BWFC: No Ball Games?
As if I needed to tell you, it's Cardiff away this Saturday. The Championship champions are planning a party after the game and subsequently pleading with their supporters to stay off the pitch. Win, lose or draw this weekend, Cardiff have bagged enough points to already know their fate, so I'm sure a lot of home fans will be getting itchy feet to join in the jollies. If they lose, I'm positive the spirits of supporters will remain heightened enough to be willing to get grass-stained. But a loss for them would mean a...carry the one...win for us. A win for us would also mean a section of the crowd, not from South Wales, ready to don their paper hats, do the 'Time Warp' and form a conga around the stand they're planning to erect. Forget 'Cream' or 'Bowlers' (are they still going?) this weekend, the place-to-be maybe down at the Cardiff City Stadium. If we do win and the club is serious about keeping fans from the turf, I hope a few stewards are earmarked for the away-fan gate-crashers, or they may have another 'Hull Away' on their hands. I was there- behind the goal- so I know first-hand what that was like. No, I didn't steam the pitch that day... What..? I didn't, honestly...
How do you feel when you look at the current Championship table? Are you calculating all the ifs, buts and maybes from remaining fixtures that would secure Bolton's play-off place? Or are you just staring at Bolton in that sixth spot, pinching yourself, remembering when you were looking over your shoulder at the relegation places? I'm a bit of both.
If you are doing the mathematics, drawing up graphs and printing spreadsheets of findings, have you concluded the position you want Bolton to finish in? I'm sure the majority of you are just saying 'top six', but have you decided which of the six? It's amazing how quickly a team's fortunes can change and in Bolton's case, how quickly they can change within a season...within half a season, gee-whiz! So part of me is saying, beggars can't be choosers and the other half is saying, please, sir, I want some more. Looking at the current standings -again- and assuming only 5th and 6th are up for grabs for the Whites, I'm hoping for a 6th place finish. 6th place if it means playing Watford twice, rather than 5th and hypothetically playing Brighton twice. Yes, I would rather play the Hornets over two legs than I would the Seagulls. I know, I should list the reasons why I would rather play the team with the greater points total and goal difference. Why I would rather play the team we bettered for the majority of the two league games than the team we beat over two contests, but were second best for 179 of the 180 minutes. Why I would rather play the team deflated for missing out on automatic promotion than the team undefeated in 7 games, winning the last 6-1. But I'm not going to because I'm not entirely sure why I feel this way... Oh, wait... It's been a long week. I've not mentioned what? Our front-man from Yorkshire isn't heading for Canada, our midfielder from America is heading back from Yorkshire and we may have signed an Australian? Like I say, long week.
Thanks for the comments on the previous article. Much appreciated.