1) ACCRINGTON (Bloody) STANLEY
12/02/2011 £was to be a new ground to me, but the game was postponed due to waterlogged pitch and hour before match.
2) BRADFORD CITY
Now a very modern ground. Used to sit in the old wooden stand that burnt down. My dad used to take me. Now very modern. I always park in a small car park at rear of ground. 2010 found a really good chippy on main road that did a meal deal Fish and Chips and a drink £2-50 great value and eat in!!!!
Impressive front entrance.
Not so impressive rear entrance for away fans.
3) BURY FC Gigg Lane
Been here lots of times watching Southend. Last visit 2010. Parking on streets is easy. Food van at front of gates otherwise inside quite dear and limited. Away fans in covered stand behind goal. No pictures as forgot camera.
5) MACCLESFIELD TOWN FC
Through town on main road. Just before
ground I turn right up a one way circular road on which you can park and walk
to ground. Stock up with food from local supermarket on way. Away
fans standing in the open behind the goal. Nearly
always raining. Last visit 6/11/2010
Impressive front entrance.
6) MANCHESTER CITY
Been to both the old ground watching Southend with dad. Been to the new ground at eastlands watched Aston Villa.
Been here for corporate do's with HSBC
7) MANCHESTER UNITED
Been to Old Trafford quite a lot. During 2007/8 season took Jennifer a few times.
Have also run round the perimeter for Charity. Excellent Day. 2009
8) OLDHAM ATHLETIC
When Southend where in the same league used to go in executive box. 3 years running 2008/9/10
Used to watch Rugby here and have been on pich for a presentation from Sport England
9) SOUTHEND UNITED.
Watched football here since 1962/63 season.
Meeting with Glenn Morris 17/02/2011 a Chicken Dinner and a 520 mile round trip all in a day out for an SUFC Exile.
Having had our sponsors meeting in December called off due to snow, John and I had a re-arranged date last Thursday meet at the Boots and Laces 12.30.
I had arranged to meet John at the ground and to give myself plenty of time set off from Saddleworth at 4.30am. It usually takes around 5 hours to get to Southend, however I hadn't bargained on the fog which turned the journey into a bit of a nightmare.
But I managed to get to the training ground just after 12.30, John having arrived slightly earlier and was already enjoying a hot drink with Glenn.
I didn't catch the name of the young lady that welcomed me, with a lovely smile, and telling me the Chicken dinner would be served in a few minutes and hoped I wasn't a vegetarian.
Fortunately I am not!!!
Sitting down in miss matched chairs after introductions we got down to the serious work of talking and eating.
Questions, answered in no particular order.
Married and expecting their first child in August.
Drives in every day to start training from Maidstone and likes to arrive by 9.30 as the club provides breakfast.
Are the facilities better at SUFC rather than LO --Unqualified Yes. AT LO players had sandwiches and cold pasta whereas there is always cooked food available at SUFC.
Was the food any good---I thought the Chicken was good with mash vegetables and gravy. (Didn't upset my stomach anyway)
Was a little worried as Glenn had opted for pasta. Coffees served in SUFC mugs, which I tried to blag at the end of the meeting to no avail.
Get the tricky question over with--Have you been paid ---Yes. as far as Glenn is aware all players are up to date with wages.
Interrupted by Craig Easton who introduced himself and then got on with organising everyone else.
Paul Sturrock was there but did not make himself known. However I have got to say that all the players seemed a friendly bunch and there was much smiling and acknowledgment of us as they constantly moved around the room going to and from the weights area.
We had ten minutes or so on the training regime. All players do pre-warm exercises, then warm then ball work and after lunch weights. Glen says the fitness coach is really keen and an excellent motivator!!!! (I get the impression Glenn does not really like his 2/3 weight sessions)
We asked if he supported any other teams. He said none in particular but when growing up he supported Spurs. In fact his favourite goalkeepers both played for Spurs (They both have unspellable names which I am sure John remembers)
How did he get to be a goal keeper-- He had two elder brothers and as he was the smallest he was always in goal. Has play since he was 4 years old.
Educated to A Level standard. Would have liked to gone to University if he hadn't have turned professional. At the moment he is not taking any coaching badges but that may change as he gets older.
Having lost his spot as No.1 keeper recently due to illness he is keen to get back in the first team. On away trips he shares with Rhys with whom he gets on very well.
