Tales from the Naughty Section

May 23, 2018

Last update of 2017/2018 from our honorary member...

 

 

Chelsea v Manchester United : 19 May 2018

 

So, the last game of the 2017/2018 season.

 

The final tie of the Football Association Challenge Cup.

 

Chelsea vs. Manchester United.

 

It simply did not seem one whole year ago that the four of us were catching a train to Paddington to attend the 2017 Final. Where has the time gone? Where has it indeed? Life seems to be accelerating away, almost out of control at times, and shows no signs of slowing down. This would be my fifty-sixth game of the season – bettered only twice, 58 in 2011/2012 and 57 in 2012/2013 – and even the first one in Beijing in late July only seems like last month. It has been a demanding and confusing campaign, with many memories, and fluctuating fortunes. There was a crazy period in January and February when it seemed that I was heading up to London for football every midweek for weeks on end. It was a particularly tiring period. Looking back, it has not been a favourite season but I have enjoyed large chunks of it. We have rarely hit anything approaching the heights of last year when we took the football world unawares and stormed to a Championship. This season has been riddled with poor performances, the usual soap-opera of conflict between players, manager and board. And, of course, there has been a couple of moments of deep sadness. We lost two thoroughbred captains in Ray Wilkins and Roy Bentley. But in the depths of darkness, there have been glimpses of glory.

 

Chelsea Football Club. It seemed that all of human life was here.

 

Would the last game of the season, seemingly stacked against us, provide us with a day of silverware and joy?

 

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