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Chris Jardine | 10:09 UK time, Thursday, 10 December 2009

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well.

We've had quite a lot happening since I spoke to you in my last blog. The much anticipated World Cup draw has been and gone, Annan gained a very important three points against Queen's Park, two players have left the club and one of our players has been on a secret date with our manager!

I'm not going to speak too much about the World Cup draw as, unfortunately, Scotland have failed to get there once again but I'm really looking forward to the finals. There are a couple of cracking groups in there and I'm certain there will be a couple of early shocks during the group stages.

England have been drawn in a fantastic group in terms of getting through to the second round, although it doesn't exactly have that element of excitement. In all honesty, they would have struggled to hand pick a better draw. I do, however think they have a great chance of doing well in South Africa, although I'm not sure they will actually win it.

Lee Hoolickin has left Annan Athletic in search of first-team footballAs much as it's all part and parcel of football, it's never nice to see players leave the club, especially when they are as popular as Lee Hoolickin.

Hooli played an important part in our historic first season in the Scottish Football League - scoring a few screamers along the way - but has found it difficult to even make the squad at times this season.

I've had my own problems in terms of playing in my time at the club so I know how difficult it has been for him this year and I really admire him for the way he has handled things.

To pretty much know you're not going to be playing at the weekend, yet still be at almost every training session and match is testament to how much Hooli wanted to fight to stay at the club.

He's one of the biggest jokers in the dressing room and will certainly be missed by everyone at Galabank, not least the players. I called him last night and although he didn't want to go, he simply knew he had to in order to get back playing again.

Young Gary Redpath has also left the club after finding it difficult to juggle the travelling along with his studies in Glasgow. Gaz only joined the club in the summer and made a few substitute appearances but hasn't featured in the last couple of months.

I'm sure he just wants to get back to playing football on a regular basis again. Gaz is a good footballer and I've no doubt he would have made a bigger impact at the club if he'd been able to concentrate solely on his football.

On behalf of all the players at the club we wish both the lads the very best for the future.

Now we can move on to our goalkeeper, Greg Kelly, going on a secret date with the manager, Harry Cairney.

This isn't going to make very pleasant reading for Bryan Gilfillan but apparently Greg and Harry attended a meeting with Hugh Dallas to discuss the issuing of yellow and red cards.

Poor Greg has taken a wee bit of stick from the lads since the gaffer let it slip in the programme at the weekend. In fact, we were all very surprised to see him at training on Monday as we fully expected him to be in Madrid with Harry and his pupils on their school trip!

We won't see Harry again until the game at Montrose on Saturday and, needless to say, there were a few boys who decided to take the night off on Monday - but it was great, as well as surprising to see both Greg and Gilly in attendance when their minds were almost certainly over in Spain!

The boys are off to Preston for their Christmas night out after our home game against Livingston on 19 December.

Unfortunately, I'm missing out due to work commitments on the Sunday morning but fingers crossed there are no problems like those at Stoke City before they travel - in saying that we are under no illusions that training will go ahead the following Monday.

It's been well documented that in my time at the club we have always struggled when social gatherings have been organised after a game. In order to attempt to stop the rot, I'm deliberately bringing it up a week early with absolutely no mention of it in next week's blog.

It's not unknown for incidents to arise on Christmas nights out where football clubs are concerned but I'm sure our boys will behave themselves. In saying that, I'm sure if they do get up to any mischief they'll get away with it no problem. I can't see anyone from the Annandale Observer travelling down the M6 in search of a scoop!

See you next week.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Can't see this rivaling the Owen World Cup hopes for as many posts...in fact I'm struggling to find any point in the article at all.

  • Comment number 2.

    What does a player do when he can't get a game?
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    Much simpler answer would have been "write pointless blogs"

  • Comment number 3.

    In order to attempt to stop the rot, I'm deliberately bringing it up a week early with absolutely no mention of it in next week's blog.
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    Next weeks blog? God help us.

  • Comment number 4.

    if you dont like the blog, dont comment. dont try and be clever/funny by posting trash. you tools.

  • Comment number 5.

    Nice blog Chris, always keep an eye out for Annan's results now on a Saturday afternoon

  • Comment number 6.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 7.

    Sam, the irony of your response amuses me. I assume you too couldn't think of anything constructive to write regarding the blog?

  • Comment number 8.

    no. no i couldn't.

  • Comment number 9.

    but i bet all of annan's fans would take a pretty big interest in this blog. all 6 of them

  • Comment number 10.

    Nice to see the dullards commenting on this blog again.

    It makes a nice change to see comments from lower league players instead of your usual Premiership players.

    I'm not sure who Samantha and Andrea support, but frankly who cares?

  • Comment number 11.

    AS AN EXPAT SCOT STUCK OUT IN THE USA- I REALLY ENJOY CHRIS'S BLOG. I HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM SCOTLAND FOR 4-YEARS AND NEVER HAVE SEEN CHRIS PLAY - BUT AS THE SUPPORTER OF A NON-SPL SIDE I CAN RELATE TO CHRIS'S POINT OF VIEW.

    IF YOU DO NOT LIKE HIS BLOG NO-ONE FORCES YOU TO READ IT - BUT SOME PEOPLE DO ENJOY IT AWAY FROM THE HIGH ALTITUDE OF THE SO CALLED FOOTBALL SUPERSTARS.

  • Comment number 12.

    Craig actually makes a valid point; but misses the fact that ALL blogs are pointless!
    The nice thing about this blog is there are no pre-conceptions about what Chris is going to tell us each week; it's about life in a division that only the locals will support, and how different THAT is from watching the likes of Gerrard, Terry or Rooney as they go about their tabloid lifestyle.
    Enjoy it for what it is... another opportunity available because of "the unique way the BBC is funded"!

  • Comment number 13.

    Chris,

    So I take it your manager doesnt take a leaf out of SAF's book and happily disrupts players parties after midnight? Maybe he should to keep the peace :-)

    Re: W Cup draw, what upsets do you foresee in the early rounds?

    Australia have a shocker with Germany, Serbia and Ghana in the same group. Every one of those games will be competitive. For me, as an England fan, Holland and Spain will be tough to beat.

    ZeusFC - agree with your comments. You don't have to look too far below the Permier league to notice stark differences in playing conditions/lifestyles.

  • Comment number 14.

    Chris:
    I really enjoyed this blog, keep up the great work. :-)

    Andrew and Craig:
    Don't be so rude!!

  • Comment number 15.

    Sad to see Hoolickin go as we have always had a good laugh with him!

    Not looking forward tomorrows game as I think we will lose closely again. All season we have been playing ok but either losing silly goals or not sticking it in the net.

    Watch out for Heggy!

  • Comment number 16.

    Outstanding blog!
    Chris Jardine and the goalkeeper Greg Kelly are legends!

  • Comment number 17.

    As always I appreciate the comments, whether good or bad - unfortunately you can never please everyone.

    redwillhunted7 - well, group D and G are the most obvious ones and neither Germany or Portugal will find it easy making the next stage.

 

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