Musings From The Padded Cell

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]

View From the Back of the Class

Frozen Nipples Growing up, like most young lads, I was obsessed with playing sport and chasing girls in no particular order but I never saw an obvious link; certainly the concept of a gym held no appeal to me whatsoever as a means of keeping fit … [Continue reading]

A Critics’s Corner – Chapter 8

8 - Blinded by the Light To anybody who has participated in a committee of any sort over the years my heartfelt and doubtless mutually shared sympathies to you all; it is an inescapable fact that any organisation needs some sort of management … [Continue reading]

Death of my Hometown

Springsteen's up and coming new album "The Wrecking Ball" features a track called "Death of my Hometown" which seven days ahead of Channel Four's "Make Bradford British" so called two-part documentary is nice timing. Perhaps the solution is all in … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 7

7 - The Rising By the early Eighties things were at last showing signs of progress off the pitch at the Villas; the catalyst without a doubt was the period of success on the field that began with the Club’s Under Eighteen team enjoying a period … [Continue reading]

About A Boy

"Be Ready for Eight!" Cometh the hour, cometh the man or so they say. Half-term week could only mean one thing; the Godfather duty rota beckoned again and as the chosen day approached for my day with the chosen one, I steeled myself for the … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 6

Girls in their Summer Clothes Growing up as a teenage boy there are few discoveries more exciting than girls; at that age they are blissfully free of any male-induced mental frailties, unattainable expectations about life, stretch marks and the … [Continue reading]

The Italian Job

HAUL BELIEVED TO BE OVER £20M…SNATCHED FROM UNDER EMPLOYER’S NOSE AFTER FOUR YEAR DECEPTION…BOSS CONFESSES “WE NEVER UNDERSTOOD HIM BECAUSE HE COULD NOT SPEAK ENGLISH!”...BELIEVED TO BE ON A BEACH SOMEWHERE IN ITALY! Oh what a tragedy! I sat down … [Continue reading]