Yesterday I watched as dramatic an end to the UK Premiership season as I am ever likely to see.
Manchester City came from 2-1 down against Queens Park Rangers to snatch the Premier League trophy from the grasp of arch rivals Manchester United. High drama indeed.
It was the very stuff of sporting legend and this victory – the first Premier League title for City in 44 years – is something which will be talked about for generations to come.
Manchester City deserve their victory and this is very, very difficult for me to say as Manchester United fan.
I thought the title was ours. When we won our game against Sunderland and City were losing with just a couple of minutes left to play I thought victory was ours.
But when the referee added on five minutes of stoppage time at Manchester City’s game it injected new hope into the players and two quick goals – goals which will be seen again and again around the world – were soon to follow.
However City’s win is not what I am moaning about today.
My moan is about the Manchester City fans who streamed out of the match before the end of the game – convinced that their team had blown their championship dreams.
As a result many missed what was their team’s finest hour. And for what? To get to the car park before the crowds? To be first in the bar for a drink?
You have paid good money to see your team on the final game of the season so why not watch until the very end?
A lot can happen in the dying minutes of a game. When your team is losing and they need to find reserves of energy and motivation in the final moments of a game that is not when you desert them.
I saw on the news some of these fans leaving the game early and then watched as they scrambled over railings to get back into the stadium once they heard the cheers as the first goal of injury time was scored.
It was comical.
And don ‘t think I am just moaning at Manchester City fans. I have been at many Manchester United games when I have seen the same thing happen too.
Surely our lives are not so busy and our time demands so pressing that we cannot wait for the referee to blow the final whistle?