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PIRIE is hoping that Saturday’s clash will bring out the joie de vivre in both teams

It doesn’t seem ten minutes since Howard Pirie and Bottesford’s Barmy Army were marauding the streets of Knaresborough ahead of a goal-less draw with the local Town side at Manse Lane. In actual fact, it was back in October, when Bottesford’s Head of Media Operations and MC Hammered graced the River Nidd with his reflection as he fed the ducks before setting off on a journey back to Scunthorpe with a point. The weeks since haven’t always been kind to either side, but Howard is hoping that Saturday’s clash will bring out the joie de vivre in both teams, writes Colin Muncie.

“We welcome Knaresborough to The Stadio on Saturday,” Howard told TBG. “We are probably the two most non-in-form teams in the Division at the moment with nothing to play for – so hopefully we will both play with gay abandon!”

Howard hasn’t lost his fondness for the double entendre as he conjured up another of those images so difficult to unsee. “We need to send Knaresborough back to Mother Shipton’s Cave with their tails between their legs – whilst we lay back and enjoy a post-match fag.”

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