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Travelling football fan... and not the great Snarling Mallard, whom I used to know but whom I've not seen for ages.

Username: MarlingSnallard

Age: 57

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The Nag's Head, Macclesfield

In Macc last Saturday to watch Boreham Wood, who performed a more than passable impersonation of George Graham's Arsenal in despatching the high-flying Silkmen 2-0.
A short wait for the train back south, so I nipped in here. Ironic cheers as Ing-Ger-Lund eventually managed to breach the Maltese defence in a World Cup qualifier.
Just time for the one: a pint of Trooper's "Red & Black", which I hadn't had before. It might have been the best pint I've had this year.
Dizzy Blonde and Unicorn also on at the pumps nearest the door. Looked an OK pub.

15 Oct 2016 00:17

The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough

Having been unimpressed by a pre-match trawl through the town, I headed for this place, mainly as it's a darts pub, and I'm extremely glad I did. What a top-notch boozer.
The first five tracks playing after I walked-in were Paranoid, It Ain't What You Do by Bananarama, Sultans of Swing, Layla and the Jam's Start. Photos and music prints on the walls extremely interesting. Dartboards in good nick.
In the front of the bar area, the two ale pumps were Sharp's Atlantic and Black Sheep. I had a Black Sheep or three, which were excellent.
It's a large pub, with a biggish beer garden out the back. It's hardly off the beaten track, so it was disappointing that it was still sparsely populated when I had to dash for the football ground at 7:30.
Oh!...& one of the vending machines in the gents was stocked with inflatable sheep at £6 a pop. That's hard to beat. A bit like this pub.

30 Sep 2016 01:22

Gloster, Wellingborough

In town on a soccer scouting mission on Rushden & Diamonds, ahead of an FA Cup tie. Even though the exterior is a tasteful dark green, this pub is pretty hard to miss, with large windows and big screens.
I'd imagine it's Wellingborough's #1 place for watching televised soccer. It was a Champions League night (Borussia Dortmund v. Real Madrid; Spurs away to CSKA; Leicester at home to Porto) and there were twenty-odd punters in by about 6pm, with only one barmaid, who was pretty hot... in both senses of the word. More staff were due to arrive soon.
It's a big pub: somewhat palatial and it must have been refurbished fairly recently, with leather seating around the walls & the partitions for the punters wanting to watch the soccer. Has plenty of tables & chairs as well. It's vaguely compartmentalised, with four big screens - all showing highlights of the weekend's games at 6pm on a Tuesday. Has on outside beer terrace which is strangely enclosed by the rest of the pub: drinkers look as if they're sitting in a fish tank, or the sealed booth that the chosen contestant might go into on a TV quiz show. The area behind the bar for the staff to work in was huge: so large that I almost fancied applying for a job, though not as much as I fancied the barmaid.
Beer? Well, it's a football pub, so Foster's, Heineken, Strongbow and John Smith's were in the line-up. There were three ale pumps, but two of them were off. I opted for the other one: a beverage called Tetley's Gold. Interesting. I had a couple of pints of an of a satisfactory ale in the Feathers in Merstham a few seasons back that was advertised as having a grapefruit flavor, which it certainly did. This Tetley's Gold, however tasted as if it was about 40% grapefruit juice! Not unpleasant; just didn't taste like beer of any sort, never mind ale.
This is by no means a bad pub and is definitely the place for a Jolly Boys' night out watching the big game.

30 Sep 2016 01:07

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