When my son was playing under-11s football, I was the most dreadful and competitive of touchline parents. I think back on it now with total embarrassment. I have seen junior football matches turn even the most buttoned-up and genteel of mothers into screaming harridans! DS has, of course, long forgiven me for my over-exuberance and loud mouth! Last weekend, we got up early on Sunday morning to go and watch our only grandson play his first match for the under-9s team he has just earned a place in. It was wonderful to be out there with the parents (don't know if there were any other GPs), encouraging the boys, applauding the goals from both teams (but especially the two scored by our GS!), and having a great time! Not a screaming harridan or loud mouthed overbearing father in sight. I know that the junior leagues go to great lengths to foster a culture of respect these days, not only from players but from spectators too. Great times for our youngsters and great to be a part of it.