Please indulge me as I cheer my team

I try, I really do try, to restrict the number of times I write about the football team I support, which is Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It was only this year that the Wolves returned to the Premiership, the top division of English and Welsh football, after a longish absence. Now they stand at seventh in the league, and with good fortune in their last three matches, could be playing in Europe next season.

You can see why I’m a happy chappie.

Wolves have a famous victory over Manchester United

It may mean little to you that Wolverhampton Wanders Football Club beat Manchester United yesterday evening by 2 goals to 1, in the Qtr Final of the FA Cup. It means Wolves are through to the semi-final.

It means a lot to me, because Wolverhampton is my home town. Even though I left Wolverhampton over 30 years ago, it’s my roots, and roots is important.

Supporting a football club is emotional

I’m sure, dear readers, that you know I’m part of the Wolverhampton diaspora. I retain pride in my roots, evidenced by a deep affection for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.

Recently the team has won famous victories over Liverpool, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur. All well and good. They have though lost matches against Huddersfield and Crystal Palace both of whom are in the lower part of the Premier League.

It’s this unexpected nature in the result of football matches that is emotionally draining, or, hopefully enlivening. Please be pleased for my current equanimity that the Wolves sit at eighth in the Premier League, my fervent hope that they do not fall lower than that.

Am I allowed to focus on something other than Brexit?

To answer my own question, the answer is yes. Coming home early evening yesterday after a charity Christmas lunch. The choice was to see how the Brexit shenanigans were proceeding  – disorderly of course, or to see how the Wolves football team got on against Newcastle United.

Double deep joy, as Stanley Unwin might have said. Wolves won – see happy photos.  Last week Wolves beat Chelsea, so double deep joy is what I’m feeling.

At a coffee morning on Saturday a friend was wearing a humourous Christmas jumper. I’ve resisted acquiring one, but am sorely tempted by these Wolves ones.

Though part of the Wolverhampton diaspora, I still follow the Wolves

Football, yes, I know it’s not to the interest of every reader here.  I am part of the Wolverhampton diaspora. I retain a sense of place – an affection for the place that schooled me, and where I earned a living for many years.

That affection is made true when I look at the football results for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. Imagine, please, my pleasure in viewing the Championship league table today.

How I’ve longed to say ‘Wolves are champions’

That good news of which I spoke in the previous blog post, well sadly for some it’s about football.

It’s that Wolverhampton Wanderers are champions of Sky Bet League One. Wolves stock is on an upwards trajectory after relegation from the Premiership and the Championship in successive seasons.

After a number of failed managerial appointments, Wolves have found a gem in Kenny Jackett. Next season Wolves play in the Championship. Expectations will be high. Like a true Wolves fan, burned by years of under achievement, I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll do well.

Famous composer Sir Edward Elgar was a Wolverhampton Wanderers fan

It’s frankly amazing what you can find on the Internet. I won’t bore you with the sequence of links to where I ended up, just to tell you that I happened on a new online literary science publication called Nautilus, whose first issue was April this year.

They say that, “Each month we choose a single topic and each Thursday we published a new chapter on that topic online.”

275px-Edward_ElgarThe current month’s topic is Secret Codes. Within this topic, in Chapter 3 published on October 17th, is an article on how ‘Composer Sir Edward Elgar still has cryptographers playing his tune.

“On July 14, 1897, following a visit the previous weekend to some family friends, the Reverend and Mrs. Alfred Penny, Elgar spun off what looked like a drawing or scribble and gave it to his wife, Alice, to attach to a thank-you note. It was intended for Dora Penny, a 23-year-old ardent admirer, who sang in a local choral group and liked to dance.

They’d known each for a year and a half; she was not a lover, rather an entertainment, a colorful Aquarian butterfly with which to go biking, kiting, and strolling through the bracken and harebells of Malvern; someone who could read music well enough to turn the pages at the piano bench, but with whom he could also could talk about maps, fashion, and the fortunes of the Wolverhampton Wanderers football team.”

Nautilus is a site I’ll be sure to visit again.

Hat tip: Wikipedia for image.

Conversation with Paul Uppal MP for Wolverhampton SW

Paul Uppal MPAt Surrey Heath’s Bollywood evening held at the Camberley Golf Club, Paul Uppal MP for Wolverhampton South West kindly allowed me an interview.

Against the increasing volume in the background of Bhangra disco music we discussed the a number of things; the sad state of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club and our hope for its happier future; the encouraging positive signs of growth in the UK, and in Wolverhampton in particular with the investment of Jaguar Land Rover.

 

Restoring pride to the Old Gold

I’ll be writing a letter of thanks to Terry Connor, to include Kevin Doyle, for restoring the pride in Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. Delighted to see Garth Crooks selecting Kevin Doyle’s performance on Saturday in his Team of the Week, and Patrick Collins in the Daily Mail saying good things about Terry.