"A NEW 'FIRST' FOR ME!"
Havin' not been to a resorve game in Benton for quite a while because of work commitments, I had the chance to gan to this one at The Blue Flames Sports groond, because I now have Friday's off for the foreseeable future!
A Premyaa Leegue International Cup game against Benfica's 'B' team
Mee 'pub crawl special' started off in Gatesheed toon centre where a pint of John Smith's in Wetherspooon's Tilly Stones bar cost the princely sum of £1.99! It woz then a trip on The Metro to '4 Lane Ends' in the northern suburbs of the Toon, where the 'pub crawl' continued in The Benton Ale Hoose and then The Black Bull and The Ship, which are aall conveniently placed on the way to the groond!
I got to the groond an hour before kick off to be greeted by a 3 stewards who told me to "Mind the crush!" at the admissions gate!
On enterin' the groond aa could see that I woz the anly spectator there!---a new 'first' for me, to be 'first' in a groond before kick off!---a new personal 'world record'!
However---horror upon horror--the clubhoose woz in darkness with the door locked! A female steward came alang and opened a window next to the door and aa said to hor, "There's nee way a'm climbin' through that!", before she put hor hand through the window to push the door handle doon--and hey presto!--the door opened!
In I went, but the bar coontaa woz aalso in darkness with not a barman/barmaid in sight! (Forst in the clubhoose az well!)
5 minutes later a young lad who spoke with a southern accent arrived and I ordered a pint of John Smith's---it woz flat so I told him to give me a bottle of Broon instead!
He woz obviously a student and didn't have a clue and produced a bottle of some foreign beer and I said, "NO! NO! Newcasil broon ale!", which he eventually foond and plonked it on the bar coontaa! "Can I have a glass az well!" I asked him and he gave me a PINT glass!? I asked him for a half glass az that's how yoo drink broon ale and he gave me a glass shaped like a Fairs Cup 'with nee handles', to drink from!
The notice on the waall said that I needed to produce a passport or drivin documents to get sorved and I added that he hadn't asked mee for my passport!?
He said that that woz for those who didn't look 18 years old--but I pointed oot that there woz nee mention of this on the notice!
He didn't 'get' the joke and looked at me strangely az I went to find a seat in the 'packed' bar (below)
ANYWAY! it woz soon time to heed for the halfway line on the far side of the pitch where 'Blondie Alan the Morris Dancer', 'Tex Taylor' and 'The Mad Professor' were standin', for a bit crack and 'chin-wag'
The game kicked off against Benfica's 'B' side and it wasn't lang before wor U23s took the lead through the fantastically named Ludwig Francillette, who heeded in off the post from a corner kick!
However!--- Wor visitors from Portugal equalised 20 mins later from a corner, but the whistle happy ref ruled it oot, az he had blew hiz whistle for a penalty before the goal woz scored---much to the annoyance of the Benfica players!
Dos Anjos took the penalty and scored, which woz justice for them!
There were a couple of chances for both sides to win the game in the 2nd period, but neethaa team could find the 2nd elusive goal and the game ended one's a piece!
JAMIE STERRY TAKES A THROW IN AFTER THE BAALL BOY
HAD RETRIEVED THE BAALL (SEE BELOW)
At the end of the game a handful of youngish Benfica fans applauded their team off the pitch and in retorn the Benfica players gave them their shirts (a nice touch at the end of the match!)
|BENFICA FANS AND PLAYERS EXCHANGE PLEASURENTIES!|
PS: We have nee idea if the fans in question had travelled ower from Lisbon, or were students at one of the universities in the Toon? (probably the latter!)
Attendance 298 (guess who woz forst through the gate?)
(5 Benfica fans!)
|A 'PRISTINE' TEAM SHEET!|