Change is guaranteed in this game, despite efforts otherwise
Although I was busy over the weekend and didnt see our draw a few things stood out when looking over the scores in general.
The fact that three of the four Fa cup semi finalists are unfashionable names was very refreshing , but a glance at the teams in question showed why they are there in the first place.
Wolves , yes Wolves , just done the double over a very resurgent Man Utd and gave another blast from the blast Watford quite a game before succumbing to them ,, through a fella who has been to jail and 10 years ago was paying a tenner to watch games at the weekend.
I remember Wolves supplying the England team with Steve Bull when they were in the Championship ,, he was hitting them in with too much regularity to be ignored,, but to see them emerge as a real test for any other side in the top division is clearly a success story .
Likewise Watford, not a very fancied club also , but both are established now as Prem forces and are in the top ten this morning . Many would not have seen that coming .
Some more food for thought is that twenty years on from Fergies finest hour with United in doing an amazing treble that deserved plaudits , their neighbours are hoping to better that with a staggering quadruple of trophies .
20 years ago they were not even in the same division , and now they have overtaken them on the pitch and have laid in place infrastructure that will challenge the off the pitch dominance United have enjoyed for , well probably always.
Surely Fergie that night could never have imagined the blue half of the city bettering his precious feat but here we are.
Tottenham have the best stadium in Europe by all accounts . Again Fergies “ Lads its Tottenham” seems to be coming to back bite him as the footballing world gets to see what a billion buys you . One journo complained they were unable to buy a packet of crisps alone ,, it was a burger and crisps or sandwich and crisps but they dont sell you the packet straight !
Levy’s idea to clear the debt quicker no doubt but by all accounts its a footballing palace and the customer is heavily catered for .
The Republic and the North are separated by a single place in the Fifa world rankings at 33 and 34th respectively . Again this is a hell of a stat as twenty years ago , just like Swallex’s United to City , the South would have wiped the floor with the sorry excuse of a footie team the North called upon.
Big Mick will help the Republic get some pride back and organisation back ,, but Michael O Neills side would probably beat them ,, again it was unthinkable not long ago.
Psg have emerged as probably the biggest spending project in Europe and have plans to take over the world ala City ,, this relatively new club.
Ajax are on the way up after many years of upheaval , and being preyed upon by bigger clubs.
Leicester took the Celtic manager ,, where 20 years ago it was the other way around .
Liverpool were a miserly 7th then , now they aim for a heroic double.
England were the usual gash then and now look the real deal.
The Champions of Scotland that year went on to get liquidated.
Inverness are in the semis this weekend despite having no business being there on paper.
The obvious point Im making is that the game runs in cycles for many clubs and countries also even if you were not a giant before lady luck can smile on you or anyone for that matter.
Yesterday is literally in the past and anyone can see fortunes reversed very quickly or even emerge as a genuine player whether you me or the masses seen it coming or not.
The Champions League becoming essentially a closed shop soon is perhaps a sign that this has been recognised and those at the crest of the wave now wish to take steps to help them stay there. It wont work forever and it smells of love of money not sport.
So while our club of choice and indeed bonnie Scotland have fallen big time on the European stage the signs do point that its not permanent and that both will thrive one day again on the continent . Perhaps the two are more intertwined than we think .
We can only live in hope and every time we can , support the unfashionables.
Football needs them to keep the dream alive.
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