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TRUST THE POST: A rattling good read may help club survive.

Byline: Mark BRITTAIN

FFAR be it for me to recommend a rival product, but news reaches me of a ``rattling good read'' published not a million miles away.

As revealed by us last week, Bangor City Football Club, on the back of its historic first-leg cup victory over FC Sartid Smederevo of Yugoslavia, is hoping to persuade Uefa to give it the necessary readies to build a 3,000-seater stadium in the city.

Now, Huw Pritchard, of Y Felinheli, tells me that club chairman Ken Jones is calling on fans to help support this venture, in the first supporters' newsletter, just distributed.

Huw says: ``It's difficult for clubs to survive on gate money alone, but getting more people through the turnstiles at every game is one of the best ways of getting money in the bank - and keeping that money coming in.''

Apart from the newsletter, other projects include rock nights for under-18s and a charity choral concert. For copies, ring the club on 01248-718253 or the Supporters' Association on 01248-670247.

Staying with the subject of football, we owe our North Wales readers a sincere apology for failing to publish reports of last Monday's stirring 1-0 victory by Chester over Telford to take them to the top of the Conference League, and Tuesday night's Colwyn Bay fixture against Accrington Stanley.

This was not - as one or two less than complimentary callers assumed - because we are ``pathetic and parochial'' (well, yes, maybe pathetic), but because our sports desk got itself in a tizzy and omitted the reports in error. Kindly note the emphasis - it was not deliberate, it was a mistake of the sort we, admittedly, too often make.

We went to the matches - we just, you know . . . Why must people be always paying us the compliment of thinking we know what we're doing?

This endearing tendency is best illustrated by the ``big'' match scoreline published on the back page of our August 12 edition: LIVERPOOL, 1; ARSENAL, 0. Er, nice try boys. In fact, as our report more accurately recorded, it was the Gunners wot won it.

Could any of these blunders have been seen in advance and avoided? Dilwyn Roberts, of Deganwy, thinks probably not, and writes, apropos Arianrhod's Tarotscope forecasts of Saturday, August 10: ``The planets - or is it the cards? - must have been aligned in a particularly incredible way that weekend because both Aquarians and Sagittarians were given exactly the same advice - as were Capricornians and Scorpians.''

This is incontrovertibly true. How the predictions got duplicated on the Leisuretime page is, of course, a trade secret, but I can assure you it was not the strange lady's vision at fault.
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