Cod Almighty | Postbag
The one with that sinking feeling
6 April 2004
Just a quick hello from me this week. I have to go and write "I must do a weekly postbag" one hundred times otherwise I'll get whipped by the Diary.Email firstname.lastname@example.org to give me something to publish next week. Cheers muckers.
re: Pathos. SHIT!
Letters Ed responds: It's not your cup of tea then?
Who's got the crack?
No crack. Just plenty of deep fried peanut butter and banana sanwiches... laced with pain pills.
A netball fan writes
I've seen the Globetrotters play way back in the day... like 1987. I think some of the old school 70s guys were on the team when I saw them but I'm not sure. But even those cool cats weren't the original members because the team started in 1927 during the Harlem Renaissance era. You know literature, art, culture, basketball. Way cool! Check out the history... fascinating. I tried to start the defence chant at one of the games but people started hitting me over the head and so I stopped. If you start it next time I'll follow the lead.
As an occasional reader of Cod Almighty and even more occasional supporter of Grimsby Town (one game against Wolves at BP, but that's another story) I thought I'd abuse my position within a little known national news agency and see what we had on the Dutch man of mystery.
Apparently he is currently at HFC Haarlem of the Dutch Gouden Gids Divisie (Dutch second division - good call Ed), where he joined around September 2003. Where he was between leaving Grimsby in August 2002 and then still remains an enigma to me.
from Rich B
Letters Ed responds: I reckon he was gardening, Rich.
Grimsby IS in Lincolnshire
I saw your man on the TV about the whole Yorkshire thing. Good work. I have put a link on my site about the same subject. Lincolnshire is fast becoming forgotten. Good on you all to keep raising this.
from Frazer M
Grimsby IS NOT in Yorkshire
Enjoyed the piece on the sixth form media presentation that is 'East Yorks/North Lincs' Look North. It seems that the Humberside issue is a potential reason for the confusion, but can I put a spanner in your works a little? My dad, who is originally from Chapel St Leonards, used to visit my mum, who lived in Grimsby, by train in the early 60s. On one occasion he was travelling from Sheffield to Grimsby, probably working there or something. He was engaged in conversation with a lady in the same carriage. When asked where he was going, he said: "Grimsby." "Oh, that's in Yorkshire," she replies back. My dad says: "No it isn't, never has been." "Oh," she replies, "I don't think so. I think you'll find it is in Yorkshire when you get there!"
I only contact you with this because my dad has told me this on and off for 25 years now, and it still gets him wound up at the snooty way this woman questioned his geographical knowledge.
And another thing. One occasion a Look North or Calendar item was doing a piece about Yorkshire Day. They went into the streets of the region and asked people about why it was great to be Yorkshire etc. Anyhow, they bumped into a bloke and asked him. He didn't know what they were on about so they explained all the detail about Yorkshire having a special day to celebrate the best county etc. He looks at the camera and says: "I'm from Lincolnshire, and it's always special there" and walks off... FANTASTIC.
from Ian Jackson
Levy is a git
Peter Levy is no Harry Gration is he?
That is NOT Judge Dredd. THAT is Sylvester Stallone being nothing like Dredd in that wank movie that bastardised everything that was DECENT about Dredd.
Letters Ed responds: Yeah. And Hawk the Slayer's rubbish
Why is your site so hard to get around? I spent ages looking for your tee-shirt page. Good site thou.
from Dave Meyer
Letters Ed responds: Cheers Dave. Did you not see the links on the left hand side of the front page then?
Great site! Nice one.
Great site! Nice one.
I want kaylie
Any chance you could give me a reasonably correct spelling and definitely any origin information to do with the word pronounced "kay-lie", which was/is widely used round here instead of "sherbet"?
A local friend of mine has been trying to find this out for years - how sad is that? - so I thought I'd try and help him.
from Jerry Woolner
Letters Ed responds: It certainly sounds very familiar Jerry. I haven't a clue personally, but maybe one of our readers can help out...
You list Hartlepool's Danns as having links to the following clubs:
Blackburn Blackpool Hartlepool
Where next? _Hart_well Motors?
from Dave Chambers
Open letter to the NSPCC
Oh the joy. At last after 17 years of trying to convince my oldest daughter that there is more to football than the Premiership she agreed to come to the home of football.
Pontoon tickets ordered we set off. The wind was a tad strong, the M1 was full of idiots as usual but we were in good spirits. Walking to the ground from Cleethorpes was at least amusing: a fancy dress shop that opened at 10ish on a Saturday and what looked like a bouncer on the door of a tanning salon. Is this the modern vibrant place I have been telling the family about? We went to the club shop to get the tickets. No happy or smiling faces there (must be the weather I thought). Into the ground - no happy or smiling faces there either(the weather must have been bad up here). Then the match started...
