Did anybody notice that Oldham had tangerine flecks in their kit last week? Well after ten minutes I thought we had been well and truly tango’d but you know, never underestimate the resilience of this side, particularly when wearing amber shorts, although in truth I think we were all perplexed as to why we were wearing amber shorts in the first place. In fact many watchers queried why we weren’t wearing Cambridge and Oxford blue…….modern football, eh?
Penning these notes originally on Wednesday morning and surveying the aftermath of the Tuesday night fixtures, my old man’s sagacious wit springs to mind….”always best to have the points on the board, my old son.”
Let’s concentrate on 20 March then for our regular cavort down Cut Throat Lane and a dip in to nostalgia(sort of). This day in 1979 was an interesting one in that we finally played MillWall at home at the third time of asking. Originally a New Year’s Day game but snow and ice put paid to that, which I neither remember nor recall that there was ever that sort of weather at that time of the year. In fact I’m 56 and I swear that I have seen 55 dull, moody, mild but not very white days at that time of the year! Anyway the game with Harry the dog and his mates was rescheduled to 27 January and guess what…...you see I always think the end of January is the worst time to play football, meteorologically, and yes it was called off again. Who knows what happened to the original programme print(rare?) and when the second date came round ANOTHER programme was produced………
We finally get to 20 March(with former programme with an insert) and at half time we are one nil down. Was it worth it? Actually, yes as messrs Murray and Biley turned things round in the second half to put it up the New Cross boys(including a certain Dave Donaldson), in front of a reasonable crowd of 5,301.
Enjoy the game, the programme and stay safe. And remember, we are United in Endeavour.
Bye for now,