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 Part 13

TAPIBAW No 61 - Palmerstown Rangers (Ireland)

Welcome to the Athletic Union League Division 2A (Saturday), where alongside Palmerston play such renowned teams as Inchicore Athletic, Green Park* and the two Uniteds of Ballydun and Baldoyle.

* we don't think that there is any link between this team and the London Underground station of the same name...

The lads of Palmerstown were bottom of the league last time we looked, but seem to have been playing their games in a good spirit, unlike some of the teams in the more senior AUL divisions as their press release shows: 

"The League has decided to send out Match Observers to all Premier A and Premier B games due to the level of abuse coming from the touchline. Any club official or club whose supporters are found guilty of abusing a Referee will be dealt with very severely. You have been warned".

Away and stick it up your fecking bollix,
as Roy Keane would say....

TAPIBAW No 62 - Chorley (England)

Those especially observant (or truly mad) may recognise this gentleman, while a few more of you probably can't quite place the name.

It was Kevin Keegan who was first alerted to the potential of striker Eatock, and he paid 25,000 to the Magpies of Chorley for the 20 year old in late 1996, the final transfer he was to broker for United. We also played a friendly at Victory Park as part of the deal.

The former Wigan trainee then became a mainstay of the reformed Newcastle reserve side in season 1997/98, as they gained promotion from Pontin's League Division 3, only to then be handed a place in the new Premier Reserve league. 

However Eatock suffered a serious knee injury which curtailed his appearances, and left United in October 1999 on a free.

He returned to the non-league scene after a brief spell with Brentford and appeared for Kingstonian before returning to his native North West where he played for Leigh, Northwich and Lancaster.

Finally he resigned for Chorley on the eve of the 2000/01 season and has been there ever since, completing a century of appearances for them recently.

He's one of two Eatocks at Chorley, his brother Paul provided occasional goalkeeping cover.

TAPIBAW No 63 - Sports Interactive (England)

The phrase motley crew springs to mind but pictured above is the Sports Interactive XI based in Islington, North London. On the far right of the picture is Morpeth-born Toon fan and regular, Grant Appleyard

We suspect the burger van lurking in the background is actually the team bus, judging by the physique of some squad members. And we know who ate all the pies, eh Mr Woolly Hat??

Grant and his associates are the people responsible for Championship Manager, the popular footie management game. Judging by recent results it seems that our lads simulate a better game than actually play it....

TAPIBAW No 64 - Badgers (England)

A typical Saturday morning, and while many of us are on the road to wherever the Mags are playing or shivering by some touchline watching  the juniors, a fair few are tuning in to Skysports for their  "Soccer AM" show.  

Despite being hosted by Chelsea/Torquay fans and featuring non-celebrity guests like Neil Ruddock, "AM" remains consistently entertaining and amusing. And, in the case of the Brian Kilcline arm-wrestling challenge, frankly bizarre.

To the uninitiated, features like topless weather and Feed the Iron Curtain may sound like the sort of programmes Channel 5 would commission, but those in the know, know different. And people still reckon it's just for bairns.....

So, what has this got to do with TAPIBAW? Well for reasons too obvious to mention, the Soccer AM football team aka "The Badgers" play in the hallowed stripes when they manage to organise themselves.

As well as featuring the dubious talents of presenters and crew, a number of ex-pro's also get drafted in, including former toon boys Peter Jackson and Alan Kennedy.

Most of their fixtures tend to be in the south of the country, but an excursion up to Blyth Spartans in 1999 yielded a 4-1 victory to the Badgers.

The Blyth crew thankfully recovered from this setback to beat the Emmerdale side in a subsequent friendly..... 

TAPIBAW No 65 - Carterton Town (England)

It's to the boys from Kilkenny Lane in deepest Oxfordshire we turn this time out, collectively known as Carterton Town, 

And with buoyant youth and reserve teams providing the bulk of the senior squad, things are looking good for the side, despite the loss of the man dubbed: "the David Beckham of Oxfordshire football as far as long-range free-kicks are concerned" by a star-struck local reporter.

That man is striker Scott Taylor, a member of the RAF Representative side and a Senior Aircraftsman who was formerly based at nearby Brize Norton. 

Taylor is currently serving in Germany (behind a bar as the photo shows) and as well as travelling the world playing footie for the RAF is featuring in their promotional recruitment campaign. There are worse ways of passing the days I suppose....  

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