Whether your name’s Ian Wright, Peta Todd or ‘Geoff from over the road’, the opening day of the football season is one we all look forward to. As soon as the final ball of one season is kicked, thoughts turn to the next campaign, albeit we had a World Cup this summer to cure our football fix, but the less said about that the better.
Whether you support a Premier League team, a Championship side or a non-League outfit, your hopes can be met or dashed on the first weekend of the season. You can quickly see whether the campaign will be one to remember or one where each three points is cherished as relegation looms large. However your team fares, the opening weekend of the season is always one to remember, and 2010 certainly disappoint, unless you’re a Latics fan!
Before a ball is even kicked, enough talking is done in the media and between you and your mates for the cows to come home. If your club has been active in the transfer market, or if you support Manchester City and you’ve signed every player between here and Timbuktu, you’re waiting to catch a glimpse of your latest star. Will he turn out to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo, or will he fade into obscurity like Albert Luque? Only time will tell… As footy fans we all have different hopes for the season – trophies, survival, a win over your rivals? Different fans have different goals, but a good start cannot be sniffed at.
Just like the final day of the season sees a contrast in emotions between those who have won the title and those who have agonisingly finished second, and between those who have survived and those who are relegated, the first day of the season is one of contrasts. Take Blackpool fans, they’ll be on cloud nine after the Tangerines drubbed Wigan 4-0 and whatever the season holds for them, they can always look back on their day in the sun, when they topped the Premier League! Then there’s Wigan fans, who are simply embarrassed by their team’s performance which see’s manager Roberto Martinez launched to the front of the sack race. So much rests on the opening day.
Whatever your hopes are for the new season, whether you want to see diving eradicated from the beautiful game or Craig Bellamy to retire, we can all rejoice together that football’s back! The Premier League is just 1 fixture down, meaning we’ve got another 37 to look forward to, and the beauty is that no-one knows what’s going to happen.
The result of that is that we’re all glued to our TV screens or on the edge our seats as we wait for the unexpected to happen and it invariably does! The long summer months are behind us and football is back! What would we do without it?
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