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Neil Gits To Be A Spy

1st September 2023
Posted by Neil Matthew

It wasn’t something that I had on my so-called “Bucket List” for this year, but by a set of happy coincidences I found myself going ‘undercover’ on my latest football trip last Saturday and carrying out a reconnaissance mission for a friend. Naturally, I can’t give you too many specific details or I would have to kill you …

As always, I chose my match very carefully as I continue to attempt to see as many games in as many different leagues & cups as possible, right the way across the country during the season. Quite by chance, I realized that the away team are hosting a side where I have one of my many contacts in the non-league football world in the FA Cup tomorrow, a competition where each win can net the victorioous club a significant amount of increasing prize money round by round, so I got in touch and offered to provide any useful information I could gather …

Going ‘undercover’ was not a problem on this occasion – it absolutely lashed it down with rain pre-kick off and during most of the game itself ! I put my trusty pack-a-mack on and tied the hood firmly up round my chin and forehead, just in case anyone recognized me … and of course to keep as dry as possible ! Taking notes proved near impossible, but I am blessed with a good memory and dictated my observations onto my voice recorder once safely back in my dry warm car. Let’s hope the result goes the right way for my mate’s team – or I will have some serious egg on my face – and not just from rushing down my Big Boy Breakfast en route to this weekend’s fixture !

A careful listen to last Monday’s show might have you spotting a situation where I also might have had some metaphorical yolk dribbling down my chin ! However, being a confirmed “Old Git” I am blaming modern technology having a mind of its own and toying with me in the studio. Hear this memorable moment in broadcasting history and more importantly some jolly fine tunes on the ‘Repeat Play’ at 5pm on Saturday or whenever you wish, before or after, by using our “listen Again” section. Here is this week’s team-sheet … sorry … playlist !!

The Tunes – Monday 28th August 2023

Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
Johnny Kemp – Just Got Paid
Sugar Rainbow – I Feel So Strong
O’Jays – Put Our Heads Together
O’Jays – When Will I See You Again
Jones Girls – Won’t Let You Take It Back
Temptations – Just My Imagination
Ellison Kendrick – I Feel Good
Cameo – She’s Strange
Shirley Brown – Looking For The Real Thing
Jimmy Young – Times Are Tight
Max Romeo & The Upsetters – Chase The Devil
Acantha Lang – He Said / She Said
Lighthouse Family – Ocean Drive
Average White Band – Atlantic Avenue
Shakatak – Down On The Street
Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel feat Heidi Vogel – Enamoreme
Anthony David & Algebra Blessett – Need You Now
KC & Jo-Jo – All My Life
Masquerade – (The Solution To) The Problem
Barry White – I’ll Do Anything You Want Me To
Ronnie Herel feat Kenny Thomas – The Sun Will Rise Again (Cafe 432 Mix)

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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” !