Football took centre stage this week, as we saw the belated commencement of the 2020/21 Premier League and EFL seasons albeit with matches currently being played behind closed doors.

Locally in League Two, Leyton Orient got their campaign off to a good start with Danny Johnson’s late goal giving them all three points at Oldham Athletic.

But it was a disatrous start for Southend United, whose visitors Harrogate Town won their first ever Football League match with a comprehensive 4-0 victory at Roots Hall.

We also had a number of our local non-League sides competing in the FA Cup Preliminary Round, and a number of them made their way through to the next stage including Brentwood Town, who scored a 1-0 victory away to FC Romania.

And some clubs at non-League steps 1-4 whose league seasons are yet to commence were involved in pre-season friendlies, and we heard from our reporter Leigh who was at New Lodge to see Billericay Town score a  5-0 win against a young Ipswich Town XI.

Local cricket and a busy horce racing programme gave me plenty else to keep tabs on, but I also crammed in the following selection of music:

Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
Matt Johnson – Sunshine
Andy Bell – Love Comes In Waves
New Order – Be A Rebel
Johnny Hates Jazz – New Day Ahead
Katy Perry – Smile
EMT – Diva
Laurel – Scream Drive Faster
Loose Ends – Hangin’ On A String
Prince – 1999
Kool and the Gang – Jungle Boogie
Kool and the Gang – Get Down On It
Blanks – Favourite Nightmare
Gorillaz – Dare
Eric Clapton – After Midnight
Thin Lizzy – Waiting For An Alibi
Paul Weller – Village
Wham! – Club Tropicana
Nu Projekt – It’s Only You
Amy Macdonald – The Hudson
Toots & The Maytals – 54-46 Was My Number
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
Eagles – Desparado
Travis feat Susanna Hoffs – The Only Thing
Los Lobos – La Bamba
Diana Ross – My Old Piano

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