No Cold Like The Cold Of A Football Terrace

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:35 04 May 2010

I HAVE said before that the Letters Page in any newspaper is a good indication of a not only a healthy newspaper but also a healthy community. A community where people are prepared to stand up for what they believe in and also debate and argue when they f

I HAVE said before that the Letters Page in any newspaper is a good indication of a not only a healthy newspaper but also a healthy community. A community where people are prepared to stand up for what they believe in and also debate and argue when they feel strongly about an issue. The breast-feeding debate has been interesting, although having had time to reflect, I do feel a bit sorry for all the bottle feeding mums out there who may be feeling a bit put-out. Breast feeding is best for baby and should be encouraged and supported, but if it is not for you, either because you can't or don't want to breast feed, that's ok too. I just wanted to make that point because I honestly don't feel superior in any way because I was able to breast-feed, in fact, it was very painful at one stage, so I can understand why some mums don't continue for very long. The most important point to come out of this debate should surely be that if a new mum decides to breast-feed she should be supported and encouraged not just from the health professionals but from the wider public. My youngest son is now 22 and it is a great pity that all these years later we have mums concerned about whether or not it is acceptable to breast-feed in public. What a great shame.

I moved to Ely in February and have been extolling the benefits of living here ever since, but on Saturday I ventured out of the city and went to Soham. Soham Town Rangers were playing in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy and I went along to the ground with photographer Helen Drake to get some video of the game.

It's a fairly typical ground for a town of its size, as is Ely, and what the two clubs share, apart from a healthy rivalry, is an abundance of people who turn out in all weathers to support the club and the players. There is still time to enter the Ely Standard Sport Awards and I really hope that some of these stalwarts of the local game will feature in the nominations. The physios, the ladies who wash the kit and make the tea, the man on the gate who has been around for ever and a day and all the backroom people who give up their time week after week for the love of the game.

I enjoyed my Saturday afternoon on the terraces at Julius Martin Lane, it was freezing cold and there is no cold like the cold that bites and blows across a football pitch. I don't know why that is but it gets deep into your bones, but what a lovely feeling when you get home and put the kettle on and sit by the fire picking over that week's game.

I am a Spurs fan, my dad took me down to White Hart Lane every home and cup game in the early seventies and I still love that match day excitement and anticipation of walking into any football ground as it reminds me of my childhood. My football knowledge also made me quite popular at school with the boys as it was quite unusual for a girl to know about football back then. Not that I ever used that to my advantage of course!

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