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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #195 on: Thu 09 Mar 2023 08:51 »
And are we yet alive is the opening hymn at the Methodist Conference every year. I've long thought it was a good question.
The Church of Scotland is not so self aware ....

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #196 on: Thu 09 Mar 2023 12:24 »
I can endorse Microscopisr's recommendation of a trip to Mount Stuart. It is accessible as a day trip from Glasgow - train to Wemyss Bay, ferry to Rothesay and bus to Mount Stuart, with either a pleasant strll or a minibus ride to the house. It makes for an excellent day out. I would suggest, however, that its twin is not so much Dumfries House (possibly a great-aunt) as the Marquess of Bute's other property, Castell Coch, near Cardiff.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #197 on: Thu 09 Mar 2023 21:40 »
I can endorse Microscopisr's recommendation of a trip to Mount Stuart. It is accessible as a day trip from Glasgow - train to Wemyss Bay, ferry to Rothesay and bus to Mount Stuart, with either a pleasant strll or a minibus ride to the house. It makes for an excellent day out. I would suggest, however, that its twin is not so much Dumfries House (possibly a great-aunt) as the Marquess of Bute's other property, Castell Coch, near Cardiff.
I'd consciously put "twin" in inverted commas for shorthand avoiding a slightly more complex sentence.  The three; Cardiff Castle. Mount Stewart and Dumfries House are closely linked.  Cardiff Castle seems to me to be the more senior of the three and seems to have contributed wealth and facilities to both Mount Stuart and Dumfries House; largely derived from the Port of Cardiff and its hinterland.  The development of Dumfries House and estate by the now King Charles has been a quite remarkable boon to the locality providing both employment and training facilities to a relatively underprivileged area.  In the early days my son was Head Chef at the Cook School in Kilmarnock and alongside the Prince's Trust took on two cohorts of youngsters from some to the more deprived areas of Kilmarnock and trained them - he found jobs for all but one of them.  At the end of training one of the cohorts, he used these youngsters to prepare a meal for the then Prince Charles and some very wealthy people from  around the world.  Dumfries House now have their own hospitality training facilities along with other training opportunities for local folk.

Talking of Kilmarnock that is another hymn tune with carpet connections, for around 80 years BMK (Blackwood & Morton, Kilmarnock) were major carpet producers and employers in Kilmarnock.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #198 on: Sat 11 Mar 2023 22:47 »
Whitby Tn  4 v Matlock Tn 1
NPL Prem
Att: 473
Referee: Mark Bell

Call me spoilt, but this was my first bus trip in twenty years, around the time Nottm changed from buses to trams. And isn't it a different world, looking out of the side window, not the windscreen? I also aged twenty years in the company of the MTFC Junior Supporters, me foolishly sitting mid bus!

The snows of the North Yorkshire Moors, the soaring gulls, and what might have been a couple on very friendly terms, standing by a copse (or they might just have been holding one another up to take it in turn to clean their wellingtons!).You see more, but kinda see less looking to the front.

Whitby is great. Fish breakfasts, lunches and high teas. You can see why Dracula liked it so ! If you've an afternoon free, it's recommended.

It's Goal of the Month time too folks!  Write down your Whitby favourites, and place them in order. For me it was ACBD, they were all crackers. Not sure how, because the pitch was very difficult. Well done to Whitby for getting the game on. Well done to Whitby for their goals scored.

Mr Bell was excellent, with a capital E. Five cautions, and all nailed. His willingness to let the game breath suited this game, arguably most games, and the league in general. A lesson too to some colleagues, perhaps?

His Assistants Mr Mitchell and Mr Tones had their moments. Mr Bell did cover the odd idiosyncrasy, though as a team they generally held it together well, and contributed to an excellent afternoon's entertainment.

Well done x 3
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #199 on: Sun 12 Mar 2023 09:37 »
Just a brief return to hymn tunes. This morning we worshipped at St George's Cathedral Cape Town ( itself a good tune ) and sang 'Just as I am ' to the lovely tune Saffron Walden with the line representing the hopes of many football fans and indeed promotion aspiring referees " here for a season then above "
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #200 on: Sun 12 Mar 2023 22:39 »
Just a brief return to hymn tunes. This morning we worshipped at St George's Cathedral Cape Town ( itself a good tune ) and sang 'Just as I am ' to the lovely tune Saffron Walden with the line representing the hopes of many football fans and indeed promotion aspiring referees " here for a season then above "
This morning was a trip up the Doon Valley to assist the congregations in Patna and Bellsbank - Bellsbank being uniquely classified by the Scottish Government as Remote Rural and in the 5% most deprived areas according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.  Some folk there with huge hearts.

