Well, the above sums up the results for Snopper Street`s football interests today with each of the games we followed ending in draws. My own team, the Saints, came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against Sunderland; Bristol City, which we now follow since our street`s footy hero Scott Wagstaff joined them, secured a creditable 2-2 result away at MK Dons; my neighbour`s recently promoted Gillingham managed an equally useful 2-2 draw away at Swindon (always a difficult place to go); my neighbour the other side is an ardent West Ham fan and I`m sure he will be content with the 0-0 result picked up away at Newcastle; and even Mike (just up the road`s) Ebbsfleet went away and forced a battling draw at Eastbourne Borough in the Conference South.
Now, in the fledgling Premier League table, the Saints find themselves in fourth spot - a Champions League place, no less - but of course it`s early doors so not to be taken too seriously, especially as by tomorrow afternoon that situation will doubtless have changed. Still, I`m tempted to do what Gordon Strachan declared he would be doing all those years ago when Saints were in fourth place after a late James Beattie header had beaten the damned United of Manchester and instead of going out to celebrate, stay at home and watch the league table on teletext.
But surely pride of place today must go to the brave minnows of Portsmouth who left their Fratton Park/ kraP nottarF fortress and made the trip to mighty Mansfield Town, just finding their way back in the Football League after a few years in their own particular wilderness. The fact that even that game ended 2-2 has sparked riotous celebrations back in Portsmuff, where a hastily arranged open top bus celebration was organised to satisfy the delirium of their faithful following:-
This is what it meant to Saints` one-time rivals as they claw their way back from total obscurity to, well, just obscurity, to be fair. It brings a warm glow, doesn`t it?