This is my third season with the club, having first picked up a microphone on TNS Radio at the beginning of the 2014/2015 campaign. I actually sat in the stand behind the goal for the opening game, against Bangor City, then with Rhyl the next visitors, I found myself on the fledgling radio show.
I’ve documented several times how the journey has developed since then, so there’s no need to elaborate here. Plus, this week’s Rev’s Ramblings isn’t about that, although of course the initial step contributed in no small way to the present.
The focus this time round is the fact that last Saturday was the eighth trophy that I’ve seen the team lift. It’s actually a personal Welsh domestic success rate of 100% and with the triple-treble dream very much alive, with two games to go in the JD Welsh Cup, it could be nine come the first week in May.
Saturday’s game was extra-special in that it coincided with a visit from Anna Orford, who was at Park Hall representing Guinness World Records (GWR). Having eclipsed Ajax’s 1972 record of twenty-six consecutive wins, TNS made its way into the record books on December 30 2016 with a 2-0 win at Cefn Druids.
Having been in contact with GWR since the end of last year, the game against Bangor City was chosen as the one to present the club with the official certificate. It was great to meet Anna and I know she enjoyed her time with us very much.
As the game was live on S4C, as part of my weekly email exchange with Nicky John I let her know about Anna’s presence at the match and, if you were watching live, then you will have seen the two of them from 5:04 pm. I know that was the time because it was in Nicky’s schedule. The world of live television is very precise in terms of planning.
The presentation, on the pitch itself, went very well and that was captured by Brian Jones, our official photographer. The certificate was also the centre of attention in the function room, as numerous people in pre-match hospitality took advantage of a photo opportunity.
Finally, taking Anna back to the station to catch her train to London, she remarked how impressive the football was that TNS played. She’d noticed how we push the full-backs out wide and stretch the opposition along with other positive comments about our style of play. It was great to hear!
Stewart Bloor – Media & Communications Officer at The New Saints FC
Rev’s Ramblings is a weekly blog insight into my own journey with TNS.