A lovely sunny late summer afternoon, nothing more teasing then the walk up to Crabble. Full of expectation and hope. It ended before I even got in the ground. Bag search. They want to search my bag for my own safety. I got wound up saying things like ‘I was coming up here before you were born’, and ‘aren’t you the big man’. I actually said that to a steroid pumped meat head. I got in the ground even thought they were threatening to not let me in. Then when standing behind the goal the Head Honcho decided to start on me and my parents. It was a futile argument nearly ending in my ejection for disagreeing with a person whose IQ is that of a rock. I refused to go and they gave up. That was part one of ruining my afternoon.
I always look forward to home games but they nearly always end in disappointment. Today was no different. We had a couple of chances in the first half, all the while sticking with one up front. Why can’t we be more attack minded at home? It offers up boring football to people who have paid good money, and no disrespect to Hayes, we should be winning these home games if we want to get promoted. I think CK is trying to play like Kettering did in the nineties. Get one goal than shut up shop. It worked well for Kettering and just worked for us on Monday against Whitehawk. But we can’t get promoted playing that. Teams will suss us out very quickly and we will end up being a mid table side.
It we can asses some players we could say they did the job they was told to do. I didn’t even notice Craig Stone until mid way through the second half. Not that he played bad, but he didn’t do anything to capture the imagination. Our play makers tried their best, huffed and puffed and I don’t think Charles got more then three or four touches of the ball. Alas, it was a miserable game, which was part two of ruining my afternoon.
Two of the greatest symphonists in the history of mankind. Arguably. I would stick them on billions of data sticks and blast them into space. Look, other life forms, this is what we can produce, lots of symphonies. But it is a reflection of the times. They move some of us, would they move ET? Somewhere in the bowels of the Earth history is being made and regurgitated in text books to make it look like we have a history. What if we are completely static and everything around us is being invented. This blog feels static, no-one makes a comment, I talk to myself, but at least it’ll be something to look back on. Hey, grandkids, look what shit I wrote about in 2013. That sort of thing.
I’m listening to Bruckner right now, and later I might listen to Beethoven. Hey, I might even listen to Tchaikovsky and feel suicidal. You see they don’t like suicide in case we actually see what they are up to. Huge cogs and pulleys whir away, making things up as they go along. I am listening to Bruckner.
Hot on the heels of a topsy turvy bank holiday fixture Dover Athletic find themselves back at HQ with a big point to prove. First they need three points but that can’t happen until…until what? If we play like we have in the last quartet of games then there is a 75% chance we will win. That is a damning statistic that will gnaw at Kinnear’s conscience. Because it is a good statistic, one that is better then throwing away the big book of Kinnear tactics and starting all over again. I still think he will start with the same XI we saw start at Whitehawk, simply because it is working. How Dover fans derided Martin Hayes for squad rotation, that admittedly didn’t work, only for Kinnear to get ironic sneers for not participating in a My Football club type team selection widget. I would like to see Dover start a little more attack minded and I would start with Ademola but it’s none of my god damn business. Perhaps we should take a look at the opposition.
Hayes have an inverse record to the Whites so far this season and are languishing in the lower half but will no doubt provide tough opposition if we wish for the three points. They are managed by ex Liverpool fullback Phil Babb who was a regular in the nineties. And a return to Crabble for Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz who was our man between the sticks the season before last. I’m sure he’ll get a warm reception, he is definitely a good keeper for this level and maybe the next, but he’ll hopefully have a stinker tomorrow, and he may even run over and give me his gloves. On paper it seems Hayes have a half decent side, but it is yet to be seen if Babb has the managerial criteria to guide this side back to the Conference premier.
As with Whitehawk on Monday, Hayes and Yeading are another poorly supported club. OK, they are groundsharing with Woking and I suppose crowds of 150-200 is not bad for a club who before the switch was only getting 3-400 a game. I wonder what Dover would get if we ground shared with Ashford, or Margate. This is their 3rd season season at Woking and I wonder when they will give us all a new ground to attend. Just looking, it seems a fair way off yet before Hayes move back ‘home’. Good luck to them, but hopefully their dire start to the season will continue tomorrow, while we look back on Dover’s and wonder how we have managed it with the most defensive line ups seen at Crabble for a long time.
Nice sunny day, no car sickness, and a new ground as well. It did look as though Whitehawk had erected their 1000 seats not through expectation more ground grading issues. It felt like being at a really large Tennis match.
All though it must be said the location in the bosom of the South Downs was nice, and how many teams can boast their mascot is a chalk drawing on a hillside? Nice touch that. I don’t want to knock them but what are they hoping will happen? The crowd today was 338 and I expect half of them were Dover fans. What’s the point if you have no fan base? I would expect them to be in the lowest quartile of attendances this season. But they are not my club and I don’t know why the football people of Brighton are indifferent to Whitehawk, maybe because they can already watch a nearby club that could get into the premier league next season.
