The Joy of Friendlies
THAT FRIENDLY FEELING!!
The aptly named 'friendly' showcases the new team in all it's raw glory. I can even watch them lose without experiencing that sinking feeling that comes when you sense a defeat on the horizon and you know it really matters and will ruin your mood for the whole weekend.
Hey, its only a friendly.......................it really doesn't matter.
It's an Edgeley Park fun day; a time to drool over the new pitch brought to perfection by the tender loving care and experience of the groundsman; a time to gel with the folks you sit with all season; a time to study the skills and faces of the new players so they become familiar and not just names on the back of the programme; a time to just lighten up and enjoy being part of YOUR club again.
This season the balance will be right; this season the optimism will be well-founded; this season will see that 'friendly' feeling last all season long!!
Pauline Coddington - (A Footballer's guide to Feltmaking.)