Tom’s Blog


He is the award-winning voice of Football in the Midlands; and, every week, Tom Ross writes about the latest in the world of Sport.

Wednesday 14th August 2013

Football is back for us soccerholics with close season being a football equivalent of rehab, and despite this being my 33rd covering football for BRMB and now Free Radio in Birmingham I still get the same buzz of excitement anticipation and expectation as the new season approaches. And that applies whether it’s Premier League, Championship or League One.

The Football League kicked off two weeks ago for Wolves and Blues and it’s a full house this weekend as the Premier League kicks off for Villa and Baggies.

I have never felt that “here we go again” feeling at the start of a new season and have always promised myself that if I ever did I would pack it in and do something else.

Football is a legal drug and every soccerholic needs his fix and that fix comes on match days.

That wonderful feeling you get on match-day morning’s is addictive and provides great conversation as fans talk about what may or might not happen, what team the manager may or may not pick, will you win draw or lose.

It’s a fact you just cannot wait for the kick off.

I was at Yeovil with Kevan Broadhurst last Saturday and was genuinely excited as kick off time drew close.

It will be the same this Saturday at the Emirates as Pat Heard and I commentate on the Gunners against Villa.

Trips to away games always fly no matter how far we have to travel as we discuss all the in’s and out’s, why’s and wherefore’s of the game we are covering.

In fact the match-day build up to the game can be an inextricable part of the whole football match experience.

The build up to the kick off on my GOALZONE programme includes interviews with the managers and you can tell from their voice just how much nerves and tension they also endure ahead of the game.

As I cross to each game for exclusive team news you can almost taste the atmosphere. There is nothing like it.

And I genuinely don’t understand those who don’t like football – you don’t know what you’re missing as you are guaranteed an emotional roller coaster ride every single game.

There is nothing that lifts you quite like seeing your team win and nothing that makes you feel as down and drained as a defeat.

Every single match is a unique sporting event that has never happened before and will never happen again and that is why I savour every single moment and have done since I walked into St Andrews with my Dad in 1956 to see Blues beat West Brom 2-1.

This season I hope that passion for the game shines through the airwaves as Free Radio brings you around 200 live kick by kick commentaries; more than any local or national broadcaster.

Whatever happens there will be plenty of ups and downs for Villa, Baggies, Wolves and Blues as they compete in the two toughest leagues in the world.

For us fans there will be plenty of laughs, excitement, nerves, thrills, spills and arguments and of course liberally sprinkled with tears, despair and misery. But would we change it. Not on your life.

Football is definitely not more important than life or death but it is a large and important part of the lives of millions of fans.

Bring it on.

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