Yesterday’s blog carried a picture of Nathan and Jamie Cobain, who’ll be on opposite sides when Washington meet West Auckland in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Clearly the guys must have lots of friends because the usual number of Grass Routes visitors almost doubled. So what of Louis Goldsack of Guisborough Town, scorer at Penrith a couple of seasons ago of one of the finest goals I’ve seen on a Northern League pitch.
He must have hundreds of mates….
Guisborough’s ever-informative press release reports that Louis, still just 19, is off on a four-year sports scholarship to the US while, coincidentally, former Town chairman John Newton – “I know I should get out more” – sends a list of the clubs’ leading scorers and appearance makers.
The local legendary Mark Davis tops both – 587 games, 342 goals – with Neil Hodgson (355) second in the appearances chart and David Onions, who seems to commute between Guisborough and Marske with the regularity of the Isle of Wioght ferry between Cowes and the mainland, second top scorer with 104.
Young Goldsack had scored 18 in 51 before the start of this season, but there may never be another like Penrith.
Then there’s Jamie Clarke, old Blackbeard the Pirate, who must have played for Guisborough Town because he played for just about everyone else in his quest for 1,000 senior matches.
I’m not sure if he made it, but Martin Birtle spots him on the front page of today’s Northern Echo in an advert for Redcar Races’ best dressed man day.
Blackbeard, it transpires, was second last year. What, and no dottle down his good suit? Visitor figures for the blog posted on Saturday morning are always the lowest of the week – but Jamie has friends everywhere….