Football sea­son just not play­ing cricket

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Last Satur­day was the mid­dle week­end of Wim­ble­don; the cricket sea­son is cur­rently in full swing; the Ken­tish Ex­press’ diary was chock full of sum­mer fetes and vil­lage fairs and … Ash­ford United Football Club were play­ing Gilling­ham in a pre-sea­son friendly at the Home­lands Sta­dium, Kingsnorth.

Now sev­eral mem­bers of the Nuts and Bolts team are big footy fans but play­ing a pre-sea­son friendly – on Satur­day June 29th!!! – is re­ally stretch­ing things a lit­tle bit too far, with the prepa­ra­tions for the new football sea­son seem­ingly get­ting ear­lier and ear­lier ev­ery year.

Most peo­ple haven’t been away for their sum­mer hol­i­days yet, the schools haven’t bro­ken up for their sum­mer break and ’tis the sea­son for Pimms, ten­nis, straw­ber­ries, cricket and bowls; yet football play­ers are al­ready gear­ing up for their new sea­son.

Football hasn’t re­ally been away at all this sum­mer – break­wise – if you think about it

The Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal this year wasn’t un­til Satur­day, May 25, and was closely fol­lowed by the Euro­pean un­der21 cham­pi­onships in Is­rael and the two-week long Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup in Brazil, which only fin­ished with the fi­nal last Sun­day.

And, next sum­mer it’s go­ing to be even worse, with the World Cup fi­nals tak­ing place in Brazil.

We don’t nor­mally have a lot of sym­pa­thy for those who moan (usu­ally women it has to be said) that there’s way too much football in gen­eral, and on TV es­pe­cially, and that the sea­son lasts too long but they could be fully jus­ti­fied in shout­ing … give us a break!

Stand by your beds! Or should that be nests?

Ken­tish Ex­press reader John Shaw was re­minded of his days in the Army when he took this photo, which he has en­ti­tled Sergeant Ma­jor Seag­ull In­spects the Troops.

Mr Shaw, 68, of Es­sella Park, left in 1971 af­ter serv­ing with the Royal Engi­neers and the Royal Corps of Trans­port. But it all came back to him dur­ing a visit to Dover last week.

Mr Shaw said: “As an ex reg­u­lar sol­dier I found this scene to be rather amus­ing.”

John Shaw’s pic­ture of seag­ulls lin­ing up, mil­i­tary-style, on Dover seafront

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