Posted '12:20pm bells' Saturday 31st July 2021
Updated Sunday 1st August
It woz yet anothaa train journey, this time to the Midlands where we played Burton Albion!
Az we couldn't get a train back (coz of the kick off time) we booked a hotel next to Burton Station.
After a few liquid refreshments in a real ale bar next to the hotel caalled 'The Weighbridge', it woz time to make the 25minute walk to the groond, but not before stoppin off at another boozer caalled 'The Lord Burton' for some scran!
It started 'chucking it doon' (heavy rain) and by the time we got inside the groond we were soaked to the skin!
Aroond aboot 1,200 Toon fans had made the journey and they were in good voice az the game kicked off.
NUFC were on top and should have increased wor lead on at least 3 occasions, but couldn't get the baall into the net again!
HT 1-0 to 'us'
It didn't take lang however to double wor lead when Joelinton sent an unstoppable heeder into the net, from a Ryan Fraser corner!
Chances for Gayle and Murphy went 'a beggin' and so we had to settle for a 2-0 win!
That SMB Steve Cram famously once said to Toon fan Brendan Foster "enjoy Burton!", when NUFC were relegated and the mackems stayed up!
We certainly DID enjoy Burton that next season az we beat them twice ---and then Burton were the team who relegated sund'lind to the 3rd tier of the Futbaall Leegue 2 years later!
Enjoy Burton?---You bet!
After the match, thankfully it had stop rainin' and so 'Sarnie Steve', 'Blondie Alan the Morris Dancer' and 'me', heeded back towards wor hotel, but not before stoppin' off at 'The Alfred' boozer on the way where several pints of the local real ale were consumed, to celebrate wor victory. Then the landlady spoilt it aall and said she woz chuckin us oot az they were closin' at 'midneet bells'! (What a disgrace!)
We retired to the hotel Ibis where me and 'Sarnie Steve' were sharin a disabled room----not that we are disabled, but thats where they put us, with alarms in the 'tool shed' and next to the shower!
The twin beds were pushed together, so aa moved mine away from hiz to give us some space and went to sleep!
And then at '6:25am bells' precisely 'aall hell' broke lose when somebody started hammerin' and brayin on the door!!!!
F***in' hell---Woz the hotel on fire!---woz mee forst thought????
Sarnie Steve jumped oot of bed in hiz borthday suit (not a sight to behold!) and answered the door!
It woz the hotel manager and one of the emergency alarms had went off!
"Its the alarm near the beds!", he shouted frantically, az we looked for it, but couldn't see it?----I moved mee pillow to reveal an alarm behind and switched it off!---The alarm had been beside the bed on the heedboard when we went into the room, but az a'd moved mee bed away from Steve's, aa didnt notice it, az it woz now behind the pillow and aa had set it off az aa moved mee heed on the pillow!
(Yi couldn't possibly make THIS up!)🠟🠟🠟
It woz time to get up anyway, az we were on the '7:30 bells' train back to the Toon!---On arrival back at 'The Central' aa jumped on a bus and went yem to dump mee owerneet bag and get some scran, what wor lass had made!
Within the hour aa woz oot again and on me travels to Gatesheed stadium where wor U23/ academy side were takin' on 'The Heedbangers'-----and lost 4-1---and this iz another tale that shhould NOT be missed, when aa post it on Munday!---Honest, it's a classic az well!
Az per usual "Watch this space on Munday!"