Football season just not playing cricket
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