SCUNTHORPE UNITED LONDON AND SOUTH EAST SUPPORTERS CLUB

NEWS ARCHIVE - SEASON 2009/2010

July 22, 2010

READING (away): Saturday, August 7

HERE we go again! Match tickets are now on sale for the opening game of the season, which will be a short hop for the vast majority of SULSESC members out of Paddington. Ticket prices are 23 quid for adults, 17 for seniors and under-21 and 10 under-16. Please email me by 10 am on Monday morning if you would like a ticket and I will put the SULSESC order into SUFC after that. Please note that if you pay on the day, prices are increased to 27 quid, 21 and 12 respectively, so it pays to get a ticket in advance.

AGM

NEIL Wright was elected as chairman of SULSESC at a well-attended AGM in the Stamford Arms last week.

A new committee of six members was elected, consisting of Neil Wright (chairman), Matt Gray (vice-chairman & travel secretary), Chris Vaughan (treasurer), Andy Skeels (secretary), Neil Holland (website) and John Parrott (marketing & fund-raising).

Membership renewals are due on August 1 and it was agreed that a simplified fee structure would be introduced from this year of 10 quid for adults and a fiver for under-16s. Renewal forms, plus entry forms for the forecasting competition, will be posted out shortly.

CHARITY CYCLE RIDE

TEN years after our last sponsored cycle ride in aid of Cancer Research (it's taken some of us who cycled to Torquay ten years to recover!), plans are afoot for another cycling epic...

It is proposed that the fourth SULSESC charity ride - following previous great pedal-athons to Scunny (1999), Bournemouth (2000) and Torquay (2001) - will tie-in with next season's SULSESC match sponsorship in April as we aim to cycle from Loftus Road to Glanford Park for the QPR match.

Although SULSESC'S Head of Cycling, Mr Vaughan, is in the very early planning stages for the expedition at the moment, he will obviously need a few masochists, sorry, members to put themselves forward for the actual cycling part of the challenge, as well as other volunteers for such tasks as driving the support vehicle, keeping Darren in an upright position during his traditional '50 different drinks in 50 different pubs' epic, etc., etc.

If anyone is interested in participating in any capacity, please contact Chris on chris_vaughan@ntlworld.com.

June 1, 2010

I trust you're all enjoying the summer break and looking forward to the publication of the new season's fixtures in a couple of weeks' time. Oh good, Millwall away again, that's one to look forward to, eh.

In the meantime, here's what's been happening on Planet SULSESC since the end of the season.

AGM

THE date for the AGM has been set for Wednesday, July 14, from 7 pm and the venue will be the Stamford Arms, Stamford Street, SE1.

It will be one of our most important AGMS of recent years as we have to elect a successor to Ian as club chairman.

Neil Wright has performed an admirable job as acting-chairman for the last six months but the position will have to be filled on a permanent basis at the AGM.

Neil has already indicated his willingness to stand. If anyone else would also like to stand, please email me by June 30 (so I can get the ballot papers printed in good time!).

APFSCIL

THE APFSCIL AGM will be held this Monday night (June 7) in the Exmouth Arms, Starcross Street, NW1 (very close to Euston station).

At the moment, we don't have anyone to represent us as Mr. Vaughan is working nights on Monday and we also have a darts match the same evening (see below). If anyone is able to deputise for him, please email Chris on chris_vaughan@ntlworld.com, otherwise it will be 'apologies for absence' time.

DARTS

WE have a vital away match on Monday (June 7) against Manchester City in the Sekforde Arms, Sekforde Street.

Due to various reasons like work commitments and holidays, we have only just raised a team of six (Steve S, Dave P, Barry H, Matt G, Neil W and Brad) so if anyone else would like to show up, you'll be more than welcome.

PLAYER OF YEAR

PAUL Hayes was presented with the John Birkett Memorial Shield at the SULSESC-sponsored game against Bristol City in April.

Some of the younger SULSESC members, Liam Tremayne, Chyavan Rees, Archie Wright and Beth Stevens, did the honours on the day.

The day was another big success and we hope to sponsor another match towards the tail end of next season so that the Player of the Year presentation can be made.

SHIRT AUCTIONS

DAVE Payne won the website shirt auctions in April for United shirts worn by Gareth Sheldon and Nathan Stanton.

FORECASTING COMPETITION

ORGANISER Steve Sumner is still in the process of checking the final table to make sure there are no cock-ups (!) but at the moment, it's looking like a 100 quid pay-out for Viv Baker as our winner for 2009-10. Provisional congratulations to Viv.

Viv overhauled long-time leader Jim Farrell in the closing weeks of the season, with Jim having to settle for a share of second place with Justin Huff.

We will confirm the final standings shortly once Steve has finished his double checking procedure and get the cheques out to the winners in about, oh, November once Vaughany has found the club chequebook.

April 21, 2010

DARTS/STAYING UP PARTY

ALL members are welcome to come along to our darts match tonight (Wednesday) against Blackpool in the Stamford Arms, Stamford Street.

There will no doubt be plenty of celebratory pints quaffed after an excellent result at Glanford Park against Reading!

Skipper Vaughan writes: "The game against Blackpool on Wednesday at the Stamford is definitely on. Confirmed attendees: Matt, David, Steve, Frank, Colin, Barry, Neil W, me, very possibly Secretarial Skeels, very probably Neil H. So there may be more beer-drinking than darts for some. But then we're all better at drinking beer than playing darts. I will consider requests for absence - first come, first served - but without guarantee."

DONCASTER (away): Saturday, April 24

I HAVE got an allocation of nine tickets for Saturday's game at Donny for the following SULSESC members:-

1 Andy Skeels

1 Tim Baker

1 Jon Dunn

1 Russ Foster

1 Ross Henderson

2 Andy Kerr

1 Andrew Metcalfe

1 Reg Walters

They are 23 quid, cheques payable to me on the day please if you haven't already paid.

PUB: We will meet in The Leopard from 12 noon, which is pretty much next to Doncaster railway station. Turn right out of the station, go across the car park, go past the first pub you come to and The Leopard is slightly further on on the right. The address is 1 West Street, DN1 3AA. Here's a link: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/28/2808/Leopard/Doncaster

Nick Haines' recommendation is the Salutation Hotel at 14 South Parade, DN1 2DR (map: http://tinyurl.com/yjftngw, the ground is south of the map) so we may well move on from The Leopard at some stage. Nick writes: "Beer: Tetley Bitter plus guests. GBG says: 'Originally a coaching inn on the Great North Road and now a popular pub on the edge of Doncaster town centre. The Sal consists of cosy drinking areas downstairs, a large function room upstairs and a patio area behind the pub. The bar features seven handpumps and a constantly changing range of beers. Local CAMRA's Winter Pub of the Season 2008-9.

"Next best is probably the Plough at 8 West Laith Gate, DN1 1SF (map: http://tinyurl.com/ybfsfcl). Beer here is Acorn Barnsley Bitter, Bass and guests. It has an interior unchanged since 1934 that features on CAMRA's national inventory, and has won various CAMRA awards, but doesn't do food."

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (home): Sunday, May 2 ( 1 pm KO).

FOR anyone travelling up for the final game of the season, seeing as it's an awkward Sunday lunchtime affair, we are planning a SULSESC 'night out' for a few beers in Scunny on the Saturday night before the game. Anyone interested, send me an email and we'll firm up the plans.

UTI

Andy

April 13, 2010

BRISTOL CITY (home): Saturday, April 17

THE London branch sponsored game is this Saturday and we will have 31 members attending as follows:-

1 Andy Skeels

3 Dave Ashton

2 Gary Brackenbury

1 Bob Dook

1 Russ Foster

1 Martyn Girdham

1 Matt Gray

2 Neil & Karen Holland

2 x Colin Lowe

2 Andy Kerr & Richard

1 Andrew Metcalfe

1 Dave Payne

1 Mark Pearson

2 Ian & Chyavan Rees

1 Darren Robertshaw

1 Steve Sumner

2 Andy & Liam Tremayne

1 Mal Watson

1 Darren Whitworth

1 Phil Wilmot

1 Neil Wright

2 Mick Wright

PAYMENT: In total, SUFC have billed us for 1,700 quid so we've settled on a final charge per head of 36 quid, with club funds making up the balance. I've paid SUFC already using my credit card, so cheques (payable to me, not SULSESC) on the day please.

CAR PARK PASSES: Five car park spaces in the car park on the ticket office side of the ground have been allocated for Neil Wright, Gary Brackenbury, Neil & Karen Holland, Colin Lowe and Ian Rees (just drive in and tell the attendant you're with the London Supporters' Club match sponsorship). Apologies to anyone else who has missed out, but numbers were restricted! You'll just have to park in the main car park.

DRESS CODE: SUFC have sent me an itinerary for the day. Everyone will need to arrive between 12.30 pm and 1 pm and dress code is described as "smart casual with preferably no trainers" - so God knows what Darren's going to wear!

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Paul Hayes has won our Player of the Year award and he will be coming up to the restaurant after the game for the presentation, so feel free to bring your camera! I would suggest the acting chairman rounds up all the youngsters in attendance to join him in making the presentation to Hayes...unless anyone has any better suggestions?

That's all I can think of, if anyone has any questions, feel free to email me, otherwise I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

DONCASTER (away): Saturday, April 24

I HAVE got an allocation of nine tickets for the following SULSESC members:-

1 Andy Skeels

1 Tim Baker

1 Jon Dunn

1 Russ Foster

1 Ross Henderson

2 Andy Kerr

1 Andrew Metcalfe

1 Reg Walters

They are 23 quid, cheques payable to me on the day please. Details of the pub to meet in will be in next week's SULSESC news.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

THANKS to everyone who voted in the Player of the Year poll - we had one of our best-ever turn-outs with 43 votes being cast in total.

Paul Hayes was a clear-cut winner with 28 votes, beating nearest challenger David Mirfin (8 votes) by a considerable margin.

Much to our surprise, SUFC have found the John Birkett Memorial Shield in the bowels of Glanford Park and it is being engraved this week (many thanks to Andy Kerr for sorting that out!) ahead of the presentation to Hayes on Saturday.

DARTS

WE have a darts match next week as we continue our bid for promotion to the top division. Blackpool will be the visitors to the Stamford Arms on Wednesday (April 21) and all members, as usual, are welcome to turn up.

