When it comes to going to football we all tend to have our own routines or often strange little habits or preferences for the day ahead. Personally I am a great believer that you can waste time but you can't make time and as a result I very rarely leave anything other than loads of time to reach the match.
People still ask me why I feel the need to leave on a Sunday for a Tuesday night European away game but that's for a whole bunch of reasons!
Unless I am staying in the host town overnight or my departure time is dictated by public transport I also like to get away from games as soon as possible, especially away from home. Consequently I have become somewhat of an expert at leaving my seat so I reach the exit just as the final whistle goes, missing none of the game but getting well on my way before the majority.
Visiting most grounds year after year also helps determine your chosen pre- and post-match activities rather than kind of entering into the unknown but with Molineux not falling into the regular destination category, Saturday could have gone in one of two ways when it comes to my routine.
The late kick-off was actually quite welcome for me as a spontaneous Friday night out had got a bit messier than planned and an early start would definitely have been painful! The leisurely lunchtime departure began a highly successful day all-round.
A traffic-free journey saw us park up in the very same car park I had chosen before, a short walk from the away turnstiles but one where our last visit had seen the exit road closed until pretty much all the matchday traffic had departed! A gamble then but one that ultimately paid off!
Again our lack of regular visits meant we didn't have a repeat routine for pre-match refreshment so finding a very pleasant Chinese restaurant with both solid and liquid delights continued the successful theme experienced so far.
For the vast majority of matches the away section vantage point tends to be behind one of the goals. At Wolves we are located along the side and that certainly makes a nice change. Personally we were also located in line with the edge of the box in the first half so with three of our four goals coming at that end we enjoyed a fine view.
I expected nothing less than an early onslaught from Wolves and having come through unscathed we had to be confident we could go on and get the goals we needed for victory. Inside a devastating spell of 20 minutes in fact, victory was pretty much in the bag, Cesc's goal yet another quite stunning footballing move.
Overall it was another good day at the office with four goals and three more precious points... and the car park exit road was open too! Result!
Even the journey home was problem-free and being the driver it was all the more pleasing for me. A celebratory drop of liquid refreshment in front of Match of The Day completed a top day all-round.
So now it's that annual November weekend for activities such as shopping and DIY.
If anyone knows what exactly that involves please do drop me a line!
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