Favourite grounds he has played at (apart from RH) Cardiff Millennium Stadium in a youth Cup Final, Leeds, Bradford and he would love to play at Old Trafford. We both reminded him that this years pay off finals would be held at the Stadium of Dreams. He seemed quite keen as long as he was back as our No.1 by then.
The three of us were joined by Blair Sturrock, who is very outgoing and again made us feel very welcome.
After Blair left, dragged off somewhere by Craig we asked who had the hardest shot in the team. The top two where Ryan Hall and Anthony Grant, I don't know if that was because they were both playing pool nearby and listening to our conversation.
Anyway the fitness coach was eager to get on with the weights session with Glenn so he posed for some obligatory photos and signed a shirt and then it was time to take our leave.
The Young Lady (John name please!!!) asked our views on the meeting and whether we thought it was worthwhile etc. as opposed to a more formal evening do.
I thought the format was fine. We were able to meet the players in a relaxed atmosphere. My only slight disappointment was that we could not see any of the training session otherwise fine.
Oh forgot to say we had a bowl of fruit for dessert (so two courses) and two drinks.
Took some more pictures outside before saying goodbye to John, who completely threw me when he offered me the signed shirt. I was very pleased and I will have it framed and it will hang proudly next to the one of Darryl that I have in my study.
All that was left was a 260 mile drive home via East Tilbury to see my 94 year old Aunt whose birthday it is soon.
Finally got home at 10.30pm tired after a great day out and meeting our
No 1 Goalie the one and only Glenn Morris.
Tony As promised, some more observations from me on our meeting with Glenn: Just a 150 mile round trip for me. Having arrived at the appointed time, the players had already come in from training, slightly earlier than scheduled and were milling around ahead of lunch. Having introduced myself to Glenn at Accrington, we had a little chat about the long trip there and he was surprised to learn I would seriously consider going back for the rearranged fixture (sadly, I’ll be out of the country and this won’t now be possible). Glenn was keen just to get back home after the postponement – there was talk about finding somewhere for a training session on Saturday afternoon, but sense prevailed and the squad came home and trained on Sunday instead. As Tony mentioned, Glenn grew up supporting Spurs, even though his father followed West Ham. His heroes were Erik Thorstvedt and (iirc) Ludek Miklosko – it occurred to me that Glenn’s stature didn’t really lend itself to using these two as role models! Started in the youth set up at Charlton and generally enjoyed his time there but was disappointed to have been released – he felt that he was overlooked as a result of his size. The Charlton youth team weren’t very good and he was regularly picking the ball out of the net, despite feeling he was playing pretty well on a personal level. He was involved in a trial game as his time at Charlton was coming to an end and, remarkably, the team put in a good performance and won the game – he was noticed by an Orient scout and his move to East London was assured. Glenn was clearly frustrated by losing his place though illness. He drew parallels with the end of his time at Orient, having lost his place about this time last year and never got it back. That was playing on his mind and although he did say he’d love to still be a Southend player a year from now, he did caveat that statement with wanting to be playing regularly. He’s never lost his place as a result of poor form – only injury or illness. I asked how he felt about watching Rhys and he said it was a double-edged sword; on one hand wanting the team, including the keeper, to do well, but on the other hand knowing an error might lead to getting his place back – Rhys had certainly had a couple of nervous moments against Wycombe a couple of nights before. Asked about footballing likes and dislikes, he admitted that Mondays were a chore following a rest day and knowing that the next game was typically a week away – he likes playing far more than training (particularly hates weights, which is what he was due to be doing after finishing with us, and running) and was honest enough to say that being a professional footballer has taken the edge off his passion for the game. That said, he genuinely loves making saves – I could see his eyes light up when talking about it, whether on the training ground or during a match. He has given his post-playing career only a little thought at this stage. Admitted he wasn’t great with kids (doesn’t bode well for the new arrival!), but felt that he might have a role as a goalkeeping coach at youth level or higher. He could also foresee himself studying for a degree part time. Some closing thoughts: I really enjoyed the relaxed session with Glenn, far more than the staged events of previous seasons. I found him to be a level-headed, quiet, conscientious individual with a passion and talent for goalkeeping – I think we can be rightly proud to be associated with Glenn as his sponsors. UTB, John
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HALLIWELL JONES STADIUM- WARRINGTON
League One playoffs against York with Roughyeds
Fathers Day treat 2009 bit late getting there but excellent night, apparently we (Chaz & me) where on sky!!!
Oldham Roughyeds--- Whitebank Stadium
Swinton at Salford City Reds. The Willows
Sunday 20th February 2011. Lost 29-20. Cold but dry day. First time watched rugby at the Willows.
