Having thick skin must be a prerequisite of working for the Norfolk County FA.
The association constantly get dog’s abuse, despite doing their absolute utmost, in incredibly testing times, to keep football moving forward in the county.
And far from being an angel myself – I’ve paid my fair share of £10, ahem, donations, for giving my opinion to one of their officials or gobbed off on Twitter in a regrettable moment of rage – they’re certainly not the devils they’re made out to be.
Not everything that’s going wrong with the beautiful game is their fault. That’s a fact. Plus, without them we’d be in a far worse place. It’s just people don’t really like to be seen to be praising them.
But I’m happy to break the mould because there’s plenty of things Norfolk FA are doing, or trying to do, that deserves credit.
Take last weekend’s fun as a prime example.
‘But I’m happy to break the mould because there’s plenty of things the Norfolk FA are doing, or trying to do, that deserves credit.
I play (some might say I should have written turn up) for Terrington and on Saturday our Norfolk Junior Cup fourth round clash at Dussindale Rovers was the focus of Norfolk’s ‘Matchday Live’ treatment. After winning a series of Twitter polls, which sparked interest, created exposure and plenty of humorous posts, some of their marketing and communications team were at the last-16 tie.
They dished out rainbow laces to help try to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the game. It’s an important message that county FAs need to get pushing.
Updates from our match were Tweeted and announced on BBC Radio Norfolk, while pictures, film footage and post-match interviews were taken from the game. The latter was then turned into a highlights package on YouTube.
It might not have made overly comfortable viewing for us – we lost 1-0 against the fourth higher-level side we came up against in the competition – but it was a rare and enjoyable experience that most clubs and players at our level will never get the chance to experience.