Only 5 more sleeps and I can return to a pub. I’m still a BIT nervous about pub interiors, and reports from US Mark’s home state (not your fault, Mark) don’t help confidence.
But be assured they’ll be a report on Saturday, possibly at 9am (hint).
Mrs RM is putting our house up for sale this week, so expect reports from more potential retirement homes. I thought we’d agreed on Preston, but apparently not. I’m hoping my most recent NBSS scores at our Waterbeach local (4 and 4.5) will guarantee a quick sale.
So I’d better get a move on with clearing the junk.
But I’ll be keeping THIS programme.
You wouldn’t have known, but 22 December 1964 is the day I was born, which makes 22/12 my birthday. Every year.
My Dad no doubt saw the conclusion of a 2-1 City win before nipping over to the maternity unit on Mill Road to congratulate Mum on delivering a bouncing boy.
The two Cambridge teams fought it out on equal terms through the ’60s, City always the posh city neighbours cocking a snoot at their scruffy Abbey youngsters.
In the late ’70s I’d cycle to the old City ground with my mate Kevin to be a ball boy (minimum wage) and buy far too many programmes from the Club Shop, only shifting my attention to big clubs when I started to drive.
One of the main advertisers back in ’64 was Chesterton Autos, where I started my accountancy training. They just added a zero on to the price in 1983.
There’s a small ad that says “Greene Kings“, but Tolly was king back in ’64.
I wasn’t aware that the giant City ground had a bar back in the ’70s, when attendances slipped from several thousand to a few hundred.
But I knew the Jolly Waterman well; my Dad used to deliver vegetables to the cheery Polish grocers next door. It’s changed, mostly for the better.
The City side got moved from the big ground to the small one at the back, and then kicked out of town entirely a few years back to provide offices and flats.
If I HAD to spend one night in Cambridge, an evening on the Abbot, followed by a gig in the back room, would not be a hardship.
But the Chinese takeaway would come from the Chung Hwa.