This week was one of mixed blessings for Newcastle United.
On the positives they drubbed Preston North End, a club like them, with a barrel load of antique silverware, 4-1, to earn a return to the top flight of English football.
It’s where the Magpies belong. Less appealing is the news that earlier today managing director Lee Charnley was among “several men within professional football” who were arrested in a fraud investigation. Howay the boss?
As a Sheffield Wednesday fan I have first hand experience of supporting a team on the wrong side of the law, and it’s heartbreaking.
In the 1960’s Sheffield Wednesday international players Peter Swan and Tony Kay, with colleague and prolific goalscorer Bronco Layne were jailed for betting on games they played in.
Peter Swan was born in my south Yorkshire village, South Elmsall.
But for his “brush with the law” he may have won the 1966 World Cup with England.
He now has Alzheimer’s disease.
When the romantic dream that football inhabits mixes with reality it’s bad news.
Unfortunately that’s where Wonga fits in.
Wonga is a robber baron ultra high interest rate consumer finance provider who sponsors Newcastle’s shirts.
In their eyes you lose some but that’s when you start winning