Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Colchester United, Essex Senior Cup, 281014

Here we are on another Tuesday night under the lights at the Aspect Arena, Thames Road, one of many that will be sure to come our way over the next couple of months. Yes we’ve got a couple already in the fixture list, but it’s a fair assumption that as the next couple of months approach the weather will have an impact on our plans! Evening games whatever the level have a different atmosphere to them, and I’m not just talking about the decrease in temperature! Standing in the ground with the floodlights brightly burning their way through the darkness, the cheers of you and your fellow fans breaking through the silence of the evenings, the half time cuppa warming up the bones, it just adds a special feeling to the whole football experience, and I think it solidifies a persons love for the game and their chosen side!

Don't get me wrong, being on the sidelines or in the stands when that whilst blows at 2 or 3 minutes past 3 on a Saturday afternoon (our games always seem to kick off late recently) is a feeling that can bring a person, a new fan, a young child, back to more games. However when you get a hard-fought victory under the lights on a chilly winters evening, the elation you feel and the connection you feel to the lads on the pitch who have been running in that cold is tough to equal.

It’s the same as you go up the levels in the game, you see a lot of premier league clubs try to bring fans in with the suffix “under the lights” when talking about evening midweek games, and it works because people love that feeling of being there in that situation. It also adds to it that the majority of high level midweek games are those in cups, whether it be the League Cup, Champions League, Europa League, or as we are in tonight, the Essex Senior Cup. Our next scheduled home tie “under the lights” after tonight is on Tuesday December 2nd against those lads down the road Chelmsford City, but there may be one earlier depending on tonights result & in turn the draw for the next round!

So with all that in mind, here’s to another great night under the lights here at Thames Road, get behind the lads and send them forward on to victory!

Oh and in case your wondering, the picture to the left here is of one of our smaller, furrier fans here at Thames Road being looked after by former club treasurer Jack Smith Senior in the background!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Feeling Tired Are We?

A controversial topic of conversation in the football world has once again reared its head over the past week or two, that of player tiredness.

The story is that a young Liverpool player (Raheem Sterling) spoke to his national team manager (Roy Hodgson) and said he was feeling too tired to start the game after having played 45 minutes in a separate game 3 days earlier. To be fair the conversation was a private one between a player and his manager, and it should never have been broadcast to the media as it has been, but the deed has been done so to speak. If nothing had been said by Hodgson, nobody would have been any wiser and there’d have been no further question or comment on the matter!

Of course, now that it’s out there, the world and his wife has an opinion on the subject, including me. Now I obviously don’t play competitive football, the closest I come to exercise is an hour on a 5-aside pitch some Wednesdays, so I don’t claim to know how the player is feeling or even that what he’s saying his rubbish, this is just my take on it from where I stand.

Sterling is a 19 year old, healthy (as far as we know), fit football player who trains for a few hours 5 days a week for his club, playing a 90 minute match once or twice a week depending on cup fixtures etc. He’s playing a sport he loves, one that millions of people love and would love to play. To me, that’s tiring stuff, I’d barely survive a training session let along a 90 minute top flight match. But that’s essentially all he does, and it’s that which has riled some of the “ordinary people” up.

You could compare it to the average person who works 60-80 hour weeks for minimal pay, who moan but still go to work every day to make sure they get their pay & are able to put food on their tables. That’s what the majority of responses have been from people on social media and even in print. But what has been forgotten is that there is another level in this that actually mix both aspects of the situation, the non league footballer.

The majority of guys that are playing out there today play football because they love the game, and enjoy the little bit of money that comes their way because of it. They train twice a week out in all weathers ready to play once, twice or even three times a week when the fixtures pile up! Of course, there’s also the fact that these guys work full time jobs as well, many Monday to Friday, some doing shifts including overnight, also taking into account they are supporting families, and yet they still manage to do it all without claiming tiredness and backing out of games/work.

You’ll never get full agreement on the subject, some top flight players have rallied behind Sterling saying what he did was brave, whilst others have condemned him, saying he shouldn’t have even dreamt of backing out of the starting line up. This will continue to divide opinions on and off the pitch for a long time to come. Of course it comes back to the only reason the subject has been brought up again, and that’s a manager breaking the trust of his player, which in my mind shouldn’t be happening. Even at international level you need a certain level of respect and trust between players and the manager/coach!

Anyway, I’ll leave you to make up your own minds, back to the football!

