A father and son bond watching the U's.
It’s almost a year since I took my son Jaden on our first trip to the WHCS to watch the U’s in action.
After some investigation, I was extremely happy to see that the WHCS had a family area, and the club made an extra effort to accommodate young fans. I hadn’t been to a football match in around 10 years, but I was aware of how heated things can get on the day, so this was reassuring.
Tickets booked, we were both excited to go and see our first U’s fixture. The first time we entered the East Stand, we were greeted by the sights and sounds of that great pre-match build up inside of the stadium.
We took our seats and as the match started we were immediately taken in by the brilliant atmosphere on the day. Looking back I think we were both hooked within the first 15 minutes of the match!
With our first game under our belt we both agreed that we would come back for more. It was great to see Jaden come out of his shell and really enjoying himself.
Over the last few months of the 12/13 season our love for the club grew and grew.
But more importantly I found that we now had something that we were both quite passionate about, and football on a whole had crept into our lives, giving us some real common ground. Something that maybe we were lacking in our relationship previously.
We could now spend hours together involved in some kind of football related activity, whether it was jumpers for goal posts in the park, a game of FIFA on the Playstation or just a long conversation on the latest Col U news.
We seemed to spend most of the summer kicking a football around the back garden, waiting for the 13/14 season to kick-off.
Eventually August came around and we were finally able get back to the WHCS. Those hot summer days sat in the stand in a t-shirt quickly turned into cold dark evenings huddled together over a cup of hot chocolate.
One of the things that really amazed me was that Jaden’s attention span was always fairly ‘small’ like most young children, but he would happily sit through 90 minutes of football, even on the coldest of winter days his concentration would rarely slip off of the game in front of him.
The club has given a young boy a real interest, focus, some real dreams and some great goals (literally). I have no doubt that we will continue to have great days out together at the WHCS. We also look forward to travelling away some time in the future.