Tyne & Wear Weekender
Sunday 26th October 2014
Writing my thoughts in an airport is a good way of passing that extremely tedious period waiting for a departure. On this occasion I am dog tired after enjoying the usual magnificent hospitality we always receive from this part of the country. For it to be accompanied by the three points we came here for also eases the aches and pains.
Our Saturday morning flight from Southampton needed an early rise and I don’t know about anyone else but I really struggle to sleep the night before anything where missing a specific departure time ruins everything, even with 2 alarms set! As a result it was with sore eyes I boarded, not ideal preparation for the expected events ahead.
More importantly our small party of 3 experienced a pretty much on time departure meaning we arrived in Newcastle with plenty to play with.
Both Sunderland and the city on the Tyne have played host to our off the field exploits down the years and it was to be the latter that would look after us on this occasion. Checking in was to be an interesting experience! Fully appreciating everyone has their ‘passions’, some are of course a little more quirky than others. Faced by a large blue police box and a couple of daleks as we walked into reception was unexpected nonetheless. Our hotel was playing host to a weekend Doctor Who convention!
With no time to dwell on what was fast becoming a surreal situation we headed to the metro to make our way south for our main event. We had some exterminating to undertake ourselves. See what I did there!? 🙂
Like all away days we have a location we have always visited for our pre match refreshments so here we headed before making our way high up into the away end at the Stadium of Light. Sold out as always we made some serious noise.
As is often the case we kept possession well and our hosts were limited to one or two half chances throughout. A side doing their utmost to avoid a similar result to their last outing were always going to be tighter and potentially difficult to breakdown. It was crucial therefore to take any chances that came our way.
Alexis Sanchez was superb all afternoon, a situation emphasized by both his goals for different reasons. His first was a sublime finish when through one on one and put us on our way. His second came again from a mistake but to be chasing down a goalkeeper in the 92nd minute after working his socks off all afternoon was admirable and deserved his reward.
Not a stunning performance on the day but a highly satisfying result. Lovely.
A couple of post match beers followed before we headed back north to Newcastle and thoroughly enjoyed some of the many delights the city’s Quayside area offers. A thoroughly enjoyable way to end a long, tiring but ultimately successful day.
With only one flight a day we had pretty much all of today to waste so after bidding farewell to our friends of the ‘Doctor’ we endeavoured to enjoy some of the cultural attractions in our host city.
And that pretty much brings you up to date.
Our minds now turn to the visit of Burnley with a full week to recover.
And another Saturday 3 o’clock kick off to boot. Who would’ve thought it!