Well, the uncertainty continues apace.
We’ve been denied the delights of the Notting Hill Carnival, which might not please all Londoners, but the Metropolitan Police at least will be delighted by that particular decision.
And also there will be no Eurovision Song Contest this year which is certain to displease one Graham Norton and all those TV viewers who like that kind of thing.
Closer to home the Cromer & Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival was cancelled, which actually did disappoint me as it’s great fun. And to top it all the visit of Dippy the Dinosaur to Norwich Cathedral – all 130 feet of plaster and plastic of him – has been cancelled too.
Dippy [a diplodocus by the way] is self isolating in Rochdale of all places. Lucky him.
League Two has shouldered arms. Holty’s old club Barrow look sure to replace Bury by being promoted from the National League but even that’s not been confirmed as I write.
League One are rumbling on without yet admitting defeat but if League Two can’t play on I fail to see how they can.
Dear old Rick Parry is all over the papers shouting the odds about what the Championship might and might not do and the FA’s favourite phrase is “we will veto all plans for no relegations and promotions” and they’re already getting their slide rules out to deploy PPG, weighted or not.
Our very own Stuart Webber upset some Leeds fans last week by talking common sense, which is largely wasted on that lot as we know.
And the lawyers in every footballing city and town in England are rubbing their hands together in anticipation of grabbing their fees. That could amount to £200 an hour per person. An that’s just for the juniors. Nice work if you can get it, of course.
We are all urged to pick a Bundesliga side to follow as of course they reconvened over the weekend. The Daily Mail thought it was fun to compare every PL club with a Bundesliga equivalent.
Needless to say were offered Paderborn, although with our connections I’m going with BVB. Okay, Bayern should win it but you never know. As long as it isn’t RBL I don’t really give a monkey’s chuff.
I did have a middle-aged chuckle when I discovered the new manager of Bayern is actually Herr Flick. I’d rather call him Hansi.
Now who was this speaking at the weekend about his experiences “playing” in a nigh-on empty stadium? Harry Kane? Trent Alexander-Arnold? Or the self-appointed demigod that is Cristiano Ronaldo?
“The biggest problem I experienced was keeping my concentration levels because there was no atmosphere in the ground… without that noise and atmosphere you can easily switch off. As a result your focus can drift and mistakes can happen. It’s human nature”.
In fact, it was none of the above but vastly experienced referee Mark Halsey talking about having to regain his fitness, sharpness and stamina after a cancer scare in order to return to the PL list when he had to referee an under-23 match at Hinckley Town years ago.
Watford’s Troy Deeney, Brighton’s Glen Murray and our club captain Grant Hanley have not been disruptive this week by saying words to the effect of: let us know what we’re walking into and we’ll hopefully agree with restart proposals. If we don’t agree it’s safe to return to the pitch we won’t do it.
Quite understandably things remain in limbo.
I deserve kudos for not referring to the PFA’s Gordon Taylor because if I did editor Gary would have had to waste his time in deleting a couple of paragraphs on this article because of obscenity.
When Taylor last played I think that year’s Cup Final was between Wanderers and Royal Engineers. £2million a year? For him? Jeez.
Anyway this year there’s to be no watered-down Lord Mayor’s procession either.
Stay well y’all.