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Saturday 2nd November. Location: Bickland Park, The Packet End. A day that will live long in everyone's memory that were there. Trailing 0-2 with less than a minute of normal time, a penalty was awarded and Luke Brabyn showed his nerve by cooling slotting it past the Longlevans keeper. The F-Troop erupted, we had something to cheer about and just maybe a miracle might happen, you never know ! Deep into injury time, a hopeful cross from deep, the keeper lunged and punched, step up young Jack Webber, you are about to create a moment that you, and every Town fan inside Bickland Park will never forget as long as they live. 30 yards from goal, catching the ball on the half volley you place a shot that any seasoned professional could not have bettered, and the ball headed towards the F-Troop masses in the Packet End, it took what seemed an age to reach its destination, then the eagle landed, the ball rested in the back of the net GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL !! 2-2, the Packet End erupted just like the 70's & 80'S when Scott, Kellow & Rappo ruled  !! no , this was even better, 350+ delirious F-Troopers created an atmosphere following that goal that will never be forgotten. Now for the winner, extra time is upon us. A penalty is awarded after Jack Bowyer was cruelly denied the chance to claim the glory of scoring the winner himself, taken out by the Longlevans keeper. Luke Brabyn, penalty, the Packet End stacked full of the F-Troop, this is your time son, do it...…….HE DID IT !! Town go through to the last 64 of the FA Vase. What a day !! Bobby Hopkinson and his family and the class of 87 were guests and what a day they had. A day that will live long in our memory. We live for days like this. EVERYWHERE WE GO !!!  

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1 hour ago, Jeff Chambers said:

Saturday 2nd November. Location: Bickland November 2nd, The Packet End. A day that will live long in everyone's memory that was there. Trailing 0-2 with less than a minute of normal time, a penalty was awarded and Luke Brabyn showed his nerve by cooling slotting it past the Longlevans keeper. The F-Troop erupted, we had something to cheer about and just maybe a miracle might happen, you never know ! Deep into injury time, a hopeful cross from deep, the keeper lunged and punched, step up young Jack Walker, you are about to create a moment that you, and everyone Town fan inside Bickland Park will never forget as long as they live. 30 yards from goal, catching the ball on the half volley you place a shot that any seasoned professional could not have bettered, and the ball headed towards the F-Troop masses in the Packet End, the ball took what seemed an age to reach its destination, then the eagle landed, the ball rested in the back of the net GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL !! 2-2, the Packet End erupted just like the 70's & 80'S when Scott, Kellow & Rappo ruled  !! no this was even better, 350+ delirious F-Troopers created an atmosphere following that goal that will never be forgotten. Now for the winner, extra time is upon us. A penalty is awarded after Jack Bowyer was cruelly denied the chance to claim the glory of scoring the winner himself, taken out by the Longlevans keeper. Luke Brabyn, penalty, the Packet End stacked full of the F-Troop, this is your time son, do it...…….HE DID IT !! Town go through to the last 64 of the FA Vase. What a day !! Bobby Hopkinson and his family and the class of 87 were guests and what a day they had. A day that will live long in our memory. We live for days like this. EVERYWHERE WE GO !!!  

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in the 70's & 80's young Scott Kellow (currently at Bodmin Town) was not even a thought in his fathers mind.....think you meant Tony :c::SM_carton_y:

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Just now, Mrs sport said:

Joe Scott & Tony Kellow perhaps!?!

Good use of a comma as well!

The comma is there Mrs sport. Of course I meant Joey Scott and Tony Kellow.  Well spotted. Thank you.   Blimey there's a lot of English buffs on this forum.  Was actually chatting to Scott Kellow Saturday night in Falmouth,  what a smashing lad he is. 

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Well done to you and all the F Troop lads...and lasses Jeff for all that unbelievable support on Saturday. I’m only ill about twice a year and I’m gutted Saturday was one of them! Would have loved to have been there for that! I’m not ashamed to say I welled up and had unreal goosebumps as well seeing Webbys goal go in and all that amber and black going mental behind the goal, it brought back so many happy memories for me and a moment Webby will never forget in his life either. Love the knee side celebrations but I would have jumped over the barrier and gone in with the fans with a goal like that in the 94th minute!! 💛🖤 Been worth a booking easy! Always remember my mate saying he watched Torquay v Orient on the Tuesday night and me play for Falmouth on the Wednesday against Tavistock and said that Towns fans were twice as noisy and there was a better atmosphere at Bickland Park!!! Well done for creating another famous day in Bickland Park history, absolutely brilliant support mate 👍👌👊🏼👏🏼💛

ps) Nige said he picked up my scarf, thanks for that Jeff 👍😁

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2 hours ago, kevin richards said:

Your English might be great but I doubt Jack WEBBER is impressed with his supporters calling him WALKER. 🥴

Now that Kevin is constructive criticism of the highest level.  Cheers and edited.  No excuse other than I'm nightshift and knackered. 

