Another one making the long trek up from the Ivybridge Argyle stronghold today is Dave Smith, who had several years playing for Notts County before moving to us in 1979/80 I think it was (around the time Merse was there anyway). For those who weren't around then you should recognise him as he's the one a couple of inches shorter than Dave!
I can say in all sincerity that Dave Smith was the most memorable person I have ever been associated with in a working capacity.
In this day and age he would have been the subject of forum gossip claiming he had fallen out with the manager, the manager wouldn't pick him again and he wanted away. Whilst Smithy was incredibly skilled he was never a regular First team starter; but was one of those characters who absolutley dominated the dressing room with his constant barrage of practical joking, piss taking and general mischief. His impersonations of Brian Clough were the best I have ever experienced even though so many have done them and to included him in a club function was putting one's head on the block to put it mildly
A rabid Notts fan as well, today will be a great occasion for him I am sure.
I know he is in the pub trade in Ivybridge these days and all I would say to anybody thinking of drinking in his pub is do so of course but if he invites you to stay the night for God's sake don't take a bath in the morning..............................you have been warned!
Sod the Grimsby game, the incoming news from Burton Albion is that they have agreed to sign Darren Moore for next season; which (a) ends speculation of his coming back to Plainmoor and (b) increases the chances of Guy Branston being made available to join us..........................are most people happy with that?
With little clubs like Aldershot, Morecambe and Dagenham & Redbridge making the play offs this season it must give us hope for next term.
However, Bijou's just reminded me that the last two occasions The Gullls have gone up we have had an addition to the family. ~ Olivia (Southend) merse and Calvin (Wembley) merse are testimonial to that.....................Lord 'Elpuss will be the name if it happens again next year! ;D
Congratulations to Exeter City from me...............
For a little club so rapidly promoted up from The Conference to survive against the might of Leeds, Charlton, Norwich and Southampton; and almost every club with bigger budgets and that vital ingredient ~ experience of League 1 football; it's a fantastic reflection of an excellently run club and a superbly managed squad.
Something for us to seek to emulate, and as I said in a previous post; something to draw inspiration from the fact that small relatively "new to the League" clubs have filled three of the four play off places this season ahead of big budget set ups like Bradford, Northampton, Port Vale and Shrewsbury...........................it's not all about money as Paul Buckle and Paul Tisdale have proved!
Well we may not agree on anything but I have got to say congratulations to Exeter City on staying up in a hard league with alot of quality teams in it. Really Mr Tisdale is an excelllent young manager. Don't necessarily agree that there is a comaprison between the two leagues as league 2 is really devoid of any quality. League 1 is a massive step up. I think I caught that Elliott Benyon was player of the year. Congratulations to him and really well deserved.
Well another thoroughly enjoyable afternoon at Fortress Plainmoor. Good game, good atmosphere, and good crowd of 5124. I knew the crowd was going to be a good one when the normally deserted street I abandon my car in was jam packed forcing a longer than usual walk to the ground.
I had already had to push to the limits some of the laws appertaining to vehicular motion to get there in time for the presentations, but I just made it.
Guy Branston looked as fearsome in a suit as he does in his kit as he picked up the runners up shield for Player of the Year, and young Elliott Benyon looked positively delighted as he stepped forward to collect the Player of the Year Trophy.
A large bottle of champagne then wandered on to the pitch with Dave cunningly hidden behind it! Paul Buckle looked pleased to see them, photographs were posed for, and there were now only thirty minutes to kick off.
Just as well really as the drawback of a large crowd was that the waiting time in the Gulls Nest was 17.43 minutes, nearly as long as we would have to hold on to break our record for clean sheets!
Time to meet for the first time and have a quick chat with the infamous Aussie. What a cracking bloke! Then we were ready to go.
The County supporters were very noisy and in celebratory mood, but did quieten down a bit when it gradually dawned on them that they were actually playing a very good team. Schmeichel the Younger looked assured in the County goal and needed to be, whilst 33 goal Lee Hughes looked impotent and not happy at all. Indeed he looked absolutely delighted to be substituted whereas Mark Ellis looked quite disappointed he was going.
A big cheer marked the passing of the 'clean sheet' minutes required for the record, with County up until then having only created one chance a header which bounced harmlessly on top of the net.
We looked the more assured and comfortable on the ball and the inevitable 'Top of the league you're having a laugh' echoed around the home stands.
At half time the Ivybridge duo of ex-County and Gulls player Dave Smith and BBC media man David Fitzgerald failed to pick out my 50/50 ticket despite prior arrangement, and Fitz looked remarkably ill at ease being outside of the Nandon Indian Restaurant where I thought he lived.
Kevin Hill showed us that goalkeeper was not his natural position during the half-time penalty shoot out and then we were ready for the second half. Again the Gulls the more assured and only prevented from a deserved win by a cracking Schmeichel save as Benyon went through one on one and then a lucky Schmeichel save as a cracking drive from Nicholson bounced off him. We certainly edged it against a normally free scoring County outfit and Ellis deservedly picked up man of the match.
A party atmosphere at the end as the County fans celebrated a deserved promotion and the Gulls fans applauded the end of a remarkable sequence of games. It's one of those times when you don't really want the season to end.
Congratulations to Exeter City on avoiding relegation today.
