Silent Sunday……….




Silent Sunday……



Silent Sunday………….


Glasgow Hawks.

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Well Saturday just gone was the big afternoon which meant that I got to try Rugby at the other Glasgow club. So so different and what a relief I can tell you. I cycled to the ground about 10 miles away the way the crow fly’s and luckily on a bike you can follow the crow. Arrived in plenty of time, allowed 2 hours but did it in less than an hour, first impressions, nice ground, largish stand on one side open on the others. Pitch looked good, facility to park my bike. First off I had to part with a tenner to get in. The guys on the gate where very friendly and not a yellow jacket to be seen. Straight into rugby chat and they understood my disappointment with the Warriors and promised better at the Hawks. Showed where the bar was told which players to watch for who was new etc…..and thats how rugby should be. No objection to my camera.

Found myself a spot on the terrace close to the touch line/try line and settled down to watch the players warm up. Sun was shining and the pitch looked immaculate. I had had an eye on one of the a joining pitches in the distance where a 2nd XV game was talking place. Glasgow Hawks play in the Royal Bank of Scotland Premier One, and this afternoon they where home to Sterling County. Not to clear on the set up of this league yet  but around Christmas they go into a play off/Mini league. Apart from winning the league there are a further two places up for grabs in next seasons British and Irish Cup.

The game got started but I must add that the Referee Mr J Matthew seems to like using his yellow card and in my view used it a little to much. Game was good standard lower than I am used to but still good, this game had plenty of try’s with the Hawks soon getting on the score sheet with a hat rick of try’s from Tom Steven and another try from Ross Miller and this lead to a bonus point for the Hawks. Second Half under way and a couple of try’s from the Hawks saw County well and truly sunk but they rallied in the last 15 minutes to get some points on the board but the full time score was Hawks 36 County 22. Good game muched enjoyed with the added bonus that the Hawks captain and Second row Rory Mckay played for the Blues a number of seasons ago.

I will be returning to the next game and to future games as I was made to feel very welcome, there was a bar there was no hassle and I was allowed to use my camera too. Rugby as it should be. I was even invited to get involved with the club and this is something that I am thinking about at the moment. As for the Warriors well I am still tempted to go watch when Travesio play but thats about it. Something about watching Italian Club rugby that appeals so that evening I will be cheering Travesio while trying to avoid the stewards…….


Below is a selection of the photos that I took on Saturday afternoon…….Enjoy……


Rory Mckay greets his team just before kick off.

County win the line out.

Silent Sunday……………..



The Greatest Cricket Team………

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I am sat here writing this and I just cant believe what I have heard. England are crowned the Premier Test Playing Nation in the world. I dont think we have been here before and after todays win to go three nil up in a best of four seris again India who had the title its been confirmed. Another fantastic performance from England batting and bowling was awesome. I am so proud of the players who again have performed to the next level. They are an amazing team not a team of  individuals but a team of players who play for each other. Not the best paid sports men but they deserve the applause of the country for that they have achieved. Wendyball plays take not its not about money but its about playing for the team and the pride…..Well done Lads.

As I think back over all the years I have followed test Cricket and think this makes up for all the times England were at the other end of the table. The defeats loosing the Ashes home and away year after year and worst of all the thrashings we endured at the hands of the Windies where by mid morning on the first day of a test the result was know. I had to sit there and see England bowled out for less than 50, then yesterday England made of 700 before declaring. How things have changed.

I had seen people moan on twitter about this being a boring test, but you cant blame England for that, they had a job to do they wanted to win and win convincingly they did but you can only beat the team that is put out in front of you. This was a fantastic win especially when you look back at that was expected of the India side before the series started.

A couple of sad moments to mention, as England and India go to the Oval for the fourth test I really home that Sachin Tendulkar goes on to get his 100th Hundred in test cricket as he deserves it and it would be so nice to see. One last plea please Windies find that old form and come back to test cricket you are missed.

Now I how England stay top for many years to come but what would really make me happy would be to be knocked off the top spot by the Windies as I am sure they are long overdue a revival and world cricket needs this too.

I now look forward to the summer of 2013 and the next Ashes battle and all the test cricket before, listening round the radio to TMS. Tough winter tour next then South Africa next summer and I cant wait.


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Something Changed……………


Well where to start…….This evening was the start of watching rugby in my new town….The Team Glasgow Warriors and they were playing Newcastle Falcons in a pre-season friendly.  I was looking forward to the game and arrived at Firhill in plenty of time.  Firhill in situated in Partick and area to the west of the city centre in Glasgow and the ground is owned by Partick Thistle F.C. Three sides are seated and one end is open and just a mound of mud.  I was interested to see the Falcons as they signed the Blues scrum half in the summer and I wanted to see how he was getting along. I knew the Glasgow squad would be depleted as the Scotland players were with the national squad getting ready for the world cup.

The problems started as soon as I arrived at the ground and I was searched on the way in, never been searched going into a rugby ground before not even Twickenham. I was then warned that I would not be allowed to use my camera. This has never happened before even at Twickenham I have used my camera and never been asked not to. Then I found somewhere to sit not used to sitting at a rugby ground apart from Twickenham I think this was a first for me…..oh I may have sat at Franklins Gardens once.  The ground was only open on one side and patrolled by security guards who insisted on walking around the ground all the time getting in the way.

The game got underway I was sat near the front but still miles from the pitch. Still the security guards walked around the stand getting in the way blocking views etc. At Twickenham people are discouraged from moving around while the game is in play…..Seems not here and it does spoil the game with your view being interrupted by the guards. I got the camera out and sure enough I was told off and told to put it away. Then a professional photographer was in trouble for not having the right pass for being pitch side. I resorted to taking off my hoodie and hiding the camera in the sleeve and using it that way……Pleased to say it worked to a certain degree and the photos are now on facebook.

I am used to watching rugby and being able to talk to the touch judge and ask him to explain decisions that the ref makes, they are always happy to do this and it’s all part of the banter and the game. But not here the touch judge was just too far away.

What really shocked me was that the players are kept away from the fans they are on the other side of the pitch. I have never seen this before in rugby and it was a real eye opener.  Once the final whistle went the players were off like a shot and they didn’t even turn to acknowledge the crowd and come over and see the supporters. Guys these people pay your wages and if it wasn’t for them you would have a boring mundane office job like the rest of us. All games I have been too allow children on to the pitch at the final whistle to speak with the players and get autographs. But not here not today.

One lesson learnt today, this was only the second time that I have watched rugby at a football stadium, first off a few seasons again and it was the semi-final if the English Premiership between Tigers and Bath and was played in Leicester at the Walkers Stadium.  The similarities were the same as this evening. So I am thinking that Rugby played at Football Stadiums is just a no go. Sad but true in my experience.

That’s it I very much doubt I will visit Firhill again or the Glasgow Warriors. I have learnt another lesson tonight and that is I won’t be going back to football again in a hurry. That’s why I left in the first place it was too much all this being watched being told you can do this and not do that. But the real shocker was on leaving the ground to be meet by Police outside. I have never seen that before apart from Twickenham but that is because of the number of people there. Tonight was too much. Rugby has one more chance for me so I will go in a couple of weeks’ time to watch Glasgow Hawkes and see how I get on there, I am hoping it will be more of what I am used to and I will get the bug back because right now as I write this I don’t love rugby anymore.

Oh and one last thing……..there was no beer…….well I guess next it will be no food at Tesco……no beer at Rugby……..SHOCKING……….

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