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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #60 on: Tue 12 Oct 2021 22:49 »
Therein lies the difference between the true intellectual Whistleblower and the rest of us, who might have been contemplating a possible Dibley ladies team.


A kind accolade and quite undeserved.

If you are contemplating clerics and ladies then perhaps The Vicar of Bullhampton is for you. A novel about a trollop by a Trollope

Or even by A Trollope.


Initially, I am minded to agree with you.

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #61 on: Wed 13 Oct 2021 12:43 »
Did you know? Pontefract cake was used both for human and animal medicinal purposes up until 1760, when sugar was added to form a confectionary..of Sorts!  Local worthies, not often mentioned in the same sentence, are Tim Bresnan and Harvey Proctor.

Pontefract Collieries (First Team) v Stocksbridge Park Steels FC (First Team)
Northern Premier League - East Division    
Referee: Hall, Jack
Assistant Referee: Langdon, Matthew
Assistant Referee: Trevethan, Michael

Well, this was an awful game. Hustle and bustle and not much else. It was bad enough to leave six minutes early.....and miss a saved penalty from a red card!

The only goalscorer is known in this parish not for his footballing skills, which I'm sure are plenty, but for century and double century scoring in local cricket. For purposes of pride, it's probably best not to say in which division, but had JCFC been early at the cricket, he'd have got a game, and not been the last to bat!

Mr Hall, laid back in the extreme, and very much looking and refereeing like a young Des Morrison imo, will struggle to make enemies. Nothing flustered, an approach which generally rubs off for the best on the players.

He occasional got in the way, the ball hitting him twice, but I'd be splitting hairs.

Leaving on 84m and hearing the hullabaloo half way back to the car, the next five minutes were taken up manoeuvring past some adventurous third party parking. A mate saw me through the tiniest of gaps, and I did the honourable thing straight after, driving off before he asked me to see him through the same gap.

Well, you gotta beat the traffic if you're leaving early !
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« Reply #62 on: Wed 13 Oct 2021 13:43 »

The train would have been pleasanter, though Huddersfield station is vastly more impressive from the outside. In those days, it was still possible, I imagine, to reach Reddish with a change at Stalybridge. Meanwhile at about the same time I was heading from Manchester Victoria  to Brighouse, with a change at Sowerby Bridge or latterly from Manchester Exchange to Huddersfield,direct.

Two things puzzle me about this account.  The first is that I would never have thought that Sowerby Bridge, for all its undoubted virtues, was the sort of place where it was possible to change trains.  The second is the notion of a direct train from Sowerby Bridge to Brighouse.  Where did the train begin and end its journey, or was it, as I strongly suspect, a special laid on for the sole convenience of JCFC? 
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« Reply #63 on: Wed 13 Oct 2021 14:21 »
There was a train in the late sixties which ran from Sowerby Bridge to (I think) York. It started from a now overgrown track alongside the Eastern end of the Eastbound platform. I used to catch it from Brighouse to Castleford on occasions to watch Rugby League matches. Brighouse station closed at the start 0f 1971, reopening in a slightly different position (possibly to allow for a car park) in 2000. Nowadays the Leeds to Wigan service, formerly going as far as Southport, serves both Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge - and has recently been handy for trips to Atherton. No specials for me! My Dad, however, did help to organise an annual "West Riding Special" train from Bradford Exchange, via Dewsbury Central, Wakefield Westgate, Doncaster and Misterton to Kings Cross for the MAYC London Weekend.
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« Reply #64 on: Wed 13 Oct 2021 15:23 »
Thanks.  I feel a lot better for knowing that.  A Sowerby Bridge to York train is almost as improbable as the overnight train that used to run from York to Aberystwyth (and in that direction only).

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« Reply #65 on: Thu 14 Oct 2021 15:01 »
Not only could you change trains at Sowerby Bridge,it also had an engine shed with an array of tank engines.Mention also  of Stalybridge brings fond memories.
Stockport County played on Friday evenings.After the match,there was a train to Stalybridge and we changed to a Leeds train as far as Huddersfield.This arrived just
after 11pm.We then had a leisurely stroll to catch the last bus of the day[1115pm]operated by Hebble Motors[ceased trading 1971]to Odsal Top.We never missed
 the bus,which gives rise to the state of timekeeping on BR in those far off days.
Later in life I got to know a former fireman at Low Moor engine shed.He regularly had a turn to Stockport from Bradford around Saturday lunchtimes.Now,there
is just one 'Parliamentary 'train[see The Mikado'] a week from Stockport to Stalybridge or vice versa............
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #66 on: Thu 14 Oct 2021 17:17 »
There was also a branch from Sowerby Bridge along the Ryburn Valley to Rishworth. Passenger services stopped circa 1930, but freight was still carried until 1953 as far as Rishworth, and for a further five years to Ripponden, which might explain the tanks Boris10 recalls.

