Coming into the weekend, we will start to notice a distinct chill in the air as autumn takes its grip and the last few leaves drop off the trees. From the temperatures being in the mid-teens we shall see a quick fall to the single digits and this will last for the winter.
Saturday looks like being a delightful autumn day, dry and with sun albeit with temperatures only reaching 8 or 9 degrees. It will be breezy and leaves will be swirling all over the shop. Best find someone to sweep them up from the driveway or lawn.
Sunday will be gloomier with similar temperatures but with cloud and a wind of around 12 mph from the west south west. The wind will bring rain on Sunday night.
Lows are the noticeable feature now as it is as well to prepare for a cold night. Saturday night will see a low of 2 degrees which, when coupled with the wind chill will be very chilly indeed. Those going to Herne Hill on Saturday evening for the Halloween extravaganza there should wrap up. Sunday will only be slightly warmer at 3 degrees but wet.
At least we are not in the north eastern corner of the US which is currently waiting for Hurricane Sandy (yes the one from Grease) to make landfall. Washington DC looks likely to be hit although New York could also feel the brunt. A tropical storm will blow all the way to the Great Lakes. Not a good time to be in Buffalo.
And so Sunday sees the first of two visits from those charmless Mancs. I don’t wish any player injury and so I will just content myself in wishing one player sufficient loss of form in training to see him dropped even from the bench.
I do not wish to dwell on the philandering, drunken driving and drug cheating practised in Manchester. Suffice to say that, amid all the nonsense concerning the King of all drugs cheats, Lance Armstrong, British Cycling have just banned an amateur rider for 18 months for failing to take a drugs test because he wanted to rush home to his sick child.
Let’s look to the positives instead.
The first is that because this is a ManU game and because so many ManU “supporters” live among us they will try once again to slip into our stands. I don’t enjoy sitting among opposing supporters. I am not interested in watching them celebrate nor in hearing their views on our players or our club. I always, therefore, enjoy the sight of errant pseudo Mancs being escorted out of the ground for celebrating a goal. It takes the sting off conceding .
Another favourite moment was entering the new Wembley for the first time for the FA Cup Final against the Mancs and seeing a father with his two sons all deckled out in red with face paint being refused entry to the Chelsea end. Sad in some ways but one can just imagine his delight at getting hold of the firm’s corporate tickets for the game. Twerp.
It makes up, in some way for that occasion in the 1971/72 season when, as a 14 year old kid I was locked out at Old Trafford with a mate and attacked by a gang of older Mancs jealous of our good looks and abundant style. At least we won that day.
A warm jacket would not go amiss on Sunday. Really no need for a half and half scarf nor for tracksuits. No, really, no need whatsoever.
Remember, you are Chelsea and Chelsea is style.
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