(Ground numbers 307 A & 307 B)
Date of First Visit: 25th January 2014
AON Training Complex, Carrington
Manchester United U18s 1
Newcastle United U18s 2 (Rolando Aarons, Adam Armstrong)
Attendance:101 <(aa counted them!) (includin' 4 NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers!) <(ie: 'us'!)
Manchester United U16s 1
Newcastle United U16s 2 or 3??? (scorers unknown?)
Attendance 60 or 70 (includin' 'us' strainin' wor eyes to see the far pitch when there waz a 'lull in play' in the U18s game!)
FA Premier U18 & U16 League
"WOT AN 'ADVERT' FOR THE GAME!"
|A 'AON' ADVERTISIN' BOARD 'STOPS THE GAME' WHEN IT IZ |
BLOWN ONTO THE PITCH BY THE CORNER FLAG!
(ONE OF THREE SUCH INCIDENTS IN THE FORST HALF!)
The day started off @ '8:30am bells' when 'Michael the Mag' picked me up in 'Thunderbird 2', which he'd cunningly disguised az a 'Ford Focus Zetac 1.6!) (or waz it a '1.8'?)
The two othaa saddos in 'The Bird' were 'Glennn from Ashington' and 'Liam from the Lamp' and before lang we aall fell asleep az me and Liam had been workin' neetshift and Glennn waz knackered 'with the drink' from the neet before!
We awoke to find worsels stuck in a traffic jam on the 'M60' Manchester ring road, but we had left plenty of time to get there and after a half hour delay we were on wor way to Carrington, which iz a little village on the ootskirts of 'Mancland' some six miles distant!
There waz a guy on a barrier on the road into the trainin' complex and he asked us why we were there?. "To watch Newcassel" came the reply from Michael. He then asked if we were related to any of the players and before the othaa three of us had had a chance to say "YES", Michael replied "NO!"
He wasn't gannin' to let us in at this point, so we telt him that we were 'scouts' and had phoned orlier and had been given the necessary 'clearence' to get in, so he hesitatingly opened the barrier to let us through! <("Phew!"---it waz a close caall---but we'd 'made it'!) <(ne thanx to 'Michael the Mag' though!)
We parked up and heeded for the warmth of the canteen area, where free cups of tea coffee and chocy biscuits were on offer, an 'offer' we didn't refuse! <(but where were the bacon sarnies?) <(the tight bustards!)
Anyway! it was soon time to heed for the pitch where the U18s game waz bein' played and there waz a smaall stand on the far side, so we heeded for that, az rain looked 'imminent' <(how right we were!--as we soon foond oot!)
The U16s game waz on the far pitch, but we did have a view of it, so we could 'multi-task' durin' 'lulls in play' in the U18s game! <(yes!--- we reeely ARE that sad!)
The sequence of events were az follows! (both games kicked off at virtually the same time of '12:30 bells')
'12:40 bells': U16s gan one behind but we missed it az we were watchin' the othaa game!
'1:00 bells': nowt to de with the game, but a helicopter takes off with Juan Mata on board, MUFCs £37 million record signin' and he flies off into the distance! (this waz conformed later on SKY!)
|"COPTER FOR LONDON!" *** "OH DEAR WOT CAN THE 'MATA' BE!?"|
'1:06 bells': Rolando Aaarons runs through the Manc defence and fires home into the far corner of the net to put wor U18s 'one up'
1:10 bells': The skies darken and sheets of rain and sleet come doon az the gale force wind blows an advertisin' board into The Man U penalty area, completlee suprizin' Dean Henderson in goal and he had to drag the board off the pitch az the ref stopped the game! <(it 'suprized' me az well, and a missed a great 'foto opportunity'!)
This brought huge roars of laughter from the smaall crowd az the weather worsened! (PS: Aa managed to get the foto off 'U Tube' a couple of days later (see top foto)
'1:15 &1:16 bells': 'The boards' 'invade the pitch' once again and the ref and linesmen drag them away! <(Aa missed this az well, but managed to get an 'excluuusive'? foto of a board on pitch near corner flag! (see 2nd top foto!)
|"THE HEAVENS OPEN AZ HAIL THE SIZE ON GARDEN PEAS |
FAALL FROM THE SKY!"
(CAPTURED BY THE MUTV CAMRAAZ ON THE HALFWAY LINE!)
'1:25 bells': Thunder and lightnin' and hailstones the size of garden peas faall from the sky az the players run oot for the re-start!
1:27 bells': The U16s equalise at the goal nearest to us from a corner and this time aa capture the 'moment' on camraaa az wor 'man in yellow' rises above the MAN U defence to heed home!
|THE TOON U16s SCORE AT THE START OF THE 2nd HALF|
'1:35 bells': Both games resume, but are soon stopped again az the wind nearly blows the stand away!
'1:40 bells': Just when it looks az though the games will have to be abandoned the storm passes and play resumes. Man U take advantage and equalise in the U18s game!
1:52 bells': The U16s take the lead, but again, az we are watchin' the othaa game, we miss it!
1:56 bells': Double joy az the U18s re-take the lead in that game through Adam Armstrong who beats the Manc keeper with a fine effort!-- The Manc fans moan aboot wor players connin' the ref and Glennn gets into a runnin' argument with them! <(boxin' gloves at the ready!)
'2:10 bells': The U16s game finishes, but there iz some confusion az to wether we won 2-1 or 3-1? <(we still divvint naa a day later!) (PS: The U16s anly play 40 mins each way)
'2:20 bells': The final whistle eventually blows in the U18s game, and we de the 'double' away to Man U, but thankfully there are 'ne blows' between Glennn and 'The Manc moaners' az they slunk away, tails between legs!
Wor THORD win against them away this season includin' wor memorable 1st team victory @ 'The Theatre of Muppets' <(lang may it continue!