SUFC SHIRT AUCTION

DON'T forget we currently have an active auction on www.sulsesc.com for two genuine SUFC shirts, as worn by Nathan Stanton and Gareth Sheldon in seasons past. The Sheldon shirt has the two Nationwide League sponsors' logos on the sleeve, although the Stanton one doesn't (and the second T in Stanton is also coming away slightly). These are the shirts I got from SUFC when Chris Pettitt and I joined forces to sponsor a player's shirt a few years ago and I'm only trying to flog them now to assist my fund-raising 'buy Thea a new bed' campaign seeing as she's outgrown her cot! Log onto www.sulsesc.com and click on the 'auction' link to bid.

UTI

Andy

April 7, 2010

PRESTON (away): Saturday, April 10

FOR those going to Preston on Saturday, Nick Haines' pub suggestions are as follows. As with Swansea, I don't know who's going and who's not, so I would suggest anyone who is going who wants to meet up with fellow SULSESC members on the day should do a 'reply all' to this email in order to agree a meeting place.

Nick's recommendations are: "Last time you went to the Old Black Bull at 35 Friargate, according to the SULSESC website. No idea what you thought of it, but it's no longer in the Good Beer Guide. There are several pubs in the current beer guide on Friargate, though: the Black Horse at 166 Friargate, the Grey Friar (a Wetherspoons) at 144 Friargate, and the Olde Dog & Partridge at 41 Friargate. And there are two other beer-guides close by: the Market Tavern at 33 Market Street and the New Britannia at 6 Heatley Street. All these are near the train station and in the direction of the ground.

My top tip is one of these, the Black Horse at 166 Friargate (map: http://tinyurl.com/yzfpqe4). Beer: Robinson's beers, including Old Stockport, Cumbria Way, Unicorn, Double Hop, Old Tom and seasonal beers. The GBG says: "Classic grade II listed pub in the main shopping area, close to the historic open market. With its exquisite tiled bar and walls and superb mosaic floor, it is an English Heritage/CAMRA award winner. The front two rooms bear photos of old Preston; the famous 'hall of mirrors' seating area is to the rear... Up to seven Robinson's beers are regularly on sale." Doesn't do food though, but then most of the others don't either.

If food is high on your list, you could try the Old Vic at 78 Fishergate (map: http://tinyurl.com/yhrh55v), but it loses points for beer range and ambience.

For the best range of beers, but again with no food and probably lacking the ambience of the Black Horse, you could try the Bitter Suite at 53 Fylde Road (map: http://tinyurl.com/ykj72qs). Beer range varies. GBG says: "Single-room bar converted from a keg-only club four years ago. It is set back from Fylde Road at the side of the unrelated Mad Ferret bar. A genuine free house, it serves six guest beers from microbreweries that change almost hourly... Home-cooked lunches are served Monday to Friday." Website: www.bittersuitepreston.co.uk."

BRISTOL CITY (home): Saturday, April 17

THIS is the SULSESC sponsored match and, in total, we now have 31 members attending for lunch in the restaurant as follows:

1 Andy Skeels

3 Dave Ashton

2 Gary Brackenbury

1 Bob Dook

1 Russ Foster

1 Martyn Girdham

1 Matt Gray

2 Neil & Karen Holland

2 x Colin Lowe

2 Andy Kerr & Richard

1 Andrew Metcalfe

1 Dave Payne

1 Mark Pearson

2 Ian & Chyavan Rees

1 Roly Roberts

1 Darren Robertshaw

1 Steve Sumner

2 Andy & Liam Tremayne

1 Mal Watson

1 Phil Wilmot

1 Neil Wright

2 Mick Wright

We are currently trying to work out the costings as SUFC say they will have to charge us more this year due to the high number attending (31 is a new record, I think!). We may have to charge 37 quid per head (and 20 quid for season ticket holders) to help cover the costs, but we're still waiting for SUFC to come back with a final figure so I'll confirm things next week.

I have had requests for car park passes from Neil W, Gary Brackenbury, Neil & Karen Holland, Colin Lowe and Ian Rees. SUFC still haven't confirmed how many we can have but with luck we'll get all five. I'll let you know.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

SUFC have also said that we can present the John Birkett Memorial Shield to our Player of the Year after the Bristol City match in the Glanford Park restaurant. The votes are still coming in, but if you haven't voted yet, please do so by Monday to give us time to get the shield engraved.

DONCASTER (away): Saturday, April 24

MATCH tickets go on sale on April 12 and could well sell out, so if any members would like to be added to the list below, please let me know by 9 am on Monday (April 12).

1 Tim Baker

1 Dave Bowers

1 Andrew Metcalfe

1 Reg Walters

AUCTION

WE currently have an active auction on www.sulsesc.com for two genuine SUFC shirts, as worn by Nathan Stanton and Gareth Sheldon in seasons past. The Sheldon shirt has the two Nationwide league sponsors' logos on the sleeve, although the Stanton one doesn't (and the second T in Stanton is also coming away slightly). These are the shirts I got from SUFC when Chris Pettitt and I joined forces to sponsor a player's shirt a few years ago and I'm only trying to flog them now to assist my fund-raising 'buy Thea a new bed' campaign seeing as she's outgrown her cot! Log onto www.sulsesc.com and click on the 'auction' link to bid.

UTI

Andy

March 31, 2010

SPONSORED GAME

WE are now up to 21 members who will be attending the SULSESC sponsored match against Bristol City at Glanford Park on April 17. The updated list is below, hopefully I haven't missed anyone off! If anyone else would like to go, please let me know by next Tuesday, April 6.

Also, if anyone would like to be added to the list for a car park pass, please let me know (not sure how many we are entitled to, so first come, first served). Neil Wright is the only one on the list so far.

A reminder that the cost per head will be in the region of 35 quid, for which you will receive admission to the Telegraph Stand, three-course lunch in the Glanford Park restaurant before the game, tea/coffee at half-time, match programme, etc. SUFC can usually accommodate around 25 of us, so there are probably about another four spaces up for grabs.

1 Andy Skeels

3 Dave Ashton

2 Gary Brackenbury

1 Bob Dook

1 Russ Foster

1 Martyn Girdham

1 Matt Gray

2 Neil & Karen Holland

2 Andy Kerr & Richard

1 Andrew Metcalfe

1 Dave Payne

1 Mark Pearson

1 Steve Sumner

2 Andy & Liam Tremayne

1 Neil Wright

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

IT has occurred to me that seeing as we're sponsoring a game so late in the season, we might have a chance of being able to present the John Birkett Memorial Shield for the SULSESC Player of the Year award before or after the Bristol City match on April 17.

I will contact SUFC to see what they think and hopefully they may agree to us making a presentation that day. I'll let you know the outcome!

In the meantime, of course, we need to figure out who our Player of the Year is going to be, so please start casting your votes now via email to this address.

TICKETS

OF the three remaining away games, I will not be arranging SULSESC ticket allocations for the games at Swansea and Preston as clearly neither will sell out and I should think any members who are going will be able to pay on the day.

The last away game of the season at Doncaster (unless we make the play-offs, of course!) is all-ticket so I will organise an allocation for that one. So far, Dave Bowers has requested a ticket. Anyone else who wants one, please let me know by Thursday, April 8.

FORECASTING COMPETITION

SUDDENLY, there's a race on for this year's Forecasting Competition title and the 100 quid first prize.

Long-time leader Jim Farrell has seen his advantage whittled away in the last month and is now only two points clear of second-placed Viv Baker and four ahead of Nick Haines in third.

Here's the top ten:-

1 Jim Farrell 37

2 Viv Baker 35

3 Nick Haines 33

4= Newcy Tiger, Mark Pearson and Oh Ja 32

7= Justin Huff and Old Knut 31

9= Oh Nein and Rebecca Pattison 30

March 9, 2010

IPSWICH (away): Saturday, March 13

TICKETS: We have 14 tickets for this game for the following members:-

Dave Ashton x 3 (2 adult, 1 child)

Matt Gray

Dave Payne

Dave Smith x 2 (OAP)

Steve Sumner

Dave Letorey

Jenny & Liam Tremayne

Mal Watson

Nick Whitworth

Neil Wright

Prices are a ludicrous 31 quid for adults, 22 quid for OAPs and 11 quid for U16s.

TRAVEL: The SULSESC train trip is booked on the 10.30 train from Liverpool Street, returning on the 18.42 out of Ipswich. Meet in the Hamilton Hall (Wetherspoons) at Liverpool Street on Saturday morning as early as you like ahead of the 10.30 train!

PUB: The pub to meet in in Ipswich will be The Dove, which was our lunchtime port of call when we visited Portman Road two seasons ago. SULSESC real ale guru Nick Haines says: "The Dove Street Inn on St Helen's Street, IP4 2LA (map: http://tinyurl.com/yzcc855; the station and ground are to the left of the map). Beer: Adnams Broadside, Crouch Vale Brewers Gold, London Pride, Woodforde's Wherry, guests. SULSESC visited this pub in December 2007, but I've no idea what you thought of it. If it was good, I'd go again if I were you. Good Beer Guide says: 'Busy grade II listed, timber-framed building with a large new conservatory adding more space. Up to 20 beers, including a mild, and four ciders are available, served in over-sized beer glasses. Good home-made food and snacks are also on offer. Three popular beer festivals are held annually; Children and dogs are welcome; There are plans for accommodation and a house micro-brewery. East Anglian Pub of the Year 2006/7 and a former nationwide runner-up.' Opens at 12. Website: http://www.dovestreetinn.co.uk. The website not only tells you what beers are on now (there were 18 when I looked just now), but how strong they are, how much they cost and how much of the barrel is left, and seems to be updated every 30 minutes or so. Crikey."

NEWCASTLE (away): Wednesday, March 17

TICKETS: I have arranged a London branch allocation of 22 tickets for this game for the following members:

Me

Mark Borrill x 3

Vic Duke (OAP)

Jon Dunn

Matt Gray

Peter Grant

Nick Haines

Ross Henderson

Neil & Karen Holland

Andy Kerr

Andrew Metcalfe

Dave Payne

Mark Pearson

Darren Robertshaw

Steve Sumner

Chris Vaughan

Mal Watson

Neil Wright x 2

The cost is 20 (adults) and 15 (Vic).

SPONSORED GAME

FOLLOWING the Reading debacle, this has been confirmed by SUFC for the Bristol City match at Glanford Park on Saturday, April 17, so we're now taking names of those who would like to go.

A reminder that the cost per head will be in the region of 35 quid, for which you will receive admission to the Telegraph Stand, three-course lunch in the Glanford Park restaurant before the game, tea/coffee at half-time, match programme, etc. SUFC can usually accommodate around 25 of us, so it's first come, first served.

