Leamington 2 Town 1

Two late headers both from right wing corners propelled the Brakes into the semi finals of the Birmingham Senior Cup after Simeon Tulloch’s first half goal had looked as if it might be enough to send Carl Adams’ side through instead.

A full report is now available under the First Team Match Reports Section.

Tog’s lament

I suppose it had to happen; my travel page “hacked”

Web Site Security ?  Bah ! Ought to be sacked !

Celebrity star status has the price I must pay

Any rogue “snapper” best now stay out my way !

The photo in question was funny, I agree

But not very welcome nor  flattering to me

The perils of a Town travel are so very dire

But, of my duties, I will never ever tire

Hours of sitting on coach trips, long and far

Sampling the fare of many an away snack bar

Consequences, I know, I have always to bear

Bringing Town talk to you from everywhere !

And hackers and snappers be very scared

“Pay-back” for you I shall now have prepared.



Birmingham Senior Cup Tie At Leamington

The Leamington website has announced reduced admission prices for Town’s Birmingham  Senior Cup tie tomorrow (Tuesday) as under :-

Adults  –  £7    Concessions  –  £4    Students (with card)  –  £3   Under 18’s  –  £2   Under 12’s  –  Free

Leamington have also advised that if the scores are level at the end of normal time the tie will be decided by a penalty shoot out

Tog’s Log


In the “white-hot” pressure-pot of deadly rivalry within Town journalism to get the written word first to devotees of reading about Town  and their travels (I jest of course), one thing is overlooked. Sometimes even the greatest authors suffer writer’s block. Lower down the pecking order somewhat you will find “yours truly”. Now this will come as a great surprise to those who know me from the Forum days, and – more recently – in this current run of travel articles. Not normally able to say in 10 words what I contrive to make into 100 !! That’s me !

Hence the rather brief headline. This may have been brought about the team’s performance, my poor showing in the “Predictor” or my general aging !  I had offers of help from co-passengers but none came up to scratch !  “Toggies toil and trauma in telling tales of Town’s tortuous  travel  tribulation” perhaps ? Too contrived, even by my standards. “Fraught  frashing in Frome” ?  No ? Much to “cheesey” ( and it wasn’t an actual thrashing anyway)

(Some, however, may say I am making a ”good fist” of writing so far)

The day out set off with a rather full coach  for a pleasant change, due to an influx of youth courtesy of the “Stratford Ultras” –  a group of DCS choirboys (students) who wished to taste the joys of supporting the lads on the road. Thus, with their chatter and the “Sim music”, there was plenty of atmosphere to enhance the discussions held at the front of the coach by the more “mature” of Town  followers.

The weather :- sunny, overcast, sudden hail storms, rainbow , back to sunny in Somerset.

The route :- Usual one to M5, M4, A46 “et al” for the last 25 miles

The “Predictor” :- a good uptake, with £26 up for grabs

The relief break :-  Michaelwood Services …. “10 minutes only lads, or fines come in to play !”

The “”Rod Quiz” :- 10 sport, 10 “g/k”, of various toughness and simplicity – 2 winners on 10. No controversies for a change.

(I’m still managing to carry on but still struggling, I think)

Arriving at “The Special Effects Stadium”, non-privileged passengers were invited to leave the car park and walk down the road a bit to gain entry via the turnstiles. Why are turnstiles so narrow wherever you go ?? Most of the ground has cover in one shape or other. The entry side has the main seating, then a tiny snack bar and supporters club. Then behind the first goal is the average size bar and spacious function room(more hot food here) with out side standing area (for those who wish to drink and watch).The far side has a tall slightly-sloped standing area and finally terraced seating behind the second goal. I was not able to complete my pitch-side walk back to the nearside, as the players and officials block was cordoned-off in the corner. Just as at the DCS, there is no standing terracing, which always affords a better viewing position.

The pitch had a slight slope but the actual playing surface was not great and appeared to drain the strength of many players.

A further word here for the “Stratford Ultras” who chanted and banged for much of the match, got under the skin of the local ”Robins” supporters but hopefully kept the “boys in blue” motivated and encouraged – even  though, on the day, it was “not to be” (Your bit of Shakespeare for the day !)

