"MISS 'WHIPLASH' IZ ALIVE AND KICKING!"
After three and a half hours sleep after finishin' nightshift "ZZZZZzzzzz!!!!!" it woz 'up again' at '6am bells' to catch the '7:22 bells' train doon to Bormingham (via Doncaster)
We'd booked a hotel in 'Donny' az there woz a replacement bus service from York to Darlo on the way back--- and then back on a train to The Toon! (that's train-bus-train!)
Tooo much 'hassle' so we decided to come back the next day instead and have a neet in downtown Doncaster (Donny)
We got off the train in Donny and dropped wor bags off at The St Leger Hotel which iz next to the racecourse and then grabbin' a pint in 'The Mallard' next to the station before jumpin' back on the train to New Street (Bormingham)
The next part of the jorney woz a bit chaotic to say the least az we had tickets from Donny to Sheffield--Sheffield to Derby---and then Derby to Bormingham---aall in different seats in the same carriage!
(This woz to save £50 instead of bookin' direct to wor destination!)
Because the train woz packed we had to vacate wor seats 3 times to let people who had booked them into them--and then hoy people oot, who were sittin' in wor new seats---aall in the space of an hour--which iz a 'new world record' for changin' seats on a train (4 times if yoo include Toon to Donny!)-------I hope yoo are followin' aall this?
|ENTRANCE TO THE 'WELLY'|
Anyway!--On wor arrival at New Street ('11 bells') we headed for wor fave haunt roond theeze parts--'The Welly' (for the 4th time this season!) which iz up a hill from the station
It woz then onward to The Bordsley Club which iz a 10 minute walk from St Andrews before heedin for the tornstiles!
|ENTRANCE TO CLUBHOOSE|
"EVERY CLOUD HAZ A SILVER LINING!"
|1st HALF ACTION AZ THE TOON ATTACK 'WOR END' (we are in white)|
The steward at the front iz supposed to be watchin' the crowd--NOT! the match!
It torned oot to be anothaa drab game and the main taalkin' point woz a disallowed goal in the forst half, scored by Matt Richie az he scrambled the baall into the back of the net directly in front of us!
"GOAL!"---and for a few seconds it woz---UNTIL!!!---the linesman on the far side belatedly raised hiz flag for 'offside' and the goal waz chalked off!
From where we were at the front (see above pic) it looked a porfectleee good goal?
We had a few chances after this 'to win it' but the Brummie goalie woz on form to deny us and the game ended goal-less!
ONE point anly--BUT! az wor main rivals 'uddersfield had lost 4-0 at Bristol the neet before and Brighton lost 2-0 at Leeedz in the live teatime game after wor match, we'd actually GAINED groond on both of them!
|2nd HALF ACTION AT THE FAR END|
(A'd moved forthaa back to get a better view!)
After the match we heeded back to Donny for the evenin' 'session' where several 'liquid lubrications' were consumed--but not one of them in 'The Staff of Life'--a boozer tucked away in a side street in the toon centre!
We entered the bar where six people were sittin' on stools aroond the bar coontaa with the manageress behind the bar taalkin' aboot somebody gettin' 'a good spankin'!!!!
|'THE STAFF OF LIFE! (WITH the curtains open!)|
The manageress looked az us az though we'd just waalked into hor hoose uninvited and said abruptly, "We're CLOSED!"
"It's anly haff past NINE!", we protested, but she woz havin' none of it and asked us to leave!
We did and took wor custom to a boozer next door caalled The Doncaster Brewery and telt the manageress there wot had just happened!
"Oh!" she said, "It's a very strange set up in there!"--but didn't elaborate, so we left it at that! (We'd renamed hor 'Miss Whiplash' by this time!)
To get to the 'tool shed' in this bar yoo had to waalk past several vats of beer fermentin' in the next room and the smell of hops sent yoo 'high az a kite' az yoo waalked past!--a strange set up indeed!
|THE 'SCENIC ROUTE' TO 'THE TOOL SHED'!|
On leavin' the bar at 'chuckin oot time', we noticed that 'The Staff of Life' curtains had been drawn!!!---wot woz gannin' on inside we thought???---(Your guess iz az good az mine!)
After a 'nose-bag', it woz back to the hotel for a few hours kip "ZZZZzzzz!!!!" before catchin' the '9:30 bells' train back to The Toon the next mornin', wonderin' just wot HAD happened 'the neet before' in 'yoo naa where'????---THE MIND BOGGLES!!!!
Toon team: Darlow, Anita, Hanley, Lascelles, Dummett, Richie, Diame, Colback, Gouffran (Atsu 82), Murphy (Gayle 63), Perez, (Shelvey 78)
Attendance: 19,796 (3,200 Toon fans)
* Some othaa boozers visited in Donny