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    Posted: 09 Apr 2019 at 23:55
Caldy will need two wins from their last two games and even that may not be enough to keep them up in this most competitive league. The squad is in good heart and personally I think they can do it

However I do acknowledge these are serious times indeed.........so before the game against Rosslyn Park on Saturday a small group of like minded individuals will meet off site to determine the strategy for next season should the calamity of relegation befall Caldy.

There will be a lot to discuss because the demands of National 2 North are very different to those we have become accustomed to in National 1. There is no doubt we have to have a plan, and it better be a good plan.

We all like to think we work best under pressure but we don't. A relaxed atmosphere will be essential to get the best from this progressive group so Mrs Bolognese will prepare a splendid lunch. I will provide the Pol Roger as an aperitif and Pouilly Fume and decanted Amarone to accompany the meal.

I am hopeful this will provide the right environment in which to make some momentous decisions about next season because things will just not be the same........

........no more Virgin trains and the agony of Graham leaving himself behind at Euston..........no more 5 a.m. starts for Plymouth.........no more envy at the marvels of 26,000 all seater stadiums...........it could be Fylde and Wharfedale and Chester and Huddersfield

For my part our decisions for next season are reasonably clear. We just have to go back to what got us promoted in the first place. ............this not drinking on the journey to games clearly has not worked.

For next season I will be pushing to alternate between G&T and Champagne followed by Degsy's Irish coffee to arrive at our hosts reasonably refreshed but still somewhat coherent...........I am sure others may be talking about budgets and cutting our cloth etc and insisting all we can afford is Prosecco they may be right but what I do know is Win or Lose the Caldy Ravers will be on the Booze next season whether in Nat 1 or National 2 North.
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That's the spirit...…..
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it that odd time for the committed Club fan, if Racing Club de Burnage are relegated we have some much shorter trip to look forward to.
Long one are the heady days of the pre-Christmas jaunt to Billingham......
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With the exception of Ionians to their credit a lot of relegated teams from Nat 1 have found the first season back in Nat 2 North a bit of a struggle. eg Tynedale , Wharfedale , Blaydon
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bigmal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Apr 2019 at 11:36
Is that because there is a significant amount of player movement following relegation with ambitious ones seeking to stay in N1 and a shortage of experienced N2 players available to replace them?

Contributors like Big Eddie and Sedge Tiger are normally pretty reliable when discussing such matters - it could be the shared love of a G and T!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote pen 15 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Apr 2019 at 13:26
as far as I know ,ones moving up and 1-2 might retire.Should retain majority of the squad.If we go back to N2,I look forward to meeting up with some old friends and revisiting some fantastic clubs ,Huddesfield and Dourbridge etc great days out
is it stours year yet
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Originally posted by pen 15 pen 15 wrote:

as far as I know ,ones moving up and 1-2 might retire.Should retain majority of the squad.If we go back to N2,I look forward to meeting up with some old friends and revisiting some fantastic clubs ,Huddesfield and Dourbridge etc great days out

Pen 15 I have  read your post with trepidation.

As you know the Caldy Ravers Exec Club is composed of those 'seasoned' supporters who follow a healthy lifestyle rich in both spirit and adventure (with Graham's inspired and carefree travel planning providing a nomadic twist). 

The Exec Club working party lunch this Saturday is primarily to consider how our chosen lifestyle may be affected by the distraction of possible relegation to National 2 North and to discuss contingency plans for next season.

To read that one or two of us might retire is concerning  but to read that one of us will be  'moving up' is downright alarming and I am now wondering which of us has been fingered for such a move upstairs and when.

If it is me please quietly let Mrs Bolognese know so she can start clearing my wardrobe in good time. I wouldn't want her to have to try and sell on last season's fashion. Timing is everything and she may face a difficult market.

For my own part I would like to be kept in blissful ignorance so I would ask you not to bring any of your Mum's Eccles cakes to Saturday's lunch lest I interpret that kindness as akin to a 'final fling'
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nothing is over until the fat lady sings you should know that Big Eddie
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Originally posted by workerbee workerbee wrote:

nothing is over until the fat lady sings you should know that Big Eddie

Workerbee..........Mrs Bolognese reads Rolling Maul and although her fine singing voice and mastery of Caldy's Off Pitch choir delights everyone I fear she may take your use of Yogi Berra's famous one liner as a slight on her svelte footprint........
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BI did not think the so called level had any impact on Big Edie's enjoyment.
I though the match was just an excuse for the morning freshener, a good lunch and a few post prandial ports.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Big Eddie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Apr 2019 at 15:52
The New York Yankee's pitcher Yogi Berra was more famous for his quotes than his pitching and he is probably attributed more great quotes than anyone.......these include:

'The future isn't what it used to be'
'No one goes there now it's too crowded'
'When you come to a fork in the road take it'
'It's like deja vu all over again'

One great story about Yogi Berra which is not as well known involved the Mayoress of New York.

 On a swelteringly hot summer reception at New York Town Hall the Lady Mayoress complimented Yogi Berra on his attire "You look very cool in your cream linen suit Mr Berra"

Yogi Berra replied "You don't look too hot yourself Lady Mayoress"

Just brilliant
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Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

BI did not think the so called level had any impact on Big Edie's enjoyment.
I though the match was just an excuse for the morning freshener, a good lunch and a few post prandial ports.

