FOOTBALLERS can be a superstitious bunch and I was no different when I was playing.
Moving into management hasn't changed me, either.
When we played at Peterborough on the first day of the season, our commercial manager Bob Gray forgot his cufflinks so I lent him mine.
We won 1-0 and I've made Bob wear the same pair of cufflinks for every away game since!
We've had a great record on the road this season but it all went wrong at Cambridge United on Tuesday - because Bob couldn't travel with the team and neither could his lucky cufflinks!
I had too many superstitions when I was playing.
They involved everything from the way I got changed before the game, the route I took to the ground and the shirt numbers I wore. (My favourites were four, five and six!).
It always went in sequences and I'd find myself a new routine whenever we lost.
People think you're mad because winning and losing has nothing to do with the way you drive to the ground, or whether you put your right boot on before the left one.
That's true to an extent, but I think superstitions are important and there's nothing wrong with having them.
As long as you're happy with the end result, who cares?
It's all about the little things that build up in your mind and put you at ease.
All this talk of superstitions has come about because I've just seen we've been given ball number 13 in tomorrow's FA Cup first-round draw.
It's unlucky for some, but hopefully not us.
You can be sure nobody else wanted to be number 13, but I'm not too worried about it.
As for the draw itself, I'll be happy with any home draw. That's all I'm asking for! nWe could have done with a bit of luck yesterday when the TV crew from Sky Sports' Soccer AM came down to give my players the Crossbar Challenge.
For those who haven't seen it, the show goes to a different club each week and the players have to try to hit the crossbar with a shot from the halfway line.
Only Tom Curtis managed to hit it. Pity I was tied up with something else and couldn't show my players how it is done!