Grantham Town v Frickley Atheltic…this wasn’t in the original plan. If I could have followed that dream then I would have been recovering from Energie Cottbus v Dynamo Dresden, nursing a hangover and preparing for Hallescher versus Hansa Rostock along with Danny Last, Kenny Legg and The Real Stoffers. Unfortunately work has got in the way recently and so I was swapping a “lively” atmosphere in the old East Germany for Lincolnshire. Whilst Stoffers was sending me pictures of a heaving Erdgas Sportpark, I would be rattling around in the South Kesteven Sports Stadium with 200-odd other fans.
I could have been watching thousands of pissed-up German fans singing, chanting and waving stuff around in unison. I could have been watching the Dresden fans trying to take on the finest German riot police. I could have been wolfing down bockwurst, brautwurst, bierwurst and the odd knackwurst. I could have been indulging in Hefeweizen, Helles and a cheeky Dunkle. But who really wants that when, and I quote the oracle that is Wikipedia about Grantham:-
“Grantham has the country’s only ‘living’ public house sign: a beehive of South African bees situated outside since 1830”
Grantham is also notable for having the first female police officers in the United Kingdom, notably Edith Smith in 1914, and producing the first running diesel engine in 1892, and the UK’s first tractor in 1896. Take that the EFW turncoats! I can see you seething with jealously from here.
But I am focusing on the positives. I’m in the English sunshine, with Northern Steve enjoying a game at a new ground. Yes, it may be an athletics stadium, and the crowd may be a bit on the thin side but I am doing what I love most, well almost. And if I really am bitter and twisted about not being in Germany I can have a wander down Sankt Augustin Way, named after Grantham’s twin town in Germany and feel marginally better. Continue reading