Obviously it could be a very important game as well, coming so late in the season. Let's just hope we're not down by then!

We have 11 members on the list at the moment as follows. Please let me know if you'd like to be added.

Me

Andy Kerr x 2

Andrew Metcalfe

Russ Foster

Dave Payne

Martyn Girdham

Neil Wright

Matt Gray

Steve Sumner

Liam Tremayne

UTI

Andy

March 3, 2010

IPSWICH TOWN (away): Saturday, March 13

TICKETS: It must be 'happy hour' at Portman Road as adult tickets are currently available for the bargain price of a mere 31 quid - as long as you buy in advance, as it will be 33.50 on the day itself! It's 22 quid for everyone else across the board (OAPs, children, etc). At the moment, those on the list for a ticket are Matt Gray, Steve Sumner, Dave Payne, Mal Watson, Dave Letorey and Dave Smith (2 x OAP). If anyone else would like a ticket, please email me by noon on Friday.

NEWCASTLE UNITED (away): Wednesday, March 17

TICKETS are now on sale for the 'big game/right old hammering' (delete as appropriate) at St. James Park in a couple of weeks.

At the moment, I have the following members on the list for a match ticket:-

Me

Matt Gray

Steve Sumner

Neil Wright x 2

Dave Payne

Darren Robertshaw

Chris Vaughan

Mal Watson

Darren Whitworth

Nick Haines

Andy Kerr

Jon Dunn

Mark Borrill x 2

Vic Duke (OAP)

Andrew Metcalfe

Ross Henderson

Mark Pearson

Pete Grant

If anyone else requires a match ticket, or if I've missed anyone off the list by mistake, please email me by 12 noon on Friday.

MATCH SPONSORSHIP

READING'S FA Cup replay win over West Brom last week completely wrecked our match sponsorship at Glanford Park this Saturday, as that game is now off.

I am still awaiting confirmation from SUFC that we can switch our sponsorship to the Bristol City game on Saturday, April 17. If anyone is interested in attending on that day, please let me know asap so I can get a rough idea of numbers.

DAVE FARRELL

FOR those who know long-time SULSESC member and friend to many of us Dave Farrell, he is currently working in Afghanistan as a civilian medic for the Ministry of Defence.

I received this email from him last week which will be of interest to those who do know him:-

Hi all,

Greetings from the desert. I meant to email sooner but with the number of deaths and the attendant communications shutdown it's been hard keeping in touch with family let alone anyone else. I'm writing this on a word document and will copy and paste when I can access email again.

I arrived in Camp Bastion early hours of a Thursday morning (I think) a couple of weeks ago after a very tortuous 40 odd hour journey involving unscheduled refuelling stops and a god-awful night and day in Kandahar Airfield. Talk about disorientated!

To further add to my disorientation I discovered I'm working on the wards-a most strange experience I can tell you; oh how I miss 4 hourly obs and medication rounds!! Still, I'm here to do a job and it gives me chance to get to know the 'Military Way' before I start making waves. Though you know me I can't keep quiet for long so the pharmacist and I are going to sit and write some prescribing guidelines for the Drs, bless them!

The hospital is currently being manned by 205 Field Hospital, the Scottish TA squadron. They're here until the back end of April so I'll get to know them pretty well. There is a mix of Brits including a number of Welsh! There's also a hefty contingent of US nurses, army, navy and marine. It's interesting working with them and not as annoying as you'd think.

We're split into 3 teams and do a rotating pattern of day-night-off, day-night-off and so on-can't seem to find the request book anywhere!!

With the big push on, Op Moshtarak, we're pretty much on permanent stand-by in case of mass casualties and the old tented hospital is made up ready to use should we need to.

There have been a number of children through; enough that I've nursed kids every shift I've been on so far. Sadly they tend to come in batches as family groups are injured. The first group had their home RPG'd because they were housing known Taliban and the second, bigger group had their home pretty much destroyed by a misdirected US attack. Nope, no earache or 3 week old cough amongst that lot!

I'm managing to get to the gym most days but haven't had much of a chance to explore Camp Bastion 1 and 2 or the Us Camp Leatherneck. I did walk down to the flight line the other day and stood watching helicopters fly around for a while which was cool!

I managed to catch up with Ian last week. He's out in one of the Forward Operating Bases killing badies but he had to come to Bastion the other day for the vigil/memorial service for one of his boys who was killed last week as well as 4 others. It was great catching up with my brother but the vigil was absolutely gut wrenching. In the league of bizarre experiences having a cup of tea with my brother in the NAAFI in Camp Bastion with helicopters flying all round us is pretty high up there!

I'm managing to keep in touch with Sue by email when I can but not had much chance to talk on the phone what with the time difference and the regular communications shut downs. It's just hit me the last day or so how long I'm actually here for and I wish I was nearly home. I'm sure Sue would appreciate the odd phone call to say hi though she's busy all the time

I'm managing to keep up with the "Mighty" Iron, though that's hardly helping my mood! Relegation me thinks by the time the others play their games in hand. Still, might surprise me...........nah!

How's things with all you guys? Hope you're all keeping well. Email when you get a chance and let me know. Always happy to receive the odd parcel of goodies-if you keep it below 2kg you can post for free. No booze or fruity stuff!!

See you all in May and take care of yourselves

David

If anyone wants to email Dave, his address is:

davidvfarrell@yahoo.co.uk

UTI

Andy

February 22, 2010

COVENTRY (away): Saturday, February 27

TICKETS: I have organised a SULSESC allocation and have tickets for the following members: me, Matt Gray, Chris Vaughan, Geoff Kemp, Mal Watson, Dave Payne, John Parrott, Dave Bowers, Mark Pearson, Richard Pollard and Mark Borrill (x 2). They're 25 quid each, cheques payable to me on the day please.

TRAIN TRIP: We have a SULSESC trip booked on the 11.23 out of Euston (arrive 12.22 into Coventry) and returning on the 18.51 (arrive Euston at 19.54). Meet on the concourse at Euston 11 am.

MEETING PLACE: Our resident real ale guru Nick Haines has proposed the Old Windmill at 22 Spon Street, CV1 3BA (map: http://tinyurl.com/yzetode) as Saturday's meeting place. Beer: Old Speckled Hen, Sharp's Doom Bar, Taylor Landlord, Old Peculier, Hobgoblin, guests. GBG says: "Locally known as Ma Brown's, this timber-framed pub is reckoned to be the oldest in the city. A sympathetic extension was built over the former back yard a few years ago bringing in the old brew house, where old brewing equipment is still in situ. Many small rooms cater for a varied clientele. Food is served weekend lunchtimes only." Website: www.old-windmill-inn.co.uk.

NEWCASTLE HOTEL: FINAL CALL

FOR those travelling up to the game at Newcastle next month, Matt Gray is finalising our hotel booking this week.

At the moment, we have 10 members who have requested rooms:

Matt, Andy Skeels, Steve Sumner, Chris Vaughan, Neil Wright, Carrie, Mal Watson, Darren Whitworth, David Payne and Darren Robertshaw.

If anyone else would like a room, please email Matt by 12 noon on Thursday: scunnymatt@hotmail.com

DARTS: BREAKING NEWS!

WE are out of the KO Cup as our attempts at a giantkilling against First Division Ipswich in the Lyceum on The Strand this evening (Monday) came to nothing.

We were beaten 9-2, which certainly doesn't augur well for the Humber-Orwell Trophy.

UNITED 2 WATFORD 2

MARTYN Girdham emailed a report of last Saturday's game that he "found by chance on a link from a groundhopping website".

It is a groundhopper's blog from his visit to GP, says Martyn.

HOW did we used to manage before the internet and mobile phones were invented?

Back in the 'good olde days' clubs would just have one permanently engaged telephone number you could ring to ascertain whether fixtures were postponed or not.

And for the most part the Non-League club numbers listed in the Directory would be out of date anyway.

It's easy these days though, receive a text message moments after the ref has declared 'game off', forward it to all interested parties and then wait for news of the next fixture to fall foul of the weather, until eventually after Worksop Town, Mansfield Town and Sheffield FC have all fallen by the wayside, you get an invitation ... "Scunny's still on and we're setting off in 10 minutes if you fancy it."

Indeed, I did fancy it.

Tempting as it was to go to Cannon Park to see Matlock Town's visit to Retford United, I had already ascertained that the pitch there was going to cut up badly, which would probably mean that game would be ruined as a spectacle.

Glanford Park, in spite of being a Championship venue, still has a covered terrace behind one goal, which at £15 offers very reasonably priced admission for this level of football. Note I said level there, not standard.

At £3, a lot of people I know would baulk at the price of the programme, but it is larger, thicker and contains far more reading matter than any other club magazine I've ever seen before, so I purchased one on the back of the award winning reputation I'd heard about and was very impressed.

Scunny's first half game plan seemed to revolve around leaving just one man up front most of the time, while the rest of the team played really deep and kept conceding possession far too often and easily.

Evidently, the home crowd weren't at all enamoured with this approach and were soon venting their disatisfaction towards the manager Nigel Adkins and one or two of his players, who quite obviously aren't ever likely to top any fans' favourites poll any time soon.

Watford were encouraged to push forward in response to the Iron's negativity, which they did often, but without any real malice.

The Hornets linked up well around the box but were lacking that final edge ... and Scunthorpe ought to be grateful for that or this game would have been out of their reach by the break.

Possibly the home side's goal difference of minus 19 explains why they've taken to packing out their defence, maybe they were luring Watford into a false sense of security before unleashing a few swift counter attacks but had forgotten to implement the second part of this tactical ploy.

Either way it wasn't working.

Watford's lack of penetration, power or accuracy around the goal were the main reasons that they weren't winning at a canter.

The only two incidents of note in the first 45 minutes, were a hold up in play while a referee's assistant needed treatment from the home side's physio and, completely out of the blue and to the amazement of everybody present, Scunthorpe scored.

We spotted a handball in the build up, but the referee didn't ... so on 42 minutes, Gary Hooper ran on to a defence splitting pass and struck the ball low and hard past Scott Loach in the Watford goal.

After the teams returned from their half time isotonic drinks, Scunthorpe looked as though they had finally remembered what it was they did for a living on a Saturday afternoon and came out all guns blazing.

For a while at least.

Martyn Woolford came closest to increasing their lead when his effort was turned onto the bar by Loach and the dissenters in the crowd seemed to cheer up, but their happy demeanour was short lived.

On 64 minutes Watford scored, it was a scrambled effort from close range, which highlighted one of the Iron's main problems this season ... they're crap at defending set pieces.

