To give you a brief background to me, I first came to Sale Sharks on work experience with Swanny at the age of 14 and now I am 20 and I haven't been let go since! I've worked on match-days for the past two seasons and have loved it. But this season, I got to go some away games and they have been rather interesting experiences.
My first trip was off to the Kassam Stadium where it was a game which has ended up being so crucial to the survival this season. It has the most nerve-wracking game I have experienced as a fan - the last 2 minutes I couldn't see anything as I had Pete Anglesea stood in front of me in the Press Box but it was a game I won't forget! The support from our fans at that game was truly phenomenal; it really felt like a home game that day. This was also the game where I spilt half a pint of tea all down me as I missed a step - and will Mr Swanton let me forget that? Of course he won't!
My next away trip was an unexpected one - to Sixways for the LV= Cup final against Quins! I go to the games in the car with Swanny and Neil Leigh and we use Swanny's Sat-Nav to get us there - now it was all going fine; right up until we were near the stadium and Neil told Swanny to go down this particular way - when actually it was the next one! So that started off what was going to be a funny day together! Swanny now tells Neil to shut up as we approach grounds. At Sixways the match didn't go our day it was a fun day out.
The next one for me was the Madejski Stadium - and this was interesting day. A rather bizarre day started off with a text at 7am from Swanny telling me he was unwell. So I travelled down to Reading (which is a very long way!) with Neil; having to sort out all the media down there - that was an experience being thrown straight into the deep end but I loved - but also watched a crazy match which I still can't believe ended up how it did.
The last away game was Northampton and there is really only one highlight to talk about on this trip! On the way there, me and Swanny fancied a Burger King (like always) but at Watford Gap Service Station, there wasn't one there but a chain called 'The Burger Company' - let me say now if you ever see one of these chains do NOT eat there - they are disgusting and I was feeling off for the rest of the day!
I am really grateful for Swanny and Neil for letting me come on away days. As a young sports journalist wanting to break into the world of sports journalism, I really picked up a lot from these days - and let's hope for more next year!