1 hour ago, Hetty said:

Well done to the F-Troop on what looks like a remarkable atmosphere and too the team on the pitch as well. 

It was Hetty.  An amazing match that we'll never forget.

24 minutes ago, RAPPO said:

Well done to you and all the F Troop lads...and lasses Jeff for all that unbelievable support on Saturday. I’m only ill about twice a year and I’m gutted Saturday was one of them! Would have loved to have been there for that! I’m not ashamed to say I welled up and had unreal goosebumps as well seeing Webbys goal go in and all that amber and black going mental behind the goal, it brought back so many happy memories for me and a moment Webby will never forget in his life either. Love the knee side celebrations but I would have jumped over the barrier and gone in with the fans with a goal like that in the 94th minute!! 💛🖤 Been worth a booking easy! Always remember my mate saying he watched Torquay v Orient on the Tuesday night and me play for Falmouth on the Wednesday against Tavistock and said that Towns fans were twice as noisy and there was a better atmosphere at Bickland Park!!! Well done for creating another famous day in Bickland Park history, absolutely brilliant support mate 👍👌👊🏼👏🏼💛

ps) Nige said he picked up my scarf, thanks for that Jeff 👍😁

We were all gutted when news filtered through that you were Ill Rappo.  I had a song prepared for you and all hahaha.  Still,  there will be another opportunity I'm sure.  Jack Webbers ( not Walker lol) goal was amazing and the atmosphere incredible.  In fact the whole day went so well.  Couldn't have wrote it better mate.  

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Yeah really sorry not to make it Jeff, hope that song for me wasn’t the “you fat bastard” one!? 😂 Be honoured to hear it again sometime soon mate!👍💛🖤 The day looked an incredible one, congrats for making it that way! 👏🏼👊🏼 Easy mistake calling Webby Walker as it was such a “crisp” finish!!!! 😂😀🙄 I’ve already played it back about 50 times and 30 of those were just to watch you lot behind the goal going mental!! What a roar when that went in!! Apparently you could hear it at Treyew Road! 💛🖤 Well done mate, superb 👏🏼👌👍

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Don't like giving chant secrets away but Geno Geno Geno Geno. .Oh Geno  with Rappo sub the Geno.  Just come to me.  I'm a genius lol.😊.  Honestly mate, Im with you on viewing Jacks goal and the celebration behind the goal.  It's better than hahaha.  We've all experienced the bad days so when a special day ends with a fairy tale, I don't offer any excuse for milking it.  Right see you later pal. .just popping the footage on again.  Well done Mattfiday for filming it.  UTT. 

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1 hour ago, Jeff Chambers said:

Don't like giving chant secrets away but Geno Geno Geno Geno. .Oh Geno  with Rappo sub the Geno.  Just come to me.  I'm a genius lol.😊.  Honestly mate, Im with you on viewing Jacks goal and the celebration behind the goal.  It's better than hahaha.  We've all experienced the bad days so when a special day ends with a fairy tale, I don't offer any excuse for milking it.  Right see you later pal. .just popping the footage on again.  Well done Mattfiday for filming it.  UTT. 


Any chance of getting this translated into English?

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1 hour ago, Jeff Chambers said:

Elder. .. It's Cornish dialogue pal.  With a name like Bruegel I'd keep a low profile.  Feeling for you x 😊😉😊😉

If Mr. Chambers it is indeed Cornish, then some smart bilingual would indeed be able to translate it (possibly as “gobbledygook”). However the term “it’s better than hahaha” seems to have its roots in English but is otherwise meaningless. My online English/Cornish dictionary also seems to be at a loss‼️

You will notice that I have refrained from insulting your name (for all that it would be easy) it would hardly be civilised (look it up)‼️

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Falmouth, Dramatic Comebacks and sharing a room with the gaffer – Butler’s night away with Longlevens
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This weekend saw Longlevens’ history making Second Round FA Vase tie against Falmouth Town. And whilst they may have lost 3-2 after extra time, it was a day that the club can look back on with pride. Our man Ryan Butler travelled down and stayed overnight in Plymouth with the squad and he decided to write a recount of his experience.  

