Writer’s Block: Always a soccer fan
by Peter Bodley – Soccer has always been my favorite sport – with cricket a close second – dating back to my earliest days growing up in suburban London, England.
n the late 1950s through the 1960s I would travel to see soccer matches in what was then the Football League almost every Saturday afternoon and also on some weekday evenings – as first school and then my job would allow.
There was almost no live televised soccer games on British television in those days, save the season-ending F.A. Cup final the first Saturday in May. So in order to watch Leyton Orient, the team I supported and still do from afar, I take the London Underground train from Woodford station, near where I lived, for the 15-minute ride to Leyton in the east end of London, then walk to the stadium. I would also travel to some away games, especially those played in other parts of London. See more in Peter Bodley’s Writer’s Block column.