Anyway, the game. No surprises really as Kinnear opted for nearly the same tactics, again, but leaving Wynter on the bench this time. Dover showed glimpses of promise throughout the first half and were rewarded when Murphy converted a penalty. But then they just seemed to sit back to soak up increasing amounts of Whitehawk pressure. The huge diagonal slope the pitch possessed didn’t help either and it was hot enough sitting in the open stand let alone run around. But, Dover players are paid athletes, they know they will have to play some games in furnace like conditions so they should be well prepared. But they went flat, totally inert. Not through the heat I don’t think, but through the tactics employed. As an attacking force we were non existent not muster one single attack let alone testing the keeper. Whitehawk showed how they can score six goals in a game by launching blow after blow as we sat back on the ropes relying on the impressive Mitch Walker to save us. As has been said we should have got Ademola and Bakare on to run at the tired Whitehawk defence, and it is bewildering either have hardly featured yet this season. Bringing Elder on seemed to be a token gesture. He is a big, strong lad but lacks pace, and caused little bother. I think the Charles up front alone hasn’t really been the shining light we may have hoped for. He needs someone to work off. Murphy plays a little too deep to be classed as an out and out striker.
But, in saying all that, at least we won and we may look back on this result and see it as a title clincher. I’m sure we will get better, and sitting fourth with the likes of Eastleigh, Ebbsfleet, and Sutton below us is a good thing.
I am trying to cut Icke out of my thinking so this will be one of few posts about the man. Honestly, I look at his headlines page about two or three times a week, if that sometimes. Well, I have just had a butchers and it is the same as it always was. He pontificates as if he knows all the answers, such and such leaders are just puppets of a shadow government, and yes I have read his books even if it is like reading through treacle. He sort of gets the anwsers out but just falls short of really explaining anything tangible. Everyone becomes lizards and we enter fantasy land Icke creates in his sleep. Yes, the World is full of assholes, but he seems to have a vast array of freedom across the World. He can say want he wants in free, liberal countries without fear of arrest, the reason being is he poses no threat. Maybe the government see him as a useful idiot, that is if he even registers on their monitor.
But what got me was Icke is still on the scrounge. Not content with 300 k for his poxy radio station, he wants cheap studio equipment too. I don’t know how much that stuff costs but I bet with a budget of 300 k he could get a decent set of gear. This is how cults start. It won’t be a people’s voice, it will be the UK’s equivalent of Alex Jones’ radio show. Dissenting voices won’t be allowed, I assume. You have to tow the party line, etc. Someone might ring in to a show and say Icke talks nonsense before being cut off. Supposedly revenge at the times a woo woo has had the line cut on a proper radio station like Radio five.
Just had a look at prices for studio equipment. Top of the range mixer 21 k. That’s nothing with the money they have. No, Icke wants someone to hand over something by saying they are saving humanity or something. People will want some action soon or it’s all going to go plop. Plus, I wonder if you have pay tax on that money.
I am currently memorized by the Liszt arrangement of Beethoven’s Symphonies for piano. The recording I have is by Cyprien Katsaris and it opens up the belly of probably the greatest set of music ever written. I am, although, tied with Bruckner’s nine Symphonies as well as they are equally on par with Beethoven.
But that’s another post. Just listening to the seventh and it’s like watching a car engine work. These arrangements open Beethoven up so you can hear all the intricacies, with rumbling bass notes, and beautiful ties, you can see Liszt has put an orchestra through a piano.
When I looked at the actual scores for these arrangements they seem to require a superhuman to play them, which Katsaris does suberbly. He brings out all the drama and ghostly melodies that may be missed through the orchestra. You can hear all of Beethoven’s inventiveness and amazing modulations. This is the closest thing to perfection on the piano you can get.
Coming thick and fast on the heels of a gloomy defeat Dover pack up their troubles and head to the realms of sunny Brighton where they take on another gang of new boys in Whitehawk FC. They have had the fun, like the Whites, to float straight from Ryman South to Skrill South as if the Ryman Premier was never there. I don’t know who witnessed it, though, apart from the players, because they are not the best supported of teams, which is a shame as it seems they have a lot to give the floating punter. Championships, ex-pros, Jerahl Hughes, and a bureaucratically sounding ground name, ‘The Enclosed Ground’. They haven’t found life in the Skrill South that comfortable yet, as they suffered two early defeats. But then go and thrash Dorchester, away, 6-2. Boring 0-0 I suppose it’ll be then.
They do seem to have picked up a few ex Gillingham stalwarts along with ex-white Jerahl Hughes. How we miss his tormenting of opposition defences. Perhaps he’ll overlay tomorrow and miss his bus. Also, I have just noted they have a player called Danny Mills who mucked in with five goals yesterday. I think this is a tough one for Messrs Kinnear and Leberl. I reckon they will stick with the same defensive line up that has served well for 66.66% of the season so far. Why not just go 4 4 2. Have someone to work off Charles and win the channels, maybe Ademola or Bakare. We need someone to run at defences and have support so that when/if they carve an opening someone is there to have a pop. Murphy. The man Murphy, give him the freedom to run. Scare the life out of them. Defenders will mop up long balls all day. Something to shake things up.
