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3rd February 2014

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The week started badly with problems with the plumbing at home, shower pump knackered and whirlpool spa leaking. Magic!! A chance for me to discover how unreliable some companies are and how they are happy to take your eyes out!!

Monday and at least Oliver's smile changed my mood; a good day with him puts all the problems into perspective. Tuesday and I had the Boro v Wigan to brighten the day, NOT!!!

The FA Cup holders were the better side but that didn't say too much. They look better equipped to make a push for the play-offs. Boro's cause was not helped by the terrible injury accidently sustained by Rhys Williams. He was due to be transferred this week freeing monies for Boro to improve the squad's attacking options.

On a personal point of view it means that he is almost certainly going to miss his second World Cup Finals due to injury. The only good news to come out of this is that he is now unlikely to be signing for Celtic. I really wouldn't wish that on anyone apart perhaps from Wigan's James McLean. He got the usual reception from Boro fans when he came on and the highlight of the night for me was when Ledesma picked up a yellow card for trying to cut him in two.

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Boro players come out at Donny wearing tee-shirts with a "Get Well" message to injured defender Rhys Williams.

Wigan were the better side and post match when I chatted with Uwe Rosler he felt disappointed to have only picked up one point. While Wigan could well mount a serious promotion push it is something that their fans hardly deserve.

A pathetic away support amounting to 177 travelled to the Riverside and for what vocal support they gave their team they might as well have stayed at home. I spoke to some of their staff at half time and their press officer voiced exception to my comment that there was almost as many staff as supporters.

He defended the low turn out as being a Tuesday night but Wigan never take many away and whilst the attendance at the Riverside was nothing to shout about Boro would never take as few fans to an away game wherever and whenever a game was played.

One good thing to come out of the game though was that the players do appear to be learning more under the current regime than they did under the last. After defensive errors on Saturday the players, Ayala especially no longer dwelt on the ball and whilst it's not pretty, Row Z is now the option being used.

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4,254 Boro fans brought revenue and atmosphere to Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, the largest travelling support in the UK on Saturday, possibly the world!!

Wednesday and another Oliver day. We went to the Adventure Point soft play in Darlington where I bumped into Bradford City's Matthew Bates. The former Boro defender has experienced his own fair share of injury nightmares and its perhaps worth reflecting how precarious an industry football can be. Fortunately he did not sustain any further injuries taking his nine month old son down the slides.

A couple more dinner engagements booked but there are still spaces in the diary so 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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Two hours before kick off at the Keepmoat Stadium, the brightness hides a bitterly cold wind that was going to spoil the match.

I received this which I've got to share with you. We know the animosity between Rangers and Never Defeated Always Cheated FC but the Toon v Mackems clashes have a certain amount of hatred as well as is borne out the opinions voiced in this classic clip.

I watched the at times feisty Spurs v Manchester City game unfortunately having to endure Michael Owen in the process. As well as boring the listener to tears he proves without doubt that former players will never make referees. Michael Dawson's shoulder charge was okay!

That being said Assistant Referee Scott Ledger didn't have the best of nights either, involved in major decisions and whilst the offside goal scored by Michael Dawson and the dismissal and subsequent penalty in the Danny Rose incident both appeared at first to be incorrect they highlighted perhaps how difficult the job is for the officials as both were split second decisions.

The fact that Adebayor went for the ball means that he was interfering with play and therefore the Lino was correct to flag, I do feel though that the penalty was incorrect and double the punishment as Rose was dismissed. More reasoning for orange cards and sin bins than straight reds that significantly alter the course a game.

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Count them if you don't agree, but a massive 177 Wigan Athletic fans made the journey to the Riverside on Tuesday evening, no doubt their loyal supporters, but as well as being low in numbers they were quiet in noise. Maybe they were cardboard cut outs, but even the game did little to enthuse the away support who hardly muttered a word all night!!

Thursday and before I set sail for Sunderland to see the musical Singin' In The Rain, news broke that one of the gentleman found guilty of murdering Gunner Lee Rigby is to appeal against the severity of his sentence. Too right as well, it is ludicrous that he is destined to spend the rest of his life in prison paid for by taxpayers like you and I. He should be released immediately and in fact I volunteer to pick him up from prison.

As a treat I would bring him up to Ibrox to watch the mighty Glasgow Rangers. I won't need a match ticket though, because before the game I would take him into the WRC to meet some of the lads and lasses. I trust that his remains could just be dumped in the one of the skips in the car park.

Scum like him don't deserve to breath the same air as us. Bring back corporal punishment for terrorists, oh and paedophiles as well!!

The show was okay but not as good as people had made out. What was better viewing was the following link that someone sent me, obviously boring safety stewards would pull their hair out if this happened at a top game, but hilarious none the less.

Friday and Transfer Deadline Day, or in my case Benidorm catch-up day. Round to my son's flat, well mine really, for breakfast. That's a first as he usually comes to me.

The reason though - he had Sky Plussed Benidorm, so we just sat there and watched five episodes on the bounce, with the odd glance at my iPhone to see what was happening on the transfer front.

Boro have sold out so 4,250 going to Donny tomorrow, probably as many away fans as home fans. That's what away support is about WIGAN!! Or maybe not - very wet in South Yorkshire and more rain expected overnight.

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Tuesday night at the Riverside and a nothing game played in front of a small crowd with virtually no atmosphere at all as Boro played out a 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic.

Been back home two weeks so need a holiday, so set about trying to book a week in Lazarote. Plan is to go on the Sunday so that I can go to East Fife on the Saturday. Having booked the flights I looked in the diary and realised that I will be away for the weekend of the Scottish FA Cup quarter finals and Dunfermline apart the possibility of playing THEM. Never mind I'm sure I'll find a bar in Puerto Del Carmen full of Gypsies watching the game should it happen.

On the transfer front Boro are very active, but it could end up like the last one where time runs out. Seems like it's a game of poker, the selling or loaning clubs have the aces, players are like pieces of meat but very well rewarded ones at that.

As it happened we got our men, well almost. Karanka both impresses and confuses me at the same time. Getting rid of the likes of Duke, Haroun and finally Emnes in very much in line with what the fans think. His signings give hope but tell the tale about what is left behind.

With Dorrans evidently on the back burner till either the loan window opens or the summer, then what about the futures of Ledesma, Adomah, Carayol, definitely Butterfield and also Kamara? Got a feeling he didn't think too much of the squad he inherited and the start of next season will see a team unrecognisable from the one built by Mogga. Perhaps that's not a bad thing.

Great news north of the border as no-one, especially Lee Wallace, leaves Ibrox. On TV I know that he's not everyone's cup of tea, but I quite like Simon Jordan. Tells it like he sees it. What's the Chief Executive of Stoke still doing at the ground at 10.30pm he was asked. "Developing a personality".

So to Saturday, Scotland is getting hammered by wind and rain and worse, will it be off to Doncaster or a last minute change of plan to Hartlepool?

  My third Boro match in a week after returning home and yet to see them score a goal. In fairness the wind killed the game, spoiling it for the 11,440 crowd of which over 37 per cent came from the Boro. 4,254 made the journey and saw very little from the Boro.

Paul Dickov was just as I remembered him - a right moaning little twat but post match was honest enough to admit that while his side edged it, a draw was a fair result.

Hopefully I will see a team that I am supporting score a goal at Ibrox on Friday night.


As intimated Glasgow on Friday night then back home for Boro v Blackburn on Saturday where I'm guest in one of the lounges hosted by former keeper Jim Platt.

Have a good week.

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