On the evidence of what I have seen in the last eight games we have got every chance of joining them and Argyle for a Devon Fiesta in 2011/2012
A respectable performance and scoreline today and nice to see us continue our clean sheet record. A healthy 5,124 crowd today, 1,700 or so from Notts County in a carnival-like atmosphere at Plainmoor. It's a shame though we cannot seem to fill Plainmoor these days. For those not present today Notts supporters had a section of our Pop side today segregated from home supporters by some black cover draped over the terrace and a few stewards standing in the no-mans zone. Sponsors MOTM going to the commanding Mark Ellis.
I broke a few matchday habbits today. I took my seat a lot earlier than usual just after 2pm to await the end of season presentations and brought a match programme. I was eager to witness the appearance of our main man at the presentations - Dave Roach ! I was not disappointed as Dave presented Buckle with a big bottle of Bubbly at the centre circle with all players present on the pitch (apart from Carayol who apparently has "disappeared") and with many photographers snapping the moment. I noticed that Dave was having quite a long chat with Bucks, maybe offering some pre-match advice ? The players player of the season went to Mansell and the fans player of the season went to 1. Benyon 2. Branston 3. Ellis - so well done to Elliott for showing so much effort and improvement during the season and has proved a few of his critics wrong along the way.
So in a carnival-like atmosphere with both sets of supporters offering good vocal support, Torquay's players took the field first and gave a guard of honour to the Notts players to decent applause from the entire ground - a nice touch to this season's champions. Torquay had the better of the first half and were pressing Notts for the majority of the half. Clear chances were at a premium with both defences on top. The most interesting moment was when Schmeichel lost the ball out his area to Benyon on the right of the penalty box. Sadly Benyon's cross to an unguarded net was not accurate enough. Collis saved smartly just before half-time parrying the ball from a close range effort. Torquay played well as a unit and Stevens taking the place of the awol Carayol looked lively on the left wing. Zebroski on the right wing was well marshalled. When the 22 minute mark was passed the home crowd celebrated as the clean sheet record was broken.
The second half I thought Torquay edged it and had the best chances falling to Benyon. On two occasions he had a sight of goal but did not extend Schmeichel enough. They were saved quite comfortably. A well worked free-kick routine ended with Nicholson blasting the ball from 20 odd yards that was again saved. Notts threatened a bit more but the defence and Ellis in particular coped well. Collis had a pretty solid debut but I would prefer to see Bevan or Poke back in goal next season.
The final whistle blew and both sets of supporters flooded the pitch in celebration. So another clean sheet for the Gulls in another solid display of defending in a game where both defences came out on top. I am concerned that we may not see Carayol again, I wonder where he was today ? It was definitely not Plainmoor.
Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on May 8, 2010 19:26:10 GMT
increases the chances of Guy Branston being made available to join us..........................are most people happy with that?
I would be very happy indeed if we could have Guy playing for us next season (if he sustains the excellent performances that have given us backbone and the opportunity to kick-on). Moore has had a great 15 years since he left us - however I think I would rather have GB at the club (even though I know that Darren is a fantastic bloke and highly spoke of by people at the clubs he has played for).
On to the match today - we were very "up for it" today and it was an excellent team performance and Notts could count themselves lucky to get a point today.
There were so many great performances - Ellis was magnificent, he is maturing into a fine centre-half and I can only see that he will move upwards - thankfully we have him under contract for 2 years. Robertson and Charnock were solid - Nicholson offered a lot in our attacks as well, I wonder whether he will be with us past the summer, he's perhaps having his best spell since he joined.
Benyon has been a relevation over the course of the season and today was no different. He really caused them a lot of problems and his intelligent positioning, well times runs and good holding of the ball was typical of the blossing striker that he has become.
I'm not really bothered by records as such - I'd certainly rather have won 2-1 today and not got the record, but the players certainly deserve the plaudits for their efforts and maturity. I'm hopefully that with a couple of additions over the summer we could really make a squad that will produce performances that match the last couple of months. I'm looking forward to next season with genuine hope and excitement.
BTW - Congratulations to Exeter today - a fine win.
I am concerned that we may not see Carayol again, I wonder where he was today ? It was definitely not Plainmoor.
He has been carrying an injury that hasn't quite cleared-up. It would be a shame if he wasn't here next season - especially as we only have only started to see his potential realised. I can't see that he would have that many suitors chasing him and at least we would get a fee if he did go.
apart from Carayol who apparently has "disappeared"
I am concerned that we may not see Carayol again, I wonder where he was today ? It was definitely not Plainmoor.
I think you have to be very careful how you phrase things here Swangull.............................who told you he had "disappeared"? According to the manager he was given time out to reflect on his future which sounds to me like he (or his agent) might have rejected the club's terms for a new contract.
I was told this week of some of the malicious rumour mongering going on around Plainmoor and just who was responsible for it. It happens at lots of clubs and usually emanates from characters who want to portray themselves as more "central" to the operation than they know they really are, and really it is a pretty pathetic way in which to conduct themselves and in a small town club such gossip spreads like wildfire and increases in it's dramatic content as it is passed from mouth to ear.
From a footballing point of view, I would love to see Muzzy re-sign; but putting my worldly head on I realise for a youngster from London to commmit himself to living another two years in God's Waiting Room that is Torquay is expecting rather a lot if he can secure a living in a far "funkier" part of the country to live in.
Jeez, only this week also I chatted to a teenager who last summer turned down a two year offer from Bristol Rovers because he "didn't want to live in the country" so you see what the club is up against.........................that lad never did get another offer from a League club by the way.