When I was growing up, it was easy being a football supporter. You’d turn up at the ground, buy a programme, pay at the turnstiles, take your place on the terraces with your mates andwatch the match. You’d have a pie and a cup of Bovril at half time and then trudge home at the final whistle to fish and chips and a mug of tea. Simple.
However, in the modern age, there are so many more distractions at the stadium (especially in Thailand, with its burgeoning domestic football scene). The whole match going experience has changed. It has become an “event” and the fans are photographed and filmed as much as – if not more than – the action taking place on the pitch.
Grounds are surrounded by a riot of colour and noise (as opposed to just a riot – commonplace in the 70s and 80s) and a festival like atmosphere prevails. It’s not always been to my taste.
So, with a new season just around the corner, I have produced my annual list of thirty things that I will endeavour to do this year. Some are retro and will fill me with a nice warm glow, others are contemporary, stuff that I’ve never felt the urge to do before, but am now willing to try and I’ll also be revisiting a few old favourites.
Over the course of 2019, I will be keeping you up to date with my progress (or otherwise).