Daily Archives: November 13, 2010

Barrow Live

*** Nb – Unlike the corresponding BBC version of this page, updates with neither appear automatically, nor will the page refresh automatically every two minutes. You’ll have to press F5 yourself. Sorry… ***

16.58    Strangley after a poor result, I’m not as disappointed as I thought I would be. Probably thanks to the fact we are still top of the league, Crawley failed to make us pay being held 1-1 at Darlington. Luton won at Altricham as expected, closing the gap on the top two to vitrually nothing, but I can’t help but think we got away with it a little today. Yes, Crawley still have their game in hand, for what its worth at this stage of the season.

Anyway, its been an interesting experiment with the live blog this afternoon. Thanks for joining me, perhaps I’ll try it again some day, but I really need to start getting back to actually attending away games again…

16.53    FINAL WHISTLE – BARROW 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 0

16.51    We’re playing out four added minutes now. WDON is back…

16.48    WDON went down, It took me about a minute to notice…

16.45    Another unwanted stat. The Dons have so far failed to pick up a point whenever The Anonymous Don has attempted a live blog…

16.43    It sounds very much like events are winding down at Barrow, the Dons are heading for defeat, and I’m starting to think of my closing statements.

16.40    I daren’t mention it for fear of tempting fate, but there has been no change to the scoreline up at Darlington. The Dons still top the league as it stands…

16.36    A miserable afternoon for the Dons seems to have been capped off by a second Barrow goal against the run of play. Like this weekend last year the Dons are 0-2 down at Barrow, surely no way back this time…

16.34    Barrow clear one off the line. Always annoying when that happens when you listen via WDON, as you can tell it didn’t go in by Mikey T’s voice. Right now, despite the scoreline, I’m regretting not making arrangements to be there myself. Mind you it is raining. I’ll take any crumb of comfort I can get right now. Come on Dons.

16.29    Second substitution for the Dons, Wellard makes way for Minshull

16.25    First Dons substitution, Jackson makes way for Luke Moore. I thought Moore was impressive against Ebbsfleet last week, but is he the answer to our problems at rainy Barrow? Then next twenty minutes or so will tell us…   

16.21    Almost as if to prove my point, They’ve scored again. Happy Birthday Anonymous Don. Come on you Dons! I don’t want to be staring forlornly into my pint all evening…

16.20    As if things aren’t bad enough, They’ve scored at Brentford.

16.17     I always find this period, the opening twenty minutes of the second half, is the calm before the storm. There doesn’t appear to be many goals about anywhere at the moment, but most importantly for the Dons (who sound like they are playing a lot better) there is nothing doing at Barrow.

16.13    Luton take the lead. All of a sudden things aren’t looking too good for the Dons despite a more positive start to the second half. Still, plenty of time to go…

16.11    Momentary excitement here as Nwokeji hits the side netting with an effort. Incidentally I’m glad Nokkers is getting a chance to prove his worth rather than being shipped out on loan – Eastbourne were mentioned, but apparently none of our forwards will be leaving until after the cup run is over…

16.09    Just did a little original research to find out when the last time the Dons lost on or around my birthday was – we have to go back to an Isthmian League Cup reverse at Tooting in 2006…

16.07    Sebb Brown forced to make a save. If we go 2-0 down I’m giving up and going down the pub… 

16.04    SECOND HALF KICKS OFF – The Dons are kicking towards the away end, as Ricky Wellard forces a save from Halstead with a fierce effort.

15.59    Having all sorts of technical problems at this end. I presume thats why this sort of live blog, while commonly attempted, aren’t that popular… still, at least I’m having what passes as fun when your team is a goal down, I hope the half dozen of you checking in are too!

15.52   Just realised my BBC feed hadn’t updated itself for twenty minutes… Darlington-Crawley is now 1-1…

15.48    HALF TIME – As I head off for a well-earned break, the Dons failed to build on a promising opening period and eventually succumbed to a goal late in the half. Crawley are currently losing 0-1 to ten-man Darlington, whereas Luton have failed to break down Altrincham… yet.

15.45    Danny Kedwell picks up a yellow card after what sounded like a bit of a melee…

15.42    BARROW 1 AFC WIMBLEDON 0 –  Bollocks. Looks like I spoke too soon. No sooner had I finished writing the previous entry than a muffled roar momentarily drowned Mikey T. Barrow take the lead, as all eyes turn to Darlington and Altrincham…

15.40    As half time approaches, the Dons seem to be coming under more and more pressure. I’m prepared to adopt the standard football supporters away mantra and say I’ll happily take a point right now. As I write Ryan Jackson fires over on the break…

15.38    I don’t care whether I’m at the game or not, I’m not answering the phone to my sister when the footballs on!

15.33    Just spent a few minutes correcting spelling errors below before the sound cuts out again, and I spoke too soon… my connection drops for a quarter of a second,  iStadium kicks me out and someone nips in and takes my place!!!

