No Dancing


NWCFL First Division North

This was a pretty decent game. A fine Dean Singleton header gave the visitors the lead shortly before half-time and the equaliser came with 15 minutes to go through Jordan Butterworth, though I am sure the Cutters keeper Dryden will be unhappy about letting it in.

However. With the visitors leading 1-0 Chaddy got a free-kick at the Fire Station end. I was down the other end. it looked about 25 yards out. It was hit well. It beat the keeper. It hit the bar. It came back out.

For those a little older than me, their man is Roger Davies of Derby County. In the early 1970s playing at Chelsea, he went on a run, went round the keeper and missed. He overran the ball. He missed a sitter.

My generation will remember Gordon Smith of Brighton & Hove Albion. In the dying embers of the 1983 FA Cup Final he was presented with an incredible chance against Manchester United. He managed to hit the ball straight at Gary Bailey. The match was drawn. United won the replay 4-0. He missed a sitter.

Those a little younger. Ronnie Rosenthal. Playing for Liverpool he latched on to a log kick by David James, he takes the ball round the Aston Villa keeper with aplomb. He takes the ball towards the empty goal and from 7 yards out he hits the bar. He missed a sitter.

Kids, they will think of Fernando Torres. Chelsea trailing 3-1 at Manchester United with 5 minutes or so to go he is played in on goal. He side steps van der Sar, the goal is at his mercy. He puts it wide. A deflating confidence is destroyed. He missed a sitter.

For the 73 in attendance at Chadderton, we will remember Leon Ilube. That ball that hit the bar came out and from what looked like about 5 yards out with the keeper prone, the goal gaping he missed. The ball went into orbit. He missed a sitter.

Attendance: 73

Moment of the Match: Chadderton’s second half onslaught. Hit the bar twice, had another kicked off the line. Should have won this comfortably.

Match Tunes: My Aim is True – Elvis Costello

Paul Scholes’ Hot Dog


NWCFL First Division North

It isn’t often that you get to see an ex-England International stuffing his face with a hot dog. Think Ed Miliband and his bacon sarnie, but on a cold bonfire night in West Oldham and you are somewhere along the line. Why was he here? To what his son Arron plays for the hosts and you can occasionally see him watching him.

The 101 of us who headed to Andrew Street were not treated to the greatest game of the season as the final ball was lacking on the occasions that the defences failed to repel the attacks from both sides. That along with a referee who looked intent on being the centre of attention did not make for a great night at all.

That said, Town scored a goal in each half, Glass finishing a nice move in the first half, substitute Nevitt completing a late breakaway to give the visitors the three points. In-between the two goals Chadderton were awarded two penalties. They missed both. The first hit the bar, the second just went straight over. Only the third time in 659 games I have seen a side awarded two pens and fail to score.

Attendance: 101

Moment of the Match: The second penalty miss just about beats Mr Scholes’ Ed Miliband impersonation.