#blogging4charity – F is for Football
I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy. Two of my favourite pastimes are metal music and football (aka soccer). I have memories of sitting on my dad’s shoulders going into the football ground at Tynecastle Stadium, the home of my main team, Heart of Midlothian FC. I must have been 4 or 5 years old. I remember standing on the terracing before the stadium was changed to being fully seated.
I used to play football too. I wasn’t very good mind you, but I was a defender. I wasn’t afraid to try to get the ball off of other players rather than trying to score goals, probably because my dyspraxia meant my aim at goal was usually pretty rubbish. I can remember wanting to be the first female player for Hearts, though I think once I started playing on the school team in primary school I changed my mind.
We used to go to Tynecastle to see Hearts playing many times over the years. Mostly friendly games or cup games as it was an expensive day out and my dad used to work on Saturdays. I’ve been to Hampden Park, Parkhead and Ibrox to cheer my team on in the cup. I was at Parkhead when Hearts won the Scottish Cup in 1998 and I have held and kissed the cup while it was at Tynecastle.
I did say Hearts are my main team, but I also support Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool due to family links. Sadly, I have never seen either of them in a stadium, only on TV. It is my goal (see what I did there?) to see both teams at their home grounds at some point.
There has been a lot of discussion about sexism in football on the news this last week. I have never experienced sexism at a match, but I have had a lot of people come out with sexist comments when I’ve mentioned my love of footy. I’ve also had people assume I only support a team cause I have a crush on one of the players on the team.
However, I think that the support given to Ann Budge since she took over at Hearts has shown that sexism doesn’t have a place among the true fans. ‘Queen Ann’ as many fondly call her saved our club and that deserves a lot of respect.
Here are some photos of my supporting my teams.
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