is cup final day. P.S.B. Riverside, the football team sponsored by the
Pet Shop Boys, have reached the final of the Mid-Hens Rural Minors League.
Facing them are another team of under-16s, Bury Rangers,who each look
about three foot taller and who have already beaten P.S.B. Riverside twice
this season. For the first time both Neil and Chris have turned up to
see a match (along with Chris' sister,
Vicki, some friends, and Bubbles,
the dog who looks so "cute" on the inner sleeve of "Introspective"
but spends this afternoon running around disobediently). Neil and Chris
are both huddled into the "dugout" (the bit that looks like
a bus stop with a very low roof where managers always sit chewing gum
on the TV) awaiting the 2.00 kick off. Tension is building.
be devastated if we lose," murmurs Chris.
better win," agrees Neil, joking that if he's managed to get out
of bed on a Sunday the least the team can do is to win their match.
Pet Shop Boys have been sponsoring this team for about a year. The idea
came from their assistant Peter Andrea's (who, you may remember, took
the photo on the sleeve of "Disco''). His brother, Paul, plays for
the team and when their previous sponsors pulled out at the end of the
last season Pete suggested to the Pet Shop Boys that they should take
over. "We were quite up for it," recalls Chris, "because
we thought 'oh good, we can design a kit'. That's how it all started.
What we really wanted
to do is have some kind of Giorgio Armani number."
the end that proved impossible - they approached manufacturers like Adidas
to see if they could make a strip in the colors of the "Introspective"
sleeve but there wasn't time so in the end they had to get standard kits.
the program, which says that "in their first season in the league"
P.S.B. Riverside have "proved worthy contenders and challengers for
honors", it announces that Neil and Chris "try to attend the
team's games". This is nearly true.
Chris has been down to watch
P.S.B. Riverside play about a dozen times - "it's quite a nice thing
to do on a bracing Sunday afternoon, go to a football ground" -
but today is Neil's first visit.
"My involvement has been more on
a marketing level up till now," he jokes, explaining that for him
"it's a long way to travel" (P.S.B. Riverside are based in Chestnut,
just north of London). This is in fact the first football match Neil has
been to since 1973 when he saw Tottenham Hotspur play.
"I wish I'd
come before," he says with surprise a couple of minutes into the
first half. "It's quite good." Copyright
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