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20th May 2014

Monday and a day with my Grandson, then home to watch the play-off semi between QPR and Wigan Athletic. Disgraceful dive from James McLean, but what else would you expect from this footballer who is disliked by many because of his personal beliefs. Add cheating to the list!!!

Tuesday and an afternoon at Sedgefield races, three winners but down a bit on the day. Back home for more gambling and hoping to build on the success of the game so far. A cracking bet in Monday night's game had been over 11 corners, with both teams having to go for it, that seemed a good shout to me. Tuesday was not as adventurous but the late couple of goals kept my head above water.

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Thursday and got these new blinds fitted, very posh and very expensive. The ones in the conservatory cost more than the fucking conservatory did when it was built!! Watched the play off game and continued my winning streak.

Friday worked on my bucket list purchasing tickets for three concerts later this year, Madness, UB40 and The Specials. Really looking forward to them. Went to look after Oliver for an hour whilst Sam went to get her nails done, then offski for the weekend's adventures. First stop work, with a sportsman's dinner for Little Town FC at Cleckheaton Golf Club.

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Tuesday afternoon at Sedgefield and after the last race the first two head back to the winner's enclosure. Fortunately they finished in the different order with Simple Assignment holding off Charlie Breekie, giving me my third winner of the afternoon.

I'd worked at the venue last year. Good grub, with comedian Zac Stevens who I didn't know is having chemo etc as he's been diagnosed with cancer. Puts everything into perspective!!

Good night as usual and win friends by going the extra mile with the fundraising. No one else does what I do - it's my usp and gets me loads of work. Not rocket science, everyone's a winner. Asleep by 1.30am then up and on the road by 7.30. That was going to take its effect later on in the day.

Parked up at my daughter's in Camden just after 11am. Off to meet Steve at a pub near Wembley Central. He's bought a scarf and decided to be a Hull fan for the day as a recent relationship with an Arsenal season ticket holder had ended acrimoniously, bitter bastard. He got really into the part with constant abuse of the short sighted garlic munching gargoyle impersonating twat. His words!!

Talking of words, word for the day was "gash" in remembrance of Richard Scudamore. In this PC world he looks like he's going to fall on his sword over recently sneaked private emails. The worlds gone mad, no humour, no banter, bit like refereeing actually.

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Whilst I was in London on Sunday in Fife the lads from the Methil & Buckhaven RSC bus were thrashing the Glenrothes RSC on penalties. If I'd have been reffing they'd have won on penalties in normal time. Photo shows the winning manager, "The Special (NEEDS) One!!", holding the trophy aloft!

Couple of pints in an Arsenal pub then the pre-match ritual of visiting Gregg's!! I provided the HP sauce sachets courtesy of Ibrox stadium.

Top draw seats at Wembley; front row in the upper tier alongside the press box.

Hull steamed into the arse, could be the end of the other arse (ne)!! If Hull had been any good they'd have done a Liverpool, Chelsea or City on them and hit six. Their defending of corners and crosses reminded me of early season Boro.

But I toyed with hitting Bet365 and backing Arsenal because it was obvious that they would get back into it and take charge. They wouldn't have needed extra time if they could pass the ball forward or use width. Boring, boring Arsenal!! Still, as full time approached and well up in the horses and footie bets I reinvested in Arse to score next and win in extra time, both at the unbelievably generous odds of evens.

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Hull City end as viewed from my excellent vantage point alongside the press box.

Full time and a quick exit to get into London and feeling tired and dirty headed for Covent Garden to meet Graham and Micky, one drink, restaurant one more then much to the disgust of Steve, who as normal was up for sex, drugs and rock and roll, we decided to call it a day. Boring, boring bastards. Back to Camden another long day over and the whinger still in a job!!

After breckie a nice walk along Camden Lock, some sights to behold. London filling up with Cambridge and Gateshead fans for Conference play-off final. Gave it a miss but backed three goals or more and late goal. BBQ and several drinks.

Monday driving home and because I've got tickets for a show in Sunderland on the night, Lady Ibrox's 4.30pm race at Southwell is too late to attend.

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The Arsenal end, Whinger's trophy virgins!!! they weren't going to enjoy the first ten minutes!

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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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Referee Lee Probert leads out the teams on Cup Final Day; brings back memories of ten years ago!!

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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Players and officials lined up to meet the dignitaries at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

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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Colourful Wembley on what for me is still the biggest domestic Cup Final in world football.


Tuesday and Wednesday Oliver days, Wednesday night another show in Darlington, Thursday Wetherby races. No work this week so looking forward to watching Championship play-off final on the box.

Have a good week.

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