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Uwdi Krugg will be spending the 2016-17 season watching South West non league football, eating the wrong kind of food and having a bloody good moan.


Sunday, 31 March 2013

AFC Blackpool 1 Runcorn Town 1

Saturday 30th March 2013
North West Counties League Premier Division
AFC BLACKPOOL 1 RUNCORN TOWN 1
Attendance: 58
Admission: £6
Tea Hut Stuff: Tea 60p
Weather: Bright and sunny, chilly in the shade
Parking: Playing fields car park around the corner
I drove the Match Tank down from the Pennines, over the M62 and M61 westbound before skirting around the south of Preston to visit the vibrant town of Lytham on the A583 into Blackpool. I'd got a bit of business to do here before heading onto the big match later in the afternoon. I entered 'Seniors' Fish and Chip shop for my takeaway dinner, this place had won the 2012 award for best of class fish and chip shop in the UK, as I've already mentioned every other chippy on the Fylde coast seems to have won some kind of award or another? Seniors looked the part but I was a bit put off by 4 young kids running the place without a traditional looking fish fryer in sight. When I checked out the price board hung on the wall I realised I should have brought my cheque book as well! No way was I paying really silly prices for a piece of fish, I ordered chips and gravy instead, even this economy option cost me £2.45p. I sat on the sub zero promenade to scoff them, just across from the extra expensive rip off car park housing the Match Tank, they seem to be an affluent bunch in Lytham but there's no need to rob people blind for everything. I hit Blackpool around 1pm and had a stroll past the Pleasure Beach and the South Pier, the sun had come out and I felt the temperature rise to a comfortable level for the first time in weeks, should be perfect for the game ahead.
I'd been to AFC Blackpool earlier in the season against Padiham, its a nice ground with a really good playing surface, they charge a bit more than normal to get in but you do get the famous Effing & Blinding Show from the Blackpool Management Team thrown in. If you've not sampled these bigots in action you're missing out big time. The Manager and his big gobbed assistant see everybody and everything as fair game for their abusive foul mouthed tirade, the referee, opposition players (even their own players too) and a word of warning, they are also willing to take on visiting supporters as well. One Runcorn chap told the Blackpool Manager to quieten down to which he got confronted with "Whats YOUR F*cking Problem"!!! I really think it is about time the NWCL took these so called Management figures to task, it does nothing for the good standard of the league and the appalling behaviour needs to be stopped. The game itself was a must-win fixture for the Runcorn Town side, riding ever close to top of the league they are in close competition with four other sides for the title, namely Maine Road, Padiham, Bootle and Winsford. Any slip ups can result in lost ground that gets harder and harder to regain during the end of season run in. More than half the crowd had travelled over from Runcorn and after a 10-1 win last Monday night against Stone Dominoes expectations were high.
What I witnessed was a competitive action packed encounter with lots of chances at both ends of the pitch, the referee was getting lots of stick throughout the game, either for being too lenient or then too tough, some of the abuse he and the officials had to suffer was extreme to say the least. Having said that it was mind boggling how a large number of Runcorn Town attacks ended up with forwards being cut down in their tracks, many in clear goal scoring positions only for the referee to ridiculously wave play on? At least it kept the deranged Blackpool Management bench quiet for a short while. AFC Blackpool took a shock 14th minute lead through a harmless looking James Walker long range skidder, the ball seemed to bobble just before reaching keeper Karl Wills and the home side had something to hold onto. I must say the Blackpool keeper probably deserved man of the match status for his excellent saves keeping tidal waves of Runcorn Town pressure at bay, time and time again he came to his sides rescue as the Town forwards bore down on him.
Half time arrived and most of the Runcorn Town Army took time out for a bit of medication in the bar, rumour had it some of them had earlier been enjoying 2 meals for 9 quid deals alongside a few pints in the Shovels pub just across the main road from the ground. The second half started with a 47th minute Phil Howard equaliser and the game witnessed yet more Runcorn Town pressure as Stuart Wellstead mesmerised the opposition with his speed and dribbling, the only bloke on the ground not taken in by Stuarts skills was the Blackpool keeper!
Everything thrown at him this keeper stopped, even a James McShane penalty (after the Ref turned down 23 earlier appeals for a spot kick). Despite the pressure, Blackpool still threatened at the other end of the pitch and I honestly thought this game could have ended 4-12 rather than 1-1. Tension and desperation fuelled the final 15 minutes as the Town fans tried to will the ball into the net, it wasn't to be, AFC Blackpool held out for a gallant point (well, at least the players did, not sure about the bench), a good point for the home side, it edges them further away from the danger zone at the foot of the table.
As for Runcorn Town, everyone knows that 3 points was the primary target and a draw seems disappointing, however, the class is still there and I feel this Runcorn side have a battling spirit that will stand them in good stead for the dramatic title run in. That dramatic run in steps up a gear on Easter Monday with a derby clash against Runcorn Linnets.

21 comments:

Steph Cawte said...

Fantastic as always Uwdi. And i totally agree with your comments about the Blackpool bench. We all like banter between teams at a match but the manager especially went a few steps too far. The class is still there. And there keeper was outstanding definatly there best player. See you soon hopefully. Steph.

Uwdi Krugg said...

Thanks Steph, I enjoyed catching up with you and Paul again, seemed to be a good turn out from Town supporters.

