The fourth international break of the season is with us and, as ever, fans all over the country will have different hopes of what the period will bring for their clubs and equally for their personal supporting aspirations.
Burnley fans might well use the fortnight to add some new apparel to their collection, or in their case wait until all the 2023-24 PL-designed kits are announced first. They’re canny lads in the real North West so I’m sure that’s how they’ll be thinking.
“What’s that Mrs Gallagher? Yes, I am aware that diehard Citizens are real as well. I used to work with a small tribe of them at a large facility in Cheadle Hulme for years and our Amanda ran the short-lived Shaun Goater Fan Club, which shows how long ago it must have been now. Mr Berry of Mondays fame chatted her mum up with a bottle of champagne in a club one night but she turned him down as he was “too young and too off his face”.
And we all know note for note how Blades and Boro fans must be feeling right now and fret not ye Hornets of Watford, I am sure that nice Mr Pozzo will be along with a new manager for you very soon.
Luton fans will each be slapping their brows with a pair of Lowestoft kippers to regularly ensure themselves they are not dreaming as although they doubled us they were far from the best I have seen in the Championship on either occasion. I suppose the one time it would have been sensible for a club to gamble on an injury-prone player would have been this occasion but they chose not to take the risk.
Rotherham supporters would be forgiven for taking the time to properly mourn the departure of Paul Warne. This worry becomes tangible if they were to go down and Ipswich go up of course. It’s not that Warney or Millers’ supporters aren’t welcome in Norfolk of course. They are.
It’s the collateral damage caused by the very existence of the fixture that spooks me!
Then we have the jitters of those who support Wigan, Blackpool and Huddersfield and it now, right now, looks as if they have been joined by both aforementioned Millers and the Hoops of QPR, where Gareth Ainsworth cuts it on all fronts for me.
Mix the rock ‘n’ roll with the football and he’s perfect for me to hero-worship and he comes over like a nice guy too. But the Rs are in freefall and the addition of them into the mix keeps it interesting for the neutral if the type of neutral you’re looking for enjoys knitting, wearing red white and blue rosettes, and possesses an intense dislike of the aristocracy.
Meanwhile one Neil Warnock of 13 Trump Terrace, Littlehampton celebrated his Terriers gaining a point against Norwich on Wednesday in his usual ebullient fashion. He has a local connection that maybe even he himself is not aware of.***
So what will Norwich City supporters be thinking over the next 12 days?
The Easter bunny, fluffy bright yellow chicks, maypoles and ribbons? Churches, far off Gethsemene, Golgotha and all that kind of stuff?
That’s fine for those who choose to believe in it and heaven knows the morbid details of the original work of fiction lead to a very deep, dark, brooding backdrop that is quite appropriate for the average NCFC supporter.
I can’t remember exactly what we’re supposed to be celebrating here in East Anglia, but a trip to Delia’s Bar & Grille for a roast lamb dinner while surrounded by ghosts of Easters Past and Present. Easter Future exudes an aura of mystique that has become all too genuine over the years.
I guess I’m like most MFW readers in that my speculation is done with friends and much of it is light-hearted although certain things can’t be ignored as much as the Club would like us to ignore them.
Too many questions and somebody [we’re not even 100% sure exactly who] is continuing to achieve their aim of net zero answers even as I write.
Easter is also a traditional time of year that is often associated with peace if you were thinking of making up with our Pink Un boys Mr Webber, the here and now wouldn’t be a bad time to start, now would it?
And there are always two sides to every story Mr Porritt. [Richard Porritt is Editor of both the Eastern Daily Press and the Eastern Evening News].
It’s been too long now. Please at least try to get the show back on the road.
*** If there were a best anagram of all time I think Colin would definitely win with Star Wars as Ars Warts coming a good but distant second. One of the UEA science students created that when magnetic cinema lettering was still in place so that idea must have spread as rapidly as… an ars wart, I guess. There were certainly a couple in East London.
I don’t know for sure who created the Star Wars one but legend has it the same guy turned Old Watton Road into Old Tw@t On Road near the main entrance on University Drive.
So I’ll leave you with my Easter message from one John Lennon: