So here we are having got Halloween and Bonfire Night out of the way, and only Christmas to look forward to!!
You probably won't be surprised to learn, but the Secretary and I speak on a fairly regular basis and both of us have the same sense of foreboding when nothing bad is happening and things seem to be "going too well", and at the moment that's the case!
I know we have had a few weather-related postponements just recently but all in all the season seems to be going ok........unless of course you know different and are about to rain on my parade! One thing I would like to remind you all on is that if your home game is postponed, make sure the media and press officer Simon Harrison is informed (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We still have three undefeated teams in the league, Avro and Rochdale Sacred Heart Reserves and East Manchester Academy, all whom deserve credit for this, but we also have some teams who haven't got a win under their belts yet and, to be honest, they probably deserve just as much credit for keeping going and putting in the effort well after week.
It may be a bit unfair to single them out, but I have watched Hindley Juniors a couple of times so far, and I am really impressed by their commitment. They have shipped a lot of goals and haven’t scored too many, but they are determined to put it right on their first venture into open age football and I'm sure they will get there in the end.
A couple of weeks ago we hosted a game at Mottram Hall at the request of the PGMOL who had a group of referees from South Korea over here to learn more about the game.
It was a bloody awful day, wet and windy but Old Alts and Stockport Georgians put on a good show ending up 2-2 on what was quite a difficult pitch.
I'm not sure how the S Korean lads felt, but one thing was quite noticeable.......after about 10 mins when both teams decided appealing to the ref was fruitless, they got on with the game and It was good to watch because of the lack of arguing and protesting.......so you see, lads, you can do it if you try and if you did that every week it would save you a lot of £10 fines for dissent!
I think I can tell you now that the lad who refereed spoke good English, and when I spoke with him after the game he said he thought it better to let the players think he didn't understand rather than dish out cards.
We got a lot of national media coverage as a result of this game which is good for all of us, so thanks to Alts and Georgians for agreeing to switch the game although don't get too used to getting changed in carpeted centrally heated dressing rooms!
We also finally got to play the Norman Noden trophy which resulted in a win for RSH on what was another horrible wet and windy night. Had the game not been at the Vestacare Stadium on the 4G I don't think we would have been able to play so thanks to Avro for allowing us to use their ground.
I think it’s also worth pointing out that we have 3 teams in the semi-finals of the Manchester Challenge Trophy, let’s hope one of them can push on and win it, our Lancashire FA teams are going well in the Amateur Shield and I believe, even though it is difficult to communicate with "the dark side" our teams in the West Yorkshire competitions comps are doing well, I 've not seen anything from Cheshire or Derbyshire so if you want to update us via Twitter or Facebook.....feel free.
The League has also been nominated in the ‘Best Use of Social Media’ category of the Manchester FA Grassroots Football awards, so many thanks to our Media Officer Simon Harrison and of course all of you who tweet and post and get involved with the podcast, results to be announced at the dinner on 10th November, I will let you know how we get on but I'm sure if we win, Simon will be on Twitter within minutes of picking up the award! Manchester Central are also nominated for the same category so clearly, we as a League are doing something right!
Also nominated for an award at the same time is Ken Evans from Hollinwood......I'm tempted to say in the Grumpiest Secretary category......but that would be unfair, yes Ken is grumpy at times, and has bent my ear and argued with me on more than one occasion, but as Don Corleone said in the Godfather "Nothing personal, purely business", and his lasting commitment to Hollinwood is without question, despite some health problems he still manages to collect players from all over Manchester and get them to the games, good luck Ken hope you win.
We have a meeting soon at which we will be discussing the 125th Anniversary Dinner and I hope by the end of this month I will be able to give you full details, in the meanwhile enjoy your football, take care and stay as warm and dry as possible, and, as ever, if you have something to complain about, don't tell everyone else.....TELL ME!
Yours in Sport