Headed “Billingham United?”, yesterday’s blog had double the usual number of Sunday visitors and a record for the Sabbath.
Apparently that’s little to do with the content – as if it would be – and much more with the simply mention of “Billingham” in the header.
So the plan to head today’s blog Olley, Olley, Olley. Oi Oi Oi – see below – has been ditched. Is this, like today’s header, what’s known as clickbait?
At any rate, the Billingham business has moved on. Richard Bloomfield, who in Billy Town’s programme on January 9 was listed as chairman, chief executive, secretary and treasurer now holds none of those offices.
Before an extraordinary general meeting called by the Supporters Trust on Sunday, the club had neither elected officials nor committee. Now, says the club’s Twitter feed, they have officials and membership requirements.
Where all this leaves a possible merger with Synthonia remains to be seen, but the tide may be running towards unification. Word is that Town also have issues with the clubhouse.
I’m reminded of Mr Bloomfield’s programme notes earlier in the season which ended rather curiously. “Be careful what you wish for, be very careful,” he wrote. Whether this is what they wished for is anyone’s guess, but they are to be wished great good fortune.
*Ah yes, Bob Olley. He was the chap who painted The Westoe Netty, mentioned a few days back. Jeff Dawson’s pic, for which thanks, is of Bob, now 78, apparently enjoying last year’s Durham Miners’ Gala.
Both he and Jeff are South Shields lads, allowing Jeff to note that the site of the famous latreen is now occupied by an automated car wash. “Back in the day when Shields was wall to wall pubs and clubs, many a drunkard gratefully relieved themselves in the netty as they staggered home.
“Nowadays, with no public conveniences available, a doorway or street corner will do.”
And that, adds Jeff, is just the ladies.