Thursday is not my normal day off. Today has not been a normal day! It began when I walked the dog to the local shop this morning and on the pavement at the corner of Verdant Lane was a couple of frogs in a rather intimate position. The dog was fascinated. So interested that later today she brought a dead frog into the house. I'm really thankful it was dead!
One of my aims for the day was to get a referee for the Under 18s cup match that is taking place on Saturday. I have recently become 'interim' manager - don't worry I have agreed to the title and won't be having a Rafa rant later in the season - and have needed to gather the lads and get things organised. By this morning I had my squad but I needed a ref. All those I directly contacted were not able to do it. I even called in Twitter for help.
On my travels today, I stopped at Sports Direct to pick up some linesman flags. At the moment I picked the flags up in the shop, a man near me asked me if I was a referee. I said "no, I'm a manager of a football club. Are you a ref?" He replies "Yes". It turns out he refs in the South London churches league that King's Church team play. I had to keep checking if the conversation I was having was genuinely happening. I phoned him this evening to confirm that he will referee Saturday's match!
And then, if my very un-normal day off could be any stranger - I drove past a runner today and immediately I thought that it was Ned Boulting - itv cycling & sporting presenter, with the wonderful, enviable job of working at the Tour de France. After a quick internet search I discover that Ned indeed lives in Lewisham. What a great place to live!
Just as I'm finishing this blog - guess whose voice has just made a contribution on the Spurs vs Inter match on itv3 - Ned is the touchline reporter!
Not a normal day off.