This morning, Sclark, Christine and I wanted to start off our weekends like many of our fellow Londoners: with a trip to the market! We took the tube to Notting Hill and walked to Portobello Market. For those who have seen the movie Notting Hill (which I'm watching as soon as I get back to the states!) it's the area with "the blue door" where the film takes place. The market had adorable clothes, antiques, fresh food, and everything you can imagine. It was great to see a mix of tourists, local vendors, and residents all shopping on the chilly Saturday morning. The fresh crepe we snacked on during our browsing helped make the morning even more wonderful :)
|Music and more at Portobello Market|
|Leyton Orient takes to the pitch!|
|The team celebrates after a goal|
|Fans cheer on the O's|
After discussing this issue at length with employees of Leyton Orient, we had the chance to watch the team in action. They won the match 2-1 I believe, and it was so awesome to see the passion the small group of fans had for their home team. It was the last match of the season, the weather was freezing cold, and fans were still cheering loudly and on their feet to support the team. When the players walked towards the stands after they won their game, they were greeted like heroes. It reminded me of the Big House, but on a much smaller scale. We met some very nice locals who told us all about their time attending football matches as well.
|Sclark and I with the O's mascot|
After the match was over, we headed back to Liverpool to our favorite pub, the Greene King, to watch the FA Cup where Chelsea was playing Liverpool. It was great to cheer with the locals in the pub and watch Chelsea win in the stadium we toured just a few days ago — Wembley Stadium. We were all sure to note our newfound knowledge about the stadium throughout the game. Though it would have been fun to go to the FA Cup, I really enjoyed watching a smaller scale match in Leyton. The dedicated group of fans had so much passion and formed a small community around the team. This football Saturday showed me that whether on a large scale in Wembley Stadium or on a small scale in Leyton Orient or at the Liverpool pub, football definitely brings people together here in the UK.
|The Leyton Orient goalie carries his baby off the field after his exciting final win of the season|