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Neil Gits Back To Stowmarket

10th February 2024
Posted by Neil Matthew

I was delighted to get back on the road with my camera and head for some Saturday afternoon footy action last weekend. It was my first game of the year having taken my annual ‘hibernation’ in December & January when the weather, traffic & daylight (or lack of it!) combine along with a couple of other factors to make Big Road Trips less than enjoyable ! One thing I’d missed more than I expected was simply getting out in the fresh air, something I really needed after a rotten man-cold recently …

I’ll spare you the full write up about what a good match it was and how tasty the burgers were, etc – if you are interested it’s all there along with the photos on my personal Facebook page ! But … my reason for choosing this particular game was because the home team hadn’t won a game all season and I hoped that this day might be their moment and I might be in the right place at the right time to share their joy / relief. It started well as they scored in the 3rd minute but alas, once again it ended up in yet another defeat…

Primarily, I like to visit football clubs I’ve never visited before, wander round taking quirky photos and chat to anybody who will listen, but on this occasion I had been here once before – 38 years ago in 1986 ! I can’t remember just how much had changed, but I am pretty sure that the concrete monstrosity that is the A14 Stowmarket bypass wasn’t towering above one corner last time ! One final footnote , the visitors were Bowers & Pitsea FC who sponsor the “Power Hour” on Gateway which you might have heard just before my show on a Monday evening ….

And that takes me back to what you probably would rather read about – the two hours of jazz-funk soul & disco tracks that I put together each week for you, available to hear on a ‘Repeat Play’ this Saturday at 5pm…

The Tunes – Monday 5th February – 2024

Curtis Hairston – I Want You All Tonight
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Incognito – Keep Me In The Dark
Ashford & Simpson – Don’t Cost You Nothing
Raven feat Jocelyn Brown – So In Love
Gloria Gaynor – Let’s make A Deal
Chantay Savage – I Will Survive
Stephanie Mills – Keep Away Girls
Vicki Sue Robinson – Hold Tight
Fatback Band – (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop
Oran Juice Jones – The Rain
Basement Jaxx – Red Alert
Soulrender – Lady In The Shadow
OC Smith – Together
LJ Reynolds – Key To The World
G C Cameron – You’re What’s Missing In My Life
Leee John & Bill Sharpe – Take Me Back (Boggie Back Mix)
Randy Hall – I Want To Touch You
Everis – Closer 2 U
Natasha Watts – I Am Me
Central Line – Surprise Surprise
James Ingram – Yah Mo Be There
David Mascal & K Rochel – Your Love (Georgie B Mix)

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” !