Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Mascot Grand National - it's the race they're all talking about

It’s hardly surprising that Gander Green Lane is currently in the grip of Mascot Grand National fever. By the time the team takes to the field against Margate on Saturday that would mean the first team would have had just one game in three weeks, so there’s been little else for us supporters to talk about apart from Jenny the Giraffe’s bid for the coveted crown.
I mentioned in my previous post about the allure of away days, but I have never heard of an away day like this one. Non-league football fans can be a strange old bunch at the best of times, but it appears some of our followers have hired a coach for the 170-mile round trip from Sutton to Huntingdon to cheer Jenny on. On the face of it, it seems madness, but Jenny’s running for a great cause, Radio Marsden, so any support is to be encouraged.
To watch last year's big race take a look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oQ5WG2NjtA
If you want to know more, check out these links:
I don’t know about you, but I am mightily glad we’ve got a match to look forward this weekend. Margate come to town on Saturday and with any luck they’ll be a bit shattered having gone 10 rounds with Kingstonian on Monday night. Their FA Cup replay went to extra-time and then penalties before the Ks finally went through. Margate can now do what we’ve been doing for the best part of three weeks and focus on the league...if only we had any matches to play.
...and now for my latest Sutton United Hall of Famer...no, NOT Hall of Farmer, there must be another blog for that kind of stuff.
Paul McKinnon
The club’s record goalscorer, McKinnon hit the net with such regularity that Blackburn Rovers took a punt on him back in 1987, and they even had Simon Garner in their team. Things didn’t work out for Macca, though and he soon found himself back in the Us side. However, by that stage he had already reached legend status. In the early eighties he spent his summers playing with the like of Malmo and Orebro in Sweden. There’s no doubt about it, Macca was a wanted man. One goal of his goals which instantly comes to mind is that bullet header against Aldershot in the FA Cup in November 1987 which was even screened on Saint and Greavsie. That was just one of his goals for Sutton, though. There were 278 others...


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