Day 87

Singing in the Rain

Day 87 was certainly a landmark day for the project. I had made contact with Bristol Rovers and their enthusiastic press officer Kirsty Pugh kindly invited me to the Rovers versus Yeovil game. Not only that I was to be presented to the crowd at half-time on the pitch so another 6,000 people now know about the project. The matchday announcer Nick Day made me welcome and asked me a range of questions about the refugees, the journey and my love of football. It was a privilege to be there and I hope that those who heard me will get the message out to their friends and family. Thanks Nick and thanks Kirsty.

Of course, on a personal level it was a memorable day. as I was to see my first league game in ten seasons in England as well as ground 63 out of 92. It was an exciting game with two goals in the last four minutes and just as Yeovil thought they had snatched a 1-1 draw after trailing for much of the game, up popped Rovers with a last minute winner. So a 2-1 victory for the home side sent the faithful home happy. An important win from their first home game of the season and a huge relief after 0-3 and 1-6 defeats earlier in the week.

From what I remember of the third level of English football after many years as a Gillingham fan both teams look as if they can make a realistic promotion push. Good luck to the teams and their fans. I have to say that the Yeovil fans who were standing on uncovered terracing sang the whole 90 minutes and really got behind their team. “Singing in the Rain” came to mind as the heavens opened for most of the match and although it was quite warm, it must have been quite a challenge to retain their enthusiasm. The Rovers fans also sang throughout the game ……. but they had the luxury of being undercover!

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