I drove over to Hull yesterday. I was there to watch The Tigers lose to Fulham in the third round of The F.A. Cup. Of course when I set out, I was hoping that the result would be the other way round and it really could have been if our lads had taken their gilt-edged chances in the first ten minutes of the match.
Ah well, that's it for another year. We will have to concentrate on staying in The Championship now - the second tier of English men's professional football.
Before the game, I met up with my friend Tony for lunch in "The Old Tram Station Cafe" run by a young Polish couple. When I say "young", I mean younger than us.
We shared Christmas and family news before ambling over to The MKM stadium. I have seen many games with Tony and together we have ridden the highs and lows of our beloved football team over decades. We saw them when they were bottom of the fourth division, witnessed their rise to The Premier League and we supported them when they played at Wembley in the F.A. Cup final of 2014. We have seen it all.
Sadly, it seems that Tony has developed a couple of health issues. A recent blood test revealed that he is on the verge of becoming a Type 2 diabetic so he has been urgently advised to make a few lifestyle changes including losing weight even though he is quite lithe and fit - by no means fat. Tony is also beginning to suffer from unrelated hand tremors. Not too noticeable at present but there all the same.