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HUMPHREY KER COLUMN | "Raining awards in LL11..."

A look back on the latest from the Racecourse by our Executive Director

17 November 2022

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HUMPHREY KER COLUMN | "Raining awards in LL11..."

A look back on the latest from the Racecourse by our Executive Director

17 November 2022

It has been positively raining awards in LL11, this week, with the documentary winning a 'Critics Choice Award', Rob and Ryan receiving a prestigious 'Dragon Award' from the Welsh Government and S4C, four of our Women's Team players in the Adran Leagues Team of the Week, and Ollie Palmer snagging the coveted 'My 74-year-old Mother Describing Him As "Really Awfully Handsome" In An Upsetting Phone Call To Me Award'.

Now, while all of these are things to be proud of, even if some of them make me slightly upset, it is always best in these situations to stick to the old footballing script of saying you couldn't have done it without your teammates and I think that applies, truthfully to all these awards.

The documentary took the proverbial village to make it and a Town and Team to star in it. None of it could have worked without any of those parts. The Dragon Award is a reflection of the incredible energy and enthusiasm that Rob and Ryan have brought to this whole endeavour, but also the degree that that has been reflected back at them by the community, North Wales and, indeed the country as a whole.

As for TJ Dickens, Rebecca Pritchard, Amber Lightfoot and Ava Suckley, they may have dispensed a walloping to Airbus, but they didn't do it alone.

The less said about my Mother's very unwelcome utterance, the better, but I guess Ollie couldn't have done it without standing next to some proper uggos in our squad, like Ben Tozer. 

(Ben is not really an Uggo, but he will insist on doing an impression of my Godawful Star Wars audition, so this is my payback. It is my hope that when people Google Ben, the phrase "Ben Tozer Uggo" will pop up in the suggestions.)

Saturday's draw away at Wealdstone was hardly one for the ages, as our third game in six days caught up with us somewhat, with moments of quality few and far between.

A fresh Wealdstone rarely threatened and though we carved out a couple of good chances, we will be looking to produce and far more dynamic display against Aldershot this coming weekend.

A rare lack of excitement has not, however, dampened spirits amongst the fanbase with ticket allocations for York away and Farnborough and Chesterfield at home selling out in a matter of minutes.

That incredible support will be so vital as we move into the long, dark, cold winter when the players need an extra lift. If we all give our everything, then I am confident that good times will come a-knocking.

Our FA Cup Second Round tie has been moved to a 3.15pm kick-off, to accommodate the TV cameras from S4C and, I presume, ESPN, as well. I mentioned in this column a while ago that we might have to get used to our kick-off times moving around and folks various took a bit of umbrage, saying the Club shouldn't be moving kick-off times out of consideration for fans.

Just to be clear, the Club doesn't have direct control over our kick-off times, that power lies in the hands of the Competition and Broadcasters. My observation was merely that the more success we enjoy, the more rejigging will inevitably occur. Inconvenient maybe, but ultimately a sign of progress. Plus 3.15 from The Racecourse sounds like a Miss Marple story and I can get behind that.

Roll on Saturday. Roll on Aldershot. Roll on Ben Tozer Uggo.


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