Guest Blog: Lauren Drummond
- 11 April 2013 10:56
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
Stockport-born actress Lauren Drummond, 26, is a lifelong Blue. She plays Chantelle Lane in the long-running BBC hospital drama Holby City…
I was born and raised in Stockport and I come from a long line of City fans. Work means that I moved to London four years ago but that’s not diminished my love of the Blues.
My dad and brother are seasoncard holders in the Colin Bell Stand and part of the reason my brother moved back from America because he was missing watching City every week so it’s in our DNA, stretching back to my Nanny Drummond who started it all off.
My first game was when I was 11 years-old and my dad took me to Maine Road. Neither of us can remember who we played that day – Nottingham Forest sticks in my mind – but my dad reckons we were in what is now the Championship at the time. He had also organised putting my name up on the scoreboard so it was a special day for me.
Over the years, Shaun Goater and Shaun Wright-Phillips were two of my favourite players and ‘Feed the Goat and He Will Score’ was the first City song I ever learned.
I also loved Shay Given and equally, Joe Hart, so I always have a soft spot for our goalkeepers. If they were my favourites, I can’t same the same of Georgios Samaras who used to drive me and my dad bananas, but at least he’s gone on to enjoy success in Scotland.
Filming down south, you won’t be surprised to find we have a number of Cockney Reds in the Holby City cast and a couple of Liverpool fans, too
Bob Barratt and Jimmy Akingbola follow Liverpool and they keep both threaten to go to games every now and then but I'm not holding my breath!
In fact, I had a bit of bother once with supporters of the Reds when travelling from Euston to Manchester for my brother’s birthday. I hadn’t realised United were playing and the train was full of southern-based Reds and the only seat left was in first class next to another Blue, Kevin Kennedy who I had met before.
Kevin was in a full City tracksuit and he told me to sit with him. Opposite were a group of United fans who had also found spare seats in first class, but while I paid for an upgrade, they refused, though they did offer to club together and reimburse me for the £15 I’d paid.
I told them not to bother but I said that they could help me in future by supporting a team on their doorstep so I could get a seat when I travelled back to Manchester without any hassle. They took in good heart, but I meant it!
Filming schedules mean that work and City games rarely clash, though when we played United on Monday, there were a few comments from United cast members and crew that I would by crying when I came in on the Tuesday – well, they got that wrong! A few of them shed tears, though.
I get to games when I can and try and catch the London matches and I’ll be watching the semi this Sunday on TV – my boyfriend is a Chelsea fan so it could be a bit techy after the final whistle but I’m confident we’ll do it. My dad and bother will be there, though.
One game I did have a tear in my eye was on the last day of last season. I went against QPR with my dad and brother and after the final whistle, we all looked to the heavens and remembered my Nanny who took my dad when he was a boy and kicked all this off.
I still miss the days when you went to a game and didn't know which City would turn up, but I'm getting used to being successful.
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