past few years though that's changed. After going to see Canvey a couple of times i was starting to get the bug back, b…

A Year Of Change

I was reminded on Sunday during a conversation with someone who i recently saw for the first time in ages that i hadn't written a blog in a long time. Not for any particular reason though, I've thought of plenty of things to talk about but just haven't sat down and put it onto a computer! So what'll come over the next week or two is a bit of a blog blitz, stuff I've thought about writing down but never actually got round to doing. Where else to start but with yours truly eh? The past 12 months have been full of change for me, with plenty going on left right and centre to be honest. This time last year i was just moving into a control room based role at work, where i remain to this day. The actual job is constantly evolving and sending challenges my way, but even though the circumstances behind the change weren't ideal, i wouldn't go back on it. Being a Station Manager, and a manager in general, hasn't been doing it for me for some time, and I've mad…

Harsh Reactions

Well number 2 on my list of blogs to get done focuses on sport, and rightly so considering there's a fair amount of it i watch, even if the majority is just football and the NFL. The title of the blog is about reactions quite clearly, and to be honest the majority of sports fans are guilty of very harsh reactions after a decision/result doesn't go their way. Players and coaches do too, but my focus here is us fans. Whether its football, NFL, cricket,rugby or whatever, we seem to have three reaction times which govern our feelings of support for our teams after a loss.Immediately after a loss the majority of us react angrily, thinking of excuses and denying what we've just seen with utter disbelief. A few days later if its mentioned the reaction is a bit more measured, the result has been reflected upon and we've accepted what happened, even if we still ain't happy with it. Then finally there is the moment the following week when you react with optimism and ignoranc…