I went to a footbal match on Saturday

Before I say anything else, I have to mention that I am not a big fan of football (soccer), despite Sheffield having two professional teams which I could support. It's just one of those games that I never got into, and the only time I ever really have much interest is the World Cup. I also have an aversion to the professional game because I believe it to be too money oriented (underskilled prima-donna players paid too much and fans charged too much to watch them)!!!

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 ;)

Comments:

Fulham sponsor coaching sessions at a number of local schools, including the one that my Son goes to and they also sell very cheap tickets to a few matches so that the kids can see the club play

I took my son along to one earlier in the season against Crystal Palace and I to found my self enjoying the experience despite not really being a fan of football. Not a bad match. Oddly will be there again this coming Saturday.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on April 11, 2005 at 04:12 AM BST #

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