I’ve always had a passing interest in football memorabilia, which goes back to the days of Molineux from the 1960s and beyond, when I’d buy a programme from the games I attended. That developed into old photographs and Wolves-related newspapers etc.
For example, with the latter I have the Express & Star from the day Billy Wright became the first England player to win 100 caps. I never thought though, that one day I’d have a Welsh football memorabilia collection, but that’s exactly what I have right now.
Well, the beginnings of one to be precise. It all started inadvertently – having a copy of the official team line-up sheet for each game for the TNS Radio show, I couldn’t get myself to throw them away. Thus, the memorabilia began to collect itself.
Then there were the TNS home match day programmes with my ‘Making Airwaves With The Rev’ page. You have to keep those don’t you. Plus your press passes. And with my first season such a successful one for the team, I wanted a shirt signed by the players to remember it by.
Before I realised it, my reluctance to throw stuff away meant I had become a full-on anorak. The great thing about this collection though is that it’s all very personal and every item carries an individual memory.
This coming Saturday (June 13) is the end-of-season awards night for TNS Ladies. If you’d like to attend, then contact @TNSLFC on Twitter for more details. It’s the very first one and I’m looking forward to it very much.
I’ve been invited by Peter Wilson to host the event, for which I feel extremely honoured. I have a lot of respect for Pete, he’s a great ambassador for the club and in particular works extremely hard for TNS Ladies.
I’ve been to see our girls play this last season, including the two cup finals that they contested. They have a really good set-up and I’ve been impressed with both what I’ve seen on the pitch and off it.
I’m old enough to remember when females did not play football and it was exclusively a game for men only. Now there are Ladies teams everywhere and the standard is constantly being raised, but above all it’s just great to see the beautiful game being enjoyed by all, regardless of gender.