WELL it’s nearly all over. With no summer tournament to look forward to how are we going to survive these next few months with no football to watch, moan or argue about?
I know summer must be on the horizon when my wife starts to bring punnets of strawberries home, it gets dark when you go to bed and the lawn needs cutting every few hours!
I ‘like’ this time of year. We can all have a rest from the sport we love and I find I can say ‘yes’ to any weekend social gathering. However by the time June runs out I’ll be looking towards August and the start of the new season.
So what did this season bring us? Well it was certainly good for all our local sides, or most of them and I must congratulate Daventry on the great strides they have taken both on and off the field and also Long Buckby for their consolidation as a top UCL team.
In these days of tight economics let’s not lose sight of the fact that first and foremost we involve ourselves in the wonderful game for pleasure, winning is a bonus.
For me it’s been a great season, 28 Premier League matches, my last this Sunday (Everton v Chelsea) and a number of Cup matches and Championship games and not too much adverse publicity!
I’ve had the odd mishap along the way, forgetting to pack my boots at Stoke was not my most impressive time, nor forgetting to take my cards out with me at Everton in front of a worldwide television audience! Both occasions my colleagues gave me great support...not!
Do you all remember the cold and long winter, I certainly do and I also remember refereeing a Monday evening game at Man City when the temperature was minus eight as we started the match. Good job we are issued with thermal underwear.
As you may have read, I have been retained for next season and so will begin pre-season training in late June.
I have a talking engagement in Ecuador, early July, not a holiday as most of my friends believe and a family holiday to fit in.
However before that I have a very important date this Saturday at Sixfields when I referee the Roly Mills Memorial Game. Roly was a close friend as is his entire family and he was a great servant not only to the Cobblers but also local football in general. Kick off 1pm.
Enjoy the sun and strawberries while they last. Our beloved game is only a few more weeks away.
See you soon. Peter.