Football, what’s it all about? Week in week out we give up our precious free time and money in pursuit of something that’s hard to quantify. It’s certainly not about winning, if it was logic would suggest that some away trips are not worth bothering with. A Bank Holiday weekend, traffic queuing on the motorway with many people taking the easy option of a guaranteed buzz at the Creamfields Music Festival. Music’s great, but surely it’s not as good as an away trip to Wrexham? Is it……
Tesco Pete is an unusual fan; today he was attending his 350th consecutive Halifax Town game. I’m certain he’s no more passionate about the Club than most of us. He’s certainly not the first fan to attend 350 games in a row and he won’t be the last. All credit to Pete though, yes there have been some exciting games over the last five years, but also some much less appealing cold winter nights out.
Setting off at noon we’d planned to be parked up in plenty of time but as usual we were panicking, sat in standing traffic and contemplating a ridiculous detour just because the motorway signs said there was a 25 minute delay. However once again we arrived in plenty of time, had the luxury of a lukewarm pie and put the flags on display well before 2:30pm.
Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground is a wonderful traditional football ground. As soon as you leave the bypass and head towards the town the towering floodlight pylons are visible. Inside the ground the old, now derelict Kop terrace provides a reminder of what football used to be like. Opposite the away fans is a modern all seater stand with brand new facilities being unveiled today for disabled fans, with what described in the match day programme as the best view available. It’s good to see non-league clubs setting an example of modern football available to all.
Halfway through the first half and it’s not a great start; we’re two down and there’s a tremendous atmosphere from the home fans. It’s very different from our previous visits to the Racecourse Ground that have been goalless and soulless. Before half time we get a goal back, fantastic it’s just what we came for. The home fans go quiet, we have a good spell it’s what football is all about. In the end we’re beaten 3-1 and there are no complaints about the result from the 170 or so travelling Shaymen. With over 5000 home fans in full voice and now five wins in a row, it shows how well we’ve done to get the better of Wrexham in other matches over the last two years.
Driving back there are different views in the car. We all agree it’s going to be a tough season and we don’t just go to football to watch our team win. Half way back we call a halt to the debate, it’s time to set Megaphone Man loose with his compliments to the passing pedestrians. To be fair, for once it seems people appreciated his comments on their Saturday night pub fashions.
Next up it’s another long trip to Aldershot. Let’s do it all again next week win, lose or draw. C’mon Shaymen!
Total miles on the road this season 708, total Goals 2
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