For many of you the return of Premiership football this week will be fantastic news. For a good number of you, I’m sure you’ll be thinking, why on earth is club football invading our summer and you’ll be keeping well away from it. Personally, I am thinking that I should be in Azerbaijan watching Wales in the Euros 2020.
So with football back on the agenda, this is a bit of an excuse to hark back to the late 1990’s when Keir Starmer (centre-midfield), Groove Armarda’s Tom Findlay (right midfield) and I (left wing) all played for Shelter FC.
Also, in the squad were Matt Weaver (centre back) The Guardian journalist who was part of the team that broke the Dominic Cummings lockdown story. Also, Jo Mace (right back). He used to work in Shelter’s press office, then went around the corner to Mencap before going on to present the BBC’s Saturday morning children’s programme, The Saturday Show, alongside Dani Behr, at the start of this century. He’s now ITV’s Entertainment Commissioner.
I do remember that Andy Cato, also from Groove Armarda, once coming on as a sub. But his performance didn’t get him a recall to the squad. Stick to the day job of making excellent music.
Happy days playing our home matches in Shoreditch Park. Football is back. I want to play again…..I wonder if Shelter runs a Walking Football team.