The King of Limbs…The Kings of music.

I must begin by declaring some bias here; I’ve been pretty much obsessed with Radiohead since I first discovered them whilst at University. I say discovered, I knew all about them but never had I bothered to delve deep into their albums, back catalogues and b-sides to unearth an enormity of some of the greatest songs I’ve ever heard.

Indeed, Radiohead don’t adhere to usual procedure, they announced their new album The King of Limbs just four days before its release. The record itself is only eight tracks in length, with the longest song being a shade over five minutes long. The rumour mongers are already having their say, suggesting a second part will be set loose over the summer but thus far Thom Yorke and co are remaining tight lipped.

The album itself is difficult to define, some tracks (Morning Mr Magpie & Feral) sound not too dissimilar to Amnesiac, Radiohead’s fifth record. Bloom and Lotus flower grow on the listener much quicker, they’re more pleasant affairs and are a throwback to The Bends.

But it is track #6, Codex, which had the biggest effect on me.  A distant cousin to Pyramid Song (Amnesiac) and Videotape (In Rainbows), sweet and graceful on the ear with Thom’s unmistakeable voice gushing over the top. No one can write songs like he does, gripping and weepy at the same time, without ever sounding dull.

The final track, Separator, is the one fuelling the rumours of a second coming. Ending neither with a bang nor a whimper, it calls out to a following track which one suspects is already in existence. “If you think this is over, then you’re wrong,” say the lyrics.

The King of Limbs is unlike anything Radiohead have ever made, yet different sections offer subtle reminders to albums gone by.  The band is no longer the rock band of the past, this is a much more melancholy record  and much like every other album Radiohead have ever produced, it is one tinged with genius.

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127 Hours – 94 minutes of exhaustion

127 Hours – 94 minutes of exhaustion

I must admit my scepticism when I first heard Danny Boyle was to direct the film 127 hours, the story of a mountain climber forced to amputate his arm after it was trapped during a routine climbing exercise.  Boyle is without doubt a gifted director, with Trainspotting and Sunshine at the top of an impressive CV. But I couldn’t get my head around a short Lancastrian getting his hands on this one, an episode which seemed a million miles away from his hometown of Radcliffe.

Despite my concerns, I was eager to see Boyle’s latest work and was quickly taken aback by the masterpiece I was watching.  Having researched the story in some detail in the weeks before, I was pleasantly surprised how well the film fitted in with the facts, and how the tiny yet vital embellishments fitted seamlessly with the truth.

James Franco’s performance of Aron Ralston, an adrenaline junkie from Indianapolis, was as convincing as it was invigorating. The plot weaved in and out of dream, flashback and forethought, giving us a scenery change from the gloomy hole which held Ralston prisoner.

He was running out of food, water, and the mental strength to carry on. 127 hours is the time it takes for Ralston to come to terms with what he must do, and by snapping his right arm against the boulder and hacking at the exposed nerves he is finally able to winch himself to safety where some passing ramblers were able to raise the alarm. The film was draining to watch, we each knew the ending but few can honestly say they weren’t shocked, or at least unsettled by Franco’s gruesome arm-slashing escape.

The graphics are stunning, but the soundtrack brings the film to life. A.R Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) manages to deliver a stirring yet uplifting theme to the film which could so easily have been darkened by a more depressing score.

127 hours is a simple film, with little to confuse but with much to offer during a rollercoaster of emotions which brings a brutal yet triumphant conclusion.

 

 

 

 

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Rough guide to… Cambridge.


Well, hello there, Cambridge United. Let’s talk about you.

Cambridge United. Once proud inhabitants of the old Division Two and twice quarter-finalists in the FA Cup. Now a team very much in the ‘Wrexham, Mansfield, Kidderminster’ bracket of former Football League clubs now stuck fast in the Conference Premier. But before you stop reading, the Us may not be as unexciting as they might appear. Current manager Martin Ling, officially in his second spell at the club, actually quit as boss just nine days into his tenure in 2009, and was followed days later by the chairman. Ling returned eight days later and was praised for his “integrity, honesty, and strength of character” by incoming owner Paul Barry. The former Leyton Orient gaffer went on to steady the ship during a time of massive off-field turmoil which followed the club’s 2009 play-off final defeat to Torquay and this season are among the bookies’ favourites to win promotion.

