Well that’s it folks. 8 days with the boys in Gothenburg has come to an end. The sleeping quarters have been returned to a classroom, our hosts are happy and the boys tired but playing outside whilst we wait for the bus.
It’s been a fantastic time with all the boys who will hopefully retain happy memories of their first trip away with their football team. They have done Currie Star, Edinburgh and Scotland proud with the way in which they have handled themselves – be proud of yourselves boys.
The planning starts now for Gothia 2015!
Best wishes to you all for the remainder of the summer holidays.
In other news, police in Gothenburg are also looking for a number of Scousers who were seen wandering in and around the Heden Centre this afternoon in breach of their ASBOS. Again CCTV cameras caught images of the culprits and you are asked for help in identifying them.
After a few sherries the 2 Ian’s challenged each other to a duel with their water pistols outside the restaurant. Needless to say both we’re suitably wet afterwards!
Police in Gothenburg are looking for a number of children from Edinburgh who mobbed the winning Everton U17 team and relieved them of various items including gold medals, boots, shin pads, goalie gloves, T-shirts, bags and training tops. CCTV pictures were taken at the scene and if you know any of the suspects shown below please contact the Gothenburg constabulary.
Well folks, that’s us drawing to the end of the Gothia adventure. We have had our last full day today. After breakfast we went to the Mall and let the boys wander to buy presents if they wanted. Some of you may be in for nice surprises!
Came back for lunch and then went into Heden Centre to meet the dads to watch Everton boys under 17 team win their final by 3-0. They really appreciated the very vocal support which our boys gave for a full hour – some of the songs were very imaginative. More details of that to follow.
Back to the school briefly to wash hands and then headed to lovely wee Italian Restaurant round the corner for pizza and pasta as our last meal together.
Boys now playing outside and we’ll be aiming for lights out early tonight as we are up at 6 tomorrow to get the bedding stripped, bunks folded and tables/chairs back in the classroom before bus arrives at 8.
Just a wee reminder that we should land at 12:05 UK time and if there are any significant delays we will try and communicate if we get access to wifi. Keep an eye on the Edinburgh Airport arrivals page. As well as reuniting you with your kids, we will hand back passports, unused currency and medical cards.
After lots of hassling Ian finally agrees to be photographed with Big Dunc!
Well, it was a strange day not having any football matches to prepare for today – a bit of an anti climax. We took the boys for their favourite early morning jog (!) but then lost track of time and ended up having lunch and breakfast at 11am – cornflakes, pancakes and Bolognaise! Good combination but saved us some time.
We then headed to another venue to watch the boys favourite girls team lose their match – not so lucky mascots. They then had some free time to wander round the Heden Centre before we watched another match involving the Koreans who had put Team 1 out. By the end if the day the Koreans had reached the B play off final tomorrow so obviously a good team – a small consolation.
After tea, we watched Everton team win their semi final and the boys were delighted when the players rushed towards them in the crowd when they scored their second goal. They had remembered the boys from the airport. Some of the boys got their picture taken with Coach (and former Rangers, Dundee Utd & Everton player) Duncan Ferguson.
Highlight of the day however has to be George Lowder’s Tram Entertainment Show for the boys featuring corny Chinese jokes and a very good Jimmy Saville ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ impression – well done George! Oh, and all the boys were dancing with a ‘Street Gorilla’ in the town centre much to the amusement of the locals! Can’t say this holiday has been dull.
Currie Star FC 2 beaten 5-4 on penalties by IFK Lidingo FK
The boys stared well and almost took the lead in the first few minutes when Callum R slid in at the back post in an attempt to prod home a low cross, only to hit the post. That was the story of the first half, with chance after chance going a begging, with another shot hitting a post later on.
Within a minute of the second half starting, Corin raced down the right and fired a shot into the far corner. With the opposition resorting to long balls from the keeper, we faced a few nervy moments and had Andrew to thank for 2 great blocks to keep us in the game before the inevitable happened. We had chances to win it in the last couple of minutes, but penalties it would be.
After 10 good penalties, the width of the post was to deny us, as one shot hit the post and came out. Andrew saved the last one with his foot, only for the ball to spin up and into the goal.
The boys were upset at the result but gave it 100% and can be very proud of their achievements. An ice cream and the now customary “diplomatic relations” at the school have cheered them up.
Back at the school and the stress of watching the boys has taken it’s toll.
Folks we’ve found a clone of Ian Dracup! Scary thought I know. The dads staying at the hotel were in a bar (unusual for them, being teetotal!) and they came across this gent. He even shares Ian’s sartorial elegance – see for yourself.