|Omar Sharif flew in to support Hull. Why did an icon do it?|
I’ve mixed feelings about Arsenal winning the FA Cup last weekend by beating a Yorkshire team. It’s always good to see the underdog come out on top, but anyone with a clear head will agree that if Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager was sacked it would be a great loss to the game, and unfortunately had he not won some silverware this year he would have been under pressure to retire.
Hull were the underdogs, but raced to a 2 goal lead before being beaten by their fashionable London rivals, before losing 3-2.
It reminded me very much of the 1966 FA Cup Final, when my team Sheffield Wednesday, another Yorkshire team were also 2-0 up, but lost 3-2 to Everton.
Like Arsenal, Everton were another fashionable team.
As I didn’t have Omar Sharif’s influence to obtain tickets for the Cup Final I hitchhiked as a teenager with good friend David Sykes to Wembley stadium in north London, climbed over the gate, and hid in the women’s toilets in the belief that no one would spot us for the next 15 hours. Only to be woken by a police Alsatian about 4 AM, and thrown out.
Arsenal and Everton are both top draw teams.
Yorkshire may be the best county at cricket by far, but when it comes to football, Yorkshire are also rans.
Wednesday and Hull are both workmanlike Yorkshire sides.
Leeds, Doncaster, Middlesbrough, Barnsley and Sheffield United are other, lesser lights.
Why did Omar Sharif bother?
Because of Doctor Zhivaago