Tuktuk Day 115

Sunday again but for FC Deportivo Galicia the season is over. We played a rearranged game at Hanworth Villa against the London Samurai where we lost 5-4. Mid-table oblivion … tragically!

Sunday again so it’s Darren Ashley’s excellent vlog. I caught up with him earlier and he said,

” ….. sun beating down on a good natured pitch invasion and grown men crying with joy.

Those were the scenes at the final whistle of yesterday’s National League North play off final, where, Boston United, in my opinion, deservedly on the day, beat Brackley Town.

Although very much in the camp of really wanting Brackley to win, I couldn’t help but be happy for Boston and their fans. All in all, my experience of them, even before kick off, was that they were a great bunch.

When I visited St James Park yesterday to record my weekly Non League vlog I thought it may be tricky to do it in the way I usually try to, as, the ground was segregated. I knew that if I was to get a half decent recording spot, it would mean having to stand at the same spot for a few hours…one movement, and it would be quickly taken.

I managed to get bits and pieces filmed before finding my spot an hour or so before kick off, so, it actually was not too bad in the end.

Talking of “the end”, after the pitch invasion, and the high profile nature of the match, I thought it may be really hard to get any post match interviews from the winning team, however, I was wrong.

Keaton Ward, who had scored Boston’s equaliser, and incidentally was celebrating his birthday too, was great, and, although manager Ian Culverhouse was super busy with interviews, he kindly still had time for a small time Non League vlogger like me.

In fact, I knew the dressing room were waiting for Ian to make an appearance and I didn’t want to hold him up, so, I actually said it’s best you go in for celebrations and I would wait around for the interview.

Unbelievably, Ian appeared within a couple of minutes, and gave me as much time as I needed.

That just sums up Non League for me, no prima donnas and everyone has time for you.

One final thing, just after the full time whistle, I’m not sure how, but I found myself next to a very happy emotional and tearful man in a suit. I had a quick chat with him ( not recorded) whilst he was receiving congratulatory hugs….and it turned out he was Boston United chairman David Newton.

A fantastic day all in all, congratulations to Boston United, I hope they do really well next season, and, hopefully Brackley Town will pick themselves up, dust themselves off, go again and, in 2024/25, finally get promoted.”

Thanks, Darren. I hope everyone will pop over to his vlog and see this game and all the previous ones. No cost, no fee, Premier League please note! If you don’t squeeze another game in, I look forward to showcasing your non-league vlogs next season.

As a Gillingham fan, I am not likely to be sympathetic to Brackley Town and as soon as I hear the word “Boston” I immediately think of Steve Evans so I guess if they had both lost 3-0 I would have been happy!
Anyway, congratulations and commiserations. Talking of Gillingham, the manager left during the week. Steve Clemence’s first attempt at club management was not a success and as much as I was not a fan of Nil Nil Harris, I am not sure Clemence really moved us forward. Of course, having the second-fewest goals in the league and trying to play without a recognised striker was never going to keep us in the play off spots! Next! Clemence seemed a decent guy, a hard worker but the results were not there. The chairman’s dream is bigger than the manager’s. Yesterday also was the day when Birmingham City went down to League One from the Championship. I had a wry smile on my face as Blackburn Rovers managed by John Eustace stayed up and Birmingham City went down ……. having sacked Eustace whilst they were sixth in the table! Crazy! Big shout out to Matt at Plymouth Argyle yesterday who also stayed up and congratulations to Sheffield Wednesday who won their audition for the Great Escape when all looked lost!

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!

Please also 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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