It was fantastic to meet up with James Vaughan and present him with the Skybet Championship Player of the Month award.
When I tweeted the picture afterwards, I had several messages from Town fans asking me to wrap James in cotton wool because they’ve backed him to be top scorer.
They all felt that if Vaughan stays fit for 40-odd games, then Town will have a really good season.
What really impressed me on the trip was how the Canalside training ground is developing – it really is fantastic.
Incredibly, one of the first people I bumped into was Mark Lillis and it was great to catch up with him and have a chat about the old days.
He was telling me about the work being done for academy II status and Town really deserve it for all they are achieving down there.
It’s only natural, too, that we talked about times gone by and we both found it frightening to realise it’s now 29 years since we played together at Town.
Talk about feeling old! Especially when you realise James Vaughan is only 25.
To be honest, it doesn’t feel like 29 years ago, but when we trained, we used to get changed at the old Leeds Road ground, jog down the back of the canal to Leeds Road Playing Fields – trying not to get pushed in by some idiot centre-back or goalkeeper – use the ordinary pitches to train on and then jog back.
After training it would be a fag for some, a pint for others and a game of snooker for most – usually followed by a chip butty in the club canteen!
I would have loved the science and the facilities of today. That’s the only thing I really envy about the game now (including the money).
It would have been great having people telling you how to eat, look after yourself properly and then analysing everything you do.
I would have loved all the heart monitors measuring how far you run and working towards improving your game.
It would have been fantastic, and I just hope the players of today embrace all this and make the most of it, because they will become better players.