Tuktuk Day 136

Carol Thomas – National Football Museum

Clare “She Can Kick It Out” sent me her latest newsletter. As always, it is very readable and I am happy to share. Let’s hear her thoughts on the women’s game

News: Giraffes, Lionesses & Milestone

“I hope you’ve had a good couple of weeks. I have a few updates from my last newsletter, so here goes. 

Last weekend my family and I went to Longleat Safari Park. My mum had never seen giraffes in real life, so we took her to see some. Not only did she get to see them close up, with the sun shining (one of the few moments on Saturday that it did), but she also got to feed one a branch of leaves (for the slightly extortionate price of £2 per branch or 10 seconds of giraffe chewing time). We all had a wonderful day and the monkeys didn’t steal anything off the car!

Last time, I mentioned that ex-Lioness captain Carol Thomas was about to send me her answers to my questions about her career. I now have her 5000 words and it makes for riveting reading, here’s an insight into playing for England in the 1970s: 

” I worked for Northern Foods from the age of 15, with a full-time 9 to 5 job and football fitted around that, until I made the England squad in 1974. Once there, they were very good and allowed me time off, sometimes with pay, sometimes by holidays and sometimes without pay, but they were always eager to help facilitate my England career in any way they could. This was in total contrast to some of the England players, who sometimes missed out on internationals due to work commitments.”

Finally, you’ll see at the bottom of this newsletter that I’ve hit the 50,000 word mark! I’ve still got some work to do to get the last bits of the first draft down and then the next step is to find an order I’m happy with. I’m keen to put it in decade order with each country housed within that, but maybe you’d prefer it split up into country chapters? If you have any thoughts, hit reply and let me know.”

News: Giraffes, Lionesses & Milestone

I hope you’ve had a good couple of weeks. I have a few updates from my last newsletter, so here goes. 

Last weekend my family and I went to Longleat Safari Park. My mum had never seen giraffes in real life, so we took her to see some. Not only did she get to see them close up, with the sun shining (one of the few moments on Saturday that it did), but she also got to feed one a branch of leaves (for the slightly extortionate price of £2 per branch or 10 seconds of giraffe chewing time). We all had a wonderful day and the monkeys didn’t steal anything off the car!

Last time, I mentioned that ex-Lioness captain Carol Thomas was about to send me her answers to my questions about her career. I now have her 5000 words and it makes for riveting reading, here’s an insight into playing for England in the 1970s: 

” I worked for Northern Foods from the age of 15, with a full-time 9 to 5 job and football fitted around that, until I made the England squad in 1974. Once there, they were very good and allowed me time off, sometimes with pay, sometimes by holidays and sometimes without pay, but they were always eager to help facilitate my England career in any way they could. This was in total contrast to some of the England players, who sometimes missed out on internationals due to work commitments.”

Finally, you’ll see at the bottom of this newsletter that I’ve hit the 50,000 word mark! I’ve still got some work to do to get the last bits of the first draft down and then the next step is to find an order I’m happy with. I’m keen to put it in decade order with each country housed within that, but maybe you’d prefer it split up into country chapters? If you have any thoughts, hit reply and let me know.

Number of book words written so far… 50,792 …it’s coming home-ish!

If you like Clare’s newsletter please feel free to subscribe and share the subscribe link to your friends and followers 

…and talking about enjoyment, I hope that you are enjoying my digital tour of the grounds but please remember that the purpose of this 180 day challenge is to raise funds for Prostate Cancer and an equal amount for my local club, FC Deportivo Galicia. As always, I do hope that you are all enjoying this digital 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 at the club whilst the charity could continue its great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can donate. If you can’t any shares of this site or even this post would be gratefully received. Thanks again.



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