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My Work Here Is Done

My Work Here Is Done


Posted By on Oct 28, 2017

The Pilgrimage (Part 2) – 22/10/2017 It was a bit of a risk really. I mean, scheduling our trip to basically end after Spurs hosted Liverpool at Wembley… It had the potential to end badly, didn’t it? Of course, it didn’t though. Not by a long, long way. I’ve mentioned, quietly, that my record watching Spurs live is pretty good. I’m 100% in the Premier League over the years and, when you include European...

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Saintly

Saintly


Posted By on Oct 19, 2017

The Pilgrimage (Part 2) – 15/10/2017 A day after one of the highlights (so far) of our trip, Theo and I were down on the south coast to watch Southampton take on Newcastle United in part 2 of our weekend’s Premier League double header. This was a rougher, more authentic footballing experience. Far more so than yesterday. I think I suggested yesterday that Wembley ain’t the home of Tottenham Hotspur. Even though Spurs fans...

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Curse breaker

Curse breaker


Posted By on Oct 15, 2017

The Pilgrimage (Part 2) – 14/10/2017 The last time I watched Tottenham Hotspur live they won 1-0 thanks to a Christian Eriksen goal. On that day, back in 2014, I was on Pilgrimage 1 with Nathan. Today Spurs won 1-0 thanks to a Christian Eriksen goal. Spooky, or what? In 2014 the game (against Southampton) was played at a proper home – White Hart Lane. The match against Bournemouth today was at Wembley – in theory a much...

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Ireland Style

Ireland Style


Posted By on Oct 15, 2017

The Pilgrimage (Part 2) – 07 & 08/10/2017 Theo and I spent last weekend in Ireland with ex-Swift, Marcus Woods, and his family and, as you’d expect, our time in the Emerald Isle was full of football. We arrived at Dublin airport on the Friday afternoon and were met by Marcus and his son, Daniel. Theo and Daniel are the same age and hit it off immediately…almost too well and too quickly! It was great to see...

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Back at Wembley

Back at Wembley


Posted By on Oct 6, 2017

The Pilgrimage (Part 2) – 05/10/2017 Theo and I headed to our first football match of the trip – England v Slovenia at Wembley – after a full day of tourist stuff. I wasn’t sure that was the best of plans (the amount of tourist stuff) only a couple of days after arriving, but we managed remarkably well. The tube ride from Westminster Station to Wembley Park went quickly, even in rush hour, and we made it to the...

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The Pilgrimage – part 2

The Pilgrimage – part 2


Posted By on Sep 29, 2017

Three years ago Nathan, my eldest son, and I headed off to the UK on the first Barlow bloke’s pilgrimage to the UK. In a couple of days Theo, my other son, and I jet off on the pilgrimage – part 2. Like last time our itinerary has been largely engineered around football and we’ve got several good games to look forward to. Before we go to those, however, we head out to Wembley to watch England host Slovenia in a FIFA...

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What to do in London?

What to do in London?


Posted By on Jul 31, 2017

What a bloody stupid title for a post. And an even stupider task. There is so much to do in London it’s almost impossible to know where to start. But I’m gonna try. Theo and I are heading to the UK for three weeks in October. It’s kind of The Pilgrimage, part 2. In 2014, I took Nathan up that way and now, finally, it’s Theo’s turn. For me, of course, a lot of the trip is about the football. Theo seems to...

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Por-tu-gal!

Por-tu-gal!


Posted By on Jul 13, 2016

A team like Portugal winning Euro 2016 without their best player on the field pretty much summed up the last month or so in France.

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Come on Iceland

Come on Iceland


Posted By on Jun 29, 2016

I spent probably half an hour or so after Iceland’s 2-1 Euro 2016 win over England with my gob wide open, eyes sparkling, walking around the house mouthing, “Iceland. Iceland? Yes, Iceland!”

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Off again

Off again


Posted By on Jun 24, 2016

Well, well. It looks like the UK Pound is plummeting at just about the right time.

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