Tuktuk Day 113

As Jane Austin once wrote, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an Arsenal fan, in possession of a huge amount of optimism bleats, ‘Next Season’, mate.” Sadly for them the last twenty years have not brought a title but seasons effectively over by Easter. This obviously brings me infinite joy but this season there is still a miniscule chance that they MIGHT get close. This obviously is a source of deep regret. To cut to the quick, a huge Arsenal fan and Top Man at FC Deportivo Galicia, Sr. Rogelio Loureda assured me that this WOULD be the one and that he would donate £20 to the cause if I went to the Library aka “The Emirates” and took photos of me standing there. Whilst The Emirates is, obviously, a blot on the London skyline and the thought of having to go there voluntarily is not appealing, I did remember that Barry Dixey hosts an excellent Programme Fair next door on Bank Holidays. I particularly remember that the one last May Bank was excellent and so on Monday I shall indeed venture forth to North London and have a bitter-sweet day. Whether you are an Arsenal fan or not I am sure you will find something of interest at the Community Centre next to the tube centre. I know Les Easterbrook will be there with his huge selection of badges and many regular stall-holders will have programmes, magazines and all kinds of memorabilia. Enjoy. If anybody wants to make a donation to the Shirt appeal for Prostate Cancer and FC Deportivo Galicia I can be persuaded to wear an Arsenal shirt for a genuine donation too! See below.

…and in true, “Not Only But Also” style, here is advance notice of one in Chelmsford. Greg hosted two excellent events last year in Loughton and he tells me this one at a unique venue will be better still.

Essex Retro Football & Cricket Show Press Release

The inaugural Essex Retro Football & Cricket Show will take place at the Cloud County Ground in Chelmsford on Sunday 9th June.

Following two successful Essex Retro Football Shows last year in Loughton, organiser Greg Lansdowne has revamped the event with a new venue and the addition of the summer game.

Stallholders will have a vast array of vintage football and cricket memorabilia on-sale to visitors, ranging from books to badges, shirts to stickers, programmes to photos and much more.

Held in the pavilion at the home of Essex County Cricket Club, to provide an even greater feel of sporting heritage, entry is free and the bar will be open to visitors throughout the event from 10.30am-2.00pm.

Show organiser Greg Lansdowne commented: “Having previously worked at Essex CCC as its first-ever Communications Manager, and edited the Yearbook for a decade, it is an honour to hold this event back at the club. It will be a great opportunity for nostalgia lovers to wallow in football and cricket’s past and hopefully a special guest or two will also turn up.”

Updates and further information can be found at www.greglansdowne.co.uk, the Essex Retro Football & Cricket Facebook page, @Panini_book on X or email essexretroshow{at.}greglansdowne.co.uk

I hope you are enjoying my journey around the grounds. (A cricket ground? That’s a first) To be honest, I am struggling to reach £500 for FC Deportivo and Prostate Cancer at £20 or £50 so this is a bit of a test/a trial if you like. I wonder how many of you would be happy to add just £1? I would be very grateful if you would consider a donation however small to support  Prostate Cancer UK  If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £5,000 and the charity would continue to fund their great work. Every single penny goes DIRECT to Prostate Cancer UK. As I said above, if you want me to wear an Arsenal shirt or something equally ridiculous, I am open to suggestions. Equally I will send you 10 programmes for a £10 donation or perhaps you prefer two autobiographies for £10 (Neville, Rooney, Sir Alex, Lampard, Crouchy etc etc) Just shout.

A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can donate. If you can’t you can still help massively by sharing this page about the work of Prostate Cancer. If you prefer to support FC Deportivo Galicia, their link is here

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