Woolford, again, tried to restore the home side's one goal advantage, but got the ball stuck under his feet when it looked easier to score from close range.

When Woolford was substituted a while later it was a very popular decision going by the crowd's reaction to him being taken off.

By now, the moaners amongst the home fans had their own players, their manager and the referee in their sights.

Stood close to us (too damn close actually), two of the most vocal critics were spewing out some of the most undiluted effluent imaginable and one of them in particular looked to be heading to the emergency room in the coronary unit at the local hospital if he didn't calm down a fraction.

My notebook was in danger of becoming soggy due to the steam coming out of his ears (well, almost, you get the picture).

A United player, Marcus Williams, conceded a foul when he shoved a Watford player in the back, the ref's whistle sounded and Williams nonchalantly belted the ball away across the field.

Time wasting when you're only drawing at home isn't very bright, getting yourself booked into the bargain is particularly stupid. But angry man was now on the verge of imploding with indignation and blamed the referee for the whole incident.

"You ought be be wearing a yellow shirt ref, you're given them everything"

'Hmm, only when Scunny players break the rules' I thought quietly to myself, not wanting to cause a scene.

The ref's next action was to give Watford's Tom Cleverley a straight red card for a dangerous challenge. A fracas involving several players broke out in response to the foul, but nobody else was dismissed, not even the Scunthorpe players who had retaliated, so the referee must've forgotten he was being biased when that happened.

Angry man screamed abuse at Cleverley as he left the pitch "Go on, get off you black bastard!"

Alas, he couldn't be ejected for being racist, because Tom Cleverley is actually white.

In the first minute of injury time, Scunthorpe failed yet again to clear a set piece and Watford launched a smash and grab raid that appeared to have nicked all three points at the death when Eustace netted in front of the jubilant visiting fans.

Four whole minutes later, the 'biased' referee awarded United a spot kick when a firmly struck cross hit Jay DeMerit with some force. It looked to me as if it had hit him in the face ... and the way he fell to the ground holding his head in his hands seemed to indicate that was the case. The linesman flagged for a corner, but David Webb of County Durham (the referee, not the ex-Chelsea player) pointed to the spot nevertheless.

Hooper hit the penalty home for his second goal, the goalkeeper got booked for his response to the last action of the game and everybody went away happy ... kind of.

To round off this resume of my day trip to 'Sunny Scunny', here are some of the respective managers' after-match comments, taken from the BBC website:

Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins: "We have got to look at this game as two points dropped. We felt Watford's opening goal should not have been allowed because there was a clear foul on our goalkeeper but then the referee has had an interesting game. I'm sure, though, that it was handball for the penalty which has earned us a point."

Watford manager Malkay Mackay: "It should never have been a penalty. The ball has hit DeMerit flush in the face at 100 miles an hour and after the game I took him to see the referee to show him the state of his eye where the ball has hit him. The linesman, who was much nearer, has signalled for a corner but the referee has given a penalty which I find incredible. It was one of a series of strange decisions that we got from him this afternoon.

"To referee a game at Championship level requires an official with some experience and I don't think this referee has handled many games like this."

And as for 'Angry Man' and his final thoughts on the game ... he'd left just after Cleverley's sending off and missed the whole of the dramatic grand finale. Good, I'm glad he did!

February 15, 2010

WATFORD (home): Saturday, February 20

The travel secretary/chairman-elect/Winston Churchill is driving up on Saturday and I think there still may be a space in the car for anyone who wants to take it (email Neil on n.wright62@ntlworld.com). Picking up point will be Newbury Park tube station on the Central Line at 9 am to 9.15.

As usual, pre-match meet in Scunny will be the Honest Lawyer (12.30-2.00) followed by The Berkeley (2.15-2.45).

COVENTRY (away): Saturday, February 27

A REMINDER that we have a SULSESC train trip booked to this game on the 11.23 out of Euston (arrive 12.22 into Coventry) and returning on the 18.51 (arrive Euston at 19.54).

The eight members currently on this trip are me, Matt Gray, Chris Vaughan, Geoff Kemp, Mal Watson, Dave Payne, John Parrott and Dave Bowers.

I will organise match tickets for the above eight, plus any other members who email me their requirements by 12 noon on Friday.

NEWCASTLE (away): Wednesday, March 17

IN anticipation that United may sell all of their allocation of tickets for this game, I have already been in contact with the SUFC ticket office to secure a London branch allocation and we won't have any problems.

At the moment, I know we need tickets for the following members: me, Matt Gray, Steve Sumner, Neil Wright, Dave Payne, Darren Robertshaw, Chris Vaughan, Mal Watson, Darren Whitworth, Nick Haines, Andy Kerr, Jon Dunn, Mark & Dan Borrill, Vic Duke and Andrew Metcalfe.

Anyone else requiring a ticket, please let me know asap so I can work out the final number in plenty of time.

READING: THE SPONSORED MATCH

TYPICALLY, we still don't know whether our sponsored match at Glanford Park is on or off, seeing as Reading and West Brom drew in the FA Cup last Saturday. We are now awaiting the outcome of the replay.

If West Brom win, then we have no problems, it's a go-er as planned; worst case scenario is a Reading win, which means the game on March 6 will be called off.

DARTS

FOLLOWING last Wednesday's 9-2 win over Gillingham, the darts team went into tonight's (Monday) vital away match against Sunderland at the Horseshoe in Clerkenwell in second place in the APFSCIL Second Division table.

Unfortunately, our chances of going top were scuppered when we were beaten 6-5 in a last leg decider. Bloody rubbish, Vaughan out!

Next fixture is away to Ipswich Town in the KO Cup on Monday (February 22). This match takes place in the Lyceum pub on the Strand, just off Aldwych. All members welcome as usual.

SECOND DIVISION TABLE

P W L F A Pts

Sunderland 5 5 0 35 20 45

Scunthorpe 5 3 2 34 21 40

Gillingham 5 3 2 26 29 32

Manchester City 5 2 3 25 30 29

Blackpool 4 1 3 19 25 21

Burnley 3 1 2 14 19 16

FORECASTING TABLE

THERE'S still no stopping Jim Farrell at the top of the table, as he holds a seven-point lead over second-placed Viv Baker.

Surprisingly, no-one made any headway last Saturday as nobody had foreseen the 5-1 shambles at the Walkers Stadium!

The top eight going into Tuesday's home game against Barnsley looked like this:-

1 Jim Farrell 33

2 Viv Baker 26

3 Chris Pettitt 25

4 Rebecca Pattison 24

5= Karen Holland, Newcy Tiger, Paul Roberts & Lib Wolley 23

UTI

Andy

February 9, 2010

LEICESTER (away): Saturday, February 13

TICKETS: We have a SULSESC allocation for the following members which Dave Payne will be dishing out as I'm not going: Dave Ashton (1 adult, 1 U16), Matt Gray, Liam Tremayne (U16), Chris Vaughan, Steve Sumner, Andy Kerr & Jon Dunn. Payment to Dave on the day please.

TRAVEL: The SULSESC train trip departs on the 10.15 from St. Pancras (arrives 11.29), returning on the 18.53 (arrives 20.06).

PUB: The pre-match meeting place will be the Swan and Rushes at 19 Infirmary Square, LE1 5WR (map: http://tinyurl.com/ykbs6ql). SULSESC's real ale guru Nick Haines writes: "The only downside is that as it's near the ground it apparently gets very busy with Leicester fans before the game. Beer: Batemans XB, Oakham JHB, Bishops Farewell, guests. GBG says: 'Comfortable, triangular, two-roomed pub in the city centre with a relaxed atmosphere, filled with breweriana and framed photos on the wall. Up to nine real ales (no nationals) are available, or you can choose from the bottled beer menu featuring more than 100 international classics. Good food is served lunchtimes and Wednesday and Friday evenings.' Their website can be found at: www.swanandrushes.co.uk."

Matt Gray suggests meeting in the Swan and Rushes for food, and then moving on after 1 pm to The Criterion at 44 Millstone Lane, LE1 5JN (map:http://tinyurl.com/ycpvnf6). Nick Haines writes: "Beer: Oakham Inferno, Bishops Farewell, guests. It is still in the GBG, which says: 'Two-roomed 1960s city-centre pub offering up to ten guest ales from micros and regionals at weekends. More than 100 international bottled beers are also stocked. Pub food is available Sunday and Monday, Italian-style pizzas Tuesday to Saturday. Leicester CAMRA Pub of the Year 2006/07/08/09'."

DARTS

WE are at home to Gillingham on Wednesday of this week (February 10) in the Stamford Arms and captain Vaughan then advises: "We'll also be playing Sunderland at the Horsehoe in Clerkenwell on Monday, February 15. Team so far for this one is: Neil W, David, Barry, Steve, Frank and me.

"We then face Ipswich in the cup on Monday, February 22, at the Lyceum (just off Aldwych, according to Mr. Sumner - thank you, Steve): http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/69/694/Lyceum/Strand

"After that, it's Burnley on Monday, March 8 at their usual place, the Sekforde Arms in Clerkenwell."

January 27, 2010

QPR (away): Saturday, January 30

TICKETS: We will have a respectable SULSESC turn-out of more than 40 for this game as I currently hold tickets for the following members:-

1 ASHTON Dave

2 BOWERS Dave

1 BRADLEY Anthony

2 CARTER Tony (1 adult, 1 U21)

1 DUKE Vic (OAP)

1 FOSTER Russ

1 GARRATT Mike

4 GRAY Matt

3 HOLLANDS (inc 1 free U8)

1 METCALFE Andrew

1 PARROTT John

1 PAYNE Dave

1 PEARSON Mark

1 RHODES Frank (OAP)

1 ROBERTS Roly (OAP)

1 ROBERTSHAW Darren

1 SMITH David (OAP)

1 SOLOMON Keith

1 STUBLEY Andy

1 SUMNER Steve

1 TOWNSEND Roger

1 VAUGHAN Chris

6 TREMAYNES (5 adult, 1 U16)

1 WATSON Mal

1 WHITWORTH Darren

1 WHITWORTH Nick

1 WRIGHT Neil

2 WRIGHT Mick (1 adult, 1 U16)

The cost is 25 quid adults, 15 quid for all concessions. Cheques payable to me on the day please.

PUB: Matt Gray has been working on a suitable meeting place and we have settled on the Prince Edward, 73 Princes Square, Bayswater, W2 4NY. Here's a link: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/13/13758/Prince_Edward/Bayswater

Matt went to check it out one night last week and reported back: "A good find. Tanglefoot, Badger and Sussex on tap, all day breakfast for 7.50 but lots of other stuff too, they open at 11 am and seem happy with the number of us.

