TUESDAY: Up for brunch, then I went with David Seaman and Gary Neville to the press conference and training ground, to sign autographs for the children. At dinner, I went through ticket requests with a few of the players; meal times are often busiest, and it's a good time to catch them. They are a happy bunch. Michael Owen just seemed to take all the attention in his stride; he's very level-headed. It helps with me being female, because I don't push to know everything about the football side of things. I'm always saying "Have you done this?" or "Do you want me to do that for you?" I'm a mum for the younger ones, yes, but with the older ones it's a bit more sisterly. Later on, I liaised with the chef over a birthday cake for our masseur, Steve Slattery, and then we all sang happy birthday.
WEDNESDAY: Off to training, just five minutes up the road from our hotel. My main duty is looking after the players' watches; I'm getting quite good at knowing whose is whose. I've always been into football, and pestered the FA for a job; I started as a secretary and became PA to Bobby Robson. I was a Tottenham fan and my favourite player was Glenn Hoddle, because of what he could do with a football; it was magical. I liked Kevin Keegan and Emlyn Hughes. That was my era. After lunch, I rang my mum to let her know I'm OK. Had a quick break for dinner, and wanted to watch the Spain- Bulgaria game, but I only saw half of it because I had lots of parcels to sort out.
THURSDAY: Started packing my bags for Lens. In the evening, we had training at the stadium, followed by a meeting with Fifa representatives. My job is to go through the kit we're wearing, and discuss the timetable for tomorrow evening. I got stranded at the stadium because the car didn't wait for me, but was back about 10.30pm. I can't really relax: I brought a big blockbuster book, but I've only read one page.
FRIDAY: We went for a walk in the grounds of the hotel, and then I set up my little office. On match day, I've got quite a lot of paperwork. It'll be great tonight, sitting so close to the action; it's a weird sensation, but it does make you feel part of it. I'll be running round making sure people have got what they need: they're getting a bit anxious, and it's nerve-wracking. My husband said to me before I went out "Try to enjoy it".Reuse content