"Afternoon, campers and welcome to our shrimp-catching rivals from Sarfend. They are having a tough season of it led by ex-Cambridge City old boy, Mark Molseley. Looking at the records over the years, in 36 competitive fixtures the Shrimpers have won 18 of them with 10 draws so maybe some optimism should abound.
After all the efforts to get the Salford match on I must say I had a sense of foreboding as to the game itself and the result. And don't you hate it when your instincts are proven to be right, in the wrong way! Still top of the league though.
Time to meander down Cut Throat Lane again and you'll forgive my indulgence for returning once more to our inaugural 1970/71 season. 13 February 1971 saw us entertain the Minstermen from York City. York were enjoying a good season and ultimately picked up the final promotion spot to division 3. Three years later they found themselves in division 2 for the first time, a long way away from all those seasons lolling in the Conference. In an ultimately disappointing season the U's managed a creditable 1-1 draw against the men in maroon - why oh why did they change their colours to red and blue- with our goal coming from Ivan Hollett, our leading marksman that season with 11 deposits in the old onion bag. A decent crowd of 4,593 was in attendance.
Flicking through that day's programme, the York line up is interesting. Phil Boyer, remember him at Norwich and Southampton? He in fact left York that season to team up with his old teammate , Ted MacDougall at Bournemouth .
The Cherries were promoted too, in second place to Notts County and Mr Mac managed a paltry 42 goals! He got another 35 the following season in division 3.
Note also the name of Albert Johanneson, the first black player to appear in an FA Cup final, in 1965 with Leeds. He joined York in 1970 where he ended his career at the end of the 71/72 season. Johanneson passed away in 1995 at just 55.
I end with a reminder that it's Robbie Williams' 47th birthday today. Let us hope that Bonz and the boys dish out some entertainment accordingly!