"Please note that the Central Line and Northern Line are open that day, but both Circle and Jubilee are suspended.

"Head for Notting Hill Gate tube station (Central Line), then you're best off taking the north side exits and then heading upstairs to the left. This will come out by Pembridge Road, a narrow street lined with shops, cafes, bars, etc. Second right down Pembridge Road should be Dawson Place, take this and the pub is 5 mins walk."

Notting Hill Gate is three stops from White City tube station, which is only 5 minutes walk from the ground, so it shouldn't take long to get from the pub to the ground.

For the early birds, feel free to meet in the Prince Edward from 11 am, although I'll probably get there by about 12 noon (so match tickets will be available for collection from 12 noon to 2 pm or thereabouts).

My mobile number in case of any problems on the day: 0788 181 6611.

NEWCASTLE (away): Wednesday, March 17

THERE had been rumours doing the rounds that this game might be brought forward 48 hours for Sky Sports coverage on the Monday.

However, Sky have now chosen Notts County v Bournemouth to show that night (which will clearly be a much closer scoreline than Newcastle 14 Scunthorpe 0!) so fortunately our pre-booked train trip on the Wednesday will not be a waste of money.

Matt Gray has been handling the hotel bookings and reports: "So far I've had requests for a hotel room from Andy S, Steve S, Neil W, Dave Payne, Dev, Chris V, Mal Watson and Darren Whitworth. If, for whatever reason you think this is wrong, or you would like to be added to the list, please let me know (email scunnymatt@hotmail.com).

"We have 8 double rooms reserved for 36 quid per person payable on check in."

A reminder that the SULSESC train trip is leaving King's Cross at 11.30 (14.46 arrival into Newcastle), returning on the Thursday at 13.29 (16.45 back into King's Cross). The fare at the moment is 30 quid return.

READING (home): Saturday, March 6

CROSS your fingers that Reading don't beat West Brom in the fifth round of the FA Cup...‚because the sixth round is scheduled for the weekend of our match sponsorship at Glanford Park, so that will cause problems.

We are now up to 20 members who would like to attend the sponsored match (assuming it goes ahead) as follows. If you would like to be added to the list, please let me know.

Obviously we will now have to wait for the outcome of the Reading v West Brom game before firming up any arrangements.

Andy Skeels

Dave Payne

Neil Wright

Andrew Metcalfe

Michael Wright x 2

Andy Kerr

John Parrott x 2

Steve Sumner

Matt Gray

Nick Whitworth x 3

Neil & Karen Holland

Russ Foster

Martyn Girdham

Gary Brackenbury x 2

ENGLAND v EGYPT: Wednesday, March 3

SULSESC member Dave Payne is proposing a London branch visit to Wembley in March for England's World Cup warm-up match against Egypt.

Dave says: "I know that some time ago we discussed the possibility of organising a SULSESC England match. This is probably not the best friendly but nevertheless, I believe it would still be a good day out.

"I believe that to attend the match everyone needs a FAN number, but the FAN is easy to obtain online. Do you think SULSESC's members would be interested in attending the match?"

If anyone is interested in going, please email Dave direct on davidjohnpayne@yahoo.co.uk.

January 27, 2010

QPR (away): Saturday, January 30

TICKETS: We will have a respectable SULSESC turn-out of more than 40 for this game as I currently hold tickets for the following members:-

1 ASHTON Dave

2 BOWERS Dave

1 BRADLEY Anthony

2 CARTER Tony (1 adult, 1 U21)

1 DUKE Vic (OAP)

1 FOSTER Russ

1 GARRATT Mike

4 GRAY Matt

3 HOLLANDS (inc 1 free U8)

1 METCALFE Andrew

1 PARROTT John

1 PAYNE Dave

1 PEARSON Mark

1 RHODES Frank (OAP)

1 ROBERTS Roly (OAP)

1 ROBERTSHAW Darren

1 SMITH David (OAP)

1 SOLOMON Keith

1 STUBLEY Andy

1 SUMNER Steve

1 TOWNSEND Roger

1 VAUGHAN Chris

6 TREMAYNES (5 adult, 1 U16)

1 WATSON Mal

1 WHITWORTH Darren

1 WHITWORTH Nick

1 WRIGHT Neil

2 WRIGHT Mick (1 adult, 1 U16)

The cost is £25 adults, £15 for all concessions. Cheques payable to me on the day please.

PUB: Matt Gray has been working on a suitable meeting place and we have settled on the Prince Edward, 73 Princes Square, Bayswater, W2 4NY. Here’s a link: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/13/13758/Prince_Edward/Bayswater

Matt went to check it out one night last week and reported back: “A good find. Tanglefoot, Badger and Sussex on tap, all day breakfast for £7.50 but lots of other stuff too, they open at 11 am and seem happy with the number of us.

“Please note that the Central Line and Northern Line are open that day, but both Circle and Jubilee are suspended.

“Head for Notting Hill Gate tube station (Central Line), then you’re best off taking the north side exits and then heading upstairs to the left. This will come out by Pembridge Road, a narrow street lined with shops, cafes, bars, etc. Second right down Pembridge Road should be Dawson Place, take this and the pub is 5 mins walk.”

Notting Hill Gate is three stops from White City tube station, which is only 5 minutes walk from the ground, so it shouldn’t take long to get from the pub to the ground.

For the early birds, feel free to meet in the Prince Edward from 11 am, although I’ll probably get there by about 12 noon (so match tickets will be available for collection from 12 noon to 2 pm or thereabouts).

My mobile number in case of any problems on the day: 0788 181 6611.

NEWCASTLE (away): Wednesday, March 17

THERE had been rumours doing the rounds that this game might be brought forward 48 hours for Sky Sports coverage on the Monday.

However, Sky have now chosen Notts County v Bournemouth to show that night (which will clearly be a much closer scoreline than Newcastle 14 Scunthorpe 0!) so fortunately our pre-booked train trip on the Wednesday will not be a waste of money.

Matt Gray has been handling the hotel bookings and reports: “So far I’ve had requests for a hotel room from Andy S, Steve S, Neil W, Dave Payne, Dev, Chris V, Mal Watson and Darren Whitworth. If, for whatever reason you think this is wrong, or you would like to be added to the list, please let me know (email scunnymatt@hotmail.com).

“We have 8 double rooms reserved for £36 per person payable on check in.”

A reminder that the SULSESC train trip is leaving King’s Cross at 11.30 (14.46 arrival into Newcastle), returning on the Thursday at 13.29 (16.45 back into King’s Cross). The fare at the moment is £30 return.

READING (home): Saturday, March 6

CROSS your fingers that Reading don’t beat West Brom in the fifth round of the FA Cup… because the sixth round is scheduled for the weekend of our match sponsorship at Glanford Park, so that will cause problems.

We are now up to 20 members who would like to attend the sponsored match (assuming it goes ahead) as follows. If you would like to be added to the list, please let me know.

Obviously we will now have to wait for the outcome of the Reading v West Brom game before firming up any arrangements.

Andy Skeels

Dave Payne

Neil Wright

Andrew Metcalfe

Michael Wright x 2

Andy Kerr

John Parrott x 2

Steve Sumner

Matt Gray

Nick Whitworth x 3

Neil & Karen Holland

Russ Foster

Martyn Girdham

Gary Brackenbury x 2

ENGLAND v EGYPT: Wednesday, March 3

SULSESC member Dave Payne is proposing a London branch visit to Wembley in March for England’s World Cup warm-up match against Egypt.

Dave says: “I know that some time ago we discussed the possibility of organising a SULSESC England match. This is probably not the best friendly but nevertheless, I believe it would still be a good day out.

“I believe that to attend the match everyone needs a FAN number, but the FAN is easy to obtain online. Do you think SULSESC's members would be interested in attending the match?

If anyone is interested in going, please email Dave direct on davidjohnpayne@yahoo.co.uk.

January 18, 2010

MANCHESTER CITY (home): Sunday, January 24

THERE will be a London branch get-together on Sunday to watch the Manchester City game on TV in the Stamford Arms (upstairs bar is reserved). For those who haven't been to the Stamford before, it's about a 5-minute walk from Waterloo station close to Blackfriars Bridge. Full address is 62 Stamford Street, SE1 9LX.

QPR (away): Saturday, January 30

TICKETS for this game are now on sale at Glanford Park and I will be sorting the SULSESC allocation this week. Please email me by 12 noon on Wednesday if you would like a ticket. Meeting place on the day will be included in next week's group email.

SPONSORED GAME - READING (home): Saturday, March 6

A REMINDER that our annual match sponsorship at Glanford Park is now less than two months away. Cost per head will, as usual, be in the region of 35 quid for which you will receive admission to the Telegraph Stand, three-course lunch in the Glanford Park restaurant, tea/coffee at half-time, match programme, etc.

We have 11 members on the list so far and United can usually accommodate about 25 of us, so places are still available. Please email me if you would like to go. On the list at the moment are:-

Andy Skeels

Dave Payne

Neil Wright

Andrew Metcalfe

Michael Wright x 2

Andy Kerr

John Parrott x 2

Steve Sumner

Matt Gray

Matt Gray has booked eight tickets on the 09.10 train out of King's Cross, returning from Scunny on the 19.10 for a return fare of 23.10. Some of the eight may still be available so email Matt on scunnymatt@hotmail.com for details.

IPSWICH (away): Saturday, March 13

FOR those planning on going to Ipswich, there are some ridiculously cheap return fares of 16 quid available at the moment out of Liverpool Street.

Some SULSESC members are already booked on the 10.30 train, returning on the 18.42 out of Ipswich.

NEWCASTLE (away): Wednesday, March 17

WE are pressing ahead with plans for the official club trip to Newcastle in March.

Travel secretary-elect Matt Gray has booked eight train tickets, leaving King's Cross at 11.30 (14.46 arrival into Newcastle), returning on the Thursday at 13.29 (16.45 back into King's Cross). The fare at the moment is 30 quid return.

Matt has also reserved hotel rooms and says: “I've gone ahead and reserved eight twin rooms at the Premier Travel Inn on New Bridge Street. Amazingly there is no charge until check in and we can amend/cancel the booking at any time. The rooms are 72 quid (36 quid each, not including breakfast, which is 7.50 all you can eat); payment will be, as I say, individually on check in. So there are 16 places up for grabs - let me know if you want one."

