Topic: Tranmere away....
We walked past Nigel Blackwell on the way back to the car....
Right, that's my highlight out of the way.
First away game for the eldest.
They lost 4-2. Looked at one point like it would end up 9-2.
I'm beginning to see why so many of the die hards think that Heath, the manager, has reached his limit. They were second best for most of today. And never really looked like taking control. Heath doesn't seem to know his best 11 and his substitutions appear entirely random.
He's very much from the 'shout loudly and they'll get it' school. The sort fourth officials must fucking hate after about 10 minutes.
Tranmere are a Football League side in the wrong division. I reckon they could get promoted if they play like they did today. Norwood went off injured after 25 minutes. Thank god he did. He'd run Town ragged in the Cup and started where he left off. Cocky bastard but you know you'd love him if he was in your team. Gave Garner, Town's centre-half some stick after the first goal. Obviously something had gone on. Mottley-Henry (sounds like a kid's book) was good for them.
They were two up after nine minutes. A long day in prospect...
Town steadied things a little but they were second to almost everything.
Tranmere were fitter and quicker and seemed much more composed when they had the ball. I haven't rated Town's 10, Connor Oliver, since I started watching them and today showed why. He loses the ball so cheaply. You can't have your 'playmaker' doing that. Clarke replaced him and seemed to offer a bit more fight.
I still maintain that there's a half decent team in there somewhere for Halifax. Kosylo shows flashes of play worthy of League 1 or 2. My daughter's favourite, Josh McDonald, made a real difference when he came on. Classic winger play, taking the man on and whipping decent crosses in. Bloke behind us was saying that he'd heard Heath giving him the dog's abuse a couple of weeks ago. Exactly what a young and talented but nervous player doesn't need.
Off the pitch there were more firsts. She saw her first ejections ('I think they've had too much to drink Dad'). To be fair to the stewards and coppers, they had a refreshing attitude to it all. A lot of talking and having a laugh before they had to step in. I know football has changed but they weren't the usual hi-viz Hitlers you see at so many grounds, be it football, RL, cricket, whatever.
Town's 'Mob' were a sight to behold. Up there with the ugliest crew you'll ever see. They were loud and pissed and there was a fair few of them. Funny watching the 14-year olds in Stone Island and reissues. Not sure about them skinny jeans mind. Apparently Town have a few on banning orders although I guess you don't need to do much for one these days.
One other thing that was different was the amount of actual chanting. We sit in the main stand at home games so there's not really any singing around us. I flinched at the first 'Your support is fucking shit' but she smiled and reminded me that she hears worse from the year six boys.
Lovely moment when I caught her out of the corner of my eye joining in with a chorus of 'Come On Shaymen'.
She's definitely a fan. I had wondered whether this was all just about spending a day with Dad but she's a Town supporter. Knows the squad and is learning the game. Spotted an offside and called for a booking for diving (they did quite a bit of that). Nice to hear her moan 'they've got two drums and a trumpet Dad'.
All in all a great day out (she loved the Mersey Tunnel). I reckon Macclesfield will be the next away trip on Boxing Day.
The result was shit but she's ready for Woking at home on the 11th...
This was at 4-2 down....