Die-hard Chelsea supporters Paul and Stephen Murray had their first conversation since the World Cup following the Monday night clash between their club and Burnley at Turf Moor.
In recognition of their deep biological bond the father and son pairing discussed the goals of Andre Schurrle, Branislav Ivanovic, and new signing Diego Costa as well as exchanging enthusiastic thoughts on the season ahead. This was the first time the Murrays had uttered more than two syllables to each other since Gary Lineker signed off the final Match Of The Day broadcast from Brazil 2014 in mid-July.
“Wow, did you see the way he got his foot behind that?” exclaimed Stephen while making his first sustained amount of eye-contact with his father for more than two months. “He’s really going to light up the league, he’s just what we need up front,” replied Paul, who hasn’t told his son that he loves him Stephen was a toddler. “What a goal!’”
“They look great going forward, but I’m worried about the defense, though,” said Stephen while briefly thinking about that he had never seen his father cry. Paul nodded in agreement and said “sometimes you have to let your defences down to see where you’re vulnerable,” causing an awkward silence to pass between the two men.
Later, as Chelsea went on to complete a 3-1 victory, the pair exchanged a high-five and brought to an end a long-term drought of any physical contact whatsoever. At the time of going to press, neither man has any plans to contact the other until Saturday.