This is the dawning of a new era …

16-10-2010: Ipswich Town 1 Coventry City 2 (NPower Championship)
Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

Going to the match is never going to be quite the same again now that Jnr has moved to Truro. For the past eighteen years we’ve been going to matches together, and while we have both been to the odd game or two without the other during that time, now, and for the foreseeable future I’ll been heading down to Portman Road on my own. Starting today :-(. I’ll still be sitting with the same group of friends that I’ve been sat with for the past five decades but it won’t quite be the same now that my ‘little’ boy is not sat next to me.

Our first outing to FPR together was for a 2-1 win against Blackburn in the old First Division in September 1990. I know the details because I have them written down as I have done for the all the 500 plus games that we’ve watched together since. Still remember the pride of holding my young sons hand as we walked together to the ground for the very first time. It will linger long in the memory.

We’ve had different routines over the years, driving to games at first from West Suffolk and in more recent years walking to games from the family home in the town centre. When he moved into his own place a few years back he would still walk over to ours so that we could head down to the game together. There were several routes we could take which fell in and out of favour depending on the result of the game two hours later. “We lost 2-1 last time we walked that way”, “We came back from two goals down to win 3-2 when we last walked this way”.

Anyway before I get overly melancholic, he’ll be back for a week at Christmas and we’ll take in the Boxing Day game v Watford and possibly do an away day at Doncaster Rovers two days later. By then I expect to be regaled with tales of Truro City’s latest exploits – yours truly impressed that Jnr had taken the old mans advice and watched his new ‘local’ team in action (his view of the action at Treyew Rd appears above) and plans to do so on a regular basis.

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