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Dave Thompson, 31st March 2011 - 13:23

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Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson

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I have followed the Blues for 40 years through good times and bad. I now live in Canterbury, Kent, and travel up and down the country in all weathers to take our season ticket seats in the Main Stand.

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Sitting in a coffee shop in Paddington station at 7am on a Saturday morning waiting for a football-special train to Cardiff with the hangover from hell is not recommended.

After a large cup of black coffee and cursing the person who started the Jack Daniels marathon we headed for the train.

Standing room only in second class, thank god prior to hangover day I decided I'd treat to first class. Another coffee later and a free biscuit crumbed down it was time for a sleep!

Upon arrival at Cardiff Central we jumped in a cab and head to Grange Albion FC where Englandfans were doing battle on the pitch against Wales fans. It was actually an enthralling game with England fans hanging on for a 3-2 victory.

We made our way into the stadium with 10 minutes to spare perched high up in the gods. We had a Birdseye view of the penalty area and with England’s second goal coming inside 15 minutes, we all expected England to open up and knock four or five past Wales but it just never happened!

The journey back to London was uneventful apart from the fact we got interviewed by ITV for a programme on England Fans.

We were hoping it was better on Tuesday…

Monday saw the announcement that five players have been sent back to their clubs. Even though I think it’s wrong as people have paid good money to see the first England stars on show (and Ghana have 21,000 supporters attending - the biggest ever away support) for this international, it gave an opportunity for Jags and Bainsey to start and show Fabio what they can do.

And talking of Fabio, after making all the fuss over the England captaincy and handing it back to Terry, he then sends Terry home and has to appoint a new captain. Crazy.

It was a great atmosphere at Wembley with 21,000 Ghanaians.

I thought Bainsey had quite a good game and Jags a good first half, but when he was moved to the right in the second half he made a few silly mistakes, but overall they must both be happy to have played 90 minutes.

1-1 was a fair result and the Ghanaians went home happy - that's if they went home - they were still partying in central London when I headed back to my hotel at 1.30am, another hangover on the way I think!

 

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