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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: Yesterday at 10:13:30
Iíve been to many kohís., but never fancied the full moon vibe. How are they treating COVID out there. Want to return as an Ajarn but only if they are allowing people their freedoms (unlike here)Ö.apologies for all the questions!

I was going to PM you but the information may be of interest to others so apologies to all for the massive thread swerve but I have met a Swindon fan here before. Roll Eyes

You can get here if double vaccinated, we are currently part of The Samui Plus, Phuket Sand box scheme however the talk is all will be open to double vaccinated by mid October including Bangkok. On KP we have many long term "tourists" and others working online, who have chosen to leave Bangkok so therefore the island feels busy and quite normal in many areas. Koh Samui feels very different.

The Full Moon, despite its notoriety has never been an issue and unless you were staying in Haad Rin itself you would never really know it was on other than ferries being full of teenagers wearing day glo for a few days. The island is a haven for yoga, wellbeing and meditation which doesn't really mix well with all that so there are places here for everyone. There are endless You Tubers doing their vlogs from here recently so it wont take a long search to see whats going on.

Things will open up further soon and January and February are possibly the best months of the year to be here regarding weather and sea conditions and of course all games are available on iFollow!

UTC (Asian Branch)
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: Yesterday at 08:31:41
Have you got a Cobblers shirt pinned up behind the bar?


Morning Tabasco, we don't have a bar only accommodation but I proudly wear my shirt to the bars when the footballs on, currently I am the only Cobbler here.. Sad   I'll sing on my own, I'm from Northampton, I'll sing on my own.... Grin

The locals love football shirts of any design and wear them daily, ours stands out as true class above all the Premiership trash and always goes down well.. Shocked
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: Yesterday at 07:01:56
What part of Thailand do you own a hotel in Steve Massey Massey?

On the beach, Koh Phangan. Just for reference we're currently fully booked!

I echo most comments, superb game to watch for league two, its just a shame we were cheated and cant even have a fit referee, was that a whole barrel of Theakstons he was carrying?

As soon as we find some rhythm or that connection up front we could be quite a handful. We have this league in the bag.. Tongue
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: September 18, 2021, 06:40:40 am
Lets face it, if the east stand was a facility intended to be used by thousands of lesbians, disabled people, children with learning difficulties or illegal immigrants rather than football fans it would've been completed years ago.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: September 18, 2021, 06:26:45 am
Swindon supporter says they have sold out their 946 south stand allocation but have been refused the extra 400 for the east stand. Presumably to the recent troubles caused at Stevenage.
Not sure of the thinking on this as the troublemakers could already have bought their tickets in the south.

If true it quite clearly illustrates the stadium is not even adequate for league two football and firmly puts a wax seal on the argument.

Whether it be due to the ridiculously small "stands" at either end or the poorly managed ticketing system it beggars belief. If just 1500 Swindon fans cant be accommodated when there is no reason to prevent paying customers attending is all the evidence you need.

For reference, I have a hotel which I manage myself, if I had rooms ready, and guests demanding to book yet I could not sell them I would quit and get a professional to take over as that's just about as bad as it gets. Whats the point in being in business?

This stadium through speculators, conmen and its total inadequacy has cost the club millions and almost sent it under, it should be buried under all the shit beneath, I'm beginning to think its cursed.
6  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Derby County on: September 18, 2021, 01:51:26 am
Just another great away day next season, Pooh and now Derby too.

If we didn't have Sixseats and could look forward to a decent home crowd too I would be tempted to move back home.  Grin
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What do you think of Sixfields Stadium? on: September 16, 2021, 07:44:51 am
We are told these days everyone's view matters so here's mine.

I hate it. I stopped going even when I lived in town and only went away, now that says a lot. If a diehard wont go how are new supporters supposed to be enticed and how many potential customers are we losing?

I don't buy this crap that it's adequate for league two, as its absolutely not for league one and isn't that where we are aiming? Due to our location, away followings of over 2000 could regularly be expected in league one and when a large crowd is anticipated it stirs up home fans into going too. 2000 plus away could quite easily create a 10,000 plus home gate here. Currently we will never know.

