The second instalment of Vital Liverpool’s latest serialising of editor Gavin John Day’s acclaimed Clear As Day football column…
During the course of the past season Vital Liverpool editor Gavin John Day has continued to pen his monthly Clear As Day column for LFC fanzine Anfield Roar.
With the campaign now over we are delighted to be able to share these articles with you and will be publishing the series at regular intervals over the coming weeks.
In this instalment, the second Clear As Day of the 2013-14 season, Gavin discusses the pitfalls of football to relationships.
Clear As Day 2013-14 #2
Originally published: September 2013
I write this latest column from the surrounds of Orlando International Airport as I await a return flight to the UK following a fantastic three-week break in America.
The much needed holiday was actually my Honeymoon and the wife and I had a brilliant time taking in various locations and activities.
However, and not for the first time, the ever-lingering shadow of Liverpool FC soon reared its head to cause an element of discontent between us.
On a previous occasion, a few years back, I spent a considerable period in the doghouse after cancelling our plans at the last minute in favour of going to a game with friends.
Not necessarily an uncommon occurrence for a football fan on paper but a massive deal for my partner when you consider the occasion in question happened to be Valentines Day!
The latest instalment of Liver Bird versus Real Bird took place shortly after we had checked into our Florida hotel following an overnight flight from Las Vegas.
It was 7.30am local time on August 17th to be exact, or, to put it another way, 15 minutes before Liverpool versus Stoke City started!
Instantly, and without even considering to unpack my suitcase or scout the room for free coffee, soap or shower caps, I announced I was ‘going for a look around’, which in truth meant I was off to find a bar screening the game.
After seven years together my partner can read me like a book (I’m not exactly an instalment of 50 Shades of Grey either) and she knew exactly what I was up to.
To say the marriage was briefly put in jeopardy by my actions would be a slight exaggeration but the lure of the Reds was, as always, impossible to resist.
Given the five-hour time difference and perceived lack of interest in ‘soccer’ Stateside, I was pleasantly surprised to find somewhere within a couple of hundred yards.
By ‘pleasantly surprised’ read absolutely delirious!
Despite risking the wrath of the new Mrs Day and dealing with the effects of a lengthy flight and 24 hours without sleep, I was almost as happy as I had been on our actual wedding day when I took my seat in front of the big screen.
I am obviously assuming – and praying – she won’t read this otherwise that last statement is likely to cause me some serious problems and presumably pain!
Anyway, before I dig myself into an even bigger hole, let’s get onto the matter of the actual match itself?
In truth we rode our luck towards the end, as we would proceed to do in the following games against Aston Villa and Manchester United, and the victory could easily have been merely a draw.
However, sitting top of the league with a 100% record (at the time of writing), even at such a formative stage of the campaign, is not something to be scoffed at.
Indeed it is almost 20 years since the Reds last managed nine points from their opening three fixtures (1994-95).
Couple that with a strong transfer window, which eventually included the retaining of mercurial front man Luis Suarez, and things are currently looking as rosy at Anfield as they have done for some time.
The utopia, for the moment at least, extends into my personal life, which begs the question; which one will decline first?
If there is no Clear As Day next month then you can assume Sarah did read this column after all and I am therefore physically unable to produce one!
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Previous articles in this series
Clear As Day Issue 1
Clear As Day Issue 1
Clear As Day Issue 2
Clear As Day Issue 3
Clear As Day Issue 4
Clear As Day Issue 5
Clear As Day Issue 6
Clear As Day Issue 7
Clear As Day Issue 8
Clear As Day Issue 9
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