Over the course of the last year or so I haven’t slept great. Broken sleep and waking up in the middle of the night have become ever so frequent and Saturday morning was no different.

Half 4 in the morning and all I could hear was the sound of rain circulating around my head, along with inner monologues saying “surely, there is absolutely no way this is going to be on today!”

We had been keeping an eye on the weather in Falmouth over the course of the last week and when their league fixture against Penzance was postponed on Wednesday night I was sure this game was going to be called off too. I was even more convinced when I began to see the number of games being called off in the South West Peninsula League as early as Friday afternoon and it started to feel like when not if the game would be postponed.

Longlevens manager Craig Martin was up and about, obviously too excited to sleep – or just extremely busy, either way he kindly picked me up and we went to meet the players at Levens’ Longford Lane club house.

Being from an area of the country where rugby doesn’t really matter meant I nearly forgot that the World Cup Final was about to kick off at nine, but there were a few of the locals in the club house eagerly awaiting the big match….as was I but mine was due to kick off six hours later.

One by one the guys arrived and after a gruelling hour to await an outcome to Falmouth’s early morning pitch inspection, we loaded up and hit the road.

As you can imagine, most of the guys had the rugby on their mobile devices and watched as England were humbled on their big day in Japan and all bar the proud Welshman Logan Roach weren’t happy with the late Halloween horror show they were seeing.

Of course there will be a number of you wondering where I was sat on the coach and you’ll be pleased to know that I sat slap, bang, right in the middle – close to the manager and coaches, whilst not distancing myself from the group…this wasn’t my first rodeo.

Well that’s a lie. I have never gone on a lads holiday or been away with a bunch of footballers before – so I guess I can tick it off the bucket list?

As we got further south, through Devon and onto Cornwall the rain got worse and at points was horrific. Surely we were getting Punk’d and the game was going to be off? BBC weather was telling us it was 90% chance of rain for goodness sake.

Arriving in Falmouth was bizarre. We were greeted by about a hundred of the town’s finest, all stood outside of their social club with their yellow and black scarves chanting “Champions of Cornwall, we know what we are!” Was I impressed? Being honest, I was more impressed that the 4G was working on my phone and that broadband had managed to find it’s way to the South West coast.
228699068.jpg.gallery.jpg?resize=486%2C2 Falmouth Town’s fans came out in great numbers to support their side – Copyright Matt Friday

After emptying the bus it became apparent that Craig Martin looked worried. “Nervous mate?” I asked. “I think I’ve left my bag in Gloucester…” Martin was going to have to go out in Plymouth in his Longlevens tracksuit! What a club man!

Whenever I head to a new ground I like to sit in the stand and just soak it all up. It may seem crazy, but it’s an insight into my mindset and how seriously I take what Kelsey and I do and that is that I like to sit there looking out on the pitch and imagine the difference scenarios that potentially could be about to play out in front of my eyes.

So I sat there, thinking about Longlevens winning, thinking about Longlevens losing, thinking about the commentary and was I ready to do what I do? But mainly what I did was think about how lucky I am to be in the position I’m in and get the opportunity to spend my Saturday’s watching and commentating on football.

In the game itself, I thought Longlevens were exceptional. There have been times where I have seen them on a cold Wednesday night or a wet Saturday afternoon and they haven’t turned up, but there have been a number of times where I have seen them win when all hope was gone.

Just before the break Will Emery was fouled about 25 yards from goal and instantly I leaned forward. It had the feeling straight away that it was a huge moment. On commentary I said “this is going one of three places. Into the stand, into the wall or into the back of the net” and the next thing I knew, O’Connor had blasted his side in front…from a broadcasting perspective, delighted with that.

228700043.jpg.gallery.jpg?resize=462%2C3 Longlevens celebrating Shaun O’Connor’s free kick – Copyright Matt Friday

At the break Levens were winning and as someone who has spent so much of his time over the last three years watching Gloucestershire football, I was over the moon!

I then became ecstatic when just after the break Harry Emmett swept in a second and suddenly we were all in dreamland! From the players, to the bench, all the way to a guy from Reading sat amongst the native Cornish folk of Falmouth.

Again I seemed to get it right on commentary. I called that if Falmouth were to get one then I’ve seen Longlevens too many times to know that a second could easily follow. But I had faith.

Credit to Falmouth though for what can only be described as a stunning comeback. It really was. Scoring a penalty under pressure of nearly 500 of their own fans hoping and praying for a lifeline took guts. Then the viral equaliser brought scenes of jubilation for the hosts and to be honest there was only one winner from that moment.

