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What I like about Harry Barnes

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Harry BarnesFormer Labour MP still loves the game

O.K. so Harry is an old school socialist. The 72 year old former MP for North East Derbyshire is a frequent visitor and commenter here, he likes to keep in touch with his roots in the north-east, and more particularly to keep abreast of things with Sunderland AFC.

Football is one of Harry’s loves, alongside his politics and peace loving demeanour, and it shows greatly with his passionate posts about Sheffield FC the local team which now has his full support. They have just started their ventures on the trail of this year’s FA Cup and Harry is covering it as well as any cub reporter in the local paper.

I think he’s enjoying his retirement!

Harry’s posts highlight the need to keep in touch with your local grassroots football team, Premiership dramas and entertainment are all well and good, but very expensive to follow, besides there has to be some hope that local lads will one day turn out for their local “big team” and earn a good wage, although it’s a long time since Sunderland or Newcastle produced steady strings of players born in Durham or Northumberland. It’s not impossible, as South Shields born Martyn Waghorn has shown at Sunderland with team mate and local lad Michael Chopra. However to keep the dream alive it is important that smaller non league teams get their share of support, and money, so I’ll be making attempts to follow the Mariners in South Shields this season as well as Sunderland (it’s a very long time since I stood on the grass banks behind the goal at Simonside Hall), so a few visits to Filtrona Park will be on my schedule.

If you want to keep up to date on the club there is a very good supporters association blog – here. I’ll be adding it to the sidebar too.

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Written by curly

September 19, 2008 at 10:41 am

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  1. […] Original post by curly […]

    Curly’s Corner Shop

    September 19, 2008 at 11:08 am

  2. Thanks Curley. I started out supporting Easington Colliery Welfare who had a great team in the Wearside League just after the Second World War. Some 30 years ago, my late father, young son (Stephen) and myself went to see them play. Easington’s striker had a small goaty beard. When Easington were attacking, Stephen shouted out “Howay, Trotsky!”. Who says football and politics don’t mix?

    Not today, however. I will miss both Sunderland live on the telly and a Sheffield FC home game to go to a Constituency Labour Party meeting. So its not all fun.

    Harry Barnes

    September 20, 2008 at 9:16 am

  3. P.S. Sunderland wasn’t live on the telly after all. We didn’t have a quorum for the Labour Party meeting so I made it to the Sheffield FC game. With a 3-1 win and Sunderland’s 2-0, it was a good day.

    http://threescoreyearsandten.blogspot.com/2008/09/dull-possibly-inconsistent-never.html

    Harry Barnes

    September 21, 2008 at 11:02 am


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