Looking back, it's been an exciting year – Rev's Ramblings

Although I’m involved in a lot of other things at the club, Rev’s Ramblings is a personal insight into my own experiences. It’s always been a blog and that continues to be the case. So, in my first one of 2017, it’s a case of looking back over the last twelve months from my own perspective.

What an incredible journey it’s been. The New Year kicked off with a 4-1 win against Newtown AFC, at Park Hall in the Dafabet WPL, and I commentated on the game via TNS Radio. Fast-forward 364 days later and that’s how I saw the year out, this time though it was a 2-0 win at Cefn Druids to get excited about.

There have been so many highlights, the peak of which, on a personal level, has to be my promotion to Media & Communications Officer towards the end of 2016. Playing in the top-flight of Welsh football, TNS can’t get promoted but I can. And did. That’s it now though, I’ve reached my level, and one that I’m happy to be on.

It’s been an amazing few years, since I turned up one evening in August 2014 to ‘have a go’ on the brand-new fledgling radio show that the club had started. I thought my one-off appearance was an honour and one that would stay with me for a long time.

Immediately afterwards I was invited back. I think it was my fourth or fifth game in that I realised it was going somewhere. It certainly was. And is. Away from personal experiences, the highlight has been becoming part of living history, as the club made it 27 consecutive wins so far this season.

The evening at Cefn Druids was magical, it’s one that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. Eclipsing Ajax’s 44-year old record was amazing. I can’t think of enough superlatives to describe it. Regardless of the league that you play in, it’s incredible. And that’s why it’s stood in the whole of top-flight world football for so long.

Being involved in the Champions League was another high point. I went to a UEFA Cup final with Wolves in 1972, and apart from games in the same competition around that time, that was the sum of my European club experience.

I’ve now not only been to 8 Champions League games, but covered them via match-day commentary. TNS Radio has taken on its own identity since its inception and, due to the people that have been involved up to the present, it’s worked.

A selfie with Lesa and Ash, at Forfar Athletic
A selfie with Lesa and Ash, at Forfar Athletic

I’ve also thoroughly involved the visits north of the English border on our Irn-Bru excursions. Friendships and relationships have been forged and developed as a result of those trips, especially the game at Forfar Athletic. That was, and always will be, extra special.

Social media works very well for me personally and gathering Facebook friends along the way has been great. It’s a brilliant way to keep in touch with people wherever they may be in the world.

Anyway, what will the next 12 months have in store? I don’t know, but one thing I am pretty sure of is that it will be an exciting year ahead. Have a great 2017 and feel free to contact me at stewart.bloor@tnsfc.co.uk.