I’ll be a Substitute, Whenever You Want Me

Posted: July 24, 2011 in Supporters' football, Tranmere Rovers FC

Claire & me with players from the “Arsenal Nigeria” supporters’ team at WORLDET 2011 in Leeds

As I lumber through the crepuscular years of my footballing career, my 11-a-side opportunities get fewer. So I’m anyone’s,  within reason, especially if they only need me for the odd half an hour at a tournament.

I’ve posted elsewhere on here about how brilliant the annual Worldnet supporters’ teams tournament is, but this year my St. Pauli UK Supporters’ XI didn’t enter a team, and my days of babysitting a Liverpool supporters’ team for this tournament are behind me. The event takes place just up the road from me in Leeds, so I went along anyway, drank a few beers with old mates, and ended up being asked to turn out for the Tranmere Rovers supporters XI in the knock-out tournament today, after they picked up some injuries in yesterday’s group stage matches.

After Southampton knocked us of the tournament out in a close-fought encounter, we then arranged a really enjoyable, laid-back friendly match with Dundee United, with my partner Claire even making a cameo for Rovers in goal. Thanks Rovers!

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