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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING BORO'S LAST HOME GAME OF THE SEASON AND RANGERS MOURN THE PASSING OF A TRUE LEGEND
28th April 2014

Monday and a Bank Holiday so fortunately I had the choice of Redcar Races or Hartlepool v Morecambe instead of the dreaded visit to the Garden Centre.

Actually I did go there by choice on the Monday as we needed some bark for the garden!! I'd had Oliver overnight but when his parents picked him up I went to watch Pools in their must win home game against fellow strugglers Morecambe. The first half epitomised Pools problems, too many youngsters, not enough experience or strength and it was no surprise when wily old campaigner Ellison headed the Shrimpers in front.

There appeared no way back when Pools were reduced to ten men after a rash challenge form Walton. Amazingly that seemed to inspire the team and most certainly the supporters, two inspired substitutions saw them both score and the last ten minutes were like a Cup Final with the ground bouncing. After a bad spell my two match bets of a late goal and three goals or more in the match came to fruition. Everyone happy then!!

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Tuesday, plans changed as Blue Sea Of Ibrox is balloted out of her race at Wetherby and her final race before her summer break and Lady Ibrox's next entry are both on dates when I am speaking, Bugger!!!

With absolutely nothing at stake I decided not to go to Ibrox or to Reading to watch Boro try and put a cog in the Royals play-off bid. Don't think I missed too much as Rangers just about managed a win, why don't we play Moshni up front because he's a better striker than a defender!! Boro were back to their mediocre best and were beaten after fifteen minutes.

Obviously the worst kept secret of the weekend was confirmed as David Moyes was finally given the boot. A future Rangers manager?? I know he played for them but he's really one of us. Don't know if he was ever the right man for United but when the players don't want you then you've got no chance!!

Watched the Chelsea game on TV and the Special One did what he does best, gets a result when it matters.

Wednesday and a day spent sorting out arrangements for next week's engagements, five in less than a week, just like the good old days.

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Quite pathetic; only 751 made the short trip to Teesside watch their side's last must win away game. In their defence if they have had to watch the kind of performances that their side put up on Saturday perhaps their apathy is understandable. But not really!

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 jeffwinter@jeffwinterentertainmentandmedia.co.uk.

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.

One late booking was for me to host next Tuesday's Hartlepool United Player Of The Year evening. No chance of them cancelling me unlike this Sunday's proposed similar event for Wrexham FC. Unfortunately that booking was cancelled following a couple of supporters who also follow Celtic dragging up newspaper reports from almost two years ago and stirring the shit with the club.

The chairman was more than happy to proceed with my contract as I had previously worked for them before. The board however, as they are a supporters trust, were a little concerned especially as the supporters in question were eager to make the issue public. Even when they live a couple of hundred miles from Glasgow these bitter individuals are not happy unless they are shit stirring.

Well thanks to them it cost their local club money and they lost out on making a lot more as I always make the people who book me a lot of revenue on the day. I took legal advice on the matter and would have been well within my rights to pursue the matter and get the outstanding balance of my fee paid in full.

I have decided though not to do that as unlike some I am not that twisted and I do actually feel for those individuals at the club that put a lot of time and effort into initially saving the club and now ensuring its successful running. Good luck to them in the future, fortunately the majority of people who book me are not small minded and also believe in the law of the land which took no action against the allegations made against me.

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Loyal to the last, the Red Faction continue to create atmosphere at the Riverside. Like the Union Bears and Blue Order at Ibrox their support has been magnificent again this season.

On the evening back up to Sunderland to the theatre to watch a musical comedy, Hot Flush, basically about the hormonal problems of four women, just like a night at home actually!!

Thursday and took the little fellah out feeding the ducks and the like, great day until Thursday evening and the sad news broke of the death of Sandy Jardine, great footballer, great man. For any human being to lose their life is very sad, unfortunately it doesn't stop some scum bags using social media to abuse others that can't defend themselves. True football fans, whoever they support, will appreciate a man who gave all for his club and his country. RIP Sandy.

Friday and dropped wife off at the railway station as she's off down south for the weekend; the cats away!! Another afternoon with Oliver and his mam, these soft play areas are killing me, but its fun trying to keep up with an eighteen month old.

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The last game at the Riverside this season as Boro face relegation threatened Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

On the evening out for a few drinks with my old pal and Boro based former Football League referee. Chewed the fat and also discussed the last 12 months of his father-in-law's life. They had just had the funeral on Wednesday, it took less than a year from the diagnosis of him having MND before he was taken. I can't think of a more depressing humiliating illness and I hope that people continue to raise funds to try and find a cure.

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. So during the month of last November to try and raise funds for the society that works so hard to help people suffering from the disease it made a comeback before being removed at Ibrox stadium along with the hair on my head. The charity account is still open and I am still hoping people will contribute. Please help me help them.

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Bank Holiday, Monday afternoon and Hartlepool line up to face fellow strugglers Morecambe as if they mean business.

On Saturday it was to be my last Boro match of the season. I wish that I could have gone up to Rangers as I'm sure it would be a poignant day as only Rangers fans can create. I had seen both Rangers and Hartlepool win on what was going to be my final time of watching them this season so come on Boro - let's make it a treble. I Sky Plussed the Rangers game and that was to be watched alone when emotions could be released in private.

The first half at the Riverside was truly woeful; well at least the first half hour. I was amazed at Barnsley, this was their last chance saloon, surely they would come and have a right go? They didn't have any fight and it was perhaps easy to see why they were in their predicament.

Even their supporters appeared to have given up on them. Final away game, a must win game and at a ground less than a hundred miles away and they mustered a paltry 751 travelling fans only a100 more than Boro took to Reading in midweek for a nothing game for the club. Truly shocking.

Just before half time Boro started shooting practice and visitors goalie Luke Steele was having a blinder. Watched a couple of races on the phone it was that bad. Had another nearly day on the Super Six, Stoke not getting a point against Spurs cost me over a grand as I got the other five games spot on including another three draws. Millwall's late goal at QPR set me up nicely but Stoke let me down. There's always one!!

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Good job for you I'm not an Aberdeen fan!! Oliver chases the sheep, a good Bear in the making.

After doing nowt Barnsley score a goal from a corner when Boro's defence play statues, marking no one in the box and always an unchallenged shot on goal. That might have been it against a decent side but Barnsley certainly weren't that.

We equalised soon after then after missing a multitude of chances we secured the three points and my bet for three goals or more in the game with a couple of late goals. It was almost embarrassing when the players came out for the traditional last match lap of "what?" because it certainly wasn't honour. The guessing game was how many on the pitch had played their last game for the club.

Saturday evening and back up to Sunderland to watch The Magic Of Motown. Good show.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Manic and that's without getting to watch out two horses in action. On some occasions work has to come first.

Monday and an Oliver day then off to Darlington Civic to see a Simon And Garfunkel show, Tuesday I'm hosting the Hartlepool Player Of The Year event.

Wednesday and another Oliver day followed by another trip to Darlington this time for a Sugg's Show. Thursday and off down to Lincoln to speak at a dinner to raise funds for a children's respite charity.

Saturday and up to Scotland watching a Junior game then speaking at the team's annual Dinner, Sunday lunchtime and another gig in Ayrshire then on Monday a Golf day in Northumberland.

Have a good week.





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