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General Discussion / R Welch
« on: Mon 10 Oct 2022 17:21 »
No Ms Welch for three weeks now - injured?

General Discussion / Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« on: Sun 18 Sep 2022 16:00 »
With rail travel not recommended during the period of lying in state, JCFC had only one easily accessible tie to watch, but fortunately it provided a chance to see a recently promoted referee last seen in March 2015, when she was faced with two stroppy teams, but just about kept on top of things, performing better than either team. There proved to be fewer problems at

Saturday 17th September 2022
FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying
Liversedge   1   v   1   Chorley
Helen Conley; Dwayne Chappell, Waqar Ahmad.

Her first problem (if we discount having to talk to a boring old idiot during her pre-match refreshments) was getting the match started. It was one minute to three before the teams were led down the steps onto the pitch for the handshakes and net checks. There followed the minute's silence, all standing, but without removal of headgear. Silence this time was relative, as an afternoon match saw the presence of numbers of toddlers, who could not be expected to understand. Next came the toss and it was almost five minutes late that the match finally got under way, though this did not present a problem at this time of day.

Chorley made the early running, a fierce shot being blocked to provide the keeper with an easy catch and another effort being well turned for a corner. Liversedge gradually settled into the game, coming close after a defender miscued, and a minute later a low pass inside left a choice of two attackers to tap the ball in, duly accomplished, only for the offside flag to be raised. Midway through the half, a fierce Chorley shot was deflected over for a corner, from which a defender managed to clear off the line. On 37 minutes a late and unnecessary challenge brought a yellow card for the Chorley number 13, a late and equally unnecessary hoof of the ball by one of his colleagues, passing without any obvious rebuke. Just before half-time Chorley took a quick throw and caught the home side out, to take the lead. They had had the better of the half, though their twitter description of "dominant" seemed a slight exaggeration.

Ten minutes after the restart, another Chorley player kicked the ball 50 yards away, well after his colleague had been penalised - perhaps this is accepted at higher levels, as nothing was said. Just before the hour, Sedge hit the woodwork and the Chorley keeper received a yellow card for yapping or for time-wasting, an  excellent early intervention, if the latter. There was a very minor contretemps after a free-kick to Chorley followed shortly afterwards by a yellow for a Sedge player.  There were close things at either end, before Sedge were awarded a free-kick just outside the Chorley penalty area, which produced an unstoppable shot in off the opposite top corner. In added time there was a vigorous flag from Mr Chappell as a couple of players took a dislike to each other,followed by the inevitable gathering of the clans. When things subsided (quickly)  Miss Conley had a chat with her assistant, showed a yellow card to a Sedge player, having a little difficulty in locating the relevant Chorley man to receive the same treatment. All seemed sweetness and light at the end, however, as the tie goes to a replay on Tuesday, as, hopefully, will JCFC - but not the same one.

Throughout the game an elderly Liversedge supporter with a very, VERY loud voice had regularly been making his views known, largely concerning the shortcomings of his own side. with particular reference to the unfortunate striker, Walshaw. Just a couple of times Chorley players were advised that there was nothing wrong with them, while it was only very late on that Miss Conley was treated to "What are you doing, woman?"

In fact, Miss Conley had done a pretty good job. She is tall, but still very willowy, which perhaps deprives her of a degree of physical presence. A regular diet of steak pudding and chips could remedy this easily enough, though it would probably not do much for her fitness. Nevertheless, she controlled matters well and there were no complaints at the end (except perhaps gentle ones from JCFC, who disliked the Chorley habit of kicking the ball away!)
Good to hear a good revue of Ms Conley  - have seen her several times in WSL and always looked very competent - Steak pudding and chips sounds good!!!!!

anyone know what has happened to S Massey-Ellis

General Discussion / Re: This weekend and VAR
« on: Mon 05 Sep 2022 08:36 »
It all started in 1991 with the introduction of the fourth official who, I am sure was put in place to be the rubbing rag for rival managers and benches ----they must have a constant earache these days.

We used to have 22 players in matches officiated by three people in a physical game which was enjoyed by most fans who would then dicuss the merits of the said game and its officiating.
We now have a game with 40 players, any of whom could be involved in the game up to a maximum of 32 and the game is officiated by 4 onfield officials and 2 VAR people. The game is far less physical, thus it should be easier to officiate, however, a lot of fans to whiom I speak throughout the country moan like mad about VAR and the officials.
I am straight with them and ask them if they enjoy the game, some do and some don't,  however, they pay a lot of money and have to endure thte constant changes which are made to TLOG each season but which don't make  the game any better as a spectator sport.

