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17th February 2014

Monday and Tuesday were child minding days and as Oliver gets older he's running me ragged so on those days there isn't much time for anything else.

Managed to do an interview for BBC Wales on Craig Bellamy's retrospective three match ban. No brainer really, cowardly nasty elbow off the ball and no less than he deserved. Even had to turn down the company of the now out of work Veno at Catterick Races. I would have backed a few winners as well.

This little fellah is costing me money!!! He's worth it though; mind you I wasn't saying that when we went to the swimming baths. He used to love it, first time in a while and he screamed the place down, embarrassing to put it mildly.

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I received the following message from MND Scotland.

Hi Jeff,

Many thanks Jeff, and please pass on my sincere thanks to all of the various supporters clubs and buses who have been so generous in their support. It's incredible to see that you've reached your target of 4,000 - and when the Gift Aid is added to this the total is more than 5,000!

It costs approximately 1000 to provide our nursing care service to one person with MND for an entire year, so hopefully this puts into perspective the incredible difference you've made. Your fundraising will help us to fund the Specialist Nurses who deliver and co-ordinate the care needed by people like Fernando Ricksen who have been diagnosed with MND.

It will help us to provide the information and emotional support people need when they are diagnosed and throughout the progression of their illness. It will help us to continue funding research so that one day a cure will be found. Until that happens, MND Scotland will ensure that the best quality of care and support is available to everyone.

We can only do this because of people like you, so many thanks again for everything you've done.

All the best,

Iain McWhirter
Head of Fundraising and Volunteering
MND Scotland

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.

jeff winter
Ready to rumble. Pools players greet their fans before securing three points on their march towards hopefully a play off slot.

Wednesday and I had to face the elements going across the M62 to Goodison Park. The day started quite sedately with breakfast in Yarm with my mate and former Darlington and Boston CEO Jon. We bumped into Craig Hignett and his wife. He's loving the life in football management at Hartlepool.

I crossed the windswept High Street to go to the bank to pick up some currency for my next trip to find some decent weather; only just over two weeks to go!

Before I set off for Everton there was the little matter of a race to watch on the TV. Acting on information received I had my largest bet for some time then started to panic as the horse drifted in the market. However as our trainer always says: "the horse, doesn't know that".

The jockey produced the horse and it won well. Get in you beauty, after that anyone with any sense would have decided the pittance I was set to receive for travelling to Merseyside wasn't worth the effort. However it was networking that is always likely to get enquiries for further work.

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Referee Trevor Kettle meets the players before Hartlepool v Newport on Saturday afternoon. I don't know how he manages to stay on the list. Oh yes, his father-in-law used to be the appointment's secretary!!

The early part of the journey was surprisingly smooth, the roads quiet as many obviously heeded the warning not to travel, the journey interrupted with a phone call with an estimate for new blinds and curtains. Fuck me, they must be gold lined and would eat into my horse winnings; easy come easy go!

Then just past Huddersfield news of a lorry blowing over ahead, almost two hours and two miles later I got past the stricken lorry and ten police and emergency services vehicles. Hopefully there was no serious injury or worse, but once again it amazes me how long it takes to clear up after an accident.

The weather was horrendous; you could feel the car wobbling, when driving the rain and spray blinded you. I was shitting myself as I sat alongside other high sided vehicle hoping they didn't decide to land on top of me.

After four and a half hours I had travelled 120 miles and was stuck in traffic again. Thirty minutes before kick off and almost two hours late, obviously I'd missed doing my pre-match entertainment slots in two of the lounges but at least I would hopefully arrive before the end of the game and do the post-match slots.

Then following on from the Manchester City v Sunderland postponement my game fell foul as well. Turned round and headed homeward, placed some of my winnings on Arsenal to beat United to entertain me as I listened to the commentary. That was to go to the wall as I started to give the bookies their money back. I've always said that when you win, you're only borrowing it!

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That's me set up for a freezing cold afternoon by the North Sea. Its really me acclimatising for East Fife in a fortnight.

My topsy turvy day was on the up again when a prominent Conference Club rang me to book me to speak at their Annual Player of the Year Presentation Dinner, but when I was ten miles from home trees were blocking the road which had been closed so a detour that put another fifteen minutes on my journey.

