27 May 2016

Pray

Tomorrow London will be invaded by two armies of Yorkshire folk. In blue and white garb, there will be 40,000 Sheffield Wednesday supporters and in black and amber attire around 30.000 Hull City fans.

We will be there to watch one of the most lucrative single games in world sport - The Championship play-off final. The winners will be promoted to The Premier League, receiving a financial reward of up to £200 million. There's a lot at stake and having been a Hull City supporter for well over fifty years, I am naturally very hopeful that our lads will win the day. This despite the fact that I have lived in Sheffield since 1978 and know plenty of Sheffield Wednesday fans.

Along with Shirley and our grown up son Ian, we shall be setting off at 8.30 tomorrow morning. Ian has at last secured a new job in the capital so we will be depositing his luggage at his lodgings in Highbury before travelling on to Wembley. The kick-off is at 5pm.
He's magic you know
Moses Odubajo!
And now I have a special request. I know that not all visitors to this blog are Hull City supporters or even football fans. Bizarrely, some of you may actively hate football. Nevertheless, I am asking all visitors - including Graham, Adrian, Uncle Bob and Meike - to pray for a Hull City victory. I am even asking Manchester City fan Ian, Lumberjack Red from Red Deer, Coppa's Girl, Carol in Cairns, Mama Thyme in Colorado, Jan in Florida and Jan in California, Washington State Hilly, Yankee Steve in Darkest London, Welsh John  and The English Prof, Tamborine Lee, Daleswoman Mrs Weaver and Mary Zed, Jennifer in South Carolina and Good Ol' Brian in Tortosa. Yes I am asking you all to pray for a Hull City victory.

Please kneel down with palms together and recite this humble prayer with me:-

Dear Lord,

Please forgive me for my sins oh eternal father. I know that you are the master of all things and I like you very much. I shall trespass no more if you could just do one little thing for me. Don't worry oh mighty one, I am not asking to walk on water or for world peace. All I want is this one teeny weeny favour - for Hull City to beat Sheffield Wednesday in The Championship play-off final. I thank you Lord and praise you and apologise for my previous doubts for thine is the kingdom and please make Hull City win.
Amen

P.S. Winning The National Lottery jackpot would also be most welcome if you are not too busy.

25 comments:

  1. I got down on my knees as you begged me to do, Yorkie....now I can't get back up again!!! Help! Help!

    I hope your team Hull City win...and I hope someone will hear my plaintive calls for help before weekend's end! I might just be able to reach the water-filled glass on the bench....just!

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    1. Shall I call the emergency services? I guess that on Tamborine Mountain they spend most of their time playing pool. Thank you for praying for Hull City Lee. I am sure that God heard you.

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  2. So pleased that Ian has secured a new job. Best of luck with that and the game of course.

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    1. Beyond Shirley, Frances and my closest frieds, I had not shared my anxiety about Ian's position. Thank you for your kind wishes Carol.

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  3. Now you are the craftiest manipulator that I've met for a long time! You know that on principle I will not pray. Now what am I gonna do? I hope your team wins. There, is that good enough? It'll have to do.

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    1. Are your knees okay after praying for so long Red? Thank you. I think you would look cool in a Hull City teamshirt with "RED" on the back over the number 21 (for your age).

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    2. Check? Knees fine! Yes, that would be a great shirt since your team won with my best wishes. It wasn't any prayer!

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  4. Don't you know that no red-blooded Southern American with an ounce of self respect would petition the Almighty to improve the luck of a soccer team? God in His infinite wisdom created REAL sports to attend to. Hahahaha!!

    (Just kidding. I don't know or care the first thing about ANY sport at all. So best of luck to your team!)

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    1. Our team felt your prayer, wafting across the Atlantic like a dove. Praise the Lord!

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  5. I'm praying.
    I do have a question. How are twenty two footballers going to divide up two hundred million? They'll be there for weeks.
    Good luck.

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes Adrian. They will divide up the £200 million with a JCB digger - so huge is the pile!

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  6. Good luck to "your boys", YP! But more than that, I hope you'll have a safe trip there and back, and all the best for Ian's new job.

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    1. Thank you madame. We got there and back safely and Ian is looking forward to his new job.... and we won!

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  7. It's just a game YP: just a game.

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  8. I was looking forward to watching the game on tv, then found out that kick-off is at 5pm instead of the usual 3pm and I will be going out for a meal for my son's birthday. Best laid plans and all that, but good luck!

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    1. I hope you enjoyed your jelly and ice cream. Please watch highlights on SkySports website.

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  9. May the best team win YP !

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  10. I guess Yorkie is still celebrating seeing Hull is secure for a return to the Premier League! Whoop-de-do!!! Yeehaa and Yippeee!

    There you go! Excitement reigns supreme....and it all happened because of our positive thoughts! ;)

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    1. PS....now onto the National Lottery jackpot...that is, if you don't mind waiting....I'm doing my hardest to win one here. When I succeed with that, I'll switch my positive thoughts onto you...or give you a portion of it! ;)

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    2. Yes we won Saint Lee. Thank you for your holy prayers. You should consider wearing a nun's wimple and and entering holy orders. As for your forthcoming huge Lottery win can we hereby agree a 50/50 split?

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    3. Not a chance for either suggestions, Yorkie!!!

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  11. What a day I chose to visit your blog for the first time (I think). I think you may have happened upon my father's footy prayer, although his love was rugby league. Good luck to your team.

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    1. Thanks for calling by Pauline. In the end we didn't need luck ...we had talent!

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