It was a weird post-match experience. We got a round of applause from the locals as we arrived into the social club and as we left, something that almost felt unwarranted to some respect. We were all united though by our love of football and Craig Martin showed his class by arriving to a crowded bar singing “2-0 and you f***ed it up” a chant that would have been echoing through his players during extra time, as the hosts smelled blood.

Next came the coach back up to Plymouth, where I would accompany the team on a night out and share a hotel room with Martin and being honest….I wasn’t sure which I was most nervous about.

There was a brief stop for Martin to buy himself an outfit for the evening’s excursions and luckily George at ASDA had him covered…as the below image will testify.

EIY8u99XsAcGAKQ.jpg?resize=275%2C367 ……..

Of course, I won’t go into too much detail about the night out – but as someone who hates going to clubs I ended up going to the casino with an unnamed player after a couple of hours, whilst the others headed to the clubs.

The night ended with Martin and I enjoying a Co-Op pre-packed sandwich each in bed and him telling me what he had learned from the day, about me, about his team and about himself…cue minutes later him admitting that the two players he didn’t know the whereabouts of were two younger players, including the Chairman’s son…

Overall I’d like to thank Martin and the rest of the Longlevens guys for a great weekend and despite the heartbreaking manner of the defeat, they did themselves, us here at Severn Sport and everyone in Gloucestershire proud in their history making FA Vase run.

“Plymouth away, completed it mate.”

Special thanks to Matt Friday (@MattFri94) who has kindly allowed us to use photos from the game in this post. Please follow him on Twitter to see all of his content in the South West. 

Also credit to Tom Dix who drove the coach there and back and provided an excellent service throughout!

 
 
 
 
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44 minutes ago, Dave Deacon said:

To be fair to Jeff, I don't think he's confessing to be a reporter or such like. Just a football supporter enjoying the moment.

You got it in one Dave.  However I did achieve a grade 1cse in English and I find Elders comments quite hurtful lol 😉. My post was all about getting it off my chest,  days like Saturday are few in our lives and watching Matts footage of that equalising goal in the 93rd minute is pure gold.  Doesn't matter who you support,  watching it should inspire you. Maybe it might even inspire Elder to put his dictionary away,  give up his hobby as a train spotter and watch a proper team.  Haha. .love it.  Jeff . UTT 

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20 hours ago, Mike Odgers said:
Falmouth, Dramatic Comebacks and sharing a room with the gaffer – Butler’s night away with Longlevens
228700063.jpg.gallery.jpg?resize=1132%2C
 

This weekend saw Longlevens’ history making Second Round FA Vase tie against Falmouth Town. And whilst they may have lost 3-2 after extra time, it was a day that the club can look back on with pride. Our man Ryan Butler travelled down and stayed overnight in Plymouth with the squad and he decided to write a recount of his experience.  

Over the course of the last year or so I haven’t slept great. Broken sleep and waking up in the middle of the night have become ever so frequent and Saturday morning was no different.

Half 4 in the morning and all I could hear was the sound of rain circulating around my head, along with inner monologues saying “surely, there is absolutely no way this is going to be on today!”

We had been keeping an eye on the weather in Falmouth over the course of the last week and when their league fixture against Penzance was postponed on Wednesday night I was sure this game was going to be called off too. I was even more convinced when I began to see the number of games being called off in the South West Peninsula League as early as Friday afternoon and it started to feel like when not if the game would be postponed.

Longlevens manager Craig Martin was up and about, obviously too excited to sleep – or just extremely busy, either way he kindly picked me up and we went to meet the players at Levens’ Longford Lane club house.

Being from an area of the country where rugby doesn’t really matter meant I nearly forgot that the World Cup Final was about to kick off at nine, but there were a few of the locals in the club house eagerly awaiting the big match….as was I but mine was due to kick off six hours later.

One by one the guys arrived and after a gruelling hour to await an outcome to Falmouth’s early morning pitch inspection, we loaded up and hit the road.

As you can imagine, most of the guys had the rugby on their mobile devices and watched as England were humbled on their big day in Japan and all bar the proud Welshman Logan Roach weren’t happy with the late Halloween horror show they were seeing.

Of course there will be a number of you wondering where I was sat on the coach and you’ll be pleased to know that I sat slap, bang, right in the middle – close to the manager and coaches, whilst not distancing myself from the group…this wasn’t my first rodeo.

Well that’s a lie. I have never gone on a lads holiday or been away with a bunch of footballers before – so I guess I can tick it off the bucket list?

