Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Three late goals as Sunderland recover from 2 down to beat Liverpool in November 1894

En route to wining the League title, Sunderland beat Liverpool in November 1894. 

24th November  1894                                                                        League Division One

                   SUNDERLAND   3                                   LIVERPOOL   2
 (Hannah 75,Campbell 82,Gillespie 88)                 (McLean 35,Bradshaw 45)

Referee Mr                                                                                                Attendance 8,000

Sunderland:-- Doig, Meehan, Johnstone, Dunlop, McCreadie, Wilson, Gillespie, Millar,  Campbell, Hyslop, Hannah(J).

Liverpool:- McQueen, Curran, McLean(D), McCartney, McQue, McLean(JG), McVean, Ross, Bradshaw, Hannah(D), Drummond.

Liverpool arrived on Wearside with just about the worst record in the league and yet they came close to accomplishing what no side has done this season with what can only be described as a remarkable performance. This was Liverpool’s first visit to Newcastle Rd and although they were distinctly inferior to Sunderland they scored 2 goals in the 1st half and prevented Sunderland from scoring. In fact they led 2-0 until 15 minutes from time when Sunderland got their 1st goal and then went on to score 2 more to pull the game out of the fire.

The wild scenes when the winning goal was scored have never been seen on the ground before and the many home supporters who had already left the ground in disgust would be amazed to hear that Sunderland had won on reaching home. If ever Sunderland looked like losing it was here. Rain had fallen during the morning making the turf very greasy and the Scotch mist which hung around the ground together with the smoke from the nearby railway made the light very bad indeed. In the circumstances the attendance of quite 8,000 people was excellent.

Liverpool arrived on Friday night and stayed at the Temperance Hotel in Roker and included Curran at full back in place of Andrew Hannah. Sunderland were unchanged with McNeill still unfit. Liverpool kicked off attacking the Newcastle Rd end and some good passing by the home forwards quickly forced a corner. Hyslop got in a shot that Mclean deflected for another corner which Meehan dropped into the goalmouth where J Hannah put a good chance over the bar. McQueen saved soon afterwards and then Ross got away and Johnstone found him a hard nut to crack. 

Eventually the Sunderland man got the better of the tussle and placed the ball through to Campbell whose hard shot forced McQueen into a save. Sunderland pressed strongly and kept the ball in close proximity to the Liverpool goal but the visitors defence was sound with McQueen kicking away several times in capital style. Gillespie put in a clever run and was looking dangerous when he was barged over by Mclean who cleared. After Curran cleared a shot from Millar Ross dashed away and slipped the ball to Bradshaw. 

A bit of neat passing followed but then they ran the ball out of play. Sunderland were quickly back at the other end and got a free kick that enabled them to mount a hot attack until Hannah got caught offside. Hyslop sent in a grand shot that looked a winner until McLean luckily got in the way. Ross was tackled by McCreadie who was in splendid form and when the ball ran loose another tussle ensued with Wilson until Ross finally secured the ball. He quickly passed to McLean whose hotshot went whizzing just wide.

Meehan hit a long dropping ball up to Campbell who raced away and looked certain to score until Mclean overhauled him to get in a fine tackle. As the ball ran loose McQueen dashed out and kicked away as McLean held onto Campbell just to make sure. It was certainly a foul but the referee would have none of it. Sunderland were awarded a free kick soon after but the ball was cleared to Bradshaw who raced off towards the home goal. McCreadie tackled him successfully and then yet another free kick was given against Liverpool.

Meehan wasted it by firing cleanly into the net. Curran saved his goal by heading a clinking shot from Millar over the bar but the corner came to nothing. J.Hannah got possession from the goal kick and sent the ball up to Campbell whose cross skimmed the head of Gillespie as it went behind. Sunderland maintained almost continuous pressure but could not get through although they were perhaps not as direct as they might have been. Millar missed by a few inches and then Liverpool raided as Sunderland seemed to relax their efforts for a while. 

D Hannah took advantage of a mistake by Meehan and was looking dangerous until Dunlop checked him just in time. Drummond and Hannah were quickly back on the attack and Ross got in a good shot that Doig turned away for a corner. After 35 minutes a tricky run from D Hannah ended with him swinging the ball out to Mclean on the other wing and he cut inside and scored for Liverpool with a high shot. Buoyed up by their success Liverpool had the better of the exchanges for the next few minutes before Sunderland re-established their superiority.

They got a free kick and then a corner but failed to make any use of the advantage. J.Hannah put over a deep cross that Millar blazed high over the bar and then following another Sunderland corner Millar missed again. Campbell tried a long range effort that McQueen saved and then Gillespie drove wastefully wide. Sunderland kept pressing and Gillespie sent in a splendid shot that deserved a better fate than to slide just wide. Despite all their efforts Sunderland were unable to find a way through and then Ross dashed away for Liverpool and was getting the better of Wilson when he was pulled down.