Perhaps the Us’ most famous supporter is Nick Hornby, famed writer of such books as Fever Pitch, About a Boy and Juliet, Naked. Best known with his Arsenal shirt on, Hornby adopted Cambridge as his second club since studying at the university. Notable former players include Dion Dublin, Steve Claridge and Wilf Mannion, who went on to earn 26 England caps in a career which spanned 22 years in the mid-20th century. Mannion played for Cambridge until 1956, when he hoped to move into management, and during his retirement he said:”I promise you this: if I did manage a league club I would not employ any coaches. Trainers, of course – a footballer’s fitness is of paramount importance – but no coaches. No-one coached me. No-one coached Raich Carter. No-one coached Stanley Matthews. If a lad can’t play at 18 or 20, he’ll never play.”

Cambridge United’s main rivals are Peterborough United, although the clubs’ differing levels of success in recent years have meant meetings have been infrequent. Other rivalries include Stevenage Borough, Northampton Town and Histon.

Do you come here often?
In 2005 Cambridge were relegated from the Football League after a 35-year stay. This led to huge financial difficulties and the club fell into administration before the end of the campaign. During the close season they were rescued by an eleventh-hour deal struck with HM Revenue & Customs, but only after selling their Abbey Stadium to balance the books.

Cambridge fans will be eager that 2010-11 can finally be the season where they climb back into the Football League after a five-year exile.

Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?
There have been 26 fixtures between the Mariners and Cambridge in the clubs’ respective histories, with Town being victorious on 12 occasions and the Us nine. The most recent meeting came in the fourth division during the 2004-05 season, where the Mariners did the double over United. September’s meeting at the Abbey Stadium saw Town win 2-0, ending a nine-month run without an away win, which had already effectively relegated Grimsby from the third division in May 2004.

Town were on the end of a 5-1 hammering at the Abbey Stadium in 1981 but have only lost one of the last five matches between the sides.

What can we do when the sun goes down?
Cambridge is a city of culture and also one of history. Perhaps its most famous son is Sir Richard Attenborough, and Oliver Cromwell was an MP in the city in the 17th century. The Cambridge Folk Festival is world famous and Pink Floyd’s original frontman, the late Syd Barrett, was born in Cambridge in 1946. The Cambridge Film Festival is considered one of the best in the country, taking place every September – it’s well worth a visit.

Cambridge is also the home of football. Don’t believe me? Well, Cambridge played a distinctive role in the invention of the game, as the very first set of rules were drawn up by members of the university in 1848. Speaking of the university, some of its rowers normally get together for a bit of a race every year with some chaps from Oxford, or something.

Vital statistics
League placing: 10th, Conference Premier, P44 W15 D14 L15 F65 A53 Pts59
Home and away rankings: 8th and 13th in the division
Average attendance: 3077 (rank: 5th in the division, 88th in England)
Mileage travelled: 2,854

This season
Squad size: 22 (as at 4 July)
Odds on winning the league: 14/1 (Blue Square)

Do say
“Seven straight wins in the boat race between 1993 and 1999, you say?”

Don’t say
“No cathedral? Well, it’s not a city then, is it.”

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A decade of decline

September 1st 2001, what a day that was. Grimsby Town saw off Barnsley 1-0 in a fiery afternoon encounter at Blundell Park and in the evening England thumped Germany 5-1 in Munich. Oh, I almost forgot, the Mariners also went top of the old Division One that day and a certain Phil Jevons scored his first ever league goal.

Just nine seasons later and Grimsby cling desperately to their Football League lives, seven points adrift of Barnet with three games remaining. Such a fall from grace is rarely seen in English football, plenty have endured a relegation or two but few supporters have witnessed such a dreadful decade as the Mariners.

Accusations by the loyal fanbase are thrown this way and that, with each supporter frantically looking for someone or something to blame for such a terrible state of affairs. Even former players are having their two penny worth, former midfielder Chris Hargreaves said this week: “You can’t hold the players accountable all the time for a club’s problems. When a team goes down they are usually in a mess off the field as well as on it.” Well, as far as this campaign goes, I’m going to disagree with Hargreaves completely and point the finger firmly at the players.

You see, just eight short months ago the Mariners headed off to their pre-season tournament in Devon and proceeded to rip apart all opposition that stood in their way before holding a strong Leeds side to a 1-1 draw at Blundell Park.

