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Captain's Blog: My Weekend Off
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 17 Jan 2012
Skipper Adam Murray writes exclusively for mansfieldtown.net:
Hello again. Hope you all had a nice break from the action and hated the weekend without a game as much as I did.
Saturdays without a game are awful. You work yourself up all week with adrenaline pumping, energy levels racing, with a nervous feeling in your stomach and then you wake up on Saturday morning and your missus turns around and says: "Ad you've got the kids this morning, I'm going shopping." NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! This is not what I do… it's a Saturday !!! (My Saturday midfield battle nearly took place there and then!!!)
On the plus side, however, it was the first Saturday in a while which I've not been booted up in the air - so I was pleased with that. Also, I could actually walk on Sunday so that was a bonus too.
It's a strange time for footballers when you're faced with a weekend and no game. Ten years ago (not that I can really remember those times) weekends which I had off were 'dangerous' for me. It would be a case of 'A free weekend…. Ahhhh….. here comes another headache. Luckily for me I have since come out the other side and can stand here knowing that through all my troubles and weaknesses I eventually found the tools which would be my greatest strengths to get me where I would want to go.
The profession has changed nowadays. Boys go the gym on their days off and/or watch games. The sport is now a 24/7 habit. I went to watch Villa v Everton last Saturday and was expecting a lot more from two teams competing in the best league in the world.
Sunday consisted of a coaching day discussing philosophy at the City Ground. I've had my football philosophy in my head for a while now but it was nice to hear other coaches' views.
On a separate note, I'd like to say thank you for the great response I had from last week's first blog. I'm glad you can relate to where I'm coming from and it's nice to know that we are on the same page.
Secondly, to those guys who may have taken bits the wrong way I would just like to say that I have never set out to dig anybody out. I have total respect for every single one of our fans. If I worked 9am to 5pm every day (some of you work more even more hours, I know) and then spent my money to watch us play and didn't like what I saw, then yes, I would have a grumble.
My point in the past has been this: when things have got personal then enough is enough and I think you would agree with that. In addition to this, in my opinion, it's counter productive and all it brings is a negative effect. The bigger picture is this: we all want the same thing: LET'S GET OUT OF THIS LEAGUE!!! That's the last thing that will be brought up from me on that subject. It's old now and I believe we have moved on.
At the time of writing, it is the day after we played Northampton in a friendly. It was a good work out on a tricky pitch. I was tackled twice by a penguin it was that cold, but we got out of it what we needed. The gaffer has a great knack of knowing when it's time to put the foot on the gas and also when we need to ease off a little. The game allowed us to blow out some cobwebs and get our 'game heads' on.
Today, we started preparing for our game on Saturday where another three points will do nicely.
Whilst it's in my head, my thoughts go out to all at Darlington Football Club. I really feel for all associated with the club including the fans, players and staff. What a horrible situation to be in. I believe this is where we have to count our blessings and be grateful that the man in charge of our football club has yellow in his heart and will always put the club's best interests first. I can't imagine how Darlington's fans and staff feel. Wow.
Every football person reading this will know what I mean when I say that football isn't just a game - it's way more. To have your club taken away is horrific and shouldn't happen. I hope things work out for both Darlington and Kettering.
On a brighter note, there is good news from the training ground. Baby chicken (Luke O'Neill) has put weight on. He's now four stone and his legs are filling out! In fact while I'm here I'll let you know about a few pets which we have at the club: We have goose (Matt Green), gremlin (Ritchie Sutton), horsey (Martin Riley) and chicken (Luke O'Neill). A good selection.
Right I'll leave you now otherwise Stevo (Mark Stevenson) will moan that I'm writing too much. No doubt you will all have your opinions on this latest blog - and that's great. Imagine if we all thought the same? ZZZZZZZ. Opinions? I'll be writing about that next week. How scary is having an opinion?
GET BEHIND US SATURDAY GUYS. WE WILL GIVE YOU OUR ALL!! COYY!!
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