The free kick was whipped into the goalmouth where Bradshaw neatly headed past Doig to put Liverpool 2 up on the stroke of halftime. The home crowd were stunned into silence by this setback and Sunderland trooped from the field knowing they faced a mighty task to get back into the game. Liverpool began the 2nd half full of confidence and pressed for some minutes whereas the home side seemed somewhat disorganised. At last Sunderland managed to break and McCreadie had a shot blocked by McCartney.

Another attack by the home forwards saw J Hannah get in a shot with no better success as Mclean headed out. Gillespie was fouled but the referee chose to ignore it as chance after chance was lost through poor shooting. A spell of midfield play followed with both sides resorting to rough and shady tactics. Eventually Sunderland got forward and Hyslop sent in a long shot that went wide. Very poor play by Meehan let in Drummond but he was bowled over before he could shoot. Gillespie made a splendid run but was deliberately fouled as he made his way into the penalty area.

Only an ordinary free kick was awarded when it should have been a penalty and Hyslops strong kick went wide. This seemed to dishearten Sunderland and when Drummond galloped away past Meehan things looked black for the home side but somehow they managed to clear the danger. Sunderland won a corner but they failed to improve on it and for all intents and purposes they were a well beaten team. All Sunderland’s attacks were beaten back and the long faces of Mr Watson and the home committee were a sight to see.

With 15 minutes to go there was a chink of light in Sunderland’s gloom when they were awarded a free kick. The ball was played in to Hannah and he hooked it over his head and watched in delight as it dropped into the net to reduce the arrears. Sunderland began to entertain hopes of a draw but Liverpool were still a force to be reckoned with and Bradshaw sent a shot past the post. With 8 minutes left Sunderland attacked again and Hyslop got the ball to Campbell who spun round and coolly slotted the ball past McQueen to level the scores. 

Pandemonium reigned and scores of people who had started to make their way home tried to return to their places. Roared on by the crowd Sunderland played like demons and Liverpool struggled desperately to keep them out. Sunderland won a corner that was taken by J Hannah and when the ball was curled in Gillespie got to it first and drove it past McQueen with 2 minutes left to send the home crowd into raptures. The scenes were almost indescribable with hats and sticks being thrown into the air and the cheers could be heard miles away.

Liverpool were stunned and protested unconvincingly against the goal to no avail. The excitement was intense and a free kick to Sunderland was sent out of play. The ball travelled quickly to the other end but Meehans a long kick had Sunderland pressing again. They were forced back and after the ball was kicked into touch the throw in gave Hyslop a chance but he put it wide. Sunderland launched a couple of brief raids but were unable to add to their score and when the whistle blew they had won a remarkable game by the odd goal  in 5.                                   (Newc Dly Ldr)

NHS staff out for second time in pay protest

Taken from http://Unitelive.org/pay-protest/

NHS staff out for second time in pay protest 
Mark Metcalf, Monday, November 24th, 2014 

Unite NHS members in Greater Manchester were out in force today as they joined other health unions on the picket line in a dispute over pay.

The walkout between 7 am and 11 am was the second in five weeks. The large numbers involved demonstrated a clear signal to the government that those who keep the nation’s flagship institution running smoothly need to be properly rewarded for their efforts.

The Cameron-Clegg coalition has forced down NHS workers’ wages by 15 per cent since 2010. Worse is to come as after refusing to pay the measly one per cent pay rise recommended by the independent NHS pay review body, Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has announced he will not be paying anything to NHS staff in England and Northern Ireland in 2015/16 either.

Such an approach stands in stark comparison to Wales where a cash strapped Labour administration has awarded a non-consolidated cash payment of £187 for this year and agreed to a one per cent increase in 2015-16.

In Scotland, trade unions successfully negotiated with the devolved government a one per cent consolidated pay rise this year and payment of an extra £300 to low paid workers.

“Faced with such a massive attack on our wages then what option have we been left with except to take strike action? asked biomedical scientist Liz Holland, a Unite workplace rep at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

“We have MPs handing themselves an 11 per cent pay rise and yet we have those who save people’s lives getting poorer. We have members using food banks, running up debts and being forced to do multiple jobs.”

Dedicated hospital staff quickly formed picket lines at 7 am. Everyone was in a good mood, proud of standing up for themselves and a service they desperately want to see survive. In addition to Unite a further eight unions participated including the Royal College of Midwives, out for just the second time in 133 years. The strikers were buoyed by members of the public expressing support and the constant tooting of horns by passing drivers.

There was also a lively picket line at the Royal Oldham Hospital where Unite rep Gareth Griffiths said, “David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt don’t want NHS workers to be properly paid so that morale remains high and staff can maintain a proper work-life balance.

“They want to squeeze wages so that the NHS becomes increasingly attractive to a takeover by private companies. Privatisation is bound to lead long-term to people paying for their operations.”

“We are fighting for ourselves and the future of the NHS as a public institution,” added Liz Holland.

A Star Called Henry book review

“A Star Called Henry” by Roddy Doyle
Reviewed by Jim Mowatt, Unite Director of Education 
Asked often to suggest a “good book” to introduce someone (usually a young person) to politics, and the natural urge is to recommend E.P. Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class.

