Ivey Leads Heroes to Glory!
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don`t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don`t give way to hating,
And yet don`t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think -and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you`ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build `em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on !";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds` worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that`s in it,
And - which is more - you`ll gain 3 points at Far Cotton Rec this evening!
"Steve Ivey lead the way in performing miracles in this crucial league clash with Golden Horse. An injury crisis and a N'pton Spencer reserve match did their best to condem Heath to a crushing defeat...
The script was set, Heath would turn up with a scratch side, put in a half-hearted performance and walk away licking their wounds...
Well, A scratch eleven side was put out, but someone forgot to tell Kings Heath the rest of the script!"
After surviving an early on-slaught, and whitnessing some woeful finishing from Paul Roseblade the Horse frontman, the bare eleven of Kings Heath settled and started playing some football. The makeshift strike force of Anger and Pickering were doing a fantastic job of holding the ball up, well supported by Josh Urquhart, Andy Blenco and most-noteably, Steve Ivey.
It was Ivey's presence and intelligence that broke the deadlock, in bizzare fashion.
A cross-field ball from Josh Urquhart was on-course for the run of Ivey, until the Horse centre-half intervened, and sent the ball looping over Horse Goalkeeper Paul Crick and into the net. An outstanding own goal from all of 45 yards!
It was from this moment on that boys became men, and heros were born.
The rest of the first half fizzled out into a non-event, but the second half was just a blitz on the Heath goal. The defending of Billingham, Blenco, Urquhart, Morin and Lancaster was something special. Supported by excellent goal-keeping from Olly Urquhart, Heath were equal to everything that was thrown at them. Pickering, Ivey, Andy Blenco and Matty Newton all did a superb job in midfield in doing their best to keep the pressure off the back four.
Anger working his proverbial socks off to try and keep the ball up-front. There were last-ditch tackles, seemingly impossible blocks and goal-line saves with finger-tips... but the boys in orange held on.
Thursday 8th April 2004, is the date that will be talked about for many years to come.
Glenn 'Nick Collins' Billingham,
Far Cotton Rec. (and it is a bloody wreck!)
Kings Heath United (4-4-2):
L.Morin, N.Blenco, W.Lancaster, G.Billingham
S.Ivey, A.Blenco, M.Newton, J.Urquhart