We’ve got a pretty hectic run of games going at the moment, although I’m not complaining as such is the price of success. Although match day for me appears, at least on the surface to be fairly predictable, the reality is that it’s anything but.
Although boxes are ticked each week in terms of match report, TNS Radio, post-match interviews etc, the meat on the basic bones varies quite considerably. In fact it’s true to say that I never know how things will pan out until the day develops.
Arriving at Park Hall last Saturday, the Manchester United Football Festival was in full swing. While doing other things I kept dipping in and out of the tournament, making sure that I was there especially for the presentation at the end.
One skill that I’ve definitely honed since being at TNS is that of multi-tasking. I sometimes feel like a media plate-spinner, and although it’s taken some getting used to, I now quite enjoy the challenge of working under pressure.
Following the tournament it was a case of focusing on the first team game, with the added ingredient in the mix that it was a designated Show Racism the Red Card fixture.
Having hosted an event in the week involving two local schools, the prize-winners were at the game enjoying hospitality with their families.
Along with Shelly McGlinchey we had all five of them on TNS Radio throughout the game. With a number of guests, including Jamie Davies, Matt Lee, Jayne Robb and Steve Saunders, it was a different show compared to the previous one, for example, that was more commentary-based.
Out of all the things on match day, TNS Radio is the one where you never know how it will work out. It’s always good though, that’s the thing. Joining me on air for the Cardiff Met game was Jamie Burgoyne, who is part of the Glyndŵr University group of students that we are currently working with. More of that next week.
After the final whistle, we took the prize-winners down to the corridor leading from the players’ dressing room and each one was intercepted on the way out for photograph and autographs. It was great to see just how much the youngsters enjoyed themselves. Their pleasure was my pleasure.
Although it’s busy I do enjoy match day, especially with all the people involved. That’s what makes it special at the end of the day, the people.
Stewart Bloor – Media & Communications Officer Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev’s Ramblings is a weekly blog, following my adventures with the champions of Wales from a personal perspective.