So , it’s off to the Theatre of Dreams (a.k.a. The County Ground ) on Saturday afternoon to see Swindon vs Carlisle. Swindon are well and truly in a relegation battle so a home win was essential.
Cue the start of comedy gold …. our new centre forward pulls a hamstring after only 20 minutes of play and is substituted ,the substitute comes on and in his first move collides with a Carlisle defender and ends up holding his side. It only took a few seconds for a bloke behind me the utter the following comment towards the home team dugout :
He’s not the only one with a dodgy side ,Wilson !
As always in these situations it’s good to keep a sense of humour because quite frankly after watching the Town all season you have to laugh or else you would cry . Predictably we lost 1-0 so it looks like we will be visiting some new places next season .
So , it’s another Utility Warehouse Win A Mini Free Prize Draw event this week at the local garden centre .
We set up the stand for one week every month and share stand duty between local Utility Warehouse Distributors in the Swindon area . I’ve done stand duty on Wednesday ,Thursday and Friday morning this week and all has gone well apart from the slight problem of location – in the week where I have been told to lose weight for health reasons guess what was located directly adjacent to our Win A Mini Stand ? - yes , a table full of sweets and biscuits !!
I managed to avoid temptation but it was a close call !
I went to two Kick Offs this weekend and couldn’t help noticing the remarkable contrasts between the two events.
The first Kick Off was on Saturday at the Theatre of Dreams (a.k.a. The County Ground ) where Swindon and Rochdale battled the high winds and driving rain to produce an entirely forgettable 90 minutes of football resulting in a 1-1 draw .
The mood of the home crowd was a mixture of dismay and puzzlement – dismay at the realisation that we were now well and truly in a relegation battle and puzzlement that a team that reached the League One Play Off final in May can suddenly have a dramatic loss of form. So ,all in all a depressing afternoon if you are a Swindon fan .
The next Kick Off that I attended was on Sunday at the Slough Conference Centre – the event was called the Big Kick Off 2011 , an event organised by Utility Warehouse distributors for Utility Warehouse distributors.
This event featured Utility Warehouse distributors giving tips and advice on how they were building their Utility Warehouse businesses as well as Company updates and news on forthcoming events .
It’s easy to dismiss these events as “salesy ” , “ra-ra” sessions and I’ve certainly been to a few of those in my time but this event was different – it was just a relief to be in a room full of positive ,entrepreneurial people who all wanted to grow their Utility Warehouse businesses
So the Kick Off on Sunday was miles better than the Kick Off on Saturday but I live in hope that the ongoing Saturday kick offs will improve !!