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Sunday Roast: MY CUP OF WOE.

Byline: Roger Skidmore

I SHOULD be getting used to it by now.

Seven times my home town club, Tamworth, have travelled to Football League grounds in the FA Cup and seven times returned home empty-handed.

Gillingham (twice), York, Colchester, Exeter, Bury and Rochdale... I've seen 'em all.

The pain is still as intense today as it was to a six-year-old when Tamworth were beaten 4-1 by the Gills in 1966 - though drowning one's sorrows was a remedy not available then!

Three times in the past four years the Lambs have been scuppered by goals in stoppage-time. Rochdale's winner on Tuesday night arrived courtesy of Michael Oliver in the 94th minute.

Ironically, in this world where there is eff-all justice, Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the police force, lived most of his life in Tamworth.

But then there is no accounting for God being a Nuneaton fan!

EXCESSIVE appealing has to be stamped out before Test cricket lurches into anarchy.

Laws must be introduced whereby appeals are restricted to the bowler for an lbw and the relevant fieldsman for a catch.

The pressure on umpires would be removed instantly.

Over to you, ICC.

Derby-day riots have to stop now
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Dec 2, 2001
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