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Ray Simpson / 11th January 2021

Gavin Ellis and the season when time stood still -- part 6

Gavin Ellis and the season when time stood still -- part 6

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Here's some more prose from Gavin, looking back against our games against Blyth, Gloucester and our FA Cup run




A home game with Blyth Spartans is our first game in September

Alun Armstrong gave their fans some great times to remember

He’s now rebuilding Quakers with several ex-Blyth stars

His ex-club in Northumberland have some documented scars


Typical of Darlington our defence again is kind

We’re caught out by a through ball and go one-nil behind

But Campbell strikes one hard and low to swiftly equalise

The Quakers have some fight at last, we start to realise


As the game enters its twilight and the game remains all square

We badly need a hero – to shoot from anywhere

Andy just when poor Blyth Spartans think they’ve gained a point

A Stephen Thompson wonder goal livens up the joint



With an injury list that’s ten miles long the team still show desire

The fans travel to Evesham, too, hoping to inspire

The Gloucester side for several years has had to move around

Has weather and severe floods washed away their ground


Two struggling sides are on the pitch and fail to entertain

The keeper and Tyrone collide, he’s subbed concussed in pain

The Gloucester side go one nil up, but Campbell pulls one back

Let’s have a better second half, will either team attack?


We lose again, a random shot takes a harsh and fluke deflection

Yet again our heads go down in total-felt dejection

Another loss upon the road, another long trip home awaiting

We must win on our travels soon, these losses are deflating






We lose two-nil at home to York, who are probably going up

Next we’re off to Manchester in the FA Cup

We play a team called Trafford in the scorching North West sun

At last we win a cup game comfortably three-one

Adam Campbell celebrates his goal at Trafford



Next we go to Alfreton, we concede early on to a team who have small crowds

It isn’t any wonder they play hoofball in the clouds

We come out in the second half and play them off the ground

Tyrone and Justin Donawa secure a two-one win quite sound


We were hoping for a home draw in the FA Cup, so pity

We travel down to Leamington in England’s second city

We win two-nil, three wins away it feels like football heaven

Our best run in the FA Cup since the year 2011