E-mail Matt on scunnymatt@hotmail.com to check out remaining train ticket and/or hotel room availability.

DARTS

THERE was a good win for the darts team last week, who came from 4-1 down to beat Burnley 6-4 at the Stamford Arms in the APFSCIL Cup first round.

There will be a re-match this week on Wednesday (January 20) as our darts supremo Mr. Vaughan has swiftly agreed a restaging date for the postponed league fixture with his counterpart from Burnley. The venue will again be the Stamford Arms.

We are then away to Sunderland next Monday (January 25) in the Horseshoe at Clerkenwell.

All members welcome to turn out, to play or just support the team.

FORECASTING COMPETITION

SEVEN points clear, Jim Farrell continues to set a hot pace in this year's Forecasting competition, having failed to score in only two of the last 13 league matches going back to October.

The leaderboard looks like this after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Cardiff:-

28: Jim Farrell

21: Newcy Tiger & Lib Wolley

20: Karen Holland, Viv Baker, Old Knut & Paul Roberts

A full up-to-date table can be seen on the forecasting link.

UTI

Andy

December 17, 2009

SULSESC COMMITTEE

FOLLOWING the sad death of chairman Ian Tremayne last month, a meeting of the SULSESC committee has resulted in Neil Wright taking on the role of acting chairman until the next AGM when a permanent successor to Ian will be appointed.

IPSWICH (home): Saturday, December 19

FOR any members going up to Scunthorpe this weekend for the home game against Ipswich, we will be meeting as usual in the Honest Lawyer at Saturday lunchtime.

MIDDLESBROUGH (away): Saturday, December 26

I HAVE arranged a SULSESC allocation of 18 tickets for the following members:-

2 BORRILL Mark

1 DOOK Bob

2 GRAY Matt (1 adult, 1 OAP)

2 HAINES Nick

2 HENDERSON Ross (1 adult, 1 OAP)

2 HOLLANDS Neil & Karen

1 KERR Andy

1 PAYNE Dave

1 PRATT Dave

2 REES Ian (1 adult, 1 U16)

1 SUMNER Steve

Cheques payable to me on the day please: adults 26, OAP 16 and U16 13. Distribution of the tickets may prove tricky given that it's Boxing Day but no doubt we'll sort something out, even if it has to be a case of meeting outside the away end turnstiles at 2.45 pm! I'm travelling up to Middlesbrough on the day with Mark Borrill.

I will be in Scunny this weekend for the Ipswich game so if anyone wants to collect tickets from me then, or wants me to post tickets in advance, please email me.

Pub details in next week's email.

LOOKING AHEAD

February 27 - Coventry (away). Steve Sumner has booked train tickets for eight SULSESC members to Coventry: Messrs. Sumner, Skeels, Vaughan, Wright, Kemp, Payne, Gray & Parrott.

The fare is a ridiculously cheap 14 quid return at the moment if booked as two singles via the Virgin website. We are booked on the 11.23 out of Euston (arriving in Coventry at 12.22) and will be returning from Coventry on the 18.51 (arriving back at Euston at 19.54). If any other members would like to join the trip, we advise booking via the Virgin website asap before the fares start to rise.

March 6 - Reading (home). A reminder that this is the SULSESC match sponsorship. Train tickets are not available yet but will be soon, so if you'd like to go on this trip, please let us know asap so we can book the cheapest train tickets as soon as they become available.

FORECASTING COMPETITION

AS we approach the halfway point of the season, a remarkable run of four successive three-pointers has taken Jim Farrell well clear at the top of the table.

Here's the current leaderboard. Full table on the forecasting link.

1 Jim Farrell 25

2 Rebecca Pattison 18

3 Paul Roberts 18

4 Newcy Tiger 17

5 Lib Wolley 17

6 Aberdon(Ian) 16

7 Karen Holland 16

8 Jacqui Stevens 16

9 Mark Pearson 16

10 Andy Skeels 16

11 Viv Baker 16

12 Oh Ja 16

December 2, 2009

COVENTRY (home): Sunday, December 6

FOR those members travelling up for this Sunday's home game with the Sky Blues, landlord Alan tells us he will be opening the Honest Lawyer early so we'll be meeting there from 11 am onwards for pre-match anaesthetic.

We have got at least one carload going up on Saturday after Ian Tremayne's funeral in the morning, so there will be a SULSESC gathering in the Lawyer from 8 pm on Saturday night. All members welcome.

BARNSLEY (away): Wednesday, December 9

SOUNDS like there will be considerably fewer members in attendance at Oakwell next Wednesday night but for anyone who is going, Nick Haines' recommendation for the pre-match pub is The Dove Inn.

Nick writes: "It's an evening game, and anyone who does go will be driving, so we need a pub fairly near the ground. The Dove Inn at 102 Doncaster Road, S70 1TP (map: http://tinyurl.com/yeojard) seems to fit the bill. It's an Old Mill pub and the GBG says: 'a bright, wood-panelled interior gives a warm, cosy feeling as you enter this well cared for pub. Always clean and welcoming, the Old Mill brewery house has a games/TV room, bar area and a small back room which leads to a semi-covered veranda overlooking the neat garden. Keeping both smokers and drinkers happy is what the Dove Inn is all about and you'll find it at its busiest on match days when the friendly hum of conversation is inviting to home and away fans alike.' Doesn't do food though.

If anyone is going to the game and would like to meet in The Dove first, I suggest a 'reply all' to the group list to find any like-minded SULSESC members so you don't end up sitting in The Dove on your own!

READING (away): Saturday, December 12

FIRST of all, I won't be going to this game, but I know a man who is - and Steve Sumner will be in charge of match tickets.

I will organise the ticket allocation and Steve will dish them out on the day. If you'd like a ticket, please email me by 6 pm this Friday because I will pick them up from the SUFC ticket office this weekend while I'm in Scunny for the Coventry game.

Tickets are cheaper for season ticket holders and Iron Card holders so between us all, how many of those do we have? Please let me know if you are either a season ticket holder or Iron Card holder.

Details of where to meet, etc., will be included in next week's SULSESC news.

MIDDLESBROUGH (away): Boxing Day

TICKETS for this game will be going on sale next week so, as with Reading, please let me know if you would like a ticket by 6 pm this Friday.

At the moment, I have Mark & Dan Borill, and Bob Dook on the list.

BARNSLEY (home) FA CUP: Saturday, January 2

A TOTALLY uninspiring third round draw for us for the third year in a row, wasn't it!

In a moment of madness, travel secretary Wright has indicated that he may drive up for the match if anyone is interested in joining him. Contact Neil on n.wright62@ntlworld.com.

LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD

...to Crystal Palace at home on Saturday, February 6. Myself, Matt Gray and Dave Payne have booked train tickets to this game with single fares of 11.55 available both ways at present on the usual trains (09.05 out of King's Cross in the morning, 18.10 out of Scunny coming back in the evening). Go to www.eastcoast.co.uk if you'd like to join us.

DARTS

OUR next darts match is this coming Monday when we play Blackpool in the Royal Star, 220 City Road, EC1V 2PN (nearest tube Old Street).

Captain Vaughan says: "The team so far is Neil W, Steve, Barry, David and me."

If anyone else would like to play, email Vaughany on chris_vaughan@ntlworld.com or just turn up on the night.

BACKPASS

THE autumn edition of Backpass, the retro football magazine, features a two-page interview with SULSESC's honorary president Graham Taylor, who selects his Scunthorpe 'Dream Team' (SULSESC members may recognise part of the interview as one which appeared in an old edition of Iron Filings!). Backpass costs 3.50 and is available from newsagents or by telephoning (01544) 230317.

Andy

November 15, 2009

WATFORD (away): Saturday, November 21

MATCH TICKETS: I will be ordering the SULSESC allocation on Monday. Here's the list of members who have ordered tickets so far. Any more for anymore, please let me know by 10 am on Monday morning.

Tickets will be available for collection from me either at the Bree Louise or the Wetherspoons in Watford (see pub details below). Cheques payable to me on the day please (22.50 adults, 12.50 concessions and 9.50 for U16s).

3 Dave Ashton (2 adult, 1 kid)

2 Mark Borrill

1 Dave Bowers

1 Anthony Bradley

1 Ross Henderson

1 Dave Payne

1 Dave Pratt

1 Frank Rhodes (OAP)

1 Roly Roberts (OAP)

2 Dave Smith

1 Andy Stubley

1 Roger Townsend

1 Chris Vaughan

1 Mal Watson

1 Nick Whitworth

3 Mick Wright (2 adult, 1 kid)

1 Neil Wright

TRAVEL PLANS: We will be meeting at London Euston on Saturday morning with the intention of catching the 12.46 train which arrives at Watford Junction at 13.00.

PUB: For those travelling by train from London, we will be meeting in the Bree Louise pub (http://www.thebreelouise.com/) next to Euston station at 12 noon opening time. The Bree Louise is in Cobourg Street, NW1 but is literally one minute's walk from the main concourse of Euston station. As you come up the escalator out of the tube station onto the main concourse, do a U-turn to the right at the top of the escalator so you're heading back in the direction you've just come from, keep walking in a straight line out of the station, and the Bree Louise is down the side street in front of you on the right. For those going straight to Watford, meeting place will be the Wetherspoons pub (Moon under Water) in Watford High Street. The ground is approx. a 15-20 minute walk from Watford Junction station and the Wetherspoons pub is en route.

It may be worth doing SULSESC's real ale guru Nick Haines' suggestion after the game for those who are staying on for a pint. Nick's verdict is: "There's only one real possibility in this well-known beer desert: the One Crown at 156 High Street (NOT to be confused with the One Bell further up the High Street). Map: http://tinyurl.com/y8d54p8. Beer: Tring Jack O'Legs, guests. GBG says: "The oldest licensed pub in Watford, dating from the 16th century. The interior divides into several areas, one with a pool table and dartboard. There is a patio with seating behind the pub. The clientele is a mixture of locals, visitors to the town centre and after-work business people. The guest beers are often seasonal beers from Tring Brewery and change on a monthly basis. It's handy for Watford High Street station and the ground, and does apparently get busy with Watford fans on matchdays, but it seems to be trouble-free."

MATCH SPONSORSHIP

WE have finally managed to arrange this season's SULSESC match sponsorship with SUFC and this is going to be the Reading game on Saturday, March 6.

It will be the usual deal - approximately 35 quid per head (I will confirm the exact figure nearer the time), for which you will get three-course meal in the restaurant before the game, admission to the main stand, programme, half-time refreshments, etc. They usually accept about 25 of us, so I'll start a list of those who want to attend now, and if you want to go, please email me.

