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It’s not coming HOME!

Well I prepared my English, war-cry equivalent, video clip, to celebrate victory. The Win didn’t come, but the footage is here anyway – it would be a shame to go to waste. 

So football isn’t coming home and like many with the benefit of hindsight we ‘post mortem’ the Tournament and Finale.

England got to a Tournament final. Probably unexpected and nevertheless a great achievement by a Team showing superb togetherness. For me it never was “football coming home” – as only the World Cup means that ultimate accolade to mirror 1966.  But a step in the right direction, nevertheless.

The statistics show we were the second best team and I don’t begrudge the Italians being crowned Champions. They were the better Team in the Euros and Final and deserving.

It is a shame racism raises its ugly head again, as I like many never even thought of the colour of the players’ skin, before or after any of the failing penalties. It all seemed so orchestrated, that we put on.our best ‘pen’ takers and lift that Trophy. Well sorry to say it, but those penalty misses were poor. Didn’t see any signs of practice makes perfect there.

Hopefully the younger players including those who missed penalties will benefit from Tournament experience and take the better aspects of performances in to Qatar 2022. Blending with experience is a must – the defence was a credit throughput and the combination of blue, Stones and red, Maguire awesome.  Shaw was a candidate for England player of the Euros (though no doubt Mourinho will still try and undermine!). 

I’d obviously have preferred a Stockport County return to the EFL over a Euros win this time. But I’ll dream again in 2022 that both that and a World Cup victory could result. This adaptation of the England and Stockport crests hits it home for me (@OTCountyCulture) and the message of us ‘dreamers’. What is spectating, following and supporting without hope? Some countries and so called fans have branded us arrogant, with our singing ‘football’s coming home’. Clearly, they can’t understand the lyrics.

So what else isn’t coming home? Thinking maybe any future World Cup hosting with deficiencies in security. Not only a safety concern but a serious concern with potential terrorism targeting. Media coverage also does us no favours with fans being tarred with same brush, yet a minority of a minority are the culprits.

What is coming home? Likely more COVID19 cases with uncontrolled or at best, inadequate, major events. And the usual suspects jump on the bandwagon for self-publicity or politics to state the bleeding obvious.

Isn’t it amazing that something that brings so much togetherness – also can be so divisive.

Flabergasted

It has been muted before and no doubt will be again. Some believe it’s high jinks and a negotiating ploy to get more out of UEFA in advance of imminent meetings. Not this time, I feel, as the concensus of PR from the 6 so-called ‘BIG CLUBS’ cries a done deal. I’m just hearing that BVB Dortmund may have refused to join, yet good on them if so – though the German model of ownership has offered more security to stakeholders including the fans and been applauded previously. It is blatant ‘fat cats’ behaviour, the drivers behind this so called ‘European Super League’ (ESL) with overseas owners of United, Arsenal and Liverpool one tier beneath the former Real Madrid President in the new hierarchy. Will it go ahead? Of course if these ‘big ones’ want it enough. The objective is simply more revenue. A logical ‘target’ with shareholders seeking greater returns on investment. However, what has clearly been betrayed is the fans. No consultation, no advance warning, no solicitation of opinions. Owners can do what they want, but this is adverse to the heritage, tradition and DNA of the “beautiful game“. Reactionary tones suggest bans from Europa and Champions League for Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, City, United and Liverpool. Also, potential dismissing from future participation in the EPL. Then finally, potentially no players from these 6 teams featuring in the Euros or World Cups. I know my Son and I had fun selecting our new England best eleven this morning over breakfast without recourse to any of those six clubs. Will they get their own way? If they want to yes! Will the threats outside the ESL, prove toothless? Who knows? Only time will tell. Claimants to be ‘Football Finance’ experts are now mushrooming on every corner. So just take a peek at this huge wave of continuity, in opinion, against those North West or London owners and their clubs. You’ll detect from those posts that I have selected below, my take on this all. And yes, the silver lining might be cast on County or FC United amongst others.

And it’s no nay never

Article from @theathletic_uk

How the times have changed since @acrobatonline was a sponsor at this Club. Why might a County fan put finances in to the Rovers? A common dislike of Burnley? No, it was the foreign legion of Turks at the time: Tugay, Sukur, Unsal et al.

“And it’s no nay never, No nay never no more…….”

https://theathletic-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/

theathletic.com/2178979/2020/11/18/they-promised-the-world-they-delivered-chaos-ten-years-of-venkys/?amp

Go2Volleyball

Right – time to put some positivity into an extremely challenging situation. Nobody could predict this pandemic, yet sports are disrupted to an extent that viability and sustainability are threatened. It’s not just a Club thing and infact we guarantee on this #go2volleyball fundraising appeal 💯 goes to the beneficiaries to pay for flights and accommodation. Please help to spread the word and help our players have some normality back. #Mesqueunclub💙🧡

More information and donations at: http://www.crowdscrum.co.uk/projects/go-2-volleyball/