Unfolding plans 126 – play like amateurs

It must have been one of the most humiliating sporting events ever.  It was the semi-finals of the 2014 Football World Cup and the host country Brazil were playing Germany for a place, obviously, in the final of the world’s most prestigious sporting competition.  In case you can’t remember the result was not a defeat … Continue reading Unfolding plans 126 – play like amateurs

A year of work in progress – day 183

Day 183 – 27 October 2014 The last half term of the school year means I am getting ever closer to the end of this blog. There are probably only forty or so days left and so I suppose I ought to be thinking about next year. Half term should also be a relatively quiet … Continue reading A year of work in progress – day 183

A year of work in progress – day 79

Day 79 – 2 May 2014 Can you believe we are into the fifth month of the year already? I don’t know where this year has gone. I woke up early this morning to the sound of crashing plates. Some of them had stopped spinning and had fallen to the floor while others seemed to … Continue reading A year of work in progress – day 79

A year of work in progress – day 27

Day 27 – 10 February 2014 Today I was in Slough, at O2’s offices.  I’d entered a competition to win some help from The Local Government Digital Fund.  I hadn’t expected to get anywhere but got shortlisted into the last six and was asked to present my thoughts at a Dragon’s Den style event.  I … Continue reading A year of work in progress – day 27

An unlikely local derby

There are some football matches that you must see: Real Madrid vs Barcelona; Glasgow Rangers vs Celtic or even; Newcastle United vs Sunderland.  But Hartlepool vs York is unlikely to appear on many bucket lists yet last Saturday saw these two teams meet for the first time in the league at Victoria Park. It may … Continue reading An unlikely local derby

The beautiful season?

Is this the beautiful season for the beautiful game?  It certainly seems so as the English Premier League has got off to a very open start this year.  For as long as I can remember there have been three separate leagues in the English top flight. Each club has fallen into one of three categories: … Continue reading The beautiful season?

Football in August

It doesn’t seem right to play football in the summer.  Not league football that is.  The Premiership is played in the winter when it’s cold and raining and the days are short, when you need to warm your hands round a cup of hot Bovril and the player’s thighs smart when the ball strikes them.  … Continue reading Football in August

Alex Ferguson – lesson in leadership

I have never really been a fan of Alex Ferguson but must admit to having a begrudging admiration for him and his achievements.  I have never liked the way he seemed to lose his temper at a whim and the way he used this as a tool in his armoury or the mind games he … Continue reading Alex Ferguson – lesson in leadership

Berwick Rangers

Today was a great day on the south bank of the Tweed.  It was the most exciting thing to happen in Berwick, England’s most northerly town, since the last most exciting thing to happen there.  It was the day that Glasgow Rangers, one of Scotland’s biggest football clubs and former darlings of the Scottish Premier … Continue reading Berwick Rangers