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6th May 2014

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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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Sunday and a Day of watching football. I abstained from betting but really fancied Chelsea to do Liverpool. It's what Mourinho does well - stopping other teams play. Pity I didn't put my money where my mouth was.

Sets Manchester City up nicely now, fell for Stevie G if not the smug, smarmy Rodgers. Can you really see Everton supporters wanting their side to gift wrap the title for Liverpool?

After three TV games I caught up on Sky Plussed Rangers v Stranraer game; emotional to put it mildly. Ally as usual top draw, Rangers dignity came shining through. Pity the game was spoilt with Doncaster lurking in the background. He's got some front even being there without expecting people to acknowledge him.

Monday and an Oliver day then off to Darlington Civic to see a Simon And Garfunkel show. Nice email received from secretary of Wrexham Supporters Trust thanking me for not pursuing the monies that I was legally entitled too. Don't bear grudges and want to be malicious, that's probably why I support Rangers and not "Always Cheated Never Defeated FC".

Invite from Gazette to return to their Talking Boro panel of journalists. That's nice as well and shows that time heals, with decent people, at least!!

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My workmates on Monday at the Golf day!

Tuesday and I was hosting the Hartlepool United Player of the Year evening at nearby Seaton Carew. It is the third time they have asked me to host their Awards ceremonies and I was honoured to do so. It was a very good evening and very enlightening.

Colin Cooper came across very well as appears to be a manager who believes in the way football should be played and is prepared to give youth a chance. The young players that he has blooded this season appear to have very good futures and at a club like Pools they need to develop their youths with a view to in the short term bringing success to the club then possibly onward and upward and bringing large fees to keep the club going.

The new away kit for next season is different, pink and black and to be honest it looks very good. Cant help thinking that a generation ago of hardened Poolie's would not have been seen dead wearing pink but times have changed and I'm sure that sales will be high.

Got home in time to watch the highlights of Real Madrid stuffing the Germans. Counter attacking with pace seems to beat possession football.

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I think that I've found a striker for Rangers!

Wednesday and the most enjoyable day I've had in a long time. My youngest son Mark and I took Oliver to the beach where he had a good go at trying to be King Canute. Walking down to the sea as the tide went out then turning a racing away as it came back in, giggling his head off. Mark was desperate that Oliver and I would fall over, Kinnock style, his camera poised. I think 250 from You've Been Framed was stimulating him.

On the night we went to the Darlington Civic theatre to watch the one man show, Sugg's, My Life Story. A sell out, mostly people of my generation, many dressed in attire from the era when Madness shot to prominence. It wasn't what I was expecting but it was absolutely brilliant. He's on a nationwide tour and any fan of Madness, the Specials etc have got to give this gig a go. More talk and banter than singing but brilliant all the same.

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Big Al regrets his conservative choice of trousers and is not happy being upstaged by Alan Thompson, who by the way said make sure you tell the Rangers fans that he's a Bear at heart.

I have a booking coming up that is for an organisation that is very close to my heart, MND Scotland. I know a lot of readers have asked me to let them know when and where I am speaking in Scotland, so here's an opportunity and in so doing helping a brilliant cause.

The event is at the Gailes Hotel, Irvine on Friday 27th June. The speakers, as well as myself, include Willie Young and John Gahagan. Tickets are 45 each or 400 for a table of ten and can be ordered via

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Out of contract at the end of the season, Shoala Ameobi, could do a good job at Ibrox or the Riverside!

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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God Tommo, that's terrible and I don't mean the shot!

Got home in time to watch the Sky Plussed second Champions League semi-final. Normally I would always want the British club to beat foreign opposition, with one obvious exception! Because of my strong dislike for Chelsea's self appointed Special One I wasn't too bothered to see the Pensioners bow out. No excuses this time, no officials to blame, he was correct when he said that Chelsea were in it until the penalty, but after that they were outclassed and lucky to only lose 3-1!

Thursday and gutted to be missing an afternoon at Sedgefield races to watch Rangers Racing's Blue Sea of Ibrox in probably what will be her last race before her summer break. Left some badges for my pal Mark Venus, suggested to him that if we win he can pick up the prize. That would look good, a former Celtic assistant manager accepting the winner's memento on behalf of Rangers Racing. That photo would hit YouTube I can guarantee.

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See - Alan Shearer can smile!!

The reason for my absence was because I was speaking at a Black Tie Dinner in Lincoln. The event was to raise money for a Catholic ran charity who offer respite care and holidays for children and thaeir families that unfortunately are suffering from illnesses. Not bad from someone that some describe as a bigot!!

