Televised Fixtures – Up to End September

The tv companies have finalized the games to be shown on tv up to the end of September, the only 3pm Saturday kick off we have is on 26th September at home to Sunderland

We kick off the season at home to Spurs at 12-45pm, followed by Villa away on a Friday night 19-45,

I don’t think the fixture organizers must be aware of what the M6 is like on a Friday afternoon, going north or south, we expect a journey that normally would take 1 1/2 hours to take closer to 3 so can’t even finish work at 5pm and expect to get there for kick off.

The following week Newcastle at home, another 12-45pm kick off, early start for the Geordies that will be travelling down.

2 Champions League qualifiers either side of Newcastle at home, draw for this made 8th August, get the passports out boys and girls, lets hope for a good draw.

Swansea and Southampton away, both 4pm on a Sunday, long trip home before work on the Monday morning

Between those two away games we have Liverpool at 17-30 on a Saturday, recipe for disaster, both sets of fans drinking all day, tinderbox at the best of times with lunch time kick off’s, guess we should thank BT Sports for this.

I guess the October times will be available some time in August, 6 weeks before the period I am led to believe, but there again, the tv companies, via us with increased monthly charges are paying to call the tune and we’ll probably have some stupid times that don’t take into account the logistics of getting to the game and home again

Chester Races – Saturday 27th June

Yet another great day at the races for the branch members who attended, we had 2 mini buses, one leaving from Glossop and the other from Stockport, with the lads from Whaley getting to Stockport under there own steam

Met up in the same pub as we usually go into at 12-00, few pints, picking all the winners, we hoped, then off to the races.

The day was kind to us, sunshine the most part and only 20C so not to hot to be in the sun.

The day started off well with a few people getting on the 4/1 winner of the first race, after that it is easy playing with the bookies money.

Some of us left after 3 races having had a couple of winners didn’t see much point in giving it back to the bookies.

Short tour of the pubs in Chester, and there are a good number to get into, then ended up in the usual pub we go in before we leave, as it is easier for the buses to park in the petrol station across the road

The Glossop bus ended up in the Hare & Hounds at Simmondley for a few and a good close to a great day out.

We will try to get more interested for next year.

MUDSA ANNUAL DINNER

The MUDSA Annual Diner will take place at Old Trafford (Manchester Suite) on Friday 23rd October this year.

We do not have the menu yet, but the guest speaker is Brian Robson.

We have received confirmation from 45 people and we cannot get a 6th table.

I had advised MUDSA of the request for 5 tables and asked for a 6th to be held provisionally until the 10th June, they have called and we can only get 5 tables, so there is space for 5 people left.

The price will be £35 each, with £10 each for those requiring the bus, normal pick up’s.