Football: Steve Massey's column
IT'S BEEN another week of Southern Premier football on the road for TCFC, and nearly 1,000 miles clocked up with away games at Totton and Chesham.
Travelling is a huge part of football life. The commitment that our players show when faced with time spent on coaches and away from their families is magnificent.
Our chairman Peter Masters, should be praised for recognising the importance of good preparation for away games.
Part of this preparation is ensuring that players have as restful a journey to the game as possible.
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High-end coaches fitted with televisions, good-sized seating and fridges containing fresh food can make a real difference when spending hours on the road.
Some of you might view the distance and time spent travelling as a negative. It can be a real positive, however: for bonding (players and managers) and down-time.
In our coach, the majority of the lads join in the card school at the back of the bus; they even have their very own dedicated card table office!
Captain Jake (Dynamo) Ash is card and trick master; I witnessed a couple of them myself on Saturday and he's not half bad!
The choice of films on the Truro bus is usually decided by vice-captain Paul Kendall. I say usually only because his choice of "The rise and fall of a foot solider", about real life football violence in the 80s and 90s left everyone questioning his position of film monitor!
Although he did redeem himself with Friday's choice of the "Inbetweeners the movie", a very funny film. Having televisions at our disposal while on the move also helps by allowing managers and coaches to review recent past games on DVDs and pick out relevant points for future note.
The spirit in the dressing room and on the pitch at the moment is superb.
It shouldn't be forgotten what a huge part the coach travel has contributed to this; from the weird dress sense of some of the lads, the snoring of the management and camera crew, to the never-ending waffle of Shaun our driver (best there is!) – it all makes for a great day out on the Truro City bandwagon.