The Football Neutral: Matches Twenty Five and Twenty Six: Leicester City vs QPR and Bolton Wanderers vs Leicester City

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This is now an edited version of the original blog… you can read the full one by downloading my Football Neutral 2013/14 season review on Kindle.  Well over 300 pages of daftness. Less than £2! Thanks!

…A wise man once said that rules are meant to be broken.  I’d quite like to buy that man a drink right now.  No idea who said it first, but whoever it was has given me a very easy opening line for two match reports that contain a contentious subject, if you’ve been following my exploits all season.

So yeah, when I started this project I decided that I wouldn’t go and watch my own club all year.  I’d focus on going to new places, meeting different fans and enjoying the best game in the world whilst on the road doing my job.  And for twenty four games, that’s what I did.  Yes, I sneakily watched a League Cup game from the press box earlier in the year but I didn’t write a report on it.  But then this past weekend I was in Birmingham and… I just couldn’t help myself.  I’m sorry.  I really am.

Actually, it’s not just as simple as geographic proximity.  I’m not sure whether regular readers will just understand my desire to watch my own club because they feel a similar love for their own team, or if some people will be genuinely annoyed that I’ve fallen off the proverbial wagon.  So let me fill you in on some details that you might have missed during the season.

I’ve had a difficult year.  Work has been fine and I’ve got married (yay to both of these things) but at the very start of the season my Mum was taken ill and as you may be aware, she passed away in February.  Her funeral was in March, and at the funeral to cheer me and my Dad up my mate Big Dave (everyone has a mate called Big Dave, and I am no exception. His name is not ironic. He’s a big lad, and bloody awesome) suggested that we all go to watch Leicester play over the Easter weekend.  As I knew I would be in Birmingham, I agreed after explaining that I would be breaking my own rules.  Dave then pointed out that it would probably be the day we clinched promotion.  This in turn clinched it for me…

If you want to read the full version of the final two match reports of the season, you can (along with every other game I watched and lots more stuff) by downloading my ebook for less than £2. All sales really help me continue on with my project. Thanks!



One thought on “The Football Neutral: Matches Twenty Five and Twenty Six: Leicester City vs QPR and Bolton Wanderers vs Leicester City

  1. Great write up, Jim. I’ve enjoyed your football neutral series, and I’m glad you’re going to carry it on next season, but I think this is the chapter which shows the real spirit of a football fan. Like you I’ve got a parent to thank for making me a Leicester fan, 34 years ago she took me to Leyton Orient to watch Leicester win the second division, and on Tuesday I stood with my mum and this time also my son to see them do it again. It was a special, emotional, life-enriching experience, and I’m glad you didn’t impose the rules on yourself, it would have been a tragedy to have missed Tuesday night.

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