Yes... Telford have been promoted to the (Blue Square) Conference North! With Leeds being relegated, now Derby just need to emulate the Bucks to make my season perfect (and a bonus would be Nottingham Forest missing out... Sorry Ben!)
AFC Telford United leapt the first hurdle of a two match championship winning race this week... Last night 1000 Bucks fans, me included (average gates at this level are around 300, though when Telford travel we normally out number the home support!) travelled to Witton for the first of the last two games of the season... Witton Albion were top of the league, we were third... we won! Now on Saturday we play Burscough, who are currently second in a winner takes all clash... the loser ends up in the playoffs, and if we draw, Witton will take the top spot (if they manage to beat Frickley - which on paper, they should)... convoluted I know... think how we feel! (pic from the Shropshire Star) its amazing how the title has come down to a three way, last game of the season situation! Very very tense!
In sadder football news Alan Ball, youngest member of the 1966 world cup winning England team died last night aged 61 BBC News
I'm off later to the "Emerging Church Leaders Network" gathering somewhere in deepest darkest Leicestershire... then down to Worthing to celebrate Nathan's 3rd Birthday... so unless they have wireless at the conference centre it may be more quiet here than usual for a few days... I will post the readings for the coming week this afternoon on here.
On another note... heaven for a Football supporter is to see their team at the top of the League... how good is it for me at the moment then... my two teams, Telford and Derby are sitting at the highest point of their respective tables... The Bucks and The Rams - Hopefully the gaps will be even bigger come Saturday evening!
1 AFC Telford United 65
2 Witton Albion 58
3 Marine 57
4 Hednesford Town 56
5 Burscough 55
6 Whitby Town 52
1 Derby County 69
2 Birmingham City 67
3 West Bromwich Albion 63
4 Sunderland 63
5 Preston North End 62
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 62
... about our David, he was once such a down to earth fellow, he had people who helped him make sound decisions and he seemed to have a good handle on life... well, as good as a footballer can. But now I'm worried, not because he is about to sacrifice what remains of his football career on the altar of his wifes financial and celebrity addiction (allegedly ;) )... but, because he is now seeking advice from someone he calls "a very wise man"... this guru? Tom Cruise!!!???
This isn't breaking news... but I just picked up on it! FC Barcelona have announced a new sponsorship deal... for the first time they will have a name on the front of their shirts... Oh shame I here you cry (well I think I heard it!?) they have been renowned for not giving into commercial pressure... But... this is a different kind of sponsorship... instead of Barca getting money from a company to advertise on the shirt... Barca are sponsoring UNICEF paying €1.5million to advertise the charity... They will wear the new shirts for the first time when they begin the defence of their Champions League title at home to Levski Sofia on Tuesday.
Futbol Club Barcelona and UNICEF today kicked off a global partnership to benefit children in the developing world. The first beneficiaries will be vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS in Swaziland. During the announcement ceremony, the legendary sporting club unveiled its 2006-2007 jersey featuring the UNICEF logo on the front, the first time in the club’s 107 year history that a logo has been featured
In addition to the UNICEF-branded jersey, Futbol Club Barcelona (FCB) has also agreed to donate at least €1.5 million per year to UNICEF over the next five years to support UNICEF programmes for children all over the world. The first year’s donation will support programmes in Swaziland aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, providing treatment of paediatric AIDS, preventing HIV infection among adolescents and protection, and providing care and support for children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.
"This partnership joining UNICEF and the Barcelona Futbol Club will help push open a door of hope to thousands of children," said Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, during the announcement of the new partnership at the United Nations. “Barcelona shows us that sports can be a powerful, positive force for children.”
''For me it's perfect that the team is wearing this charitable logo and I hope people will take it as an example,''
Well done Barca, OK they don't need the money from sponsorship, but to give cash as well as giving away the space is fantastic... there are at least two clubs in the UK who should feel a little uncomfortable with this!
...today I betrayed my principles :( I felt I needed to make this confession public, today I played Golf (for the first time EVER)! I know, I know... I feel dirty! Thanks to Jem and James, I played 9 holes on a baking course at Horsehay in Telford... and... worse... it was good fun... & now I feel an urge to by a pink Argyle sweater and yellow trousers... BTW I managed 65 over the 9 holes... even managed to score 1 over par on three holes! and kept it down to single figures on every hole! Please pray for me!
Ok this has been one of the worst World Cups in living memory but this really takes the biscuit... Fabio Cannavaro, winning Captain and by far the outstanding player of the tournament, and Miroslav Klose, leading Goal Scorer are beaten to the 'Golden Ball' awarded by Journalists to the 'best' player by Zinedine "Glasgow Kiss" Zidane! Ridiculous... just plain wrong! Added to this that the reason they didn't give C*********o R*****o Young player of the tournament was down to his gamesmanship against England... I have no Idea how they felt able to give it to Zidane?!
Best to forget Germany '06 - shame for the Germans really, who organised an excellent competition, ruined by what happened (or didn't by and large in terms of quality football) on the pitch. Oh well... bring on real football!