I’ve stated it several times in this column over the course of the season, so I won’t labour the point that the Welsh Cup is my favourite competition. Sponsored currently of course by JD, it has an incredible history that goes back into the nineteenth century and the very birth of the beautiful game itself.
As a kid, I would always turn first to the back pages of the Express & Star when it dropped through the letterbox and scan the local football news. Remember, this was the day before the Internet and the only food for a football-hungry young boy was the written media.
I was always fascinated how teams like Stourbridge Town and Kidderminster Harriers would be playing in the cup competition that bore the name of another nation. Wales. If you’d have told me one day that I’d be involved with a team that actually played in the Welsh Cup it would have been like the impossible dream.
Well, whatever they say, dreams do come true and over the two seasons I’ve been with The New Saints I’ve seen nothing but success after sweet success. That continued of course yesterday as we retained the JD Welsh Cup at Wrexham.
It was another full day for me, travelling as I do from Staffordshire. Not that I’m complaining though, far from it. I appreciate not just the ninety minutes or so on the pitch but the whole package that comes with it. Even on the journey in I think about the upcoming TNS Radio show.
— Debby Bloor (@DebbyBloor) May 2, 2016
I don’t approach the privilege of being on air as something that will just ‘happen’. Like anything else in life, there has to be preparation and thought involved beforehand. The journey home is usually one of personal reflection. This time though it was more like being on cloud nine. The only reflecting I was doing was on the amazing achievements of the team.
What an incredible couple of seasons it has been. For me personally I have seen the team lift silverware on six occasions. The buzz never wears off though and being on the pitch with the players immediately after the game doing interviews, it was clear that if you could bottle the emotions and sell them, you’d become a millionaire. Not next year, Rodney, but right now.
A day later and I’m still on a natural high. Of course though, it’s not just the senior men that have had a tremendous season – their female counterparts have also been busy collecting trophies. I was the on the road at Wednesfield recently when they lifted the league title. In fact the current TNS Radio Football Show is a special based on that day. Check it out by CLICKING HERE.
There’s more to come as well. Not only will TNS Ladies be looking to do their own treble when they take on Shrewsbury Town Ladies this Thursday (May 5) but we’ll be covering the game on TNS Radio. If you’re not there in person at The New Meadow then make sure you tune in. The link is on our website home page or you can go direct by CLICKING HERE.
— Charlotte Ruscoe (@RuscoePR) May 2, 2016
Thank you for your support over the time that TNS Radio has been on air, it is very much appreciated. Finally, well done to Darren Lamble and me! What for? Well, we #BeatTheBelle this week with a correct 2-0 prediction. Darren is a Bala Town fan and someone that I’ve got to know through Welsh football. He’s a great guy and I get on with him very well.
— Paolo Fabrizio (@paolothebaker) May 2, 2016
Have a great week and I’ll see you next Monday. I wanted this week’s Ramblings to be on the Monday as usual, but the time I got home and dealt with the continual stream of tweets on the TNS account, it was well past midnight before they dropped off and I went to bed. So if you’re wondering why it’s a day late, there’s your answer.