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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2020/21
« Reply #75 on: Sat 24 Oct 2020 16:55 »
Heanor Tn 1 Teversal 1
(at time of leaving 75min)
East Midlands Counties League
Att: 127
Referee: James Tewson of Nottingham

Match difficulty 2/5
Match quality 2/5

An 'orrible afternoon, with wind accompanying sideways rain. I did well to last as long as I did!

Assuming Mr. Tewson lasted the distance, he will, on the judgement of 5/6ths of the game, have been well received from both clubs. Amiable for the most, he did not make issues more than they were, and his understated approach found favour, with me at least.

Three cautions by this stage, all warranted and all well administered. The match wasn't difficult, and Mr Tewson rode the gentle swell pretty well.

Could he have been more dynamic at times? Probably. Could he have hurried up his "drop ball" restarts? Most definitely.

Dealing with such stoppages as though no player has ever encountered one before isn't helpful to those playing, or watching, and  a burst of "get on with the fc**ing" game" from the benches with not half an hour gone over such a drop ball did have some merit.

If club marks are to be hoovered up when the opportunity presents itself, then this was such a day. Mr Tewson did little wrong in my eyes, and most probably those of the clubs too, and should be pleased with his overall work.

Not quite a Paul Hollywood handshake, but getting there..!

ps.  Match finished 2:3...Never leave early!




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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2020/21
« Reply #76 on: Sun 25 Oct 2020 14:22 »
It was the short trip to St Giles Road for

Saturday 24th October 2020
NPL Division 1 NW
Brighouse Town   2   v   0   Pontefract Collieries
Simon Kells (Manchester); Joshua Martin, Kevin O'Donnell.

The disruption this year has obviously left Mr Kells confused as to the date. His memo to his assistants to appear with close-cropped hair was an April Fool prank, as he retained his Jeanie-like smart coiffure. Six weeks earlier he had been seen at Ashton United, in a game where he had put in a decent shift, with correct decisions, but with slight reservations about whether he projected an air of confidence and authority. Not a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then (most of it has continued to come through JCFC's kitchen roof!) but he did look much more at home on this occasion, with long sleeves adding an authoritative note. His fitness is excellent - always the third man in any chase, in a way reminiscent of Darren England a decade ago, and never far from play. A couple of decisions were possibly debatable - a Pontefract corner given as a goal-kick to Brighouse, and a free-kick against the home right back for what appeared a perfect header - but again, most were very sound, and largely accepted as such.

As to the match, Brighouse took an early lead as a defender deflected the ball to the home number 10, who prodded, rather than struck, it home from 15 yards. A reckless challenge by the home number 11 earned him a long lecture and a yellow card on 13 minutes. On 26 minutes two committed players converged at speed,   and the Brighouse number 2 was just second, receiving a yellow card in turn. Town were doing the bulk of the attacking, having a shot which just cleared the bar and on 38 minutes they hit the bar, the ball bouncing down and out. The rebound was collected and not immediately buried, but it was only a matter of seconds before Town scored again. Colls did pose an occasional threat and just before the break had a strong shot on target blocked.

Ponte rejigged the side somewhat, the big number 5 moving forward, and came back into the game, benefiting from one good advantage call, but their best effort was a header wide of the target. Around three-quarter time Brighouse enjoyed a good spell, but they too put a chance wide. There was a yellow card for the Ponte number 3 for a scything tackle to end a good Town move on 84 minutes. The Brighouse card-collecter was possibly feeling neglected as he eventually picked up his yellow - the foul was a mundane one and the card seemed something of an afterthought, so he probably talked his way into it. Brighouse  had a good surging run, but the keeper's legs got the ball out for a corner. Three minutes into added time there was a contretemps in the far corner. Mr Kells was very quickly in to prevent escalation and there followed a period of exchange of views. At the end of this, Mr Martin, who had sidled down the touchline pointed the finger at the Ponte number 16, who received a yellow card. If Mutn3 missed three goals in his match, he at least had the (pitiful!) excuse of having fled the scene to escape the Derbyshire deluge. JCFC had no such excuse for his failure to spot that the Brighouse sub, returning from suspension for his dismissal some weeks ago, had been shown a red card in that late incident, a fact only discovered from Brighouse Town twitter. Must do better, JCFC!

