Well perhaps not my birthday but it was the present from my youngest lad Alex the lefthooker. So I drove to Manchester from Bristol where I have been hiding recently and spent a bit of time waiting for him to travel over by train from Sheffield. As your kids grow up it seems strange when they go to another city or town for University and it certainly is a strain on relationships but he seems to be doing well. Anyway rather than drive in and struggle for somewhere to park I stayed out by Dane Road tram stop and used public transport to get in;
The stadium looms large and is an imposing structure;
I'm always impressed by Old Trafford, its seems to grow every time we visit and this time we were in the South Stand backing onto the railway station;
The club has a long and colourful history, it also has some dark moments in its past;
The aforementioned station which surprisingly was open to trains on match days;
Alex pulling faces;
The teams file onto the pitch;
An early corner;
A quick spin around then off with the camera;
The result? Well 3 to 1 for United, Hull City played very well and were a difficult and detrmined opponent;
Pilot Officer James Armitage Rinder, 05/01/1945 aged 24, 415 Sqn RCAF
Rest In Peace.
The soldiers of the Light Infantry, my regiment, murdered during Operation Banner. Rudman John Pte 21 LI 2nd Bn 15/09/71 Dungannon-Coalisland Road Armagh Gunshot brother KIA 30/9/72 Jones Richard Pte 21 LI 18/08/72 Roden Street Belfast Gunshot Whitelock Arthur Sgt 24 LI 24/08/72 Shantallow, Londonderry Londonderry Gunshot Rowe Ronald Pte 21 LI 28/08/72 Ardoyne Belfast Gunshot Stoker Tommy Pte 18 LI 19/09/72 Belfast Gunshot Died after being ac cidentally shot on 29th july 1972. Rudman Thomas Pte 20 LI 1st Bn 30/09/72 Ardoyne Belfast Gunshot brother KIA 15/9/71 Kennington Alan L/Cpl 20 LI 28/02/73 Ardoyne Belfast Gunshot Taylor Thomas Cpl 26 LI 13/05/73 Donegall Road Belfast Bomb Gaskell John Pte 22 LI 14/05/73 Donegall Road Belfast Bomb DoW Roberts Reginald Pte 25 LI 01/07/73 Ballymurphy Belfast Gunshot killed on his birthday Miller Richard L/Cpl 21 LI 18/09/73 Nr Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast Gunshot Hall Stephen Pte 27 LI 28/10/73 Crossmaglenn Armagh Gunshot Turnball Richard Pte 18 LI 29/06/77 West Belfast Belfast Gunshot Harrison Lewis Pte 20 LI 09/08/77 New Barnsley RUC Stn Gunshot Harrison Michael Pte 19 LI 29/08/77 West Belfast Belfast Gunshot Salthouse David Cpl 23 LI 06/12/82 Droppin-Well Pub, Ballykelly Londonderry Bomb one of 11 killed Curtis Geoffrey Pte 20 LI 1st Bn 10/07/83 Ballymurphy Belfast Bomb Bishop Blair Pte 19 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Bullock Peter Pte 21 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Burfitt Jason Pte 19 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Greener Richard Pte 21 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Lewis Alexander Pte 18 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Norsworthy Mark T Pte 18 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Wilkinson Stephen Pte 18 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Winter Jason Pte 19 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Turner P Pte 18 LI 28/08/92 Crossmaglenn Armagh Gunshot RIP, Gone but not forgotten! Not forgotten either is Nick Blythe and Jason Willby. Both died in NI, tragically Nick was killed in a vehicle accident whilst on ops and Jason Sadly took his own life.
Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.