15.29    The first away goal of the day comes at Hayes, where visiors Grimsby take the lead. That was at least ten minutes ago though, my observational skills are’t what they were… meanwhile Mark Goodfellowcomes close for Barrow, the Dons should be 0-1 down by the sound of it… 

15.26    News filering through that Crawley are losing… Now confirmed by the BBC! Which only means we’ll all get a little excited before they inevitably come back and win it in the last minute…

15.25    My worst nightmare – the feed goes down for a few second, I have a panic attack…

15.24    After listening to both streams for a good two minutes I can’t work out which one is ahead of the other…

15.21   BBC Radio Cumbria for anyone interested – http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/bbc_radio_cumbria

15.17    Whenever Mikey T pauses for longer than two seconds I immediately start to panic, assuming the commentary has gone down. I wonder if there is a BBC alternative today??? Meanwhile, Sam Hatton has just picked up a rare booking…

15.15   Just been advised of an interesting stat… the Dons have not been involved in a game featuring more than ten goals when Steven Gregory has started… expect the net to start bulging shortly…

15.13    Fleetwood take the lead against Rushden and Forest Green notch at home to Mansfield…

15.09    Dons Bench – Turner, Moore L, Blackman, Minshull, Gregory – nice and attacking bench there. As I write Sebb Brown makes a save from Nick Chadwick… strange how I’m more nervous listening online as I would be if I were at the game…

15.05    The Villa- Man U game finished 2-2… really? No early goals yet anywhere in the BSP…

15.03   Sounds like a promising start… Sammy Moore hits the first Dons hot in anger…

15.01    BARROW LINEUP (For those of you interested…) – Haltead, Spender, Pearson, Bolland, Edwards, Hulbert, Rutherford, Goodfellow, Owen, Chadwick, Blundell

15.00 KICK OFF

14.56    DONS LINEUP – Brown, Hatton, Bush, Yakubu, Franks, Wellard, Yussuf, Moore S,  Jackson, Kedwell, Nwokeji

14.54   This is actually quite fun… was thinking I should do this every time I can’t make a game, and looking at the fixture list I realised this is actually my fourth consecutive away game missed… not good enough!

14.53    Just realised the BBC score service is not available via the red button thanks to rugby. So my telly will be playing out Have I Got News For You until 4.30…

14.49    More team news coming through – Steven Gregory on the bench paying the price following his recent poor form, although TB’s vow to shuffle his pack may have played a part in that…

14.46    Nice little start to the preamble by Mikey T, where for at least a minute he fails to realise he’s live on air… love the fact that whenever anything goes wrong the veneer of professionalism goes out the window! It gives me a warm feeling inside… very Wimbledon…

14.42    The BBC live text is still currently showing Barrow v Newport, but some team news is filtering through… In place of the ill Jon Main, Mark Nwokeji gets a rare start, and Andre Blackman steps back for Chris Bush. Presumably Andre is being rested for Thursday, as you all know I prefer a Blackman to a Bush any time… 

14.36 Yup, thats me logged in for the day. And with only 86 people currently in, heres hoping I won’t be getting kicked out. Catastrophic equipment failures aside of course… Talking of equipment, the BBC version of this no doubt has numerous live feeds to bring you up to the second information, I have one screen (with freeview) that is currently showing WRC on Dave, and an audio feed that hasn’t started transmitting yet…

14:29    Welcome to the inaugural Anonymous Don live blog. Effectively the next best thing to the istadium – if only because its effectively like not being able to get into the istadium and having someone tell you whats going on. Coming live a mere stones throw away from Kingsmeadow (presuming of course you can throw a stone half a mile…), I’ll be in a position to immediately respond to any events from Barrow immediately. Please ignore any spelling or grammar errors. Talking of the matchday stadium…

Tagged ,

WUP 8.4

First published in November ’10 in WUP, my reaction to a shocking FA Cup draw, as Dons fans had to face the prospect of facing Them for the first time. Also, a round up of first round action where FCUM hit the headlines…

The blog post I refer to in the second paragraph can be read here.

I think all of us are going to remember where we were when ball five and ball thirteen somehow made their way out of the hat together, in the same manner everyone remembers where they were when JR was shot… sitting in front of the TV like everybody else… For me it was a very surreal moment, I’ve only ever felt like that before once a few years back, when I momentarily thought my finger was off after an incident involving a pen knife and an uncooperative tin of hot dogs. Fortunately my finger was at worst only mildly mutilated, and went on to make a full recovery… and AFC Wimbledon will too. Of course, thanks to the wonders of modern technology you got to read my thoughts on the draw mere hours after it happened, thanks to what at the time was just my feelings and initial reaction spilling forth onto a blank document, but went on to become the most widely read and influential few hundred words in Anonymous Don history… all two years of it. In fact the only post that to date has garnered more attention was a series of six photographs – no text – published shortly after the Hampton away game.