Meanwhile Alloway communion this evening on cue: "Kilmarnock" got an airing though to words I'd never come across before ..
"The body has so many parts,
with each its role to fill...."
Bit of a Scotfest actually and we also had the tunes "Leaving of Lissmore" and "Maryton".
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #201 on: Wed 15 Mar 2023 12:18 »
Thanks for an interesting addition to my limited knowledge of Scottish geaography (and tunes!)
Ihad thought of the link between BMK carpets and Kilmarnock, but have never found that a particularly inspiring tune.
I have long heard of Patna - and passed through it on the way to Dalmellington - but Bellsbank is a name totally unfamiliar to me.
Similarly, I know of Lismore, though have never made the crossing there, but Maryton was another I had never heard of - near Kirriemuir (Thrums) I gather. Equally I did not know either tune, but liked both when I checked - assuming the former is that of the Kenneth McKellar song I found.
It's good to learn!

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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #202 on: Sun 19 Mar 2023 17:11 »
After a diverting jaunt round the country's carpet manufacturing centres,with consultation of the Mappa Mundi to assist, it is time to revert to the day job. So a bright Spring afternoon found JCFC at

Saturday 18th March 2023
NPL Premier Division
Liversedge   3   v   3   Stafford Rangers
Steven Lawson (Stockton); Matthew Morton, Anthony Ficetola.

The referee's name was unfamiliar, but fortunately the Sedge programme provided not only his domicile but also his age (40) and various other details. The line of officials before the hand slaps was reminiscent of the famous TV sketch. The very tall AR1 played the John Cleese role - though with a less superior bearing. Mr Lawson, in the middle had the Ronnie Barker role - but fortunately not the figure that his professed enjoyment of a few beers with the lads might suggest. The much smaller AR2, like Ronnie Corbett, knew his place. The opening quarter offered little to trouble Mr Lawson, so he found little cause to trouble the players. Hisd use of reverse gear was very good and his coverage of the ground was good, if not extravagant. A splendid header from a free-kick gave Stafford the lead on 22 minutes and things became a little more lively. Liversedghe claimed a penalty -not given, probably correctly - with the Stafford keeper for some reason racing towards the centre circle to complain to the referee. Meanwhile from the home technical area came a loud suggestion that it was a disgrace, while Mr Lawson had a long word with a home player. On 34 minutes, the Stafford keeper went down bravely to snaffle the ball from an attacker's feet - but then got up and angrily barged his opponent, leading to the arrival of numerous "peacemakers." For JCFC , the correct decision would have been the one that no referee would ever give - a penalty for the keeper's barge. When matters were resolved between the players, Mr Lawson was standing near the goal-line, the players lined up for a clearance ... when from the far side of the field there appeared AR1. A discussion followed and a Sedge player was called back to receive a yellow card, followed by one for the keeper. It all seemed slightly unorthodox. A couple more yellows followed in the ensuing minutes - one per side - with that for Stafford leading to an equaliser on 43 minutes.

A half-time check revealed that Brighouse Town, rather than concede a penalty just before the break, had scored and led third-placed Stockton 2-0. The Stockton scout who had endured the dreadful match against Sheffield, must have been shaking his head in disbelief.

Stafford went ahead again just a minute into the second half, the lead lasting just four minutes before a header from a free-kick put Liversedge level once more. Stafford's third came from a less powerful header from a long throw after 58 minutes. Ten minutes before the end a second yellow saw Stafford go down to ten men. As added time began, the visitors conceded a penalty and Liversedge rescued a point.

It had been an entertaining game, so credit to Mr Lawson for that. Overall he had a pretty reasonable match, though without any clear sprinkling of stardust. Most referees would settle for that, however.

Back at Cleckheaton bus station, a further check revealed that Stockton had scored in the final minutes, but Brighouse had come away with an unexpected and much needed three points. All the more needed as their fellow relegation dodgers had also picked up points. Brighouse are seven points clear of automatic relegation, but there still looms the possibility of a play off against a Step 5 team.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #203 on: Sun 26 Mar 2023 21:42 »
Ananias, well, George actually, had done the first half of his magic on Thursday, so a surprise awaited JCFC at

Saturday 25th March 2023
NPL Divisioin 1 East
Brighouse Town   0   v   6   Worksop Town
Jamie Rhodes; Matthew Malton, Luke Hood

It seems that this season's experiment of playing with an invisible ball has been abandoned, making watching a little more interesting.

