Monday, 5 November 2012

Albam Trail Parka.

Sorry for the long absence of posts, This has just come through the door over the weekend at a bargain price. The Albam Trail Parka. Great bit of kit this..

Its in Yellow/Blue and has some great features:

- 100% waxed cotton.

- Swiss made RiRi zips.

- Italian press studs.

- Angled pockets.

- Top breast pocket.

- 'Ventilation' holes.

- press stud for the hood.

And of course, Its made in good old Blighty and think the saying of Albam rings true with this item of clothing. 'Modern Crafted Clothing'.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Latest Purchases

Been a good while since I have posted one of these up....Anyway yours truly has purchased the following:

Universal Works chambray shirt.

Everyone needs one don't they? A nice simple shirt. This ones cool though.
I love little details on anything, I love the quality of the fabric on this & the fit, I have had one of these however it had a pen pocket and was a lighter fabric, It didn't fit me that well. This one does though. Just take a look...

The button down collar, The orange stitching and black contrasting buttons..

Penguin by Musingwear belt.....The alternate green and blue stitching & the penguin logo man....

New Balance 574 which where a absolute steal at £25 from ever ones favorite TK Maxx these are a great fit and a alternative to the three stripes...First trainer purchase in quite I while actually.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

The End.

"My Favourite magazine is The End from Liverpool which concerns itself with music, beer and football.The very stuff of life itself" - John Peel

The End was a 80's fanzine released in a time when the Merseyside city was in a troubled state, Mass un-employment, On the break of rights and what the 1980's was for most British people - Bleak. However in all this came out a Magazine which was compared to the other fanzines at the time aimed at lads going to the match, It also contained much more than music from the local scene and bigger bands, It contained poetry, Liverpool pubs & nightlife. It created a fanzine that others would look up to, Notably Boy's Own.

It was a simple, laugh out loud magazine.

The people behind it have released all the issues in one coffee table sized book in all its glory - The vibrant front covers to the ins and outs at the time - it's all in there. Brilliant read.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Non League Football - Wigan Robin Park FC v Oldham Boro FC

There are two teams in Wigan didn't you know? Not Wigan Warriors but Wigan Athletic & Wigan Robin Park FC. I go to a few games off there's a season when the Latics are not playing and I do not mind putting my pocket in for a local club.

Wigan Robin Park FC where founded in 2005 and originally played in the Bidgewater Office Supplies Manchester Football League , Which in itself is a feeder league for The North West Counties.
The inaugural season's achievements continued into the start of the 2006/2007 season with a number of new players joining the club, The team moved up into fourth in the table which is a position they maintained through the season.
'The Robins' continued to show consistency in the cup where they reached the semi-final of The Wigan Cup, where they narrowly lost to Winstanley St Aidens with a 1-0 scoreline.

The team kept up a fantastic run of form where they did not lose a single game throughout the rest of the season, and this was achieved with promotion to The Manchester Premier Division.

The Robins started there life off in the Premier Division poorly however when they got there feet settle they went on a good run of form which saw them in the finals of the Gilgryst Cup & the Lancashire Shield respectively.
The Robins went through the season losing just once in a run of 13 games where they gained the promotion to step 6 in the football league pyramid, The North West Counties League.

Currently in the 2011/2012 season The Robins are 2nd spot hot on the heels of Abbey Hay FC who they play in two weeks time.

I went along to watch there home match at the Robin Park Arena where they went up against Oldham Boro FC - A scrappy start to the game which saw Oldham take the lead with a good goal, The team then played out the rest of the first half with some fantastic tackles and crosses which lead to Wigan Robin Park equalizing.

Half time and up the stand to the refreshment area where I grabbed a can of tango ( Was driving so no drinking from me) and a pie...All for £1.50!

On to the second half where both sides took there chances but nothing going each others way, Until the last few minutes of the game which saw a absolute screamer from the Robin Park forward - Hit the roof of the net at least a yard in - But came out...The linesmen somehow did not give it, Shocking decision which saw the small but passionate following of Robin Park to direct all kinds of abuse at the linesman which I have not seen for a good few years - And at this level they can hear everything as well.

