Retro Double

A new feature for Friday’s here at which will hopefully turn in to something more regular over the coming weeks, when I used to present my ‘Soulful Matter’s and ‘After Hours’ radio shows I often delved back in to the wonderful and extensive back catalogues held by many Soul labels in a retro double feature, so here it is again in all its glory but this time in a blog format.

This week’s retro double features two absolutely wonderful gems from the city of Brotherly Love Philadelphia.

Silk – Can’t Stop Turning You On – Philadelphia International Records (1979)

Silk were formely known as Anglo Saxon Brown, they renamed themselves Silk for one album entitled ‘Midnight Dancer’ in 1979 which features the track ‘Can’t Stop Turning You On’.

Secondly another late seventies piece of Philadelphia magic from The Jones Girls.

The Jones Girls – Dance Turned Into Romance – Philadelphia International Records (1979)

The Jones Girls were an R&B trio of sisters from Detroit, Michigan. They first recorded for GM Records in 1968, then recorded for Philadelphia International Records with Gamble & Huff. The Jones Girls consisted of sisters Brenda, Valorie and Shirley Jones. They served as backup singers for Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass and Aretha Franklin. ‘Dance Turned Into Romance’ appeared on the 1980 album ‘At Peace With Woman’.


Transfer Deadline Day

That time of the year again, it never fails to come around does it?

No not Christmas but the terribly over hyped ‘Transfer Deadline Day’, this has been pushed relentlessly by Sky Sports since the introduction of the Transfer Window in the 2002 – 2003 season. But despite what Sky may have you believe there has always been a ‘Transfer Deadline Day’ the only difference being it took place once a year rather than twice and closed at midnight on the final day of March.

The TDD that we currently know is the biggest soap opera wrapped up in the biggest soap opera of all that of course being the Premier League. Sky Sports News seems to solely exist for TDD and as such gears most of its content to that across the summer. Countdown’s to TDD have been appearing since late June alongside the over excitable Brian Swanson and his accumulator, keeping track of the frankly ridiculous amounts spent by clubs who should know better along with Jim White and his amazing knack for name dropping. Whilst who could forget the infamous ‘Sky Sources’ who reveal the latest transfer news that we couldn’t live without, the very same transfer news usually revealed by the club or agent of said player ten minutes earlier.

It used to be so simple, you would spend the season safe in the knowledge that you could continue making purchases up until the end of March and rather than encourage clubs to buy the old system did the opposite with today’s ‘Transfer Window’ forcing or rather encouraging clubs to bid well beyond their means for players in the slight chance the club suffers a round of injuries they will have sufficient reserves to call upon, which leaves players sitting around for the best part of a season with out ever featuring or even getting close to the first team.

Where in the past they may well have stayed with a slightly lower placed club and impressed enough to have really earned a big move at the end of the season.

So expect to see the youth of Stoke gathering outside of the Britania Stadium later on today as they celebrate paying un told riches to Charlie Adam, a man who couldn’t get a game for Rangers a few short years ago.

Transfer Deadline Day? I think i’ll pass thank you.


When Love Calls – January 2013

Away from my ramblings around football is it too early to start thinking about the next Jazz Fm / Expansion Luxury Soul Weekender? Of course it isn’t and with the headline act of Atlantic Starr announced a few weeks ago plans are well underway for another Soul music showpiece at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool.

Taking place over the weekend of 4th – 6th of January 2013 this will be the 18th Luxury Soul Weekender and arguably one of the most anticipated yet with 80′s Soul legends Atlantic Starr appearing live on stage on the Saturday night along with the usual high standard of across the board Soul music played in four rooms by over 20 top DJ’s.

Atlantic Starr formed in 1976 in New York and released 12 albums in a 20 year period, their performance in Blackpool is their first on UK shores for a number of years and also see’s the return of original lead singer Sharon Bryant who has re-joined the group especially for their appearance at Blackpool.

