Last week, I was hoping that my forthcoming trip to Blackpool would see an end to my winless run of watching Town away come to an end after 13 years. It also dawned on me travelling up to the game that I had not even seen Town score away from home in eight years.
And what a day it turned out to be. With Town winning 2-1 with three minutes to go, I strolled off to the toilet and got into a conversation with a steward who thought I was leaving altogether. I said I wasn’t of course but might as well have been as there was still time for Town to throw it away. When I came back, he said we were still winning but I said not for long as I looked over his shoulder and saw Blackpool equalise.
I made my way back to my seat feeling slightly disconsolate that we’d thrown away victory in injury-time only to see new boy Stephen Hunt have an effort deflected just over – I thought our chance had gone!
However, as we know, Paul Taylor sent over the perfect corner and I didn’t know how at the time, the ball ended up in the back of the net. As the players raced off chasing one another in celebration and the realisation set in that we’d scored, delirium broke out amongst the Town faithful. I had not celebrated like that since Martijn Reusers goal at Wembley in 2000.
And it was the sweetest of very long journeys home thereafter…..Thirteen years of waiting for an away win was forgotten in that one moment. That’s why we love the game as much as we do when moments like that pass us by.
We then had the sad news of a Town fan passing away on the way back to the station and that dampened the mood considerably. RIP Michael Kemp and I have written more about this in next week’s column.
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Money just can’t buy a feeling like Saturday!…..Special times watching so many stars…..and A tale of monkey business as Town played Blackpool.
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