Di­ary Of A Bad Dad

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views - Writ­ten by Nigel Thorn­ton www.pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Peter­bor­oughTel

I’ve ag­o­nised about whether I should en­cour­age Tod­dler­na­tor the Ter­ri­ble into fol­low­ing the less than right­eous path of be­com­ing a Leeds United fan. His f ’ther and his f ’ther’s f ’ther and his f ’ther’s f ’ther’s f ’ther were all part of the El­land Road faith­ful. We were all born and bred in Leeds and didn’t re­ally have much choice but T the T is a Fenny by ge­og­ra­phy if not wholly by genes.

I’ve taught him the Leeds salute –which for those of you who have bet­ter things to know about con­sists of clench­ing your fist, then beat­ing it against your heart while rapidly chant­ing Leeds, Leeds, Leeds.

His grandad is a sea­son ticket holder at Arse­nal and although I re­mind him that I’ve seen Leeds beat the Gun­ners in two Wem­b­ley fi­nals still looks at me with pity. He’s al­ready try­ing to con­vince T the T that the Emi­rates is the place to be and I caught him at­tempt­ing to teach him some dodgy Arse­nal song.

I was just about to protest when T the T re­sponded by beat­ing his lit­tle chest and shout­ing Lee, Lee, Lee at his grandad.

He doesn’t know it yet, but that mo­ment has con­demned him to years of mis­ery. He might have been born in Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal but he’s Leeds and he knows he is.

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