On a day so grim it reminded me of the old 'what's grey and smells of curry' joke, we headed off to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in reasonable spirit. The area has a bit of a brexity feel to it with the litter strewn streets seemingly home to large numbers of London cabbies. Mayesbrook Park itself is rather nice, even in the rain, and is worth the short rain ride out for a picnic or whatever takes your fancy.
At one end of the park, nestled behind an impressive looking leisure facility you find the home of Barking FC. In saying it is one of the very few places to make Raynes Park Vale's place look like Wembley Stadium I'm being kind but at least they know how to deal with disreputable 70's celebrities.
The home team had a plan which they executed well and we struggled to get into gear for much of the match. That said we did leave with a bitter taste due to a couple of black clad villains. You will have seen various videos of the second half goal that wasn't, after which the lino made it clear he didn't understand the bit about a ball being played backwards. In the first half standing behind the goal at the posh end of the ground we were convinced we should have had a penalty. The referee was poorly positioned, bearing mind the linesman was over on the side the corner was taken from. Make your own mind up:
All disappointment was soon forgotten after the game when we we treated to some of the latest continental fashion tips from Carlos Canha.
Enough of the past, back to the seaside tomorrow and Herne Bay which, if you've never been before, is always a good day out.
Kick off is at 2 but get down early and enjoy the seafront, it might not even be raining.
(It's John Major btw).