The performance, if you can call it that, was worse than poor: no passion or commitment and very little entertainment. A wag in front of us summed it up: "You were shit before but now you are worse." The 90 minutes dragged by, the horizontal rain fell, the wind blew and that was about it. The only good thing was the beef sandwich we bought from Morrisons on the way home. Will I get my daughter to the home of football again? The answer is YES! She enjoyed the day and is looking forward to the Sheffield match. Oh well - it just proves I don't understand my kids.
from Keith Falla
Letters Ed responds: That's child abuse Keith. My dad got me hooked by taking me to a 0-0 Tuesday night bore draw with Darlington in the old Fourth Division - and look at me now. I'll never kick this habit.
re: the T-shirt outside Headingley. If that's a bus stop, it's a great piece of art! Looks more like a stop for a jet propelled taxi maybe.
from Tim Parkin
Hi Codalmighty people. Read your article in the Telegraph. Just like to say me and Kate didn't know about Grab-a-goalie (GAG) until our collection had got underway (in case you genuinely thought we did it whilst fully knowing about the Trust's appeal). If we had have known about it we would have waited until a goalkeeper had been brought in. After finding out about the GAG appeal, me and Kate decided we would be donating £200 to the trust as a way of apologising and helping the club further.
Just had to let you know. Didn't want people thinking we were doing it whilst knowing of the Trust's appeal. That's all, as it sounds quite selfish and being true Town fans we wouldn't have done it if we'd had known.
Letters Ed responds: That's fine by us Mandy. Pete's articles in the Telegraph are usually a bit tongue-in-cheek, so I wouldn't take what he says too much to heart.
The state we're in
Town are fucked aren't they?
from Dave Chambers
Letters Ed responds: Last week we were. This week we're not. Next week we will be again. So, er, 'yes' I think is the answer.
A tale of two Darrens
Seems like no-one knows who Darren Barnard is. Good job after Saturday's performance (except the goal that is). Even the Chesterfield programme gets it wrong. Mind you, this is the programme that says Darren Mansaram causes trouble for opponents' defences... that'll be why he's only scored the same number of goals as Mr Crane then... maybe that's who he's aspiring to be, hence the red card.
Nice to see Goals On Sunday spent a long time on what was clearly the most interesting match at the weekend... who actually watches Kidderminster anyway?
Letters Ed responds: More people than watch Grimsby v Luton anyway...[Letters Ed]
A supporters club - we need it don't you think? Can you imagine going to the club bar with your son or daughter, letting them play in a play hall or sports hall? You having a drink with your mates while watching them enjoying playing football or whatever. I think it's a winner. How can I turn this into reality?
from Pelham Mariner
Letters Ed responds: CA pub correspondent Sam Metcalf writes: Go and work for Bass for £80 a week for a couple of years then you might get your own pub down Freemo.
On a weekend when I booked tickets at Newcastle to make my annual pilgrimage to see His Bobness, it was nice to see some Dylan references in Tony Butcher's match report and Si Wilson's Chesterfield preview - even more good reasons for reading your excellent site.
from Ed Fleet
It's grim in California
Hello from California, USA. I have an unusual last name and that is: GRIMSBY. There is a farm in Southern Norway called Grimsby, Vanse, Farsund, Norway. This is where my Father came from. I have been looking for any signs from Grimsby, like an old railroad sign from a railroad station that says 'Grimsby'. Is there anyone that could help me locate one? I wrote to the HMS Grimsby, but they have not answered me for six months or so! I would like to get a Navy hat or patch with 'HMS Grimsby' on it, as I'm retired from the US Navy, but no help from the Royal Navy! Thank you for all your help with the Iraqi war, your nation has been great. God speed! Thank you & Tusen Takk
from Norman Grimsby, USN (Ret)
Letters Ed responds: Hmm. Yes. Well, I'm sure if you pay someone a tenner down Freemo they'll happily steal the sign from Grimmo train station. Make it fifty quid and they might be able to hotwire the HMS Grimsby for you...
As football seems to be taken away from the club gradually by Na-na-nana-na-na-nana-Nicky Law, is it also being phased out of the Cod Almighty website in favour of T-shirt sales, coverage of other sports events and spoof reports?
from Paul Wright
Letters Ed responds: It's just that end-of-season feeling isn't it? Only a month or so before I start looking forward to the pre-season match with Brigg.
More pressure for the overworked, underpaid Letters Ed
Has your office junior gone for some well deserved spring sunshine on some distant island or has cost cutting struck the lowest of the low? WHERE IS THE UPDATED POSTBAG? A lot has happened since 16/03/04, surely someone has put finger to keyboard and wasted 30 seconds by contacting you?
from Keith Falla
Letters Ed responds: Office junior? Ooh, the nerve of it. But, yes, point taken.
Who are we?
I've had the same feeling this season as Mr Thundercliffe. My enthusiasm waned last season but completely stopped at the end of September this season. He hits the nail completely on the head with the sentiment of 'the players wanting to make GTFC a little more exciting' just like the team of the early 90s under Buckley. That spirit has drifted away over the past four to five seasons, and I believe that the Town and the club are the poorer for it.
from Ian Jackson