|Revealed at last! The secret night-time roller of Bracknell Town!|
Skif at Departing Havant... has a unique way with phrases which make his match reports covering Havant & Waterlooville a good read even if you have no interest in the club he supports.
Derek Hammond and Gary Silke at Got, Not Got are so good at writing that they make a living out of it (see the brilliant Got, Not Got and The Lost World Of Football in WH Smith or Waterstones next time you're browsing their bookshelves. You'll end up buying them both).
For smirks and titters, I turn to Kenny Legg at Adventures In Tinpot. If pictures of hirsute German football fans covered in patched denim is your thing, then head off to AiT.
For photography, you can't beat Jerry at The Onion Bag's photo diaries. He mostly covers northern clubs, but has been to Hampshire to see the likes of Bashley and Petersfield Town. If you start browsing his blog, make sure you start early - you'll be there all evening.
Now, if I could combine the writing skills of Skif, Derek and Gary with the statistical analysis of Neil, the humour of Adventures In Tinpot and the photography of The Onion Bag, then I would have a heck of a blog here. However, I'm known for none of these things. Instead, I have the reputation of being the Rusty Roller Man.
So, if I have to be typecast, let's get on with 2013/14's End Of Season Roller Round-up right here, right now...
|Oh, hang on, there's another one!|
|Quivering away in the brambles at AFC Portchester. Not sure I like the look of that thing with chains.|
Or has it?
|A standard issue roller at Downton FC.|
Nothing sinister at Downton, as we spy Henry by the dressing rooms. A standard, common-or-garden roller, Henry has lived at Downton's ground for many years, occasionally being moved to flatten the goalmouths after a particulary rip-roaringly muddy match. Definitely nothing wrong here, unless...that's not another one of those Chain Creatures licking the rust off of Henry's parts, is it?
|A mad inventor's flying machine at Downton FC.|
|Attempting to keep warm next to a brazier at Andover Town.|
(I was actually wondering if this roller was sat next to a fire to keep the creepy night creatures away, but I think we've been silly enough already).
|A monstrous pair of chaps keeping guard over the cars outside Sholing's ground. No messing with these two!|
|And inside the Silverlake, a mottled old fella who would be well camouflaged if only he were sitting on a concrete path.|
|Lining up for inspection at Midhurst & Easebourne FC.|
|Two more rollers growing like weeds at Midhurst.|
|Easy to spot this silvery beast in the groundsman's shed at Gillingham Town. But can you see any corner flags in the picture above?|
*It may not be the Paddington to Exeter line - I'm just guessing.
That Rusty Roller Man reputation...I just bring it on myself, don't I? Other round-ups can be viewed by clicking on the "Rollers etc" tag.
Enjoy the World Cup everyone. And if anybody has any Panini Brasil 2014 sticker swaps, let me know - I have many.