Tuktuk Day 105

Yes, we made it through another week. Sadly, the situations in Gaza and the Ukraine are still deeply worrying and at home the Tory Party is rocked by yet another scandal. The good news is that Darren has forwarded a great vlog of a visit to Kettering Town and that FC Deportivo Galicia kept a clean sheet. I was going to focus on the “improvements to the FA Cup” which prove that the Powers that Be are hopelessly out of touch with 99.9% of fans. That can wait until tomorrow. I MIGHT have calmed down by then.

Darren saw Kettering Town last week and was invited to their ground yesterday and what an occasion it was!

He writes, “With the furore of the FA’s controversial decision this week to scrap FA cup replays, I visited all time FA cup leading goal scorers Kettering Town FC for this weeks vlog. The club themselves have joined a list of teams by issuing a statement of being very much against the decision, and that was the feeling among all the supporters I spoke to yesterday.

Anyway, onto my match days experience there. Basically, it was bloomin’ fantastic, and hopefully a club on the up.

I had been invited to their Club 1872 pre match hospitality, so, I had to get there early, as I had to fit 3 courses of food around bits and pieces of filming. Silvano was there to meet and greet me, and told me what to expect. …food, drink, next season’s shirt unveil, and the manager on the mic for a quick pre match interview. That was pretty exciting to hear…and Silvano also happened to be a really great guy, who was mingling among people with effortless charm!

Food, when served, was great, and, luckily, I was placed on a table of Poppies fans who were really nice with me and answered anything I asked about the club.

I hadn’t heard of club 1872 pre match hospitality before, it seemed to me hidden treasure, but, after speaking to Silvano and club directors, they are very keen that people know about it and away fans are very welcome to book there, where they would be welcomed with open arms.

The match itself was, on paper, one of those end of season affairs, where Kettering Town, or opponents, Coalville Town Football Club seemingly had little to play for, except pride, but it turned out to be a pretty decent watch with a fair amount of goalmouth action and a sending off ……. which always helps the drama of a match.

Again, I won’t give anything else away, as I hope you watch the vlog…which is here

One final thing happened at the end of the match sums up, yet again, why I think Non League is best. As I was filming the 2nd half with some older fellas, a young Kettering Town fan joined us. He was showing us badges of all the grounds he had visited with the Poppies, then mentioned that today was his 11th birthday. He hadn’t got a programme, so I was happy to give him mine and a team sheet.

I said I would try to speak to people so hopefully his programme would get signed by players. I went onto the pitch at full time and mentioned it to only a couple of Kettering players. After doing some filming, I went over where the lad was. He was beaming with joy and telling me that EVERY player had signed it.

Honestly, he really was…footy cliché time…”over the moon,” and had a birthday to remember, simply by the kind actions of the players.

How good is that….and, how good is Non League in general?

Darren later told me another tale from yesterday’s game. I thought it was wonderful and reflects well on Kettering Town. “I’m the clubhouse at the end of the match, Steve. They have this table where the kids sit. They have their balls and programmes. When the players go in the first thing they do is talk to the kids and sign stuff. It’s brilliant. Never seen that before on my non league travels.”

What a fantastic idea! Other clubs take note!

So, let’s all shoot off to enjoy Darren’s Vlog and feel free to subscribe, at no cost, so you will never miss a game. Please remember, if you would like him to visit your club, do make contact. I know he will be delighted to try to fit in another 40 games next season!

Yes, kindly remember that the purpose of this 90 day challenge is to raise funds for my local club and an equal amount for Prostate Cancer. As always, I HOPE you are all enjoying the tour of the UK and that you will consider a donation to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK If everybody chipped in with just £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity could continue their great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can.

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