Here's a tricky one for us. Since our scrapes with knucklehead and potty mouth in the Fraser Eagle stand at Blackburn Rovers, which I first mentioned here, then here, we've watched the last three matches from the Family Stand. Joe can see now that he has some specs and the view is good. It's also been a better shield from the wild weather than the front row.
At the Spurs game yesterday it was us who seemed to cause offence. The mother in a family in front of us thought Elliot was "too young to be here" and "wasn't even watching the game". She also admonished Louis for kicking her son's chair (it was Matt, actually and he was tapping the empty seat next to her son).
Now, she may be right about Elliot, but it was rude to say so. I happen to think visible tattoos on early middle-aged women are trashy, but it's not my place to comment and rightly she would have been offended had I expressed this opinion about her choice of body art.
We've already decided we aren't going to renew season tickets. This was the final straw. We considered relocating permanently to the family stand, but we are not going to. The risk of having to sit amongst people you are likely to offend, or be intimidated by, is a risk of going to football. But doing so every week is just not worth the effort.
We'll still go, but not quite so often.
As for the game, it was another frustrating day. Bentley shone as a player with the most talent on the pitch, but wasn't effective enough. Vogel had a shaky debut, giving the ball away a lot, but playing in front of the centre backs. He reminded me of Barry Ferguson - I could never see the point of him either. Early days to be fair. The best move of the match involved a sweeping pass from Benni McCarthy, quite the most skilfull player, but also the most frustrating.