AL RTFC said...

As ever spot on report.. think our forwards dazzled by the too tight stabilo dayglo outfit of pools keeper . It was Like standing in a garden with the sun 10ft away. Great lad tho ..with a great banter going on with us..dont worry we are still on track for top spot.. see u again soon.

Alan.. hospitalty / travel manager
RTFC.

Kevin Holland said...

Great report Uwdi, the only downside is that awful picture of my behind :-)

Cheers

Big Kev

Uwdi Krugg said...

I admire your confidence Al, must admit Bootle have got me worried at the moment? Some very BIG games coming up.

Uwdi Krugg said...

Sorry Kev, not sure how many desperate housewives view the Tea Hut site but I bet they're all drooling over those Action-Slacks you were wearing.

AL RTFC said...

The bonus is they all have to come to our place. Must won every game now. Lads are brimming with it..

afcfan said...

This report sounds fair and our keeper is top drawer.
The comments regarding the bench is something we have had issues with and trying to calm everyone down to make the ground an enjoyable place to play and watch good competitive sport.
Passion runs high, but I agree not everyone should be subject too constant mud slinging.
The playing surface has improved year on year over the last few with further improvements in the pipe line.
These two teams have enjoyed regular fixtures over the years from the 1st div and since promotion.
All at AFC (including the bench) wish you all the best for the rest of the season and hope you get the promotion your hard work deserves

Uwdi Krugg said...

Thankyou for your feedback AFC FAN. Sorry for my ignorance but what is the keepers name? I tried to find out on your website but couldn't be sure. He was out of this world! I've always enjoyed going to AFC Blackpools ground, its a bit of a hidden gem in view of all the stands, carpet type pitch and spick & span tidyness. I understand Stuart & Ian get right into the heat of the match but they just go a little too far at times. They both seem perfect gentlemen once they come off the pitch, hope to visit you again next season.

Anonymous said...

The main culprit is the physio, who is an idiot. He dishes out the verbals to the opposition from first whistle to last, and referees and (in particular) their assistants do nothing to nip it in the bud. His conduct has been unacceptable every time I have seen him, and the fact that the AFC board do nothing about it suggests they are perfectly happy with it. Most clubs would be embarrassed by him, and if Budweiser had bothered to watch the side in a competitive game, that £50k they were awarded would have been elsewhere.

Ignatius Mcgarry said...

What a load of biased bigoted drivel did you switch your hearing aid of when Runcorn players and bench were swearing throughout the game and at the end when the ref and our manager was being abused by Runcorn players and bench or have you got selective hearing 23penalty appeals that says it all defending is as much an art as attacking but you are such a patronising bigoted supercilious idiot you should stay on the sea front or the tea hut and leave reporting to honest people in over 50 years of football and 20years of radio work you are the most biased idiotic wannabe famous lunatic I've known I thought I'd seen it all then you crawl from under a stone

Ignatius Mcgarry said...

what a load of biased bigoted drivel did your hearing aid switch off when the Runcorn players and bench were swearing throughout the game and after the game your comments 23penalty appeals says it all in in over 50 years in football and 20years radio work I've never read such a patronising bigoted supercilious idiotic match report you should stay on the sea front and leave football reporting to people who are honest defending is as much an art as attacking football your to bigoted and biased to understand that

Uwdi Krugg said...

Thanks Ignatius, glad you liked it.

Ignatius Mcgarry said...

you really are a nasty snivelling piece of work instead of hiding behind a silly name why don't you come and have a conversation with me after the game you wont will you you would sooner sneak away so you can't be challenged about the biased tripe you spew out I'll talk to you anytime anywhere but don't ask me to crawl under your stone yours ian mcgarry

paul watson said...

Excellent report Uwdi, very accurate, as ever, and was a pleasure to meet you once again.

Uwdi Krugg said...

Thanks Paul, I always enjoy a trip to AFC Blackpool, it was almost Spring like in the second half.

Ignatius Mcgarry said...

another biased remark from a run twn supporter no prob with that I expect it from a real supporter it's the way uwdi that lying 2faced wannabe famous no mark tries to hide it pretending to be a groundhopper

Anonymous said...

Seem to be able to read some AFC fans saying there is a problem on your bench... Looks like Mr Mcgarry only reads what he wants to read

Ignatius Mcgarry said...

anonymous says it all really typical tosser frightened to say who u are be a man and come out of hiding

dave knowles said...

Lol Mcgarry . Is was thinking of popping over to watch your lot this saturday but reading your threats i will def be coming . Saw your game at silsden last week and you where nearly fighting again at half time ! The effing and jeffing was nothing new then what usually comes from non league players at a lot of nwcfl. A deserved win for pool , a few dodgy ref decisions but hay ho . Thing is with Mcgarry , he was a knob at Darwen and will always be considered a knob where ever he goes .

dave knowles said...

Lol Mcgarry . Is was thinking of popping over to watch your lot this saturday but reading your threats i will def be coming . Saw your game at silsden last week and you where nearly fighting again at half time ! The effing and jeffing was nothing new then what usually comes from non league players at a lot of nwcfl. A deserved win for pool , a few dodgy ref decisions but hay ho . Thing is with Mcgarry , he was a knob at Darwen and will always be considered a knob where ever he goes .