Things ain’t what they used to be in match world

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

WHAT a great time I had chew­ing the fat with my match angling con­tem­po­raries at Steve Gar­dener’s book launch! Nat­ter­ing with Steve Collins, Bob Clampitt, Andy Love, Stu­art Cot­ting­ham and, of course, Steve him­self re­minded me what great times we had back in the day.

Pat New­man, who put ‘A Life In Match­fish­ing’ to­gether with Steve, has done a won­der­ful job with the re­search and another old pal and team-mate Dave Roberts has come up with some in­cred­i­ble vin­tage pho­tos. I was es­pe­cially pleased to see that I have a cou­ple of men­tions, mostly com­pli­men­tary!

We can all re­late to the ti­tle – A Life in Match­fish­ing – and I’m sure that no book pro­duced by one of to­day’s up-and-com­ing match­men would even come close to the scope and in­ten­sity of what we old fo­gies en­joyed and en­dured.

Steve Gar­dener (left) has penned a clas­sic.

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