INSIDE THE PAVILION: The weekly column from Glos CCC President John Light
FOOTBALL heads the column this week and rightly so. Cirencester Town by defeating Slough and Banbury are still in the FA Cup. Three more wins and they could be playing Swindon. Five more wins and a Premier League team could be in opposition.
This is the magic of soccer’s best competition. It gives us all a chance to dream, so while the Centurions battle on, let us all enjoy the ride – however long it lasts.
I certainly enjoyed my soccer on Saturday. Forest Green v Halifax was an occasion to savour. Good football was played throughout the game as Rovers tried to break down a determined Halifax defence.
In a pulsating final five minutes they did so, scoring twice to win the game.
Joy was unconfined and my personal exuberance was such that my co-commentator Bob Hunt had to instruct me to calm down. I am not sure I complied with his wishes.
Perhaps the best moments of the day were listening to manager Dave Hockaday’s post-match press conference.
Dave never funks these occasions if the team lose. He is always up front and honest. On Saturday, he showed genuine joy at what his team achieved. It had been a fine team effort with 14 players united in a will to win.
Mrs Light and I had experienced another example of what can happen when everyone works together with a common purpose. We went to Giffords Circus.
What an exhilarating experience that is – everyone contributes to an evening of pure joy. We dined on site afterwards and what a good decision that was. The company was both interesting and gracious and the food fine. Nettle soup was a first for both of us.
There is another potential first from the cricket world. Poulton are considering running a third team. Lechlade did this two seasons ago and such a side can provide opportunities for youngsters and also more senior players who still wish to perform, but in less demanding circles. Good luck with the venture, Poulton.
Good luck also to Eve Alder ad Jono Jamieson-Black of Cirencester CC. My spies are everywhere and one tells me they have been under the eye of the England Talent Testing Programme at Loughborough. Undoubtedly, a case of watch this space.
Travels this week will take me to Welling for Forest Green’s football match there. I am to be co-commentator for the Radio Gloucestershire online broadcast – as long as I keep calm!
Mentioned in last week’s column was Cirencester Grammar School English teacher Geoff Romans. He told us that Shelley defined poetry as a ‘spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling’. This was lost on me in 1956, but now I know what he meant. My microphone utterances were exactly that.
Weather permitting, there is cricket at Bristol where Lancashire are the visitors. They have just gained promotion and hopefully will take their foot off the pedal. It is captain Klinger’s last match of the season as he is returning home because of his South Australian duties.
He has been a huge success on and off the field, scoring heavily at the top of the order in all forms of the game. In addition, he has been just the captain the county needed. With the players he has been both firm and fair. He does not hide, tells it as it is and, under his leadership, Gloucestershire have risen at least five places in the championship table.
It is likely that despite an expensively-assembled side Surrey will be relegated to join us in division two. Two heads have already rolled at the Oval this season. More may follow.
Their current position is not keeping me awake at nights. They need to go back to basics and address such matters as team spirit and a youth policy. There are enough good people at The Oval to do this, if they are given the chance.
I end on a disturbing note. On a Monday evening some Red Lion customers leave in time to watch Doc Martin. Others record it for later viewing. It is beyond me how anyone can find the irritating character played in one dimensional fashion by Martin Clunes entertaining.
They can find better entertainment at Giffords Circus, The New Lawn and the Corinium Stadium.