Spec­ta­tor sport

Canal Boat - - Letters - NEIL BAR­NETT, via email

DUR­ING THE PAST 40 plus years of sup­port­ing Birm­ing­ham City Foot­ball Club, I’ve crossed one of the bridges over the Grand Union Canal at Bordes­ley on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions while walk­ing to their St An­drew’s foot­ball ground nearby.

Since buy­ing our nar­row­boat three years ago, I have of­ten thought it would be quite novel to ac­tu­ally go to a match by canal, and this was achieved a few months ago when we set off from our base near Fradley junc­tion and headed into Birm­ing­ham.

We had a thor­oughly en­joy­able cou­ple of days in the city cen­tre ( I love what they have achieved with the canals in Birm­ing­ham but, be­ing a Brum­mie, I’m bi­ased, of course).

Satur­day ar­rived and we set off from our moor­ing for the two-mile jour­ney to the foot­ball match. De­scend­ing the 13 Farmer’s Bridge locks shortly fol­lowed by the six Ashted locks, we ar­rived by the ground a cou­ple of hours later.

Af­ter ty­ing up I took the twominute walk to the ground while my wife and dog stayed on board to look af­ter the boat for the du­ra­tion of the match.

The 19 locks in two miles had been hard work but it made a re­fresh­ing change not to have the usual has­sle of the foot­ball traf­fic and park­ing prob­lems.

Within min­utes of the match fin­ish­ing, in­stead of hav­ing to bat­tle through heavy traf­fic, I was back home in the nice warm boat with a wel­come hot cuppa wait­ing for me. I won­der if other read­ers have sto­ries of any un­usual trips they have made in their boats?

Have you used your boat to get some­where dif­fer­ent? We’d love to hear your sto­ries...

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