Their first win of the season enabled Brighouse to leap from 19th (and bottom) to 16th in the table, Pontefract now occupying the 19th spot.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2020/21
« Reply #77 on: Wed 28 Oct 2020 13:03 »
Some 50 years ago a song was current in Manchester overspill areas that went
"Oh dear, what can the matter be?
Some silly burgher has sent us to Hattersley.." (I think burgher was the word they meant)

In the Colne Valley, that may now be inverted along the lines of
"We here are perfectly glad to say
Little Miss Hattersley keeps getting sent our way"

Or so it seemed when glancing at the programme for

Tuesday 27th October 2020
NWCFL Division 1N
Golcar United   2   v   3   AFC Liverpool
Christiana Hattersley; Gordon Weir, Craig Smith.  (Actual referee Lee Harding, (Manchester FA), confirmed below.)

Sure enough, this was the third time that Miss Hattersley had been listed as referee at Golcar. On the first occasion she was easily recognisable; on the second she had donned a beard and with various other touches had passed herself off as Matt Clarke; this time that supreme mistress of disguise had gone for short brown hair and a masculine appearance, but had cunningly concealed her alter ego's identity. Perhaps someone with knowledge of the workings of the NWCFL could enlighten us. AR1 did indeed seem to be Mr Weir, with a beard not noticed from afar at Ashton United, while AR2 may or may not have been as listed, but was not wholly fluent with his hand switches.

After Liverpool had successfully cleared a moment of early danger they took control of the game and though Golcar headed over, It was no surprise when the visitors opened the scoring on 18 minutes, two efforts having been blocked before an attempted clearance appeared to strike an attacker and fly into the net. Their second goal came just after the half hour and was fair reward for Liverpool's superiority. The final touch of the half, though, came when a Golcar free-kick was headed over the crossbar. In fact, it was not the final touch, as we had to wait for the ball to be retrieved and the goal-kick taken!

Matters continued in the same vein after the restart, with Liverpool again on top. There was a slightly hectic lecture for the home number 4 and the visiting number 10, for a very minor spat. Liverpool twice put excellent chances  over the bar around the hour mark. The only surprise about their 72nd minute third goal was that it had been so long in arriving. There was a yellow card for the home number 2 for a reckless challenge, but his side created a major surprise a minute later, by pulling a goal back. This was compounded on 82 minutes when they headed home from a corner, to raise the hopes of home supporters. The final surprise, in the end, was that there was to be no equaliser. One good Golcar attack was stopped by a scything challenge which rightly earned the Liverpool number 2 a yellow card and despite a couple of further decent chances, Golcar were unable to pull off the miracle.

As to the referee, he communicated explanations and instructions firmly and confidently, if perhaps not always in the most emollient of manners. One advantage possibility was missed - AR1 having half flagged, it was probably wise to stop play - but otherwise some good examples were allowed. An added-time minimal burst of handbags produced another rather frantic reaction where most referees would wish to look calm, but the referee and his colleagues were rightly well received at the final whistle of a well-controlled match.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2020/21
« Reply #78 on: Wed 28 Oct 2020 13:49 »
Tuesday 27th October 2020
NWCFL Division 1N
Golcar United   2   v   3   AFC Liverpool
Christiana Hattersley; Gordon Weir, Craig Smith.

