AFC Wimbledon go up to League One, Barnsley to the Championship and Hull City returned to the Premiership. All through the play offs at Wembley and good luck to them. I cant help feeling though that something aint right even though I enjoy the excitement of it all. I remember when Waltham Abbey won through to the Ryman Premier League in 2009, how nervous I was and how I felt. The thing is I didnt even get to see any of the games as I was working and living in Spain at the time. When the news came through I dont mind telling you, I ran down the street In Marbella screaming like a little kid. So I get all the excitement etc but what I dont get is all the glamour that comes with it. Somehow it just doesnt sit right with me that play off winners get a Trophy presented like an FA Cup final and all the glitz, fireworks and the like that go with it. A medal, yeah thats fair enough, a momento but thats as far as it goes with me. It also seems that play off promotion is the way to go. Why finish second and go up automatically when you can win at Wembley and lift a cup! And all those fans that turn up never to be seen again! Just my thoughts, thats all. Anyone else feel the same?
Another after thought, Cup Finals at Wembley these days. What happened to the fans of both teams staying behind after the cup is lifted and watching the laps of honour and applauding both sides? When ever Ive watched one end always seems to empty straight away. Maybe if everyone stayed like they used to in the old days some of the old FA Cup magic would come back? Just a thought.
So Leicester win the league and fair play to them. The eyes of the country were all on the Chelsea v Tottenham clash (should I use that word) on Monday 2nd May 2016. Nothing but a Tottenham win would delay the inevitable for Leicester. It didn’t disappoint. Yellow cards were handed out like confetti, managers and officials were in the middle of scuffles tackles and meelies galore. And do you know what? Not a football fan in the country didn’t enjoy it! A good old fashioned Derby just like “the old days”. It showed everything fans want to see. But the game has been sanitized so much that the wigs at the FA will be rubbing their hands this morning and the bank manager will join in with glee. OK you probably know which side of the fence I’m on but John Terry had it spot on with his interview after. It’s a Derby, points are at stake, we were champions, they are rivals we didn’t want them to win it, all those things etc etc and he said “it’s done, the FA should let it go”. That’s how it should be in my book. Trial by television and the media condemning the behaviour like 22 mass murderers were out in force. Lets be fair both teams were and are no angels, it was just a tough game of football. In my experience no soft team has ever won anything and I’d say that includes Leicester. Even Robert Huth said that game made him look like an angel so he must a have hard opinion of himself! Tell me Liverpool with Souness and McMahan were soft when they won everything?
Like I said not a person in the country didn’t enjoy that game no matter who you support. Just a few of my thoughts while the FA type out the charge sheets.