Really enjoyed it and I am heading to watch The Robins on my first away trip with them as well this Tuesday as they travel the short distance to Daisy Hill FC.

Thursday, 16 February 2012


Here are some purchases from the last few months.

Ralph Lauren Button Down.

Native Fitszimmons Boots

Urban Renewal Parka

Universal Works Scout Parka

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Mickey Worswick - The Non League George Best.

Guest contributor  Tony Topping has shared with us a article he wrote about his all time favorite football player, Which confidently plays for the team that he has loved and watched since we where in Non League - A world a way to where we are today....Take it away Tony.

When football fans get together to chat over the odd alcoholic beverage inevitably the same old question is brought up; “Who is your favourite football player of all time?”
More often than not the person asked takes a deep breath and says something along the lines of “Ah favourite player, let me think…” No such problems with me, in a nanosecond I have the answer…”Mickey Worswick”

Me and Mickey go back a long way, he was at my marriage, the birth of my two kids, and he comes away with me on every holiday I take, he has even been washed in my washing machine twice! Well not in person but his picture is in my key ring fob and he travels everywhere with me, who needs St Christopher when I’ve got St Michael?
Why Mickey Worswick? Well Mickey epitomised everything I love about football.
He was a brilliant winger and all football fans like nothing better than to see a winger in full flight, he was a great goal scorer cutting in from the wing with devastating effect, he was fast, extremely skilful and on top of all that he had possessed a temperament that angels would envy. Above all this the guy was cool too!
In his looks and the way he played he reminded me of another player that moved in altogether different circles, to me Mickey Worswick was non leagues George Best and I was immensely proud that he played for my team.
Mickey signed for Wigan in the summer of 1972. Wigan Athletic were in a period of transition, the dream team of 1970/71 had largely broken up and Manager Gordon Milne had also departed. Les Rigby a teacher at Wigan College was appointed with the task of rebuilding the side. Les had a fine pedigree in non league and was excellent at scouting for players; Mickey was one of the first players Les signed.
In the following six seasons Mickey and the Wigan Athletic supporters saw some of the highest and lowest points in our history culminating in that never to be forgotten day when we were finally accepted into the Football League.
Mickey’s first season proved to be a successful one, Wigan finished 3rd in the N.P.L., reached Wembley for the first time in the F.A. Trophy (lost 1-2 to Scarborough) won the Lancs Floodlit Cup (6-1 v South Liverpool), won N.P.L. Shield (3-0 v Stafford Rangers) and came runners up in the N.P.L. Cup (2-3 v Northwich Vics). We also reached the 1st rnd of the F.A.Cup (1-2 vs Grimsby Town). The following season saw us finish 2nd in the N.P.L., win the Ashworth Trophy (3-1 v Rossendale Utd) and also triumph in the Lancs Challenge Trophy (4-1 v Skelmersdale Utd). In the F.A. Cup we lost 0-2 to Huddersfield Town. 1974/75 season saw a change of manager with Brian Tiler taking over the reins. In a fantastic season we won the N.P.L. with a record number of points and enjoyed a good run in the F.A. Cup beating Kidderminster in the qualifying round then fourth division leaders Shrewsbury Town in the 1st rnd after a replay before losing to Mansfield Town, again after a replay. 75/76 saw Brian Tiler leave the club in February to manage in America and Ian Mc Neil returned to manage the club. Wigan finished a disappointing 6th in the N.P.L. that season; it was the first time they had ever finished outside the top three. Attendances began to suffer and only 730 watched the home game v Great Harwood. We did reach the final of the Lancs Challenge Trophy but lost to a last minute winner from local rivals Chorley (1-2).
We also reached the F.A. Cup 2nd rnd losing 2-0 away to Sheffield Wednesday (Matlock Town having been beaten 2-1in the 1st rnd).
The following season was one of the most traumatic in Wigan’s history. The club were heavily in debt, sources put the figure at £100,000, a huge sum at that time.
Chairman Ken Cowap and director Graham Gorner resigned and a cash appeal was made to the Springfield Park faithful, an ever decreasing faithful as only 647 turned up to see one game. Players had to be moved out to save money and others asked for transfers, it is indicative of Mickey Worswick’s character that he stayed loyal to the club in this difficult period when he was one of the clubs main assets and could have had his pick of teams to move on to. The team that had won the N.P.L. with a record points total only two years earlier was at one point bottom of the league. The turning point came when former chairman Arthur Horrocks rejoined the club and at last stability was resumed and we managed to recover to attain a final league position of 14th. In fact we ended the season strongly winning the Lancs Junior Cup Final by beating Chorley 1-0 at Victory Park. The following season proved to be our last in non league football as the rejuvenated, strengthened Wigan Athletic once more regained their pride of place as one of the strongest clubs outside the league.
1977/78 saw us finish 2nd in a tight finish, at that time the Champions of the N.P.L. were automatically put forward as candidates for election to the Football League but the league committee had already decided that Boston’s ground failed to meet their approval so Wigan Athletic were entered into the Football League race and the rest as they say is history. Sadly this all came to late for my hero Mickey and after agreeing to sign a part time contract and after finally making his Football League debut as a substitute, Mickey decided to return to non league with Chorley. That summer of 78 things changed forever, my youthful innocence disappeared along with my football team’s innocence, I wouldn’t change a thing though and it’s been a great journey from
the Northern Premier League to the Premier League. This summer I caught up with Mickey and he kindly agreed to be interviewed by me, here is Mickey’s story.

