Although a football match lasts ninety minutes, when you’re involved in the beautiful game there’s a lot more to it than that. For the TNS FC fixture against Cardiff Metropolitan University FC it meant rising at 5.30 a.m and returning home at 9.00 p.m.
Not that I’m complaining though, far from it. Plus, it wasn’t as if that’s the case for every game as it isn’t. The reason for the early start was because TNS FC Foundation had a float in the annual Christmas parade through Oswestry.
It went very well and with thousands of people turning out to watch the various decorated lorries go past, it is evident of the community spirit that still exists in towns like Oswestry.
My wife, Debby, did face-painting for the TNS Academy youngsters that were involved and along with my granddaughter, Nyah, then watched the game later. It was great to have Nyah with us and I got a photograph of her with the very impressive JD Welsh Premier League trophy, at Park Hall.
It was her very first football game and I’m glad it was at the club that I am working for. She thoroughly enjoyed it and my wife said that while they watched she kept asking questions, so that she could understand things better. ‘Why has that man got a flag?’ for example, in reference to the assistant referee.
Nyah also came on TNS Radio during half-time and she was so confident. I’m really proud of her and it’s great watching her as she grows up. If I say so myself, she’s a lovely girl.
The match itself ended 1-1, with a late TNS FC goal rescuing a point for the reigning champions. Following the final whistle, I interviewed manager, Scott Ruscoe, and Danny Redmond, who played left-back on the day.