Well would you Adam & Eve it.
I venture out non-league for the first time in weeks only to see my game postponed.
I take a bus from Loughborough to Quorn in Leicestershire heading for the big crunch match in the East Midlands Counties League between 2nd placed Barrow Town and visiting league leaders Basford United. Those who know Barrow’s Riverside Park ground will be familiar with the footbridge that spans the A6 and affords a virtual ariel view of the playing surface. At 1.00pm there is some surface water in the centre circle and a puddle in each goalmouth – nothing a couple of handy men with a pitchfork and stiff brush couldn’t have dealt with in fifteen minutes or so. The rest of the pitch appears fine. I continue on my way into Barrow Upon Soar village and the Navigation Inn – the ‘birthplace’ of my real ale drinking – to enjoy a pint of the house beer (actually Caledonian 80/-), a pint of Theakston Old Peculier ( the nearest thing they stock to the Shipstone’s Mild I used to quaff here in my ‘yoath’) and the company of a fellow Forest fan for an hour or so.
I return to Riverside Park to observe that no action has been taken against the puddles, the game is clearly off (confirmed on the EMCL website) and – the trip to the Navvy aside – this sojourn to my village roots wasted.
And then suddenly I remember reading something in the local paper – Barrow have their captain and their leading goalscorer both unavailable today due to work commitments. Clearly THEY would have been the guys earmarked to fork and brush the water off the pitch!
That explains everything.