How did you get started in football Mickey?
At the age of 14 a Blackburn Rovers scout saw me playing for my school team, Preston Catholic College, and invited me to Ewood Park for trials. I played there for three seasons as an amateur but unfortunately was not offered a professional contract. I then had trials at Bury and Queen of the South but they both came to nothing so I then finished up playing for my home town club Preston North End as an amateur. During my two seasons there I played mainly in the youth team but also played around half a dozen games for the reserves in a side that contained Alan Kelly, Alex Dawson and George Ross, who all went on to become North End legends. A pro contract was not forthcoming so I decided to try my luck in non league football and joined Burscough. The following season Mickey Burns who I had grown up with in the Moor Nook area of Preston asked me to join him playing at Skelmersdale Utd. He had signed for them the previous season whilst studying at Liverpool University.

Skelmersdale made it to Wembley with you in the side, what was that like?

Playing in the Amateur Cup final against Enfield at the age of 21 in front of 75,000 people was an incredible experience although watching our right back Alan Bermingham miss a penalty in the last minute of extra time was heartbreaking. We lost the replay 3-0 the following Saturday at Maine Road in front of 55,000. That same day Manchester United played Aston Villa and they kicked off at the same time as us, they also drew a crowd of 55,000. The traffic was so bad in the city that my Mum & Dad and Mickey Burns’s parents who had left Preston at lunchtime, only arrived at the ground with 20 minutes left to play.

You also gained International recognition, winning caps for England Amateurs
The proudest moment of my career was playing for England Amateurs against Italy and receiving my cap, tassels and all! And playing for England also supplied me with my lowest moment in football when a few months later I was in the England squad that needed to beat Spain to qualify for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico. We had all been told that we would be on the plane if we won. Sadly we drew the game 1-1.

Your next club was Chorley were you became a big favourite with the fans

I signed part time professional forms with Chorley in what was the first season of the Northern Premier League; the Latics of course were also founder members. I had four happy seasons there and struck up a great understanding with centre forward Joe Fletcher who I rated as probably the best striker I have ever seen in non league football. I also have vivid memories of some titanic clashes we had against Wigan. It was at Chorley that I first met the legendary Harry McNally; he was coaching there at the time. Years later when I retired from playing Harry gave me a job scouting for him when he was Wigan manager and I also worked for him at Chester City. He was a wonderful person to work for and also to socialise with; I think that everyone who worked or played for him will have their own Harry Mac tale to tell, probably involving the odd bottle of red wine!
I was very sad to hear of his death a few months ago, they don’t make them like that anymore.

Next stop of course was Wigan Athletic and another Wembley visit

Yes the late Les Rigby made me and Mickey Taylor his first signings after taking over from Gordon Milne. My most vivid memory of the Wembley game is missing a header early on that I really should have scored from. I also remember the terrific welcome home we had after the final with fans lining the route from the motorway junction to Springfield Park.

