Musings From The Padded Cell

A Critics’ Corner – Ch21 – A Long Walk Home (On tour with the Bank)

21 – Long Walk Home I always thought that as my school years evolved I might in time get some faint idea of how I wanted to make a living other than my Sunday morning paper round. By the time I cruised through my O levels with minimal effort and … [Continue reading]

A Critics’s Corner – Ch 20 – The Overseas.

20 – Pay Me My Money Down As I mentioned earlier, one of the many things we had to adjust to following our admission to the new league was the concept of the overseas player. We’d never had an overseas player in our history, unless that is, you … [Continue reading]

Call Centres

Grumpy Old Men? The other day I received an email from an old customer, a fellow equally grumpy middle-aged man, which will strike a chord with many of you out there. Here it is line for line.  “I have a rant to discuss and one which I know you … [Continue reading]

A Critics’s Corner – Ch19 – A trip down Memory Lane to 2002…the Stiffs take on Guiseley in the cup

19 – Countin' on a Micracle Free from the pressures of an afternoon with First Team Captain Birtsy’s Special School assortment, having now been dumped out of the cup unceremoniously by Guiseley, the choices were numerous for the following sunny … [Continue reading]

Thoughts from the Pavilion

As the rain abates finally we have a new cricket season underway. This year as I enter my fiftieth year naturally one wonders how many more seasons are in the legs and how long the eyes and reflexes will last. In broader terms though, each and every … [Continue reading]

A Critics’s Corner – Ch 18 – Into the Fire (An away day at Guiseley)

18 – Into the Fire After some sixty years as members of the Bradford Central League we were admitted to the newly formed Division C of the Airedale and Wharfedale Senior League for season 2000; it was a big step and had we made it some twenty … [Continue reading]

A Critics Corner – Ch 17 – Joining the AW League

17 – One Step Up, Quite a Big One Actually! The end of the Eighties marked the end of the club’s golden period on the field although off it we still had a lot to do. It would have been very hard to have improved on the previous decade’s … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Ch16 – The Boys From Denholme

16 – Across the Border Welcome to the village of the damned. Wild, wild Denholme – “Badlands” - a backwater of Bradford, perched on the hills on the outskirts of the city and the only place that I have ever played cricket in the snow. It resembles … [Continue reading]

Mary’s Bottom Line

Close on the heels of Channel 4’s ridiculous Make Bradford British “documentary” came yet another series seeming to highlight the plight of us poor Northerners and running for three weeks in March. Mary’s Bottom Line was fronted by the ubiquitous … [Continue reading]

A Critics’ Corner – Chapter 15 (The one about the dog with the personal loan)

15 - Jungleland Clubs like ours, and many across the land, perform a valuable service to their communities for a large part of the year by taking otherwise dangerous people off the streets; those that might otherwise roam shopping centres, … [Continue reading]