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We’re on the last leg of the journey, Bisham Abbey to The Hive Stadium, Camrose Avenue, London HA8 6AG and whichever route about 35 miles, and so time wise, I suppose we should allow about an hour.
Let’s go back to the tick list
Coach driver ✔
Hang on, add ten minutes onto that hour I suggested for the journey, because within what seemed no more than say seven minutes, we were stopping again at the first service station we came across to fill up with diesel!
It’s at times like these that coach drivers never seem to be in a hurry. However, the word was that the supporters coach was well on its way and making decent time, although had they allowed for some of the M4 being closed because of bridge repair works between Newbury and Reading?
Approaching midday we got to our destination -
Perfect facilities and pretty much a perfect surface. Just a touch better than the semi-
So with the coach parked up, the players off into the changing rooms, we were set the task of collecting our pre-
Eventually a kind steward looking man outside, who looked official because of his walky-
And there, in the function room was what the day was all about – the FA County Youth Cup trophy.
The lunch contained the normal protocol of this sort of occasion with David Bray, in the absence of Chairman Geoff Lee, responding on behalf of the Cornwall FA. I know it was written in the match programme, but I thought it was a nice touch that David also acknowledged in his speech previous county stalwarts, no longer with us, but who would have been so proud of Cornwall’s achievements this season – namely Dennis Champion, Tristan Scott, Lennie Lobb, Ernie Hooper and John Riley.
Time was running out for us to get back outside and finish setting up everything and so armed with a match programme as well as a commemorative England FA lapel badge as keep sakes, we had to make a hurried exit as the gantry was the opposite side of the stadium!
By now we knew the lay-
The fourth member of our media group was stranded amongst the dreaded orange jacketed stewards as he forlornly waved his ticket to and fro with nothing happening. Thankfully, he dropped his shoulder, just like no doubt he did many a time when notching up his 97 goals in the pro game and Mass joined us inside.
By now the players were going through their final warm-
Needless to say, we never made it back for the Chocolate Fudge cake being served at half-