Is it the 13TH of August yet? OK so there are a few weeks until the start of the new Premier League season and I’m literally counting down the days. With little news about that hasn’t been covered I thought I’d stick up a thread for the fellow insomniacs out there.
It’s strange how important football is to me and always has been, it’s as if a little part of me goes to sleep when the season is over and I don’t really know what to do with myself on a Saturday. Even the build up to pre-season time excites me.
To be honest though I hate losing even when were playing a friendly, needless to say I was beyond dis satisfied with the result in Orlando on Saturday evening. Despite it being like a million degrees and playing on artificial turf, I must confess I was a little peeved with the 1-0 loss. That’s not me being deluded and expecting too much, it’s just me wanting to see every team representing the club to win at all times.
But just seeing the lads in black and white,kicking a ball around reminds me how much I’m looking forward to the new season arriving. I wont be at the Arsenal game sadly but I’ll be sat in front of ESPN with a beer in hand that’s for certain, I’ll maybe even be joined by Toonsy with the wind in the right direction.
I remember my Dad always saying to me to use the close season as a time to relax and have a break from the stress the game can bring. I think he said it because he witnessed me going foul on multiple occasions when we lost games and it was never an experience he enjoyed. I must say in my defense he did see a happy MarkToon when we came out with a decent result, so it wasn’t all bad news for him.
I think when my Dad said that he failed to think about off field stresses that still occur when the season is over. Of course this close season hasn’t been much different, we have learnt that our player of the year isn’t being offered a new deal despite wanting to stay at the club, our captain has been sold, the Jose Enrique saga.. you get the picture.
I just want to take the opportunity to say my Dad was the most knowledgeable football man I have ever met and he taught me well both playing and supporting the game. RIP Dad, miss you every minute of every day. I only mention this because football for me has been the best distraction and probably always will be. Losing my Dad was the hardest and lowest point of my life, but writing for this blog and getting to games literally kept me going at times. It sounds corny but it’s true.
It’s like iv’e said before when we are doing well I’m likely to be the most pleasant guy but when we lose a game it literally ruins my weekend and I do need time to get over it so to speak. But regardless of the stress, tears and headaches that my beloved club have brought over the years I would be lost without Newcastle United.
I’m very much looking forward to the start of the season and as foolish as it may make me sound, I will forever be optimistic even if a little cautious and realistic about the season ahead. Saturday afternoons seem a little pointless currently do they not?
Is everyone itching for the first game now? I sure am. Sorry dudes, I haven’t written for ages and I’m no doubt very rusty. I will be back soon for more View from the away end threads- keep your eyes peeled.