Swimming With The Minnows

Now, I know that to all of you lot, with your Tottenham Hotspurs and your Birmingham Citys and what have you will probably sneer at this, but I am rather looking forward to Oxford United away in the Nationwide Conference this weekend. The only downer on it is that, due to the England match on Saturday afternoon, it’s been switched to Friday night. This makes my brain go into something of a meltdown. In the olden days, all international qualifying matches were played on midweek nights. There was no shift in this pattern. Very rarely, a match would, due to some insurmountable time-zone related issue, be played on a Wednesday afternoon, but other than that it was Wednesday night. All the time. Over the last few years though, doubtlessly due to the meddling of the big clubs, whole weekends have been conceded to international matches. Now, while this is no big issue to the majority of you, for those of us that prefer our football closer to the bottom of the food chain, it’s a monumental pain in the arse. Oxford would have been a nice day out – leave the house at twelve, back by eight or nine. As it is, though, I’ve had to take half a day off work and I’ll spend the whole day slightly concerned about missing the last train back from London to...

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