If you’ve got that feeling…

Happy St. George’s Day everyone – a ride from Stonnall to Shenstone Woodend, filmed a few weeks ago on a warm spring day. England, there’s nowhere finer in spring.

It’s speeded up about 2.4x.

The music is Broadcaster’s ‘England’ – a remarkable track featuring samples from Ewan MacColl’s ‘Radio Ballads’ that did so much to change the media in the UK. It sums my feelings up perfectly:

‘It doesn’t matter where you come from, what colour you are, what religion – if you’ve got that feeling…’

Check out the album ‘Primary Transmission’, all similarly made from Radio Ballads samples.

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Grove Hill, Stonnall, England. There’s nowhere finer at dawn.

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Woodmen call time on wasting Westfields

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Westfields play at the allpay.park ground – Image from Westfields FC’s website.

Walsall Wood FC travelled to Hereford to play Westfields on Tuesday (21st April 2015) and returned victorious – but the start of the match saw some unsporting behaviour which annoyed Bill Shaw considerably, who doesn’t mince his words…

Bill wrote:

Hiya Bob,

(Apologies for the late report, I had some issues with computer again.)

Three points, another clean sheet, but for a time last night football and fair play took a back seat. Westfields started with only 10 men, they had five named substitutes but their keeper Matt Gwynne hadn’t arrived by kick off, so skipper Jamie Cuss went in goal. The first trick came with the removal of a peg from the net, obviously noticed by an assistant, but it took them five minutes to eventually find a replacement, so we kicked off at 7.50 pm. I think the kindest word you could use about the next 10-15 minutes was pedantic, as they used every trick in the book to waste time, culminating in a message from the bench to Cuss to go down when he had the chance. This he duly did, lying seemingly poleaxed after an innocuous challenge by Joey Butlin. By the time he had been treated, Gwynne was ready and miracle of miracles, Cuss got up, changed his keeper’s top for his No. 8 shirt and ran to the centre, absolutely farcical.

Gwynne was beaten twice in the next 15 minutes, Wood came away with the victory but did we really need all that at the start, they reckoned it had been done on them twice this season – my answer was, ‘That doesn’t make it right though.’

Do we really need this sort of thing in football, in my opinion there can be no justification for this in any way, shape or form, or am I just an old fashioned dinosaur who still believes in doing what’s right and in fair play?

I’m now off my soapbox, still all to play for with the trip to Coleshill Town on Thursday night before we entertain relegated Heath Hayes on Saturday.

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Sportsmanship triumphed over gamesmanship in the end, for various reasons the game didn’t kick off until 7.50 and the home side then blatantly wasted time as they played the clock down waiting for keeper Matt Gwynne to finally arrive at 8.00 pm.

It was a quiet start with Wood probably just shading the early exchanges, on 14 minutes Joey Butlin played a quick-fire one-two with Corey Currithers wide left, he fired in a cross to the far post that was headed just over by Luke Adams. Five minutes later a delightful chip inside from Currithers wide left was superbly controlled by Butlin on the penalty spot, who flicked the ball up and over his marker before powering a low drive through keeper Matt Gwynne to give Wood the lead.

On 30 minutes a right wing free kick was hit first time by skipper Jamie Cuss deflecting over the bar off Shawn Boothe for a corner that was easily cleared by a well organised Wood defence.

Three minutes later Adams profited from a bad pass in the centre midfield, swept the ball left to Currithers who raced into the box, was forced wide by Gwynne but stayed composed as the keeper raced back into his goal, Currithers cleverly beat two players, fired the ball into the centre, Craig Deakin took the ball left, away from the keeper and from beyond the left hand post fired into the net from an acute angle to put Wood firmly in control.

After 39 minutes Dean Lee got clear wide left, his far post cross headed inches too high by Marcus Palmer under intense pressure from Boothe. A minute later Palmer played a neat one-two with Lee to open up the Wood defence only to roll the ball into the grateful hands of Wood keeper Mario Kisiel.

A quickly taken left wing throw on 43 minutes found Butlin who released Currithers into the left of the box to hit a low drive into the side netting.

Straight to the other end and a slice of good fortune for Wood, a lovely through ball from Lee put Luke Corbett clear on the right of the box, his shot beat the advancing Kisiel, rebounded off the inside of the far post and straight to the prostrate keeper.

Five minutes into the second half, Currithers collected a ball from Harry Harris wide left, was strong as he went through three tackles, his far post drive acrobatically touched over by Gwynne, the corner ball was only half cleared out to Jamie Hawkins on 25 yards, his first time low drive inches wide. On 58 minutes Butlin intercepted a crossfield pass, found Currithers on the left of the box, Gwynne out quickly and bravely to save at his feet. Nine minutes later, a high ball out wide by Hawkins found Butlin right of the box, he made the byeline, pulled the ball back into the path of Adams whose first time low drive went into the side netting. 77 minutes gone, Butlin strong wide right cut inside and hit a lovely crossfield ball to pick out Steven Hayles left of the box, his cross shot just wide.

With 10 minutes remaining Wood eased up and nearly got caught out, first it was Zac Sirrell racing onto a ball just outside the box, Deakin deflecting his rising drive over the bar. Two minutes later Craig Jones collected the ball wide right, went on a mazy crossfield run, made space for a shot but was just too high. 86 minutes saw Sirrell collect a ball right of the box, fire in a low cross that Jones over-ran and the danger was cleared. There was still time for Boothe to break up an attack right of the box, handbags were exchanged on the floor but it was Boothe who collected the red card.

