TAPIBAW No 71 - Brigg Town
Having featured Grimsby in this section last
time out, we meander only a few miles inland and highlight the Zebras of Brigg
And we meet up at a time when the club are just starting to recover from
their weekend celebrations, after having won the FA Vase on Saturday
thanks to a 2-1 victory over Sudbury Town.
Goals from Steve
Howsham and Steve Carter took the Vase back to Hawthorn Avenue for the
second time, following up their 1996 success over Clitheroe (when their
side included ex-Mag midfielder David McLean, who has featured for
the first team as an emergency sub this season at the age of 50.)
The last time their glory day was at Wembley Stadium, but this weekend the
setting was the Boleyn Ground - rare to see any happy football fans down
that neck of the woods these days...
TAPIBAW No 72 - Dunfermline
half of NUFC.com decided that rather than watch the FA Cup Final, a
wee excursion over the Forth Bridge was called for, and so he
pitched up for the final Pars home game of the season.
The game finished 2-2 and thanks to a generous season ticket holder
outside the ground, free admission was secured.
Now far be it from us to moan, but had we paid £15 for the pleasure
of sitting through this we'd be slightly miffed, given the poorness
of the footie on display.
However, rather than be accused of sneering English bias, have a
read of the report on the the unofficial Pars website:
If ever a game summed up the kind of season the Pars have had this
year then surely this afternoon’s performance against Kilmarnock
did so if match that went from the sublime to the ridiculous.
outstanding passing play, a two goal lead, lose a flukey goal, miss
a barrel load of gilt edge chances to finish the game and then,
finally, the inept defending that lets Killie get an injury time
PS - Our photo is of
Lithuanian defender Andrius Skerla, once signed by a certain Bobby
Robson when he was managing PSV Eindhoven.
TAPIBAW No 73 - CD
- not named after Cocteau Twins tune
- may once have been in the Thompson Twins
friendly opponents*, CD Nacional of Madeira remain in a comfortable
mid-table slot in the Portuguese Superliga, having been promoted in the
previous season thanks to a 3rd place finish in II Liga.
However, making the drop this season were our Fairs Cup opponents Vitoria
Setubal (cue comments from fans of a certain age after socks on their
hands and never having seen snow before...)
*We played a tournament in Madeira before the 1982/83 season, drawing 0-0
with Nacional and beating the other main local side, Nacional, 1-0 thanks
to a Waddle goal.
United's brief visit is perhaps best remembered for an incident in which
goalkeeper Kevin Carr walked through some plate glass doors, apparently
having had too many glasses of the local juice.
While he recuperated from cuts on his arms and hands, Steve Hardwick
earned an unexpected recall to the first team and was between the posts
for the first six games of that season, including of course the memorable
1-0 home win over QPR inspired by debutant Kevin Keegan.
TAPIBAW No 74 - Chester
to January 2001, and future mackem flop Jason McAteer tangles with Doughty
of Chester City, the latter wearing a short-lived TAPIBAW away strip.
The game, a 3rd round FA Cup tie at Ewood Park ended in a 2-0 victory for
the home side. But what wasn't explained was why Chester had opted for
this particular away kit.
A wee bit of detective work later though, and the following came to light
from a history of the club:
"In 1919 the club
entered the Cheshire County League and their new dark green shirts earned
them the nickname the Ivies, although they were still more popularly known
as the Linnets. In 1920 Chester changed to black and white stripes
and a nickname of the Magpies was adopted.
"Black and white remained the colours until the arrival of Charlie
Hewitt, as secretary-manager, in 1930 when Chester switched to the much
loved blue and white stripes.
"For the next 30 years the colours remained the same with the
exception of the 1952/53 season when the club played in white shirts and
TAPIBAW No 75 - Darlington (England)
raged over this one and whether it justified inclusion due to it's
undoubted hint of redness, but in the end we thought we'd give the Quakers
the benefit of the doubt and showcase their new garb for 2003-04.
So it's a TWAPIBAW really (they WILL also play in black and white....)
Those perennial underachievers from Feethams have appeared in various
combinations of black and white over the years, but we can't remember a
home strip with what can only be called stripes.
Whether this is a ploy by Darlo supremo good time George Reynolds to
attract toon fans in to his brand new self-titled ground "The
Reynolds Arena" is unclear, but it's certainly better than the
first attempt at a new shirt design for the new era - red and white
stripes (not surprisingly this was quickly changed after howls of
If you want to have a look at the new ground, it's on Neasham Road to the
South East of the town, and is scheduled to open for business with a
league game against Kidderminster on August 16th.
Leyton Orient are then the visitors on bank holiday Monday August 25th,
another day when Newcastle don't have a game.
There are no pre-season games at the ground and a proposed
ceremonial opening game against a "local side" is also still
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