The first half of the opening day at Cheltenham saw a similar outcome, with Town thoroughly outplaying their hosts and moving the ball around the pitch with ease. Yet after the break everything changed. The Mariners came out and completely lost their way, offering nothing going forward and falling apart at the back, Cheltenham ran out 2-1 winners.

The next two games saw a pair of 4-0 drubbings at Tranmere and at home to Crewe, three of the following four games ended in defeat and confidence had been dashed. A team showing such promise in the opening stages had totally buckled and Town already found themselves rooted in the League Two relegation spots.

The rest of the season has fared little better, worse in fact. A run of 25 games without a win has all but cost the Mariners their league place. They have been poor throughout the season and at no point have offered more than the smallest flurry of light in an endlessly dark campaign.

For me, the wrongs lie squarely at the feet of the players. How can players who showed so much talent and skill at the back end of last season show so little this time around?

Take Conlon, Sweeney and Forbes for example, a trio of players who epitomised the fighting spirit of the club which stayed up against all odds last season. Yet all three have gone missing this time around, they were each handed juicy contracts to keep them at Blundell Park for the next two or three years and none has showed anything like their form of last season. Conlon was shipped out to Chesterfield, Forbes has spent his season either on the treatment table and on the bench, and Sweeney, well your guess is as good as mine. I’m not putting the blame solely with the three mentioned players, but each individual tale tells a story which could symbolise the entire club for the past ten years.

Crewe away, Port Vale away, Bradford at home, Dagenham away, Torquay at home, all matches were I have seen more heart and desire in a dustbin. And don’t even mention the words Bath City, how any professional footballer can look themselves in the eye after any of the aforementioned performances defies belief.

One thing is for sure, if and when the Mariners are finally sent packing to the Blue Square Premier, an immediate return looks near impossible. A losing mentality certainly cannot be quickly rectified; a comprehensive clear out within the club is massively overdue from top to bottom. A hungry, energetic, exciting, committed spine is required, a competent goalkeeper, an experienced leader, a ball-winning midfielder and a frontman who actually knows how to stick the ball away. Get the signings right and we’re in with a chance, continue get them wrong and the rut will just get bigger, it’s going to be a big summer!

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Grimsby 2-2 Chesterfield – Match Report

Town pay the penalty

Grimsby’s League Two survival hopes were left hanging by a thread after they let a two goal lead slip at home to against play-off chasing Chesterfield at Blundell Park.

On an evening where fellow strugglers Torquay upset the odds to win at 4th placed Aldershot, the 2-2 draw will be seen as two points lost rather than a point gained.

The Mariners started with the same team that won 1-0 at Hereford on Saturday, with Chesterfield replacing former Town striker Barry Conlon with Jordan Bowery. A young and energetic looking home side kicked off towards the Osmond End where around 400 Chesterfield fans huddled in the upper reaches of the away stand, looking to share body heat on a chilly evening.

Town began well and a Jamie Devitt free kick from 30 yards struck the outside of Tommy Lee’s goalpost after eight minutes, and some slick passing moves added to the home supporters’ buoyancy after two successive away wins.

Ten minutes later and Barnsley loanee Coulson cut inside the Spirites left back and thundered a shot towards the top corner, but at the last moments it curled wide of the post.

Town were playing some good football, with Sinclair and Hudson bossing the middle of the park and wide men Coulson and Devitt looking to run at the defenders at every opportunity.

The Spirites saw little of the ball in the early part of the half, with midfielder Mark Allott spooning wide from the edge of the area under pressure from Sinclair.

The Mariners had been the better side though, and showed their superiority on 27 minutes with the opening goal. The move began way back with goalkeeper Nick Colgan, with the veteran doing well to keep the ball in play before releasing Sinclair. The midfielder raced through the middle of the park and slipped the ball to Tommy Wright, the Town frontman took a touch before expertly lifting the ball over the onrushing Tommy Lee and into the far corner. It was no more than the home side deserved, and the atmosphere at Blundell Park visibly grew.

Devitt and Niven then exchanged shots from distance but neither threatened the goalkeepers, and moments later former Town striker Jack Lester spun his marker before sending a shot which looked to be heading for Colgan’s top corner before the Irishman somehow tipped it wide. It was a wonderful save from a man whose confidence is growing with each match.

