Of course, I have my favourites. I've got a tennis ball that Rafa Nadal served with at the Beijing Olympics. I've got a scale model of Wembley stadium made out of part of the demolished twin towers. I've got a signed photograph of Diego Maradonna. I've got a couple of blades of grass from Craven Cottage, plucked from the pitch the day we secured the Second Division title. I've got a lock of John Eustace's hair. OK, the last one isn't true, but you get the picture.
I think the reason I hang on to all this stuff is that I recognise how precious memories are. For example, how quickly did the fun and games of the Leicester game fade after the the 4-0 pasting at Selhurst Park? Pretty quickly I'll vouch. Time moves on relentlessly, and all too often it's easy to forget the moment or those that have past. Of course I'll be delighted when Vicarage Road is complete – having the only three sided ground in the top two divisions is far from ideal, but I'll also take time to mourn the passing of the once great East stand – the last part of the ground that saw our meteoric rise up the divisions. We can only hope that whatever replaces it sees as many good times as its predecessor.
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