Went to watch Cowes and Whitecroft Barton on Tuesday night at Newport in the semi-final of the IW Senior Gold Cup.¬† The Island League underdogs beat their Wessex Premier League opponents on penalties, after the game finished 1-1. Cowes started well, took the lead and then lost control of the game to their opponents. Over 300 attended but it was a game you’d forgotten about by the next day. Sadly, Island football has deteriorated so much in recent years.

I did go home richer by £20. I won the last ever 50/50 draw at Newport Football Club.

On Wednesday we attended the funeral of an our an much-loved friend Brian Rollins from Yarmouth. Both Bertie and I had our particular memories of a very nice and well respected man. I was honoured to be asked to undertake the family’s eulogy. The day rather took the edge of off Bertie’s birthday. We had a lovely lunch the following day at the Buddle Inn, Niton.

Ended the week at St Mary’s Stadium watching¬† Saints play Bournemouth. Both sides had great forward lines but poor defences. Nothing changes there then. A most enjoyable game.



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