Date: 25th January 2008 at 12:32pm
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Ah, the joys.

Two Saturday’s on the trot, no Football (well no County) to keep us going. It’s like a mini close of season during the season.

With County being rolled over by minnows Staines Town in the first round of the FA Cup, it always meant that there were going to be two or three more Saturday’s that were going to be empty because of County’s non involvement in the cup.

Last Saturday Giggle Lane failed to hold a couple of nights rain, and after their ‘giantkilling’ of Championship Norwich City on the previous Tuesday it meant that the game had to be called off. They did however manage to get their game against Bradford City on three days later.

Tomorrow Mansfield Town take on boringgg Gareth Southgate’s Middlesbrough in the FA Cup Fourth Round – at 12:30. I suppose they could play that match and then leg it to Edgeley Park to play the league game? No you say?! Why not?!

So with Mansfield still in the cup of course County have no game. But thats what we thought. Forward thinking men in suits at Edgeley Park decided to bring the Manchester Senior Cup (basically the reserves cup) fixture against Manchester City forward to a Saturday, at 3pm, at Edgeley Park. Hoorayyy we all shouted. Some football, it was cheap aswell, it was normal time, and Ashley Williams and Gareth Owen would be playing. Meaning we would be seeing a few first teamers at least.

But then the heavy rain began, and it carried on, and it carried on. And then the game was called off to protect the game for Tuesday’s league game with Chesterfield, and then the rain stopped. Oooops. Sale Sharks, however, are still playing their game at Edgeley Park tonight, on live Sky TV. So if you want to see what Edgeley Park looks like you could tune in tonight, not sure what time or what channel it is on and frankly – I don’t care.

We now have to wait till Tuesday for our next installment of County, and it will have been 17 long days of despair for County fans. But at least it means we should be fresh and ready to take on the team renamed as Lesterfield this season.

So what are you all going to be doing tomorrow then? The first option is local league games, but with the FA Cup going on it kind of ruins the possibility of any of that sort of stuff.

Looking at the fixture list here, Japan are taking on Chile at 10:10 for all our Japanese readers.

But a bit more locally Cameroon are taking on Zambia at 5pm, and Egypt are taking on Sudan at 7:30pm. What? You don’t live in Africa. Oh right.

Well even more locally (and being serious), we’ve got Oldham V Huddersfield in the FA Cup – which should be interesting. Luke Beckett returning to Oldham, he scored against Birmingham in the last round when Huddersfield knocked out Birmingham. That kicks off at 3pm.

In League One you’ve got a few games ‘further afield’ but still close enough to get to. Crewe take on Swindon and Tranmere take on Yeovil – again both games kick off at 3pm.

In League Two most teams are still playing, locally we’ve got Chester at home to Rotherham and Wrexham are at home to Bradford. Again both at 3pm and both should be very interesting games.

Now into the non league and this is what most people tend to go for one the day off from County, a nice little day out in a non league ground is always fun. Northwich Victoria are at home to Halifax, that game kicks off at 3pm.

You’d always expect a local game or two in the Blue Square North – but there is none in that. Looking at some of the teams it seems more like a general league that a Northern league, the only teams close to us (Hyde and Stalybridge) are both playing away.

Finally you go to the even lower teams. Woodley Sports are away at Newcastle Blue Star. Ashton United play at home to Stamford – thats a 3pm kick off for anyone interested.

FC United are playing Rossendale United in the Presidents Cup at 3pm – thats at Gigg Lane.

Thats about all I can find out, it looks like New Mills are away, and Cheadle Heath Nomads don’t apper to have a fixture list on their website.

Myself? Well I’ll probably take up the opportunity to rest and just stay in the warmth and watch a bit of Football on the telly. Nothing wrong with that, is there?


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