It’s been a quiet week for me with it being internationals. I don’t like them coming so early in the season when everything has just started, but I understand they have a job to do and have games to fit in. Gareth Southgate has had a job to do, especially with the goings on in the England camp. There was a good result for Scotland, and I was pleased for Liam Cooper and Andy Robertson. There’s a bit of symmetry about them two I think.. It’s good to see so many Leeds players being called up. Stuart Dallas had a great result with Northern Ireland and Tyler Roberts featured for Wales at Wembley.
On a personal front, I’ve had an X-ray on the shoulder problem I’ve been having and apparently that requires more investigation. I’m back in for an MRI on that and am still waiting on the results on brain scan from last week.
I caught up with Eirik Bakke, who is one of my best mates in the game, for a video chat for the blog this week and I’m not ashamed to admit that we both got a bit emotional. We were really close at Leeds, and it’s good to see he’s still involved in the game with his hometown club Sogndal which was always his team. He’s just had another baby which is great news – that’s his fourth now and it’s great to see the family doing so well.
I also went to a golfing dinner for Christie’s cancer charity in Manchester which raised over £30,000. Bryan Robson and Denis Irwin were both there – okay, I know they’re best known for what did across the Pennines, although Denis did start at Leeds under Eddie Gray before moving on to Oldham. Micky Thomas, who was also at Leeds very briefly and was one of Howard Wilkinson’s first signings along with a certain Vinnie Jones, was there too and it was good to catch up with all of them. Alex Ferguson turned up on the 18th tee to offer his support which was a great touch. It was great to be invited and be able to support a charity which does so much. They’ve been very supportive for me. My mate Bugs from Red CCTV was also there and it was good to see him. Catching up with old friends has been a massive thing for me over the past year and really helps.
Other than that, I’ve not really left the post code this week. I know I’ve not been myself. Maybe it’s the pain killers I’ve been taking, but it’s not been the best of weeks. Waiting for the results from the brain scan has also left me a bit anxious, but hopefully those will come over the next week and I can move forward again then.