My perspective it would be a perfect stadium if the West stand (design) of two tiers, continued and wrapped around both the north and south ends. The East stand would be fine as now intended predominantly media/corporate and stand alone. My guess, this would make it around 18-20k?

Then again as long as I have a hole in my arse or we could just wait to win the Championship first... Grin
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Newport Away on: September 15, 2021, 09:35:35 am
That's better lads keep it up, Madrid slipping a bit there after a positive start.  Angry

Just remember the words of the late, great Bruce Forsyth, "What do points make?

This is league two, if you're after a "performance" maybe try the ballet?
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Newport Away on: September 15, 2021, 02:57:29 am
Nice to hear some positivity coming from you miserable fuckers.

The new management "team" have been together the blink of an eye yet they've managed to make us solid, no more 90 minute capitulations. I'm sure now they have a platform they can work from the creativity and end product can be developed.

Whats most important this time is if they get us out of this terrible league, they'll all be here next season. How refreshing.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Forest Green Rovers (a) on: September 09, 2021, 13:27:47 pm
After a brilliant but hot four days at the County for a record winning chase to beat Surrey, Emma Radacanu an absolute joy and pride to watch...it's Becket's Park tomorrow for the Northamptonshire Beer festival!

FGR away, staying in Gloucester...and hoping it's not so hot in Nailsworth...that hill is a shocker!

Feeling confident that the Cobblers will get at least a draw.

Sounds just about perfect from where I'm sitting, its blowing a gale and pissing down in southern Thailand.

Would love to have soaked up the Northamptonshire sunshine watching the County actually see out a run chase, unlike some well paid others, Emma's legs and some proper beer in Beckets Park. 

Are you sure you want to spoil it?
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Home against The Iron Saturday 04.09.21 on: September 05, 2021, 06:38:31 am
An interesting fact, David Bower was in attendance today, maybe fancied a day out from Dubai or read into that what you will.

Listening to the cricket yesterday, Michael Holding explained the only place in the world he could get a perfect pair of boots made was in Northampton.

Maybe he was buying some shoes?
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Forest Green Rovers away in the Pizza Cup 31/08/21 on: September 03, 2021, 11:25:54 am
Can I say that having googled a 1981 Leyland Leopard, two things spring to mind.
St Trinians school girls hanging on the side, waving hockey sticks around,
Lots of people with dreadlocks driving up and down Wiltshire, disrupting military convoys, making funny noises at Stonehenge, and giving fat birds a lift to Greenham Common.
Each to their own though mate, Im pleased that you had lots of fun.
Where did you go anyway? If you dont mind me being nosey.





Ha ha, not far away there was no doubting it was a crusty bus!

Many pierced lesbians but less hockey sticks. I lived on it for a while and went to lots of festivals selling a few mushrooms along the way, Bug Jam at Santa Pod s few times too. You may possibly have got stuck behind me in Wiltshire, passed through many times. The toilet had a valve on it, tank or straight out, it was dumped out (by accident) driving through Swindon once near the CG   Grin

The benefits of a bus and much of the fun can be had in Town and City centres, most have free parking for busses up to 4 hours and of course you can use all the bus lanes, I went through the Greyfriars many times, even dropped my mates in a bay to the confusion of some shoppers.
When you don't have to ask, "how do we get there and where do we stay?" everywhere is open!

I didn't suggest the team having a Leyland Leopard though, more presentable options are available very cheap. Thinking of a new car, forget it, get a bus instead much more useful.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Forest Green Rovers away in the Pizza Cup 31/08/21 on: September 03, 2021, 05:50:14 am

And you will need a mortgage for the coach.

Not as much as you think. I bought a 1981 Leyland Leopard (56 seats) for £1500. Fitted it out, bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen 3 piece suite etc.

You could buy a perfectly serviceable modern coach with full MOT, passenger ready, and turn it into a private high spec coach with bunks, shower. toilet kitchen and VIP seating, the prefect team bus for £30k.

Not sure how much wraps or resprays are though as I hand painted mine. Grin Evers would be the man for this?

