Musings From The Padded Cell

Archives for September 2013

“Fifty Not Out” (Chapters 19-24) – Regrets…I’ve Had a Few

19 – CATCHES WIN MATCHES “Cricket is a most precarious profession; it is called a team game but, in fact, no one is as lonely as a batsman facing a bowler supported by ten fieldsmen and observed by two umpires to ensure that his error does not go unpunished.” John Arlott Generally it is always […]

“Fifty Not Out” (Chapters 13-18) – Changing Times

13- WHITE BEAR FC “It is not whether you get knocked down, it is whether you get up.” Vince Lombardi I’d always viewed the White Bear pub with a degree of fascination, a scruffy little outpost, perched on top of the hill overlooking Idle Village like an advanced warning post for the occasional lunatics coming […]

“Fifty Not Out” (Chapters 7-12) – How I Nearly Killed My Mum Playing Golf

7 – GOLF AND WHY I AM CRAP AT IT “How did I make a twelve on a par five hole? It is simple. I missed a four-foot putt for an eleven.” Arnold Palmer Chances are that if you have played any form of sport you have been invited to play a game of golf […]

“Fifty Not Out” ( Chapters 1-6 ) The Early Years

FOREWORD Sport has been a major part of my life and remains so some forty years later. Sacrifices have been made along the way – some logical, some dubious to say the least – but I would not swap a minute of it. From freezing cold, muddy football pitches to standing twenty yards away from […]

Fifty…and out.

Time To Say Goodbye It’s a deluded old fool that fails to recognise when his time is finally up so this weekend it’s time to call time on a first team career lasting over thirty years; the old lion is leaving the pride. I started playing for the team before most of my team-mates were […]

Kev’s Back!

As the nights shorten and summer fades away some familiar home comforts are back to help get through the adjustment to drawn curtains, dark nights and the pain of having to switch the heating on again. As if they had never been away, once again all the old faces are back on Channel 4; same […]