Stuck for what to do on Challenge Cup day? 10 things to take your mind somewhere else (From Warrington Guardian)
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Stuck for what to do on Challenge Cup day? 10 things to take your mind somewhere else
1:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
IT has been a rare event in recent years but Warrington Wolves fans will actually be looking for something to do this August bank holiday.
For three of the last five years, plans for the long weekend at the end of summer have been decided at least a month in advance as Warrington booked their place in the Challenge Cup final.
And while many fans will have quite happily slapped anyone who whined ‘At least that means we don’t have to pay out for Wembley this year’ on leaving the John Smith’s Stadium last month, it does pose the question of what to do during this year’s three dayer?
Here is our top 10 suggestions to keep you busy:
1: It seems unlikely you are going to want to watch Wigan storm to victory on Saturday so why not instead put your feet up with a brew and stick on the TV last year’s Challenge Cup final.
You can ignore the final from the year before that but the year before that and the year before that should also still make enjoyable viewing.
2: Get your knitting needles out.
Grand Final night is often much chillier than an August Saturday at Wembley. Start preparing your primrose and blue scarf now and you should have it ready for Old Trafford in October.
3: And while you’re working on Grand Final prep, let’s have a chant that can top the Monaghan song which was all the rage during the Magic Weekend at the Etihad Stadium in May.
4: If the sun is out what better way to spend a day then re-creating Chris Hill’s try and Brett Hodgson’s conversion against Wigan in Victoria Park. The highlight of the season so far nearly lifted the roof off the Halliwell Jones Stadium in June. See if you can match the celebrations.
5: Create your own homecoming parade. Who says you have to win a final before you can throw one? Invite your mates to line the curbs of your cul-de-sac and cheer you on all the way to your front door.
6: No Wembley trip also doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a pit stop to an over-priced motorway service station either. After all who doesn’t enjoy paying a fiver for a bland brew?
7: Cameras often pick up on the sea of primrose and blue heading up Wembley Way as fans pose in their face paint, tutus and feather boas...and that’s just the men. Don’t let your creative streak go to waste this bank holiday and hit the town in some Warrington colours fancy dress.
8: Tin foil across the town will be spared this month from being wrapped around a trophy-shaped piece of cardboard so this summer do something useful with it. Wrapping up jacket spuds and keeping your butties fresh are often popular alternatives.
9: You have often had the perfect excuse not to attend that annual family barbecue but this time there is no way out of it. Work on your fake smile in time for annoying questions about who you want to see win the final this year.
10: And if all else fails, start working on some smart retorts in preparation for the return of the smug office Wigan fan. Things will be different come October!
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