Obviously the result was very disappointing, but it was great to see the club broadcast the game last Tuesday on our own platform, TNS TV. On a personal level it was very encouraging to be asked to do the commentary for the game.
Chairman Mike Harris shared the plan with me a few days before, when we were out in Croatia for the first-leg of the Champions League game against HNK Rijeka. Mike is a visionary and on this occasion that meant pursuing another first for TNS.
The day before the game we were visited at Park Hall by Damon Walker, who was there to check out the lie of the land. Following his time with us he was off to Manchester United. That gives you an idea of the experience that we were working with and tapping into.
The day of the game saw a mini-army of people descend on us, in a convoy of vehicles headed by three huge trucks full of equipment and technology. In no time at all they were set up and read to go, including five matchday cameramen.
The programme was presented by Gary Newbon and I collected him from Gobowen railway station prior to kick-off. We had spoken on the telephone several times so it was good to finally meet him.
Joining me on the TV gantry for the game itself was TNS legend, Tommy Holmes. He won’t mind me saying, but he was really nervous about his media debut. However, like I knew it would, it all went smoothly.
The feedback was great and very much appreciated. I thoroughly enjoyed doing it and whether there will be more to come is a decision beyond my control. However, if there are, and I was involved again, it wouldn’t exactly be a hardship.
Stewart Bloor – Media & Communications Officer
Rev’s Ramblings is a weekly blog insight into my own experiences with the champions of Wales.