Day 81

A Shiny New Day

The disappointments of yesterday were quickly behind me as I started off for Leicester City Football Club. Sadly, the lady at reception directed me (correctly!) to Leicester Tigers but fortunately their impressive ground is only minutes away from Filbert Way so I got two bites of the cherry, so to speak. Flibert Way is another impressive new stadium and bears little resemblance to their old ground at Filbert Street. I was soon back on my cycle for the relatively easy and short trip to Coventry. It would have been easier if the signs for Coventry did not keep disappearing!

Then like a mirage, there was the M6 motorway a huge sign to Coventry a herd of hotels (or is it a flock?) The cheapest was Premiere Classe and I had a great single room at a reasonable price with free wifi. Premiere Classe is part of the Campanile Group and whilst the Campanile hotels are sadly out of my budget, I broke my own rules for once to get a good night’s sleep, some serious abuse of my keyboard and somewhere safe to park my bike. Sadly, Coventry is the only one they have so far but there are plans to open more. Good Luck, Premiere Classe. If they are all as good as Coventry the group will do well.

Anyway, it was good to find somewhere so early and I was happy to be watching the Chelsea versus Manchester United game. I mused that I have watched far less football on this trip than I would have done normally and realised that I had actually only seen one full game live. I am not worried about this as the trip is about the refugees and not mot me watching football but, nevertheless, it is quite ironic!

The early finish also gave me the opportunity to catch up on the papers and I enjoyed reading the predictions in yesterday’s papers about the likely outcome of the championship. Well, the writer must be looking for a hole to dive into as there were a number of surprises and many of his tips for the top (and those for relegation!) look way off the mark. That said and as Sir ALex always tells us as Man Utd get off to a slow start (Burnley away last season!) it’s a marathon and not a sprint! My own team, Gillingham, found the going tough even in League Two and had a late goal to thank for saving a home point. Oh, dear!

So, a busy week ahead with Coventry, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Oxford United and City, Swindon, Bristol City and Rovers all coming up. I have written to them all and hope they will show the same hospitality as Rotherham, Chesterfield, Sheffield United, Notts County and Nottingham Forest did. I am especially looking forward to the visit to Oxford City as they looked after Bjørn so well last year.

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