Friday 22 July 2011


Posted '10:45 am bells' Friday 22nd July 2011

HOLLANDIA 2  TOON XI  2 (Joey Barton, Ryan Donaldson)
Attendance: not known, but aa naa of at least one 'Toonhopper' who would have been there!

The Toon's second string, boosted by the appearances of  Joey Barton, Yohan Cabaye, plus several others with forst team experience could anly draa with the Dutch amateurs in the smaall toon of Hoorn last neet.

Joey Barton opened the scorin' in the 16th minute but the Dutchmen then struck twice to lead 2-1 at half time.
Barton then missed a penalty which hit the post 10 mins into the 2nd half, but wor embarrassment was saved by Ryan Donaldson who equalised for us with just 10 mins left on the clock.

Amazingly! the team were forced to 'slum it' on a SIXTEEN HOUR! ferry jorney from North Shields instead of a ONE hour flight from Toon airport!

This is reminiscent of a forst team tour to Sweden in the late 1980's, when players had to endure a torturous FORTY HOURS! plus ferry ride in rough seas to Scandinavia.
Some of the players, includin' Brazilian star Mirandinha were SO p****d off, that they actually paid for their AAN! air fares home, rather than come back on the ferry!
Twenty odd years on---and nothin' changes!

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