Those running the game seem intent on trying to make it a 'perfect spectacle' however, they need to have a good look at just what has been happening in the last 31 years instead of trying to make it a digital festival. It is a simple game which is being made more complicated by needless meddling.
This is why I posted elsewhere that the Bury AFC v North Shields match shown on the Red Button was enjoyable to watch without VAR etc

General Discussion / FA Cup Sat 3 Sept
« on: Sun 04 Sep 2022 07:27 »
Bury AFC v North Shields
It was a pleasure to watch this match on the Red Button on Saturday  - it was a keenly fought contest which was eventually won by Bury 2 - 1
What a  pleasant change from the usual histrionics,arguments etc we see in so many of the TV matches - and of course, no VAR -  the referee a Mr S Rushworth and his assisants seemed to have no difficulty and controlled the match adequately
Well done BBC  for showing this

Non Footy Appointments / Re: The Hundred Cricket 2022 (Women)
« on: Mon 15 Aug 2022 19:14 »
Can someone tell me why it is necessary for batters  to keep touching gloves after just about every shot (it seems to happen in every form of the game now) - for some reason ,which I cannot explain, it really irritates me as I cannot think that it actually helps

Non Footy Appointments / Re: The Hundred Cricket 2022 (Men)
« on: Fri 12 Aug 2022 06:45 »
I watch it as I do not have access to Sky/BT Sport and is the only chance I have of watching cricket live - I prefer the womens version  - I must admit I do not see how one can suddenly support 'made up teams' based on financial reasons with so many 'foreign players' involved - but better than nothing I suppose

General Discussion / Re: Pyramid Patrol 2022/23
« on: Tue 09 Aug 2022 05:12 »
Nice to see you back with your amusing reports - I particularly enjoy reading about the journeys to and fro each match - they would make good reading on Train websites!!! - it amazes me that you bother sometimes with all the 'obstacles' you have to overcome to actually get to a ground in the first place - I wonder if any of the refs/assistants read your reports -I'm sure they would benefit by so doing

Football League - L1 & L2 / Re: Fri 5th AUG 2022
« on: Tue 02 Aug 2022 19:06 »
Sorry didn't think about that as I noticed Ms Rashid had appointment

Football League - L1 & L2 / Re: Fri 5th AUG 2022
« on: Tue 02 Aug 2022 16:31 »
Do we? - why is M/s Welch missing

Why are you spending a lot of time and effort taking apart this performance by Welch - I haven't noticed you doing this to anyone alse in such detail(unless I haven't noticed it in which case I apologise) - surely younger referees should be encouraged although she must have gone through a fairly rigerous selection to be at this level

General Discussion / pyramid patrol - female officials
« on: Thu 09 Jun 2022 07:10 »
I have been surprised that in all of JCFC's most entertaining reports I don't recall ever seeing one that has involved a female official (I may, of course, have missed one) - I assume that in the lower leagues that are reported on it is not totally unusual to have a female officiating so. as mentined earlier, their absence in the reports is somewhat surprising -I wonder if this is just co-incidence - I would be interested in JCFC or any other comments on this

General Discussion / Re: Uriah Rennie
« on: Mon 23 May 2022 04:06 »
Just been reading this book and it makes a good read - does anyone know whether Uriah Rennie was actually involved in the writing or is entirely the work of the author - it goes into a lot of detail describing matches giving line ups/incidents etc which presumably could only come from Rennie himself - I realize it is a novel and therefore  is it all 'made up' by the author in which case it is very convincing

General Discussion / Mike Dean
« on: Sun 22 May 2022 15:50 »
Nice article in todays Observer and not in the Sports Section but in the main paper - obviously about his retirement - I thought it was a good short summary of his career for general reading and not just for football fans

General Discussion / Re: First Sighting
« on: Sat 30 Apr 2022 18:03 »
My first memory was at Luton late fifties/early sixties and the one I remember most was a B.A.B Buckle a tall gangling person with a large bushy moustauche - I have never seen any other mention of him but I believe he was on the list for a few years

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