The Luxury Soul Weekender has become an institution with the annual gathering giving Soul fans the opportunity to see some of the finest Modern Soul acts live in the flesh with performances from Bobby Womack, Eric Benet, Jean Carn, Chapter Eight, Lenny Williams, Ashford & Simpson and Billy Paul to name but a few. Atlantic Starr will surely get close to topping that list, and ‘When Love Calls’ you better answer.

There are a variety of ways to enjoy the next Luxury Soul Weekender, all weekend accommodation and entertainment only packages are available. For more information or to make a booking head over to or call the booking hot line on: 01253 – 7534403

See you in January

Ye of little faith

Well that wasn’t as painful as we thought was it? Latics made their season bow in the Milk, Rumbelows, Coca Cola, Worthington, Carling, Capital One Cup this evening and on the whole it was a more than competent performance.

Seven changes were made from the side that beat Southampton at the weekend with Jordi Gomez, Albert Crusat, Ben Watson, David Jones, Mauro Boselli, Ronnie Stam and Jean Beausejour coming in to the side.

A comprehensive Wigan side put Nottingham Forest to the sword before half time with three well taken goals including a first of the season for the forgotten man Mauro Boselli and two early contenders for goal(s) of the season from Maynor Figuoera and Jordi Gomez.

Those goals don’t tell the whole story of the first half, Nottingham Forest have started the season in strong form under Sean O’Driscoll and they continued this good form early in the first half with some good passages of play which had Latics on the back foot, before the goal rush began and took the impetus out of Forest’s play.

The second half saw Forest immediately give themselves a chance to get back in to the match with another strike of world class proportions as Simon Cox hit an unstoppable shot towards Ali Al Habsi’s goal from 30 yards out.

Despite this goal and playing against ten men for the last 20 minutes of the match Forest couldn’t get any closer to turning the score in their favour as Wigan Athletic now without Antolin Alcaraz who was dismissed following his second yellow card  of the evening closed the game out. Before the night was out there was time for a debut for Ryo Myiachi along with another goal this time from popular youngster Calum McManaman.

So a night of first’s saw the first win for Wigan Athletic over Nottingham Forest, the first Wigan goal for Mauro Boselli in nearly two years and a debut appearance for Wigan Athletic’s first Japanese player Ryo Myiachi. All of that and four goals rounded off an excellent night’s work for Roberto Martinez’s men as the Latics go in to the hat for the draw for the next round.

Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Ramis, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Stam, Beausejour, Crusat, Watson, Jones, Gomez, Boselli.

McManaman > Gomez, Myaichi > Crusat, Fyvie > Boselli

Latics to fall at the first hurdle … Again?

Pessimistic that statement may be but despite all of the wonderful work Roberto Martinez has undertaken since his return to Wigan Athletic as manager the domestic cup’s is where we seem to falter a poor result against Crystal Palace twelve months ago signalled the start of a spell of continuous defeats that would last until November.

Roberto and the squad travel to Nottingham in buoyant mood after a hard fought win over newly promoted Southampton at the weekend whilst we should expect wholesale changes to the side it will be interesting to see just how competitive we are. A number of the Wigan Athletic Development Squad will step up to replace their senior counterparts, whilst currently out of favour first team members will be eager to show they’re deserving of a place in the squad ahead of Saturday’s game with Stoke.

In a week of firsts (Wigan hadn’t played Southampton in the league until Saturday) could the Latics pick up their first win against Nottingham Forest at The City Ground tonight? Lets hope so…

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Come On In

…. Wipe your feet, take off your coat and in true Northern fashion get settled. This blog takes over from my old crumbly code ridden website that I’ve persisted with for far too many years now. What will you be able to find here?

Well hopefully in time quite a bit, I’ll be posting up old pieces from my archives including interviews with the likes of Richard Searling and Terry Jones but primarily this gives me the chance to dabble again in the world of writing without having to produce a weeks worth of copy in two days.

So keep your eyes peeled for plenty of Soul and indeed plenty of football related

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