Best performance so far, but second half lack of fitness shows

Day 3   1

The third and final game took us to the evening on Sunday. As everyone had a late, late night, we all switched alarms off for the morning. I was absolutely gutted that I got back at 3:00am, but woke up, bright as a spark at 6:30am. I wandered along the harbour for a bit and was really tempted to get fully kitted up, bang on Macca's door and tell him the bus was waiting, before legging it back to my room, leaving him in a panic. Eventually, everyone got up around the 11:00am mark and we all had breakfast in a local bar (full English, obviously). The drinking started again there. Greenwell was still asleep and didn't wake until the late afternoon. It sort of dawned on us that this last game needed a good performance. The extra rest helped, but the extra drink would kick in during the second half. My hangover was actually kicking in during the early afternoon. Blocked nose and a headache.

Like clockwork, we got to the stadium after 5:00pm. The opponents this time were Gudja FC, and we played the best we could. This time we were playing an experimental 5-3-2 under Dave Gourlay (who picked the formation and positions for the second game as well, due to me relinquishing managerial duties due to camera work). It was working well. Scott Hembrough as sweeper had things sewn up at the back and Cressy's goal opened the scoring. Dave Gourlay added to it after coming close with a free kick. Paul McConville was also bundled down in the box and the overly large referee failed to award a free-kick. Criminally, Scott H's career came to an end with an injury, which was probably a turning point. The offside trap was working well, until the referee actually overruled his linesman. It all kicked off heavily. I called the referee a "wanker" three times loudly, then we went at the linesman asking him to shove his flag up the referee's arse. I'm convinced that inside this big referee was a little Ken Street pulling all the levers. Later on, he overruled him again and I went up to the linesman and said, "mate, may as well, get yourself up there for a pint, because that prick isn't listening to you." Fitness took it's toll and eventually we succumbed to a 5-2 defeat having changed to 4-4-2 in the second half due to the wing backs struggling to get back. This concluded our marathon set of games. Lack of players, too much drink and general unfitness with two or three players, who wouldn't have played in normal circumstances due to injury, playing.

The night saw everyone chilling out at the same restaurant we spent the opening night. Everyone was stuffed and crawled back to the hotel to sleep. Macca remembered to lock his door this time. Apparently, they were all out late again and someone saw a stray dog and made that "Here boy" clicking noise you do to any dumb animal. Macca, being of the same ilk said, "Ere, it won't understand English."

The Voyage Home

Malta Tour 2008 - 10th November 2008

Malta2008.Day 4   1nsp 310

Shopping, drinking and it actually rained! The Monday was coming back day. Me, Macca, Cressy and Dave Smith spent it shopping around. The Maltese roads and pavements were shocking. Digga, in...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 2 Gudja FC 5.

Malta Tour 2008 - 9th November 2008

Malta2008.Day 3   1nsp 310

Best performance so far, but second half lack of fitness shows The third and final game took us to the evening on Sunday. As everyone had a late, late night, we...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 0 Mdina Knights …

Malta Tour 2008 - 8th November 2008

Malta2008.Day 2   1nsp 310

Searing heat combined with massive hangovers. The morning game was rough. I started due to Emu blowing out of his arse for the previous one. Cressy was well out of it...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 1 KirKop FC 4.

Malta Tour 2008 - 7th November 2008

Malta2008.Day 1   1nsp 310

Hembrough opens the account, but everyone else is out of it I was utterly convinced that out of the thousands of flights from Newcastle to all over, ours would be the...Read More

Victor Tedesco Stadium

Malta Tour 2008 - 16th May 2008

Victor Tedesconsp 310

A panoramic view of Sassco's venue for the tour. The Victor Tedesco Stadium (Capacity: 2,000) was inaugurated in 1996 and is the training ground for Hamrun Spartans. This football ground...Read More

Malta Tour Squad

Malta Tour 2008 - 16th May 2008

Malta2008. Smithnsp 310

Malta 2008 Sassco team information. Numbers are shown as squad numbers. 01 Dave Smith The highly regarded goalkeeper from Fatfield Biddick Inn. Made one appearance for the "B" team. 02 Mark...Read More

Football News

Netherlands 2-3 Germany: Schu…

Nico Schulz scores a last-minute winner as Germany gain revenge over the Netherlands with a Euro 2020 qualifying victory in Amsterdam.

24-03-2019

Northern Ireland 2-1 Belarus:…

An 87th-minute Josh Magennis goal gives Northern Ireland victory over Belarus and sees them top Group C with two wins from two.

24-03-2019

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: BB…

BBC Sport takes a look inside Tottenham Hotspur's brand new stadium, which hosted its first game on Sunday as their Under-18s beat Southampton U18s 3-1.

24-03-2019

Tottenham: A glimpse inside S…

Tottenham opened their long-awaited new stadium with a test event on Sunday; BBC Sport's Simon Stone went along and found a club ready for a fresh start.

24-03-2019

Montenegro v England: Gareth …

Gareth Southgate says England's young players need to prepare for a "hostile environment" when they play in Montenegro on Monday.

24-03-2019

Steven Gerrard: Liverpool ico…

Liverpool icon and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard scores at Anfield for the first time in five years, in a charity game against AC Milan Legends.

24-03-2019

Dan James: Wales winger impre…

Wales manager Ryan Giggs says he is delighted Dan James scored the winning goal in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia.

24-03-2019

San Marino 0-2 Scotland: Alex…

Scotland boss Alex McLeish is booed as his side labour to a Euro 2020 qualifying win over minnows San Marino.

24-03-2019

Ashley Williams: Defender sti…

Wales manager Ryan Giggs says Ashley Williams will keep the captaincy despite dropping him for the Euro 2020 qualifying win over Slovakia.

24-03-2019