The Anonymous Widower

My Football Routine

I usually arrange my Saturday football around a schedule something like this.

  1. 09:00 Go to Islington Marks and Spencer, Boots and Chapel Market, as my grandmother would have done over a hundred years ago, to do my weekend shopping.
  2. 11:00 Listen to Fighting Talk on Radio 5.
  3. 12:45 Leave home and catch a bus to Liverpool Street.
  4. 13:30 Catch the train for Ipswich.
  5. 14:43 Arrive in Ipswich and walk to Portman Road
  6. 15:00 Watch the match.
  7. 17:09 Catch the train back from Ipswich.
  8. 18:30 Arrive back in London
  9. 19:00 Arrive back home.

Sometimes I vary the routine, by having lunch in Spitalfields before I get the train.

I should say that as I’m a coeliac, I find getting acceptable gluten-free food in Ipswich difficult, so I never eat anything in the town.

You might think what is wrong with my schedule.

It’s the dreaded Rail Replacement Buses, that seem to interrupt many weekends, when there is football at Ipswich.

The time taken by the buses means, I have to allow an extra ninety minutes over the normal rail journey.

I know there is a lot of work to do on the line, but why can’t it be done on days when there is no football. As a widower, who lives alone, I find it tiresome.

I’ve even talked to some Norwich supporters about this and they’re as angry as I am.

November 4, 2017 - Posted by | Sport, Travel | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Simple resolution – move to Manchester. MUFC has its own railway station, and MCFC has its own tram stop. Best of all they regularly win the league, FA Cup and other trophies, so there is always some good football to watch (every week during the season) and silverware to admire…

    In the summer there is test cricket at Old Trafford this happened right next to where we were sitting: –
    http://www.skysports.com/cricket/news/12123/10977180/england-v-south-africa-watch-jonny-bairstow-catch-moeen-ali-on-old-trafford-balcony

    Comment by Mark Clayton | November 4, 2017 | Reply

  2. No! No! No! I grew up in London next to the most arrogant and ignorant Mancunian. Nothing gives me more pleasure to see Manchester United lose!

    Comment by AnonW | November 4, 2017 | Reply


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