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Can you honestly see Everton, Ipswich or Aston Villa winning a European trophy soon?

6 months ago

Bank holiday Monday morning and the Jinky household are preparing to take off up the coast and into Scotland for a week’s holiday.

Except we are running late.

That’s because I’ve switched on the telly and come across the Big Match on ITV4.

It’s FA Cup 6th round day and it is 45 minutes of telly that reminded me of why I loved football as much as I did back in the day.

Coming 48 hours after the Champions league final, played by two sides who had just told the world that they were too big to be playing in the competition any more, it was a trip back to a time when this sport meant so much more than the share price of the club.

First up were second division West Ham against Aston Villa and then it was Everton against Ipswich.

Two games played on a pitch where it looked like the cows had just been removed from it and where taking a player out by his knees resulted in no more than a stern telling off from the ref.

With the most important difference being where the decision to give a last minute plenty for handball is made and we don’t have to wait for another 10 minutes for the spot kick to be taken .

I will be honest now and say that because of the pitch and because assaulting your opponent was legal, the football wasn’t the best. However, the passion that came out of the players and the fans was almost visible.

Whether it was handball or not, the call was made and Villa fans probably still talk about the injustice to this day.

When Ray Stewart hammers in his penalty with the last kick of the game and puts his team into the semi finals, the crammed in fans on the terraces go utterly berserk.

It’s a wonderful sight.

For many of you reading this, that was a feeling we all experienced and loved. The fact that not too many came our way made them all the more special.

Next came Everton v Ipswich. In the dug out were two Newcastle United managers – one of the then future and one of the past. One that now has a statue in his honour outside the ground and the other was Gordon Lee .

Who doesn’t have a statue.

Everton had a young Gary Megson playing for them along with John Bailey. While Ipswich had that bloke from Lord of the Rings up front, Eric gates.

Much as it hurts to say it, he may have been a Hobbit but Gates was a fine player.

Ok, enough sentimental ramblings and to my point, which is about the four teams involved.

West Ham would go on to win the cup that season as a second division team.

Ipswich would win the UEFA cup the following season.

Everton would with the league the FA cup and the European Cup Winners cup within five years

Villa would win the league and the European cup within two years.

Fans could dream of success and it could happen with obviously our bloody club being the exception who proves the rule.

Can you honestly see Everton, Ipswich or Aston Villa winning a European trophy soon?

Now it’s played out between clubs who treat the rest of us with contempt.

Man City haven’t won the champions league. Their reaction probably will be to spend 100 million on Kane and another 100 million on Grealish.

Meanwhile the likes of ourselves will be lucky to actually see anyone sign for a fee unless we sell players first.

Financial fair play?

I now sound like my 16 year old self when Tueart scored against us at Wembley in 76, but…


Well, now that’s off my chest, I have written my piece and we can take off to Bamburgh.

The sun is shining, it’s a beautiful day.

It’s 11:30 hrs.

Wifey is already the car.

She’s not speaking.


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