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Diary - January 2006

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Northampton v Wycombe Wanderers


31 January 2006

Found out today that the club's main sponsor, Loans.co.uk, have agreed to sponsor the dinner, which is great news! Had a short de-brief, then out to train. Went to watch Dychey play for Northampton against Wycombe Wanderers at Sixfields. Ended as a 0-0 draw but quite an entertaining one! Tommy Mooney hit the post for Wycombe, for who Clint Easton was also playing.

Testimonial Committee Meeting


30 January 2006

Day off. Had another game of golf! In the evening we had a testimonial meeting at our house to do more planning for the up coming dinner. Late night!

Warm Down


29 January 2006

In for a warm down at 8.45am. Ryan's game had been called off but Natasha had a netball match which she won. I managed to get back and watch. Spent the rest of the day at home and had a roast!

Watford v Crewe


28 January 2006

Get a phone call from Ben as I am heading down the M1 to say that he has failed his fitness test and I am playing! Game goes well, after an early scare where Springy does really well to deflect a shot on to the crossbar. We then go on and dominate the game, scoring freely and the only disappointment is conceding a late goal.

Out in the evening at the local Esporta for a "Burns' Night". Had a good evening, the haggis was great!

Training


27 January 2006

After a meeting about Crewe, we go out and train. Play an 11 v 11 in which we work on all set pieces and then have some 8 v 8 games to finish. During one of the last games, Ben saves a shot with his feet and hurts his ankle. He limps off the training ground and I'm on standby!

Match Preparation


26 January 2006

Back to London Colney today as we start to prepare for the Crewe game.

Training


25 January 2006

Trained at Borehamwood's ground which has an artificial pitch next door as it was forecast a heavy frost again. The reserve game tonight against Leicester eventually gets called off to save Leicester travelling. Martin Hunter, who is England U-19's manager, took most of the training session.

Training


24 January 2006

In training for a de-brief on the Norwich game. Went outside afterwards but still frosty so most of the team went back into the gym to do a circuit while the goalkeepers found a decent area to do some work.

Another Day Off


23 January 2006

Day off. Played golf for the first time since October but it was freezing! Out in the evening to celebrate our friend Mark being 40. He thought he was having a romantic evening with his wife Jo but we turned up with another couple to help him celebrate!

Watching Ryan's Match


22 January 2006

Warm down and back up to see Ryan win 4 - 0 and score 2 goals himself.

Norwich v Watford


21 January 2006

Great game which we were behind in twice but showed great character to fight back and win it in the last minute. The locals were not happy! Got back about 9 and joined Jane at friend's for dinner where we had a Derby supporter and Coventry supporter so that made interesting conversation bearing in mind Derby lost 6 -1 to Coventry that day.

Travelling to Norwich


20 January 2006

Trained and travelled to Norwich. Stayed in nice hotel with a golf course on it (if only)!

More Training


19 January 2006

Training in the morning. Had our friend Peter Jones join us for tea and catch up.

Training


18 January 2006

To training from Ben's flat so did not miss M1 this morning!

Training


17 January 2006

Trained hard in the morning and then watched Brentford v Notts Forest in the evening with the manager and we had our "scouting" hats on!! Stayed overnight at Mr Foster's flat.

A Day Off


16 January 2006

Off but went to watch Wooldale under 8's play Watford under 8's development centre from Milton Keynes at local school here.

Kids Matches


15 January 2006

In for a warm down. Back to see Ryan's game. First game back after Christmas and it shows as the lads struggle to get to grips with the game and it ends goalless. Meantime another victory for Natasha's netball team - the Christmas break does not appear to have affected the netballers!

Watford v Stoke


14 January 2006

Stoke City. Good win and another 3 points. Clean sheet for Ben who had a solid game against his old club. 6 points against Stoke so good team for us. Out in the evening with Rob Bailey and his wife Rachel. Rob helped me provide the gifts for the players at my game. He is from Stoke so he came to the game with his son Harry and was not impressed with the result! Rob used to be a professional cricketer with Northants and England and is now umpiring on the first class list this season coming.

Friday 13th!


13 January 2006

Avoid any accidents as Friday 13th! Trained and got home to spend the afternoon fetching Ryan from school.

Match Preparation & Gala Dinner Preparation


12 January 2006

In for training as we start to prepare for the Stoke City game. In the evening, we have a Testimonial Committee meeting at our house. Plenty to discuss with the dinner next month.

A Quiet Day


11 January 2006

Day off.

Practice Match


10 January 2006

In for another practice match with the youth team. Some of the trialists from last week are back again and do well. The u-18's are preparing for their FA Youth Cup game against Millwall next week.

Match De-Brief


09 January 2006

In for training and de-brief the Bolton game. Get back to see the kids come home from school. After an early dinner, I take Ryan training with Watford at Milton Keynes.

Natasha's Netball Match


08 January 2006

Ryan's game is called off which is a shame. Tasha has a netball match so we all go and watch her play very well. In a good team display they won 25-6! Our friends, The Brock's, travel up from Reading for Sunday dinner with us. Watch the Burton Albion v Man United game - great result for Burton.

Watford v Bolton


07 January 2006

Poor performance and result. Enough said! After the game travel to Letchworth and spend the evening with the Harvey's. I used to play with Richard at Luton. Watch the second half of the Luton v Liverpool game. Have a bite to eat with them and finally get home just before midnight. Ryan sleeps all way home!

Match Preparation


06 January 2006

All back in for training to prepare for the FA Cup game against Bolton.

Practice Match


05 January 2006

Most of the pro's are still off today but I decided to go in and actually play in a practice match with the youth team. We have a few trialists in to look at in a match situation.

A Day Off!


04 January 2006

Day off! Get a rare game of golf in! First game since October, and it showed! Met up with Mark and Jo later that evening for a drink.

Match De-Brief


03 January 2006

In for a de-brief. The players who played do a warm down while the rest of us have a good work out! Ben Foster and his girlfriend, Kate, come up to Northampton and we go for a nice meal.

Luton v Watford!


02 January 2006

Derby Day! Report early at the training ground for breakfast. Then it is the short coach journey to Kenilworth Road. We pick up the police escort at junction 10 and see all the Watford coaches. They are certainly up for it! The first half goes really well and we are 2 up by the break! The second half is trickier and we concede after 5 minutes. Then Ashley gets sent off so it's a rear guard action to hang onto the points. I thought I was coming on as Ben got injured making a fantastic save from Steve Howard. However when Al Bangura gets injured we have to make the third substitution so I sit down again! The fans have been great throughout the game and are obviously delighted when the final whistle goes! I think the players were quite pleased too!

Match De-Brief & Match Build Up


01 January 2006

Report at Vicarage Road for a warm down and to de-brief the Palace game. Have a good meeting and leave the ground very positive about playing Luton tomorrow.


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