Yet another footy/hiking combo. After weeks of sunshine we set off for West Yorkshire and the Robin Hood Inn in Pecket Well.
Naturally we didn't see the sun again till we went back down south!!

An unusual pub. There were these odd statues and toys dotted about. Luckily there was a pool table and a friendly landlord

Our room was pretty small and the bathroom was outside...but hey! I'm getting too used to luxury. It was a fine pub and Friday night was spent taking on the locals at pool...drank lots!

You really don't want to roll the mouse over this......

Another of your modern, out of town football stadia. I like them but they all seem to have been built by the same company.
I had a stroke of luck because I, er, left my ticket back at the pub. After going to the ticket office to purchase another one, I was pointed towards the concession window where I was able to procure a free players ticket...Yeah!!
Here you can see Nick reading the highly informative and great value for money programme whilst waiting for me to sort things out...

Checking to see there were no players asleep inside!

After what was a crap 75 minutes of play and us losing 1-0, the game suddenly sprang to life. Kevin Doyle was fouled in the box and scored from the resulting penalty. We then went on to win 3-1!

Doyle double spoils Bolton party

Arindam Rej at the Reebok Stadium
Sunday April 22, 2007
The Observer

This was a capitulation that nobody saw coming. Bolton had dominated, were deservedly in front, and then in the final 10 minutes their defence tired and lost concentration, allowing a Kevin Doyle double and Stephen Hunt's clincher to send Reading home with a scarcely believable margin of victory.

Ultimately, it was three first-half Bolton injuries, forcing them to use their allocation of substitutes, that cost them the game. Tal Ben Haim and Ricardo Gardner had both passed late fitness tests to play, but when they really needed to be taken off, their manager's hands were tied. Most annoying for Bolton manager Sam Allardyce was that the third injury his side received - Kevin Nolan - was caused by a tackle that could easily have led to a red card. Michael Duberry escaped unpunished, though.
'We've missed a lot of opportunities and a lot of decisions have gone against us that shouldn't have done,' lamented Allardyce.
Nicky Hunt's calf injury was the start of Bolton's woes. When Diouf left with a hamstring injury, the afternoon began to unravel. Then came the Duberry tackle that left Nolan in agony. The Bolton captain will have an X-ray on his ankle. Duberry was soon a figure of controversy again when he charged down Andranik Teymourian's effort, leading to appeals for handball that were waved away.

Nicolas Anelka left a stationary Reading defence trailing and his shot hit a post, but play was halted because of an offside decision that was clearly incorrect. Anelka immediately made amends when he collected David Thompson's neat pass and struck the ball against Nicky Shorey, who deflected the ball in.

Reading showed little threat until a late flourish. That period of pressure yielded an equaliser when Abdoulaye Meite brought down Doyle, leading to a penalty that the fouled player tucked away. The sense of shock increased when Seol's late cross was controlled on the chest by Doyle and slotted in. There was still time for Reading to add to Bolton's misery. Shorey's cross found the unmarked Hunt in the six-yard box and he gleefully headed in the third. 'For that last goal we had four men in the box,' said Reading manager Steve Coppell, praising his side's adventurous instincts.

Man of the match
Nicolas Anelka
Showed some neat touches and impressive awareness. He had shown signs of flourishing from the start when Diouf was alongside him but, even after the Senegal forward departed with injury, Anelka remained dangerous.

That night we went to Hebden Bridge which seemed to have a rocking nightlife. We found out later it's supposed to be the lesbian capital of England...

Hebden Bridge

Next day it was off to the moors to tackle Boulsworth hill(518 metres)in the "Forest of Trawden".....Only there was no forest.
Came across a shooting hut complete with hooks to hang the grouse on. It was also the home of a wee mouse. The rain started just about as we arrived there.

Then there was thing!

Made it to the top despite the wind and rain. Here I am sitting on a trig point admiring the view down towards Burnley.

The wild and lonely Heptonstall moor with reservoir in the distance.

As is often the case in these places, there is a pub in the middle of nowhere. The Packhorse probably does a roaring trade because the "Pennine way" runs past it. I was too knackered for beer, but it didn't stop Nick from partaking of the ale.

And my trusty steed that brought us here. Hail to the MG.

The full weekend's exploits

Another fine trip. Nick thought he was pretty hot at the pool but when the landlord stung him for �20 we realised why he was so keen to have us come back!! It was a good pub, but only One channel on the TV and no bathroom wasn't really selling it to us.


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