Musings From The Padded Cell

A Mayor for Bradford? – Yorkshire Post 10/4/12

Gorgeous George Bradford is going to the polls again in just under a month, so soon after giving the national media a field day in Bradford West; this time it is to decide whether or not the City needs a Mayor. Hot on the heels of Gorgeous George … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 13

13- Fire If men really are from Mars and women from Venus, the same twisted logic can also apply to many sports. In football it may be defenders and attackers, in rugby forwards and the backs and in cricket batsmen and bowlers that form almost … [Continue reading]

The Great Minimum Pricing Wheeze – Tyke Taverner May 2012

Did it gladden your heart recently to finally see some harmony between Chameleon Dave and Moribund Ed across the benches of the Commons? Following the announcement by the Nanny Coalition that it was now considering yet another tax, albeit dressed up … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 12

12 – Glory Day The 1980s were by far the most successful decade in the club’s history; a dizzy period where attendance at the League’s Waddilove Cup Final seemed almost our annual right. Although the record books will show that we were on the … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 11

11 - Leap of Faith When I first discovered Villas the clubhouse was little better than a crumbling wooden shack, held together by an annual application of the cheapest paint we could find and with appalling sanitary facilities. If the male … [Continue reading]

The Fattest Nation in Europe

Recently ITV’s “Tonight” (23/2/12) and the BBC’s Inside Story –Yorkshire (27/2/12) highlighted the current appalling state of the nation’s health in this, our much trumpeted Olympic year. If we win nothing at all in track and field, we are already … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 10

10 - Life Itself There is a unique, somewhat legendary and almost religious seat of observance at the Villas where past glories are reflected and remembered on match day afternoons – often with shameless embellishment – as present day struggles … [Continue reading]

An Olympic Legacy? – Yorkshire Post 25/2/12

"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity." John F. Kennedy Olympic year this may be, but what legacy will we really be left with once the party is … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 9

9 - Secret Garden - He Who Must Be Obeyed In order of importance at any cricket club there is probably one character that sits above them all – the groundsman - and at Villas we have been extremely lucky over the years to have had a selection of … [Continue reading]

Make Bradford Better

The Channel 4 documentary (should it be mockumentary?) entitled Make Bradford British will fill genuine Bradfordians with a sense of dread; once again the city is seen as easy pickings for the media. Having read the publicity material on the Channel … [Continue reading]