What a weekend!  

rm_Superc1976 42M
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1/15/2006 7:09 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

What a weekend!

Bit of a belated post this, but after last week's 3rd round cup action, I've only just got my breath back.

A friend and I had last year become increasingly dis-enchanted with football, despite us both (once) being passionate about it. Much like the rest of our modern culture it was too money-orientated, over-hyped and ultimately turned us off.

But last weekend, with Nuneaton Borough, Burton Albion, Luton and Leicester's matches I've almost become excited about the "World's Greatest Sport" (tm). Their spirit, camaradery and a little bit of luck showed that having more money doesn't always mean you'll come out on top in life...

It reminded me of the same weekend last year when my beloved Exeter City held Man Utd 0-0 at Old Trafford. Still one of the best days of my life.

That day showed me how something as seemingly innocuous as football can bring people together in the most unexpected ways. I'd had a nightmare 41/2 hour journey up to the match, missing the first five minutes (Thanks to Virgin Trains!), and then my journey home to another 5-6 hours back to London, meaning I'd missed my last train home.

As I stood at London Bridge, feeling tired and pissed off after the day's excitment had worn off, weighing up whether to get a night bus or taxi home, a black cab pulled up.

As the taxi set off, the driver asked where I'd been that night (thinking I'd been on the piss), before I explained my nightmare journeys and the trip to the football.

Next thing I know he'd turned round in his seat and was overjoyed at having an Exeter fan in his cab. He was going on about waking up his sons and telling them about the match and myself, and was doubly pleased I have a soft spot for spurs (his and his sons' club).

The half-hour journey passed like a blur as we chatted about football and his own history and his job as a cab driver.

Arriving at my destination I had no money and needed a cash machine, but he waived the fare, saying he'd enjoyed the journey and was on his way home anyway.

By far the most pleasant cab drive I've ever had! Result!

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