the112yards.co.uk and About the Author

Welcome the the112yards.co.uk, a personal blog on Football, Gaming, Obstacle Course Racing (OCR), Speedway and, on occasions, Events. Who knows, more might appear over time!

Football will be the primary focus of the blog as I am forever on Twitter and forums keeping up-to-date and joining in conversations about my club, Charlton Athletic. For reference, I can't say Charlton has been in my family for years or that I supported them since birth. In fact, my first Charlton match was versus Southampton at the Valley, 13th April 2002. Before that in school I followed results of my friend’s teams, mainly Arsenal and Manchester United. But something about that day, the 1-1 draw, got me hooked. For that I thank my Grandad, who worked on the Thames Barrier. On one visit there I noticed The Valley, I wanted to go, and the rest is history!

Whilst I cannot say I was there at Wembley, of which I have watched and listened to radio recordings of many times, I can say since that fateful day in 2002 I have visited, among many others, the likes of: Brighton (both The Withdean and The Amex), Cardiff (in their last season at Ninian Park), Carlisle (for our promotion), Chesterfield (the day of the postponement and the re-arranged date!), Colchester, Exeter, Halifax Town (FA Cup), Middlesbrough (yep - Operation Riverside!), MK Dons, Notts County, Plymouth, Preston, both Sheffield clubs, Scunthorpe, Tranmere and Yeovil to name a few.

To no stretch of the imagination the list is not exhaustive but also I appreciate many go a lot more than me. Work and other commitments allowing I will be in the stands cheering on the boys. I am no less or no more of an Addick then those that went to Wembley, to those that go every week, or those who have been a supporter for 50 years. We are all hooked on the same thing: Charlton Athletic Football Club.

Being born in '88 I am of the generation that borders the old and new ways of living for teenagers and so on. I used to play outside till my parents called me in when I was young before the big rise in Gaming. One Christmas I got a Sony PlayStation with Crash Bandicoot and everything changed! This, coupled with a visit to a family member when I was about 12 or 13 where I played the original Grand Theft Auto, was where my love for gaming evolved. Now, with many generations of consoles been and gone, here we are in the Xbox One days with the like of the latest incarnation of FIFA, Battlefield, Call of Duty, Far Cry and anything else that takes the eye...

New to me over the last few years is Obstacle Course Racing (OCR). Competing in races such as Tough Mudder, Tough Guy, The Nuts Challenge and Rat Race Dirty Weekend as well as smaller runs and half-marathons is a hobby that get the adrenaline going and really makes you feel good about yourself and your achievements.

A passion for Speedway has been in my family for years. My Grandparents travelled the country for their Speedway fix and visited places like Hackney and Wembley and their long forgotten tracks as well has Exeter, Plymouth, Arena Essex (now Lakeside) and more. Down the line is me and my local club Lakeside. Whilst I may not be as bigger follower as my Dad and Grandparents are and were, I do still look out for race results and in fact, on the World Stage, have attended the British Grand Prix in Cardiff several times, and more recently been to Bydgoszcz, Torun and Warsaw to see World Champions crowned and final farewells for retiring riders.

An Events blog may seem odd to add to this list, and it will be added to the least most probably, but it is my line of work. For over 10 years now I have worked with, what we believe is, the premier Mobile Events Company in the South-East. Ranging from outdoor pursuits to evening entertainment, we have it all. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly in my line of work, have worked with lovely clients and ones you'd like to forget, and also visited some random venues across the UK including prisons and celebrity houses. So if there is anything of note, it will probably end up here!