Being Frank

PUBLISHED: 09:15 11 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 24 May 2010

LOTS of goings on recently. The incident at Newport in their big Welsh derby cup-tie was very sad. The fourth official was hit by a coin and needed hospital treatment. It was sad because it has taken the shine off what has been a massive turnaround at the

LOTS of goings on recently. The incident at Newport in their big Welsh derby cup-tie was very sad.The fourth official was hit by a coin and needed hospital treatment. It was sad because it has taken the shine off what has been a massive turnaround at the club. Peter Beadle has done a fantastic job there and I know that he will be very disappointed with himself for getting sent off. The train of thought is his sending off was the catalyst for the coin thrower to do his ugly deed and Beadle has been charged by the FAW. It's one of those situations that is almost a throwback to the bad old days pre-Hillsbrough and something that football can do without. If the coin thrower is caught he should be banned for life.And poor old Mike Newell is in the wars again. The Luton manager, who has been in the media a lot recently, has caused a bit of a stir with his suggestion that women should not officiate in men's football. The difference is of course Mike Newell's views, because of the office he holds, are going to receive widespread media attention and incur the wrath of the politically correct brigade. It is perfectly all right for Mike Newell to think what he does. It is not OK for him to go public with the comments. It is one of those situations where no matter how aggrieved he felt, he should have kept his counsel. A great example of this I heard concerned former Manchester United favourite Dennis Law. Dennis was annoyed that a refereeing decision had not gone his way and at half time he was walking off with the ref and having a pop. "Trouble is," said Dennis, "if I tell you what I think you'd book me. If I said you were an idiot, you'd book me wouldn't you?""Yes," replied the ref."Yeah, well, I can think what I like and not say anything can't I?" said Law."I suppose so," answered the ref."In which case," said Dennis, "I think you're an idiot!" The ref booked him. Weston have a tough away match at Lewes this Saturday, then its two games at the Woodspring this week. Wednesday (13th) at home to high flyers Bishop's Stortford (kick off: 7.45pm) and then on Saturday (16th) we play Evesham United in the FA Trophy, kick off: 3pm.We are hope for a good festive crowd for both of these games to keep up the momentum. The crowd really spurred us on for the Farnborough game at our 'Family Day' last Saturday and the lads really appreciated the cheering; so please keep it going! I look forward to seeing you all there again!

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