As we got further south, through Devon and onto Cornwall the rain got worse and at points was horrific. Surely we were getting Punk’d and the game was going to be off? BBC weather was telling us it was 90% chance of rain for goodness sake.

Arriving in Falmouth was bizarre. We were greeted by about a hundred of the town’s finest, all stood outside of their social club with their yellow and black scarves chanting “Champions of Cornwall, we know what we are!” Was I impressed? Being honest, I was more impressed that the 4G was working on my phone and that broadband had managed to find it’s way to the South West coast.
228699068.jpg.gallery.jpg?resize=486%2C2 Falmouth Town’s fans came out in great numbers to support their side – Copyright Matt Friday

After emptying the bus it became apparent that Craig Martin looked worried. “Nervous mate?” I asked. “I think I’ve left my bag in Gloucester…” Martin was going to have to go out in Plymouth in his Longlevens tracksuit! What a club man!

Whenever I head to a new ground I like to sit in the stand and just soak it all up. It may seem crazy, but it’s an insight into my mindset and how seriously I take what Kelsey and I do and that is that I like to sit there looking out on the pitch and imagine the difference scenarios that potentially could be about to play out in front of my eyes.

So I sat there, thinking about Longlevens winning, thinking about Longlevens losing, thinking about the commentary and was I ready to do what I do? But mainly what I did was think about how lucky I am to be in the position I’m in and get the opportunity to spend my Saturday’s watching and commentating on football.

In the game itself, I thought Longlevens were exceptional. There have been times where I have seen them on a cold Wednesday night or a wet Saturday afternoon and they haven’t turned up, but there have been a number of times where I have seen them win when all hope was gone.

Just before the break Will Emery was fouled about 25 yards from goal and instantly I leaned forward. It had the feeling straight away that it was a huge moment. On commentary I said “this is going one of three places. Into the stand, into the wall or into the back of the net” and the next thing I knew, O’Connor had blasted his side in front…from a broadcasting perspective, delighted with that.

228700043.jpg.gallery.jpg?resize=462%2C3 Longlevens celebrating Shaun O’Connor’s free kick – Copyright Matt Friday

At the break Levens were winning and as someone who has spent so much of his time over the last three years watching Gloucestershire football, I was over the moon!

I then became ecstatic when just after the break Harry Emmett swept in a second and suddenly we were all in dreamland! From the players, to the bench, all the way to a guy from Reading sat amongst the native Cornish folk of Falmouth.

Again I seemed to get it right on commentary. I called that if Falmouth were to get one then I’ve seen Longlevens too many times to know that a second could easily follow. But I had faith.

Credit to Falmouth though for what can only be described as a stunning comeback. It really was. Scoring a penalty under pressure of nearly 500 of their own fans hoping and praying for a lifeline took guts. Then the viral equaliser brought scenes of jubilation for the hosts and to be honest there was only one winner from that moment.

It was a weird post-match experience. We got a round of applause from the locals as we arrived into the social club and as we left, something that almost felt unwarranted to some respect. We were all united though by our love of football and Craig Martin showed his class by arriving to a crowded bar singing “2-0 and you f***ed it up” a chant that would have been echoing through his players during extra time, as the hosts smelled blood.

Next came the coach back up to Plymouth, where I would accompany the team on a night out and share a hotel room with Martin and being honest….I wasn’t sure which I was most nervous about.

There was a brief stop for Martin to buy himself an outfit for the evening’s excursions and luckily George at ASDA had him covered…as the below image will testify.

EIY8u99XsAcGAKQ.jpg?resize=275%2C367 ……..

Of course, I won’t go into too much detail about the night out – but as someone who hates going to clubs I ended up going to the casino with an unnamed player after a couple of hours, whilst the others headed to the clubs.

The night ended with Martin and I enjoying a Co-Op pre-packed sandwich each in bed and him telling me what he had learned from the day, about me, about his team and about himself…cue minutes later him admitting that the two players he didn’t know the whereabouts of were two younger players, including the Chairman’s son…

Overall I’d like to thank Martin and the rest of the Longlevens guys for a great weekend and despite the heartbreaking manner of the defeat, they did themselves, us here at Severn Sport and everyone in Gloucestershire proud in their history making FA Vase run.

“Plymouth away, completed it mate.”

Special thanks to Matt Friday (@MattFri94) who has kindly allowed us to use photos from the game in this post. Please follow him on Twitter to see all of his content in the South West. 

Also credit to Tom Dix who drove the coach there and back and provided an excellent service throughout!

 
 
 
 

Looks like Mr Martin bought himself a cornish Tartan shirt for his night on the tiles .😁😂🤣

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