A couple of football things today, an oddity, although any of you who know me will probably be amazed it has taken me this long to write about football.
Firstly, I'm very sad to see Luton lose their football league status today. They are a club with a proud 89 year history of league football, including a window of huge over-acheivement in the 1980's. They've been very shoddily treated by the Football League, an organisation which is supposed to safeguard the game and clubs, who have penalised the club for the failings of previous regimes.
They should be ashamed of themselves.
I am especially sorry for Luton as they battled against the machinations of John Gurney, a thoroughly despicable individual who did his level best to kill the club off whilst talking about moving them from their Kennilworth Road ground to a site off the M1, which would, he said, host an F1 race track. Gurney was (and possibly still is) involved in another football club which is very close to my heart and also came perilously close to killing off Bedford Rugby Club.
I really hope Luton bounce back from this latest set back. They've had to bounce back a few times recently, so it isn't as if they haven't had the practice. Good luck, Hatters.
The second item relates to demands made by John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York. Is there anything worse than a holier-than-thou cleric? According to Pravda, Church leaders want the government to use Sunday trading laws to prevent the staging of football matches, and Dr. Sentamu wants the church founded clubs to remember their roots.
I am really getting very tired of this constant whining from clerics. 'It's not fair, no-one is listening to us anymore.' Seems to be the moan from the Lords Spiritual.
Look, you've had a free run, even a controlling interest for a thousand bloody years now. You have criminalised, invaded and killed those who dared to disagree with you. You made people attend your churches. You took 10% of their income or produce. You kept people uneducated. You have raised cities to the ground. Your teachings have condemned thousands to a life of disease. Your entire reign over this country is a litany of misery, hypocrisy and bigotry. You are in no position to act as a moral compass, no position at all.
Now, how many people attend football, and how many people attend church? What are the aggregate attendance figures over a 12 month period?
Sorry Bish, the people have spoken, and you are not even as relevant as 22 men kicking a ball around a field. You've had your run, and it is over.