If you follow any team in any sport you will know the highs and heartache of that particular pastime.
In our house we follow Castleford Tigers who had a sensational season last year. I won't bore you with the details but what I will say is that life was better because they were winning.
They were even on the news when they got to Wembley as half the town went to see them off!
Okay, it's a small town but seriously there were a LOT of people went 'darn t'lane' to see them off.
We went on a bus organised by a pub in town. Actually I think there were nine buses and at 7:00 am there were lots of people milling about in town waiting for buses and wishing they had visited the loo before they left the house.
We didn't win at Wembley, Leeds Rhinos (arch rivals) won, but you wouldn't have thought it on the bus on the way home. I think this club is known for singing and having high spirits, even as a crushing defeat looms. I have seen the fans doing a conga round the stands when the team have been on the wrong end of a drubbing.
So, not for us a gloomy bus journey home. No we had several renditions of Sweet Caroline (the song played at the end of each game), there was talk about the team, the highs and lows of the game and of course some incredibly witty banter among the fans. It was a great day out.
This year we're not at Wembley so we have decided to have a Challenge Cup party. It will not involve half the town, but it will involve plenty of beer, plenty of banter and plenty of friends. We are an eclectic mix who range in age from 20's to almost 70, this is just some of them. Let's hope the sun shines.......