Drove to Stoke and back for the second time this week to record a piece plugging the new book with Rob Dorsett for Sky Sports News. Rob had just done his ‘presser’ with Pulis, discussing the infamous Ricardo Fuller sending off away at West Ham (this weekend’s visitors) last season. We did a piece in the stadium on a damp, grey typical Stoke autumn morning. As soon as we started shooting a bloke began bashing away, apparently fixing a seat a few rows along in the most ideal position to amplify his hammering into the mic equipment. Rob Dorsett was very pro in getting rid of him for ten minutes, as indeed he was pro throughout. I normally dislike doing stuff like this (being on camera is no fun when you’ve got a face like a bag of spanners, you know you’re only going to have to hide behind the sofa when it comes on the telly*), but he made light and easy work of it. It was practically fun. If one of the relevant bits is used, it will feature (to the best of my knowledge) the first literary reading to take place in the John Smith’s Lower seating at the Britannia Stadium. The call to do the piece came quite late, so I drove over last night; had a puncture on the way, which called for the use of more spanners. Changing a wheel in the dark is really no fun whatsoever but at least it wasn’t chucking it down, there were no fighting cocks alighting, and the spare wasn’t entirely flat.
* Should be rolling round the weekend match previews in the morning.