Referee Stoney Garnett is a real character and always brought a smile to our faces

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By The Bristol Post | Monday, November 12, 2012, 05:00

I WAS rather bemused to see that Stoney Garnett is one of the named candidates in the upcoming election to be the Mayor of Bristol.

Stoney is a well-known character, who I have come across on many occasions on the local soccer circuit. He used to be a referee – not a very good one – but at least he had a smile on his face and tried to put one on yours when he was officiating.

I can recall a charity match held at St John's Lane many years ago, where Stoney was the man in the middle. Before we even kicked off, he had everyone laughing. One of the players pointed out to Stoney that he was wearing odd socks. Stoney looked down and then said, "It's strange that, because I have another pair at home exactly the same as these!"

During the same match, with half-time approaching, Stoney let out a wailing noise and collapsed to the ground.

Naturally, a lot of players ran over to him, worried that something serious had happened. Someone asked him what the problem was. Stoney looked up and said: "It's a serious lack of cider in my body, can someone get me my flagon of Natch out of my kit bag please?"

He has done a lot of stand-up comedy routines in pubs down the years, where, to be honest, most of his material is as corny as mine. Although I am not politically-minded, I do wish him all the best in his quest to be elected mayor of our fine city.

My team, Nailsea Town, are without a fixture this coming Saturday, which is very fortunate for me. Why I say this is because I have a ticket to watch my favourite team, Everton, play at Reading the same day.

I do try to get to watch Everton at least a couple of times a season. To be honest, it's usually when they play against one of the more glamorous teams, Chelsea or Manchester Utd, where very often, if we can nick a point I go home happy.

No disrespect to Reading, but Everton will be looking for a victory this week, which probably means a defeat is on the cards.

A couple of weeks ago I watched Reading play Arsenal in a remarkable cup tie on TV.

The game finished with an astonishing score line where Arsenal came out 7–5 victors.

To me, this is a score more suited to amateur football, rather than the top level both these teams compete at. For the neutral supporter it was an exciting game, but as a manager in local football I would have been fuming if my team had lost after scoring that amount of goals.

At one point the Gunners were trailing 4-0 before fighting back to clinch the tie after extra time. I can't recall ever being part of a team that has lost after leading by four clear goals.

Although I have managed a team that was losing by five at half-time, but luckily we managed to restrict our opponents to scoring only another four goals during the second half to keep the score to a respectable 9-0!

      

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