Referee Kevin Wright then called time on a busy first half for the Mariners, they looked fairly comfortable with the lead but Chesterfield looked capable of scoring through the clever Lester.

Half Time

Town came out after the break looking intent on adding to their lead. Akpa Akpro found himself with space in the box and with his back to goal; the Ivorian went for an ambitious overhead kick which sailed high into the Pontoon End. But the home side’s attacking plan was clear to see.

Then, on 57 minutes, the Mariners doubled their lead. Hudson found Hull loanee Devitt who cut inside his full back and fired the ball into the goalmouth, Akpro turned, and turned again, before rifling the ball high into Lee’s net before sprinting to the bouncing Pontoon End to celebrate with his endearing fans.

Chesterfield were reeling, and Town were full of beans. It looked like it could be 3 or 4 by the end of the game, the Mariners were bossing things all over the pitch and the Spirites were lost in a sea of black and white supremacy.

Away boss John Sheridan responded with a double change, two former Town players Danny Boshell and Martin Gritton were thrust into the action. Neil Woods stood motionless.

Boshell had the chance to make an immediate impact when the ball fell to him 20 yards out, but the midfielder skied his shot towards the scoreboard. But seconds later the goal came, winger Demontagnac beat Bore before sending in an inviting cross which Lester was only too happy to glance past Colgan.

The away supporters sensed a comeback, the Town players looked on edge and the home fans became anxious. They were right to be anxious, as Lester had another chance straight after the re-start, but his shot was blocked by the impressive Widdowson and fell to Colgan.

The game then became scrappy, with Town unable to get a foot on the ball and Chesterfield began to throw men forward. With 75 minutes on the clock, the inevitable equaliser came after the home defence fell deeper and deeper into the 18 yard box. Town failed to clear a free kick and the ball bobbled to Lester, who took a touch before firing past Colgan and into the far corner.

The equaliser seemed to rally Town, who finally got a foot on the ball after Peacock had replaced the tiring Wright upfront. Akpro raced onto a through ball and the visitors defence stood still, waiting for an offside flag which didn’t come. Akpro saw the oncoming Lee and took the ball around the keeper, but the angle was tight and the striker could only fire the ball into the side netting.

On 81 minutes, the game defining decision came. Mariner’s winger Coulson beat the offside trap and looked for all the world to be one on one with the keeper, but a tangle of legs saw him fall agonisingly to the floor. Referee Wright waved play on, the home fans vented their unhappiness. From the Upper Smiths it looked a nailed on penalty, and once again Town had been denied a spotkick on home turf.

The game then seemed to blur, little happened before Boshell flew in feet first on Devitt, again Wright was determined not to make the big decision and gave the former Town man a yellow.

At the death, Peacock forced a fine low save from Lee and a flurry of Town pressure could not bring the winning goal they craved. The final whistle blew and Devitt was booked for showing referee Wright what he thought of his decision making. The players trudged off the field dejected, but were roundly applauded for their efforts.

In the end Town threw away the lead, and with Torquay winning away things look bleak. But nothing’s finished yet, Barnet are the team to watch and a win on Saturday could alter things dramatically. Keep the faith.

Sam Kinnaird

Man of the match – Joe Widdowson

The Town full back kept his head when all around were losing theirs with a succession of fine last ditch tackles and blocks. He supported Devitt well and got Atkinson out of jail on more than one occasion, an assured performance.

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A massive loss

I woke up this morning, had a quick look at the night’s events through twitter, and saw to my sadness that Patrick Lavelle, one of my journalism lecturers at Sunderland Uni had passed away after a battle with cancer.

He’d been away since around October, and not much had been said of his absence. It’s a real shame for everyone at the Uni, as Patrick seemed to be a decent bloke and a very interesting one at that, his journalism lectures contained many a funny anecdote from his vast experience of the industry.

So rest in peace Patrick, our thoughts are with your family at this awful time. You’ll be missed.

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MacDonald not finished yet

Glaswegian singer songwriter Amy Macdonald was always going to have a monumental task in emulating the success of her gleaming first album, but, say it quietly, she might have just done it.

Her new offering ‘A Curious Thing’, which incidentally comes with a live recording of the first album at Glasgow Barrowlands, has shot up to number three in the album charts just days after it was released. The album was recorded at Paul Weller’s personal studio in his Surrey Home, and the polished sounds reflect the ease of which MacDonald simply churns out the classics.

