Disclaimer: I haven’t put a great deal of thought into this. Just three amazing moments off the top of my head.
- The warm-up of Barcelona vs Real Sociedad, December 12 2010. Given the inevitability of their victory, I’d assumed most of the Barça first team would be rested. However, when me and a mate took our seats in the middle tier of Camp Nou and saw ten of the first choice XI emerge from the tunnel, I got goosebumps. We knew the following would be special. Which leads me to…
- Lionel Messi’s second goal in that match. I felt privileged enough to see Barça playing as well as they were that night, but Messi took it to another level with his run and finish for 4-0. I’ve never seen anyone make professional football look so easy. With the two of us rendered speechless, the sight and sound of 90,000 bowing down and chanting his name made an already great goal immortal in my eyes.
- The celebration of Scott Rendell’s penalty to make it Wolves 0-1 Cambridge United in the 2007/08 FA Cup third round. Anyone who’s ever travelled with a lower league team to a vastly superior opponent knows how special the day can be, especially when you return victorious. Predictably, United blew their lead, but when Rendell smashed his spot-kick down the middle to put us ahead, it seemed as though the parameters of ‘the impossible’ had shifted, and not just because I was hugging a forty-year-old stranger. Also notable for being the last good day I had as a Cambridge United supporter.