Archive | September 2013

A win!

Yup, another boring sports football post. I apologise non-sporty people. Or people who don’t care about Carlisle United. I’ll make it more about the whole day, since I’ve done a fair bit.

For those who stay to read on, hello. I didn’t get up until about 11 this morning, so didn’t really have time to do much else before getting ready for the match.

I had some brekky and sat around watching Top Gear and the likes until about 2, when I wandered down to Brunton Park for my third game of the season.

We got there about half an hour before kick off, it’s surprising how quickly a ground fills up in the minutes before the match starts.

WP_20130914_001Here are the lads warming up. First game since Abbott got the boot, we had Graham Kavanagh managing us while we look for a replacement. Might not need to look any further than Kav.

In honesty the game was poor, worst I’ve been to all season in terms of quality. We had what looked like a decent penalty appeal turned down, as the keeper came out and clattered Miller I believe, only to win a goal kick. Surely it was either a corner or a pen?

Anyway, that was pretty much the only clear chance of the first half. We went from hoofing it up as usual to small bits of good play. My half time tea burned the taste off my tongue, my own fault for still not learning.

WP_20130914_002Second half, the sun came out and fortune shone upon us for a rare moment. Berrett swung a corner in, there was an enormous scramble and eventually Matty Robson got his head on it and put it over the line.

There was a bit of a delay as we waited for the goal to be given, but then there was some hope that we might be able to pick up a win.

Sheff United didn’t really threaten that much in all truth, a couple of times they got down the sides and fizzed balls across, another time Gillespie had to beat away a shot from the edge of the box.

We looked comfortable, if a little impatient, and we could have had more on the break as Sheffield chased a point.

WP_20130914_004A couple of questionable linesman decisions and some scrappy phases of clearance upon clearance later, and the whistle went for full time and three points from three for Kav’s managerial reign.

Five minutes were added on, which is hell when you’re ahead and clinging on. Not least because the scoreboard counts down, so when it reaches 0:00 there’s no inclination of when full time is.

While all this was going on we found out City had ruined everyone’s coupons by drawing. Chelsea would go on to fully spoil mine, after United, Arsenal and Spurs all won. 3/5 on my short acca, 5/9 on the long one with four draws.

WP_20130914_003The scoreboard I’ve been waiting 270 minutes of football and six weeks of season for. I can’t remember ever seeing us lose before this season, although I’m sure I did.

It’s definitely been at least four years since I was at Brunton Park for a defeat, so this season I clearly haven’t been picking my games like I used to. Still, back on track now to hopefully stay safe another year.

After the football I came home, watched the Chelsea game and the end of the cricket – good results in both – and had a lovely lamb tea.

Right now I’ve just watched Barcelona scrape an undeserved win against Sevilla, winning 3-2 in the 94th minute after being 2-0 up. Their defending tells me they won’t be going far in this year’s Champions League.

Currently watching Gareth Bale kick off his Real Madrid career, let’s see whose 100% record remains after Madrid v Villareal. Bale, Isco, Ronaldo; Benzema. Decent front four.

A day full of football, and there’s still 80 minutes more to go yet.

Have a nice day, bang bang! – Cactus Jack

My Carlisle record 2012/13…

Games: 3

Goals: 4

Conceded: 10

Record 1-0-2


My week; sleepover, IKEA & moving in

Short one, having a bored of blog couple of weeks so bear with me.

I also had a bored of life day on Wednesday, so I sat around in my PJs all day. Didn’t really think about this post while I did that, not a lot to say here.

I went and made up for my laziness on Thursday. I went to the gym and washed my car before I had a shower. I went and got mother a birthday card and she took me out to get my last bit of uni stuff.

Friday I had to gym before picking up Dom Emily and Anton. Drove them through to Jess’ and we watched The Hole. Didn’t care for it.

Drove to Carlisle and back on Saturday to drop off the other visitors, then we were little fatties and got a takeaway. I had to drive back through for that, and managed to puncture a tyre, which meant mother had to take us back to Jess’.

Fortunately the car was back at home on Sunday, and mum was cheerier. I came back, showered and that was about it for the day. Oh and later on I packed up everything ready to move back in at uni.

Up and out on Monday morning, picked up Jess and stopped off at IKEA on the way. I’d never been before and it was well fun. I decided kitchens are my favourite room.

Playing spot the Jess here in a little house. The folding chairs on the wall would be useful in case of sudden WWE style battle royals kicking off.


We went out for a Chinese buffet after moving all my stuff in, then we watched Two and a Half Men and were quite cold. Need the radiators fixed in the uni house. Here is my plate of every meat known to man, and it was delicious.


Came back Tuesday, watched England match in a very bored fashion. Had enchiladas and they were very yummy. My under 12 stone mission is going well.

I’m hungry, there’s no food in the house so I’m off to buy bread. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Have a nice day, bang bang! – Cactus Jack

My week; Carlisle, United & Jess

Turns out I did do something on Tuesday night, just wasn’t the pub quiz.¬†James and I went to the Carlisle-Leicester match. Safe to say it was another disaster.

Wednesday was a gym morning, so after that I came home and used our slightly new shower, which now works. Jess was at Emily’s house with friends doing a sleepover, so after shower I went and got her and we went to her house for the night.

Once I got back to my house on Thursday I encountered many odd goings on; the hoover was out, there was pre-cooked pies lying around, the car was there but mother was not, and so forth. Turns out her friend had picked her up.

I got a double Wigton week this week as well, as I went back to stay again on the Friday. Tea is always nice there, and we watched 500 Days of Summer (poor with good ending) and Jennifer’s Body (poor and didn’t see ending).

On Saturday I was back home and bored, so I went to town with James and after watching him try on pants we went and watched some football. Came home and watched a bit of cricket too.

Man United v Liverpool on Sunday. I went to Alex’s for the first half, but then he had to leave so I also had to leave to watch the rest. Alex is now off to uni so I shan’t be seeing him for a while. I watched the Arsenal game after that and cheered up a bit.

Monday I had another good gyming – still isn’t making any difference – and then Jess came round. We had a lovely night sat in Bitts Park eating McDonalds and watching transfer deadline day and talking and it was really nice.

Jess left on Tuesday so it wasn’t as good as Monday. I went to the pub with Liam, but then he wanted to go nightclubbing, so I called it a day and went home at about half 10-11ish. Took me ages to get home and my phone died on the way.

Nice short week, hoping I get to go Wigton for the weekend on Friday, looking forward lots. Get as much coupley time in as possible before uni.

Have a nice day, bang bang! – Cactus Jack