Instead of taking over the club/world maybe a few Hotelenders in the motor trade could purchase a coach, pimp it Northampton Town FC and provide the club with free transport. A more manageable project first, then see how it goes!!

It could be parked at the stadium and used out of season for Hotel End jollies. You've no idea how much fun you can have with your own bus until you've owned one! Grin

Fancy a Volvo to start?

https://www.coachandbusmarket.com/vehicles/2003-03-volvo-b12b-van-hool-t9-alizee/
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rochdale home 21.08.21 on: August 22, 2021, 04:15:13 am
Before the big 4th round FA Cup tie, the very old and ugly lady of Ramsbottom, more commonly referred to as "The Lancashire Witch" was summoned to make a spell. She was so old and stupid that she actually cast the wrong spell, not for Rochdale to have good luck in the cup but for Northampton to be eternally damned when playing The Dale.

For this reason all usual match analysis is null and void.

On the train back from a game at Doncaster some years back, I had decided to go into London. Waiting in the queue at the buffet car for a can of McEwans, I realised I was standing behind Phil Mitchell, aka Steve McFadden. I cant remembered what he ordered, sorry.
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rochdale home 21.08.21 on: August 20, 2021, 16:07:09 pm
I bought Mark Radcliffe a pint once at Cropredy.

Great festival, especially if you're a smelly boater. Mark was born in Bolton so another famous local person, see what you did there. Cheesy
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rochdale home 21.08.21 on: August 20, 2021, 13:50:08 pm
My next door neighbour's cousin had a colleague from work who once sat in the same stand as an extra from the tv series 'Triangle' had once sat.

Except for this one Git, should clearly be in the "Extras from Triangle" thread, try and pay a bit more attention in future.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rochdale home 21.08.21 on: August 20, 2021, 13:46:49 pm
Boringly going off topic about anyone famous you might have sat next to at a game...yes, I have sat infront of Ian Botham at Sc***horpe, and Charlie Nicholas at Arsenal v Spurs (reserve game) at Highbury...but this is the Rochdale game  thread!

That's Sir Ian Botham to you cat! Did he come on as sub at our place I can't honestly remember, I was at the game at The County Ground when he was signed for Scunthorpe cant remember if he got on! If so I have seen Botham play professional football and hit a six, from The Hotel End!

Zomerzet!

It's the right thread, remember Tommy Cannon started all this and he was chairman of Dale so bang on topic and we don't kick off till 3pm.  Wink
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rochdale home 21.08.21 on: August 20, 2021, 04:30:41 am
Enjoying the celebrity spotting tales however there was one celebrity spot that I actually did feel a bit sorry for.

It was an early Saturday start for an away game at Walsall if I remember correctly. It was a beautiful warm morning and you could feel that sizzle of expectation and excitement in the air, a big away following and a day out in Birmingham. Oh yes!

We had already sunk a few for re-hydration purposes before bundling on the half ten to Birmingham New Street in great spirits, it would have been quite clear to anyone that a group of already drinking football fans had just joined the train. It was only moments after the doors had closed and the train pulled away for the first audible "Is that Trigger?" to be heard, quickly followed by, der da der dat ter, stick a pony.... you can guess the rest.

Cowering for cover under a broadsheet, in the failed hope of not being recognised was the sadly departed Roger Lloyd Pack. Maybe he had taken the wrong train to New Street who knows, but the fella had to endure a full hour or so of being called "Dave" and endless other broom related innuendoes before scarpering the minute we arrived at New Street.

Roger, thanks for all the memories, especially the 10:30 to Birmingham New Street.  Grin
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rochdale home 21.08.21 on: August 19, 2021, 10:05:36 am
I see where this could be going, who else has seen a non football celebrity at a football ground?

A bit tenuous but I accidentally bumped into Michael Jackson at Exeter train station. At that time I lived in Cornwall and had to get the train home, Michael had been at St James Park with his spoon bending friend Uri Geller. He had chartered a special train full of children for some fun after.  Huh?
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rochdale home 21.08.21 on: August 18, 2021, 16:00:22 pm
I remember seeing Tommy Cannon at Spotland before a game, I think he had a roller, must've been 85?

That's all I can add, sorry.

Rock On.
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