Tuesday 15 January 2019

Training as per the schedule this evening with the U9sDVS at Waterside (6-7pm on the MUGA) and the U9 Colts at the North (6-7pm indoors)

The club was represented by Brian and Michelle Edwards, Vice President Mark Day and Honorary Patron Dave Homewood yesterday at the final resting of Bob Watson. RIP mate.

Some light relief from our dear friend Steve Mailey …

We was brung up proper!

To those born before 1975

First, we survived being born by mothers who smoked and drank while they carried us and lived in houses made largely with asbestos. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, and never got tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

After that trauma, our baby cots were painted in bright lead-based paint. We had no child proof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets. When we rode our bikes we rarely wore shoes and never wore a helmet. As for the risks we took hitchhiking… don’t ask!

As kids we would ride in cars without seat belts or air bags. We drank water from a garden hose and not from a bottle. Take away food was restricted to fish and chips – no Pizza, Nandos, KFC, Indian, Subway or Burger bars etc. 

Every shop would be closed by 6pm and didn’t open on a Sunday, yet amazingly, no one starved to death. We shared one drink with four friends from the same bottle, yet no one died from this either.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner shop to buy gobstoppers, toffees, bubble gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with. We ate fairy cakes, white bread, real butter and soft drinks full of sugar. Wagon Wheels were huge! But we weren’t overweight, because we were always outside playing. We would leave home in the morning, on a plan made the day before, and be out all day, just as long as we were home when the street lights came on! It was pretty impossible to be contacted all day, yet we were okay. We would spend hours building crap go-carts out of old prams and ride them down hills, knowing they wouldn’t last. We built tree houses and dens and played in rivers. We fell out of trees, off swing ropes, got cut, broke bones and teeth, yet there were no law suits or claims from such accidents.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii, X-Boxes, no video games, and certainly not 999 Sky channels! No videos, DVDs, no mobile phones, no personal computer, no internet or internet chat rooms – we had friends and we went outside and found them.

Only girls had pierced ears. You could only buy Easter eggs and hot cross buns at Easter. We were given air guns and catapults for our 10thbirthday. Mum didn’t have to work to make ends meet because it wasn’t so important to keep up with the Joneses. Not everyone made the football, cricket, netball, rugby teams. Those who didn’t simply learnt about disappointment. Our teachers would hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw blackboard rubbers at us. We can string sentences together and have proper conversations because of a standard 3Rs education.

Our parents would tell us to ask a stranger for help to cross a road! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we crossed the policeman was unheard of. And we were never given stupid names like Peaches, Vanilla, Kiora, Tiger and Ridge!

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility and we learned to deal with it all.

And you are one of them. Congratulations.


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