Chris Ayto took part in the last Premier League in a Day, so he knew what to expect and hoped to get his Wolves team into a better position than last year, whilst raising money for Sport Relief.
Given that half of our 10-strong team had competed in the last premier league in a day in 2010, we certainly knew what to expect! We also had a target – to beat our previous league position of 14th. A quick chat when the team gathered in the morning revealed no overnight injuries or lingering hangovers, and as I passed the Wolves shirts around to my team-mates, I felt the sense of excitement building. Fevered scanning of the fixture list was next, pointing out local derbies, matches against long standing rivals, and specifically for me, a grudge match against my brother in the form of Everton.
A rest period was first for us, allowing us to wander around scouting our opponents. Then we were up! Three straight 1-0 wins was a cracking start, but a hard fought defeat against a quality Swansea side kept our feet on the ground. Games came thick and fast with the occasional poor performance being quickly forgotten in the glow of a deserved victory or snatched last gasp winner.
Lunchtime brought respite and the chance to reflect on the league table. The afternoon was a blur and then all of a sudden we had just ten games left. Two casualties had taken us down to just 8 players. All tired, slightly aching, with sore limbs and blistered feet, we embarked on a crucial set of games against teams all above us in the table. Three wins and a fantastic 2-2 comeback draw against Everton (take that bruv!) meant a very respectable six place finish was guaranteed before our final game. A great 3-2 win to finish and then my team disappeared into their cars, looking exhausted and weary after the day’s efforts.
Thanks to everyone involved for a great day full of fun, football, and more importantly, fundraising.
If you haven’t donated already to Sport Relief, to help with all the fantastic work they do, then please click here to sponsor everyone who took part in this year’s Premier League in a Day.