The gospel according to TNS – Rev's Ramblings

Wearing my Rev’s hat, last Sunday I was invited to take the service at Excel church in Bilston, in the heart of the Black Country. The minister, my friend Dek Dudfield, asked if I could speak on three Fs. Fishing. Football. Faith.

Well, as you can imagine, TNS got a pretty decent shout-out for the middle slot. In order to illustrate my talk, I took a number of items of memorabilia with me, including Mike Wilde’s shirt that he wore during the Champions League game in the Faroe Islands last season.

Don't know if I'll get Mike Wilde into church, but his shirt made it
Don’t know if I’ll get Mike Wilde into church, but his shirt made it

Not only did he don the top but he also scored. There can’t be many who have the shirt of a CL goalscorer on their wall – and a game that they were at as well. The added beauty of my memorabilia collection is that it’s all personal and has great memory value.

I also took flags to the church that I had from a previous TNS game. I said the first three children out would get one each. Who knows, maybe young TNS fans in the making.

Great to see the children with their TNS flags
Great to see the children with their TNS flags

One who is already there though is Lewis. He was at the Airbus UK Broughton game with his granddad, Keith. Ian Williams brought him to us on radio, and not only did we chat with him, but we also gave him a microphone to interview Tom Matthews.

With BBC Wales at the game (more of that in a moment), he was also filmed by them as well. Following the final whistle we took him into the tunnel area where he met the players for autographs and photos.

Lewis not only on TNS Radio but also BBC
Lewis not only on TNS Radio but also BBC

His favourite player is Scott Quigley, so we chose him for the post-match interview, as Lewis stood alongside me. He must be the only child in the country who couldn’t wait to go to school on Monday morning, so he could tell all his friends about his great weekend.

Anyway, the experience can be yours! The club is offering a table in hospitality for a party of four, including up to two children, for the upcoming Cardiff Met game in the Dafabet WPL. Take a look at the pinned post on the TNS Facebook page for details. But hurry, the competition entry ends this weekend.

Lewis with his hero, Scott Quigley
Lewis with his hero, Scott Quigley

Back to the Airbus game though and what a great night it was. Check out last week’s Rev’s Ramblings for an insight into why it was such a monumental game. The bottom line is we are now the Welsh record-holders for consecutive league wins in one season.

Prior to the match it was great to meet Tom Brown from BBC Wales. He did lots of filming, both before and after the game, so as they say, watch this space. We’ll share the finished product as soon as it is released.

BBC's Tom Brown filming at Park Hall
BBC’s Tom Brown filming at Park Hall

It was great to see our main sponsors,, at Park Hall for the match. I saw Jayne Robb setting up a selfie beneath the press box and that’s the result below. Thanks, Jayne!

And what about the best wishes video from Face Of The Globe Miss Wales 2016, Natalia Mavromoustaki. I met Nat (who is half Welsh / half Cypriot) when we were in Cyprus ahead of the Champions League fixture earlier this year and we’ve remained friends ever since.

Finally, well done to Kevin Richards who went for a TNS 1-0 victory on the road at gap Connah’s Quay last week. In addition, Simon Harvey, Graham Vince, David Tranter, Peter Burke, Marcus Hibbert and yours truly all correctly predicted TNS 4 Airbus UK Broughton 0. Lots of #BeatTheBelle winners this week. Well done!

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