MARVELLOUS MARINE

Two more days ! I might just make it.

Lockdown is beginning to grind. This was today’s relapse;

Yes, Mrs RM has put the Christmas tree up.

Anyway, well done to Marine FC.

Yesterday Marine, from our 8th Tier (possibly meaning you’re not allowed to scratch your own ear) reached the 3rd round of the FA Cup.

Here’s their keeper coming back from the local Co-op with the celebratory beers.

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Tentative claim to fame : I have been to that Co-op.

In January they could swap a league game against Ossett for a glamour tie at Manchester City. Or someone big like Stevenage.

No crowds allowed for their giant-killing on Sunday over (checks notes) Havant & Waterlooville, so those resourceful Scousers stood on ladders with their glasses of DIPA watching the action.

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Where is Marine ?” asks Dave.

Well, there is no place, Dave (they’re named after a hotel, bit like Crystal Palace or Harrogate).

But take Merseyrail from the Lion to Blundellsands and you’re practically there.

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Lots of subdivisions of “Crosby” to get your heads around. Waterloo is the target for pubs, the sea where you head for your dunes, boating lake and iron men.

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Waterloo is a great slice of the fiction known as “Merseyside”. Art Deco,

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Tetley Heritage at the Liver,

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and some really cheery micros like the Four Ashes

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and the Corner Post.

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That guy was laughing at a long anecdote about American tourists who asked how the Scots captured haggis (they’ve one leg shorter than the other, apparently).  Americans aren’t that gullible, are they ?

The most famous pub is the backstreet Volunteer Canteen, but you’ll have to wait a while for a post on the Volly.

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Live entertainment at the Liverpudlian (ex-Stamps Too) near Waterloo station, decent Chinese takeaway near the station, and a mile down the road in Seaforth you get this;

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Worth a trip, Dave.

13 thoughts on “MARVELLOUS MARINE

  1. I’ve always had a soft sport for Marine since I did a TV show about non-league football as part of my degree programme. In about 1999 we had the then managers of Marine and Northwich Vics on for a show and it culminated in us staging their upcoming cup match as a table football game which was won by Vics 5-4

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    1. Is this TV show still available on the dark web, Kirsty ?

      Table football is a more valid form of the game than the one ruined by VAR, no fans and Liverpool league wins (;-0).

      I also had a soft spot for Marine as a lad; their late ’70s programmes were a design classic (see also : Albion Rovers) and I liked the name.

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  2. This has nothing to do with Marine FC but you need to know. George Eustice MP, the Minister of Things, has just announced that a Scotch Egg counts as a substantial meal for Tier 2 purposes! You couldn’t make this up could you?

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    1. This is great news, Bill. Sadly, all the folk tweeting about this at the moment won’t be seen in our pubs in December, despite all their bluster about “6 pints and a scotch egg please, mein host”.

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    2. “George Eustice MP, the Minister of Things, has just announced that a Scotch Egg counts as a substantial meal for Tier 2 purposes!”

      Blimey! Isn’t that animalist or something? I mean, why not regular chicken eggs too! You could just have one plopped into your pint (like some folk are wont to do) and… ta da! 🙂

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  3. Mildly ironic that Marine FC aren’t named after a place (or are they named after the sea? – that’s a big place), whilst their opponents are named after two places – perhaps they couldn’t decide whether they liked Havant or Waterlooville best 😉

    Talking about the scotch egg and rapidly advancing scientific breakthroughs in the development of the ‘substantial meal’ did anyone see this …?
    https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18908701.loophole-tier-2-substantial-meal-rule-brighton-pub/

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    1. “Mildly ironic that Marine FC aren’t named after a place (or are they named after the sea? – that’s a big place)”

      (slow golf clap) 🙂

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  4. “Yes, Mrs RM has put the Christmas tree up.”

    And has decorations to go along with it. 😉

    “Yesterday Marine, from our 8th Tier (possibly meaning you’re not allowed to scratch your own ear)”

    (slow golf clap)

    Although, technically it’s 8th Level. 😉

    “Tentative claim to fame : I have been to that Co-op.”

    Six degrees of separation fame!

    “But take Merseyrail from the Lion to Blundellsands and you’re practically there.”

    Does it matter whether you change trains at Moorfields or Central? Or does one just go round and round till then can jump off on the Blue (Northern) Line?

    “Lots of subdivisions of “Crosby” to get your heads around. ”

    The Liver Hotel? Really?

    “and iron men.”

    Are they tide markers?

    “Tetley Heritage at the Liver,”

    Blimey, it is real. Did they drop the ‘y’ at the end of ‘liver’ for some reason?

    “Americans aren’t that gullible, are they ?”

    Apparently there was a group doing a tour of the House of Lords one time when a fellow in wig and gown went running past. A friend of his noticed him and yelled ‘Neil’!… and all of the American tourists did. 🙂

    “Worth a trip, Dave.”

    Just don’t pay attention to anyone yelling Neil… or anyone saying hi to their friend Jack at the airport. 😉

    Cheers

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