That headline is a pretty poor attempt at a play on words. Our game today – on this soggy September Saturday – is in reference to Clipstone Welfare, a small Nottinghamshire-based club who play in the Northern Counties East League Premier. The headline fails due to The Cobras dropping the Welfare suffix in 2013, the club’s third name change since their inaugural title Clipstone Combine and then subsequent name Clipstone Boys Brigade. But what’s in a name anyway?
These days the club play in the 1,000 capacity, The Worksop Van Hire Stadium, near the major town of Mansfield; a stone’s throw from Sherwood Forest’s Center Parcs from where I’ve actually just returned from.
But Clipstone are simply our hosts for now. As a result of their win over our starting club, South Normanton Athletic, we’ve jumped ship to Evo-Stik First Division South side Lincoln United, who are one step above Clipstone on the confusing non-league pyramid.
Our patronage of United hasn’t gone unnoticed in Lincolnshire, either. Just last night I was live on BBC Radio Lincolnshire as part of Rob Makepiece’s Friday Football programme talking about our quest and discussing how I might follow United to Wembley. That of course is highly unlikely, as Rob knew when he posed the tongue in cheek comment.
But the fact he contacted me via Twitter at least proves that our quest is gaining a bit of interest. And who knows how far we can go with United? I may well be talking with Rob in a few week’s time. And a few weeks after that and so on and so on…