The record begins with the single ‘Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over’ the vibrant and bright sounding single which amazingly failed to trouble the top of the charts. Despite that, the three minute offering brings a fresh and anthemic theme to an otherwise relaxed and soulful album.

Further songs simply breeze by in an instant; such are the flowing sounds Macdonald strums out of her acoustic guitar. Having said that, each offers something similar, yet different to its predecessors. Each has a uniqueness, with ‘This Pretty Face’ in particular lifting the tempo to a more expansive beat. More poignant numbers include ‘No Roots’ and ‘Troubled Soul’ which reflect the general theme of the record.

The new album tends to focus on MacDonald’s musings on the modern world, the dim realities of the celebrity culture and TV wannabees. However, the lyrics fail to take swipes at footballer’s wives, a song with the same name on her first album ‘This Is The Life.’ This could be down to MacDonald’s recent marriage to Scottish footballer Steve Lovell, perhaps…

‘A Curious Thing’ shows MacDonald clearly isn’t feeling the pressure of a bestselling debut album, and the Scottish hit machine plainly has no plans of being the eminent ‘one hit wonder’.

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Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

He was one of the greatest respected personalities in football, loved by fans, players and managers alike, and one of the nicest people in sport. Sir Bobby Robson managed the likes of England and Barcelona, and battled with cancer on five occasions. He beat it four times, before it finally took his life in July 2009. He may no longer be with us but his legacy very much is. Liz Luff, representative for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation tells us more.

“The Foundation was officially launched in March 2008 by Sir Bobby’s oncologist Dr Ruth Plummer, and Sir Bobby dedicated the final months of his life to it. It funds different types of new cancer treatments that people otherwise don’t have access to through the NHS and has so far treated 560 patients in the North East,” Liz explains.

The charity began by funding a new research centre in Newcastle Hospital’s £80 million Northern Centre for Cancer Care in the hospital’s Freeman Centre before turning its attentions to funding other cancer research projects around the North East. So far over £2 million has been raised to fund such developments, coming directly from events organised by the foundation and endorsed by many of football’s top names. Personalities including Alan Shearer, Steve Harper, Fabio Capello and Sir Alex Ferguson have been heavily involved in events which have taken place, including numerous celebrity matches.

Just five days before Sir Bobby sadly passed away, a celebrity match between England and Germany took place at St James’ Park. The former England manager was there in person to witness the game, which raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for his cause.

Liz said: “We’ve had so much support from people within football, but what Sir Bobby would really appreciate is the support from the ‘man in the street’ who he could relate to. People like Alan Shearer and Steve Gibson who also support the foundation, have been incredible. The work the foundation does mean people in the North East are getting access to the new treatments.” She added: “People who also have cancer are constantly working to raise more money for the foundation, perhaps it gives them some power back over this terrible disease and it’s a privilege for me to be involved.”

The foundation was presented with the John Fotheringham award in November 2009 by the Football Writers Association at their annual dinner, handed over by Alan Shearer. Shearer, who played under Robson at Newcastle, was asked by Sir Bobby’s wife Elsie to become a patron of the foundation. “I’ve got a lot to be grateful to Sir Bobby for,” Shearer said. “There isn’t one single highlight of playing under him because it was all so enormous: he came into Newcastle, saved the club and basically saved my career, too. He was just an unbelievable man. I can’t begin to tell you what a great honour it was to be asked by Lady Elsie to become a patron of the Foundation.”

County Durham-born Robson won trophies in England, Spain, Portugal and Holland during a 36 year managerial career as well as winning 20 England caps as a player which included spells at Fulham and West Brom. More recently he had a stint working with the Republic of Ireland National side which came after a successful period as manager of his beloved Newcastle where he steered the club to third place in the Premier League.

Amongst other fundraising activities, a DVD was produced put on sale in 2009 entitled A Knight to Remember which profiled Sir Bobby’s life and included interviews with the man himself and his closest friends. Added to that, the football shirts laid down at football grounds most notably St James’ Park and Portman Road after Sir Bobby’s death have been donated to poorer countries around the globe, so footy mad kids can wear the colours of their favourite English clubs whilst playing the game they love. Mark Robson, Sir Bobby’s son said: “It’s amazing to hear how much a simple piece of football kit means to these children. I’m sure my dad would be very happy knowing that they are enjoying playing football because they have a shirt of their own.”

