‘Wednesday ’til I die’, supplemental
For those wanting a political or religious comment, keep going to the end!
I must admit to being rather distracted of late as my football club, Sheffield Wednesday, slowly drifted down to League One status. The last time this happened to us we were in freefall, had an ailing business and we really didn’t know when it was going to stop. This time, the business has been stabilised, the debt reduced, a decentish team put together and the general mood at the Club was positive and up beat. There are many reasons for our dilemma: you can date it back to that fateful push by Di Canio on that daft, staggering referee or perhaps to the poor administration during the Dave Richards era. Recently, I would say it was when the Club wouldn’t stump up enough cash to keep the central defender, Richard Wood, and replaced him with Darren Purse who took weeks to settle in, during which time we drifted around like the Starship Enterprise in a black hole: ‘it’s football Jim, but not as we know it’. However, the mood on the, at last, relegated Kop on Sunday was not the depressed, morose and hopeless atmosphere of the last relegation: there were even a few ironic smiles and laughs and a funny kind of celebratory feel amongst the 37,000 people there. It’s possible that we will ‘do a Norwich’ and come straight back up.I’d like to think so: Irvine is a good manager, the resources at the Club are stronger than most other League One clubs, and getting stronger, and it is possible that a short period in the wilderness will have a beneficial effect on our long-term recovery, which will come, believe me. In the meantime, we will have to sit and watch the tripe that is lower division football and put up with the sneers and jeers of the less enlightened Sheffield Unitedites who simply can’t see that two derbies a year in Sheffield is just about good news for everybody. If only I could say ‘beam me up Scottie until May 2011’, but I can’t.
Oh, and the politics: the only thing that can make a bad week worse is if the wrong government gets in. I don’t want to be prescriptive, but do take seriously what the two Archbishops have said about voting for fairness and justice and for the good of all, not just for ourselves and our own needs. Perhaps that means putting aside the glitz and the glamour and the smart one-liners and actually reading some of the manifestos-see these links (www.labour.org.uk/policies/home: www.conservatives.com./Policy/Manifesto: www.libdems.org.uk/our_manifesto.aspx ). I’ll assume that we are all agreed that the BNP are talking rubbish. In the meantime, there’s Klingons on the starboard bow so I’ll see you next in League One and whatever political maelstrom we’ve created for ourselves. Live long and prosper.