I’ve been enjoying my groundhopping journeys this season very much and when I had a message on Facebook from Roger Parker asking if I fancied a trip to Turf Moor, I jumped at the chance.
Setting off in the glorious sunshine, along with his son-in-law, Andrew, we made our way to Burnley for the English Premier League game, with Chelsea the visitors.
The score was 2-1 to the Londoners, although as a neutral that wasn’t something that had any bearing on my own emotions. I just thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, and of course, the game itself.
Founder members of the Football League way back in the 19th century, there’s a lot of history around the club and I liked the displays of past players with information that people can read as they make their way around.
Some, like Leighton James and Jimmy Mcllroy, were names that I am well familiar with from my own childhood. Others, as you could tell from the quality of the images were figures from well into the past.
I like football history and it’s good when it’s given a platform by clubs. The more we connect with the past, the greater we appreciate the present and value the future.
Unlike the heavy traffic on the way there, the journey home was fine. My route was Burnley (Lancashire) – Chirk (Denbighshire) – Oswestry (Shropshire) – Wolverhampton (Staffordshire). The long and winding road indeed. But a happy one.