Thursday, 25 September 2008
Barrow, Barrow... the Robins are going to Barrow
Forget David Beckham and his preening, poncing shot from his own half against Wimbledon, forget Pele's effort in the 1970 World Cup that just went wide and doff your Tam O'Shanter to Graham Capstick of Holker Old Boys.
Back in April 2007 Capstick headed a goal — from 57 YARDS!!!
A crowd of 37 saw the goal that could be a world record in a 2-2 draw at home to Chadderton. Speaking at the time Capstick said: “I hit it perfectly. It just flew over all the other players and then bounced about 16 yards out from the goal-line as their keeper came out.
"Then it just bounced over his head. I don’t think he could believe it — and neither could anyone else.
“Even I was shocked. I certainly wasn’t aiming for goal — I hadn’t scored all season.”
I'm not even sure if he's scored since. He definitely played last season but information on Holker Old Boys is scant as the world wide web doesn't appear to have got as wide as Barrow yet. Lets hope he's not in their team this weekend else Jay Foulds had better watch it. Sounds a great if freakish goal and you can guess that the wind coming off the Irish Sea had a hand in it.
This weekend the skies are meant to be blue, the ground is at the top of the hill, the clubhouse looks like a clubhouse should look like, there are rolling hills in the background and there is a rumour that the club serves Warsteiner on draft and the Wigan Robin Bastards are on their way - if they can get up the hill!!!
photo taken from the absolutely excellent Cheadle Town website and blog http://www.cheadletownfc.com/
All reports suggest that Holker old Boys are one of the most welcoming football clubs in the non-league world so it all adds up to being a good day out.
As far as Holker's form it's hard to judge as due to a couple of postponements they have only played three games in the league winning two and losing one. This week they crashed out of the FA Vase 5-0 at Colne in a second qualifying round replay but as we have found form and results appear to be all over the place in this division - unless it's the aforementioned Cheadle Town...
The Robins will not only be looking to build on last week's win but also improve their game as last week was a little scrappy. However with the sloping pitch and the fact that Holker OB tend to play fairly directly they may have to battle. Not that playing that way bothers them.
Oh... Daft prediction time 2-0 Robins (The Bear 2 - that's if he's finished feeding the slot machine in Las Vegas or somewhere)
Is that a rugby match being played on Rakesmoor Lane?