Scouting trip didn't go way I had hoped
IN MY new role as a Football League scout, my job description was to get myself down to the South Coast and watch one particular player.
I was only allocated one ticket for this fixture so I had to update the iPod and sing along to myself on the journey down there. It became painful.
Let's just say I'm not quite at Michael Buble's standard.
Upon arrival I was impressed with the hospitality and I chatted to a former Premier League referee.
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He was there to assess the referee that day.
Once the teamsheets were printed I quickly scanned it to notice the player I was watching was on the subs bench. A wasted journey I felt.
The pen and paper were put away and there was no need for me to start doing my preparations.
I spent the first half watching the game and flicking through the live football scores to see how Cheltenham Town and my fantasy football league team were shaping up.
Once the second half began I noticed my man going through an energetic warm-up, my cue to get the preparations done.
The fourth official's board went up and the player entered the field in the 55th minute.
Three minutes later he had committed a foul, one deemed to be unacceptable by the referee and he saw red. Three minutes on the pitch, 240 miles and he got a straight red card.
Not much to report there.
I stayed until 85 minutes to see the outcome of the game and then drove for two and a half hours home, listening to disgruntled Arsenal fans moan about their result and transfer activity, or lack of it.
I therefore definitely need to take somebody with me to these games for company as there is only so much of that you can listen to.
In two hours of airtime I am sure less than 20 minutes was taken up with positive comments, the rest was all whining and crying about their team's start to the season.
My notion of 'negative people always shout louder' was heavily backed up here.