HULL – AWAY LC SEMI FINAL

Just to let you know, by popular consent, we will be travelling there and back in the day, so no overnight stay.

We plan to run 2 buses, the first leaving Glossop at 13-30 calling at Charlesworth – 13-35, Marple – 13-45 and Stockport – 14-00

The second bus will depart Buxton around 16-00 and call at Stockport traffic permitting around 16-45

On the return we may change them round so there is only 1 bus going to Stockport

XMAS AND NEW YEAR

I hope you all have had a restful Xmas, certainly Boxing Day was a great day, no long commute to an away venue and we are lucky to be at home on New Years Eve against Boro.

New Years Eve, lets try to get away from the ground as quickly as possible, Bob & Stuart have also plans I am sure to go out or spend it with family, so the earlier we are the earlier they can start celebrating as well.

For Boro we have 2 buses, one Whaley (12-10), New Mills (12-20) and Compstall, bus stop by Etherow Park (12-30), the other bus will do Simmondley (12-10) and Marple (12-30).

Into the New Year, we play Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday 7th Jan, kick off 12-30, so only 1 bus, starting at 09-30 from Whaley, New Mills 09-40, Marple 09-50 and Compstall 10-00.

Quickly followed by Hull City in the League Cup semi final first leg, to be played on Tuesday 10th January at 20-00, again 1 bus 17-00 from Whaley, 17-10 from New Mills, 17-20 from Marple, so far only 11 on the bus.

Next Up is Liverpool, Sunday 15th January 16-00 kick off, bus will be 13-00 from Whaley, other pick up’s to be advised

Have a great New Year starting with 3 points against Boro

EUROPA LEAGUE – SAINT-ETIENNE

We have been drawn against Saint-Etienne in the round of 32 knock out, games to be played on the 16th February (home) 20-05 kick off and Wednesday 22nd February (away) 18-00 kick off

Flights and accommodation, transfers from Lyon airport to hotel and return has been booked, cost £250/head.

Full itinerary later, but direct flights out and return

GREAT PAST 11 DAYS

We have had a good 11 days, starting with the trip to Odessa for the Zorya game, not all the hype it was made up to be, some trouble with the small group of united fans escorted by the police to the game, but we made our own way, hotel sorted us out taxi’s to the ground, or at least it dropped us off and we walked across the park, it wasn’t bad at all, no worse than walking across Stanley park 15 years ago, and that is open.

5 of us had category 1 seats and we were sat amongst the Ukrainian fans, not all Zorya fans, but partisan locals, the ones who spoke English were friendly enough and wanted to know what we felt about the premier league this season, any way we ran out deserving 2-0 winners that saw us take the runners up place in the group. The lads had a grueling journey home, initially out flight from Odessa to /kiev was 3 hours late, Lise and I missed our connections and ended up flyingvia Frankfurt to Madrid, so 3 hours late getting into Madrid.

So progressing to the next round, a trip to Saint-Etienne with the 2nd leg being away on Wednesday evening 22nd February.

Following the Zorya game, we played hosts to Spurs and beat them 1-0 and we should have tied it up earlier with the chances we had, heart in mouth job again towards the end, thinking it could be Arsenal over again.

Wednesday night , flight from Madrid at 16-40, booked before we knew about the train strike and all the problems on the roads, we got stuck in traffic and missed about all of the first half, luckily in for Pogba’s goal. ran out 2-1 winners, with that man Zlatan scoring the winner late on. Getting back ot heathrow was a lot easier, less than an hour, hotel for 00-00 and then up again at 03-30 for shower, and to make the 06-20 flight back to Madrid.

Friday soon came round, 13-30 flight back to Manchester via Heathrow, flight late, but only by 15 minutes, so on time for BA on the shuttle lately, bus left 11-45 on Saturday for West Brom, stopped a a great place called Desi Junction, High Street, West Bromwich, reasonable prices and indian food to die for, and very cheap.

taxi shuttle service to the ground, only a pound a head, got to the ground in good time, however still needed to meet one of the lads before kick off, comfortable 2-0 win, controlled the game from start to finish, and at the final whistle we were in a very good mood, 9 points from 3 games, keeps us in touch with the top 5 and now only 3 points behind city although have a game in hand, but playing Arsenal today could see them not get anything and then game on.

