Month: July 2015

Bamboo Goalposts by Rowan Simons

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I read this one a couples of years ago, and although it is a pretty lengthy read at 400 pages, it was well worth the effort. The book is written by Rowan Simons, who has lived in China for over 20 years, and has indulged his passion for football, from setting up lunch-time 5 a side games with work colleagues through to setting up his own football club.

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(29-7-15) Macclesfield 0-4 Sheffield United (Friendly)

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Game number 4 of the 15/16 season

The fourth installment of this run of home pre-season friendlies brought undoubtedly the biggest test thus far. Sheffield United are a well established League 1 side, who have strengthened in key areas over the summer. A strike partnership of Billy Sharp and Connor Sammon is not ideal when your best defender is still out injured and a lack of fit strikers prevents any sort of sustained possession.

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Corner flags and corner shops (the Asian football experience) – by Bains & Johal

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Another good read (seem to be picking them well at the moment) which looks at the experience of Asians in the British game. The book charts the experiences of the co-authors in British football and many of the chapters also contain tales from other contributors, from Jimmy the promising player turned coach, to Abdul the Aston Villa club shop apprentice turned commercial manager.

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(18-7-15) Macclesfield 0 – 0 Rochdale (Friendly)

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1st game of the 2015/16 season

A belated first game of the new football season for me. A  trip to Montenego promised both a holiday, and the slim chance of a champions league qualifier; however the luck of the draw was to ensure that my wait to see a game in a foreign country goes on.

This was the third game of the pre-season for the Silkmen, and the first at the Moss in a run of 5 consecutive home fixtures. Whilst games against higher calibre opposition have seen very few Macc wins in recent years, I think that they provide a test which is more suitable preparation for the rigors of a conference season.

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