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Mar 6, 2004
Suffolk 'em all
Not spotted a similar thread so thought I'd start it for a bit of quick reflection before we properly get going with 2017. Have seen something similar I think in previous years and always find it interesting - we all have a common bond in SUFC but outside of that all have different lives with all of the sh it and joy that goes with it.

For me lots of things went right but with my Dad dying in June I certainly wouldn't want to give the year a rating - Dad was 84 and had been ill for years and the last couple in particular were immensely difficult so in many ways it was a blessed release, but it was Dad who first took me to Roots and that gave us a special bond. I rushed to get my book published by end April as I'd dedicated it to him and it was an emotional moment to hand him a copy and to hear him just about being able to read the dedication.

Family life was steady - the bigger test comes this year as two of my boys leave Uni and college respectively and have to start finding their way outside of the closeted world of education.

Work was good - my gardening business gives me all I want from it and it continues to be the best decision I made in leaving the office and in many ways false corporate world behind in 2014.

Socially it has been a year dominated by football - book aside (which has allowed me to meet so many new folk and has been great), doing the 92 at last, the last ground visit in April at Blackpool with the 14 of us having a wonderful weekender, striking up a friendship with Derek Spence (I should be getting him down to The Hall in March - more news to follow on that soon I hope), getting the rather surprising award of supporter of the year (I know there are so many more of you that deserve that than me) and attending the gala dinner to get it in May (and presenting Jack Payne with an award which I'm sure was a set up given he's two foot smaller than me), returning to be a season ticket holder again and all of the joy that comes from getting to know your immediate seat neighbours etc as the season goes on, leading the teams out in our first match v Gills and hosting Ed wood recently on his recent world record attempt visit to us.

Wonder what 2017 will bring .....