Never any danger of Veno having to pick up any prizes; watched the race on my phone, well up with the pace then Blue Sea jumped left at a flight on the final circuit and went out like a light. One race too many? Don't know but another disappointing run that leaves us scratching our heads and a little bit poorer in the pocket.

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Former Celtic number two proves he's a Blue nose at heart with his bizarre golfing outfit!

I was working at a venue well known to me on the evening in Lincoln, it was a fundraiser for a children's charity that offers respite trips to Lourdes and after we had eaten we watched a short video accompanied by the sort of music that brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye.

Comedian Lester Crabtree and I did our slots then I turned to the fundraising. Despite only an audience of around ninety people we did very well and with the cost per child around 700 we ensured that a few will be covered to make the next trip.

Friday morning and home via the stables and garage in Whitby. The first is for inquest time the second to remove my winter tyres that haven't seen the slightest hint if snow. Sod's law the weather is now bound to turn next week.

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The home team get ready to kick off at Kilbirnie Ladeside. Yes that's Ladeside not Lakeside; never did find out why they are called that.

Watched the Rugby League on TV on Friday night then up Saturday and off for three days of work. Saturday evening's gig was for Auchinlech Talbot FC and they asked if I would like to go to their name on the afternoon. The only problem was that it was thirty miles away. Still, might as well take a game in.

With Boro kicking off early I was able to listen to radio on way up. Typical Boro - biggest away win of the season when it didn't matter!

Did a Goals Galore on four lunchtime matches and Doncaster Rovers let me in for 100. Obviously couldn't make Dunfermline so no bets for me, until Scott rings me and tells me that Dunfermline are playing the kids. 7/4 for Rangers, -2 goals, piled on; what's that saying about a fool and his money.

Arrived at the ground and was surprised to see the crowds turning up, must have been 500-600 including a couple of hundred visiting fans. Wasn't a classic but Talbot won putting everyone in a good mood for the night.

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Saturday afternoon and its not watching Boro or Rangers or even Hartlepool on the final day of the regular league season, instead for me it's Scottish Junior football.

My eyesight, along with that of the match officials, must be dodgy because I saw a Kilbirnie player leave the field with a bloody mouth early in the game and presumed it must have been from a clash of heads or something, evidently one of his teammates had twatted him off the ball after a disagreement.

The evening fortunately didn't have any violence, getting on two hundred people in the local bowling club, good order and a cracking night. Working with Peter Brown and Jim Morrison, I did my speech and also the auction. As usual the organisers seemed pleased with my extra input. Why not I'm there and my attitude is always to do as much as possible for the organisers and their cause.

Stopped locally before a leisurely morning and the short trip to Kilmaurs for my next gig.

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Thursday and Saltburn with son number two Uncle Mark and Oliver.

Sunday afternoon was to be of those special gigs, Rangers only in a Masonic hall, the room packed to capacity and you could have heard a pin drop. Excellent order for both myself and Graham Roberts, then the auction. We were raising funds for the British Heart Foundation, Erskine hospital and a local charity set up after the tragic death of a sixteen month old baby.

I could only think of Oliver and couldn't imagine the devastation that family must have felt. It inspired the audience and we rose over 4,000; tremendous effort. Away by 6.30pm and drove down to the golf club in Northumberland for the next leg of my working weekend.

At Hamilton Park Lady Ibrox had finished mid division taking with her some more of my hard earned cash!

The golf club was a bit upmarket to put it mildly, owned by a well known racehorse owner, the room I was given wasn't exactly Travel Lodge, it was magnificent and was wasted on me, great food as well.

Monday and the reason for me being there, the golf day organised by Collingwood Insurance for their clients, associates and friends.

Alan Shearer, Shola Ameobi, Terry McDermott, Ryan Taylor, John Carver and former Celtic number two Alan Thompson, who confessed to me that he's a Rangers fan!

My role, apart from oggling to two gorgeous girls who were providing the eye candy, was to spend the day driving a golf buggy and assessing who were going to be the recipients of the fun prizes. Good work if you can get it.

First award was going to be easy - Alan Thompson's trousers saw to that. Good laugh, good day and better than another Bank Holiday Monday at the garden centre.

When I got home it was to pick up the receipts from her indoors' trip to said garden centres, but without a bet all day and my fee to come it was a still a very profitable day.


Possible evening at the races, a couple of Oliver days, an afternoon at the Gazette to be part of the Talking Boro team to get the end of season articles written. Then a weekend that will see me drive around 1,000 miles. Friday night another trip to Scotland to speak along with the Goalie at the Paisley RSC gig then the short trip down to Cardiff for Saturday night's event.

Have a good week.

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