Ranjit Reminisces: Homely Harrow
Ask most people in Harrow which football team that they support and typically you hear Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and yes I am guilty of it too given that I support Arsenal! However after attending a football match at Harrow Borough F.C. the overall experience was far more scintillating. For a start you can hear all the ‘banter’ between both sets of fans and moreover they can stand together unlike majority of higher tier matches where supporters have to be separated in a needs must scenario.
Veterans pour into the ground on match days in vociferous mood. A cup of tea is in order to warm up ahead of kick-off. The pitch is often cut up and muddy although this adds to its character of being a game in your own back yard. There are footballs galore stacked in P.E. bags on the touchlines so the concept of ball personnel is not something associated with these neck of the woods.
Spectators standing next to the advertising banners to get up and close with the match action is the norm. It almost gives the temptation to run onto the pitch to help the cause or indeed let the home coach know your opinion on their team’s performance in no uncertain terms. Suffice to say you hear some very colourful language from players and coaches alike, something which you could never dream of hearing at a premiership match where one cannot be so involved in the match. Furthermore you can choose your viewing angle as there are no limitations to your movements across the perimeter of the pitch.
Come through the old fashioned turnstiles and be the 12th man for Harrow Borough F.C. or as the locals would say ‘The Borough’.