The New Year brought a significant landmark for me – my 1000th live match.
It was a rather drab and low-key affair in the seventh tier of English football as Warrington Town were held to a goalless draw by Marine.
Of the 1000 games, more than half (550) have been rugby league, with 251 football matches, 112 ice hockey games and 71 in basketball.
The rest is made up by cricket (5), NFL (4), rugby union (4), snooker (2) and greyhound racing.
There was some Unibet horse racing bets at Haydock Park in there that hasn’t made it on the official list!
Exactly a quarter of the games have been played at the Halton Stadium, home of my rugby league team Widnes, but I have also watched football there on a number of occasions.
In the 1000, I have watched games at a total of 167 different venues. You can view them all here.
Having broken a century in the year for the first time in 2016 (101), I broke that record again in 2017 with 107.
Most games are now for work purposes, though I do still manage to get to some games for recreation – including game 999, Sheffield Steelers against Manchester Storm, my only ice hockey game of 2017.