The Real Football Factory


The waiting was finally over – whilst the “official” season isn’t due to start until mid August, the pre-season friendly season started today.  Yes I know we have the little matter of the World Cup going on in South Africa but I have been without a game for four weeks.  Four blooming long weeks.  Sure cricket had filled a gap, and the children had seen more of me than they ever had on a Saturday, but as soon as the pre-season fixtures started leaking out I constructed a schedule like no other to take advantage of a few interesting games.

So first up was Saturday 3rd July.  Not much really going on..that was until I saw one game that I simply could not miss.  Leyton versus Greenwich Borough was hardly going to set the pulses racing but when I saw the venue I had to re-arrange our family day out and forsake the Germany v Argentina game on TV to be there.

A few of us have experienced that feeling of coming down the steps at Wembley Park tube station on Cup Final day when your team is playing.  Butterflies in the stomach, everyone with their hopes and dreams still in tact and that walk….Well what else could match that?  What about finding a game on your doorstep?  Sure I have stayed at hotels that are part of stadiums (The Reebok, The Madejski and Upton Park) and hotels that are within a few minutes walk (San Mames hotel in Bilbao, Marriot in Hannover and Tulip at Old Trafford) but one that is within a few minutes of your house? Continue reading