Monday, 28 July 2008
WIGAN ROBIN PARK FC 0 RADCLIFFE BOROUGH 1
“You can’t tell which is the Unibond team,” was the view of the Radcliffe supporters: even though their team won 1-0 and that was a pretty fair summation.
Numerous water breaks were required as summer finally arrived in Wigan WN5. In between them it was the usual good stuff from the Robins with the defence looking solid (bar Jay Foulds getting beat on the near post – his woolly hat blurred his vision… or summat) and midfield and attack combining well.
Dean Callaway looked very sharp for WRP while everybody put a shift in (in) trying conditions. There were a good few chances for both sides but it was Neil Chappell that clinched the game for Borough with a powerful shot.
Wigan-lad Phil Priestly was between the sticks for Radcliffe while Bernard Manning’s grandson was at left-back for them. The biggest talking point in the stand was the arrival of Kanga Ndiwa as a substitute for Borough. Apparently Sam Allardyce once paid £100,000 for him. A quick look on the internet tells us his full name is Lord Kangana N’Diwa or possibly N'Diwa Lord-Kangana and he was born in Congo – but is Swedish!
He certainly looked an Allardyce-type player and after failing to make the the grade at the Reebok he has been plying his trade everywhere (and I mean everywhere) from Slovenia to Stalybridge (including a trial at Celtic). He is apparently at Radcliffe to get his fitness levels up. Looking at the size of him he could still be there next season! I think he came on at full-back but who knows – he was everywhere. Unfortunately for Radcliffe he was never in the right place at the right time. He did also swear magnificently at one stage and brightened our day.
After the game it was good to meet up with the Robin Park lads and officials in the air-conditioned (ie effing freezing) Champions Bar. I’m not sure pints of Kronenberg were the ideal preparation for the Mudhutters cricket game next day but as I doubt Lancashire are looking for a 49-year-old leg spinner it would have been rude not to…