Camquin you have expressed the spirit of the Caldy Raver's Exec Club members precisely.

We have Rosslyn Park travelling to Paton Field on Saturday and I have one of their posters 'Park Ranger' to thank for introducing me to the effervescent Pol Roger Champagne which has such a delightful smooth creaminess it can accompany the best Pot Noodles around.

It deserves to be served at around 10 to 11 degrees c rather than chilled to bu**ery like inferior sparkling wines so it does favour a discerning palate which I am sure the Rosslyn Park grandees posses. Although historically Merseyside has enjoyed a somewhat dodgy image it may surprise Park Ranger to know that Pol Roger may be acquired quite reasonably from the garage just up the hill from Paton Field.

I do hope that Park Ranger is travelling to Paton Field on Saturday so he can enjoy the warmth of a Caldy welcome. He and his colleagues from Rosslyn Park should enjoy a fine Spring day out 


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Originally posted by Remember Izal Remember Izal wrote:


With the exception of Ionians to their credit a lot of relegated teams from Nat 1 have found the first season back in Nat 2 North a bit of a struggle. eg Tynedale , Wharfedale , Blaydon


Until this season Macclesfield have been doing the N1/N2 yo-yo
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Please stay up Caldy, soft spot for you guys.
Done the long haul to Caldy last two seasons from South West, love visiting your club, day and back last year then weekend at a local hotel this time.
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Originally posted by hills17 hills17 wrote:

Please stay up Caldy, soft spot for you guys.
Done the long haul to Caldy last two seasons from South West, love visiting your club, day and back last year then weekend at a local hotel this time.

'The Hills have Eyes'...........Caldy is an improbable rugby club that should probably only exist in an old fashioned comic book. Quaint infrastructure, festooned with well lubed characters set in a little bit of paradise ...........it is the Vicar of Dibley meets This Sporting Life.

How this traditional rugby club, only a few miles from Anfield/Goodison and Prenton Park rose through the leagues to be at one point sat at the top of National 1 is a story of effort, vision, generosity, longevity, talent, community and improbability.

Without the 80 year old stalwarts in the Last of the Summer Wine Gang, the 8 year old minis and 18 year old colts and 28 year old senior players wouldn't play on a Field of Dreams

Without the tireless effort of the volunteers and coaches many hundreds of children wouldn't enjoy a sport for life

Without the huge generosity of the club's sponsors Caldy couldn't afford the terrific experience of National 1 rugby ........................................................................................................................................

.........and without massive team spirit Caldy wouldn't have gotten to National 1 in the first place.........they will not relinquish their position for the want of trying 


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I’m sure the well hasn’t run dry at Caldy Eddie nor has the money tree disappeared
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Big Eddie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Apr 2019 at 09:18
Having received a few private messages expressing hope that Caldy can beat the odds and how much the messengers will miss Caldy if they go from National 1 I felt imbued with warm feelings and showed these affectionate sentiments to Mrs Bolognese.

She looked at me in an unwavering and serious kind of manner and said "If I promise to miss you, will you go ...........like really far away?"


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Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

Originally posted by hills17 hills17 wrote:

Please stay up Caldy, soft spot for you guys.
Done the long haul to Caldy last two seasons from South West, love visiting your club, day and back last year then weekend at a local hotel this time.

'The Hills have Eyes'...........Caldy is an improbable rugby club that should probably only exist in an old fashioned comic book. Quaint infrastructure, festooned with well lubed characters set in a little bit of paradise ...........it is the Vicar of Dibley meets This Sporting Life.

How this traditional rugby club, only a few miles from Anfield/Goodison and Prenton Park rose through the leagues to be at one point sat at the top of National 1 is a story of effort, vision, generosity, longevity, talent, community and improbability.

Without the 80 year old stalwarts in the Last of the Summer Wine Gang, the 8 year old minis and 18 year old colts and 28 year old senior players wouldn't play on a Field of Dreams

Without the tireless effort of the volunteers and coaches many hundreds of children wouldn't enjoy a sport for life

Without the huge generosity of the club's sponsors Caldy couldn't afford the terrific experience of National 1 rugby ........................................................................................................................................

.........and without massive team spirit Caldy wouldn't have gotten to National 1 in the first place.........they will not relinquish their position for the want of trying 

Good luck guys. Keep battling.
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Whatever the result tomorrow against the grandees of Rosslyn Park I am immensely proud of what our small local rugby club has achieved with its own players without being heavily fortified by loan players or dual registered players and all within the confines of a little wooden shack an open field and lashings of pot noodles

Last weekend I watched Caldy's 2nd xv clinch the Premier League title in a hard fought win against Macclesfield.  The performance of this young development side which has been brilliantly coached and led by Andrew Soutar and his committed coaching team provides significant cause for optimism.

After the game I chatted to one of the coaching team whose passion and deep seated fervour shines through as strongly off the pitch as it did on the pitch where his infectious battling performances won many games for Caldy from losing positions.

After accepting the congratulations for the performance he explained how much Caldy now mean't to him. Although he only came to Caldy late in his playing career after many years at New Brighton, Waterloo and Birkenhead Park this former tough as teak hooker recognised what was special about this little club and expressed his hope that whatever the future held he hoped the club would never lose its unique identity.

He needn't fear, Caldy RFC has its identity defined by men such as him who provide the inspiration and leadership to the next generation of young men. League status is irrelevant in comparison.


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