Me & my mate Dave were there - had it all planned out.
Few beers beforehand, travel to Wembley, watch game then get the hell out of there for a serious p!ss up whatever the result.
The reality was we had a few beers, went to the game, we won, emotionally drained from the best day ever, went home for something to eat with a plan to go back out, crashed and burned from the sheer reality and effort of it all.
It remains my most special footballing day out ever. Good times.
Why does everyone get a hard-on about the dreaded Xmas fixture list congestion?
It's no different to any other month is it ?
We've got 5 games in December which we've had in most other months. What's the big deal about this ?
** I should add that I look forward to the festive period on the premise that there are more games but that doesn't seem to be the case. Perhaps it's the way Christmas and Boxing Day fall this year - I can't be bothered to go into the stats of Christmas yore.
As much as I cannot bear Andy Townsend's repetetive commentary, I really do feel "Glenn Johnson's been caught napping there" is a line we're going to hear time and again over the next couple of weeks worryingly.
Looking at the recent Southampton call ups (and good on them - having a great season so far) makes me think that Marcus Stewart would have been called up by now back in 2000/01 under the current England management.
Heady days for him and for us as supporters. Super stuff, shame he never got that call.