Despite His White Boots

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Living In The Moment

QPR take on Burnley tomorrow in the wake of yet another away defeat at Barnsley. This result leaves the Super Hoops in the dreaded bottom three, with the two teams below them, Leeds and Southend, both winning away to pull themselves ever nearer. And yet I am strangely upbeat about tomorrow's game.

For a start, I have a funny feeling that Rangers aren't just going to win a game soon, we're going to batter someone. Although this was slightly diminished by hearing Zesh Rehman say exactly the same thing on the website. I think that Bolder and Cullip are both good signings, certainly in that they are very much the type of players we need - experienced (but not past-it) professionals with a good reputation for being solid, consistent competitors at this level. Whether they are the actual players we need we'll just have to wait and see. I have seen Cullip play a couple of times for Brighton and IIRC he impressed.

Mainly though it's thinking about what is, really, the worst that could happen. I suppose the absolute worst is that the club could go bankrupt and fold completely. Even if they did, no doubt someone would start up some kind of AFC Wimbledon equivalent which might be a lot of fun. We'll call that the three-sigma worst case. The two-sigma worst case would be some kind of catastrophic descent through the leagues, along the lines of Oxford United. The one sigma case at the moment (which equates to about a 30% chance) would be relegation and another 2 or 3 seasons rebuilding in League One. We've been there and it wasn't that bad, there are compensations compared to scuffling around the arse end of the Championship.

Que sera sera. If this happens, it happens, and there's going to be fuck all I can do about it. Naturally this would mean that the better players, such as Cook, Rowlands, Jones etc., would have to be sold. In which case it's probably a good idea to appreciate them to the fullest while they're here. And whatever happens, no player lasts forever. There's hardly any point in sitting in League One next season thinking "God I wish we were in the Championship" if we don't enjoy being in the Championship while we're here, because we're so worried about relegation. Live in the moment. There are 16 games left, let's have a go and see what happens. Bring it on.


  • At 12:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Spot on with the prediction there Mr Ward. A cracking result.

    Went to see Orient v Port Vale today, another important win for a London side fighting to beat the drop.

    Decent game made all the better by a fantastic incident after the final whistle when Vale striker Leon Constantine climbed into the away end to have a go at a Vale fan who had been barracking him.

    It all got quite heated and was about to come to blows when Ross Gardner waded in to drag Constantine away - spoilsport.

    Hope all is well


  • At 11:51 AM, Blogger Andy_Ward said…

    Yep, nice to see the Os pulling away from trouble. I'm hoping to blag a ticket for an Arsenal game sometime in the next month, if I can I'll drop you a line and we can get a drink before the game.


  • At 11:09 PM, Blogger Stevie Bennett said…

    Did that really happen. Quality.

    Little Leon, as he was then, played for us when I was involved with youth football. He actually played his 1st ever competitive game for us.

    He was 10 years of age at the time and he was actually little.

    However, as good player as he became, he did become a bit of a nutter when he was a teenager.

    That certainly sounds like the Leon I know. Did he end up with a charge or anything for it?

    Congrats on your recent poker successes btw Andy. Always nice to see nice things happening to nice people. Makes a pleasant change.


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