Hopes for JCFC were few; Brighouse gave the new champions a guard of honour onto the pitch - perhaps that might encourage them to be gentle with us. JCFC was hopeful - just - that the home side might hang on until his 19th minute Goalden Goal ticket was a potential winner. Neither hope lasted beyond the 3rd minute, when the visitors took the lead rather too easily. They had an effort disallowed for offside midway through the half. A home player was injured when an opponent rose over him to head clear. No foul was given - JCFC was in the minority of home supporters not to disagree - and Mr Rhodes had a word with the home number 10 and his captain. Just after the half hour, Brighouse had a wonderful chance to equalise, but skied the shot way over the goal. Instead, a long ball on 42 minutes set up Worksop's second. Added time saw the home side again fire a good chance over the bar,  with Worksop scoring again to lead 3-0.

Early in the second half there was a conversation between Mr Rhodes and the visiting skipper, followed by the keeper. At first it seemed there was a mystery caution, but after Mr Rhodes had subsequent words with the coaches, the assumption is that the keeper had received some abuse from a small group of youngsters behind his goal. Midway through the half, the home captain was cautioned, with an indication that it was not his first offence. Brighouse fans were slightly cheered by the prospect of possibly drawing the second half - and indeed on 78 minutes the Worksop keeper just managed to turn a fierce shot onto the post and to safety. On 80 minutes, however, a grotesque miskick by a home defender gifted Worksop their fourth. A bad tackle, quaintly described by the visitors' twitter as "nefarious" resulted in a yellow card, which did not entirely satisfy some of the home contingent. Goal number five came on 87 minutes, and the sixth deep into added time.

Once again, Mr Rhodes dispelled the reservations JCFC had had earlier in his career. He is still not the most demonstrative of referees and his communication remains quiet, but he has become a brisk and accurate decision maker and controlled the match with excellent judgment.

Things did not turn out well for Brighouse: though rivals Carlton lost, Grantham won, to leave Brighouse just 4 points above automatic relegation, with a tough away fixture next weekend.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #204 on: Sun 02 Apr 2023 15:40 »
A train from Forster Square to Ben Rhydding left an easy walk to

Saturday 1st April 2023
NWCFL Division 1 North
Ilkley Town   1   v   1   St Helens
Anyhony Parr Robinson (West of the Pennines); Paul Watson, Sam Sutton.

The grandiosely-named "Stadium" is a modern wired enclosure behind the Ben Rhydding Hockey club - of which JCFC did a circuit before locating the entrance. Catering was restricted to coffee and chocolate bars, seating to a 50-seater stand tucked away in the very corner behind the left back. Not a place, in short, to raise much enthusiasm.

The programme repaid JCFC's 2 investment with repeated criticism of the referee of their previous game, who had enabled Chadderton to win with an added-time penalty awarded, they claimed, for handball by their keeper. For the present match they observed the NWCFL's refusal to make referee appointments known. JCFC  was left pondering the usual descriptions until half time, when the home twitter revealed a photo of the team sheet - their tweeter can expect a hit-man from the NWCFL to exact revenge for this breach of the code of secrecy. Mr Parr Robinson was shorter than his name, with a bit of a beard, Mr Cooper, at close quarters, looked younger than his bald pate had led to believe when seen at Prescot, and warmed up in short sleeves, before earning Brownie points for long sleeves for the match. Mr Sutton, tall and dark-haired did the opposite.

The game started in lively fashion, adventurous goalkeeping affording moments of excitement. After the home keeper had shepherded the ball out for a goal-kick under pressure, he gave Mr Cooper a very long, hard stare, though the reason was not visible to JCFC. A strong, but fair-looking, tackle was penalised, leading to a group protest from St Helens. On 24 minutes, a home defender was ahead in a chase for the ball in front of Mr Cooper ,when he looked to be clipped from behind and went down, leaving the "clipper" free to set up the opening goal. This time it was the turn of Ilkley players to protest, with the keeper claiming that the assistant had now missed two offences - the hard stare earlier being the result of a kick from behind. St Helens led for just four minutes, Ilkley scoring after a neat move, with no controversy. Not for the first time, it seems, JCFC's understanding of Laws and regulations proved inadequate; after a clearance in the Ilkley goalmouth a home player was down with a head injury and Mr Parr Robinson rightly stopped play with the ball now in the other half, The player was checked, the physio summoned and there ensued a couple of minutes of treatment, which allowed a few home players to repeat their case about the goal. The player rose, the physio trundled off, but the injured player did not and play restarted with the ball dropped correctly to the St Helens keeper. As there had been no offence - and therefore no caution - and only one player involved, JCFC was left wondering what new decree he had missed. As half-time approached St Helens were annoyed at the referee's (correct) failure to award a free-kick, while the half ended with a contentious corner awarded against Ilkley- whether on the say-so of referee or AR1 was not clear. The home coach did well at the break to move his players away from the officials.

