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The Luke Graham Blog: Passing grades and mastering trades
7:25pm Friday 5th October 2012 in Sport
THIS week has seen a lot said about the club’s finances. It’s tough times out there for a lot of people and a lot of businesses.
It’s down to good people that football clubs have been going for all those years, the supporters.
We are grateful to have many with us at Hereford. It’s down to them that we have our clean kit, a clean stadium, food after training and a super pitch to play on.
The players represent you out on the pitch and we won’t always do you justice. Yet we strive to and thank you for your continued support.
You only have to look at Luton, Wrexham, Grimsby and Mansfield to name a few to see how hard it is to get out of the Blue Square Premier now. Every year, the fans have hopes of seeing their club return to the Football League yet see them dashed.
How would you feel if you were a Mansfield fan this season so far? Biggest budget in the league, players on massive wages and they throw the ball 50 yards from every opportunity they get.
Entertaining? Not a chance, it was an awful match to play in, let alone watch, I bet!
There has been a bout of sickness within the camp this week. I myself have been a victim. Comedian Micky Flanagan’s DVD ‘the out out tour’ tells my story just fine, when he talks about his holidays to Spain! I sent our physio ‘Dodge’ a picture for clarification, as I wasn’t well enough to get a doctor’s note. I don’t think he will be framing it, let's put it that way!
Hereford has become my and Chris Carruthers’ second home now. Our college room has been turned into a study room. Laptops, assignments, printers - it’s a struggle to fit everything into the room!
He passed his latest accounts exam in Worcester on Thursday and I hand my first big assignment in next week at Staffordshire University.
It’s just as well Hereford has only one bowling alley and one cinema screen so we can get our work done!
It’s important getting your lifestyle right as a footballer. The journey from Northampton to Hereford on a Monday morning starts at 6.30am. We arrive in Hereford just after 9.00am. I like to get in early to stretch and eat properly. By staying in Hereford all week, means we can eat properly after training and rest our bodies.
I can’t tell you how angry we get when it doesn’t pay off and you get a bad result. It’s a long journey back in the car, let’s put it that way!
Ryan and Marley have more luxurious surroundings in Hereford than us oldies! They have a two-bedroom flat. Yet living in it is a different matter. This week saw Chris and I pop over to do a bit of DIY. Sky TV wasn’t working and their boiler had no pressure! Within five minutes, we were watching Ryan’s favourite programme “SpongeBob square pants” and enjoying a hot cup of tea!
So you know where we are. Jack of all trades and master of none…I know you’re thinking it!
Super Sean Canham leaves us after three goals (I told you he would get more than one!). He also takes the fantasy league football money with him and an outstanding fine of £12. No-one escapes me. I will be knocking on his door in Worcester if need be!