Heaton Norris Rovers and lower
I don't know about you but all of my attention is now focused downwards. A bit like Parky it seems
. 11am local time Sunday cannot come quickly enough. I then hope I awake from this bad, bad dream with at least my dignity intact and with something to rouse the spirits as we join the 3rd Division.
Phil Parkinson seems a reasonable man, a nice man even. Rightly if he is asked questions by dull local journos then he is going to give them a dignified and honest answer. He has to act like he is going to be at The Valley next season even if he is not, just like he will again continue with an unchanged side on Sunday - loans and all - because, well because they have done so bloody well recently haven't they? *rolls eyes*
I can't decide who I want to go down with us and Southampton. I have a mate who lives in Atlanta, previously of Californian descent who for reasons only known to him supports Barnsley. Then I have always liked Norwich, in a not hate kind of way. Many Canaries will no doubt find their way into home areas on Sunday. I'd be doing the same of course if the tables were turned and as long as they remember that unwritten rule of being a football supporter: Zip your jacket up, sit on your hands and shut the fuck up, then I am sure everything will be fine. Anything else and I think even the most docile Addick will get the hump after 24 home matches of general toilet.
I will also be hoping for a Brighton win although the old romantic in me would have preferred Carlise to stay up over Crewe, but that is nigh on impossible.
My reference to Heaton Norris Rovers
for those not familiar with northern outpost sports quiz nights is Stockport County, the Manchester club's original name. I am a tad confused by the 10-point deduction they received for going into administration
. I'm sorry but I thought it was supposed to be a fine and a deterent. How does dropping 5 places in the table with one game left do that?
It means that Stockport, who are owned by a Supporters Trust, will avoid having to start next season with a 10-point deficit. I wonder how many other clubs will struggle to avoid administration during the summer?
The sun is shining brightly here and I'm watching the clock on my desk slowly click around to 5pm when I will go to the pub. Later tonight I'm going to a retirement party for a man who almost single-handedly persuaded me to come to Bermuda. He has been a terrific mentor and friend and it will be a fun but sad (for me) occassion.