Began with an "up"
Belper Town FC 2 - 0 Newcastle Town, Semi-final of the Presidents Cup
Oldham 2 - 3 Sheffield Wednesday. Football League One
Couldn't make the cup semi - got back from dropping visitors at Manchester airport just a bit too late to drive down to Belper. Anyway - Tim Harrison took these pictures of what manager Andy Carney told me later in the week was the best performance by a Belper side this season.
Then a "down"
Belper Town confirm Andy Carney's decision to step down as first team manager at the end of the season. The Duchess and I were (are) massively disappointed so I sent the big man a text and he called me back. We had a good old natter and promised to keep in touch.
Andy is really the remaining "link" the Duchess and I have with Belper Town FC and when he goes, maybe we might too? We got to know him well through our initial interest and friendship with Danny Hudson. Dan's gone, now Andy's going. The Club is looking for a new Chairman.
We might have to see what other non-league options are available. Dunno yet. Whatever happens the Duchess has already categorically refused to go a mile and a half down the road to watch Sheffield FC. She says she doesn't like the club, the people or the atmosphere! Any road up - we'll see.
Booked the day off because our son was visiting from Holland for the weekend. A very good mate of his is going through a rough patch and so our lad "popped over" for what was, literally, a flying visit. Picked him up from Manchester airport mid-morning. He has also been dieting since 1st January and has lost just under 3 stone. He looks better for it and says he feels better too. It's always good to see him - no matter what shape he's in.
Belper Town FC 0 - 2 Grantham, Evostik League One South
Sheffield Wednesday 0 - 1 Notts County. Football League One
Footy results determine the mood yet again! We went to the Belper game and the team did way better than the last time we saw them when Quorn best us 5-1. However, it's still a defeat to a side who have lost one of their last 20, but, sadly, a team the Belper side of two seasons ago would have wiped the floor with.
Nice to see our mate Mossley Smiffy there again. He had his camera and I'll link to his pics as soon as he posts the link but in the meantime, Snapper Harrisons images are here:
And mine are here:
Sunday - well not a lot happened. Took our son back to Manchester airport in the afternoon - the car will know it's own way there by now - did the same return trip on Monday and Tuesday, collecting and delivering our Canadian visitors - then Friday and today, collecting and delivering number one son!
Oh aye - just remembered it's Monday tomorrow..... Bugger!