Some might say it was because I caught the zeitgeist. Others will say it had more to do with rival Dons bloggers being on holiday at the time. But for 48 hours, the usual handful of visitors a day were replaced by thousands worldwide as the post was linked from guestbook to message board, website to word of mouth. Which of course, rapidly raised the profile of the blog. Or should I say, rapidly inflated my ego to the point my head almost exploded. With so many people viewing, someone influential was bound to spot it sooner or later, or so I thought… and it all came to a head on Tuesday when I found myself being interviewed by Paxman on Newsnight giving my opinion on the whole gory episode, confidently batting off Paxo’s naive attempts to play Devils Advocate… in my head, of course, all in my head, as I walked to work that morning. Naturally, once the average football fans attention span moved elsewhere everything died down again, leaving me to get on with enjoying writing about football rather than staring at a rapidly increasing blog stats page.

Of course, by the time you get around to reading this article, the whole sorry situation could have blown over, as ITV sheepishly prepare to show the Ebbsfleet v Stevenage game. If it hasn’t, I would imagine there is a bit of a strange atmosphere at that Kettering game… But it does at least mean I am sort of justified in ignoring the whole sorry process from this point on. There was so much more to First Round weekend than the draw. Starting of course on Friday night at Spotland. Our friends up at FCUM had what looked like a plum tie, a great night out at a rival much further up the football pyramid – like us at Millwall last year you get the impression despite the relative league status the visitors were probably the bigger side. Football should have done the talking, to be honest I thought ESPN were having a laugh when they chose it as their Friday night game… we all knew FCUM would put up a decent battle in front of their army of fans, but it had 2-0 home win written all over it. Oh me of little faith.

It turned out to be one of those games that reaffirms your faith in the FA Cup. After I finally found a suspect website capable of streaming the match with sufficient quality to actually be able to spot the current official FA Cup ball… which truly is awful by the way. It’s apparently orange, but so dull there is a real possibility that irony will intervene, shall we see a second round game halted as the players cannot spot the ball amidst the mud on a threadbare pitch, forcing the referee to call for a white ball? Watching the Southport-Sheffield Wednesday game I found its barely more visible on a standard television set. What a cock-up, I’m sure ESPN and ITV were delighted with the decision… although ITV have been doing their very best to turn people off their football coverage for years now, I smell a conspiracy… Of course FCUM were accused of hypocrisy over their decision to switch their game to Friday night for TV, absolute nonsense of course… I was depressed but sadly not surprised to read isolated comments from other northern non-league sides along the lines of FCUM being disliked due to the perception they feel they ‘invented non-league football’… where have we heard comments such as these before? It’s nice to know jealousy is alive and well lower down the pyramid.

Unlike either of our encounters with League sides, FCUM got their moment of glory thanks to an almighty cock-up from the Rochdale keeper. It was one of those incidents you expect the referee to blow his whistle, and we all know the law is the goalkeeper should be in control of the ball, from the replay it appeared to be a very rare example of a goalkeeper having both hands touching the ball but NOT being in control of it. As Norton tapped in to the open net, you do wonder whether the referee might have had the four thousand or so FCUM fans behind him weighing on his mind as he decided whether or not to make a decision! Their victory, when confirmed, also led to another of those FA Cup traditions sadly lost to security madness over the last few years… the non-League clubs fans coming onto the field to chair their players back to the tunnel, and imagine if we ever did that – we would get hammered from all sides, including a sizeable minority within our own club!

While we were playing out possibly the worst cup tie of the weekend, the First Round was creating drama and excitement wherever you looked. The big story, certainly the one that struck me immediately when I got home, was Dover’s victory at Gillingham. The back story made it all the more sweet for Dover, I’m sure Andy Hessenthaler feels a bit of a wally right now… Dover are a club on the up, but I’m not sure this really signals a swing in power in Kent football, however if Gillingham continue to remain in the doldrums and Dover their impressive recovery of late, this could be a League fixture in a few years time. Another BSS club doing well were Woking, with Brighton top of League One they pulled out what should have been the hardest possible draw for them, but escaped with a replay. With a three division gap between the clubs, if you thought we were frustrated after the Ebbsfleet game imagine how Brighton fans must have felt…

Of course, the two games mentioned above must have been all the more sweet considering ITV deemed there no chance of an upset on either of them, instead sending their teams to Fleetwood (who didn’t quite manage it) and Harrow (who battled well but were always looking to make up too much of a gap). THe first round highlights package i just about the only highlights show I can remember when about a three-quarters of the way through it finally happens – you lose the will to watch any more football (especially if you do Match of the Day and flicked to the Football League Show during the adverts…). Fortunately, this year, ITV catered for this by screening the Dons highlights at the very moment that feeling kicks in – glad we could be of use for something on First Round day…

I never tire of telling people how much the FA Cup still means to me, and I presume it matters as much to all of you of a similar age (I was ten years old that hot May afternoon at Wembley in ’88). I can only hope by the time you read this we are still involved in the competition, and cross our fingers that we are looking forward to a tie next week that all of us can enjoy.

Further WUP articles can be found in the Features Index

Tagged , ,