No vice versa from Stalybridge, unfortunately
 Friday morning, one way only. My visits to Stockport County were usually from Manchester, but on one occasion I did make the journey from Brighouse. After the match, I checked the timetable and waited beside the train on the advertised platform. Departure time arrived, the train remained locked and I received the news when I asked an unhelpful member of staff that it had left from a different platform. No apology, no offer of help - some things are handled better these days. I never tried that journey again.

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #67 on: Fri 15 Oct 2021 08:29 »
Stockport Stalybridge was the ideal link for trains running into and out of Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria without having to cross Manchester. I had a friend who lived in Batley whose girlfriend at that time (Mid 70's) was living and working in Stoke. They used the Stockport Stalybridge line on a weekly basis.

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #68 on: Fri 15 Oct 2021 09:03 »
For a nostalgia five minutes, check out " Stalybridge Station" by Fivepenny Piece 🎵. And I'm not even from Lanky!

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #69 on: Fri 15 Oct 2021 10:56 »
For a nostalgia five minutes, check out " Stalybridge Station" by Fivepenny Piece . And I'm not even from Lanky!

I did - I recall the group, but not the song. There was a certain degree of poetic licence, as Stalybridge station is a reasonably pleasant place. It has a good bar, comfortable warm waiting room and decent toilets - the Gents anyway, I cannot vouch for the quality of the Ladies' facilities. (That last word was added to avoid possible misinterpretation.) All in all, not a bad station. Now, had they sung about Burnley Central or Wakefield Kirkgate...

Sorry folks, we should get back to football after tonight's match.

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #70 on: Fri 15 Oct 2021 11:29 »
If this thread was an edition of "Just A Minute", I am sure that someone would have buzzed in by now!!
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #71 on: Fri 15 Oct 2021 12:49 »
Yes, indeed. I am not sure about hesitation, but plenty of repetition and masses of deviation - but isn't that what  makes Just a Minute enjoyable?

At the risk of giving  Leggy a further chance to press his buzzer, can I remind you that I spent the academic year 67-68 in digs on Mornington Crescent, albeit the Manchester version.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #72 on: Fri 15 Oct 2021 12:53 »
Yes, indeed. I am not sure about hesitation, but plenty of repetition and masses of deviation - but isn't that what  makes Just a Minute enjoyable?

At the risk of giving  Leggy a further chance to press his buzzer, can I remind you that I spent the academic year 67-68 in digs on Mornington Crescent, albeit the Manchester version.

Now you are confusing "Just A Minute" with "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" !!

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #73 on: Fri 15 Oct 2021 13:19 »
I am, because I haven't!
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2021/22
« Reply #74 on: Sat 16 Oct 2021 10:29 »
A fortnight ago the Friday night match at Redbridge afforded very poor viewing conditions, but worse was to come at

Friday 15th October 2021
Essex Senior League
Woodford Town   1   v   1   Stanway Rovers
Michael Scott; Harry Demo, Peter Jago.

Woodford are no doubt delighted to have found a home, but unfortunately the pitch is situated in the middle of an impressive athletics facility, with both track and large long-time area making the view from the spectator accommodation a distant one, without any height to help. The programme I formed readers that both teams would be in yellow shirts, but the visitors' choice of a navy strip, with just a front panel of a lighter blue, exacerbated the situation. I do not know the football equivalent of Thompson's "a ghostly batsman plays to the bowling of a ghost" but the field was certainly full of shades and much flickering to and fro. Mr Scott was mostly indistinguishable from the players; Mr Demo from the enveloping night. Only Mr Jago was clearly visible, nobly trying to be in position despite advancing years.

For the record, the visitors, top of the table, were the stronger side in the first half, taking the lead with a header on 11 minutes. The second half was more even, with Stanway's shooting being way off target. Woodford had a great run through the heart of the home defence on 71 minutes, but shot straight at the keeper. Three minutes later a Stanway shot was clawed back off the line - or was it? At the next stoppage Mr Scott had lengthy words for a visiting boss. A decent shot on 85 minutes earned Woodford a draw they just about deserved. What happened in the remaining minutes remains unknown, JCFC having left to ensure a smooth journey back to Sutton.

Mr Scott appeared, as far as one could tell, to do well in a match with few problems. Sadly, it would be impossible to recognise him, if he was encountered again. One thing is certain though - it would not be at Woodford.
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