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Back InThe Mid Sixties

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

 I lived two doors from Keith Burkinshaw. Do the football fans on this site remember him? He managed several teams including Spurs and Newcastle United. One match day he saw me walking down the road  on the way to see Workington FC and offered me a lift which I gratefully accepted. He was Workington’s left half at the time and being the  pleasant man that he was he even offered me a free ticket to the game. I declined the ticket on the basis that Workington were pretty broke at that time [average match attendance c 2,400]. He must have smiled inwardly at the seventeen year old’s concern about the club’s finances! I suggested to him that Workington should sign George Darwin the inside forward that had played for several teams, including Derby County and Barrow, but nothing became of it. In any case Workington already had a good schemer, that is  Jimmy Moran, but I was concerned about the team if Jimmy became injured. A few years later I found out that George Darwin had relatives in Sacriston or was it Witton Gilbert? 

It was during the mid sixties that Workington gave Chelsea the absolute runaround in the League Cup but without actually beating them. It ended 2-2. I recall Peter Osgood was making his debut that night and that Keith made a faulty back pass that enabled Chelsea to take the lead. 

WB

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Bob Marley

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

You can never anticipate where your surfing will take you and true to form I have ended up with Bob. The key within a key was Facebook and a contibutor to the book’s Ushaw Moor site. I like Bob Marley’s music but [if the given quote is correct] like a lot of fine professionals  his lyrics do not always stand up to scrutiny. I refer to the notion that you can waste a lot of time dwelling on things instead of moving on. Yes you have to move on: there is no point in being a glutton for nostalgia at the expense of both the present and the future; the thing is  some problems do have to be worked out and learnt from otherwise how can we grow up? Life long learning is not just a catchy phrase!

The notion that everyone will disappoint you is absolutely wrong. There are some wholesome people in the world and it is just a question of finding them. It is true that life can be perceived to suck; rip off merchants are there to be seen but the seeing is often too late. Charlatans abound – as do some powerful and assertive people that sometimes trample all over your dreams – but please hold onto the notion that the world is not entirely short of heroes.

By the way I have trouble spelling the female version of hero because it makes such a person sound like a dangerous drug!  

WB

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