Finally home after six and three quarter hours behind the wheel. Hopefully the rest of the week will be a bit quieter, with a few trips to Scotland planned in the near future hopefully the weather will improve.

Things are busier this year than last 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.

To put me back in a happy mood I fully intend to purchase one of these top quality collectors items!!!

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Thursday and the SO NO PROTESTANTS party are considering changing their name to SORRY NO POUNDS. Worryingly how will I pay for my tickets in Scotland? Will Euros suffice or are we going back to barter? Seriously though, as long as the majority are not complacent the vote should be won and if the losers aren't happy they could always go home!!

Made a very successful contact by signing up with a local agency that hopefully will find me more work, bonus that the proprietor is drop dead gorgeous as well!

Watched the Rugby League on the TV. My pal Andy Reid would be cock a hoop with the Saints convincing victory at Warrington, top quality entertainment.

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Fuck off you idiots! I've travelled two miles in almost two hours and sat in slowing moving traffic you tell me to SLOW DOWN. That's about as much use as telling me that the B69 (or something similar) is closed when no one knows where the fuck that road is!! The rest of the world laughs at us, a bit of snow, rain or wind a little bump and the roads grind to a standstill!!! GREAT Britain, my arse!!

Friday and a trip to Adventure Point with Oliver and his Mam and back home in time to watch a supposed good thing get caught on the line. Definitely starting to give the bookies some of my winnings but still over a couple of bags of sand up on the week, so satisfied.

Another piece of equine information and it looked very good as the selection sped 3-4 lengths clear inside the final furlong but Jamie Spencer found no more and it was pipped on the line. You win some you lose some!!

Saturday and due to a speaking engagement in Gateshead on the night a trip to Ayr or Watford to watch either Rangers or Boro was not possible so Hartlepool were scheduled for my football fix before earning some pennies. A trip to Ayr would have been satisfying with yet another victory for the treble chasing Glasgow Rangers, not so much so had I ventured south to the building site that is Vicarage Road.

Boro totted up another 90 minutes without a goal taking their running drought up to over 500 minutes. They once again managed to stop the opposition from scoring in open play, losing to yet another penalty and seeing yet another player sent off.

The links to Mourinho are well documented through the new manager Aitor Karanka and I am worried that the Boro are going down that route with the aim to win game's 1-0 and as discipline worsens a similar path that has seen Chelsea, albeit successful, become a team that isn't always good to watch with dubious tactics to win at all costs by fair means or foul.

As you might have guessed I am not a "Special One" supporter.

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An early start for the 127 Newport County fans that had made the 600 mile round trip to Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon.

At the Vic, 127 brave souls from South Wales had made the long journey north, despite not kicking off they still won three corners inside the first two minutes and it looked as if the trek would be a successful one for the visitors. That's as good as it got, Pools took over and despite a bit of pressure from the Welsh side when it was 2-0 the game was as good as won as we entered into the three minutes of additional time. Good for Pools but not good for my interest bets on the game.

I had punted on three markets, three match goals or more, a match goal after 72 minutes and Luke Williams to score anytime. With seconds remaining this spawny bastard got lucky, Boro's latest Pools loanee notched and all three bets were up! Get in there.

My luck continued as just before the fat lady started singing elsewhere Stevenage were scoring an 89th minute consolation goal at Rotherham and even later Birmingham notched a 95th minute goal against Huddersfield which brought my Goals galore treble up.

So finished the week well up with the bookies, no need to work really, but I had a booking and a relatively short trip up to Gateshead to the strangely named Bill Quay Cricket Club, a small club house with a pie and pea supper and myself and local comedy club style comedian Gavin Webster.

Cracking night, did my after Dinner slot then after the nosh did a Q & A session then the manic comic did his set. Usually you work with the gag tellers and hear the same old jokes but this new breed are refreshing or to put it another way fucking mental. Still a good night and back home just after midnight, so an early one for me and time to sit down and watch the racing I had Sky Plussed, two big prices seconds backed each way, so a good end to a Boro apart nigh on perfect week for me.


Weather permitting Wetherby races on Tuesday working in Uddington at a Rangers Supporters Club on Friday evening then most likely is an early morning dash back to the Riverside for the 12.15 kick off between Boro and Dirty Leeds, alternatively if the weather is bad could stay up in Glasgow and watch the treble chasers play Stenhousmuir.

Have a good week.

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