A Surprising Word Of The Week #WOTW

By | August 7, 2015

This week’s #WOTW is one I honestly never thought I’d use, prone as I am to rolling my eyes if the TV channel changes to a football match (and one in which neither team is supported, because Hubbie wants to see one, or both, drop points).

Yes, it’s:


Eh? Those who know me in real life would say.  

But here’s why:

Hubbie manages T’s football team ever since the previous manager left suddenly nearly a month ago.  

He left just a few weeks after waffling on in an email that the coming season would be his “area of expertise”, that he had individual plans mapped out for each player and that he’d be liaising with each parent …. blah blah …. and it was just “blah” because any handover amounted to this ………nothing.

So, with the support of the club (who’s rebranded with all the local clubs under one umbrella), it’s been quite intense.  Him trying to get up to speed quickly with issues and me dealing with all the admin.

We have gone from only discussing the team maybe once or twice a week, to probably at least four times daily.  There is also the complication that half the team have left (a few weren’t returning anyway) and some were worried by all the change/enticed away (and we wouldn’t be surprised to hear eventually if they end up with the ex manager as he made sure to keep certain people on his side).

Tomorrow brings a friendly match which will decide the team’s future, a friendly played with and against other similar-aged players, with the intent of seeing if they all gel and can form a team.  I hope so.  For T’s sake.

D and I are going to watch and she has been very apprehensive as, last time she saw T play, it was in a busy tournament, it was raining and I went off to work in the bacon/sausage bun tent for hours also.  She’s been reassured that none of that will happen, I want us to be there to support Hubbie, T and those other boys who have chosen to put their faith in us (we are a team in itself!) and carry on.  It’s also a chance to meet those club people I’ve spent much of the last few weeks corresponding by email.

Something else we’d previously been aware of (ex manager was a prime example) but not a huge extent, was just how much politics and self ambition play a part in boys football, everyone has their own agenda and you’d hope that people give up their time for the joy of watching young people enjoy playing football – it’s not always the case.

Just like in big companies (and I went through quite a few restructures in my time working for an insurance company) if someone relatively high up doesn’t “fit” within new plans, they are out and usually immediately.

My late mother-in-law had a similar distain for football being discussed/watched continuously and this post would really have her laughing.  I hope she’s reading it somewhere.

One thing I do know is that she’d be very proud of her son and grandson for seeing this through.  As I am.  Very much so.

Facebook Comments


Jocelyn (@ReadingRes) on 8th August 2015 at 7:38 am.

I see why you’re so proud. They’re doing so much, I do hope the friendly goes well x Thanks for sharing with #WotW


Jeannette on 21st November 2015 at 3:40 pm.

Thanks, I never thought I’d feature football so much 🙂


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