t’Owls v t’Gooners

Earlier this week my football team, t’Owls, played t’Gooners in a Cup match.
Not so much played them, but surpsingly thrashed them, 3-0.
I’ll stop short of saying intimidated them in deference to the giant of a manager at the Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, who graciously accepted the result.

Rivalry between the two clubs during my life has been big.
Usually t’Owls end up second best in this battle.
Memorably in 1979 the two teams played four replays before the mighty Arsenal overcame third division Sheffield Wednesday in the third round.

The first match, on January 6th, saw the sides draw 1-1 at Hillsborough, a scoreline that was repeated at Highbury three days later. Further replays took place on a neutral ground, at Leicester and ended 2-2, then 3-3 before Arsenal finally won the tie Owls 2-0 on January 22nd. 5 games in 16 days! 
My boss at the time was Colin Doyle, a Gooner diehard, and I remember we together travelled to Leicester from London several times to see what is rated as the daddy of all ties. I even joined the Arsenal supporters club in order to get tickets.
So 36 years later, revenge tatstes sweet.
I’m loathe to say that he who laughs last laughs best, because mouthing such finality is all too often a precursor to being bitten in the backside.  

Published by Rob

Now 70, I'm getting back into website development and brand protection, as well as showcasing the delightful artistic talents of my beautiful wife Lynne. My projection will encompass a lifetime of database marketing, as well as the Christian democratic socialist ideals of my wife and I.

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