Last month I went to the Ealing Blues festival in West London - we are talking music here, not an Ealing football team - which was most enjoyable. For a mere £5.00 per day (or £7.00 for the whole weekend) you could listen to Blues music on three stages for about 8 hours. If you like the (Royal) Blues and happen to be in London in July, I strongly recommend a visit.
From Ealing in West London to White Hart Lane in North-East London, where the Royal Blues played a friendly match against Spurs at White Hart Lane on 9 August. Luckily, our beach holiday in Wales finished on 8 August, so the next day I took the train to Waterloo Station, and then two buses to Liverpool Street Station where I met up with a large group of Schalke Fan-Club UK supporters at the beautiful Hamilton Hall pub (which looks more like Buckingham Palace).
Meeting at 'Buckingham Palace' for e pre-match pint before the friendly against Tottenham
From there we took the train to White Hart Lane where Ingo and I had seats above the other Schalke supporters. We quickly started to exchange some banter with the home supporters and the atmosphere remained friendly all the time. And the 'Get up if ...' song went on 'you're Schalke fans' or 'if you hate Arsenal', depending on which group of supporters you represented.
Myself, Spurs fan Janson and Ingo after the match (2:1 to the Spurs)
The only flies in the ointment were the absence of Draxler and Höwedes (the latter being picked for the team of the World Cup tournament by the very reputable football magazine World Soccer - I think I will send Benedict a copy) and the referee did not use any vanishing spray to enforce the 10 yard rule when there was a free-kick.
Last, but not least, I would like to thank my attentive readers Jim and Achim who spotted 'minor irregularities' in my last blogs. I have made the relevant corrections (www.fussballenglisch.eu).