Rev's Ramblings – The Oldest Winger In Town

Following last week’s focused excursion into the world of the TNS Radio cake, this time round it’s back to general all-round stuff. First of all, well done to Jonny Drury, who by predicting Newtown’s 2-1 victory at Park Hall #BeatTheBelle

If you’re not aware, along with the cake this is one of our regular features. Basically, Cortez Belle gives us a prediction and then we know what to avoid. I say that literally as well, he’s yet to get one right in two seasons.

Legend on the pitch and really nice guy off it, I guess you can’t have everything. What we’ve started to do on air though is mention how long he lasts. Well his 5-0 TNS v Newtown was on for 16 minutes before the visitors scored.

Do you think you can #BeatTheBelle? Well feel free to send me your prediction and if you get it right you’ll get a shout-on on TNS Radio of course and also in this column. This coming Saturday, the score to avoid is a 2-0 Saints’ victory v Bala Town.

Andrew Howard from the FA Wales
Andrew Howard from the FA Wales

It was a great honour indeed for Sam Thomas and me to broadcast both semi-finals from Latham Park on Saturday. We are not only thankful to the FA Wales but also truly humbled that they trusted us enough to set us loose.

With privilege comes responsibility and that’s something I’m very much aware of, not just from the radio side of things but TNS as a whole. Although people put things such as ‘My comments do not reflect the views of my employer’ on their social media bio, ultimately that’s not how it is viewed.

It's always a pleasure to have Mark Jones on TNS Radio
It’s always a pleasure to have Mark Jones on TNS Radio

Fortunately I’m never tempted to enter into a Facebook fracas, a forum fight or have a Twitter tantrum so it’s not even an issue. Like everyone else I just want to be a good ambassador for the club and a positive witness. This column is called Rev’s Ramblings, not Rev’s Rantings.

Above is a tweet one from of our regular TNS Radio listeners, Darius Jason from the USA. Thanks, Darius, the cheque’s in the post. Or should that be check… Anyway, tweet us using the hashtag #TNSRadio and you may get a mention here. Basically just say nice things and you’re in…

Back to Saturday though, what a goal-fest we witnessed. A dozen in the two games, but what really counts was the five that TNS scored, without reply. The historic back-to-back domestic treble is still very much alive and kicking.

Tomi Morgan, one half of the Sgorio red-button commentary team
Tomi Morgan, one half of the Sgorio red-button commentary team

We had a brilliant vantage point from which to do TNS Radio – the VIP balcony. If you listened to the show then you’ll know that we did mention the fact on more than one occasion that we were hob-nobbing with Welsh football royalty. In fact it’s true to say we positively milked it dry.

We had a number of top guests on air with us including Simon Spender, who did the first fifteen minutes or so of the opening game. Then, as the Sgorio team began to arrive for the televised fixture we had the pleasure and privilege of Mark Jones and Tomi Morgan joining us.

Simon Spender, a career when he hangs up his boots perhaps?
Simon Spender, a career when he hangs up his boots perhaps?

Stepping into Nicky John’s shoes while she’s on maternity leave is Gwennan Harries. The latest to join the TNS Radio cake fan club, the carrot cake was made especially for her, by request.

The latest member of the TNS Radio cake fan club
The latest member of the TNS Radio cake fan club

Finally, last but certainly not least, did you watch the club’s April Fool video starring Chairman Mike Harris? If not, then check it out below as it is so funny. From the opening clip of Mike on the phone to Ian Williams through to our new signing heading off down the tunnel it’s hilarious!

If you’re of a certain age you may remember Fred Wedlock’s one-hit wonder, The Oldest Swinger In Town. (The word meant modern and lively back then, by the way). Well, I think we’ve definitely got The Oldest Winger In Town at Park Hall. So that’s where this week’s heading comes from.

The oldest winger in town
The oldest winger in town

Have a great week and hope to see you at Park Hall on Saturday. If you’re not there then listen to the game on TNS Radio. We go on air from 5.00 pm and the link is on the home page of the club website.

Stewart Bloor
stewart.bloor@tnsfc.co.uk