'One or two players' futures are on the line.' This was the stark warning issued by Brakes boss Paul Holleran after Leamington lost 2-0 to Stratford Town in the Birmingham Senior Cup. The derby attracted a crowd of nearly 500.
Holleran had been suffering from diarrhea and vomiting in the run up to the game, but was even more disgusted by what he saw on the pitch. He gave a run out to some squad players, but 'at the end of the game I was thinking release me, release me' (and not because he had got locked in the loo).
Holleran gave all credit to the Bardsmen who include a number of former Brakes players, among them Richard Morris in goal and fans' favourite Stuart Herlihy (Her-le-hee) who was presented with a framed shirt before the game by the Brakes Trust.
The game was played at the superbly appointed, multi-pitch Anne Hathaway Stadium which cost a seven figure sum. In part the stadium was funded by Stratford Town Council who benefit from various activities related to the Bard of Avon who thus posthumously supports his home town club.