Saturday, October 22, 2005

Why do they always let you down?

I can not remember exactly when it was but I know who is responsible. One cold Saturday I set off to watch a football match for the first time with my all time hero my diddie. My parents choose to name me after him, William Wood Whyte, who became such an influence in my life. I remember looking forward to the day I would see Aberdeen FC live for the first time. By the time I arrived at Pittodrie stadium with diddie and Uncle Billy I was shaking with excitement.

Half Time we were 2 - 0 down the legendary striker Joey Harper had not had as much as a shot on goal. Had my Diddie lied to me this guy was supposed to be a world beater. Second half Joseph Montgomery Harper scored a Hatrick: 4 - 2. My faith restored in Mr Harper, Aberdeen FC and of course my hero Diddie (Grandad).

Well over 35 years later and Saturday is still a day filled with so much hope but very often ends in despair. Today is no different.

Aberdeen 0 Hibs 1

To make matters worse my new found passion since my move south of the border faired no better.

Aston Villa 0 Wigan 2

they let me down again! But at least when I think about football I remember the man who introduced me to the great game. The person that never let me down my Diddie.


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