Monday, October 30, 2006

Standing up for FOOTIE

blackburn rovers iblur crop
I always promised that I wouldn’t reminisce on this blog - nothing about the ‘old days’.

But when I read Russell Brand’s column in Saturday Guardian I couldn’t resist. It was all about fighting for the right to stand up at football matches.

When I watched Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in 19sixty frozen to death - that’s what you did. You could only sit down in the ‘stand’ and that cost a lot and was no fun at all. At most Saturday league matches you could walk round and talk to your mates in the dull bits. Or some lad would come and chat you up (another story).

However, it wasn’t always so relaxed. At one mid week cup replay there was a huge (more than capacity) crowd. It was well-known that a large crowd would ‘sway’. Nothing to do with the Mexican wave and very scary. At this match we were really in the sardine can.

At half time - a chap took his flask of hot coffee out of his pocket. He managed to take the top off but the crowd was so packed that he couldn’t raise his arm to pour it. He had to give up. I watched in fascination. I was excited, but knew it was a disaster waiting to happen. It happened the next morning when I confessed to not doing my History homework.

And yes - the photo above is/was me in my duffel coat (age 16). It was on the cover of the Bolton Evening News when we visited for the semi final. The lads didn’t usually wear flat caps in those days, but we did all carry those marvellous wooden rattles.

Russell and Geoff will be delighted with Saturday’s result - but did it have to be at the expense of the Rovers? Still thanks to Terry for proving there’s life after 40.

No more 'old stuff' I promise …. well OK… if you’re very good, I may show you the pic of me and Annette Mills with Muffin the Mule. He was 60 yesterday.


Blogger The Murphmeister said...

You look three parts Pixilated, Kaz. You hadn't been on the alcopops had you?

9:40 am  
Blogger Anxious said...

What's wrong with old stuff?
I like it

10:07 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

I'm worried that I'm beginning to like Russell Brand, even with his over-egged prose. Is there a helpline?

1:38 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

The lad in the donkey jacket was obviously a young Eddie Yates, Coronation Street dustman extraordinaire.

At what point did kids stop wearing dufflecoats? I can remember my mum always buying ones that were three sizes too big, and the material was really stiff so you had to walk around with your arms at a forty five degree angle to your body.

3:18 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Murph: Pixilated? You should have seen me after a pint of mild and a few bottles of Cherry B - or ‘Accrington knee trembler’ as it was better known around here.

Anx: Do you really like it? Or are you just trying to get a look at my Muffin the Mule photo?

Geoff:: This blog is your ‘sharing opportunity’. I first warmed to him during the World Cup.
But I don’t think he’ll ever replace Gary Lineker - but then again…

Betty: I wore that duffle until it was threadbare - it still fit me because I didn’t grow.
Good job it wasn't 3 sizes too big.

4:22 pm  
Blogger stitchwort said...

Have you all done the Muffin the Mule jokes already?
I've only just got in from work, and have been searching for our re-cycling box, which seems to have blown away in the gale.

5:06 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hi Stitch: My students used to die laughing if anyone metioned 'Muffin the Mule'.
They wouldn't tell me why.

7:50 pm  
Blogger The Murphmeister said...

We had all been gracefully ignoring the Muffin the Mule opportunity, suspecting a trap, until Stitchwort came through. I bet some of my best jokes were in her re-cycling box.

Accrington Stanley looked cosy ... a 4 tog rating!

8:05 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

I think it is impossible not to warm to Russell Brand... he is simply wonderful. And his Saturday Grauniad pieces are usually an utmost delight (though I wonder if I'd like them as much if I didn't imagine him reading them aloud).

..and yes, three cheers for Teddy Teddy!

8:12 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Murph: Please - feel free re the Muffin opportunity - Stitchy’s too polite.
Why cosy ?

Nic: I saw him on Celebrity Big Brother thing and wasn’t thrilled. But now I’ve come round.
I feel better now - hope Geoff does too.

9:38 pm  
Blogger Heather said...

Bring on Muffin the Mule.

9:40 pm  
Blogger simon said...

looks cold!

1:53 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Is that the real Heather - or her amanuensis? I thought she’d be in Paris by now.

G’day Simon -You’ve come a long way. We had our first frost in Manchester last night.
Wish I still had that duffle coat.

11:50 am  
Blogger simon said...

yep. so you like bird watching? try my mates blog for all the adventures..

Its 35 here and was 35 in outback Aus in the firsst week of October!

12:39 am  
Blogger Lubin said...

More old stuff!

8:16 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Simon: Phew!

Lubin: Hope that's a request.

9:02 am  
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11:36 am  
Blogger The Murphmeister said...


I bet that's you isn't it, having a laugh? Karen=Kaz???

Private Blogging Practises? Sounds a bit iffy to me. Just when we were looking forward to your Muffin the Mule pic.

12:27 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Murph - If I wanted a laugh I could do better than that.
Talking about 'Expectations of Blogging' - I'm still waiting for some Muffin the Mule jokes.

2:36 pm  
Blogger coolbuddha said...

betty's right - whatever happened to the duffle coat?! Tssk! - kids today. It looks very cold.

4:53 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Buddha: I think it had a renaissance a few years ago, but not in 'Plumber's Navy'.

6:42 pm  

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