On 5th June 2017, I joined a group of four AFC Telford United fans, The Walking Bucks, to walk some 27 miles between Aggborough, home of Kidderminster Harriers, and Greenhous Meadow, the home of Shrewsbury Town. The aim of the walk was to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK by helping Sky Sports’ presenter Jeff … More Unbelievable Trekkers!
Epsom racecourse, home of the annual Investec Derby meeting, announced recently that it’s famous free viewing area had been rebranded ‘Poundland Hill’, and in doing so sailed into a world of controversy. To some, the column inches generated by the move may have been proof of the old adage that “all publicity is good publicity”. However, … More Anything For The Bucks?
With today’s announcement that Gianluca Havern has left AFC Telford United I am bidding farewell, in football terms at least, to someone who helped provide me with a terrific insight into the mind of a sportsman at close hand. Because of the relationship that developed between us, I am naturally sad to see him move … More O Captain, My Captain
With news emerging this week that Everton’s Aaron Lennon had been detained under the Mental Health Act, the world of football found itself faced with how to respond to the issue of mental health, and the response was generally heartening, if not a little uncomfortable and stereotypical. It’s unclear where the source of the information … More Wealthy Doesn’t Mean Healthy…
Where to start when summarising the 2016/17 season for AFC Telford United? When following the club and writing output for the match programme and on social media, the words I’ve probably used more than most are ‘disappointing’, ‘frustrating’ and ‘inconsistent’. In that sense it’s probably been harder to watch than the previous season’s struggle against … More Bucks Season Review 2016/17
On what was an otherwise forgettable day for Burnley Football Club, it was a moment that captured the imagination and drew praise from far and wide. Having a group of the club’s older supporters take to the field as mascots, hand-in-hand with the players, sent a terrific message out; that the club values those senior … More Sale? Mail? Fail!
“This is what is so wrong with football now”. “I know it’s a cliché but those monstrosities have no place in football”. What phenomenon could have given rise to comments such as these? Well it’s the half-and-half scarf, and specifically it was this photograph, shared on Twitter by respected football writer Henry Winter, that prompted … More Tears for Souvenirs?
As a child, I could often be found doing one of two things. I was either playing table football, or writing stories on an old typewriter my parents had in the house. Both of these were usually solitary activities, as although not an only child, the spacing of approximately five years between myself and my … More Bucks Words and Forwards…
Every club has them, and it is probably not overstating it to say that every non-league club needs them. They are the volunteers, a small army of people who, for a huge variety of reasons, find that simply paying on the turnstile and supporting their team isn’t enough. Some first volunteered through necessity; something needed … More Vital Volunteers
When asked to name their legends of AFC Telford United and its predecessors, older fans would tell you about Jack Bentley, whilst for those of my vintage it would be Dave Mather or Kevin Charlton, and for younger fans it may be Ryan Young. One person who wholeheartedly deserves that title is Derrick Moore. What … More Derrick Moore – An Appreciation