Cables snack bar produced a special post-match treat for the Halifax fans as they made their way back over the Pennines
I don’t like Witton Albion.This wasn’t always the case, it has something that has emerged in the past two or three years.There is something distinctly Hyacinth Bucket about Witton’s Witton’s “>attitiude to clubs like Cables.This was first evident when Witton, riding high ten points clear at the top of the league, came to Cables in March 2008.The massed Witton fans came to Hope Street for a party, and promptly left spitting venom after a plucky Cables turned them over.The pitch was rubbish, Cables were rubbish and they wouldn’t miss playing us again the following year after they had gained promoted.Naturally enough they bottled the title run in losing out to Fleetwood on the last day of the season. This view of Witton was reinforced during our visit their in 2009.When humourless, over zealous stewards combined with off-handish staff and the expectation of turning Cables over (just a pub team don’t you know?) was noted by several Cables fans on the day.The nadir came when a steward removed a Celebrations chocolates tin that was being used as a drum by some younger Cables fans.You never know when a riot is going to break out.The steward displayed his trophy to all and sundry while escorting it to the security room, where it remained until it sobered up no doubt.Witton at the time were scrapping for their Unibond League survival, Cables were already relegated.But the Cables fans sang and shouted as if the title was on the line and encouraged the side to hold out for a 0-0 draw.In two seasons Cables had cost Witton the title and ensured they failed to get enough points to stay up.Result!
So Cables plukcking Witton out of the hat in the Presidents Cup gave us a chance to renew old friendships.Thier fans still got on my bloody nerves with their demands for Cables players to be sent off left right and centre, but Cables played well, probably as smooth as they’ve played all year.Only some Mickey Mouse defending allowing Witton to secure a 2-1 win.What the heck, it’s only the Presidents’ Cup and Witton are in the Unibond League One South.Just rejoice in that fact.
For those that were there the game at Woodley in September probably counts as one of the most disappointing of all footballing memories.Cables down to ten men go a goal up and look set for one of those ‘we’ll fight them on the beaches’ backs-to-the-wall type wins that will be talked about for years to come.Instead sloppy defending allows a poor Woodley side to claim their first league win of the season.It was a quiet, long drive home.
After the Witton performance hopes are high that Cables might nick a win in the return fixture against Woodley.But, as we’ve learned, Cables are good at turning corners and walking straight into a brick wall. The smooth passing of Tuesday had been replaced by a sort of frantic,desperate pinball.In fact, it was almost like Cables at their worst last season.And it doesn’t get much worse than that.I’d rather have someone pluck out my eyeballs and use them for golf practice. Cables manage to grind out a 1-1 draw, poor result, poor performance.Given Cables’ rollercoaster season Chorley had better watch out next week.
Please help Amnesty save people like Joey on the right. Joey earns around £50 grand a week but can’t stop acting like an utter plonker in his desperation to ruin his cushy overpaid lifestyle. First he tried stubbing out ciggys on his team mate’s eye balls in a desperate attempt to get a window cleaning round, then he took to beating up strangers in the street. Joey has had enough of the flash cars, the jet set life style and the horrors of a couple of hours training a day.
Today we are appealing to people like you to help Joey. Could you sponsor a few brain cells to help Joey out? For a small monthly fee we will ensure Joey writes to you, even if he’s in jail. He’ll have plenty of time during his suspensions to keep in touch. Please help us to help Joey, if he stops playing professional football he could end up as your neighbour.
“You put your right boot in! You take your right boot out! You do a lot of shouting and you shake your fists about! You light a little smokie and you burn down ze tovn! Zat’s vot it’s all about!”
Away with team tactics.Cables unvieled their very own weapon of mass distraction at Wakefield.With the Wallopers a goal down we decided to deploy psychological warfare on the home side by having Cabletoffee shout very loudly in German from the back of the stand.This appeared to unsettle the Polish Wakefield keeper who couldn’t decide if he was hearing things or the Wehrmacht were on their way.Whether CT was shouting encouragement to Cables or urging for an invasion of the Sudentanland is anyone’s guess.
Ronnie who? You may well ask, and many Cables fans did yesterday (Saturday 10th October 2009) – That would be THE Ronnie Glavin, footballing legend of the 70s and 80s and now Manager of Wakefield FC.
OK, it’s apparent that Ronnie’s legend status didn’t make it either over Hadrian’s Wall or across the Pennines to Merseyside. Trust me, though, the man’s a legend in both Glasgow (the green and white part) and Barnsley.
Dynamic midfield player who scored 35 goals in 104 appearances for Celtic between 74 and 79…..and he did really well at Barnsley too, but no one cares about Barnsley 😉
He may have changed a bit since his playing days, a little more girth (haven’t we all) and his mop of black hair has turned white in the years since this fan used to travel to Parkhead and worship him for his silky skills and wonderful finishing. You can keep your flash finishing Kenny Dalglish…….next to Jinky Jimmy Johnstone, Ronnie was my hero. It may have taken 35 years, but yesterday I finally got to meet him……not only meet him, but have him sign my Celtic shirt (I’m getting it framed and it’s going back on my bedroom wall).
We all want our heroes to be nice guys and I wasn’t disappointed. Ronnie Glavin is a very nice guy……he put up with me being awestruck!
We may have only taken one point from that game…..but I got so much more from it than anyone. Bring on the home tie!! Hopefully those Cables fans who do know their history will give Ronnie a really warm Prescot welcome.