My late brother in law was into his sport, especially football. The team he supported was Tottenham Hotspur. He was a manager and former player at more modest non-league level as well, and had an intimate knowledge of the game.
I always enjoyed conversations about football with him. One of my last conversations with him was over a disputed penalty decision in a televised match between Watford and Chelsea. It was clear that he didn’t like Chelsea very much (!) and the incident saw us disagree over this decision. I agreed with the referee’s decision and my brother in law didn’t. But it never got beyond mild disagreement. I saw the incident from an official’s viewpoint (as I would!) and he saw it from a player’s view.
But I enjoyed those conversations, talking about the form of Tottenham, the exciting players they have and the performance of the manager.
Tottenham have moved into a new ground and the move was somewhat delayed due to health and safety concerns. My brother in law was due to watch a game in the new stadium. Sadly, that never came to pass. And I shall miss our football chats, amongst other things. He was passionate about his sport as I am. I couldn’t convert him over to cricket, but each to his own.
Thinking about those good times….how you should remember someone close to you who has sadly passed away. His spirit will live on in us all I think, and in a good way.