The President's Address
I think there’s a saying, “you don’t know what you’ve got until you lose it”. Well over the last four or five weeks I’ve come round to believing that to definitely be the case. For these enforced ‘lockdowns’ we’re having I’ve devised a strategy for coping. I really don’t like it but I’ve managed (somehow!)
What has been missing though is obvious to me – it’s my weekly ‘football fix’. Saturday’s are without doubt the worst and most difficult to cope with. While I sit watching Jeff Stelling on television I find myself repeatedly asking my wife what people do without live football to watch – and then leave the room before she can come up with an answer that I really don’t want to hear!
Saturday’s friendly might not be ideal but at least it is a sign that things are moving in the right direction and there could be a little bit more light at the end of the tunnel and that we are edging our way back to some kind of normality. Whether things improve sufficiently, even with the emergence of a Covid-19 vaccine, for us to return to competitive Northern Premier League football I don’t know but we can console ourselves that at least there is a glimmer of hope.
During ‘lockdown’ I’ve generally been pretty good, only straying from my house to participate in Andy Mathery’s Ossett United Friday night quiz extravaganza in my family ‘bubble’ of course, but otherwise following Government recommendations almost to the letter. I have also, extremely annoyingly, been without a broadband connection since mid-November with the situation now in the hands of the Telecommunications Ombudsman so I am pretty much out of touch with any recent developments at Ossett United. I can report, however, that John Hirst was recently hospitalised to undergo surgery which, I am pleased to report, was completely successful. I don’t think he is ready to undertake any serious groundwork as yet but it’s comforting to know he’s on the mend and on behalf of all here at Ingfield I wish him a speedy recovery.
Another event worthy of mention is the fantastic achievement of Marine Football Club in reaching the third round proper of the FA Challenge Cup and having been rewarded with an unforgettable home draw against Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur. Marine are, of course, in the same Northern Premier League division as ourselves and their achievement is proof that it can be done by clubs at our level of the game. Let’s hope we can emulate their success in the not too distant future! I have many friends at Marine and have extended congratulations and best wishes from Ossett United. Their Chairman is an accountant by trade and of nothing else, the financial rewards of such a tie will keep him a happy man for quite some time to come.
Finally, there was a nice occurrence recently when Sheila Chambers won the Ossett United Monthly Draw. Sheila took over the numbers of her late husband David and in the November draw one of them proved to be lucky. Congratulations to Sheila and the windfall just before Christmas which I’m sure won’t be an easy time for her or the other members of the Chambers family. Our thoughts are with them.