Occasionally, running this blog, a little perk comes along to make it all worthwhile.
This isn’t a job, sadly I have one of those and it doesn’t revolve around football, it’s a hobby for me. Writing is something that I’ve always enjoyed and when coupled with the subject of my favourite football club, it’s not a hardship.
My wife will tut sometimes as I’m busy writing something while she’s watching Eastenders but she knows I enjoy it.
Last night was one of those nights when a little perk came along when I appeared as a guest on ”The Pink ’Un Show.”
I was first asked to be a guest on ”3 Up Front” on Mustard TV about four years ago. At the time, Mustard was a TV station run in the Archant basement about all things local and they had some football content, of which 3 Up Front was one of those shows.
Since then I’ve appeared a couple of times a season and with the selling of Mustard TV, the show has rebranded.
It’s now called ”The Pink ’Un Show” and is hosted from a local pub. It’s format sees it broadcast live on YouTube with the EDP’s Michael Bailey as the presenter along with a couple of guests.
Whenever I’ve done it before, it’s always been with another fan. I’ve met Di Cunningham and I also met Chris Cooper from the excellent ”Coop & Duck Podcast”.
Last night I met former City First Team Coach, Steve Foley at The Woolpack.
Before we started, Steve came over to introduce himself to me, my wife and son. We chatted about all sorts of stuff and he told me that he lives in Manningtree and had driven up for the show. In fact, he’s always lived there and for the 11 years he was at Norwich, he drove back and forth, daily.
He and his wife had thought about moving over the years, he said, but they held off because the nature of the business meant that he never knew when the manager might get sacked and he could lose his job!
We did the show and talked about all sorts of stuff, with my assertion that Wes Hoolahan might just be the ”technically best” player I’ve seen in a Canary shirt, overruled by Steve who said that accolade should go to Darren Huckerby.
It’s a good shout to be fair, Hucks was certainly a more regular match winner. Steve said off air that Hucks was the sort of player you always need in your squad, capable of doing the sort of things you can’t teach, that could win you a game at any moment.
When we were all done, Steve wanted a picture of me and Michael and gave me his mobile number. He texted me this morning to say it was great to meet last night and to give him a call if there was ever anything he could do for me.
I couldn’t believe how nice a guy he was/is, an absolute gentleman.
He’s now involved at Needham Market with young players, helping them get breaks in professional football. He promised me and Michael that if he unearths a 25 goal a season striker that he’ll send them to Norfolk first.
Anyway, back to the show, you can watch it here to see what we were all rambling on about…
Thanks to Michael and Dan for having me on. Fingers crossed they’ll have me back next season!