I would have taken two games at the weekend with all the forecasts of heavy rain.
I had given up all thoughts of going to Bournemouth or Eastbourne and stayed local to see Tower Hamlets v Haringey Borough in The FA Vase on Saturday and some London Accountants League Division Three action in Regent’s Park yesterday. It was dry and sunny at both.
Those two brought me up to 65 for the season and 6,530 altogether.
I had nine possible Trophy and Vase replays in mind but none of them ended in draws. They say it’s going to be a wet week but I hope to see my 441st FA Cup tie at Barnet on Saturday. It’s the First Round draw on ITV1 the following afternoon at 1.35 and that’s always one of the season’s highlights.
Tower Hamlets were ‘Bethnal Green United’ until July this year and in their former guise they reached the last 16 of The Vase in 2011-12, going out to eventual winners Dunston UTS 3-0 away. Still based at Mile End Stadium, with very good facilities, they are having a decent season in fourth spot in the Essex Senior League.
I had seen Haringey Borough, six places and eight points below them, in a previous round at Southall and remembered how resilient they were in defence as the home side threw everything at them in the second half.
Haringey won that one, impressively, 2-0. Their Vase run now continues after their 3-0 success on Saturday and to me they looked like winners from the start.
There were about 30 people watching at Mile End but on the previous Tuesday I was one of 85,000 at Wembley on arguably the new stadium’s greatest night.
I was here for the 1973 game with Poland, when we drew 1-1 and missed out on qualifying for the World Cup in West Germany. This time there were a surreal few moments before kick-off as the music sounded like a heartbeat and it suddenly got misty.
We had a party in the Bobby Moore Suite at Wembley on Thursday evening to celebrate The FA’s 150th anniversary and there were hundreds present. I had bought a new pair of trousers but the only jacket I own at the moment is my FA blazer from 1988.
I slipped out after an hour or so as I had an Islington Gazette Cup tie at Market Road at 8pm. Camden Athletic 2 Old Street Tuesday 0. Attendance 5.
On Sunday I was expecting to see Lambeth All Stars v Putney Town in The FA Sunday Cup but the lady at Dulwich Hamlet’s ground told me on the ‘phone that it had been cancelled. So I rushed out to Regent’s Park for Mazars NR 2 ABN Ammo 2 in the London Accountants League.
ABN equalised in the last minute and I was the only spectator. I’m glad I didn’t stay for another game because the heavens opened after that.
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The superfan was on The Vase trail and also paid a visit to Regent's Park at the weekend