Sure enough, this was the third time that Miss Hattersley had been listed as referee at Golcar. On the first occasion she was easily recognisable; on the second she had donned a beard and with various other touches had passed herself off as Matt Clarke; this time that supreme mistress of disguise had gone for short brown hair and a masculine appearance, but had cunningly concealed her alter ego's identity. Perhaps someone with knowledge of the workings of the NWCFL could enlighten us. AR1 did indeed seem to be Mr Weir, with a beard not noticed from afar at Ashton United, while AR2 may or may not have been as listed, but was not wholly fluent with his hand switches.
According to MOAS:

Referee: Harding, Lee
Assistant Referee: Weir, Gordon
Assistant Referee: Smith, Craig
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2020/21
« Reply #79 on: Wed 28 Oct 2020 13:53 »
Some 50 years ago a song was current in Manchester overspill areas that went
"Oh dear, what can the matter be?
Some silly burgher has sent us to Hattersley.." (I think burgher was the word they meant)

In the Colne Valley, that may now be inverted along the lines of
"We here are perfectly glad to say
Little Miss Hattersley keeps getting sent our way"

Or so it seemed when glancing at the programme for

Tuesday 27th October 2020
NWCFL Division 1N
Golcar United   2   v   3   AFC Liverpool
Christiana Hattersley; Gordon Weir, Craig Smith.


I can confirm having worked with christiana that she neither has a beard nor brown hair 😉😃
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2020/21
« Reply #80 on: Wed 28 Oct 2020 13:56 »
Tuesday 27th October 2020
NWCFL Division 1N
Golcar United   2   v   3   AFC Liverpool
Christiana Hattersley; Gordon Weir, Craig Smith.

Sure enough, this was the third time that Miss Hattersley had been listed as referee at Golcar. On the first occasion she was easily recognisable; on the second she had donned a beard and with various other touches had passed herself off as Matt Clarke; this time that supreme mistress of disguise had gone for short brown hair and a masculine appearance, but had cunningly concealed her alter ego's identity. Perhaps someone with knowledge of the workings of the NWCFL could enlighten us. AR1 did indeed seem to be Mr Weir, with a beard not noticed from afar at Ashton United, while AR2 may or may not have been as listed, but was not wholly fluent with his hand switches.
According to MOAS:

Referee: Harding, Lee
Assistant Referee: Weir, Gordon
Assistant Referee: Smith, Craig

Thanks for the information Ref Watcher

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« Reply #81 on: Sun 01 Nov 2020 14:51 »
It had been a confusing few days. The planned fixture for Saturday had been at Liversedge, but when they had to postpone their Tuesday game for Covid reasons, it seemed probable that this would also see Saturday's match off. An alternative Vase tie had to be sought, without trespassing in or through Tier 3 areas. One such was found, tickets bought, train (and dreaded replacement coach) booked - at which point it emerged that Liversedge were able to play after all. The aforementioned coach was a couple of minutes too late arriving at its destination, but JCFC had wisely allowed for that possibility and after a blowy walk from Longbeck station was still in plenty of time.

It became clear that the gentleman leading the officials' warm-up was not the advertised young referee, resembling rather a refugee from several bruising battles on the Rugby ground across the road. Fortunately his identity was gleaned at half-time from a kind spectator at

Episode 6
Saturday 1st November 2020
FA Vase Round 1
Redcar Athletic   1   v   2   Holker Old Boys
Kevin McKitterick (Sunderland); David Jarvis, Callum Donnelly.

Mr McKitterick had been seen twice before, once on the line at Benfield, once in the middle at Billingham Town - but it must have been some time ago, as his hair was more conventionsally positioned and Shaun Hudson was still a bright young thing. The officials made a poor showing on the badge front.

The conditions were very windy - the first two clearances by the home keeper went into reverse before halfway and balls regularly disappeared over the fence. Holker had the advantage of it and took the lead after just three minutes, gaining possession behind the defence near halfway and finishing by lifting the ball across the goal into the far top corner. JCFC had thought the attacker offside, but AR2, despite a tendency to extend the idea of giving himself a yard or two up to ten yards, was better positioned and his view was doubtless correct - though doubted it was by the home players. Gradually, though, Redcar weathered the storm, and it took a good block by the Holker goalie to keep them out as the half hour approached. On 39 minutes there was a huge bellow of "Advantage" from Mr McKitterick, who showed the visiting number 4 a yellow card at the next stoppage. (As an aside, JCFC sometimes gets the impression that referees like to show yellow after advantages for offences that might otherwise have drawn just a warning.) Holker were flagged offside on 43 minutes and JCFC, for once, was ideally positioned to disagree. Redcar played the ball long, and an attacker went down under a challenge from behind in the penalty area. From the other half it looked giveable, but Mr Mckitterick was quick to decide otherwise. The Redcar number 8 expressed his disappointment at the next break in play - and subsequently treated Mr McKitterick to a long diatribe at half time, Before that however, there was time for Holker to scramble a slightly untidy second goal, which, given the conditions, seemed the very minimum required.

