Leaving at Half Time?

It may have escaped you notice, but that red team, from round these parts won a game of football last night (sidenote: not as noisy a night in our street as I was expecting). Which is fine, Ruth doesn’t understand why beating Milan who are just “some team from Europe” is better than beating Man Utd or Arsenal. I tried to explain, about European cups, and best teams in the world, but she’s probably right.

Anyway, I’m not to concerned, what I do find interesting is the reports on the radio this morning that some people left the ground at half time when it was 3-0 to Milan, only to have to watch the next hour and a half on a big screen. Why? I would never leave a football match at half time.

I actually have had a very similar experience when tranmere where at the beginning of their FA Cup runs, we had quite a big tie, against then premiership Southampton, although it wasn’t going exactly to plan, by half time we where 3-0 down, so standing around at halftime (we had seats but you stand up at halftime), we did (half)consider leaving the freezing stands, hopping down to the sportsmans, and watching the second half on TV. We never, and we went on to win the game 4-3 that was my only ever flirtation with leaving a football ground before the end, even if you are 3-0 down with 60 seconds to go, I would stay, because you never know a wonder goal, is often quite a thing to watch.