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PIRIE: “Through good and bad we all stick together and, last week’s result is next week’s chip paper!”

It’s back to Toolstation NCEL Premier Division action for seventh-placed Bottesford Town on Saturday as they welcome Garforth Town (12th) to the Birkdale Stadium – and Poachers Head of Media Operations, disappointed by his side’s exit from the FA Vase, offered TBG his reflections not only on his sides’ Cup exploits, but on the finest philosophy – from the fourth century before Christ and from twentieth-century Ayrshire, writes Colin Muncie.

Howard told TBG that he’d found a crumb of comfort from that Vase reverse. “The only positive thing we can take from our midweek defeat is that the eventual winners of the FA Vase won’t have played as many games as Bottesford,” he explained, “we’ve had more draws than a Littlewoods’ pools winner.”

Howard’s attention turned to the visit of Rob Hunter’s Miners “Onto the weekend and our fixture against Garforth. I’ve done some research and apparently “Socrates” once played for them. I suspect this isn’t true as he died in 399BC – and I know for a fact there wasn’t a Northern Counties East League then. I suppose it’s a bit of Chinese Whispers.”

“Our manager is a bit philosophical at the moment and he needs to say some wise words to his beleaguered troops,” Howard reported. “Through good and bad we all stick together and, last week’s result is next week’s chip paper.”

“As in the words of Shankly “Football isn’t about life and death – it’s much more important than that. Up the Botty!”

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