Sure enough, Redcar scored from a free-kick on 56 minutes and things looked grim for the Cumbrians (in my day, Barrow was in Lancashire!) There was a yellow card just past the hour for an ankle grab by the home number 7, another for a clatter by the Holker number 6, which seemed to involve a long lecture for their number 2, and towards the end one for the Redcar number 10, seemingly for dissent. There were no further goals, however, Redcar's best chance passing across the face of the goal late on.

The wind had not made for a fluent game, but it had been well enough handled by Mr McKitterick, if in a slightly stately fashion and credit to the players too for their efforts.

JCFC chose to make the longer walk back to the centre of Redcar along the front, then caught a bus to Middlesbrough. A full-length trip over a small hidden kerb at the entrance to Middlesbrough station fortunately resulted in nothing more than a few minor bruises and damaged glasses, which were due for replacement anyway. This time the replacement coach arrived in Northallerton ahead of time, making for an earlier arrival in Huddersfield. There, the bus to Brighouse was very late and appeared as JCFC left the station. A geriatric apology for a sprint proved successful, meaning home was reached almost an hour earlier than planned.


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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2020/21
« Reply #82 on: Mon 02 Nov 2020 16:34 »
There was a yellow card just past the hour for an ankle grab by the home number 7, another for a clatter by the Holker number 6, which seemed to involve a long lecture for their number 2, and towards the end one for the Redcar number 10, seemingly for dissent.
I hope not, for the referee's sake - yellows for dissent in the Vase should result in a visit to the sin bin.

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« Reply #83 on: Mon 02 Nov 2020 16:52 »
Of course, good point! I must have missed a foul - perhaps with advantage? More probably just stupidity/senility on my part, as the home match report only shows one yellow for Redcar.
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« Reply #84 on: Mon 30 Nov 2020 20:06 »
After consulting member clubs, the NCEL management board has suspended their competition until January at the earliest.
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« Reply #85 on: Sun 06 Dec 2020 22:40 »

It looks likely that there will be no further chances to take in FA Cup ties this season, the next round coming once more  in midweek and with increasing numbers of matches behind closed doors.

Somewhat unusually my 6 FA Cup matches thus far this season have produced 69 penalty shoot out kicks and half a dozen ordinary ones for good measure !

I feel when teams progress on penalties the prize money should be shared equally between the two teams.

Having moved on to a Vase match on Saturday it came as no surprise that Stanway Rovers 1 Ampthill 1  went to penalties, the only surprise being they only needed 9 kicks to see the visitors through.

Peter Wilson (Chelmsford) was in charge of this match. Not the worst performance I've seen but a long way from the best. A generous yellow card to the visiting no 6 for a challenge which ticked all the boxes for a red and resulted in a long delay and the victim being stretchered off turned the game into a somewhat fractious affair. He compounded the generosity shortly before half-time when the same player committed another foul and kicked the ball away in a clear act of disagreement. Sensibly there was no sign of him after the break and his replacement was soon cautioned for a poor challenge and another injury induced substitution took place. What irritated me most about Mr Wilson was his overdoing the need to involve the captains in lectures to players quite unnecessarily. Wouldn't have been so bad if the Ampthill captain hadn't been the goalkeeper who made no attempt to hurry to wherever he was summoned, nor back again.

