Saturday, October 04, 2008


Swansea... not today

I'd been looking forward to the Swansea-Wolves match since May when Swansea were promoted to the second tier and Wolves ... stayed where they were.

Back in 1986 I'd seen one such match when I still lived in Swansea (can't recall if it was the January win or October defeat). And in 2002 I drove down the M4 for a late-summer League Cup match where Cardiff-born Blake helped defeat the Swans (much to their fans' annoyance).

Now Swansea were again in a position to take on the 'mighty' Wolves - on a Saturday so no mid-week travel problems. But come the day and I'm not really up for it. Looking back I hadn't been to a Wolves match since March 2006 and that was just down the road at the Madjeski Stadium; before that April 2005 ... against Reading again. No doubt my next match will be in January 2009 when Wolves come down here next.

To explain my lack of interest I was giving myself excuses:

"It will be cold, wet and windy"
Almost right; in fact Swansea has better weather than Reading.

"It will be expensive for the train, ticket, food and drink"
I would have probably spent £80 all told; instead I spent £50 on Guitar Hero III (to get an extra guitar) and £30 on an Indian meal delivery...

"Your time could be spent more profitably on better things"
I fell for this one. Except on Friday night I stayed up until 4am the following morning playing on the Xbox so didn't get up until nearly 1pm. Today's main achievement has been doing the washing up. If I'd gone to the match, I would have had 5 hours on trains which could have been used to prepare for my D&D game on Wednesday.

"What if you go all that way and Wolves lose"
It's a 300 mile round trip so not exactly close; Wolves lost 3-1.



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