Twas a grim weekend, so in the spirit of looking for positivity…
Positive, positive, positive…
Right, here goes.
1. The squad
Good cover in nearly every position. Two very good goalkeepers; four quick full-backs; two centre-backs with proven ability and two more with exciting potential; a plethora of dynamic wingers; three forwards with goals in their boots; and a central midfield of… (sigh), well, I tried to keep it positive…
2. The club
We are unique. No other club in the Premier League has those iconic colours; the family feeling (enough to boot out BK8); that special one-city support; the self-financing set-up; and such dreadfully performing local rivals.
3. The fans
Loyal, patient and fervent; there’s nothing like a City supporter. There’s joy to come – and you can’t say you haven’t earned it.
4. The celebrity fans
From Stephen Fry, Jake Humphrey, Alexander Armstrong and that Wolverine fella to genial hosts Delia and Michael, it’s an eclectic bunch who ride our bus. And all of them like to do different. That suits us fine. There’s room for plenty more on the bus too.
5. The future
Confidence. Confidence we won’t be a Derby (or whoever the latest financial car crash proves to be). Belief. Belief that there will be better times again soon, and glory and smiles. And Hope. There’s always hope – the football fan’s permanent band-aid and occasional lucky charm.
Yes, there’s always hope.
Where will we be this time next year? Well, either still in the Premier League having established ourselves for another season; or enjoying a slightly ropey start in the Championship and waiting for the afterburners to kick in for another enjoyable romp through the division.
Not so bad, eh?