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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 lat…

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…

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 h…

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 shor…