Cue Frank Sinatra song... "and now....the end is near...."
Yes it is time for this Brit to step back across the pond back to blighty! I have just set up a new business there which is actually the main reason why I had not renewed by season tickets and so I am heading back to the freezing bloody cold on October 11th! I had hoped to run it from here, but to get it properly going and for all the official visa crap, it has to be done initially from London.
I have been in the Bay for 4 years now and have loved every moment (well almost) that I have spent here and the chance to finally be a part of the team that I supported as a kid from distant shores...
So Ray my friend... you will have to keep the honor for me in getting those "refs you suck" chants going, as I have no doubt the same dire quality of refs will again darken our floors in the arena.
However all is not lost...
I intend this to be a short return to simply get the business going and then come back to open the US office..providing I don't get shot on the first few jobs... :)
So I expect to be back for the the 2010 season... and to be honest....I think it may just be the perfect time to come back as an STH...
It has been great fun getting some inside perspective from the Warriors and asking questions that we may not get asked properly from the media and this is still very much a community I shall be part of even when I am back in England...one saving grace is that my fellas in Blue....seem to have it well sorted this year and so I wll be get back to grips with my Chelsea tunes and might bring a few back when I am back next year...fingers crossed!
I hope to be at Sundays game with the Clipps as my last hurrar for this year... and then fly back the following Sunday. As some of you may or may not know, I have been involved in competition motorsport as a Rally driver since 1995 and did a spell commentating and interviewing the drivers on the world championship in 2003 to 2005. Then got back into driving and did a National Championship back in the UK in 07 where we were running third in the championship until my Co-driver took ill and that was game over for the season... The reason why I bring this up is the other main driving factor to be back next year and that is that I intend to go GT racing in the Grand Am series and already have tests lined up next year potentially with the Suntrust team..
My day job is involved in Aviation Finance and my new company is basically going to make me the Repo man! ;) Where I will have a team of guys that will go into a country and grab a commercial jet aircraft, probably in the more questionable jurisdictions hence the hope not to get shot! ;)
Anyway...the intention is that this is a short return to "Blighty" and look forward to hopfully making some trips back during this year to watch a few games.
I have made some great friends here amoungst the STH's and look forward to getting chance to do another sit down with RR and LR sometime during the season hopefully during a trip back when it will be very interesting to see how the year has developed...
Despite the drama in recent weeks.... LGW!!!!!!!!!