The jacket and me went walking again today. Goodness it was cold, but glorious, once I was striding along. The village of West Auckland in County Durham is one I have often driven through but never before stopped in. Our walk leader was born and bred there so this bright, late Autumn day seemed a good time to take a closer look.
How strange that this quiet village should be a part of footballing history! In 1909 West Auckland FC represented Great Britain in the inaugural World Cup competition in Torino, Italy. A team largely made up of coal miners, they struggled to raise the finance for the trip. Despite this they went on to beat Swiss team FC Winterthur 2-0 in the final, and even retained their title in 1911, beating Juventus 6-1! Those were the days!
Me, I’m relishing any dry, bright days when I can get out and about. Me and the warm jacket, that is!