Published in the FA Trophy 1st Qualifying round
game v Gosport Borough Saturday 29th September 2012. We lost 4-0 in
front of 190.
I feel sorry for Premiership fans (sort of) As well as being
ripped off and treated like mugs they also have to put up with watching football
on days that completely muck up the rhythm of the week. Sunday football? Monday
seem to have
become a Sunday League side. And it ain’t because the cameras have rolled into
I think ground sharing is a bit like house sharing. You start
off the best of mates but slowly you just get on each others nerves. The chip
portions are too small, the loo seat lid is never down, you feel second best.
Then you pay for the privilege or being knocked out in the play outs (which
feels a bit like being mugged)!
Then to rub salt into a simmering wound, you have to go and
play some of your games on a bloody Sunday.
Being single for the week and with a serious FA Cup addiction
, I couldn’t resist watching an FA Cup game on the day God intended
football to be played. Saturday 3pm. And let’s face it; you couldn’t get more
traditional than Maidenhead United’s York
, which is the oldest continuously used senior football ground
in the world, home of The Magpies since 1871. I love their old ground right
smack bang where football grounds should be – in the town centre. It could do
some investment but with old fashioned terraces and covering behind both goals
what’s not to like?
As a few Slough
our beers Maidenhead scored. At least we think they did, the sound was pretty
mute until the announcement came. As we eventually took up our position on the
traditional terraces (these’s a theme running through this article) we watched a
fantastic game of football as Maidenhead steamed ahead only for their opponents
Bognor Regis Town, cheered on by their raucous fans, to come back it into it.
But the gap in the leagues showed and whereas Bognor squandered chances,
Maidenhead were clinical.
Their manager Johnson Hippolyte has
assembled a good, strong young team punching above their weight in the
Conference South. Not that I can ever forgive him for managing that made up
football club Yeading who beat us in the FA Cup then drew Newcastle United in
the third round.
So onto Sunday and to make matters even worse, we had
displeased the footballing Gods. While Saturday was beautiful autumn day, Sunday
was cold, wet and windy. Not only that but it was one of those poxy super hyped
Sunday football specials on the TV encouraging people to sit in the comfort of
their local pub (if they still have a traditional pub to go to anymore) rather
than support their local non league club.
We at least ate a traditional Sunday roast to restore some
balance to this crazy mixed up world.
Now by some quirk of fate, I’d seen Eastbourne Town
in a previous round where they put
paid to Chessingtons FA Cup world of adventure. When the draw was made all I
could rather selfishly think of that wouldn’t it be better if it was in
. As we stood freezing on the
terraces most people agreed.
Trying to play a defensive game didn’t suit the visitors and
in the end it was an easy ride for Slough
are enjoying the FA Cup so far this season. 5-1 on the day, meant 13 goals in
three FA Cup games and £
in the bank. When your tenants, this is the sort of money that can make a big
difference to a season.
Now my FA Cup adventures this season has had a seaside theme.
even Whitehawk is just a mile from the sea.
So it seems only right that Slough will play Margate
away in the next round. As those fine
traditionalists Chas and Dave
(sort of) sung ‘You can keep the Costa Brava and
all that palava, we’re gonna watch the Rebels in Margate