Keep The Faith

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Last season the phrase was “hold your nerve”, as the new season is about to begin, my new buzz line is keep the faith. Unlike the Bon Jovi album from 1992 – yeah nearly 30 years ago – that I can still happily sit and read the sleeve notes from, the situation we find ourselves in is far from youth angst, relationships and rebellion against authority. It’s edge of your seat apprehension about what could be, and what might be. It’s steadfast clinging onto the belief that Bielsa has got this. It’s standing on the precipice looking straight ahead at what is coming at you not staring down the gap worrying about the fall.  It’s nervous trepidation, excitement and anticipation, not worry, anxiety and fear (for a change). 

I said WGUAFC at the start of last season…. and we did. The nails were in tatters after that Cardiff game and I openly confess that PPG was looking a good option for reducing the chance of any impending cardiac problems. But we held our nerve, and in the final run up, West Brom and Brentford didn’t. We finished on a flourish of 8 unbeaten games and the highest point tally for ages with clean sheets galore, despite the EFL’s best attempts to scupper this by holding poor Kiko hostage for 8 games because someone thought he heard something that no other f**ker heard. Leko got his just desserts as did his loan club Charlton Athletic. A grudge is for life, not just Christmas.

Within hours of sealing our promotion, the rumour mill was well and truly grinding at full pelt. No quarter was given, Cooper and Klich had barely woken from their drunken stupors, before the whole “Bielsa for Barca” thing started. Picture Klich waking up the next day on the settee, reeking from cigar stubs in that mega mix donner kebab, that seemed like such a fabulous idea at 2am from Mill Hill kebabs, knocking over Stella empties, reaching for his glasses, and peering at his phone to the news that Messi was demanding that they get Bielsa.

In fact, there’s hardly been time to draw a breath since we a) sealed promotion, b) got promoted as Champions (like I said we would) and then c) the “pi-ess de resistance” or piss take that was the guard of honour from  Derby. We got promoted without kicking a ball, and all of a sudden, we needed to invest and buy more, indeed, some “fans” used the word “proper” players. Christ, we’d just got promoted against the likes of Brentford and West Brom. Brentford had hardly lost a game in 10, they’d gone on a massive winning run and had the best defence in the league. West Brom, well with Bilic in control, a man who had proven managerial calibre in the English game (unlike Bielsa who had proven that he couldn’t hack the pressure last season), promotion was inevitable. Wasn’t it?

You’d think everyone would be ecstatic, but even before the stench of the blue and yellow smoke bombs had time to disperse outside ER, the old critics were sharpening up the pencils, and the millenials were charging up their phones to complain that we now needed a proper team.

The fact that we’d deservedly got promoted as Champions meant nothing. From what was posted on noseybook alone ( I don’t do Twitter or have anything to do with these noticeboard fan sites) you’d have thought we’d only just scraped through by the skin of our teeth. Admittedly, despite Bielsa’s high intensity training regime, we were lucky with injuries last year. It might be a bit different in the PL. Having said that, after putting myself through the pedestrian strolling of some of the PL games on Sky last season, it may not be as much of an issue as we might think.

Having been through the Ridsdale era of spend, spend, spend beyond our means and the consequences of said frivolous squandering, I am weary of splashing out on new players. Yes, the likelihood of getting Ben White has waned away, so we need someone to bolster the back, but the thought of frittering away every last penny of promotion cash that has found it’s way to the coffers, is the thing that is worrying me the most. I think one Seth Johnson, is one Seth Johnson too many. Bad enough when we got Thomas Brolin. We need to learn from our mistakes. We have got promoted playing some of the most exciting football since, well, last season. Our players play as a unit, a well rehearsed unit, I am really uneasy with the thought of a repeat of the “we need to buy more players in the transfer window” Augustin episode. It was bad enough when we got Izzy Brown because ” we desperately need more investment”. There’s no point buying more players for the sake of it. The wage bill will keep going up, at a time when matchday revenue is the princely sum of £0. Yes, there will be SkyTVisf**kings**t money and money coming in from the advertising etc. but if the players are on £60,000 a week, that’s £3 million already gone in just one player a year. Don’t even get me started on FFP and all that.

We need to consolidate, not speculate to accumulate. It would be great to see us get the magical 50 points by Christmas needed to stay up. That’s all I want for Christmas, cheers Mariah. Don’t get me wrong, it’ll be fantastic to get Top 10 and even better-er to get to Top 6 with maybe a decent cup run. PLEASE let us have a decent cup run. I’m fed up of this pretending to join in rubbish that we have been subject to in the last decade. Field a decent team, PLEASE or just don’t bother filling in the application form in the 1st place. I really do not want to join in with the Burnleys and West Hams who just go through the motions because they are focusing on staying up. We are better than that. Surely?

The main thing, keep the faith


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August 2020 Update

Posted by on Aug 11, 2020 in News and Events | 0 comments

August news has become another victim of the bat flu. Like our presence at ER in the last month or so, it is sadly lacking, but nevertheless, we plough on and hope to God that we get to see our newly promoted team sometime soon. Like Barbara Dickson in another Mike Batt immortal ditty, we’ll be sailing free, one day soon nothing in the world is gonna pull me back and nothing’s gonna keep me in,

Monthly Branch Meeting held Sunday August 9th 2020

Everything got cancelled because of bat flu… The End

OK, there was a little more to it than that

No LUSC exec meetings have been held because of bat flu, so no minutes to be read out. The LUSC main AGM has now been called off because of bat flu. We will be holding ours however, see under AOB.


No new memberships because of bat flu. The Membership Secretary has been seen during the pandemic but was absent from the monthly branch meeting, not because of bat flu though.

Away Games

Got cancelled because of the bat flu. Not looking likely that we will entering a football ground anytime soon, but, if and when we are allowed in, we will look to pursue adequate arrangements as soon as possible until normal service resumes.



Our AGM will be held on Sunday 6th September at the Londesborough Club 8pm prompt start please. The bat flu rules apply, so you will all have to sign in at the door, leaving a contact number and walk through the one way system to get to the bar and upstairs. There will not be a bar available upstairs unfortunately due to staffing, but drinks can be sourced downstairs. If you can confirm your attendance in advance, please can you do so, usual channels. The deadline for agenda items and proposals for committee members has now passed. Andy Yates has been proposed as the new social secretary by Ricky Greenwood, seconded by Dave Poole. The branch exec officers will be up for re-election as per usual. However, there were no takers by the deadline date of August 9th.

Renewals and new memberships

Renewal forms will be emailed out imminently, please can you include a stamped addressed envelope for your membership card to be returned to you quickly and efficiently. There will be forms available at the AGM, please bring an envelope with you if possible. New membership forms are available via the link below:

New members Form

Please note that TWO passport sized photos are required for your photocard.

Media & Publicity

Two interviews were done by the MPO. They appeared in the Harrogate Advertiser and The Stray Ferret. The branch were also involved in a film for the Sunday Times, hopefully to be shown just before the start of the new season in a few weeks. Thanks to Dave Rowson, Phil Reeves and Angus Smith for their invaluable contributions.

Again, anyone who is wordpress savvy and wants to help with the website, please get in touch, especially with the gallery side of the website.

Champions Trophy

Congratulations to Phil Reeves and Ruiari Stirling for winning the two places at the Champions Trophy event. Hopefully everyone will have received the email with all the photos from the event. Incidentally, congratulations to branch member Phil Reeves on his new book which I hope branch members will purchase.

Lastly, thank you to Dave Rowson for the moment of comedy gold at The Chairman’s expense – brilliant

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