Despite a series of self inflicted cock ups that included getting the departure time wrong by half an hour (I realised with 12 minutes left before the coach left Walton Street, we arrived, red faced three minutes late and endured the compulsory ironic cheering), having no cash or food, and every parents nightmare of losing a young child in a crowd, this was a great day as the Airlie Birds made it five wins in a row.
It is a sign of the blood lust and desire for news worthy child related disaster whipped up by the media that, despite being a wishy washy lefty my reaction when Conor and I got separated quickly degenerated to the position that he had been snatched. Stupid and irrational, but it happened all the same.
I told myself that this is Yorkshire, we look out for each other here and especially in the credit column was that this was a rugby league crowd, thus a large section of the spectators are women and would notice a child on their own and crying, which is how the situation was resolved. But for five minutes I was demented by fear and panic. This is perhaps a superficial and spurious remark but I fleetingly had some idea of how the McCann’s must have felt….
This trip is what Conor wanted for his sixth birthday and how Hull FC delivered. We were quite brilliant and every player seemed inspired and confident to try things but from a base of doing the basics very, very well.
Yeaman and Craig Hall were especially imaginative in the way they used the ball, and Horne was scintillating on the break, great feet and quick hands making Thorman’s job of running the midfield a doddle.
We are up there with Leeds and above Saints on merit, and only Celtic could have been considered a banker at the start of this season.
Odsal has a great atmosphere and I enjoyed being on a terrace for a change.
Spring sunshine, a great game of footy and the company of my wonderful, intelligent and funny son. Not a bad life, all things considered.
Hull FC: Hall, Calderwood, G. Horne, Yeaman, Briscoe, R. Horne, Thorman, Dowes, Berrigan, Cusack, Manu, Tickle, Radford. Replacements: Houghton, Lee, Moa, Thackray.