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Neil Gits Back Into Cricket

21st July 2023
Posted by Neil Matthew

It’s been tough keeping my obsession for football fed since May. I’ve been living off scraps of England’s Euro Qualifiers and Women’s International Matces in between endless scrolling through interesting looking You Tube videos and streaming behind-the-scenes documentaries about any players or club that was willing to open up to the cameras. I did try going to a “friendly” match last Saturday, but apart from having a superb bacon & cheese burger there, it just wasn’t the same as “the real thing”. Luckily, one or two of the Lower leagues start next week so I’ll check the fixtures and have my camera and the “Neil-mobile” at the ready …

To my surprise, after several years of almost no interest whatsoever, my need for competitive sport to get excited about has been met by cricket, in particular the thrilling Ashes Series between England & Australia. I have “A13 Annie” to thank for this – she was a huge cricket fan when I first met her, but her enthusiasm soon waned, especially when Sky put their subscription prices up and up to a ridiculous level. But out of the blue she got a good deal from them just to watch the channel showing the Ashes and it’s paid off handsomely ! To my amazement I quickly recalled all the rules and terminology, though it seems that since I last watched a match on TV, they’ve started calling a ‘Batsman’ a ‘Batter’ in these politically correct times that us Old Gits have to try and adjust to … say no more !

Of course, spending even more time preparing my show and checking out fresh tunes to play for you has been another option to fill football-free weekends and one look at the latest playlist will have you saying to yourself “Wow! He’s dug up some golden soulful nuggets this week !” Take a look below and hear how great they sound on the radio in this week’s “Repeat Play” at 5pm this and every Saturday, LIVE on Mondays at 7pm …

The Tunes – Monday 17th July 2023

Melba Moore – Mind Up Tonight
Webster Lewis – Give Me Some Emotion
Ernie & The Family McKone ft Laura Jackson – Alone Again
James Brown – The Boss
Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm
Commodores – Funny Feelings
Marvin Gaye – Yesterday
Kloud 9 – Keep This Fire Burning
Dynasty – Give Your Love To Me
Positive Force – We Got The Funk
Barry White – I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Baby (Groovefunkel Remix)
Tams – There Ain’t Nothing Like Shaggin’
Deodato – Sweet Magic
Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack
Howard Johnson – Keeping Love New
Gary Byrd & The GB Experience – The Crown
Dawn Joseph – Imitation Love
Lamar Kelsey – If You Don’t Mind (Nigel Lowis Remix)
Imagination – In The Heat Of The Night
Luther Vandross – Til My Baby Comes Home
Osibisa – Dance The Body Music
Frankie Valli & Four Seasons – The Night
Meters – Disco Is The Thing Today

Feel free to get in touch with your soulful request or just for a mention on the show – put a post on “The Old Gits Soul Show” page on Facebook, text (01268)833978 or message me via e-mail : [email protected].

The Old Gits Soul Show is broadcast LIVE from 7pm–9pm every Monday, repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, on Gateway 97.8FM in Basildon & East Thurrock and available nationally via the Radio Player at Sky TV as well as online via You can listen on your smart speaker or your phone too … plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website – just search “Cool Soul” !