You scored a lot of goals at Wigan especially for a winger; one of the greatest goals I saw you score was at Lancaster City when you ran the length of the field.

The goal against Lancaster certainly rates as one of my favourites and another one that sticks in my mind was against Manchester City in a friendly at Springfield Park when Joe Corrigan was in goal for them. Although it was from close range it was my 100th goal for the Latics, a milestone I was very proud to have achieved for the best club in non league football.

One of your team-mates was the legendary Johnny King, what was he like and do you recall the famous tunnel incident when he laid out an opposing player at half time?

What was Johnny King like? I wondered when that question would crop up! He was certainly like no one else I had ever played with or against. He was a great inspiration to have in your midfield, a hard tackler, a great motivator with the most cultured left foot I have ever seen. He also possessed a wicked sense of humour along with his mate JR, Johnny Rogers. I remember us playing at Scarborough once and we had an overnight stay in a big hotel. At that time we had a club chaplain named Dennis and he travelled with us. Somehow Dennis’s pyjamas finished up at the top of the hotel flag pole and were visible for miles along the East Coast. No marks for guessing who the culprits were! Now to the famous tunnel incident, all I can say about that one is yes I certainly remember it, I was so close that I finished up with blood on my shirt.
I think we better leave that one there!

With so many characters in the team you must have some great memories.

They were great times, one story that sticks in my mind concerned our old manager Ian McNeil. Ian arranged for us to have a four day trip to Edinburgh to play a couple of pre season friendlies. On the way up in the coach we asked him about the accommodation he had booked us into, “The players are in fourteen singles” he told us which we thought was wonderful, especially the younger members of the squad who excitedly informed us senior players that they were going “Out on the pull” on the first night. We duly arrived at our hotel and it looked a bit dodgy from the outside but sure enough we had 14 singles alright, trouble was they were all in the same room. Ian had booked us into some kind of hostel! The canny wee Scot had a great sense of humour to go along with his ancestral thriftiness.

Ian McNeil was one of several managers you played under at Wigan, fond memories of them?

Yes very fond memories of them all for different reasons. The first one being Les Rigby whose knowledge of non league football & non league footballers was phenomenal and of course he led us to the 73 final at Wembley. He was a hard taskmaster but he had a very funny sense of humour. After Les came Brian Tiler who was an ex pro with Aston Villa, he was a great motivator and was immensely popular with the players. He made you feel really special and under Brian we won the N.P.L.
with a record number of points. Sadly Brian died in a car crash during the World Cup tournament in Italy, his good friend Harry Redknapp was a passenger in the car.
Then along came Ian McNeil who will always be remembered as the manager who led us into the Football League. I will always be grateful to him and the club for offering me a full time contract in 1978 even though I was 32 at the time. Sadly it had come too late for me though I did stay for half a season playing as a semi pro. My claim to fame came when I made my one and only Football League appearance against Newport County! After a short spell at Chorley the next manager I want to mention is my ex team-mate Mickey Taylor who signed me for Barrow and got me as fit as any time I had been throughout my career. His great motivational skills helped us to have two very good seasons in the newly formed Alliance Premier League which is now today’s Conference League. Mickey and I still remain great friends and he is currently scouting for Northwich Victoria. Finally I must mention Fred Eyre who ran Wigan’s reserve side during that first Football League season. I am convinced Fred would have made a very good league manager but he turned his hand to writing and has written a couple of books and done extensive media work and after dinner speaking which I’m sure you will have heard about.

Finally Mickey your temperament was exemplary and I think you only lost your cool once when a spectator threw a cup of coffee over you, remember that?

God yes of course I remember the incident. We were playing at Macclesfield Town, I was close to the touchline on halfway and in front of the main stand when a middle aged woman threw it over me. I am pretty sure it was tea though and not coffee!

Thanks to Mickey Worswick for taking the time to do this interview and supplying the photos. Mickey was a gentleman on the field and he has proven to be the same off it. Sometimes your idols turn out to have feet of clay, in this case I am glad to say that

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Images of the day.

three album covers from Wigan's the verve - All three shot in this town.