Hoogy has temporarily loaned me his special football thread *forward-slash forward-slash* privileges to bring you news of a bonus DiS football match taking place exactly two months from today.
As some of you know, I’m getting married soon. As you also know, there has been no DiS away match so far this year to rival 2011’s legendary Manchester trip (who can forget The Trick?). However, Arthur and I have joined forces to combine those two seemingly unrelated facts to bring you a brand new DiS football experience…
The plan is roughly as follows:
- Not unlike the annual NFL game at Wembley, a classic DiS Reds v. Blues match will take place on a one-off basis in the UK’s answer to San Francisco.
- DiS footballers will leave London for Brighton by train around noon on Saturday.
- A (grass) pitch at Brighton’s Varndean College is booked for a Reds v. Blues match from 2pm – 4pm. Some football will take place. For anyone not staying overnight, post-match showers are available in the dressing rooms.
- From around 8pm, all DiS footballers will be invited to join my wedding reception should they wish to do so. This is not as formal as it sounds – we’re basically just having a big party in a basement venue in The Lanes.
- The party ends (officially) at midnight – last trains to London are at 23.47 or, as heavily-recommended, Arthur and I will source some reasonably-priced and centrally-located accommodation for all who wish to stay over. Post-midnight you are of course welcome to carry on sampling the varied delights of Brighton’s nightlife as you see fit.
- Sunday morning/afternoon, Ormsby performs The Trick for three hours outside Brighton station. Weary footballers return to London by train.
As ever, all you need do for now is reply below with an IN or OUT pun and Arthur will, with our eternal gratitude, be arranging transport and accommodation for all those that require it. He has indeed already booked the pitch, so this is now happening even if it’s four-a-side! Sadly I won’t be available to play at centre-back due to a prior engagement that afternoon, but might be able to join you for 20 mins if I can play centre-mid…
If anyone new wants to play – especially if you’re Brighton-based – then you are very welcome to join the football part but, for obvious reasons, it’s just people I know for the evening I’m afraid. Conversely, if anyone wants to come down and play but doesn’t feel that they know me or like me enough to join us for the evening, then that’s equally acceptable.
Do shout if you have any questions…