Sunday, 18 September 2011

Andy Lonergan hands his goalie gloves to our Daniel

Leeds United keeper, Andy Lonergan, saved a penalty today, at Elland Road against Bristol City. After the match he ran over and gave his goalie gloves to our Daniel, aged 7, who was delighted.

Ian Swales MP joins youngsters fishing in Locke Park

Posted by Chris:

Redcar's Lib Dem MP Ian Swales is pictured with Glynis watching fishing tackle being set up for the free fishing day at Locke Park lake organised by Redcar and Cleveland Council's Neighbourhood Management team and sponsored by Coast and Country Housing. Local youngsters from the Closes and Roseberry Road area, who helped with the recent litter picking days, were invited to attend and provided with some basic fishing tackle and bait. The lake was freshly stocked by Glynis and I earlier this year, with carp bream and ide, using £3000 of our annual £4000 from the Redcar Area Committee Environment Improvements Budget. In response Middlesbrough Angling Club, who lease the fishing rights from Redcar and Cleveland Council, agreed to allow 12 free fishing days per year for local youngsters.

It was nice to see so many youngsters enjoying themselves - see pictures below. They were very quiet as you would expect when fishing. Since we stocked the lake there has been a noticeable increase in young people fishing the venue. Day tickets can be obtained from local tackle shops.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Labour red-faced over NHS funds

Labour councillors were left red-faced last Thursday after their NHS claims were exposed as rubbish by the Liberal Democrats.
At the meeting of the Council Labour members accused the Coalition Government of cutting funds to the NHS in Redcar & Cleveland by £4.9 million this year.
However, Lib Dem Group Leader Glyn Nightingale produced Department of Health figures which show that Redcar & Cleveland NHS Trust is getting nearly £7 million more from the Government this year.
This contrasts with the Labour-run Welsh Assembly, which is cutting the NHS budget there by more than 5%.
Cllr Glyn Nightingale said:
“This Government is increasing funding to the NHS. Labour may think that if you repeat a lie often enough people will believe it, but I think local people will see through this.”
“Bizarrely, Labour seem to oppose more money for health. In Wales they are slashing funding, and former Labour minister Andy Burnham has called it “irresponsible” to increase NHS spending in real terms.”
What makes Labour’s behaviour worse is that the true figures showing that the Government provided an extra £7 million is available from the Council’s own Corporate Resources Directorate.”

Saturday, 3 September 2011

10-man Redcar Athletic beat Jarrow at Green Lane with a late strike

Posted by Chris:

My Grandson Daniel and I went along to a windy Green Lane today to watch local Wearside League team Redcar Athletic FC in action against fellow high flyers Jarrow FC.

Redcar Athletic started the match joint top of the League on 13 points along with today's opponents Jarrow FC and Darlington Cleveland Bridge FC. Promotion from the Wearside League would take Redcar into the Northern League. Redcar needs a successful team playing in a decent league and everyone connected with Redcar Athletic is trying to achieve this.

What they lack is local support and many local football fans are missing out on a good level of exciting football for only two quid adults - 50p juniors and concessions. Daniel and I go when we can - we also follow Leeds United.

Current attendances at home matches appear to be around 30 to 40 and I think we can do much better than that in Redcar. Check out the club's website for the next home match and come along. The club provide reasonably priced hot pies, chips and things as well as hot drinks. There is a matchday programme, containing match reports and fixtures, price £1. Also on sale are good quality scarfes, in the club's colours of red and blue, for only £6 and a lapel badge for around £2.

Redcar went down to ten men early in the first half, having just taken the lead, but there was still plenty of action in the Jarrow goal mouth with Redcar on top for much of the game. Jarrow equalised late in the second half but a late strike by Redcar gave 'the reds' all three points.

One annoying thing about these matches is having to put up with the foul mouthed shouts of the players. Which makes a change from the fans at Elland Road and the Riverside I suppose. One of the worst offenders was Jarrow's captain and number 5 who appeared to get himself booked in the second half for using foul language at the referee. He is pictured below slumped on the ground ffing and blinding at his fellow defenders, straight after Redcar's winning goal.

Redcar Athletic 2 - 1 Jarrow.