I was a relative late comer to finding the fun in football, probably as my dad preferred motor sport and cricket.
I used to work in a bar and always looked forward to the atmosphere that a football match brought, but didn’t really get wrapped up in particular team, until I met my husband he took me to my first football match.
I was hooked!
The atmosphere, the cheering, the banter – I loved it and for 16+ years I have supported Chelsea, seeing them come up through the premier league to finally start winning trophies!
Supporting Chelsea also meant there was lots of banter at work, and I adored joining in with the office Dream Team’s – I even won one once! I was the only parent in my office, so it gave me a connection with my mostly male colleagues who were often surprised by my knowledge.
When I left work to become a childminder and was home all week, I delighted in ribbing hubby that I had sat and watched the matches he was missing on Sky Sports, or watching Soccer Saturday giggling along with Jeff Stelling and his motley crew whilst he was at work.
I was so excited when Jose Mourinho returned last year – he has a swagger and demeanour I really admire and I love the way he stirs up the press, but I just don’t feel excited by football anymore. If hubby is home enjoy watching the matches and getting involved, but if I am home alone with the kids I tend to forget they are on.
I think the main problem is that I don’t have that banter anymore. I miss the adult conversation that comes with working in an office / shop. My twitter timeline used to be full of Chelsea fans, and although I still follow my favourites they do get lost in a sea of mummy bloggers – one even told me off this week for celebrating a goal! – I really need to sort out my lists!
The other issue is we just don’t get to go to matches anymore. When I say “we” i actually mean me! Hubby still goes occasionally with either friends from work, or Kian, but we simply cannot afford to go as a family. With tickets starting around £50 each plus travel it makes it a very expensive day out – one that we just cannot justify. I am hoping now that Sebby is easier to settle in the evening that we may be able to start going again soon – if we can afford a babysitter.
Are you a football fan – do you get to go to matches?