Now, there’s a designated marriage thread so I think it only right and proper that we also dedicate one to the single folk amongst us. One of the key things about being single is getting your calculations around year-end cut off correct. By this, I mean that time around Christmas when it’s imperative to strike the correct balance between getting your last ride of the calendar year and not wasting too much time chasing skirt and depriving yourself of the pre-Christmas banter on nights out with the lads.
You see, these are the things we need to think about. Unlike our married brothers, we don’t have that special someone who’s always there for us; instead we need to be scouring domestic bars and the continent too on occasion for potential signings/targets at all times. But, as I say, the last thing you need is to be annoying yourself on the Friday night before Christmas trying to end a (goal) scoring drought in some dingy nightclub - it’s just putting too much pressure on yourself. As the old saying goes, you can try too hard sometimes.
As a result, I think it’s key to get yourself a late November/early December ride. This takes the pressure off coming into the Christmas season and it’s what I regard as the ideal cut-off time. In some respects, it can really work a treat - you’ve had what you consider to be your last dalliance of the year and you’re relaxed and on easy street when BANG…you go and get another unexpected ride on the 23rd of December or something. That’s what’s known as late cut-off amendment. It’s like the striker getting one goal after a barren spell and then a barrage of them follow.
Of course, that’s cut-off in an ideal world and it doesn’t always work so smoothly. For example, who will ever forget the year when Jugs inadvertently had his year-end cut-off in late March?