2 games over Xmas at home, Sunderland and Boro so lets hope we can keep the ball rolling. A tricky away game at West Ham on 2nd January then 4 home games in premiership, FA Cup and League Cup, just need a couple of the others to slip up and we press on, end of January and the league could look a lot different.

bit of travelling to do before then, Madrid this afternoon, home Friday 23rd subject to what happens with airline strikes and work to rule, then back to Madrid on 27th for the 4 days up to 30th December and the completion if my assignment in Madrid, been the 28 months by then, not bad for a 3 month project. Be good to get to see the house for a while, with a view to having a couple of moths doing as little as possible and re-charging the batteries.

Merry Xmas to all our members and friends, see you all Boxing Day, then again New Years Eve and for those of us lucky enough to have West Ham away tickets, a full day out on the 2nd January in London.

All the Best – Keith

LEAGUE CUP – SEMI FINAL

Following our defeat of West Ham last night we will play Hull over 2 legs in the semi-final

The home leg is on the 11th January with the away leg being the Thursday 26th January.

Application details for the away leg – open on 21st December to 28th December priced between £18 & £24.

GETTING READY FOR ANOTHER BUSY TIME

Well, no football as such this past week with the Internationals and a friendly for England against Spain this evening, I’ll be glad when they are all over, and hope that all the players on international duty get back fit and well.

See Rooney already left the England camp with a knee injury, so id he out for Saturday along with Chris Smalling (broken toe)?

Last week-end was different, managed to get to see the Scotland – Australia and Wales – Argentina rugby union games on the Saturday, and on Sunday the highlights of the England v South Africa rugby union game from Saturday and the England v Australia Rugby League clash.

Busy time at work, usual 12 hour days and now it’s into work in the dark and dark when get back at night, still the weather is kind, cool in the morning, 3-4C but warms up nicely to 14-16C with almost daily clear blue sky.

Friday, usual 12-00 finish, straight to Madrid airport for the 13-30 flight to Heathrow, then up to Manchester, should land at 18-15, Vibeke picking us up, subject to us not having suitcases and then she tells us she has found a pub in Wilmslow that sells Chilli Beer. We got a taste for it in Houston, both Jalapeno and Habanero Beer, brewed by No Label Brewery, its a delight, so if this pub does something similar it’ll be worth the short travel.

Then it’s up to Dave’s, The Hare and Hounds at Simmondley, where I can get a few good beers, always got guest beers and hopefully there in time to check out the specials of the day, George, the chef does a great job.

Saturday morning, into Manchester for 08-00 and breakfast with Mark and who ever of the lads are out and about, nice tradition getting set up, this week however, the morning will be cut short.

Arsenal, 12-30 kick off, so it will be down to the ground early doors for me, by 11-00 latest, need to pop into the ticket office and then meet the branch members who need to collect tickets, pay for the cup games and then hopefully get into the International Suite for 11-45 ish.

Here’s hoping for a similar result to last season and a performance full of speed to overcome the Gooners.

Back to H&H after the game, certainly for some of the Rugby, should get the 2nd half of the England – Fiji game, then the Ireland – New Zealand & later France v Australia, that should take us up to about 10pm so a full day out.

Sunday morning, Jenson’s christening (Dave & Tracys grandson) at 11-30, then hopefully back to the H&H for an hour before we shoot to the airport for the flights back to Madrid.

Thursday see us travelling back to Manchester, got Fans Forum meeting at 13-00, followed by the Feyenoord game that evening, Frifday lunch into Manceshter to Reds True BBQ for lunch with friends over from Malta, then Friday evening we have a Branch Meeting at The Navigation Marple.

Saturday, no game, playing Sunday v West Ham, so quiet day I hope, but we will see, need to get the Xmas presents wrapped and all the packaging discarded, so we can see the bedroom floor again.

Hope to see everyone soon, either at one of the places above or if we have time, we can try to fit in a little more.

Cheers Keith

BRANCH MEETING – FRIDAY 25TH NOVEMBER HARE & HOUNDS SIMMONDLEY

Pease be advised that the next meeting will be 20-00 hours at a different venue for a change –  The Hare & Hounds, High Lane, Simmondley, Glossop SK13 6LS on Friday 25th November, the day after we play Feyenoord in a must win game to keep Europa Cup hopes alive.

Hope everyone can make it, we will have some food on for after the meeting

 

ARSENAL – HOME

Next game we have is now against Arsenal on 19th November, 12-30 kick off

Bus times are as follows:

Whaley – 09-30

New Mils – 09-40

Marple 09-50

Bredbury 10-00

Looking forward to the game, just hope all players away on International duty get back fit and well