Archive for November 2, 2010

A relic from the 1980s - this tiled wall on Wembley Way makes me smile every time

Despite the gloomy grey clouds and typical drizzle the walk up Wembley way is always fun.

Aside from the swathes of ticket touts and people selling godawful fake NFL scarves it was a smooth walk up to the 49ers tailgate party.

Was good to see fans from all over the UK wearing their favourite NFL team shirts, as well as seeing some dedicated fans who has dressed up for Halloween. I swear I saw Captain America !

As usual the merchandise was grossly over priced, but I could not resist a program.

Program cost £10.00 however the 49ers flag was free

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Every NFL trip starts with a hearty breakfast

If memory serves me right the last time the 49ers came and played in London, England was in a rather awful pre-season game in 1992 against the Washington Redskins.

Lets say I was hoping for more this time around, with starters like Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree playing on the first as well as the last series of the game.

The Halloween journey to Wembley was pretty eventful, with a pheasant trying to commit suicide by hitting my wife’s car on the M40.

After overcoming that fright-fest we arrived at Hillingdon tube station and I had the pleasure of meeting former First Down editor and current NFLUK writer Keithe Webster.

Keith was very gracious, talking to me for a good five minutes. We had a good chat about the survival of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Keith told me he read a comment I added to an article he wrote about the future of the NFL in England.

The tube journey after that was quick, and soon we were at the Wembley Park station. Cue the obligatory shot…..

Yes it is a cliche but it has to be done !