Tuktuk Day 48

What I have noticed over the past seven weeks of this tour is the power of video. Back in 2010, it was nowhere near as powerful or welcome but as the years roll on, the need for video in every blog becomes more apparent. See tomorrow’s. It is ALL about video! So, over the past two months it is no surprise that Darren Ashley’s weekly vlogs have been so popular.

This week he has been in Lutterworth and his story continues.

Lutterworth Athletic FC

“The power of the Non League Football Facebook group led to an invite from Lutterworth Athletic co-owner Lee English to vlog their UCL division 1 home match v Radford. I have to say quickly, that, when Lee contacted me last Sunday, I asked if he was a fan or had connections with the club.

Anyway, accompanied by a couple of mates Thunder & Fieldy, we arrived just after 1.30.

What struck me initially was, it was quite a large premise, with building work to improve facilities also going on. We were met by Lee, who then introduced us to co-owner, chairman…and dad Mike!

Mike took the time from his clearly busy schedule to show us around, talk about the building work going on, aspirations for the club and how vital for the community it was for youth age footy to be played on the site. I then did some filming and got a quick pre match interview with manager Ash Brown.

Now, before the interview and off camera, one of my mates, who really likes his food, commented that his name sounded like Hash Brown! Ash sighed, he had heard it before, but, this was a problem for me, as the seed was planted, I was really going to have to try hard not to call him Hash in the interview…I think I succeeded. (Cue – Basil Fawlty )

Just before game time, Mike gave us permission to film the match from the balcony, which was in the middle of being built to extend it, so, up we went. Game starts, and it turned out to be a really good half, lots of action, too much actually to make the vlog. 2 good footballing sides made it easy on the eye.

Half time comes, more filming, then, down to the main entrance where Lutterworth were providing plenty of free food…not just for us, but for everyone. A real class gesture. I know some of the Radford fans I spoke too were delighted with this.

Second half starts then, with belly’s full!!

Now, I had been desperate to get Mike on film for an interview, but he was super busy on the day , however the opportunity came, on the balcony as the 2nd half was about to start.

I asked Thunder to film it and to film bits of the building work as Mike was talking. As we wrapped up the very quick interview, out of the corner of my eye, I could see Radford had a really promising attack. You will be able to see me pointing for Thunder to film the pitch, but….too late…GOAL!!

He only had one job. (Cue – Oceans Eleven)

The second half wasn’t as exciting as the 1st, but it was still a decent watch.

Full time comes, down from the balcony, offers of more free food, and I managed to track down Radford manager David for a quick post match interview.

It was soon time to go, where I had to find Lee and Mike to thank them for their amazing hospitality and generosity…they also happened to to be a couple of really decent fella’s too.

Lee was working hard behind a heaving bar, and Mike was quite difficult to locate, until I found him settled with half a beer in his hand. I told him I hoped the finished vlog will show off the club in the light it really deserves, and we would love to return.

So, that was that then, Thunder, Fieldy and I made our way separately home…if you can imagine the map at the start of Dads Army, that was basically us!!

If any ground hoppers haven’t been to Lutterworth Athletic, it’s hugely recommended to do and, it won’t do any harm to contact the club to let them know your intention

Quickly, a big thumbs up too, to the very vocal away following, they really were in fine voice.”

Thanks for sticking with this for this long, and, to see the finished vlog, click HERE

Thanks again, Darren and I am looking forward to see whether you will be taking your colleagues with you next week! Lee also confirmed on the FB group that they have printed programmes, badges and public transport to the ground. A hopper’s dream stadium!

In the meantime, I hope that you will consider a donation however small to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK  If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity continued their great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can. If you can’t you can still help massively by sharing this page about the work of Prostate Cancer. Thanks, Steve.


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