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Butternut Squash at Sheffield United 30/04/2007

Posted by Matt Rowson in Five-a-day Awaydays.

A timely reminder of what welcomes us next season on the pitch; off it, the stakes are upped slightly as we near the finishing line in the five-a-day mission. Four individuals smuggled their wares in, which on consideration is as high a ratio of the away support as we’ve had all season.

I can't believe it's not Butternut

It’ll take more than relegation, a scrappy mess of a game and a large vegetable to dampen Don Fraser’s spirit.

Butternut wouldn't melt

Flora Nelson, looking forward to local trips to Scunny, Barnsley and Hull next season.

Ifs and Butternuts

Jeff Bartrop, whose veg can choose a row all of its own.

Butternuts and Bolts

Yours truly. “I’ll get you at Sheffield” wasn’t it, Messenger? All mouth and no trousers, as ever.


Sheffield United 1 Watford 0 (28/04/2007) 29/04/2007

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* Yes, I know, but “Division Two” is two words.  And the label “Championship” is complete nonsense, as was much of this game.

Butternut Squash to Bramall Lane 24/04/2007

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Oh yes.

Watford 1 Manchester City 1 (21/04/2007) 23/04/2007

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Ginger at Blackburn 20/04/2007

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An understandably lower uptake at Ewood Park than the weekend, but two stalwarts didn’t let us down (even if affairs on the pitch did).

 Knock Down Ginger

Fran’s specimen.  Not sure why it’s growing out of her temple.

Fred and Ginger

The ubiquitous Mr.Fraser, who has this season “discovered areas of Tescos that he never knew existed”.

Blackburn Rovers 3 Watford 1 (18/04/2007) 19/04/2007

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Carrots at Villa Park 17/04/2007

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Still, wasn’t that goal celebration marvellous, eh?  Here are some people with carrots…

not half 

Ralph Buckland and Steve Reader sharing that carrot moment.

semi detached

Mark Baker displays a fine specimen.  Behind him, looks like Man United haven’t sold all their tickets.  Tut tut.

Half and Half

Mark’s sons Chris and Dominic.  There are all sorts of impolite comments one could make about how Chris is holding his carrot, but I don’t know Chris and therefore don’t feel able to make them…

Half hearted

Don Fraser, from a distance.  He’s the one in the wig.  A couple of United fans rightly concerned at where he might stick that carrot if they give it large later.

Open Sesemi

Frances Lynn, yellow ribbons dutifully worn.

semi detached

Jeff Bartrop… may have forgotten about his carrot until everyone else was leaving, but at least he brought the right vegetable this time.

Not Half

Ed Corble and 5-a-day-awayday debutant Steve Mitchell.


Ian Grant.  An indie shot.  With carrots.

half wit

Yours truly.  Messenger, that’s as good as you’re going to get. 

Ginger to Blackburn 17/04/2007

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We tried to think of something that signified after-the-lord-mayor’s-showness, and failed.  We also tried to think of something with 10,000 holes in it, but failed.   So we bring you ginger, which is neither a fruit nor a vegetable but a rhizome (watch us not care – whose blog is this anyway?)… simply because I’ve wanted to include it for a while and we’re kinda running out of games…

Watford 1 Manchester United 4 (14/04/2007) 16/04/2007

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The return of the humble-but-mighty carrot 12/04/2007

Posted by Ian Grant in Five-a-day Awaydays.

Dear Dearest Reader,

As you will be aware,  our fortunes on the road during this season have not been what the young folk appear to refer to as “all that”. You may also have noticed that this Saturday’s opponents seem to have hit some form again, after briefly raising our hopes by forgetting to tell Rio Ferdinand to leave his iPod behind before taking the field at Fratton Park.

With that in mind, we feel that it’s appropriate to reprise the most successful of our five-a-day awaydays: the humble-but-mighty carrot saw us to an equally humble-but-mighty victory at Upton Park back in February. Maybe, just maybe, it can do the trick again. We’re not making any promises, of course, but we cannot turn our backs on anything that might help.

Make it happen, people.

Love and kisses,

ig and Matt.