9 May 2015

Agony

On Friday it was clear that Labour had been beaten in our general election. Things couldn't get worse could they? Well, on Saturday things did get worse when my beloved Hull City lost by one goal to nil against Burnley and now seem almost certain to be relegated from  The Premiership.

Michael Dawson - ordered off the pitch to
change his shirt. Burnley's scrambled goal
was scored in his absence.
Shirley and I were there in The North Stand, close to the rowdy Burnley contingent of travelling supporters. All that there was between us and them was some sturdy netting that had been stretched across half a dozen seats next to us. The fans from The Dark Side  were noisy and several times sang in unison "In our Lancashire homes! In our Lancashire homes - we speak with an accent exceedingly rare/ The longside of Burnley will always be there, in our Lancashire homes!" Strange song.

Hull City were the better team. We hit the bar twice and created far more chances but disaster struck in the sixty second minute when Burnley scored a scruffy goal in controversial circumstances. Just before the goal our captain and elegant central defender Michael Dawson had been accidentally elbowed in the face. This caused a minor nosebleed which the referee spotted.

He ordered Dawson off the pitch to change his shirt as Burnley prepared to take a corner. It was from that corner that their goal was scored with the leader of our defence absent. It was a critical moment and it has probably condemned The Tigers to the second tier of English football. Leaving the ground and driving home I felt as glum as a lottery winner who has lost his ticket.

The afternoon had begun well with lunch in "The Woolpack" in Beverley where we met up with my old friend Tony and my younger brother Simon. Very nice food but the memory of it is already tainted by the bitter taste of what happened later at The KC Stadium. It really is a cruel game.

15 comments:

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  2. Arrrrrrgggghhhh! The trials and tribulations of life! Wash away the bitter taste with an ice cream, Yorky...that should sweeten things up a bit! :)

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    1. I shall ponder upon your wise advice Lee but doubt that ice cream is the answer to questions of grief.

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  3. The election result and now the football result. Dark times indeed!

    Commiserations

    Ms Soup

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    1. Will the sun rise tomorrow? Will soup still be available in supermarkets? After the past two days I am not so sure.

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  4. What can I say?....... You'll live !!

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    1. Yes I shall live Helen - but like a vegetable.

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  5. If football is the worst you have to worry about YP then you are a lucky man. You live in a country that voted in a right-wing party. I'd worry about that. The song, by the way, is a parody of the Liverpool/Irish folksong of the '60s.

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    1. As an honorary Liverpudlian once said, "Someone said to me 'To you football is a matter of life or death!' and I said 'Listen, it's more important than that'." I agree with him.

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    2. Graham, voted in with under a 40% majority. I used to deface ballot papers. None of these professional know it alls would go for proportional voting. I am an anarchist. They are a load of tossers but Samantha is a bit of alright hooray totty. She came out of the closet after he won.

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  6. I missed this. I hate to remind you but bad things come in threes. Has Hull Whatsits captain not been playing for very long. I would have thought he would know where to get a clean shirt from without requiring guidance.
    Football in Liverpool and Glasgow is a religion. I suppose that amounts to much the same as life or death.
    As Graham pointed out the song is a traditional folk song with dozens of verses. It was famously recorded by the Spinners among others and it is very easy to play on the flute. You should have shouted SCOUSERS. That would have shut them up, shut them up while they drew breath to beat the crap out of you.
    Have fun and enjoy another five years of Dithery, He has his funny moments. Nearly every week when he announces a new barmy idea that doesn't involve feeding starving people.

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    1. I am thinking of setting up a new political party myself Adrian. It will be called The Birthday Party and everybody will be entitled to a day off on their birthday. There will be other laws too. Neck ties will no longer be allowed. Women must curtsey when they meet a gentleman. Yorkshire puddings will henceforth only be made by Yorkshire people. All camper vans must be painted day-glo orange for better visibility on the roads.. The list is almost endless.

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