Even though were without a Championship game lkast week, the behind-closed-doors friendly at Carrington provided good game time, and gave the fringe players a run out.
We conquered the mighty Manchester United 1-0 with George Friend scoring.
The rumour mill has been working overtime again. The Chris Kirkland one came true and the Piqionne and Diouf stories do not go away.
Even the Nationals heard that we were hoping to sign Carlos Tevez from Man City. I heard that Dean tried to watch a dvd of him playing, put it into the machine, pushed the button but it would not play. . .
Throw into the pot the council casting doubts over their retention of the Keepmoat Stadium and there is never a dull moment.
But what a game to get the season kick started, the fallen giants from Elland Road are due tonight, in a game which will be beamed all around the world on Sky TV, and a good performance will win us many more admirers.
We have a score to settle after they dumped us out of the Carling Cup earlier this season. It will be a difficult game, in front of what should be the highest gate of the season around 12,500 with extra space having been given to the Leeds fans in the East Stand. If our own fans won’t buy the tickets , we may as well meet Leeds demand, and it cuts down chances of Leeds fans in the home end.
I think it will be a cracking atmosphere, and hope the match lives up to the billing. Besides the Sky cameras being there for the game, they are also presenting the Big League weekend from the game, where they review all the weekends Football League games, so more exposure for ourselves.
It was good to hear Dean say that he wanted to see the players from the youth team break into the first team, an attribute of the 80s and 90s where we produced some good young players.
To this end Dean turned up with some of the first team on Tuesday night to watch and coach the academy players from under-10 upwards, the lads were gobsmacked when the manager and the players turned up for their training sessions. Dean just seems to have brought that caring, feelgood factor with him, and long may it continue.
Tuesday night see us off to the coast, hopefully we will illuminate Blackpool with our football and secure another victory, time permitting the supporters coaches are having a quick trip through the lights after the game.
Ian Holloway is a breath of fresh air, and he says it as he see’s it, even if it gets him into bother. His teams like to play attractive free flowing football, so there should be some goals.
There is still space on the coaches to the game with pick-up times Retford 3.00, Harworth 3.05, Rossington 3.15, Hare and Tortoise 3.20, Infirmary 3.30 and Keepmoat 3.45. Phone Paul on 07961-727769 or Len on 01302-817347 to reserve your seat, but please don’t leave it until the last moment. The North branch are also running a coach from the Adwick and Skellow (phone 077803-16923 for more details).
The Supporters Club handbook is available for collection from the SC shop in the community changing room area of the ground, and is free to members.
The Retford branch are running a Christmas Raffle, and are looking for fans to sell tickets. See Paul if you can help.
Let’s hope we can pick up six points and march up the league.