There'll be no blogging round these parts until at least Tuesday next week as I'm off very shortly to Berlin and the post-industrial, social-realist Disneyland that is Chorzow, Silesia, Poland*.
So, yep, another away match with Northern Ireland and hopefully it'll be my first away points ( never mind victory) since Leichtenstein which seems almost a decade ago now (March 2006?). Though to be in still with a mathmatical chance with 3 games to play is good enough for me, especially having witnessed the performance first hand less than 12 months ago in Bratislava and Maribor. I'm 99.99% sure we'll not do it this time, but I'm also convinced we've got some exciting years ahead when some of the younger members of the present team mature and a few of the under 21s and younger, presently moving up through the ranks, break through. A new Youth Coach has helped our long term prospects; getting a more tactically aware manager for the full team will be an even bigger bonus.
That's all the match analysis you're getting from me- I'll be twittering, mobile and patience willing, on Saturday both the build-up to (because those Polish motorways sure are exciting) and the game itself. I fully expect a 1-0 to Poland, a goal scored with five minutes to go and me suffering no worse an injury than a kielbasa grease stain on my Danny Blanchflower '58 retro shirt*.
*And *sigh* yes, Ciaran, I'm stopping in Berlin only because I'm a cowardy custard, nothing to do with the facts that
1. I booked accomodation and flight when the match was originally scheduled for Szechin, 2 hours from Berlin
2 Berlin offers ever so slightly more in terms of cosmopolitan weekend entertainment than a Silesian mine town where all the mines have closed.