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27th January 2014

Motor Neurone Disease is a debilitating illness that took the life of former Boro hero Willie Maddren and recently former Rangers star Fernando Ricksen has been diagnosed with the same disease.

When I was refereeing I was well known for sporting a goatee beard. I brought it back during the month of November to try and raise funds for the society that works so hard to help people suffering from the disease. Please help me help them.

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Arrived home and within two hours you wouldn't have known we'd been away. Unpacked and sorted.

Now priorities, firstly round to see my Grandson, my God he's grown in a month!! Then home to watch Rangers at Forfar on TV, third game there this season and the first one that I've missed. A win though hard fought; half time and I agree with the opinion that the Bridies aren't that clever!!

After almost five weeks away it takes a day to sort out the post etc, including issuing contracts for the flood of bookings that are coming in for speaking engagements.

If you are you planning a Speakers Evening or fundraiser you can be assured that as well as speaking I will give maximum help to fundraising on the evening with my auctioneering skills. Contact me regarding availability on

Just a thought - nowadays many smaller organisations have stopped doing Sportman's evenings mainly due to the economic recession and the increasing costs. If your club doesn't have the numbers to support the traditional speakers evening then why not book me for a one man show? I regularly do these, my normal After Dinner slot followed by a Q & A session and fundraising activities. I can assure you there is more than enough content to fill the night.

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Blue Sea of Ibrox at Southwell on Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday and it was off to Southwell to watch Blue Sea of Ibrox run. She finished fourth with the front two miles clear. She was giving tons of weight away against the official handicap marks but the jockey was very positive and feels that she will win races in handicap company running off her present mark. Here's hoping!!

Back home in time to watch the Manchester United v Sunderland Capital One Cup tie. I haven't really seen much of United this season and haven't bought into the scaremongering that under Moyes they are a spent force. Well any team would miss Rooney and RVP, but United of old would have a squad capable of coping.

This team was totally lacking in the drive and creativity that was their norm and on this performance they were a mere shadow of their former selves. They never looked like scoring the goals that they used to do at will as their attacks lacked any threat.

Mind you, Sunderland weren't much better, scoring with their first shot on target in the 91st minute.

The penalty shoot out must have been the worst in living memory. These footballers earn tens of thousands of pounds a week and some could not even hit the target! Manchester City surely can't lose this final like they did last year's FA Cup Final.

The quality of the match was sadder than Hayley's death on Corrie. Mind you, that didn't stop one regional paper pissing off the Newcastle and Boro fans with a massive over hype making out that Sunderland's achievements in getting to the final were the greatest thing ever to happen to north-east football.

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David England wears the red, white and blue colours of Rangers Racing at Southwell on Wednesday afternoon.

Yes within three days of getting home I had caught up on over a month's worth of Corrie, now that is sad!!! Now to catch up with Eastenders...

Saturday and my first match of the year, off to Leicester to put the mockers on Boro's recent unbeaten run. My mate Mark Venus has belatedly been informed that there isn't a role for him at the club. Strange as the messages that came out of the club initially suggested that he was needed!

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Welcome home. The wind got up a storm was brewing and the advertisement hoardings at Leicester couldn't stand up to it.

After catching up on the gossip on the trip south we arrived and it was nowhere near as cold as I had been fearing. The weather was to change though drastically, as Alan Birchinall phsyched up the crowd by introducing the Thai owners to the supporters. Our foreign friends acknowledged with a wave and sinisterly the sky went dark, thunder and lightning flashed, the heavens opened and torrential sleet poured down onto a pitch already sodden from a week's heavy rain.

It started to lay on the pitch and within ten minutes it was obvious that we could have a major problem. Fuck me, from Florida to this in a week.

The ball wasn't moving freely and this game between the division's two form sides was bordering on the ridiculous. Fortunately, or not as the case may be, it didn't get any worse and Boro, perhaps helped by the conditions, matched their high flying hosts.

Half time and after a good forking the pitch was as good as new. Leicester stepped up a gear and Boro were torn apart.

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The two form sides of the Championship meet at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Perhaps a bit of controversy over the first goal but Boro's new signing Ayala, who had a mare, should have put the ball out of the ground instead of fannying about. Another reckless and totally unnecessary Rhys Williams penalty conceded which Shay Given saved, then another Ayala cock up and it was 2-0 and over.

That penalty save ended up costing me 200, however elsewhere things were much better. Rangers overcame an early scare to win again, Hartlepool got back to winning ways and my luck was in on the gambling front.

Now I never thought that I would ever have anything nice to say about Wigan's terrorist supporting scumbag James McLean, but his late strike, the goal that beat Crystal Palace 2-1, opened the floodgates for me. I had already had a Goals Galore treble up, but his goal got me a six match accumulator up and the third winner in a Lucky 15 for both teams to score and the correct result.

If Swansea had won at Bolton with both teams scoring it would have been a massive payout, but not being greedy I settled for a very decent Saturday return.

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Saturday afternoon and my first match of the New Year. Over 1,100 Boro fans made the trip to the East Midlands to see if Boro could keep their unbeaten run going.

The chance to lose my winnings came very soon as on the journey home. Veno texted for a Sunday afternoon at Sedgefield but with the weather forecast shit I declined, which is unusual for me.

Mind you, it might have been better to be out in the rain than to be indoors watching the TV games. Sheffield United v Fulham was passable but Chelsea v Stoke was dire. Why did Stoke bother turning up? Happy only to get beat 1-0 and I felt for their fans. They didn't even bother having a go.

A throw in near the corner flag with a couple of minutes to go and they ended up sending the ball back to their keeper. Never rated Hughes as a manager. At least the draw for the next round has thrown up a couple of cracking games.

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Leicester - and then the heavens opened.


Back into the groove looking after Oliver for a couple of days, Boro v Wigan on Tuesday, a chance to boo McLean despite the fact he helped me win some dosh. Going to pop up to Sunderland to see Singin' In The Rain, one night. Catterick races is a possibility on Friday and then off to Donny to watch the Boro on Saturday.

Have a good week.

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