How To Survive The International Break
Standing in Yates bar after the well earned win over Chelsea, talk amongst our small band of season ticket holders turned to the thorny issue of the international break.
Whilst there is no doubt we all want England to do well, none of us fancied spending one of our much deserved Saturdays off traipsing round the Metro Centre with the Mrs.
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Where to go? Hartlepool was considered but discarded as we have made that trip a few times, (some memorable times in the Corner Flag bar). Eventually a match was suggested and agreed upon, yes Berwick rangers were going to have the rather dubious pleasure of our company for their top of the table clash with Peterhead.
The train journey up was uneventful although the windswept Northumbrian coast did look pretty spectacular at times, 45 minutes after leaving the Toon we were in Berwick and heading for the White Horse pub for a pint and a chance to watch the 2nd half of the Rangers v Stirling Albion match (finished 0-0, how the mighty have fallen).
After a beer and a Burger at the Leaping Salmon pub (Wetherspoons) we took a £5 taxi ride to the ground, £10 to get in (fiver for the pensioner in our party).
What can I say, it was freezing and blowing the proverbial Hooly, the game itself was a bit of a disappointment, the conditions making good football difficult to say the least.
Disappointing the game may have been (Berwick lost 2-0), the same cannot be said about the people we met in the ground. There were the two Peterhead supporters who had driven 200 miles to see the game and were driving straight back after, “aye laddie you’ll see 2nd half! the heed love to play in the wind” (proved right by 2 second half goals).There were the 12 lads up from Nottingham (county and Forest supporters) “yeah we do this every year! different places like, Queen of the south last year,who knows where next year”.
Plus there were at least a dozen other toon fans spotted in the main stand.
After the match we repaired to the Barrels pub, a quirky little bar with good beer (not to be missed by anyone visiting Berwick). The ten past six train arrived spot on time and 50minutes later we were back on Tyneside.
A good day out heartily recommended, although next time I think I’ll go during a warmer international break.
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