The Clumpany had a bit of a chuckle at the Big Footballing News today:
“Inverness Caledonian Thistle scores with pony Neigh-mar”
If you can’t celebrate getting into Europe for the first time with a Shetland Pony-based pun, when can you?
These are great times for ICT, who also have their first ever Scottish Cup Final to look forward to at the end of the month.
It was good to read coverage of the Cup touring Inverness today, and calling in at the schools.
Things like this bring some genuine magic to our game. Magic that no amount of money and SFA/SPFL marketing initiatives could easily conjure up.
It is easy to overlook the importance of simply reaching out to the local community and using our game’s lengthy heritage and history as a means to engage people.
Endless talk of the decline of Scottish Football, a lack of sponsors, perennial frustration with the standard of refereeing and administrators, and the never-ending Sevco side-show all conspire to paint a quite gloomy picture.
But that’s nonsense. As I have said before, our game has an awful lot going for it. The capacity to thrill, inspire, entertain and – yes -INFURIATE!
This is something to celebrate. Often.
Hopefully the kids of Hilton Primary School – whose former pupil Ryan Christie took the Cup to see them today – will feel inspired to take a closer interest in our game and go to matches etc.
If that proves to be the case, then the ‘Magic of the Cup’ is alive and well.
But back to the ICT pony…
I am already hearing that Sevo is working on its own definitive Equine Statement. After all, they do love a statement down Sevconia way…
Sevconian wrath erupted when it was initially suggested that their horse should be a pantomime one.
The suggestion that the Sevco saga is a pantomime was infuriating enough. But when they realised that the suggested horse was from a TV show about the dead still walking among us, it was all too much.
Instead, it is now being rumoured that Sevco will get a horse that can evoke memories of the glory days of ‘Rangers’ by crushing all opposition.
A picture of the alleged horse has been leaked to The Clumpany and I am able to share it with interested Clumpaneers:
I know what you are thinking.
“That’s not a horse”.
But rest assured that tomorrow’s papers will confirm that it is a fantastic ‘Rangers horse‘, and that Scottish Football needs it to be performing strongly.
Personally, when I first saw the new ‘Rangers’ steed, I thought it was a cheetah.