I’m a bit surprised I’m able to type this morning as I travel down to talkSPORT towers on the train – I should be more hungover than this considering I don’t drink often and yet I had about 6 or 7 pints last night…and a sambuca (thankfully not flaming).
So Ollie and Blackpool DID make it after all!! Deservedly so? Possibly, but Cardiff contributed so much to that gripping play-off final - it’d be scandalous for Dave Jones to be overlooked by the club’s new board and not be allowed to continue as manager.
Recorded at Coach House Studios, Lichfield 1989 produced by Rob Hall. John McGrath (Vocals), Graham Ettrick (Guitars/Vox), Dave Meehan (Guitars), Paul Glover (Bass/Vox), Ian Danter (Drums/Vox)
Recorded at Arkham Studios, Birmingham in 2007 – produced by Alex Cooper. Ash Brookes (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Gary Piears-Banton (Bass/Vox), Trevor Lynn (Lead Guitars) Ian Danter (Drums/Vox)
Recorded 1994 at The Farm Studios, Monmouth produced by Ron Rogers. Mikey Evans (Vocals), Nailz (Guitars/Vox), Jon Everitt (Bass), Ian Danter (Drums/Vox)
Recorded live in concert at JB’s Dudley in 1997 – engineered by Phil Docker. John McGrath (Vocals), Dave Meehan (Guitars), Ian Morton (Bass/Vox), Kev Billington (Keyboards/Vox), Ian Danter (Drums/Vox)
Recorded at Arkham Studios, Birmingham in 2007 – produced by Alex Cooper. Ash Brookes (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Gary Piears-Banton (LeadVocals/Bass), Trevor Lynn (Lead Vocals/Lead Guitars) and Ian Danter (Lead Vocals/Drums)
The Play-Offs. Scourge of fans who suffer in them, or the best way to gain promotion depending on your point of view. I’ve suffered 2 penalty shoot-out heartaches as a Bluenose in play-off semi-finals, but also seen young Darren Carter score from 12 yards at Cardiff’s Millenium to send Blues into the Premiership at Norwich’s expense in 2002. They’re batty, unpredictable and a right old tinder-box of emotions. So going to report on play-off games as a neutral is just fabulous.
On the train down to London on my way to Upton Park for West Ham/Man City on talkSPORT later. But KISS have dominated this week rather than football for a change. After all, the boys are over here on their first FULL UK tour since 1996. I saw their last indoor show in this country, which was in March 1999 at Wembley Arena, and it was a poor show with poor performances from at least 2 original band members (who didn’t last much longer in the make-up reunited version of the band) and I pronounced to my mates as we left the Arena that we’d never see KISS tour here again.
One of the great advantages in working as a freelance sports journalist is that it affords you the opportunity to work for a number of different organisations and develop new contacts and associates that can prove vital in years to come.