Beth Mead from Whitby is runner-up in this year's voting for the Women's Ballon d'Or
I thought of going to Shrewsbury, and also to QPR to watch the Baggies and link up with son of Seth, which I do from time to time. In the end, as it was my birthday, hardly went out of the house, descended on by children and grandchildren, so all very nice. Shame about York. I once saw them play Dudley Town in the FA Cup, 1977 ish. Ground later collapsed due to old limestone workings, and so the football club and cricket clubs folded. Cricket club was a good one in the past, Ron Headley amongst past players.I went in the last round to watch AFC Bury home to my home town club York City. It was a classic, full ground, pouring rain and both teams almost running into the ground, steam rising. The game could have gone either way but York got a winner in the last 5 minutes.
I e-mailed the chairman of Bury to say how well organised it was, how friendly and helpful the stewards were and wished them every success. I got a lovely reply (which is more than I got from the YCCC Chairman)
Tomorrow my team are away again, at Shrewsbury, lovely place but a couple of divisions higher than York , so I'm not going, but you never know and I'll probably regret not making the effort (going instead to watch the live league game at Guiseley v Warrington and lsten to the York game on my radio)
I remember many years ago going to an FA Cup game at Hartlepool and somebody said don't mention the monkey . Of course you should never dare a fool, so I did mention the monkey. As someone with a nautical background, Newby I'm sure you know why it was not a good idea!
I am not being political - well just a teeny bit perhaps - but I will not watch.
Three reasons :
1..... the crooked and corrupt award by the crooked and corrupt FIFA to a country that is not suitable for football. I hope no-one dies from heat exhaustion.
2..... the obscene amount of money that the aforementioned cooked and corrupt organisation will trouser from this event. How much of that will filter down to even division 2 of the leagues?
3..... the break in our national winter game just when things were getting interesting. It will give the players a rest someone said ..... so what are Scotland doing playing Turkey tonight???
There is a 4th - and most important reason - is connected to the way the host country is governed and the way it treats human beings - but that one is for another place.
Good point well , horrendous how the government forces forced the 'rebels' into the tip if the island so that they could more easily be 'dealt with'We still play Sri Lanka at cricket, and even Qatar didn't massacre 77,000 of its own citizens.
Absolutely, it's sometimes hard to keep my moral compass pointed in the right direction (or is that social conscience)Difficult territory and no matter how hard you try it's impossible to keep your hands totally clean in regards to doing business with regimes or countries you may well detest. I think we are all using quite a lot of Qatari gas at the moment just as an example.
It's taken us quite a long time to get where we are in areas such as Health and Safety and worker's rights, so expecting emerging economies to get it right in their early years may be asking a lot. Similarly, I can remember when same sex relationships were unlawful in this country. Anybody who got through the system would certainly be hounded out of the forces until relatively recently.
If I do warm to the tournament it will be a football game that draws me in.
I think we have all known since the deal was done, 12 or so years ago that it was the wrong place to hold it.
I think the reason I dislike Quatar is because it is a country which very recently (in my view) committed a fraud to acquire the rights to the world Cup, built the stadia on the backs and in many cases the graves of immigrant manual workers. Also, it bought the World Cup not because it has a tradition or love of football, it doesn't, but in an attempt to promote the country itself. The climate seems to be unsuitable for football at this time of year too.I live in a city that grew rich on cotton and the slave trade, so perhaps we shouldn't throw stones at Qatar's glasshouse, nor Sri Lanka's...but I have not returned since it happened, lovely though it is.