Brilliant as it is, it is a wee bit heavy biscuits for those brand new to politics. So, recently I’ve been recommending NOVELS not TEXT BOOKS for the inquisitive learner. Of these the stand-out read is Roddy Doyle’s A Star Called Henry And here are my reasons.

It is a belting read. A roller coaster of a journey of a baby to young adulthood in the first quarter of the 20
th Century.  It is vivid, haunting, funny and mercilessly meticulous in the accounts of poverty and its embarrassments. North Dublin is infused with real politics, in real time with real people. And Henry Smart meets James Connelly and Michael Collins. 
And it’s utterly believable. The reader is introduced to the convoluted landscape of British politics – with the island of Ireland being an integral part of Great Britain – confronted by the confusions, contradictions and (the often) craziness of Republican politics in pre-revolutionary Ireland. Raw, heart rending and uplifting accounts of real events pepper the story of Henry Smart.

Doyle is a master craftsman of storytelling; he has a fabulous pedigree – including, most popularly, his “The Commitments”, “The Snapper” and “The Van” – (his Barrytown trilogy). Doyle can tell a story - and what a historical period in which to set this first instalment (*) of The Last Roundup series.
Grim and romantic, cruel and generous, full-blooded and intimate, you are transported into a Dublin and Ireland in political turmoil, intrigue and energy. Doyle compels you as the reader into having to understand the power struggles, the deceits and commitment of the political processes of a whole country about to tear itself apart.

The dialogue is fierce and funny; the characters riveting and the politics never in your face and never getting in the road of a great rollicking story. A real page turner.

This is a great student introduction to politics – a springboard for any student new to politics to follow-up, research and debate knowingly.

“A Star Called Henry” is a coping stone in the making of modern Ireland.
A Star Called Henry was published in 1999 and is volume 1 of The Last Roundup series. The second installment was published in 2004 and is called Oh, Play That Thing. It was followed by The Dead Republic in 2010. 

This book is set to be the UNITE book of the month for December 2014. 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Come and visit the site of the first domestic violence victim to be publicly commemorated

Come and visit the site of the first domestic violence victim to be publicly commemorated 

Ellen Strange was murdered by her husband on Holcombe Moor in January 1761 and following which her family and/or local people raised a pile of stones in her memory. The continued practice ever since of passers by adding another stone has ensured that the crime and Ellen has not been forgotten. In the absence of information to prove otherwise it is thus likely that Ellen Strange is the first domestic violence victim to be commemorated. 

On Sunday 30 November at 11.30am a group of trade unionists will visit the stones as part of an article for the Landworker magazine of Unite the union and the Rebel Road website of the union. If you would like to join them please get in touch or come along to Emmanuel Church, Holcombe, Ramsbottom, Bury, Greater Manchester BL8 4NB. Bring some walking shoes although the walk is not too strenuous. 

Mark Metcalf 07952 801783 or email at markcmetcalf@btinternet.com 

How Silsden resisted police brutality in 1911.

Silsden is a small town of 8,000 people between Keighley and Skipton in West Yorkshire. 

In 1911 local people objected to a very unpopular policeman whose arrest of a local man led to his imprisonment and following which there was a riot in which the police station was attacked and all its windows smashed. 

Taken from Daily Mirror, 10-04-1911. 

Stones and bottles hurled at windows, three constables being struck. 
‘As a result of the conviction by the Skipton Magistrates of a man named Hodgson, who was charged with assaulting a constable, a crowd of several hundred persons made a desperate attack late on Saturday night on the police station at Silsden, three rniles from Keighley. 

The fire “buzzer”  was set going, and a mob quickly gathered armed with stones, bottles and other missiles, with which they broke every window in the police station. Two or three constables were struck.’ 

An enterprising photographer who photographed the police station with its windows both smashed and boarded shortly after the incident later had them printed on postcards that he offered for sale. 
An article many years later in West Yorkshireman, the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police Newspaper, reported that in 1911 a petition had been sent to the then Home Secretary Winston Churchill complaining about the ‘attitude of the police officers.’ Although the village petitioners got no joy from Churchill they had the satisfaction of seeing the convicted man released early and the constable was transferred to another area. 

The site of the former police station is now occupied by premises belonging to BT. 

Many thanks to Melvyn Bradshaw of Silsden for his considerable help in assembling the information on this page.

Silsden lies on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. 

Cowdenbeath - the worst place in Britain to 'watch' football?

Entering the ground to watch Cowdenbeath play St Mirren in a pre-season friendly my six year old
son said to me "Dad you can't see the pitch." Not quite true but it is a long way away and it's hidden behind a sizeable fence that is required for safety reasons at the stock car racing that also takes place at Central Park.  If you do visit then try going in the seated areas. St Mirren won 4-1. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Pictures of Mossley AFC's ground

I've visited a fair few new grounds this season and will be putting pictures of them online in next few days. Working backwards I visited Mossley last Saturday and saw Brighouse win there 3-2. The ground is over a hundred years old and sits in a very picturesque valley. I enjoyed some great craic with fans of both clubs and I'd recommend a visit.