Last night I was here:-
watching a qualifying round match in this year’s FA Cup, the oldest and best knockout sporting competition in the world.
Why did I go? Because a cricketing acquaintance was playing in goal for Coggeshall. He is a former professional player who made it into the Scotland U21 squad, so he’s played at a decent level. He gave up playing professionally to concentrate on the world of work, so this is a good opportunity to keep fit and to enjoy the game too.
The game itself was a typically rumbustious, tense affair, liberally sprinkled with three goals, a sending off and the afore mentioned goalkeeper coming under heavy pressure at the end of the match. But his team, Coggeshall, held on by 2 goals to 1 to progress to the next round.
What else can I tell you about Coggeshall? They are part owned by pop star Olly Murs and his efforts and money have seen the team progress up the football pyramid.
It was an excellent evening out. Good atmosphere at the game, but the weather turned and the journey back was cold and rather wet. But it was nice to go out and do something a bit different and to see a chap doing well. I’ve umpired him at cricket but never saw him keep goal until yesterday. I wish I had that ability to play sport, I wouldn’t be 18 stone plus and a hell of a lot fitter. But that’s life.