Clive Todd playing for Harrogate Town AFC

Clive Todd played for Harrogate Town in the late 1950s.

4 – Nil

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Dodworth defeated but not outplayed

But at last Town worked themselves into the game and Todd scored an absolute blinder of a goal, only to turn around and see the linesman’s flag upraised for “offside”. The way he danced in to hammer the ball past Harrod was good to see.

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Keep it up, Town, and bid for promotion

After 19 minutes Town scored their second and there was no luck about this. Buck slid a long pass to Todd and this skilful winger slipped past Spavin and Willey before pulling a neat pass back to Nolan. The inside-left swept the ball home left-footed and on the run, from about 15 yards.

Town should have gone ahead when Todd, who shared the forward line honours with Hutton, blasted the ball goalwards. It struck the underside of the bar and bounced down in the goal and out again. Town players appealed calmly for the goal.

It was Town’s day and deservedly. Wallace, Hutton and Todd were outstanding in a team which definitely bore a promotion look.

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Two down – then Town turn on the heat

The match was a particular triumph for Dave Nolan and Clive Todd, the pair injured in a collision in that game.

Todd, showing remarkable propensity for being in the right place at the right time, netted three.

After 24 minutes Monk parried a Nolan cross but Todd was on hand to apply the finishing touch.

Monk brought off a good save, damaging his shoulder in the process, and the ball came to Todd who again polished off the move.

Rawmarsh fought to the end, Monk once firing straight at Taylor who alone stood between him and goal, but Todd stressed the Harrogate side’s superiority with another goal after Nolan had pushed on a cross from Cooper.

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Power start – and finish – from Town

Cooper cross, left-back Chadwick fisted the ball out. Todd took the resultant penalty and slammed the ball past Raestict.

Hutton flicked the ball on to Todd, who, running in, crashed it home with a great left-footed drive.

Soon after Todd slipped a good ball to Cooper who in turn provided Hutton and the inside man beat centre-half Broughton and beat the keepr with a ground shot.

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All Town forwards on target in 9-2 triumph

And within another four minutes Wallace slipped a ground shot home after clever combined work with Newton and Todd.

The goal rush continued. Taylor, Newton and Todd were prominent in a fine passing move and Taylor rammed another fine shot home in the 23rd minute.

This was all promotion-style football all right, and on the half hour Todd made it a nap hand after fast and accurate passing form Cooper, Hutton and Wallace.

Taylor now made great saves from Cooper, Hutton and Newton in turn, but could not prevent Todd from scoring a seventh goal three minutes before the interval after Reynard, Hutton, Cooper and Newton had carved holes in the Retford side’s defence with another fine passing move.

Even so three successive shots from Cooper just flashed past the upright; a first-time drive from Todd was punched over the bar; and a ground shot from Cooper was saved just by the post.

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Inside my brain

On the first of August, 2010, I went cycling and got hit by a car at 40mph. I suffered several skull fractures, a broken eye socket, broken nose, broken teeth, a dislocation of the hip that my orthopaedic surgeon describes as “almost a traumatic amputation”, and badly battered knees and ankles. I’m lucky to still be here.

Here’s some quite trippy views of the inside of my head and my body.

 

 

 

 

One of my first Ring laps

From my second ring trip in 2005. Held up in a few places. Looks a lot slower than it felt, but wasn’t very fast anyway. Done less than ten laps by this point, so still learning my way around, and still very keen on not crashing.

350Z sounds pretty good, even with a crappy microphone.

First Trackday – Croft 2005

First bike.

First trackday.

First lap.

Very slow, but not as slow as the knobbers on litre bikes that I catch at the end of the lap on my SV650 with half the power. Quite funny how I start braking for the first corner about 100 metres before it was necessary. Can’t hit an apex, either. Still, considering how nervous I was it wasn’t a bad start.