The tactics employed at the start by Westfields would have no place in a Sunday morning pub league, never mind level five, but justice was done, Wood are still in with a shout of third and the defence recorded their sixth clean sheet in eight games, as well as recording the double over the Herefordshire outfit.

Bill Shaw.

As ever, thanks to Bill for the report – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!

 

 

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Be alert – Van burglary in Shire Oak

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Van burglary in Shire Oak – be on your guard, folks. Image from Bing! Maps.

A reader living at the Chester Road end of Friezland Lane in Shire Oak has been in touch with me asking to share with readers that he had his van broken into and tools stolen last night (Tuesday 21st-Wednesday 22nd April 2015).

The reader wrote:

Hello Bob

My husband’s Leamore Windows van was broken into over night, they stole all his power tools – mainly Dewalt jigsaw, Dewalt multi case including reciprocating saws, Bosch jigsaw, Makita impact drivers etc.

They dismantled a security box in the side of the van containing the tools.

We are at the Chester Road end of Friezland Lane. If anyone hears anything could you please contact me or the police.

[I have contact details and will pass them on if required –  mail me BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com – Bob]

My sympathies for the loss – what scumbags. Nicking a bloke’s work tools is the lowest of the low. If you’re offered cheap tools think about where they might have come from, and don’t be afraid to dob the sellers in to the police. It could be your house or car they do over next.

Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cheers all.

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The kindness of strangers – thank you

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Brownhills: remarkable community spirit when the chips are down.

I just want to take a moment to say thanks to all who shared and kept an eye out for the silver mountain bike stolen from Brownhills High Street last Sunday Morning – the lad who had the bike taken sadly doesn’t have it back (any info still appreciated) but I and his mum would like to thank those of you who offered to help in so many ways.

Amongst the readership one reader – a local businesswoman – offered a cash donation. Another offered a replacement secondhand bike his lads were no longer using. More readers offered to set up appeals. Lichfield bike recycling project @lichwheeld kindly offered help too, despite Brownhills being well outside their area.

All offers were gratefully received, but politely declined – the lad has replaced his bike out of his own pocket, and he’s now got locks, too! I totally understand the family position, but they are overwhelmed and very touched and thankful for the offers.

Thanks to you all for your help and generosity. Despite there being some thieving buggers about, the readership rallied round to help. This is  true community spirit.

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March 1994 – Plans to replace eyesore buildings

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Brownhills Gazette March 1994 issue 54 – 24 pages, with more detail on Percy Claridge’s plan for renovations, songstrell and friend of the blog Rose Marie Burnell (then Craddock) prepares to perform at the Birmingham Hippodrome, Fred Yeomans of Clayhanger sadly passed away, Brian Stringer mourns the passing of the trotting track at Chasewater, a fine school archive photo, plus memories of Bradburys store in Brownhills High Street, plus lots more. Click for a larger version.

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 54 of the long lost freesheet, from March 1994 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

David Evans, very kindly granted access to the archive held by former editor and contributor Brian Stringer, has been assiduously and conscientiously scanning them all. Every single issue. Every few days, I’m going to feature the next in the series.

This is a 24 page issue with more detail on Percy Claridge’s plan for renovations, local songstrell and friend of the blog Rose Maria Burnell (then Craddock) prepares to perform at the Birmingham Hippodrome, Fred Yeomans of Clayhanger sadly passed away, Brian Stringer mourns the passing of the trotting track at Chasewater, a fine school archive photo, plus memories of Bradburys store in Brownhills High Street,  plus lots more.

The history of how the Brownhills Gazette came to exist has been detailed in this post thanks to the wonderful John Sylvester.

If other bloggers want to use this material, can you please drop me a line first? I don’t mind, there’s just sone stuff I’d like to clear about the usage, thanks.

Cheers to Brian and David for sharing a wonderful thing, that’s part of our community history.

If you have any memories, questions or observations please do comment or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

Brownhills Gazette issue 54 March 1994 – PDF format

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Urgent! Bike stolen from Brownhills

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Did you see anyone take a silver bike from outside Downes Newsagents? Image from Google Streetview.

Hi folks – while I’m prodding the hardware with a long stick, there’s an important shout out I need to make for a young lad who does a paper round for Downes Newsagents in Brownhills.

This morning (Sunday 19th April 2015) between 9:30 and 10:30am a silver Raleigh mountain bike belonging to him was stolen from outside the shop in High Street, Brownhills. The chap only had it for a couple of weeks to enable him to do the round. He’s understandably very upset.

Here’s a young man who’s trying to earn an honest pound, and some scrote steals his wheels. Let’s see if we can get the bike back – after all, it could be your stuff they nick next…

The bike is silver, and has 21 gears. If you know someone that’s suddenly pitched up with a bike matching that description that you feel could be the one in question, please do contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also mail me in confidence: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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Sorry folks…

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Image from Needthatcar.com

I’m experiencing some tech issues today. Service should be back to normal soon – nothing to worry about. Please enjoy bit of relaxing music while you wait…

George benson did this track so much better than anyone else. Comment invited :-) 

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