Simon’s trip from Barons to Tigers

Reproduced from a series of programme articles, where Telford Tigers fans tell how they became a supporter of the club they now love. This week, Simon Walters – he DID go to Belfast, New York, Basingstoke, Hull, etc, this season…

Back in 1981 when I was a young boy, my brother took me down to Solihull Ice rink to watch the Solihull Barons.

Like most supporters from that first game I was hooked – and it was also something I could do with my Dad. He was an avid Aston Villa fan… a sport I hated.

The local derbies between Solihull Barons and Telford Tigers were always a big highlight of the season for me.

I always like to get involved and as such I became the Barons correspondent for the Powerplay magazine.

I followed them through the hard times, when they were sold up two motorways – first to Sheffield in the early 1990s, and then Coventry a few years later.

Fifteen years later, and still following the Barons, I met my wife Emma through ice hockey. I then followed a combination of moving to Walsall, getting married and having a family, so I gradually stopped going to matches.

When we later moved to Stafford, with work taking up most of my time, it was about six years ago that I felt I needed to revisit ice hockey With my son at the right age to come with me we headed to Telford as it was the local team.

Again I was hooked and after two seasons Emma joined me. It was then that I got talking to Alan Gould, the Trust chairman, and offered my services to cover the twitter updates, also teaming up with James Shaw.

I would never have said when I was younger that I would be supporting Telford Tigers now, after being a Barons fan!

My wife and I travel to every home and away game and have also visited Belfast for ice hockey. We are booked to watch Great Britain play in Belfast next April and have also booked five days away in New York to take in a Rangers game.

Of course planned around Tigers games! I still continue to do the Twitter updates on all games and all the family are now avid hockey fans. My daughter and son in law work at the Blackburn Hawks, and we have even moved our family home to Telford.

My son has started with the Spartans, so we defintitely consider ourselves to be Tigers fans! To experience Simon’s match night coverage of Telford Tigers, follow his Twitter account at: @tigersresults

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