In the penultimate column of 2018, I am going to look back over the last twelve months and choose three highlights. It’s not as easy as it sounds though, because my problem is not so much what do I pick, but rather what do I leave out. Anyway, the following three, in no particular order, come to mind.
The visit to Gibraltar. Having drawn and played Europa FC previously, although I loved the away leg, it wasn’t to the British Overseas Territory that we travelled but rather Portugal, as the stadium hadn’t passed UEFA box-ticking requirements.
I wasn’t disappointed though, after all the Estadio Algarve is a fantastic venue, and I loved the overall experience. It’s just that after having seen the national stadium a number of times on photographs, I really fancied the idea of a trip to the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula.
Winning the Nathaniel MG Cup. Played just into the New Year, the Welsh League Cup is an early opportunity to put some silverware in the cabinet, or in our case to keep it there. The solitary Jamie Mullan goal was all that separated the sides at the final whistle, as The New Saints FC beat Cardiff Metropolitan University FC, to secure the trophy for the fourth consecutive season.
Lifting the JD Welsh Premier League. When you work in football, at whatever level or capacity, you want to experience the highest level of success possible, and in domestic football for The New Saints it doesn’t come any bigger than the league title.
This is why, along with everyone else involved with the club, I’m desperate that we make it eight on the bounce in 2018/2019. The buzz of ultimate success is what it’s all about.
Lead image – recording footage on the hotel patio in Gibraltar. The most scenic backdrop by far for Saints’ Eye View, our regular video podcast.
Rev’s Ramblings is my weekly TNS blog, written from a personal perspective, following my adventures with the champions of Wales. Read past entries HERE