Had intended to get to my first "elite" football since March at Braintree but first the Council refused to sanction any supporters and then the pitch failed the morning pitch inspection.
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« Reply #86 on: Tue 08 Dec 2020 11:19 »
Had intended to get to my first "elite" football since March at Braintree but first the Council refused to sanction any supporters and then the pitch failed the morning pitch inspection.

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« Reply #87 on: Wed 09 Dec 2020 21:47 »
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Had intended to get to my first "elite" football since March at Braintree but first the Council refused to sanction any supporters and then the pitch failed the morning pitch inspection.

Didn't have to wait much longer (just the 269 days 3 hours and 45 minutes from the final whistle of my last elite match) until all was set fair (apart from having to scrape ice from my windscreen before setting out!) for:

Concord Rangers 3 Bath City 2

Referee: Aji Ajibola (Erith)
Assisted by Luigi Lungarella (London) and Howard Collins (Kent FA but would have had a very short journey from his place of work).
(Luigi Lungarella's last running the line at Concord turned out to be refereeing half the match when the referee got injured against   yes, Bath back in January.)

Could have done without the 50 minute delay caused by an accident on the M25 but worth waiting for.

A good competitive match played at pace throughout. Mr Ajibola had a good match and got about the pitch well for a big guy. He started off by blowing for everything and having got control let things flow rather well. His decisions were sound (i.e. I agreed with most of them) and he kept cards to a manageable level. He should be pleased with his extended evening's performance. The Assistants appeared pretty decent too.

Co-incidentally this was the ground where I saw my last elite match back in March. In that match Concord conceded a stoppage time equalising goal from a header from a corner costing them 2 points. With a nice symmetry, last night Concord scored a stoppage time winner with a header from a corner to gain them an extra 2 points.

As an added bonus, despite the 10:30 finish, it was several degrees warmer at the end and I didn't have to re-scrape the car. 
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« Reply #88 on: Sun 20 Dec 2020 14:53 »
The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. When the NWCFL decided to resume this weekend, JCFC obtained a ticket for Golcar United's match against Holker OB. Mid-morning, however, came the news that the match was postponed as the ground was (again) unfit. The Lord, though, had been good enough in the meantime to persuade the NPL to allow fixtures to resume where both teams agreed - and how could high-flying Workington reject the three points they would surely garner from a visit to next-to-bottom Brighouse? And so, on a glorious sunny afternoon, JCFC headed for

Saturday 19th December 2020
NPL Division 1NW
Brighouse Town   2   v   2   Workington
Neil Howlett; Drew Dutton, Ian Thornton.

When arriving at a match where the officials are not known in advance, the programme can provoke either pleasure or disappointment. In this case neither applied: Mr Howlett's previous games had created a sense that he was a competent official, but not one to create a frisson of excitement.

Brighouse started surprisingly brightly. On 5 minutes their winger was bundled over on the touchline, Mr Howlett confidently deciding that arm to rib cage was equivalent to shoulder to shoulder. Mr Thornton would have had a better view, but was too far away to  intervene credibly. Town players raised the odd quizzical eyebrow, but play continued. Five minutes later Town were awarded a free-kick just short of the penalty area: the shot rebounded off the wall and was brilliantly powered home from 20 yards. Workington, however, looked that little bit slicker in their play and soon had a great chance to equalise, but shot rather tamely. On 17 minutes a series of brilliant blocks in the home penalty area kept the visitors out - but at the expense of a nasty injury to the Brighouse defender, who had to be supported on his way to the changing room.  Mr Howlett had a touch of the Nelsons on 24 minutes: the hard-working Town number 9 was held by both arm and shirt when shielding the ball from the Workington number 4, but no free-kick was forthcoming. Number 4, though, did receive a yellow card just after the half hour. Workington failed to take advantage of a 4v2 break, one of the defenders being able to block the ball over for a corner.

