It seems a long time since the Chuckle Brothers hosted the Miller's 'Welcome to Don Valley' press call. On that day the stadium basked in bright sunshine (it was June) as the heroes of BBC's 'Chucklevision' ran up and down the pitch dribbling (the ball!), shooting and passing, to me ….to you. Cameras flashed, pens scribbled and the TV companies (including Sky Sports) queued to film a piece of the action.
Now eight months on the Miller's have built on that day of passionate optimism with several impressive cup runs and the tremendous achievement of turning over the 17 point penalty. And though the team looks to be heading for safety, Mark Robins will tell you they still have a lot to do. Likewise you are unlikely to see the Chuckle Brothers relaxing for very long. They too have been busy, the autumn television recording of the first ever 'Chucklevision Christmas special' was followed by a four week pantomime in Southend.Next on the horizon is their quest to boldly go where no one has gone for a while. James T Burke is looking to Paul and Barry to join him on the USS Exercise and save the planet. 'Chuckle Trek - The Lost Generation' will tell the story of how they do. Over sixty UK shows are planned between now and June and the tour begins at the Sheffield Lyceum on the 13th February 2009. If you can't manage any of the Sheffield shows there will be plenty of opportunity at other venues, some very local like the Doncaster Dome. The Chuckle Brothers web site 'thechucklebrothersontour.co.uk' has all the details of the tour.
All this Chuckle activity has limited the pair's visits to Don Valley but they continue to follow every move as well as flying the Miller's flag wherever they are in their capacity as the club's Honorary Presidents. Although the last time they attended together was the Luton game last September, Paul has managed to get to a couple of recent matches including the Scunthorpe United,Johnstone's Paint Trophy first leg. However both Paul and Barry hope to get to Don Valley together before May.
As the Chuckles head off in search of the lost generation and the team in search of those points, Paul and Barry send their best wishes to all Rotherham United fans and ask them to keep supporting the team (and the Chuckle Brothers).