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A little local difficulty

Could it have all turned out different for Danny North? Sam Kinnaird looks back at the problems faced by a Grimsby kid in a struggling team.

The date was 17 February 2007, the setting was Field Mill, Mansfield and the score was 1-1 with ten minutes left. A drab affair had left the 1,200 or so Town fans pretty dejected. But a young striker had other ideas. Local lad Danny North replaced the tiring Martin Paterson and his pace began to worry the home defence. Moments later he raced on to a through ball to smash home the winner and send the packed away end into delirium. A hero was born.

Fast forward three years and a 22-year-old North finds himself on the footballing scrapheap, released by his hometown club with only a single goal to his name all season. The man once touted for the big time is now without a club. But how was this happened? North’s transition from a talented striker to a shadow of his former self seems to have happened almost overnight.

Indeed, football is a short career, and life in the lower leagues is nothing if not unpredictable. Michael Reddy is a perfect example: the former Mariners frontman was the subject of a big offer from Bristol City (variously rumoured to have come in between £250,000 and £500,000) but just months later was without a club and almost without the ability to run ever again. As similar as the two situations are, North’s situation is different on two levels: his injury record is second to none and his attitude has never been in doubt.

North’s Town career began slowly; he made his debut in a 3-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers in 2005, when he came off the bench to replace Andy Parkinson with just a minute to go. He made just one appearance in the following season, but began to score goals in the reserves and threatened to carry on his promise from youth team level. North scored his first goal for the club in a 4-3 win over Bristol Rovers in February 2007, just a week before his late winner at Mansfield. Eight weeks later North scored a hat-trick as the Mariners thumped Barnet 5-0 at Blundell Park, claiming the match ball with an injury-time spot kick. He was the first man to complete such a feat for Town since Alan Pouton and Michael Boulding famously both hit hat-tricks in a 6-2 win over Wimbledon in March 2002.

In March 2008, Grimsby reached the final of the Football League Trophy at Wembley. North would lead the line for his hometown club alongside fellow youth products Nick Hegarty and Ryan Bennett. Just a month earlier North had been named as the fourth division player of the month thanks to his goalscoring exploits against Wrexham, Chesterfield and Shrewsbury. In the week before Wembley North had been the subject of a BBC Sport website interview where he spoke of his memories of a youngster watching Grimsby at Wembley and the atmospheres of the two trips. They were the words of a striker brimming with confidence and excitement of playing at the home of football, but in reality North’s performance in the final was disappointing and he was substituted at the break by Peter Bore.

Since that fateful day in north London, the career of the young frontman has been on a downward spiral. Despite scoring Grimsby’s 7,000th goal in all competitions in a League Cup tie against Burnley in August 2008, North’s season was one of disappointment. He failed to carry on his sparkling form of the Wembley campaign, and new manager Mike Newell added to his striking options with the signings of the likes of Adam Proudlock, Barry Conlon and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. North was placed on the transfer list but a move away from Grimsby was not forthcoming: his solitary league goal in the 2008-09 season came in a 3-1 home defeat to Chester which cost Alan Buckley his job. North was again told he could leave the club by Newell in November 2009, and again a transfer never materialised. He was eventually released by Newell’s successor Neil Woods on 1 February 2010.

The reasons for North’s exit are clear. A lack of first team action and little hope of it in the future left Woods with no real option other than to let him go. But the reasons for his dramatic loss in form over a period of two years are more blurred. Questions over North’s fitness have rumbled since the 2008 pre-season where he looked to have lost the yard of pace that earned him so many goals in the past. Some sections of Town fans opted to hurl abuse at North wherever possible, leading to his confidence visibly dropping, and a severe lack of service from the midfield left him desperately short of chances on goal. When chances did come, North’s touch seemed to desert him, and his decision-making in front of goal often lacked the authority of previous seasons.

One thing is clear though: North needed to leave the club. He wasn’t included in Woods’ master plan to keep the club in the league and perhaps the rut of playing and living in the local area was beginning to set in. There is talk of a move for the striker from Bury; it would seem a perfect place to go. New surroundings, a new manager and a move away from the area might just bring back the Danny North that we used to know and love. Sure, the quick, sharp, energetic striker may return to haunt the Mariners one day, but we should expect nothing less.

Sam Kinnaird

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