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Just back home in Singapore after leaving last Thursday- So was it worth it? 13 hour flight from Singapore squeezed at the back and

a similar return journey,(albeit in luxury courtesy of my brother a BA

pilot and the kind crew on the flight home) all for 90 minutes at Wembley.

As I sat at terminal 4 with my exhausted 8 year old son George asleep

waiting for our flight home the answer had to be yes.

Of course he and I were disappointed by the result but the atmosphere of

Wembley was fantastic, we dominated the game and were denied by stout

defence and lady luck deserting us. Watching the game again yesterday we

clearly had more of the chances and only by inches did Darren Byfield not

convert Sproule's cross with only minutes to go.

We played the better football despite the loss of McCombe and Orr. I

thought Fontaine had an excellent game but we missed Boom Boom's presences

at set pieces, while Orr's injury was a key turning point in the game. The

loss at the Millenium was far harder to take simply because that day we did

not "turn up". Hull will know they rode their luck and we more than played

our part in an entertaining game, while atmospherically despite defeat we

made more noise and at least delivered a couple of excellent renditions of

"we always believe".

Result appart the brainless mooning from one coach of Hull fans and the

equally appalling access to Wembley were all that spoilt a memeorable day.

Certainly warmer at Wembley for our defeat than on Sunday at Nevil Road

where Craig Spearman and Mark Hardinges at least ensured we fly home having

seen one tense victory. Wish it had been the other way round.

If in 12 months time we make the same journey I'd hope to be there.

Its been a great season and the platform is there for this team to do even

better next year.

As I sat on the flight home I remembered a long journey from my youth with

my father. It was shorter but equally tiring as we trekked to Old

Trafford to watch Gloucestershire take on Lancashire in the Gillette Cup.

Like Saturday our team lost as John Mortimer got hit to all parts in the

descending gloom by Lancs Hughes...the game finished around

9pm I believe and then we journeyed home. I don't remember that much about

my emotions on the day but I have had plenty of cause for celebration over

the intervening years after famous victories whether football or cricket.

Hopefully George in 40 years time will remember our journey.

Yes it was absolutely worth it!!

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