YAMC

Maidenhead United, Vanarama South, 181014

A controversial topic of conversation in the football world has once again reared its head over the past week or two, that of player tiredness.

The story is that a young Liverpool player (Raheem Sterling) spoke to his national team manager (Roy Hodgson) and said he was feeling too tired to start the game after having played 45 minutes in a separate game 3 days earlier. To be fair the conversation was a private one between a player and his manager, and it should never have been broadcast to the media as it has been, but the deed has been done so to speak. If nothing had been said by Hodgson, nobody would have been any wiser and there’d have been no further question or comment on the matter!

Of course, now that it’s out there, the world and his wife has an opinion on the subject, including me. Now I obviously don’t play competitive football, the closest I come to exercise is an hour on a 5-aside pitch some Wednesdays, so I don’t claim to know how the player is feeling or even that what he’s saying his rubbish, this is just my take on it from where I stand.

Sterling is a 19 year old, healthy (as far as we know), fit football player who trains for a few hours 5 days a week for his club, playing a 90 minute match once or twice a week depending on cup fixtures etc. He’s playing a sport he loves, one that millions of people love and would love to play. To me, that’s tiring stuff, I’d barely survive a training session let along a 90 minute top flight match. But that’s essentially all he does, and it’s that which has riled some of the “ordinary people” up.

You could compare it to the average person who works 60-80 hour weeks for minimal pay, who moan but still go to work every day to make sure they get their pay & are able to put food on their tables. That’s what the majority of responses have been from people on social media and even in print. But what has been forgotten is that there is another level in this that actually mix both aspects of the situation, the non league footballer.

The majority of guys that are playing out there today play football because they love the game, and enjoy the little bit of money that comes their way because of it. They train twice a week out in all weathers ready to play once, twice or even three times a week when the fixtures pile up! Of course, there’s also the fact that these guys work full time jobs as well, many Monday to Friday, some doing shifts including overnight, also taking into account they are supporting families, and yet they still manage to do it all without claiming tiredness and backing out of games/work.

You’ll never get full agreement on the subject, some top flight players have rallied behind Sterling saying what he did was brave, whilst others have condemned him, saying he shouldn’t have even dreamt of backing out of the starting line up. This will continue to divide opinions on and off the pitch for a long time to come. Of course it comes back to the only reason the subject has been brought up again, and that’s a manager breaking the trust of his player, which in my mind shouldn’t be happening. Even at international level you need a certain level of respect and trust between players and the manager/coach!

Anyway, I’ll leave you to make up your own minds, back to the football!

YAMC!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Winchester City, FA Cup, 111014

Football can be a cruel mistress, giving you the most wonderful highs then bringing you right back down to earth with a gut-shuddering crash. Results are usually the biggest factor in this emotional rollercoaster, beating a tough team in a difficult match, then losing to a team who play poorly and you think shouldn’t have really got close. But there’s another thing that can really hit you where it hurts, more specifically players, and that’s injuries.

We know that injuries happen, it’s part of the sport we all love, watch and take part in, but it doesn’t make it any easier to handle when an injury hits you, your teams player, your friend hard and takes them out of the game they love for a prolonged period of time.

And it’s with that in mind that our thoughts and support go to Beachboys ‘keeper Jamie Butler, who suffered suspected posterior cruciate ligament damage to his knee after a collision with Wealdstone’s Enoch Showumni during the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Replay fixture a short time ago. Since signing for Concord Rangers at the start of the Butler has been an ever present in the side, making countless spectacular saves over the seasons and earning the team more than a few points during that time! Jamie settled straight into the team and clearly made an impact on his teammates as he shared the Players Player of the Year award last season. The timing of the injury couldn’t be worse either, as Jamie had recently earned a fantastic opportunity in getting named to the England C international squad. Having already taken part in training with the squad a few weeks prior, Jamie was lined up to go to Turkey and play in the England C fixture there before the injury hit. England C is the international squad that represents the country at non league level, and the majority of those players selected are playing full time in the Vanarama Conference, which shows the level at which Jamie is regarded.

As with previous favourites who’ve suffered long term injuries, the club will rally round and support Jamie through his injury and ensure he gets back to full health as soon as possible.

I know I speak for all the fans when I say best of luck with the recovery Jamie, we are all behind you and will support you through it. We look forward to seeing you back between the sticks in a Concord kit once more, once a Beachboy always a Beachboy!

#YAMC

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