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Alan’s Football Autobiography

by Alan Beaman, a local sporting legend

 

July 30th 2020, Issue 99

Neil Warnock arriving at Middlesborough to play Stoke who always looked vulnerable to a highly motivated Warnock team. Stoke are in for a mighty battle as players take you to where you belong in a season. Wigan’s situation might save the day....

It’s been great to see live matches even though VAR has not improved, the delay is spoiling live football.

A new football team has been formed in Alton by Simon Heston following in footsteps of Alton Athletic. l played for Alton when I was 16 in the Sentinel Shield when Billy Brunt was running them, so it’s great to see them reformed. They will play in the Uttoxeter Sunday League when it starts.

Man Utd are looking good up top, the moody Martial has all the ingredients to be top class, the rest is down to his desire and passion to be the best, he should look through the top strikers in the past, what did they do to be the best. Let’s take a few like Aguero, Henry, Owen, Shearer, Lineker, Rush, Greaves, Law, Rooney and many more - they all made runs constantly into the penalty area, goals were an obsession to them all, greedy and selfish at times, but never taking their eye off the scoring area on the pitch.

Martial can achieve this but only if his desire is to be the best at Man Utd, their top man always chasing and running into the area, even when it’s not your day in your mind, keep making the runs. Rashford needs to feed off this and constantly try be the top man himself, this would enhance his game, and with Fernandes and Pogba setting you u,p they could rival Salah and Mane who are the modern day runners - always getting behind players, always making runs from the midfield, lads to feed off.

Then we take a look at the very best in De Bruyne who has vision and passing, also scoring - he would improve any team in the world, Real Madrid and Barca must come calling one day, he would be a superstar anywhere.

With Cricket starting again, sport is slowly moving forward if the virus can be contained, only time will tell.

Golf in America has been on Sky now for a few weeks. De Chambeaux has taken the driver to another level, his fitness regime has seen him bulk up by 2 stone, and sent him 40yds further down the fairway, now just chipping short shots in from less than 80yds.

For the future of golf as a skill then it’s debatable if it carries on this way. Golf courses are now too small but most cannot expand any more, so this brings the debate about the ball, and do we need to alter the ball to take some distance out of it. I am sure this is going to happen eventually - it’s the easiest way to solve the issue.


 

June 8th 2020

Welcome back to everyone.

My thoughts are with all families affected by the dreadful Virus, also to everyone doing essential work a massive Thank you, and finally the NHS - the Nation will be forever grateful for your bravery and dedication. God Bless you all.

If you Love Sport it’s been very strange without it, we know a lot people will be happy not to see it, but I mainly watch Sport and have missed the atmosphere when a game is on TV. Gary Neville and Co do their best but you can only go over the past so much.

Footballers are entertainers gifted by the Lord, and he maybe looking down and wondering if they let him down a little, some are guilty of sitting back on huge wages and wanting all the protection there is to offer. How much community spirit they have is sometimes debatable, their wealth is beyond normal peoples' dreams. Playing behind closed doors should be achievable, it would lift sports fans to watch live games, it’s not ideal without fans.

Let's hope the squealing side of football is stopped - it’s an embarrassment to every player who can watch the game back, when people are putting their lives in danger every day to help people. The Manager has a big part to play - instruct the team it won’t be acceptable anymore, players will follow the Gaffers instructions, show some proper leadership, play the game hard and fair, the media can help confront the Managers and players to behave like Professionals should, surely to gain respect they have to show some common sense.

Horse Racing is a terrific sport, look at the Jockeys - they are extremely dedicated, tough professionals who perform day in day out, they take the injuries with the job -no time for play acting - I have the utmost respect for them. Footballers take look at them and realise rolling about play acting is not what the fans want.

China, where all it all began, is now hoping to be the first to find a vaccine - well that’s handy....

We are guilty of using China as a massive factory for the World, led by profit which is understandable to a point, but now they have the power and resources to pollute the World without the scrutiny that is required. China has never been leading when it comes to disclosing information and they aren’t going to start now, we should as a nation turn to our own people to improve our supply chain of all kinds of products.

To see the World brought to a standstill will be forever in people’s minds, the challenge to stay at home in isolation , companies have been claiming millions by furloughing workers, the day of pay back will come and Taxation is the only answer, Boris will be in a corner for a long time.

Playing some Golf at Leek has been nice, they have done a great job organising the start of playing again, I love golf but my dodgy back doesn’t, so to play the game at 60 percent is difficult for me with a competitive nature, but I am trying to play the game for enjoyment only, and be happy to have a knock.

Our new granddaughter Aria is so beautiful, she is the apple of granddads eye without a doubt, I love her so much. Hopefully soon contact will be possible. To hold her again will be very emotional and for lots of people a moment they are desperate to see happen...

 


 

April 6th 2020

The NHS have gone to war on Coronavirus.

If we consider what faces the whole workforce and the dangers they confront 24 hours a day, it’s nothing short of true bravery, often without the correct PPE they have shown enormous courage and dedication, no medal could ever repay them, but we must as a nation reward this human effort. I am sure you all have so many ideas on this, it would be great if you sent some into The Voice.

Sadly we lost a dear friend, Alan Smith, recently, after his courageous battle with Cancer.

I have known Alan all my life. He was a proud Tean Man, a superb Sportsman, an excellent motivator of people. Alan never sat on the fence about anything, he had his opinions and his beliefs and he stuck by them no matter what.

He was a go-to man because he would always help and take on the establishment no matter who they were. He loved Stoke City and we would go home and away on Lymers Fish Tail Coach, always with a card school on the rear seats.

Alan started Tean YC in Staffs Moorlands League, and we all travelled around holding our own with Biddulph Moor, Cellarhead, Bolton’s and many more. Alan was behind it all and we had a great time.

He was also a talented cricketer - he could destroy a bowler on his day, and a great fielder, he was lethal in the covers and I was behind the sticks, taking the bails off was the easy bit, he was the ultimate competitive sportsman, great to play with and against.

Playing for him at Rocester was one of the best experiences of my sporting career. Playing with Barry Hulton, Keith and Leon Hibberd, Peter Swanwick and many more under Alan was a privilege.

His Charity work was so important to him, and again Alan’s people skills would shine through with so many people willing to support him.

He had a lovely family around him and Donna’s support was his Rock through his Illness. The love and care they gave him was very special……

Alan’s funeral was completely changed by the Coronavirus situation, but hopefully in the future we can all celebrate his life altogether how he would have wanted. Alan was also proud of the NHS and the care they gave him, he would be supporting them wholeheartedly if he could.

Alan was a fighter from day one - his life was full of challenges - and he met them all with true courage.

God Bless You Alan R.I.P.

Let’s all keep safe, follow the rules and help each other get through this Pandemic. We are a nation of good people who will come through this. Premier League footballers need to quickly offer a reduction in wages, when other workers at the clubs are suffering wage cuts. To delay would be very damaging to the creditability of wealthy footballers who are already under close scrutiny…..