Pre-match (yes, and post-match)  is invariably the meeting of most of  the coach and car travellers in the bar. Frome, or  is it Froom [?], was no different; unless you count the strangely quintessential sight of Bob and Dave playing cribbage !  I occasionally name drop so here I mention Steve T who has his tobacco fix and drink intake down to a fine art! I make no apology for again mentioning “our Paul” and his always giving us a safe and smooth journey. He is an integral part of the ”Barmy Blue Army on the road” – in the bar and on the touchline. Did you know that this Wolverhampton-based, “Saddlers” supporter and adopted Town fanatic  actually journeyed to DCS last Tuesday to watch Town v St. Ives, on his day-off ?  I am pleased to report that the under-age “Ultras” behaved correctly by taking themselves off into the town centre.

(“What writing block ?” you ask)

The game was – to me – the biggest disappointment of the day as Town  hardly got going  first half, with no sparkle. They had a better showing second  half but only for a while when we scored. A brief hope of salvaging a point but well beaten in the end.  No doubt about MOTM, as Niall saved us from a proper “Redditch-style thrashing”. No mention of the officials for a change as there were no controversial incidents.

The post-game chat was not too lively obviously. Players were delayed getting to their warm food due to there being only one shower, I believe. So it was that we were not heading home until 18.10 hours. The “Predictor” result was expected to show low scores (it was Cup day again which threw up shocks last time out) but the outcome had “Sniffer” the winner on 7/11 and rather ignominious performances by “Mr P” himself with 1/11 (“Must do better” as school teachers say) and “Mr T” myself on 2/11 !  I must cease tipping Birmingham to win.

An uneventful return leg saw us disembark at 20.30 hours. As I “logged” the Leamington match only 5 weeks ago, I do not propose to write for you after next Tuesday’s BSC foray. The rest may do me good although I am now beginning to believe the “block” was just in the headline writing !

Up the Town !

Frome Town 3 Town 1

On a difficult pitch Town were behind after only three minutes and were trailing 2-0 at half time.

Mike Taylor’s header on 64 minutes gave them hope but Frome wrapped up the points with a third goal six minutes from time.

A full report is now available under the First Team Match Reports Section.

Town Youth 2 Alvechurch 4

Playing their first game since December 5th Town Youth went down to a more experienced and  streetwise Alvechurch side at the DCS on Thursday evening.

Town’s prolific striker Dylan Parker fired them ahead in the 12th minute, but two goals in two minutes halfway through the first half put  Alvechurch in front before George Dawson’s equaliser made it all square at the interval.

But Alvechurch made their strength count in the second half.  They regained the lead on the hour mark  and wrapped it up with a fourth goal 15 minutes from the end.

Quiz night

We’re pleased to announce the first of many fundraising social events for 2017.

stratford-town-independent-supporters-association-quiz-night-1The quiz night on Friday 3rd March will be closely followed by an evening live music on Saturday 11th March as we look to take our fundraising efforts to the next level. More news on the music night will appear here soon.

STISA announce monthly lottery

Stratford Town Independent Supporters Association are delighted to announce the launch of a monthly lottery.

The money raised will enable us to consider purchasing or replacing equipment which otherwise STFC may not be able to finance.

The STISA committee invite all members, supporters and friends of STFC to join a scheme commencing on the 1st March 2017, which offers a very attractive monthly cash draw prize for a minimum of just £5 per month for one entry.

Joining is very simple and only requires you to set up a monthly Standing Order from your bank account to the STISA Bank Account.

Prize draws will be made on a monthly basis (e.g. 25th of each month). The monthly prize money will be £100.00 each draw, providing enough people participate, but also the more people that join the more prize money will be offered.

Please join, and encourage others (family, work colleagues, friends etc.) to be part of helping to raise funds by STISA for the reasons as above in paragraph 2 as well as giving you a chance to win a cash prize.

An application form, and T&C’s are available through these links



Please complete and return to to any Committee Member or post to post to R Maisey, 3 Ludford Close, Stratford upon Avon CV37 9LA or C Simpson, 15 Ludford Close, Stratford upon Avon CV37 9LA.”.