When a team I supported last won a significant trophy, I was 12 days old.
The World Cup in 1966.
It is a significant trophy to say the least. I probably celebrated with a bottle or two, like most good nights, but I can’t remember very much.
Since then, pickings have been pretty slim. Fortunately, I have actually been at a final where I thought I could see a win, sadly it was against a pretty good Arsenal team in 98.
However, I don’t get the negativity about England. I know some of our players have been snubbed, but who can forget Beardsley’s contribution in ‘86, or Waddle, Shearer etc.
I was lucky enough to be in Cagliari just before the ‘90 World Cup (with 25 SQN RAF Leeming) with a few Geordies and Mackems, when we bumped into some of the England team (see photo attached).
I love England, and I know it sounds like a lot of Geordies who appear not to be bothered “like” , but I don’t go with that. I bet they wouldn’t have said the same to Gazza!
England went on to play like winners in Italia ’90 but with decisions and penalties it wasn’t to be. And as we all know, that is football.
We are not unique…but when we lost the penalty shoot out, I was at work with a whole squadron that night (luckily our country was not attacked), and I will freely admit I went out and cried, I really thought we would get to the final.
I got to Wembley in ‘98, and for the lads who were there, we had waited a bloody long time and enjoyed every minute despite losing. There is nothing like it.
And I think my point is, when England get to the final, won’t you be so bloody excited you will have to admit that you are a patriot.
I really don’t get the anti-England thing, and as weird as it sounds, when England score the goal that wins the World Cup, I’d even hug a Mackem…