The Only Way Is Footy (part 1)

So 2017 was quite an interesting one and I met a few people that I’d been excited to meet for months… also I had a few things that I thought would never happen. The year turned out to be quite exciting for me. I’d like to share with you in two parts what I enjoyed most! Some of these I have written posts about already but, wow I just need to share them again for a bit of a recap.

January and February were really quite quiet months for me and apart from watching the Hawks play and meet Lee Bradbury, I haven’t a whole lot to say.

I decided that I’d get rid of an old unit that I got when I moved out in 2013. (I since moved back home as I was getting a bit depressed about some things). I have now a brand new bookcase from IKEA and I’m delighted with it. That was a bit of a change for me as I don’t often like things changing at short notice. However it made me feel happy that now I could have a little more room to put my books and magazines.

When I started my journey into football with playing Mumball weekly since summer 2016, I found that I had a bit more energy. I’d already lost a stone before I started that, but going into Portsmouth every Monday night was putting a strain on my parents – they’d take me down because of the limited parking available and dodgy area to be in at that time of night. I made my mind up that I was going to finish that group and start at a different one with a better time of day and place. So at the end of February I joined Victory Hants, a social inclusion group for all with disabilities and mental issues. We all have a passion for playing the beautiful game. Since I started in February till the end of the year I scored 30 goals in total in games, two of which were in a tournament! I know that Mr Bradbury my football legend hero will be very pleased when I tell him!

In March I went to Flipout trampoline park for the very first time and wow it was extremely exhausting. I’d already played football that day so I had already had exercised, but I wasn’t prepared for the fun and high bounces that FO offers. Loved it and I hope that I get to go more as it’s a good workout for me.

Also in March I went to Whitehawk FC ground and saw Guy Butters play in a charity game with other ex Brighton players such as Kerry Mayo and Adam Hinshelwood. I won a prize at the raffle and I never win. Even with the rainy weather we had, it was a very enjoyable day. I enjoy going to grounds and watching the different charity games available and meeting many ex players.

April was such a cool month as you’re about to find out.

On 7th April I went to a meal at Portsmouth FC for Hall of Fame and met Vince Hilaire and, unexpectedly Alan Biley. It was a joy to meet them and Biley was really nice to chat to for what seemed like ages!

I managed to meet my favourite Icelandic ex Portsmouth FC player Hermann Hreidarsson on 17th April at AFC Porchester – took me 10 years. It was for the Pompey vs Glasgow Rangers part 2 (Lee Rigby). Hermann managed to stun us all and get 4 goals, leaving Svetoslav Todorov with not a single goal to his name. I hope that we can get them both for the next one and Toddy can show how he put us in the Premiership in 2003! I was a little star struck but it was great meeting them!

In May I bought a season ticket for Havant and Waterlooville FC 17-18 season, which means I can go knowing that the games are paid for. Let’s hope that Hawks can maybe either stay in the playoffs or maybe even win the league again! Up The Bradbury!

I also went to Corfu again – it was good to see our friend Nikos play in his band again and for me to take part in the Greek nights too. My favourite thing was walking along the waters edge with our shoes off coming back from town after lunch one afternoon.

We had to get home from Corfu in May because I had a special concert to enjoy in June.

First though on 5th June we went on a tour of Oriana so I could see what the bigger ships are like inside and had a nice lunch to finish.

The next day I went to see my very first Robbie Williams concert in Southampton FC’s ground.

A few weeks later I participated in my first football tournament at the Goals centre in Portsmouth, where upon the last mini game I scored twice in five minutes. It felt ace. Maybe I could become quite a legend of a player after all… but not to get too big headed eh?!

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