Not looking to antagonise anyone but time to ponder a few likes and dislikes from my time as a football supporter.
Of course, ignoring in the main the obvious “Stockport County”;
- Behaviour and attitude of Northern Ireland fans in welcoming Turkish team and its’ supporters immediately post the 1999 earthquake in Izmit, Turkey.
- Found friendliest away grounds, in terms of courtesy of staff to be Rochdale AFC and Huddersfield Town AFC.
- Nicest player met, David Ginola (ex-Tottenham etc) or Brad Friedel (ex-Galatasaray).
- Success of our first Conference in Turkey this Year.
- “County’s” Argentina kit 1979-1980.
- Going to Stockport fixtures with my Grandad, Bill and Grandma, Marion (R.I.P).
- Away games.
- The hymn “Scarf my father wore”.
- Rapport with Alex Kotler, CEO of Football Partnerships.
- The Events related to my Book “B&B: Friendship and Football beyond frontiers”.
- Admission price paid for me and 4 years old son, Kaya, to visit Elland Road and watch a League One match.
- Aggression by Millwall fan – the only time received a ‘blow’ at any game.
- Losing so often at Wembley.
- When “Vernon Bear” was replaced by “Harry the Hatter” as mascot.
- Fearing loss of life when uncontrolled surge of fans after Kocaelispor versus Erzurumspor match.
- Waiting for England winning the World Cup again.
- Chorus of “Delilah” from Stoke City AFC supporters.
- Sticking out like a sore thumb as the only Englishman in a hardcore area of Fenerbache terracing.
- Challenge by a fellow ‘County’ fan for my assisting saving Oldham Athletic AFC (2004). That’s my job and what I do for a living!
- Fan who sang for 90 minutes at Chesterfield (away) “I’ve got a song that’ll get on your nerves” (repeated over and over and over again).