No ice-cold beer as Annan remain in cold storage
After the late call-off of our weekend game with Albion Rovers, we were looking forward to our re-arranged home fixture against Forfar on Wednesday night. Surprise, surprise, my phone has just went off and it was always going to be our manager telling us once again that the match has fell foul of the weather.
If we're being honest, we were never that confident that the game would go ahead. We trained on Monday night and the pitch was still completely frozen.
Although there was an improvement on Tuesday, as soon as I walked out the house at 0630 in the morning, unfortunately the decision was only going to go one way.
Saturday was a big disappointment for us as it's been so long since we played at Galabank. The decision was left as late as possible and, as far as I'm aware, Albion Rovers were happy with this in the hope that the referee would give the game the go ahead.
While the Rovers players enjoyed the refreshments of the Annan Social Club, we did a bit of training. Our manager took a bit of stick after rumours spread that Albion boss Paul Martin had very generously handed his players £100 to have a beer together before heading back up the road.
There were a few suggestions that Harry Cairney would do something similar, but he was having none of it. The players even offered to chip in and give him £100 so we could do the same, but needless to say he never budged.
Harry had a very good point when he said that Albion had played Saturday, Monday and Wednesday - whereas we'd played once in seven weeks - so they deserved it just a wee bit more than us.
Anyway, reluctantly, we got the gear on and had a decent training session with some running and ball work and a wee bit of a carry on with each other. After training, we enjoyed Jeff Stelling on Soccer Saturday before a few of us attended a speakers' night in the town that was organised by the club to raise some funds.
I'm sure it wasn't only us players that had a very enjoyable night and if anyone gets the opportunity to see former referee Brian McGinlay then they won't be disappointed. Some of the stories he told were incredible, although I'm sure you'll understand I couldn't possibly repeat them on here!
I gave our captain, Kevin Neilson, a wee bit of stick a couple of weeks ago due to the fact that he missed our reserve game at Stenhousemuir to take his girlfriend, Kate, out for dinner for her birthday. I should maybe have kept my big mouth shut. I've cleared it with the manager, but I will be missing training this weekend because I'm taking my partner, Laura, away to Perthshire for a few days.
I've hired a cottage for three nights as its Laura's birthday next Wednesday. I can guarantee that I wouldn't have dreamt of missing a game for a trip away (apologies Laura), but I'm prepared to accept a bit of stick back from the big man in return for dishing a wee bit out myself.
The transfer window has now closed for the season, so it looks like we will be going with what we have for the remainder of the season.
There have been a couple of rumours of late regarding ourselves and possible players coming in and there might be a possibility that we could still do something in terms of a loan deal.
The chairman and manager have both spoken about their attempts to get another striker in, but it could be at the other end of pitch where something is done. Watch this space!