Gary Strachan – "Write" Said Fred

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Best Get Warmed Up, Mick!!

I learned many useful life lessons as a child growing up in Low Fell, Gateshead. Amongst them was when it came to playing table football games my brother Ian was a flaming cheat. Our kid will have his own version of these events, but will never convince me he flicked the small plastic player to ‘kick’ the giant football, which was clearly stipulated within the rules of the game. Instead […]

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“Get Bates On, Revie!”

The table top football game Subbuteo taught me many useful life lessons as a child; one of which was my brother Ian was a chuffing cheat at table football games. He’ll have his own version of these events, but will never convince me he flicked the small plastic player to ‘kick’ the giant football, which was clearly stipulated within the rules of the game. Instead he chose the easier and […]

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A Good Walk Unspoiled

Thoughts of fond sporting memories past were ignited yesterday on hearing of the passing of legendary US golfer Arnold Palmer. Although sad news, a collage of fond childhood memories of 1970’s sport were rekindled by word of the man nicknamed The King’s death. As I mulled over this sad news to the background of nostalgic recollections, it dawned on me that not only did I know very little about the winner of 7 majors and […]

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I’m Sure It’s My Turn To Commentate Gary!

In today’s blog, I want to share the story of a recently found cassette recording of my sister Helen at the age of three. In it she performs an iconic song from the musical Evita. Her vocal performance was of such quality that, upon hearing it, Grimsby impresario Greg Jameson remarked “Well, It’s a better than the shitbag Mary Grebovski!’s version!” No one knew who Mary Grebovski was, but Helen […]

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