We all have our pre-match rituals which we hope will continue a run of good form, don’t we? Or is it just me that has match day OCD. It’s not like I switch the kitchen light on and off exactly 13 times before I leave the house, that would just be stupid, wouldn’t it? Obviously 12 is enough and it’s also an even number!!
Do you wear the same undercrackers each game?
Does it really make a difference if you miss your usual bus or Metro?
Do you use the same turnstile to get into the ground even if there’s no queue at the next one?
Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m just going for a lucky wee”, mid-way through a game at which point we score while they’re away? I have, I’ve done it myself!!! When Cissé scored on his debut I was just reaching the bottom of the stairs on my way to the netty. At least I was able to see the ball nestle in the top corner this time before I disappeared under the stand as I was right in line with his shot. On occasion I’ve just heard the roar, grrrr!!
Did you buy a half-season ticket and upset the feng shui at St James Park’ that coincided with a poor run?
Do you visit the same pre-match boozer, have a certain number of drinks and stick to the same beer? Extra alcohol before any 5under1and game seems to help in my experience!!
Would you feel guilty if any of these things affected the result of the game because you changed your routine?
Check out the next issue of The Mag for more insight into my own observations and behaviours to avoid a negative result.
Meanwhile any tips for promoting good luck before a match would be most welcome.