I went to a footbal match on Saturday
By tdw on Apr 11, 2005
Anyway, my son if a fan of Sheffield United(the Blades), so as a birthday treat, he gets to go to a home match of his choice, and I go along under sufferance.
This Saturday, it was against Queen's Park Rangers (QPR) who, although from London - 150+ miles away, managed to bring a rather vocal set of supporters - I'd guess a couple of thousand in total, who managed to out-sing the 15 thousand or so Sheffield United supporters. Quite bizarre really!
It took 30 minutes for the match to really get going, but I found myself getting caught up in the atmosphere, and was happily complaining about the ref, the linesmen and the quality of QPR with the best of them QPR scored first after a bit of sloppy defending on the part of the Blades. I don't really know how our goalkeeper missed the ball, but miss it he did and "we" were one down. Just before half time, though, United picked up their game and evened the score - much to the delight of (most of) the crowd.
In the second half, things got a bit more exciting. United scored again to go ahead, then some incredibly sloppy defending (dare I say "again") allowed QPR to even the scores. It all looked to be heading for a draw when, in the dying minutes of the game, a desperate QPR player pushed one of "our" players inside the penalty box when our boys were taking a free kick. The ensuing penalty was neatly converted into a goal, and a rather tired looking QPR were just not able to recover.
I still don't like football, but I must admit that the atmosphere of a stadium full of cheering fans does make you get involved, so all in all, I enjoyed the occasion. My son even more so
Roll on next spring