H had never been to a football match before. In fact, he’s never experienced the excitement of live sport before, so it seemed like a great opportunity to take the chance of going to see a FA cup tie. We waited to see what the draw would be like. Would one of our two local teams (still in the cup) be up against Daddy’s team or maybe Grandad’s. Sadly, that wasn’t to be, but Aston Villa were playing Leicester City and Mr Nine to Three Thirty is from Leicestershire. Add to that the fact that my brother is a Villa fan and has been a home match regular in earlier days (pre-small children) and it seemed that the Villa match had our name on it. We decided to make it a father/son outing with H and his dad going along with my brother and his son. For both boys it was their first ever football match and they were very excited.
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I think that one of the exciting things for H was the fact that only one team can go through to the next round, which makes it more exciting and immediate to watch than a league game.
H had a great time and is certainly up for going to see the football again. The first 75 minutes there were no goals (although there were some attempts that were disallowed). So potentially it could have been a bit boring for H, but whether it was the atmosphere of the stadium or the knowledge that something could happen at any moment especially in a cup match; he did stick with it in good spirits. The last 15 minutes of the game saw plenty of action with 3 goals and a Villa win (2-1). So H was very happy with that. I think there’ll be a return visit on the cards sometime soon.