Exams over and the long summer holidays stretching out in front of us after finishing secondary school. One of the places where we gathered was Parker’s Piece for ad-hoc games of football. Little did we know the importance of Cambridge in the codification of football. For us it was learning how to be together; a codification of friendship.
Proper jumpers for goalposts stuff. Teams of anywhere between two and twenty. Good players and poor. People we knew, people we didn’t know yet, and complete strangers, often foreign students in Cambridge to learn English but keen to communicate through the international language of football.
And the gaps between games, where we learnt to hang out with each other, waiting for the future, being bored, being ourselves, were just as important as the games.