COVENTRY (away)

SULSESC member Viv Baker contacted me this week to make all members aware of the deal available for the away game at Coventry in February.

Viv wrote: "I know it's well into next year, but anyone wishing to go to the Coventry away game can get reduced price tickets via the Tesco Clubcard points system. I think they only cost about 6 quid or 6.50 for an adult using the Tesco clubcard points but they will need to be booked sufficently in time via Tesco's website."

UTI

Andy

October 21, 2009

PETERBOROUGH (away): Saturday, October 24

MATCH TICKETS: It's pay-on-the-day at Peterborough so we have not organised a SULSESC allocation.

TRAIN TRIP: There is a SULSESC train trip to this game, going out on the 11.00 from King's Cross and returning on the 18.28 from Peterborough. The two spare train tickets have both been taken, so anyone travelling on the day will be paying the day return fare.

MEETING PLACE: We have two suggested pubs for Saturday, with the first port of call for those travelling by train being the Brewery Tap at 80 Westgate (map: http://tinyurl.com/nnuuun). Beer: Oakham plus guests. The GBG says: "Striking modern conversion of a 1930s labour exchange to produce a large airy pub with a mezzanine floor. Twelve real ales always include a mild and Belgian bottled beers are also stocked. Reasonably priced authentic Thai cuisine is available. A new custom-made brew plant has recently been installed for Oakham Ales and this is visible through a glass wall. There is also a new function room available for hire. The pub is still under threat of demolition when (if) the North Westgate area is redeveloped."

Matt Gray says the 'train gang' will be there until about 1 pm, after which we will be moving onto Charters, the barge on the canal, which is nearer the ground (map: http://tinyurl.com/l9twy3 - ignore the red circle, it's actually on the river, literally). Beer is Oakhams plus guests. The GBG says: "The largest Dutch barge in the country, moored on the Nene at Town Bridge. Twelve real ales generally include a mild, and the latest beers from micros are a speciality. Traditional cider and Belgian bottled beers are also available. A permanent marquee hosts beer festivals at Easter and in May and October." See the website [bluesontheboat.co.uk] for details of live music." Further info at: www.oakhamales.com/chartershome1.asp

DARTS

AT long last, the new darts season is about to get underway.

After a couple of postponements, first match of the new campaign after promotion to Division Two sees us face an away match against Gillingham London Supporters' Club next Tuesday (October 27).

Venue is the City Retreat, 74 Shoe Lane, EC4 (nearest stations are Chancery Lane, Farringdon or Blackfriars). All members are welcome to attend, whether they want to play darts or not.

September 30, 2009

TICKET NEWS

There is no need for me to arrange a SULSESC ticket allocation for either of the next two away games at Nottingham Forest or Plymouth as tickets will be available on the day of the games.

However, as SULSESC member Ian Rees pointed out in his email earlier this week, Plymouth have got a 'buy one get one free' offer on at the moment if tickets are purchased in advance for Saturday's game. To those members who are going, I would suggest you put a group email out so everyone going to Plymouth can get together to take advantage of the BOGOF offer.

Meanwhile, after the recent saga at Crystal Palace, who had a 'kids for a quid' day for under-16s when the Iron visited, which didn't apply to away fans who had to pay 14.50 (I emailed the ticket office manager at Palace to complain, but surprise, surprise, didn't get a reply), we had more 'drama' at Bristol City.

Tickets bought in advance were advertised at 25 quid by SUFC and reportedly around 100 were sold. I didn't bother organising a SULSESC allocation as there were only around 10 of us going and I checked with the Bristol City ticket office to make sure we could pay on the day, and they said we could. But we got quite a surprise when we turned up at Ashton Gate at 2.45 pm. Not only could we actually pay cash on the turnstiles (no need to queue at the ticket office first, then go through the turnstiles), it was only 15 quid to get in, not 25!

It does make you wonder whether buying tickets in advance is worth it!

NEWCASTLE (home): October 20

This game is looming up fast and may well be a sell-out. Tickets go on sale next week so any SULSESC members who are planning to go should email me to request a ticket ASAP, certainly by Sunday at the latest. I will organise a SULSESC allocation next week.

MANCHESTER CITY (away): October 27

Not the best of draws in the end considering we were there not much more than three years ago in the FA Cup.

We're still waiting to hear ticket details but it obviously won't sell out and I expect those members who are going will be able to buy a ticket on the night.

FORTHCOMING MATCHES

Wednesday, September 30: Nottingham Forest (away)

For any members going to Forest, the suggested meeting place pre-match is our usual Nottingham haunt of the Vat & Fiddle (12 Queen's Bridge Road), which 'SULSESC Real Ale Guru' Nick Haines says is "still in the Good Beer Guide (2010 edn) and sounds the same as ever, with a wide range of beers from the local Castle Rock brewery plus guests."

The Vat & Fiddle is close to the railway station and is about a 15-20 minute walk from the City Ground.

Alternatively, nearer the ground, Nick suggests the Globe at 152 London Road (map: http://tinyurl.com/nw6hhw).

The GBG says: "Light, airy, popular pub near Nottingham's cricket, football and rugby grounds. Cold snacks are served on match days only. Sport features regularly on several large screens. Six handpumps serve ales mainly from micro-breweries, with Nottingham beers usually available. Ask about the CAMRA discount. An upstairs function room can hold 100 people."

Nick adds: "I gather it gets busy with football fans before Forest games, however, but it seems to be trouble-free."

Saturday, October 3: Plymouth (away)

For those making the long trip to Plymouth this weekend, our suggested pre-match watering hole, as recommended by Nick, is The Fortescue at 37 Mutley Plain (map: http://tinyurl.com/ltnn8n).

The GBG says: "Conversation flourishes at this lively local, frequented by a broad section of the community…. CAMRA branch pub of the year 2009, eight or more beers are offered, together with real Thatcher's cider."

Unfortunately, I can't make the trip as I will be in Croatia this weekend but Tintagel-based Nick will be there for what is his one local' game of the season, so I would suggest emailing him on sparrowonthewing@hotmail.com if you want to meet up.

UTI

Andy

PS: Just realised I've typed out an email which includes details about forthcoming United matches against Newcastle United and Manchester City... how times change! It's not long ago it could have been Rushden & Diamonds and Kidderminster Harriers!

September 22, 2009

Dear All

Only a brief SULSESC news this week seeing as we're at home on Saturday.

DONCASTER (home)

For those going up for the Doncaster game, I believe the Honest Lawyer will be opening early in view of the (stupid) early kick-off time, so there is a good chance there will be a few London branch members meeting there for a 'swift half' before the game, probably from 10.30 am onwards until about 11.15. See you there!

CARLING CUP

Excellent result tonight! With luck, Saturday's fourth round draw will throw up a trip to Old Trafford, Anfield or the Emirates, rather than Oakwell or London Road. In the event of us landing a 'plum' draw for which we'll require tickets, I will include details in next week's SULSESC news.

DARTS IS OFF

We should have had our first darts match of the new season tonight (Wednesday, Sept 23) but the game has been called off because our opponents, Burnley, cannot raise a full team. It will be rearranged in due course.

WHITWORTH WINS

For those members who have entered the matchday predictions competition so far this season, which went to a double rollover at Bristol last Saturday seeing as no-one had the 4-0 results at Cardiff and Palace (surprise, surprise!), the pot has finally been claimed.

Newbury-based newly-wed Nick Whitworth really ought to buy Grant McCann a pint for the injury-time equaliser at Ashton Gate which meant his 1-1 prediction came up trumps.

Nick scooped just over 50 quid (I think it was 53 quid but can't remember the exact figure) and seeing as he also won last season's forecasting competition which paid out 100 quid, it seems SULSESC is one of his main sources of income at the moment!

UTI

Andy

September 16, 2009

BRISTOL CITY (away): Saturday, September 19

PREVIEW: Six points and seven goals in four days! What the hell's going on? Who cares, let's just hope the run (if two matches constitutes a run) can continue at Ashton Gate on Saturday. It won't be easy, however, at one of our less successful hunting grounds. Last time we were there, two years ago early in the last Championship season, Martin Paterson scored in a 2-1 defeat, and we were sunk by two superb (or lucky?) goals from Lee Trundle. City, who were promoted to the Championship as runners-up to the Iron in May, 2007, have done well since their elevation and have again made a decent start to this season. They've only lost once in the league (3-0 away at Cardiff) and at home have won three out of three (so they're due a defeat!). One of the wins probably shouldn't have been, however, Crystal Palace infamously having a legitimate goal chalked off by the referee and his equally blind linesman, City then stealing all three points in the last minute. They've also beaten QPR 1-0 and Middlesbrough 2-1.

MATCH TICKETS: I haven't bothered to organise a SULSESC allocation for this game as I checked with the ticket office at Bristol City and was told we can pay on the day.

TRAVEL PLANS: There is a SULSESC train trip to this game, leaving on the 10.00 train from Paddington which is due into Bristol Temple Meads at 11.39. For the return journey, we're booked on the 18.00 out of Bristol Temple Meads, which should get us back to Paddington at 19.45.

PUBS: For those travelling independently, the pubs to meet in before the game are our usual Bristol haunts of the Old Fish Market and the White Lion.

Meet in the Old Fish Market from 12 noon onwards, though we'll probably be moving on from there shortly after 1 pm to head round the corner to the White Lion.

The Old Fish Market is half a mile from Temple Meads (full address for those who haven't been before is: 63 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1QZ).

Here's a link:-

http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/40/4076/Old_Fish_Market/Bristol

The White Lion is five minutes' walk from the Old Fish Market and the full address is: Quay Head, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 1EB

Here's a link:

http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/21/21621/White_Lion/Bristol

DARTS

A reminder that our first darts match of the new APFSCIL league season is next week, Wednesday, September 23, when we take on Burnley at home in the Stamford Arms, Stamford Street, SE1. All members are welcome to turn up as usual, whether they want to play darts or not! Can the boys cut the mustard at Second Division level after promotion last season or will it be a case of "Vaughan Out" once again? Be there to find out!

PRESTON MATCH REPORT

We're on the ball this week! Martyn Girdham's match report of last night's excellent home win over Preston has been uploaded to the website already. Log onto www.sulsesc.com.

MEMBERSHIP

A reminder to those members who have not yet paid their subs for the new season that renewals were due on August 1 and if you don't renew shortly, you'll be deleted from the group email list!

