A full weekend of sport the like of which I haven’t since last summer or really remember in the pre-Sky TV days saw me off to the pub on Friday night for an old boys reunion to watch Wolves beat Derby 2-0. Good game, too much beer and heaving cleavages on show in the pub all made it a bit hazy really.
Onto Saturday and the climax of the Six Nations. Despite all the chores I had to do such as getting the nearside tyre fixed and get some food in, I did manage to watch all three games and thoroughly enjoyed them. I did believe for a minute that England were going to do it but it was just a mad game against the French, but at least we beat them. Ireland always looked the better to me over the whole tournament, but we were close. We may be on a good position now in regard of the World Cup.
So onto the climax of the weekend and the trip to Wembley with Walsall. An early start, a drive to Uxbridge and a pleasant breakfast with the Bristol City fans saw seven of the family see Walsall go down 2-0. Having never been to the new stadium, I have to say it is a reflection on how much things have moved on in terms of events and stadia: Wembley is much more like the O2 and other arenas now and focusses on the peripheral of the “customer experience”, not just the event itself. The only difference is grass and it was cold! Outside of the seating “bowl” it is pretty much like the O2 or Manchester Airport. And very little Bovril! However, the Brother – in – Law did make the BBC website after being interviewed!
The game was worthy of a final and Walsall did themselves no harm despite the inability to finish. They played the more attractive football but all the passing around and neat forward play is of no use if you can’t put the ball in the back of the net. And why Romaine Sawyers is on the pitch is beyond me as he has little discipline even in a free role he seems to adopt. He’s never in the same place twice and if I was on his side I would be infuriated as there is no consistency in his play despite an admirable work rate.
Bristol City had a powerful team that took their chances very well so deserved to win. Walsall could have had an equaliser had Cook’s cross gone the other off the post. Well – that’s the vagaries of football for you and why it’s such a draw.
A very packed train back to Uxbridge and a stop at Oxford services saw us late back from a great day out – and I’m very tired today!