International Friendly match: England 2 Turkey 1.
Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF
We missed the first goal because Frankie’s anxieties about big crowds saw him spend all day saying he didn’t want to go to the game…until 10 minutes before kick-off when we started wtahcing it on TV. Luckily we were in Moston so a trip through Newton Heath to the Etihad is pretty quick and we were in our seats 10 minutes after KO. I’ve never been to an England match before and my prejudices about those who usually do were confirmed 20 minutes in with the first chant of “Stand up if you hate the Turks”. The match was OK…what you’d expect from a friendly…but Frankie loved it and the crowds didn’t bother him. I told him we can go and watch England again once they’ve won the World Cup.