You left me at the start of a Brum jaunt but it’s time for an interlude after Blackpool Jane outed me as a man who doesn’t go to the pub!
That’s right, all of these posts have in fact been fake news (even Russ’ comments) as Jane knows when the prospect of a tough boozer is on the horizon, then I go missing.
I’d arranged to meet up with one of Blackpool’s top five pub bloggers in The Corner Flag after Birmingham’s high profile (massive game Dave) clash at Bloomfield Road.
However, a mad morning dash to meet my lift meant I was without my blower for the day and a seven-goal thriller where Blues conceded six meant I was somewhat busy afterwards with disgruntled punters!
It’s a top read from Jane – read it here – but I did go to a football game a couple of days previously and have a pint so I need to claw back some blogging points to move up the Pitching In (Premier) division so I can at least see Jane’s coat tails.
A trip to Alvechurch was on the horizon after my pal rang me and said he’d arrange a lift for me and another couple of lads for an afternoon at Lye Meadow.
Of course, no day at the football is complete without a visit to the local pub beforehand and 736 – The Swan B48 7RP is slap bang in the middle of Alvechurch.
This Worcestershire village has a couple of decent pubs and this was a wet led cracker, which was the meeting point for local fans, and it was a hubbub of noise, jokes, laughter and pre-match predictions.
A pool table, dartboard and sport on the big screens is always a good sign too and we spent a good hour in here as part of the pre match ritual.
The Proper Job (St Austell) was in great nick too so definitely a pub well worth visiting and next on the agenda was 737 – Alvechurch Football Club B48 7RS
The club bar/social club was a two roomer and not sure if it was Keg GK IPA Smooth or Keg Maltsmiths IPA but,
it was enough to keep the atmosphere flowing and the banter was, as you’d expect in a crowd of 269 at non-league, was of the highest order.
Legends such as Alan Smith and David Kelly have graced the Lye Meadow turf and even a feller called Clarkson apparently played there in his 40s and remained unbeaten….
Anyway, a 2-0 triumph against Lowestoft Town, who brought a decent following for their league position, was followed by a couple more beers and a lift back after a remarkably good afternoon.
A couple more ticks on the Midlands pub trail and there is one behind the bar for Blackpool Jane when she’s back at her favourite non league ground – read here.