So Dover lose to a team that is named after a stretch of beach, is that a first? Anyway, Concord Beach did it’s shingle proud after performing the classic smash and crab on a lacklustre and below par Dover. That is not to say we did have chances because there were very few, I can only recall one good effort by Tom Murphy. He was the best player in a white shirt but seemed to disappear as the frustrations of the second half wore on. Even after going a goal behind, and with over twenty minutes left, Dover just carried on in the same vein. At every opportunity they lobbed it forward with scant regard for who the recipient may be. Orders are blast it up, so blasted it will get.
Poor old Elliot Charles. He started lively but even his keen enthusiasm wore thin before he was yanked from the scene of play; a miserable, wet, afternoon, in suburban Dover. He didn’t, to be fair, do a lot, apart from having the ball clip his hair and landing to no-one. But it’s not his fault. He was constantly marked and had little support. Surely he is ideal to get the second ball down to another forward. I can appreciate playing one up front away from home, or even those tough games like on Tuesday, but against Concord. Surely we should have gone for it and put them under lots of early pressure in the hope of nicking one or town. Then may be sit back a bit. Or mix it up a bit. Concord came with a plan, and it worked perfectly.
One last thing. I can’t believe how poor the crowd was yesterday. 1500 there on Tuesday, all happy minus 250 from Gravesend, and about 700 decided not to come back. Why? OK, it was raining. Poor excuse it was still warm and Crabble has areas to stand where you needn’t get wet, plus most people have coats and hats. The standard of the opposition. Poor excuse again. Did people only turn out to see ex-pros like Stacy Long on Tuesday or Paul Lorraine? No, so why does it matter who we are playing? I expected it to be around 900-1000 but sub 700 must make the money men wonder why they bother. Say we got into the football league did OK for a bit then started to struggle. How ludicrous it would be if we started getting crowds like 734 against Bury on a Tuesday night. Anyway that’s by the by. Football fans can be fickle I suppose.
After such a great result on Tuesday evening Dover will be looking to continue their perfect start to the season when new boys Concord Ranger visit Crabble. I have to say I know very little about Concord apart from them being based on Canvey Island and have risen from the Essex Senior league to Skrill South rather quickly, well in about six seasons. I have looked at their wiki page and there is not really much information about them, about the club or current players. The only player with a wikipedia page is an ex West Ham player I had not heard off called Tony Stokes. He seems fairly prolific scoring 78 in 124 games for Concord.
They gained a credible draw against Chelmsford the other night so they should not be taken lightly. I shouldn’t imagine Kinnear will let his players believe they are easier opponents the Ebbsfleet. They won’t be. I imagine they will be hard to break down and play one up front. I don’t think they will park the bus so to speak and may fancy getting something from the game. I think we will make hard work of it and win 2-1 but that is all part of the fun and why we turn up. Talking of turning up I would be hoping plenty will return after Tuesday match, and it would be nice to get a four figure crowd again. If we carry on in this manner we will be the best supported this season. We know there is a good fan base in Dover, it just needs a bit more success and they’ll come flooding back. But I think we will get 863. The weather may play a part, meant to lash it down tomorrow and I can’t imagine Concord bringing much of a following. Either way though, I expect they will be noisy.
A prospective line up for Dover I would expect Kinnear to keep the same as Tuesday. I thought Mr Charles held the line very line and he ran for every cause. I’d love to see him bang a few in to prove we made mistakes in letting him go before. To be fair to Charles it was the inability of the manager at the time in knowing how to get the best out of raw talent. Kinnear will get the best out of him. Really there is no need to change much apart from Harrington’s position (hope he comes back soon) needing to be filled which seems like it will be by one of the new signings today in Santos. The defence is solid with Orlu very commanding alongside Forbes who seems to has slipped into non-league football quite well. We also has a new signing, the striker Sam Akinde. He looks big, strong, and lively but very raw and I would imagine he is going to be a back up player.
Atheism is the wedge that is being driven into a log of religious thinking. The axe is falling harder with each passing day as we make progress to spread humanism. What is controlling the axe? Nothing, it has no metaphoric value, as I preferred to use the wedge as a collection of people who strive for atheism to get bigger. But I would hate to see humanism become evangelistic, which it won’t, but will be accused of being so. Atheists don’t gather to pray to anything each week, and a great term by Aaron Ra was atheists are like cats, and you cannot herd cats.
I personally think atheists won the argument years ago. As we have become technologically advanced, religion has become more obsolete. Yeah you see thousands strumming their banjo strings when they see some silly old man wave at them from St Peters in the Vatican. Funny because they probably all have iphones using superior advancements to take photos of a glorified yak herder.
The World wouldn’t come to an end if organised religion did, and I don’t think atheist’s aim is to rid the World of religion entirely. More so to coerce people with clear, clarified arguments, explaining science and showing them about how they think of things. There will always be people who are so ardent the World in 10000 years old and will never be drawn away from it. But there are people on the fringes who could be convinced after being show just a few good You Tube videos. It could never work the other way.
Religion is slipping away, and it will pass slowly as pews stay empty and people cancel direct debit that gave the church access to their salary. Atheism is much more interesting. Really, really interesting.