UTI

Andy

September 8, 2009

CRYSTAL PALACE (away): Saturday, September 12

PREVIEW: United return to the ground on which our relegation from the Championship last time around was confirmed desperately needing points to stay out of the bottom three. Let's hope for an improvement on the results of our first two away league games as another 4-0 boffing will be hard to stomach!

Palace have made an indifferent start to the new season and have yet to win a league game on home soil so far, having lost (to Newcastle) and drawn (against Plymouth) in their only two league matches at Selhurst Park.

Away from home, they've lost at Bristol City, won at Ipswich and drawn at Peterborough.

There's a 20 quid rollover in the predictions sweep after no-one predicted the 4-0 defeat at Cardiff on the opening day and with nearly 30 tickets ordered for the SULSESC allocation for Palace, there could be a good pay-out for someone on Saturday.

MATCH TICKETS: I have got 28 tickets for the following SULSESC members:-

3 Dave Ashton (2 adults, 1 U16)

1 Dave Bowers

2 Anthony Bradley

2 Tony Carter (1 adult, 1 U18)

2 Matt Gray

2 Ross Henderson

3 Neil & Karen Holland (2 adult, 1 U16)

2 David Payne

1 Dave Pratt

1 Dan Redwood

2 David Smith (1 adult, 1 OAP)

1 Andy Stubley

2 Ian Tremayne (1 adult, 1 U16)

1 Mal Watson

2 Mick Wright (1 adult, 1 U16)

Cheques payable to me on the day please: 24.50 for adults, 14.50 for concessions.

TRAVEL PLANS: Meet at London Bridge (see pub details below) from where we will be catching a train to Thornton Heath.

PUB: Our regular haunt for games on this side of London is the Shipwrights Arms on Tooley Street, SE1 2TF (link: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/36/3657/Shipwrights_Arms/London_Bridge). Turn right out of London Bridge station following the signs for the London Dungeon, and the Shipwrights is just past the London Dungeon on the right. Meet in the Shipwrights from 12 noon onwards. I will have match tickets available for collection at the pub. Seeing as there are quite a few new SULSESC members who have ordered tickets, my mobile number in case of problems is 0788-181 6611.

LEICESTER (home): Saturday, November 28

Looking ahead, for anyone thinking of going to the home game v Leicester at the end of November, there are cheap train tickets available on the National Express website at the moment for £23.10 return from King's Cross. This is booked as two singles (11.55 each way), going out on the 09.05 from King's Cross and returning on the 18.18 from Scunny. I've just booked a ticket myself so if anyone wants to join me, go to www.nationalexpresseastcoast.com/

Andy

September 1, 2009

CRYSTAL PALACE TICKETS

A REMINDER to those wanting tickets for the next game at Crystal Palace a week on Saturday to let me know by close of play on Wednesday, September 2. The following members have ordered tickets so far and I will be contacting SUFC on Thursday morning to sort out the SULSESC allocation. Due to holidays (Robertshaw, Sumner), weddings (Wright, not his own as far as I know!) and sponsored cycle rides (the treasurer), numbers seem a little down at the moment by our usual standards for a London game so hopefully we will have a bigger turn-out than this on the day!

3 Dave Ashton (2 adults, 1 kid)

1 Dave Bowers

2 Tony Carter (1 adult, 1 U18)

2 Matt Gray

2 Ross Henderson

2 David Payne

1 Dave Pratt

1 Dan Redwood

2 David Smith (1 adult, 1 OAP)

1 Andy Stubley

1 Mal Watson

MEMBERSHIP CARDS

We will be sending out this year's membership cards this week and next.

Four new members should have received their membership cards a few weeks ago, but have been given the wrong membership number by mistake (my fault!) which means they will be unable to log into the members' area of the website.

Correct membership numbers for those four are as follows: David Bowers is 112, Barry Saunders is 113, Karen Hughes is 114 and Ross Henderson is 115.

New members logging onto the members' area of the website for the first time will need to log in as a new user, enter membership number, first name and last name in the appropriate boxes, and then choose a username.

Anyone who has difficulty in logging on should email the webmaster himself at neil_holland@hotmail.com

SPONSORED MATCH

At the recent AGM, it was agreed that we would look into the possibility of sponsoring another match at Glanford Park, as we have done for the last four years.

As usual, this would be on the basis of everyone attending paying 30 to 35 quid a head for lunch in the Glanford Park restaurant, admission to the game, etc, and club funds covering the remainder.

I will contact SUFC to see what games are available (and what sort of a deal they can do us this year!) and put another email out in due course.

Andy

August 27, 2009

SATURDAY: QPR (home)

TRAVEL secretary Wright and myself are driving up for the game on Saturday and, as far as I know, there is still space in the car if anyone wants to join us. Neil is picking me up at Newbury Park tube station, which is on the Central Line, at 9.30 am.

If any members are making their own way there, we'll be in the Honest Lawyer as usual at lunchtime.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12: Crystal Palace (away)

TICKETS for this game cost 24.50 (adults) and 14.50 (concessions) and I will be organising the SULSESC allocation next week. Please let me know by Wednesday, September 2 if you would like a ticket. The following members have ordered already so no need for them to email me again:-

2 David Smith (1 adult, 1 concession)

1 Dave Bowers

1 Dan Redwood

LEAGUE CUP

THE draw for the third round of the League Cup will be made this Saturday lunchtime. In the event of us (hopefully) getting a decent draw against a Premiership side and the match being all-ticket, please email me ASAP if you would like a ticket. I will put a group email out as a reminder next week once the draw is known. The third round games will be played week-commencing Monday, September 21.

DARTS

DARTS captain Chris Vaughan has received the APFSCIL fixture list for the forthcoming season, which commences in just under four weeks (although hopefully the first game against Burnley will be called off due to the Iron being away at Old Trafford in the third round of the League Cup!).

Wed 23 Sep (H) v Burnley

Tue 20 Oct (a) v Gillingham)

Wed 11 Nov (h) v Man City

w/c 16 Nov Cup prelim

w/c 23/Nov Pairs

Mon 30 Nov (a) v Blackpool

2010

w/c 11 Jan cup rd 1

Mon 25 Jan (a) v Sunderland

Wed 10 Feb (h) v Gillingham

w/c Mon 22 Feb Cup QF

Mon 8 Mar (a) v Burnley

w/c Mon 22 Mar Singles

Mon 29 Mar (a) v Man City

Wed 21 Apr (h) v Blackpool

Wed 12 May (h) v Sunderland

AND FINALLY...

SULSESC member Anthony 'Brad' Bradley has texted with a request for information.

"Does anyone know how to cancel ebay bids?" writes Brad.

"I've just bid on a Micky Mouse outfit and I'm now 20 minutes away from owning Grimsby Town."

UTI

Andy

August 6, 2009

CARDIFF (away)

TRAVEL DETAILS: For those on the SULSESC train trip, we are booked on the following services:

Depart London Paddington 09.45, arrive Cardiff Central 11.47.

Depart Cardiff Central 18.25, arrive London Paddington 20.32.

Meet on the concourse at Paddington from 09.15.

MATCH TICKETS: For those who ordered them through SULSESC, they will be available for collection from the pre-match pub (details below). Steve Sumner put the bill for the match tickets on his credit card, so everyone will need to pay Steve on the day: 26 quid adults, 15 quid concessions. We have tickets for the following members:-

1 ASHTON Dave

1 BORRILL Mark

1 BOWERS Dave

1 DIXEY Andy

1 DUKE Vic (OAP)

2 GIRDHAM Martyn (2 OAP)

1 GRAY Matt

1 HAINES Nick

3 HOLLAND Neil (2 adult, 1 kid of 2)

1 KERR Andy

1 LOWE Colin

1 PEARSON Mark

2 REES Ian (1 adult, 1 kid 14)

1 ROBERTS Paul

1 SKEELS Andy

1 SUMNER Steve

1 TREMAYNE Ian

1 WHITWORTH Nick

1 WRIGHT Neil

PRE-MATCH PUB: Will be The Cottage on Mary Street, which is the main 'High Street' in Cardiff and about 5 minutes' walk from the railway station. Turn right out of the station, walk up to the traffic lights and turn left, which is Mary Street, and the pub is a couple of hundred yards on the right. We will be in there between 12 noon and 2 pm. It is probably about a 15-20 minute walk from there to the ground. Here's a link to the pub with a map:-

http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/14/14284/Cardiff_Cottage/Cardiff

AGM

A reminder that the AGM will take place on Wednesday of next week (August 12, 7 pm for 7.30 pm start) in the upstairs bar of the Stamford Arms, Stamford Street, SE1, which is close to Blackfriars Bridge and five minutes' walk from Waterloo. Here's a link with a map: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/11/1146/Stamford_Arms/Southwark

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

...are now due for the new season and everyone should by now have received a renewal form. If you haven't, let me know.

Andy

July 22, 2009

With little more than a fortnight to go to the start of the new season, it must surely be about time for some SULSESC news!

CARDIFF (away)

As I'm sure you all know, the first game of the season is Cardiff away two weeks on Saturday (August 8).

Match tickets are not on sale as yet but will be very soon, so if you would like a ticket, please let me know ASAP and I can get a head start with organising the SULSESC allocation.

Eight members are currently booked on the SULSESC day trip by train, which will use the following services:-

Depart London Paddington 09.45, arrive Cardiff Central 11.47.

Depart Cardiff Central 18.25, arrive London Paddington 20.32.

AGM

We have inked in a date of Wednesday, August 12 for the SULSESC AGM which we hope will take place in the Stamford Arms, Stamford Street, SE1, which is close to Blackfriars Bridge and five minutes' walk from Waterloo. We have still to sort out the availability of the pub, however, so there is a chance the venue may have to change, but we will confirm one way or the other ASAP.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

...are now due for the new season and renewal forms will be going out in the post this week along with the forecasting competition entry forms. In advance of the AGM, the committee took the decision to keep membership fees the same as last year.

FORECASTING COMPETITION

Entry forms for the new season are going in the post this week but before they do, it might be a good idea to confirm the result of last year's competition first!

Organiser Steve Sumner reports: "I have finally checked the leading entries and found no mistakes! The winner of £100 is Nick Whitworth, but there is a three-way tie for second between Roly Roberts, Ben Pettitt and Andy Kerr. Second prize was £25, third £15 and fourth £10 = total £50 which, divided three ways, is £16.66 each (with £0.02 to club funds!)."

The club treasurer, who is the man with the chequebook, is currently on holiday but we will arrange for the winners' cheques to be sent out as soon as he returns (or within six months of his return anyway!).

Andy