Season 2006-07 Result
Newcastle United 2-2 Manchester United
 J.Milner 33,
 Edgar 74.
 P.Scholes 40,
 P.Scholes 46.
Date: 01/01/2007  Venue: St.James' Park  Competition: Premiership
Crowd: 52,302
Match Report Submitted on 04/01/2007 by Greavsie
Happy Days Are Here Again.....

A New Year's Day trip to Sherburn set the tone for a raucous day out for the Carrville Mags. An early start in Sherburn WMC to spread the Gospel to the uninitiated, and to have a few beers for good measure - just what's need to dust off the cobwebs and welcome in the New Year in style.

After a few tales from Boxing Day, and a bit of debate about the Ferrero Rocher thief, and also Just 'The Fonz' Graham, our Genial hosts invited us to partake in a game of Killer Darts. Like lambs to the slaughter we all lined up, readily giving up our hard earned 50 pences and strode up to the Oche only to be cruelly defeated trying to hit such trying targets as small 11. Some late comers were only in the 'competition' for all of 2 minutes trying to hit loopy ten and failing miserably. The only real resistance from the Carrville section came from Quiet Lad. Although I'm sure he's used to dart throwing, it may be true that there weren't many dartboards involved when he first took this up. Despite his best efforts, and taking a bit of stick from John, Greeny & Colin for having the impudence to try and gatecrash their patch and take the prize, just like Phil 'The Power' Taylor, he buckled at the wrong moment. No, the eventual winner John, showing just how well he has managed to assimilate his Fire Service training. Its good to know our money isn't going to waste.

A quick dash down to the Cross Keys for quick pint before the bus came, and to give Colin a chance to show his supremacy on the pool table, and to remind his lad Sean, just who is the daddy... for now. You can't help thinking the day of reckoning is coming soon though...... Everyone else piled on at the Sporties, while a few of us took the opportunities for a quick pit stop. Its a long way from Sherburn when your bladder is overflowing.

Most of us went to the Strawberry for a beer or two before the match. I don't think I've seen it as full. The lads were in full voice, with the Carrville Mags leading the way with renditions of many old favourites. There was talk of us going there every week, and doing the same thing. You certainly can't beat the atmosphere, so sounds like a plan to me !! There were a few manure w@nkers, who seemed to come in just to try to wind us up, but after some verbal 'musical' taunting they thankfully saw sense and left quietly.

The match seemed very much a supporting act up to that point. However, it turned out to be quite an open well contested game. Ronaldo got booed for every touch, which to be honest is a bit old hat and boring by now. I'm sure it just makes him want to stick it back to the crowd and spurs him on. No matter how much you dislike the arrogant, posturing g!t, the lad can play a bit. Fortunately he managed to fluff his chances for the most part.

James Milner opened the scoring for us just after a half hour, with a blockbuster drive from 75 yards out - goal of the century surely - OK 25 yards, but what a belter - like a rocket into the top right corner. If the lad can strike the ball like that, he's got to be scoring more goals than he is now. That's only his second league goal for us - we need more of the same please James !! Concentration is the name of the game when you play manure, and ours just seemed to switch off either side of half time. Scholes managing to evade several lunging attempted blocks and tackles to fire past Given on forty minutes, then put them 2-1 up thirty seconds into the second half. I suspected before the game, that this is where we would fall down. Their movement from midfield and late runs into the box have always caused us problems whenever we play them.

It took us a while to regain our composure, but despite plenty of pressure on us, we held firm. Our second goal was another cracker. David Edgar cutting in from the right and managing to squeeze in a curling low shot from thirty yards or so. How it managed to find the net is anyone's guess, but who cares. He celebrated like he'd won the lottery, and who could blame him. Good on yer son, and here's to many more !! Yes we had to clear the ball off the line a couple of times, but for spirit and effort you can't really argue we deserved anything less than the draw. If Sibierski had managed to direct his free header anywhere but straight at Van Der Sar just before half time, then who knows.......

Back on the bus, everyone seemed happy with the result all things considered. So, more singing and revelry continued until we made it back to the Sporties for post match analysis. And no-one left behind !!!

Song of the day - well there is only Just one isn't there, hey !!!!!!! :

"Happy Days" by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox

Happy Days theme (long version)

Sunday, Monday, Happy Days.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days.
Thursday, Friday, Happy Days.
The weekend comes,
My cycle hums,
Ready to race to you.

These days are all,
Happy and Free. (Those Happy Days)
These days are all,
Share them with me. (oh baby)
There's nothing can hold me when I hold you.
Feels so right, it can't be wrong.
Rockin' and rollin' all week long.

Sunday, Monday, Happy Days.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days.
Thursday, Friday, Happy Days.
Saturday, What a day,
Groovin' all week with you.

These days are all,
Share them with me. (Those Happy Days)
These days are all,
Happy and Free. (oh baby)
These Happy Days are your's and mine.
These Happy Days are your's and mine, Happy Days.

Cheers & Happy New Year to all !!!!!