DENMARK 5 Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 14:07:40 EST From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: INFO Copenhagen Bed & Breakfast Hi, Hope I can help with the recent requests for cheapish accommodation at=20 Copenhagen I stopped at a good B&B on the south side perimeter road of the airport las= t=20 summer. I stumbled upon it by accident while exploring the south side=20 maintenance area. I was even more surprised as it was run by an English=20 couple. Details:- Cottage Farm B&B Nordre Dragorvej 55 2791 Dragor Denmark Tel: + 45 32 53 28 31 Fax: + 45 32 53 28 34 mobile + 45 26 20 28 31 e-mail email@example.com They even have a small web site at www.cottagefarm.dk There are no views of the airport due to the large earth mounds but it is a= =20 superb location. I would guess that the best way by public transport would = be=20 to get the same bus as for the flyvergrillen but carry on towards Dragor &= =20 get off at a junction with the Moffegrade from where it would be about a 15= =20 minute walk. Hope this helps (i'm not on commission honest!) Matt Sutton
1 Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 21:56:53 +0100 From: "michael spence-parsons"
UK From: Chris Busby
Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 18:10:16 -0000 From: "upp463"
From: "Mike Spence-Parsons"
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 18:38:04 EST From: Bowellair@aol.com Subject: USA Spotting G`day each, Recently returned from US West coast. No problems @ LAX. Good viewing from International Terminal Carpark. Occasional visit from security, with request that we keep away from perimet er wall so as not to alarm jo-public. Food, drink & loos on hand in terminal. Don`t try to get into any other terminal unless you have the relevant ticke t /boarding pass. Stayed at Motel 6 on Century Boulevard, with armchair views of 270L/R landi ng traffic from "front" rooms of 8th floor. Free bus service to LAX (10 mins). Went out via Charlotte. Good views from terminal piers as one has the all important boarding pass for the internal flight etc. Came home via Pittsburgh, same as above. It helps to be a little discreet a nd to inform the " on site Gate Security." Victorville & Mojave. At present there are no over-flights available from nearby Lancaster Airport due to re-certification of the aircraft. No in-house ground tours either due to presence of KC135`s. Fairly good views of all the stored aircraft can be had from motoring around d the perimeter roads and tracks. This is also the case for Kingman, Scotsdale, Long Beach, John Wayne, Burbank, San Diego and Ontario Airports. Phoenix. Best all-round views from top of terminal 3 carpark . again no problems with security. one or two local spotters also present here. Tucson. Entrance to the new terminal restricted to those persons holding th e all important ticket/boarding pass. A car is essential. Over flights of Marana, Avra Valley available from "Double Eagle Aviation" to be found at 6961 South Apron Drive Tucson Az. Fone 520.294.8214, Fax 520 573.1805, or at www.2-eagle.com. Ask for Phyllis Tempero (our very obliging pilot, a double pass down Marana runway at 200ft, yes 200 ft, great for photos.) However Davis Monthan is another story, No closer than 5000ft allowed and that is having submitted a flight plan for some distant "hill" with DM just happening to be enroute. Views of DM inmates from the road have not been helped by the new earth banking. We found all the locals very obliging, on several occasions commenting that they thought us to just plane crazy. Our party of 3 all agree that it would appear to be an advantage to be an "old fart", no disrespect to the UK RFU intended. That's` all folks, regards, Colin
Thu, 14 Mar 2002 19:35:35 +0000 From: KEITH D
