TIGER TALES: They’ve never had it so good!

St Johns cubs 1982

St. John’s Dukinfield, cubs football team, sometime in the early 1980s. I’m the one on the end of the front row, right side. 

I can remember quite clearly my early football experiences – cubs football team (above, lol!), school team and a one off random visit to the ‘Junior Blues’ at Maine Road. The muddy puddles on the school field, pegging down the goals and hanging up the nets. The monochrome kits with collars and rolled-up magazines down your socks for shin pads. Okay, the last one is an exaggeration but maybe somebody, somewhere…?

I’m not one who generally harks back to the good old (bad old) days but with age, I find myself more and more thinking that ‘they’ve never had it so good.’ I’m not knocking progress – it’s how our species has evolved and of course, we always want better for our kids than we had for ourselves. But I wonder sometimes if my children really do understand how different things are now and how lucky they are to have what they have?

Training facilities and pitches in the area where I live are quite impressive – Astley Sports Village offers a basic, floodlit, all-weather facility with plenty of space for all age groups to train together on the same evening. At Denton and Reddish there are impressive facilities, combining 3G pitches and traditional grass playing fields. The Tameside stadium (Curzon Ashton) is a worthy venue for cup finals. And at Stockport Sports Village an incredible amount of 3G pitches provide a high quality surface with games rarely called off.

All a far cry from my own experiences of bumpy, grass pitches and carrying cold, metal goalposts around! Then again, on the other hand I think many children today miss out on some of the things we had. For example, being able to have a kick about on the streets, that are now packed with parked cars. Spending hours in the park getting on and falling out without an adult in sight.  We were also fortunate not to have the the lure of the Playstation and Xbox. Online didn’t exist! Although the Atari games console and ZX Spectrum computer had some attractions, they rarely kept us off the streets or out of the park, except perhaps on the rainiest of rainy days.

I’ve just had a sudden realisation that my dad probably had exactly the same thoughts in the 70s and 80’s: ‘Kits!? Real goalposts!? – they’ve never had it so good.’ All of which leaves perhaps only one thing to say to our kids: Be happy with what you’ve got, make the most of it and enjoy your football!

This Tiger Tale was written by Tiger’s parent, John Taylor. His eldest son plays for Dukinfield Tigers U11s and youngest son has just started training with the U8’s.

Interested in writing your own Tiger Tale? Contact via: sarahjohn.taylor@virgin.net


TIGER TALES: Let’s get blogging, Tigers!

The Tigers’ new website is technically not a website – it’s a WordPress blogging site that has the appearance of a website and many similar functions.

The blogging aspect of the site allows blog posts to be published directly within the site, stored and linked to social media or other blogging sites.Tiger laptop writing

So here’s the idea – encourage everyone associated with the club to get blogging as a way of sharing information, views and maybe / hopefully some humour!?

Maybe those behind the scenes at the club can share some of their own experiences highlights and challenges of running the club? Parents could share their views of the game? Coaches / managers will surely have plenty to say!? Even better, the players could write about their favourite players, experiences and many other things.

And here’s how it works – posts (writing on a topic) can be hand-written or emailed then sent to be  posted onto the website. Posts should be between 200-500 words long. (This post is 240 words long). A template can be provided for players and coaches. I will post a couple to get things started off, but it will work best if different people contribute.

Blog posts will appear here and links will be sent via Facebook and Twitter to alert everyone to new blogs.

Contributions can be passed to Sarah Taylor on a Wednesday evening at training (Under 11’s parent 2015-16, Kev’s and Reg’s Team) or e-mailed to sarahjohn.taylor@virgin.net

John Taylor – U11’s parent