February 19, 2014

PORTSMOUTH (home): Saturday, February 22

I DON'T know who is going up for this Saturday's game but with the Lawyer having recently been taken over and still in a state of transition (still no food apparently), we will continue to meet in Wetherspoons, followed by The Berkeley.

Unfortunately, I won't be there this weekend having used up a monumental amount of Brownie points on a 28-hour round trip to Accrington last Friday night!

NEWPORT (away): Saturday, March 1

THIS is the designated SULSESC club trip and the good news is that Newport have finally played a home game this week after what seems like about 50 postponements since Christmas, so we probably have something like a 10 per cent chance of our game actually taking place now!

Newport's victory over Oxford on Tuesday night was the first in a run of five straight home games for them over the next fortnight as they're playing Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday and Tuesday. We are fourth in line in that little lot, so one can only speculate as to what the state of the quagmire, sorry, pitch is going to be like by then.

Anyway, working on the assumption the game is not called off the previous day, the SULSESC trip is booked on the 09.37 out of Paddington for an 11.31 arrival into Newport. Coming back, we're booked on the 18.39, which is a 20.42 scheduled arrival into Paddington.

It was agreed at last summer's AGM that SULSESC club funds would make a contribution towards the admission costs of each member attending in a bid to encourage as many SULSESC members to attend as possible.

At the moment, there are no ticket details on the SUFC website but we expect to be able to contribute about £10 a head.

If you would like a subsidised SULSESC ticket, please email me by 9 am on Monday of next week (no need for the eight who are included in the travel secretary's booking on the 09.37 to e-mail as you're already on my list!).

Pre-match pub details will be included in next week's e-mail.


BURTON (home): Saturday, March 22

I'M more than likely going to do a day trip to this game by Megabus. There are £8 singles available at the moment, so would anyone like to join me?


YORK CITY (home): Saturday, May 3

WE now need to be thinking about numbers for the annual SULSESC match sponsorship which will hopefully also be a promotion party.

A reminder that it will be the usual £35 a head, for which you will get three-course lunch in the Glanford Park restaurant before the game, seat in the main stand and all the usual extras like complimentary programme, tea/coffee at half-time, etc.

They can usually accommodate up to 30 of us so I will start a list of names now... first come, first served!

In terms of travel, the trains are not looking too promising. It's a Bank Holiday weekend so the fares are high already. It could be feasible to catch the 09.48 out of KX for £17.50, which arrives into Scunny at 12.02. But coming bac, forget it by train! It's already £25.95 on the 17.08 and 17.18 trains (which are too early anyway) and it's £33.80 on the 18.08.

I'll leave Matt to sort the travel arrangements out but at this stage I'd suggest taking the 09.48 train up for £17.50 and catching the 17.40 Megabus back for £8.


THE table is being kept up-to-date on the website and it's remarkably tight at the top at this stage with only one point separating the top six.

Jake Rodwell and Nigel Taylor are leading the way on 26 points with Boring Mediocrity, Martin Obee, Leanne Taylor and Glenys Rodwell right behind them on 25.


DOES anyone have a room to rent on a temporary basis? I recently received the following e-mail from someone I know: "A friend of mine, Massimo Morales, is hoping to get a job in the UK as a football coach (he is worth Googling!) and needs some temp accommodation - do you know of anyone in London who could rent a room or house share?"

If anyone can help, send me an e-mail and I'll put you in touch. And, yes, he is worth Googling!



September 24, 2013

BURTON (away): Saturday, September 28

WE have a SULSESC train trip running to this weekend's match at Burton, which is likely to be a new 'tick' for everyone seeing as United have never played there before.

We will be on the 09.46 train out of London Euston, which arrives in Burton at 11.47 (after a change in Tamworth).

Coming back, it's the 17.49 train from Burton, getting back to London at 19.49.

MATCH TICKETS: It's pay on the day, according to the Scunny website, with 1,450 standing tickets available at £15 adults, £13 seniors and young persons (17-22) and £5 under-16s. There are also 380 seat tickets available which can be pre-booked by calling Burton Albion on (01283) 565938.

PRE-MATCH PUB: Our resident real ale expert Nick Haines has been burning the midnight oil on our behalf in researching the itinerary for Saturday's 'First Official Annual SULSESC Pub Crawl of Burton-on-Trent'... (or FOASPCOBOT for short).

We will nominate the Coopers Tavern on Cross Street as 'SULSESC Central' for the day, although there are others very close by which are obviously going to require a visit at some point in the day!

Nick reports: "As you'd expect, there are loads of good pubs at Burton, but I've whittled them down on the basis of quality and location to the following, and attached a map showing six of them near the station (the football ground is just off the top of the map).

1. Top of the list is probably Coopers Tavern at 43 Cross Street, DE14 1EG (web: Doesn't open until 12 but serves lunch in a largely pork pie-based style. Has 3 beers from the Joules Brewery (in Market Drayton) and quite a few guests, and several beers are served on gravity from the cask. Has three rooms including a small inner taproom. This pub often tops the list in reviews of Burton pub crawls.

The next three (2-4 on the map) all sound excellent too.

2. Burton Bridge Inn at 24 Bridge Street, DE14 1SY (town end of the Trent bridge; web: Flagship pub and brewery tap of the Burton Bridge Brewery, which is just behind the pub, and serves 6 of its beers plus a guest beer. Opens at 11:30 and serves traditional pub food from 12 till 2.

3. Old Cottage Tavern at 36 Byrkley Street, DE14 2EG (behind the town hall). This is the unofficial brewery tap for the Burton Old Cottage brewery and serves 3 of its beers plus guest beers. Opens at 12 but no food.

4. Devonshire Arms at 86 Station Street, DE14 1BT (web: Opens at 12 and serves lunches from 12 till 2. This is another Burton Bridge pub and serves 5 of its beers plus a guest.

The next two pubs don't seem as good and are only still on the list because they're in the beer guide and are close to the others.

5. Roebuck Inn at 101 Station Street, DE14 1BT. It's the closest to the station (you pass it on the way to Coopers or the Devonshire, but do try to walk past it). Unexciting pub with unexciting beers (Bass, Pedigree, Abbott etc). Opens at 12, no food.

6. Brewery Tap at the National Brewery Centre, Horninglow Street, DE14 1NG (web: Formerly the Bass Museum/Coors Visitor Centre, now has 5 Worthingtons beers plus guests, but looks a bit soulless."


THE new darts season is about to get underway and captain Vaughan reports as follows:-

"Greetings. It's that time of year again, and I've already cancelled the first game. The next scheduled game will be against Rotherham at the Calthorpe Arms in Grays Inn Road. It should have been Thursday 3rd October but they're struggling for a team and have suggested Tuesday 1st or Wednesday 2nd instead. So which of the two dates is best for everyone?"

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A REMINDER for those of you who have not paid your subs for the new season yet... the boy Sumner is back from his holidays and will shortly be on the warpath, carrying out his annual cull of those who have not renewed their membership.

That means the best course of action is to pay up now!