“Hang your boots up, Hang your boots up, hang your boots up (insert name here),” repeat x2 to the tune of “Oh my darling Clementine” was an oft heard terrace chant in the seventies.
And, as I hit the 601 not out mark with a magnificent pint of Bass in a locals wet led pub, this seems like a good time to hang up my blogging boots so to speak.
Like Sean Connery, I’ll Never say Never Again but increased work commitments, family commitments and the need to travel ever further in order to seek out new boozers mean it is probably time to hang them up.
(proper pubbery – The Hunter)
It’s been a magnificent journey through some terrific Midlands towns and I have had an absolute blast. So many people to thank and firstly I’d like to thank the legend known as Martin Taylor for persuading me that visiting earthy boozers and talking absolute nonsense might actually be an idea way back in 2017.
I’d also like to thank anyone who has read this blog and also the people who have taken the trouble to comment on Lifeafterfootball.
I know that it takes an effort to actually comment and I can tell you now comments are the lifeblood of any blog so I am hugely indebted for your wit, banter, love of pubs, beer and, of course, typo corrections (you know who you are!)
Writing this blog allowed me to see an absolute array of boozers and I hope the current covid scenario doesn’t mean fundamental changes forever to the great British boozer.
Table service at the Stamford and Warrington, not sure that will work really, but let’s see what happens.
I also managed to pick up a medal, along with my pal, for drinking as we completed the Hartshill Mile in Stoke on Trent and duly collected a gong! – Read it here
Arguably, that day, was more successful than 16 years of football and I know Mrs BB was hugely impressed when I arrived home with some silverware….
Anyway, talking of Stoke on Trent, my final boozer is 601 – The Hunter ST11 9QX. It’s in a tiny hamlet known as Saverley Green and situated on the road between Draycott In The Moors and Hilderstone (good spot Mudgie).
It was Saturday night when I strolled in for a pint and there is a small bar that was pretty full, a jukebox that was playing some decent tunes, and a small snug that was less full.
Around 5pm on a Saturday it looked like it was warming up and I was amazed at how many people were here as I couldn’t seen any chimney pots in the vicinity.
(bench seating, Bass, pub games and a beermat – what a way to sign off)
The punters were friendly and with a choice of three ales on I asked the barmaid the six million dollar question.
“What’s the Bass like?”
“I can always recommend that here,” came the reply and it seemed like a perfect place to end Lifeafterfootball.
The Bass was truly magnificent and I even managed to spot a pub game that would have impressed Mark as my observation skills continue to improve with the more Bass I drink!!!!
A fantastic proper pub of the highest order that I can recommend to anyone who likes good beer and atmosphere.
I know how you all like your stats so here is the official rundown – region by region – of boozers visited. Plenty of scope to develop, but not enough time.
However, there is still plenty to cheer as I can recommend all of the following blogs at the bottom of this post, as they are a terrific read. If you can’t find something beer or booze related in this smorgasbord then you really don’t like reading about beer or pubs!
A quick mention to Alan Winfield and Richard Coldwell who were top bloggers but more importantly true pubmen and are sadly no longer with us.
Alan’s blog can still be read here and it is legendary….
I’ll still be passing comment on fellow pub doyens blogs and occasionally posting the odd beermat on Twitter but, unless I’m tempted out of retirement with a mega bucks deal, then I’ll probably just be updating this blog occasionally with blasts from the past.
So, as the anthem goes….”It’s a long, long road there’ll be joys and sorrows too….”
Keep Right On To The End Of The Road Folks..