It took just a minute of the second half for Workington to draw level, a cross from the left leaving an easy tap-in. Brighouse were soon off target with a half chance. A crunching challenge on 50 minutes produced angry shouts from an unfamiliar group of spectators, who claimed that the yellow card eventually shown to the visiting number 9 was "bottling it." Number 9, meanwhile, appeared to point these spectators out to Mr Howlett - had there been an inappropriate comment? Plenty towards the referee, but JCFC did not hear one addressed to the player. The right back had to be helped off and replaced and there followed a spell of sustained Workington pressure. On 57 minutes the home keeper came and punched a high ball clear, but it was played back and headed in before he could regain his position. His claims that he had been prevented from doing so led to a yellow card - perhaps he should have kept his counsel when disputing the colour of the card at the earlier incident. Workington could have had a third soon afterwards, a good turn ending with a shot just wide. There was an unusual yellow card on 66 minutes, the Workington number 12 not taking a throw in as three times instructed by Mr Howlett, the throw being reversed. Brighouse fans had few expectations of a comeback, but had a shot blocked then saved for a corner, which, as usual, came to nothing. The Brighouse number 8 was late with a challenge on 77 minutes and rightly received his habitual yellow card. By now there was an ominous drumming on the roof, as the heavens opened. Town had a couple of chances, Workington were foiled by the home keeper when clear, a visitor received a yellow card and deep into added time, Brighouse finally had success from a corner, prodding home the equaliser with their final touch of the match. This enabled them to leapfrog Pontefract Collieries into 17th out of 19 in the table.

Mr Howlett had no problem with fitness and maintained decent control of proceedings. There was a reasonable degree of patter and a calm and assured manner. He certainly did better than certain sections of the crowd suggested. For JCFC, though, there was again no frisson that here was somebody special, but it may be that where opinions diverged on certain decisions, three factors should be taken into account: Mr Howlett knows much more about refereeing; JCFC might have been swayed by Brighouse bias; and finally, as masks were to be worn in the stand, parts of the match were seen through a glass steamily.

Having been lulled into a false sense of security by a fine morning, JCFC had not prepared for rain and was therefore somewhat soggy by the time the bus stop was reached - a minute after the bus had departed, making for a less than comfortable wait of 29 minutes. But a point for Brighouse - it was worth the discomfort!



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« Reply #89 on: Thu 24 Dec 2020 13:52 »
For once JCFC lost out in the Old Crocks' "Slow Bicycle" style race up Old Brow, encountering two gentlemen who managed to finish up some fifty metres behind him. Everyone else, of course, sped past on their way to

Saturday 26th September 2020
Northern PL Division 1 NW
Mossley   4   v   1   Pickering Town
Jonathan Wyatt (Walkden): Chris Cooper-Tonge, Ali Rahjoo.

From his days attending Sunday School, JCFC was reminded of a hymn tune "Walkden Moor" which accompanied the words "We are starting on a journey" - an appropriate line for a newly-promoted Level 3, who will surely already realise that the path will not always be "Free from toil and care and strife." .....
My BLFG joined a Whatsapp group along with other ladies from Church.  It is a bit of a self support group which also keeps folk up-to-date on what's on and occasionally discussing matters of substance.  There was a discussion on favourite carols, and the previously mentioned Minister's wife commented that her favourite carol as a child had been "Little children waken and listen", which neither I nor her husband had previously been aware.  It had managed to survive two iterations of Church Hymnary but was discarded to the outer darkness in 1973.   Meantime, from our time in the "naughty corner", renamed after out retiral as the "Technical Cornerr" we had amassed a few years worth of sound recordings of services and these have largely provided the hymns for our online services during lockdown.  I had decided that as we had a good collection of advent hymns and carols I would produce an "Alloway Sings Advent Calendar" with a new item posted on YouTube every day through Advent to Epiphany.  (While Shepherds  Watched on Ilkla Moor getting quite a few comments)  At the time of the minister's wife's choice I was preparing "The wise may bring their learning", another children's item of  similar vintage. which survived slightly better until CH4 in 2005.  It struck me that another variation on Whistleblower's "The Minister's Cat" game (presumably now played on "Zoom"?) could be "The Minister's wife's carols" - perhaps when entertaining members of the choir?
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