Well my trip to Wembley was a mixed bag of emotions.
I had to get up at 4.45 to be able to get all my meds done( Even getting up at that crazy hour I still didn't have time to get all of my nebs) so I would be ready to get a lift at 6.15 to be dropped off at Bloomfield Road and to be on the coach for 7. 7 am! In the morning!
I was sat with a decent few people and the journey, though way, way too long, wasn't so bad.
We got there at 12.30 ish and things seemed to me a bit... off. Last time we got to Wembley there was an almost carnival atmosphere, this time it seemed subdued. You know when you are in a pub and you just get a feeling trouble is going to start? Well it felt a bit like that.
We got into the stadium at 1.30 ish and slowly the place started to fill up, the West Ham side filling up faster. I knew we hadn't sold all our tickets which was disappointing and then I noticed a few people sat about three rows in front (with a kid with them) not wearing tangerine. They looked out of place, obviously there isn't a law saying you have to wear club colours, but to have a few together and not even the kid getting into the spirit of the day seemed odd. They were West Ham fans sitting in our part of the ground.. this wasn't going to end well.
Kick off came and West Ham scored.. and then it kicked off. A scuffle broke out a few rows to the right, there were other West Ham fans scattered around our part of the ground and when they scored they celebrated. It wasn't nice seeing people fight and it made me angry when a little kid in front of me looked terrified by it, on a day that should have been fun it was probably ruined by a bunch of idiot people (and I'm including the Blackpool fans that reacted to them). Even though the West Ham fans with the kid didn't cause any trouble it made me think how stupid they were, how utterly pathetic that they would risk bringing a child into a situation that could turn really bad, very quickly. In the end the stewards ejected a load of people that shouldn't have been there.
Football is such an awesome game, it can make your heart race (we equalised) and it can break your heart (they won) but once football gets under your skin there isn't much you can do.It is passionate and it can give you a sense of being part of something. In a space of 90 minutes you can feel all sorts of emotions, you can be low then so high. So it shouldn't be spoiled by muppets that have no sense. We played well, and did our best.
Next season will be ours.