Saturday, November 30, 2013

Barkingside versus Redbridge


It’s the big match, the local derby, a chance for Barkingside to avenge their 4-1 defeat back in August at the hands of local rivals Redbridge and appropriately it will be on Boxing Day. These two sides are very local indeed – they both play at the same ground, the Oakside Stadium, here in our very midst just over the bridge and across the railway line the other side of the renowned Barkingside Tube Station.

A few weeks ago the british public raised £31.1 million for the BBC Children in need appeal, which was a record and everyone was saying how proud they are of british generosity. But that £31.1 million will not buy even one half of a Gareth Bale. A pretty average premier league player will earn that amount over a 4-5 year contract. Gone are the days when you could rub shoulders with top international players in the pub on a Sunday evening. They are now celebrities, packaged and marketed as brands, they are part of the globalisation process that is sucking all our money into the pockets of giant corporations. It is no longer a game, it is big business and it comes to you on a screen in the local pub via a media mogul. It is to local football what Tescos is to the High Street.

So, as we try to encourage local people to use our local independent shops we should also encourage them to support their local football team and thus our local economy.

There is also an exclusive special offer for this fixture which kicks off at 12 noon. Any person who comes to the game with a valid ticket for that day’s West Ham v Arsenal game, (that’s you Mike Gapes) will get into Oakside for £5.00, instead of the normal £8.00 - and you will still have an hour to get to Upton Park for 3pm to see Arsenal win. Any Male adult that brings their wife/girlfriend along to the game, their wife/girlfriend will also be allowed in for £5.00, instead of the normal £8.00.

These two teams play in the Ryman 1st division north (24 teams) with, as of today, Redbridge in 9th place with 29 points and Barkingside in 15th place with 22 points – both from 19 games. This is the first season for Barkingside in that league having won promotion earlier this year.

I can tell you that the standard of play is very good – we were invited guests at a Barkingside match last season – and they do excellent bacon rolls at half time.

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