Enjoying Outdoor Activities
I was never a huge football fan as I considered the sport to be highly commercialized hence losing its aesthetic appeal. Additionally, I have always disliked the hooliganism and machismo exhibited by football fans and how they deem all other sports inferior to football, especially in England. Many of my friends are avid football fans and they usually made fun of me for my disinterest in the most popular sporting activity in the England and perhaps in the world.
However, a recent trip to the West Midlands county of Warwickshire made me to fall in love with football. I cannot explain what influenced my change of heart towards this sport, whether it was the breathtaking sights in this county or the unrelenting enthusiasm displayed by both players and fans of the semi-professional football club of Coleshill. All I know is that I started loving football after watching a match in Warwickshire.
A Enticing Vacation
I visited Warwickshire early this year to visit some friends. I had planned to stay with my friends for two days and then get back to London where I resided. My friends lived and operated a business at Coleshill, a market town in North Warwickshire. I had never been to Warwickshire before and I was in for a huge surprise. After meeting my friends, they decided that I could not leave the county before visiting some of the spectacular sights and cultural landmarks that it offered.
The following morning we embarked on a tour of the county and I must admit that I had an exhilarating experience. My friends took me to almost all the regions in the county and it turned out to be a cultural treasure. We visited numerous museums, Shakespeare’s childhood home in Stratford-upon-Avon, and other numerous and informative cultural sites. By the time we got back to Coleshill, I was beaming with joy despite having extended my visit by four days.
I was ready to return to London but my friends would not allow it. They insisted that I had to stay and watch an upcoming end-of-league football match between the home time, Coleshill Town, and one of their biggest rivals, Coventry Sphinx. I decided to watch the match as a gesture of appreciation to my friends for all the fun I had enjoyed in this place.
Football Fun at the Pack Meadow Stadium
I expected the football match to be a huge disappointment and a low point to a great sightseeing experience for me. However, my friends’ enthusiasm and excitement was quite infectious and I found myself in high spirits as we entered the spectacular Pack Meadow Stadium.
Having lived in London most of my life, I was used to the infectious enthusiasm of football fans and I did not really expect much of the game. The game turned out to be breathtaking, just like the sights in the county. The two teams presented a very sensational and electrifying match. The desire to win and the commitment to impress local home fans was almost religious.
After battling it out for almost two hours, the home team defeated the visiting rival by eight goals to two. The home fans, including my friends, were ecstatic. It was the final match in the Midland League Premier Division, the highest league in the region. Following the win, Coleshill Town FC was crowned second in the league, which was a club record. This was my first football attendance as an adult, although I had attended some football matches as a kid with my late father who had been an avid Chelsea supporter. However, there was something different with the Coleshill Town FC fans and players.
Considering that the team was a small town football team and that most of the players were born in this region, there was a high spirit of belonging and togetherness which oozed a high degree of loyalty, something that the huge football stars in the big London football teams lacked. All in all, I fell in love with football after watching that game and ironical as it may sound, I support Coleshill Town FC to this day.