It was a very pleasant, albeit changeable, morning to wake up to and a slightly earlier, 8am, breakfast, the first of two morning meal times.
The medical room was also open and available that little bit earlier given that it was match day, and across at the training pitch at 9.15 there was the first of two set piece sessions for the two differing sides being fielded in this afternoon’s training match.
Then at 10am it was time for pre-match.
The busy morning pre-match schedule continued at 10.30 with a tactical meeting whilst medical prep was implemented from 11.30 for the players who would be taking part in the first half.
Meanwhile, some of the staff were packing up some of the materials and equipment that wouldn’t be required for the match (a process which had started the previous afternoon) on to the two vans which would transfer the items back to Blighty.
I had driven over in my trusty buggy to the training ground on a number occasions during the morning, transporting various items required for the match (and the van) and on doing so around 11.30 was delighted to witness the arrival of the coach load of Bees fans who had driven over from Munich for the match.
I have yet to witness any pre-season training camp friendlies that haven’t been well attended by Bees fans and today’s game , once again, was well supported by them. The Club is well served by its die hard fans as proved on a match by match basis season on season at away games. But those who are in a position to make that extra sacrifice, dependent on finance and the availability of time, enjoy their time to the full .... and it should be said, the players and staff are highly appreciative of that support.
The first raft of players made their way over, thirty minutes prior to kick off whilst at the same time the medical prep was repeated for the second half team.
Then it was time for the training match - full details and interviews can be found elsewhere.
On conclusion of the match, the players and staff did their best to chat and socialise with the travelling contingent of Bees fans but regrettably were unable to stay too long as time was tight.
The players, and coaching staff were on a tight schedule to return to the hotel to shower and change, have a quick snack and then make our ninety minute journey to Franz Jozef Strauss Airport (Munich) in time to catch the 19.20 flight home. As it was we needn’t have rushed as the flight was delayed by over an hour.
Back at Heathrow, once we had eventually met up with the transfer coach, we returned to Jersey Road and ultimately back home.
The end of an extremely successful pre-season training camp and the start of what we all hope will be an equally “extremely successful” season ahead.
Thank you for following my blogs during the training camp and personally I would like to thank not only the staff and players for their company but also two with whom I became very close over the last week - my trusty buggy, and Staffenbruche in Kossen with whom I spent three very emotional and long hours on Wednesday afternoon!