Actually, it turns out Thatcher was right

18 04 2013

Yesterday, Thatcher’s funeral took place. Yesterday Charles Moore, of the Daily Telegraph, said this;

“Thatcher is reviled in parts of the country that are less important”

I immediately doubted the veracity of this statement but I was a bit hasty, a trainee rabble rouser from the Daily Mail called Graeme Yorke soon put me straight;

Forfar 4 East Fife 5… who cares? I’d rather watch Britain’s Got Talent,  it’s time to ditch the meaningless Scottish classified results (and bin the Welsh ones too!)

And finally…

Bala Town 4 Afan Lido 0

At least that’s what I think the presenter  reading the football results said on the radio about 5.05pm on Saturday evening.

To be honest I’d switched off a long time  before he got to that riveting scoreline.

In fact, as soon as he said ‘Wycombe 2  Aldershot 1’, the final fixture in  League Two on Saturday, football as we know  it was over.

It had nothing to do with the fact that  Aldershot are the club I’ve  supported man and boy and that they are heading for  the Conference. It  had everything to do with the fact that nobody gives a  monkey’s about  results outside the 92 top clubs.

Have you tried listening to the Scottish  results lately? No, neither have I. It’s a complete waste of time. Celtic win  everything now that Rangers  are competing in the Shetland Isles Division Four.  No amount of whisky,  let alone Irn-Bru, could make you think having the full  rundown of  results from north of the border – and Wales, come to think of it –  is  worthwhile. Not even for the fabled Forfar 4 East Fife 5.

I’d rather watch Britain’s Got Talent (can’t  believe I’ve just written  that!) than see meaningless scoreline after  meaningless scoreline pop up on the videprinter. Or listen to the shipping  forecast than hear them  on the wireless.

 What we want is the football of the real  world. In these days of Messi and Ronaldo and the Champions League we need to  know about La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and, now that Becks is just a Channel  hop away, Ligue 1.

It’s time for the Beeb and Sky to realise  there’s a new viewer and/or listener out there. Gone are the days when we all  gathered round the wireless at 5pm on Saturdays to listen to the familiar  introductory music for Sports Report and then the distinctive tones of results readers, John Webster and James  Alexander Gordon.

 Empty seats: The stands are hardly packed for Hamilton  Accies v Falkirk

Anyone interested – there can’t be anyone,  can there? – in how East Stirling, bottom of the Irn-Bru Division Three, got on  against Annan Athletic can easily phone or tweet of one the team’s half-dozen  loyal supporters to find out.

And don’t give me the old line about needing  to give all the results because of football coupons. When was  the last time you  saw someone filling in one?

The move for Scottish independence is to be  welcomed. Cut them adrift and let them have their own results programme and  while we’re at it they can take the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League results  with them.

They can then drone on about Cowdenbeath and  Stenhousemuir to their Hearts’ content and leave us to soak up the results that  really matter.

So the righties are right, there really are places that are more important than other.

On Tuesday’s, or was it Wednesday’s?, BBC Wales news crusty old Lord Crickhowell told us all that Wales had to suffer the changes that Thatcher lovingly bestowed in order to make Wales a more wonderful place to live. Again I doubted the veracity of the ideas, but then I saw a couple of photos


vincent tan 2

To think I doubted Lord Crickhowell! Of course you have to jettison the past if you want to develop. You have to realize when your outdated methods have become outdated and are no longer fit for purpose. Outdated methods certainly would not have propelled Cardiff City in to the brave new world would they? Those clinging to outdated methods can complain all they like, it ain’t going to change anything;

Cardiff City weren’t promoted last night. Cardiff City died last summer’

Scott Thomas, who started following Cardiff City during the 1975-76 season, explains why he does not regret walking away from the club last summer – even after promotion, Wednesday 17 April 2013 16.35 BST

Craig Bellamy celebrates Cardiff City’s promotion to the Premier League. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images
In the summer of 2012 Cardiff City changed their colours from blue to red. The owner, Vincent Tan, thought the club would thrive on the field and in the Asian market if they played in red and wore a dragon on their shirt.

Some fans were pragmatic enough to accept the changes. They have gone on to enjoy the uptake in the team’s form that culminated in Cardiff City’s promotion to the Premier League on Tuesday night. Other supporters, such as Scott Thomas, thought the bargain was not worth it. After 30 years of following the club, Thomas walked away from Cardiff City last summer. Here he explains his decision.

“I don’t watch Cardiff City games any more but, when I saw a picture of Craig Bellamy holding a red scarf emblazoned with dragons and the word ‘Cardiff’ rather than the club’s proper name, it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. It confirmed that I made the right decision. I was surprisingly sanguine about the promotion. Cardiff City didn’t go up last night; Cardiff City died last summer.

“Seeing fans celebrate on the pitch during a news bulletin felt like watching the plug being pulled from a life-support machine that has been keeping an old relative alive. It was just another day at the office for club I no longer recognise. They are just another team now, not the one I supported for decades.

“I never dreamed that Cardiff City would make it to the top flight and I wouldn’t be there to see it. But the club I supported disappeared when a Malaysian businessman with no previous links to the city and no interest in its football took over Cardiff City and made it literally unrecognisable. The club I followed had history and traditions that went back 100 years, but now its future is subject to the whims of a single man.

“I began supporting the club when my uncle and cousin took me to a match against Sheffield Wednesday in the 1975-76 season. I followed them to over 60 grounds in the fourth, third and second tiers with 25 friends I picked up over the years. I’m proud to say only a few of those guys renewed their season tickets for this season and some of them will not be renewing for next year.

“It was big decision to walk away. Every fan has their own tipping point, but I knew immediately that I couldn’t support a franchise. I wouldn’t support a business like Tesco or Sainsbury’s, and that’s what Cardiff City have become. The club is no longer a community asset; it’s just a football team that happens to play in the city. Cardiff City are one step away from MK Dons.

“Many supporters stayed and many more will join now – people love a bandwagon – but a lot of the old-timers go less regularly and with less passion. More would have left, but a perfect storm of circumstances whipped fans into a demented reaction. They were desperate for success after so many near-misses and couldn’t bear to see Swansea City do so well up the road.

“I hate to admit it – old habits die hard – but Swansea City are a model club in many ways. Fan ownership has to be the way forward, but the Football Association aren’t going protect the historical identity of clubs. The FA are just a booking agent for Wembley Stadium these days, as shown by the announcement of a 5.15pm kick-off time for this year’s Cup final.

“Even the national team are inferior to Premier League clubs now. Owners with money – or the promise of money – can do as they please. The FA didn’t prevent Newcastle from rebranding their stadium and they didn’t save Wimbledon, so they weren’t going to save Cardiff City. We have listed buildings in this country, but football clubs are a free for all.

“I could never support another club, but I’ve enjoyed watching other teams and other sports. I went to Wales’s game in Scotland at Hampden last month, then to the Six Nations at Murrayfield and then to see Rangers play a few days later. Going to the Olympics and Paralympics, as well as rugby and boxing has been refreshing. On balance, it’s better to be away from the venal, soul-destroying situation at Cardiff City.”

Yeah we need to get rid of the people unwilling to adapt, just ask the people behind the scenes in Cardiff. One of them, director Steve Borley , tweeted;

“what a load of cr@p. English press bashing welsh sport time to grow up. 25000 celebrate one sour grape.”

Yeah, take that pygmies of the left! Your principles won’t get no ticket for Old Trafford away.

Thatcher has won, rejoice, rejoice!!!




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