Tuktuk Day Sixteen

“It’s Friday, it’s five to five and it’s Crackerjack,” as they used to say! Actually, it’s mid morning Sunday and I am still trying to come to terms with how Gillingham drew with the bottom team of the table, how FC Deportivo Galicia failed to win and how Arsenal surprisingly did win! Even after several coffees, it is a tough contemplation!

The good news is that there are people in life who you can rely upon. Darren Ashley is one of those. His fantastic blog and video of Stratford Town was extremely well received by my visitors this week and right on cue, this week’s episode arrived. Top man! Actually there was an update to his Stratford Town blog in that midweek the postman arrived with a great thank you letter from Jed McCrory the chairman of Stratford Town together with some memorabilia. Class! Pure class! They even featured Darren on their socials this week.

So, this week he has been to Rugby . He says, “So, for my weekly Non League vlog, it was Rugby Town FC I visited this week for their vital bottom of the table clash v AFC Rushden and Diamonds.

Rugby Town versus AFC Rushden & Diamonds

After contacting the club midweek, the very helpful Neil Melvin was great in answering every question I needed answering.

Matchday then….It was a bit of a nervous wait in the morning whether the match would go ahead, as it had a 10.30 pitch inspection, but was soon declared good to go, so I was happy with that.

I did have a back up match, just in case, thanks to replies in this group on Friday where I asked for alternative matches to attend….thank you, I really appreciate all the replies

I arrived at the ground ridiculously early, and, the only people there earlier were Oldham Athletic fans, who had decided to visit after their trip to Eastleigh was postponed on route. (See below)

I had a chat to a couple, and the coach driver was the one who held my phone as I filmed my opening link to the vlog. After that, I hung around a bit outside as the players were starting to arrive.

I made a beeline to a fella in a R & D tracksuit and asked him would it be ok to do a quick interview…I had no idea he was their captain…and, of course, as this is Non League, he obliged. After that, I had a nose around Rugby Town’s Butlin Road ground, which, I have to say, is very very impressive.

I actually bumped into Neil, and he kindly showed me around the dressing rooms and arranged another interview, this time with a Rugby Town player….actually, a club legend as he is their all time leading goal scorer!!

After all that filming, I had loads of time before kick off, where I was talking to plenty of people, notably David , who’s 17 year old son Devonn had just moved to Rugby Town on a months loan from Stratford Town FC

He was telling me how emotional he got when his son scored for STFC on Boxing Day, which was a very poignant day for the club, due to the first anniversary of a tragedy😢

So, onto the match, and, as I always say, I won’t spoil what happened as I would like you to have a look at the vlog, where the link to it is in the comments below.

Full time them , and fingers absolutely freezing, I made my way down to pitch side where I managed to nab a couple more interviews, and a good off camera chat with R & D club photographer Shaun.

I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon out at Rugby Town, I found it such a friendly place, and, the atmosphere was really good….I believe it was actually their best attendance of the season, with plenty of away fans dotted all over the ground, and, of course, the Oldham fans!

So, if you have never done a groundhop at Rugby Town, I would strongly recommend it, and, if anyone is reading this and is connected to R& D, I would love to do a vlog there too

Thanks for reading “

Thanks, Darren. I certainly enjoyed the video and your account. I hear you are off to Moulton next week. Sure that it will be a great day.

George, The Oldham Groundhopper at Rugby Town, ground 327

I had already heard that the 60 or so Oldham Athletic fans who were off to Eastleigh for a game that was postponed en route had decided to stop off at Rugby Town to support the local team. The most famous Oldham fan and probably England’s most famous groundhopper is George, The Oldham Groundhopper who has some 60,000 followers on Facebook and who seems to cover 4 or 5 games every week. Today, I read that he is on his way to Glasgow to support Buckie Thistle who play Celtic at Celtic Park today. So about 700 miles this weekend. Respect, George! He is now on 300+ grounds which is impressive by any standards but even more so when you realise he is not even mid 20s, is in a full time job …and also runs marathons, ultras etc etc! I hope to catch up with him in the next 90 days. You are always welcome at FC Deportivo Galicia!

Talking about FC Deportivo Galicia please remember the purpose of this 90 day challenge is to raise funds for the 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 £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.


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