Merry Christmas & This is what I want in a Stocking Santa!

Happy Christmas to you all.

I’d like to just mention those who are unable to partake in the merriment and over indulgence that we all take for granted.

The soldiers fighting to defend this country and even today risking their lives in Afghanistan and elsewhere. There is no football in “No-Man’s Land” today between the opposing armies

The emergency services who are providing medical treatment, fire defence and keeping law and order.

The essential service workers, eg power station workers, water companies etc

Even those who are required to work shifts at some stage tomorrow.

They are providing services we take for granted. A Special Christmas thank you to you. This poignant piece on puts things into perspective

Steve Dunn / Chris Scott
East Stand season ticket holder Steven Thomas Dunn lost his life in an explosion in Helmand Province earlier this week. The 27 year-old Corporal from Gateshead was serving with the British Army and the following tribute was posted on the Ministry of Defence website:
“His passion for Newcastle United knew no bounds and his thirst and excitement for life was apparent in everything he did. Thoroughly dedicated to his family, his job and to those he served with, this potent blend won him the highest accolades and the respect of all.”

And we’re sorry to report that lifelong fan Chris Scott recently lost his battle against cancer at the age of 33. Morpeth-born, Wallsend-based Chris was buried with full “Toon Army honours” and in lieu of flowers, mourners were urged to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. 
Condolences to friends and family of both lads.

Enjoy your Christmas and remember those less fortunate

About spen666

I'm a 40 something football fan and cyclist. I've been a football fanatic most of my life and have completed the 92 football league & premier league grounds Added to this numerous non league grounds, a number abroad and you start to get the picture. I took up cycling in around 2000. Although my father was a former World Vets Champion, I got into cycling accompanying my son to ride in London. This was followed by my commuting to work each day into Central London. Then doing some Sunday rides, then some audax events ( and then a week's cycling holiday in France with a friend. From there, I got more and more into cycling and in 2009 completed LEJoG and in 2010 rode in the USA with the Police Unity Tour. I completed blogs for those events at and Feel free to read them and learn more about me. I live alone which suits me as it gives me time at weekends to pursue my interests of cycling and football. (Well what did you expect me to say? That I'm sad at being single?) I'm currently looking for my next challenge. Any suggestions gratefully received.
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