South America EZE 03/03/02 As in previous reports this place is almost spotter proof, on landing we noted five AR B737's trying everything from mini bins to bazooka pole we still could not read them off whilst we were taxing in, we also saw three md88 again with no luck what so ever!!!, not the best of starts to our trip= .. Full log, EZE 03/03/02(Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini) and yes I can think of a better name for the place!!!! LV-YPC B747 PT-MQI F100 LV-ZXC B737 LV-ZPJ A340 WOW an amazing trip so far......So, on reading other reports from other listers, we did try all the usual places,cafes, stairwells,we failed to fin= d the restaurant in terminal 1. So we jumped into a Taxi accross the city to to AEP Aero parc,driving past the maintainace area on the way, I for one would return there on the way back I promised myself, it cost us 26pesos a bargin as it was 36 in the terminal. We stopped at the Microtel inn Buenos Aires Aero Park Airport 0011541148036002 http://www.microtelinn.com/ =A347.39 per night for three Brummies(it might = be a bit more for adults). so we checked in to the hotel,and walked out of the complex, a five mins walk to the perimeter fence (you can pole off and spot all the way along this fence, no problems where encountered,lots of locals having picnics, another five to the museum (closed)note there is a military terminal next t= o the museum, abit of discreation is advised whist walking past here.and another ten to the terminal. The museum has a few aircraft in it, and had it been open we would have spotted there all the time as it has raised viewing platforms (superb for photography etc).. Museo Nacional De Aeronautica civil Types only (T-149) JU52/3M 4043 TC-330 B170 12751 TA-05 DC3/C47 4365 T-45?? DC-? in a small building nose sticking out AEP Aeroparque J Newbery.. Again fairly modern terminal. we tried all points in the terminal logged a couple from the fast food area,NB lots of security moping around!!They have bult a new multi story carpark no views unless you go on the roof (not advisable) we continued to what became our home for the next two days, at the end of the terminal walk outside(by the taxi rank) you can view the apron and taxiway, we sat by a small memorial to a crash aircraft, a few trees etc to give you a bit of cover from the terminal guards etc. there is a six foot fence, you can stand on the fence and take photo's very easy, the locals try to sit on it!!!!! no problems where encoutered here at all,with bins,poles and camera's (superb for photography) again we were alert all the time, but a lot of the locals had camera's, camcorder and one guy braught the a TV style camera o= n a very large trypod and stuck out like a sore thumb , he was carted off but again after speaking to somebody in the terminal he stayed there for some time. 1000-1800 aprox full log. LV-ZTG B737 AR LV-ZRO B737 AR LV-WGU DC-9 all white one engine ex Austral I presume LV-ZXY B737 D7 LV-ZLZ DHC-8 A4 LV-ZPW B737 ARG J31 LV-ZTE B737 AU LV-ZYJ B737/2 American Falcon LV-??? B737/2 """""""""""" stuck in shed for two days how many B737 have they got??? LV-ZRC B737 MJ LV-WRM DC-9 AU LV-ZRL J31 ARG new scheme VP-CZT BBJ LV-WTN C650 LV-ZTC CRJ A4 LV-ZYG B737 AR LV-ZSW B727 AR LV-YNA DC-9 D7 LV-LEB B737 AR LV-ZTH L/J25 CX-BOO B737 PU/PUA TC-74 F27 Argentinian Airforce LV-ZXV B737 AU LV-ZSN B737/7 MJ LV-ZRE B737 AR LV-ZHX B737/7 MJ LV-VGF B737 MJ/ ARG new scheme CX-BON B737 PU T-10 L/J60 LV-WGN MD83 AU LV-ZXG B737/7 MJ LV-ZTB CRJ A4 LV-ZPM DHC-8 A4 LV-YLB CL6 LV-WPE BJ400 LV-ZTI B737 AU LV-YMB L/J31 LV-OEL L/J25 LV-ZHX B737 AU LV-YTC DHC-8 A4 LV-ZXP B737/2 AU LV-ZTX B737 AU LV-RBO F27 CATA LV-ZXS B737 D7 T-03 F28 LV-WDR CIT 5 LV-YZA B737 MJ LV-ZXE DC-9 D7 LV-WSH B737 MJ LV-WHZ Jetcom derelict at the side of the CATA shed LV-WSU B737 MJ/ARG new scheme LV-YGB B737 MJ LV-ASV F27 CATA LV-WPY DC-9 AU LV-ZPZ J31 aerovip (RED) LV-ZSB J31 ditto LV-WSY B737 AR LV-ZYN B737 AR LV-YBS B737 MJ/ARG new scheme LV-JTO B737 AR LV-WTX B737 AR LV-WSH B737 MJ LV-ZXB B737 AU LV-ZYI B737 AU LV-ZXU B737 AR LV-ZTT B737 AR LV-ZON B737 MJ not very busy and most aircraft repeated but on the plus side a full day of hassle free spotting. we walked back to the hotel en route we meet a spotter who has been out there for a couple of weeks touring SA, the man with no name, so if any of you listers has a freind out the at the moment he is alive and well. We ate at the "Dixie Diner Burger chips and beer for next to nothing(thanks Graham ) and retired for the first time in three days . part two to follow. cheers H@BHX. Monster Hunter ... "they can fly but they cannot hide" H1 BHX Rover 220Coupe Turbo. BHX INFO 24 HOUR 07976726552 All information contained within this email is copyright H@BHX26/08/84. and can be used provided I am accredited as such, no responsibility is taken for any inaccuracy.