Monday, April 15, 2013

How not to be bothered by crushing derby defeat

OK, I'm going to be honest here. I don't really give two shits about yesterday's nightmarish home defeat to the Mackems (Paul's report to follow). But then that's what witnessing your first child being born on the eve of the match will do. An anaesthetic for the pain. Personally speaking, yesterday was a very good day to bury bad news. As one friend has commented, Newcastle agreed to call off the match as a mark of respect, but unfortunately Sunderland refused...

Of course, it might all have been different if only the club's newest fan had been wearing his specially purchased Toon babygro for the occasion. It's all ifs, buts and maybes. The timing of Stanley's arrival, at 2.15pm on Saturday, suggested that he wasn't aware the derby had been switched to a Sunday lunchtime kick-off for television. However, the fact that his first match was a devastating defeat inflicted by our most bitter rivals should help ensure he's under no illusions about the realities of life as a Newcastle supporter.

Now to weigh up how much to bet on him playing in black and white in twenty years' time...


Blogger skif said...

I've always thought you shouldn't foist religious belief nor football club on ones offspring. It's like what Phillip Larkin said about parents in 'This Be The Verse'. I understand all that was based on him being required, when he was a boy, to watch Coventry.

Said it elsewhere but congratulations on the new arrival. I'm loving his name.

8:39 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

Four years ago, I brought my son home from the hospital to learn NUFC was relegated... The good definitely out weighs the bad.

Congratulations to you and your wife!

2:16 pm  
Blogger Ben said...

Cheers chaps!

Skif: Religion's one thing but football's quite another. Couldn't have him growing up an Oxford fan, for a start...

12:01 am  
Blogger skif said...

Nowt wrong with Oxford United. They've got Alfie Potter, Hawk hero of our Anfield day-out.

Besides there are closer teams. I can see your boy tearing up the Suvvern League Scarf & Vest Division as Abingdon United's 'top boy'. Yep, not a week old and I'm see his future as a non-League hoolie. :-)

9:14 am  

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