jamie goode's wine blog: You can stick your bubbles...

Sunday, January 06, 2008

You can stick your bubbles...

So my chum Rob and I took our kids to Upton Park yesterday to see Man City take on West Ham. It's the first time I've followed City to Upton Park, and as I expected, it's a bit of a grim place, in the wilds of East London. Inside the stadium is OK, but outside is pretty depressing.

The game finished 0-0, but the atmosphere in the City end was lively, and the football was open and attractive for most of the 90 minutes. Hart, the City goalkeeper (England's future no. 1), was immense, as were defenders Richard Dunne and Michael Ball (I reckon he would be worth another go in England's problem left back spot). In the midfield, Hamman and Corluka both impressed, but we missed the invention of Elano, with only Petrov providing real attacking menace.

[There's a really balanced report here.]

The kids were a little taken aback by the volume (and lyrical content) of the singing in the City end. As an example, the West Hammers fans tried to sing their anthem 'We're forever blowing bubbles', the City response was, 'You can shove your ******* bubbles up your ****', just a whole lot louder and more convincingly. Still, the City fans are a lot more upbeat than they used to be - I remember some grim games (o-1 at Wycombe, anyone? 0-3 against Reading at Elm Park?) where the atmosphere was dark and self-destructive.

Anyway, in the evening we got a babysitter and went round to our friend's Rob and Lucy's for some dinner, joined by Emma and David, also good chums. We had nice food, accompanied by couple of wines that Rob had bought from Hampton Hill wine merchant Noble Green - a Loire Sauvignon and Spanish red, the names of which I can't remember, but were good enough that I think I should check this shop out.

We ended the evening playing on Rob's Wii, which is great. Fiona and I stayed long enough to play tennis and Guitar hero, but had to leave before the boxing. It's a great toy.

4 Comments:

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Hsien Min said...

You were at 0-1 at Wycombe? Can't believe it! So was I, freezing my butt off on a really cold November evening. Michael Branch kept getting called offside, and City never looked like equalising. The crowd was about 8,000 or so, as I remember, but Adam Park isn't a huge stadium so we were probably like three rows from each other and didn't know it.

What a long way we've come!

 
At 11:43 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, and Edghill gave away a penalty. Saw quite a few games that season.

How bizarre!

 
At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you have checked out Noble Green wines by now. Bought some Toques et Clocher, Cremant de Limoux 2003 for a party from here a couple of week's ago. In their sale it was just 4.99. Absolutely superb, certainly better than most cheap champagne despite my worries about the hot year.
Was still on my January budget so didn't splash out on anything else but looks like they have a really good selection.

 
At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

Jamie from Noble Green Wines here, just seen this post. Now would be a good time to come down and see us as there are two Man Utd (myself included!) fans here so you can gloat about the (two) lucky result(s) in the derby(s).

 

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