Is there a better place to start, well probably, but today is my 35th birthday, it will see me enter my 36th year and the forthcoming season my 20th playing for Playford. All my adult years I have played football for Playford, moving from Grange Farm juniors to join the club in August 1998 just as they embarked on their first ever season.
Next Monday (26th) is the Ipswich Sunday Football League’s AGM that will effectively end one season and, following a four-day no-man’s-land, start the new one, administratively at least, on July 1st. Monday too sees the return of Playford to the Suffolk FA’s Monday Night Football league and we will kick off against the oddly named Mr Punk.
July will also see me celebrate 10 years in charge of the club. In that time the club has used 125 players, I have played 187 matches and scored 23 goals. We have been subject of a Sky Sports News TV story and I have helped birth the Reserve team.
I have started this blog to chronicle both my own and Playford’s 20th campaign in Sunday morning football. I have a number of goals for the season; I will play my 400th game for Playford, sitting on 394 and having never played less than 15 games in a season should see past the milestone before Christmas. I want to see the Reserve Team kick on after last season’s cup run and strong spring season, I want to see more players moving up to support the First Team but in all honesty I would like to start with a better blending between the two playing squads.
In all honesty I expect very little of consequence to actually happen, as is Playford’s way, in fact we will probably just finish third.