The third quarter offered a fair amount of attacking enterprise, but with nothing to show for it. St Helens had possibly been shading it, but the best chance fell to an unmarked Ilkley sub on 73 minutes, who could not prevent his touch six yards out from flying over the bar. Five minutes later there was a mass Ilkley appeal for a barge in the penalty area, but it was short-lived as play continued. On 83 minutes Ilkley did win a penalty, the keeper going down at the feet of an attacker and taking him down, but the spot-kick was saved. A third claim for a penalty shortly afterwards was rightly rejected. The programme had mentioned that St Helens were the division's draw specialists - 12 to date - and they seemed quite happy to make it 13, as the two late substitutions saw players leave the field to the rhythm of the march to the scaffold.

There was nothing in the officiating to earn a "vaut le voyage" recommendation, but in the final event they appeared to be well-enough received. As at half-time, however,credit to Mr Sutton for his speed in getting to his colleague's side. It had been a pleasant enough afternoon, but it is not a ground that will be visited again in a hurry.
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« Reply #205 on: Wed 05 Apr 2023 15:48 »
The bus to Bankfoot was fine and there was a prompt change to the 268. At Cleckheaton, however, rather than turn to make the call at the bus station, it flew straight past, adding an extra furlong to the walk up to:

Tuesday 4th April 2023
NPL Premier Division
Liversedge   1   v   1   Lancaster City
Jack Hall; Gordon Greaves, Matt Coles

JCFC received a friendly wave from Mr Hall as he came towards the end of his warm-up - no prizes for guessing which of the two that "he" refers to.

In the 9th minute Lancaster were awarded a penalty, queried, but not too vehemently by a number of Sedge players; the taker made a very rapid run-up and blasted the ball into the net. A brief check on twitter revealed that Brighouse Town had gone behind at Shildon, which put their hosts above them and left Town currently facing a relegation play-off. A home player and his captain were the recipients of a longish lecture three minutes later. The rest of the half passed agreeably, with the visitors having the better of the play.

At half-time, a further twitter check revealed that Brighouse had scored in the 44th minute to move them above Shildon once more. Google revealed that Cleckheaton bus station was being avoided from 5pm because of anti-social behaviour (ASB) by some youngsters. A strange quotation from one Inspector David Bates - "A juvenile was recently arrested at the location on suspicion of other ASB by officers" - gives what one trusts is a misleading impression. It is not clear whether the station will be avoided on further evenings, or even at all times.

Sedge started the second half much better, having a couple of early shots blocked and scuffing another shot when clean through. They then had a penalty appeal turned down, the appeals not being prolonged. On 53 minutes had a pre-emptive word with the visiting keeper, to avoid time-wasting at a free-kick. There was a yellow card for a Lancaster player for a foul just after the hour as Liversedge continued to dominate. This did leave them exposed and it took a great block by a defender racing back to prevent Lavcaster having a great opportunity to extend their lead. Substitutions allowed a further check on Twitter - and Town had surprisingly taken the lead. Sedge headed over the bar and Lancaster pulled a shot wide, as Sedge were stretched. Three minutes into added time the visitors appeared to be about to seal the points, with an attacker one on one with the keeper. The young goalie, however, managed to block the ball to safety and thence it was played immediately to the other end and into the Lancaster net, for an equaliser that Liversedge deserved.

Mr Hall has been commented on many times before, so sufficient to say that he added use of a trailing eye to his alertness. His movement is not exaggerated, but when he senses a possible danger, he makes sure that he is on the spot with a fine turn of speed. The officials seemed to be well enough received at the final whistle - and rightly so.

Given that the bus station was out of commission, though still lit up, JCFC  paid a further visit to Obediah Brook to wait for the 22.46 bus. 2.46 was exchanged for a pint of Kirkby Lonsdale 1822, but the comfortable seat was the main object of the exercise.

Brighouse, meanwhile, had hung on to take all three points, which lifted them above Sheffield and Lincoln United, but still some way from safety.
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Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« Reply #206 on: Thu 06 Apr 2023 15:43 »
Technicolour reports now!

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« Reply #207 on: Thu 06 Apr 2023 20:00 »
Yes - an attempt to clarify a post which covered three different strands. Each colour could be read separately if there was any confusion. I don't suppose it worked, though.
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« Reply #208 on: Thu 06 Apr 2023 22:05 »
Yes - an attempt to clarify a post which covered three different strands. Each colour could be read separately if there was any confusion. I don't suppose it worked, though.
Worked for me!

I had thought of writing those elements of my posts where I was deliberately putting a City perspective in blue and highlighting those parts of other folks posts where they were being similarly partizan in Red but thought better of it .....
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« Reply #209 on: Thu 06 Apr 2023 22:39 »
Well, I did make sure that Brighouse matters were in orange.