Well, the season is almost over. First we have the UEFA Champions League Women's Final at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, Olympique Lyonnais v VfL Wolfsburg and Saturday Bayern Munich v Dortmund Borussia at Wembley and The Richest Game in Football, Crystal Palace v Watford on Monday, also at Wembley. to determine the spare place in the English Premier League.
No great suprises this season with Manchester United walking away with the EPL and some abysmal teams and managers. Queens Park Rangers are A for Abysmal. A pathetic waste of money and flops. Christopher Samba, Jose Bosingwa and a lot more. Glad to see the back of them. Pathetic managers? Well, how about Michael Appleton? Given a lifeline to leave struggling Pompey on the South Coast, he arrived in Blackpool and was off to Blackburn Rovers in a few days.. who promptly sacked him. Rumoured to be the next mangager at Doncaster Rovers, but didn't make it.
What about Bradford City? Almost down and out and assigned to the non-league dustbin last season, they walked onto the Wembley turf twice in one season. A fairy tale ride in the League Cup, knocking out Arsenal and Wigan Athletic. They lost 5-0 to Swansea in the final but came back for more and in the Division ll play off final smashed Northampton Town 3-0, in front of a larger crowd than watched the Europa League Final in Amsterdam.
I remember the tragic fire that gutted their stadium and often visit the memorial outside City Hall, and their wonderful new city centre water park. They have twice been in administration since a brief stay in the Premier League, but great leadership has given them by far the best attendance figures in their division.
Best buy? Surely Micho at Swansea City for £2 million, and Robin Van Persie, who left Arsenal to win something at The Theatre of Dreams. No. 20 ensured the 20th title for Sir Alex. His former club Arsenal pipped cross town rival Spurs for the fourth spot in next season's Champions League, and sadly Gareth Bale the Welsh Wizard with his glorious pace and goals, will have to play in the Europa League- but with an improved £150,000 a week salary.
Farewell to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford and the smooth transfer of power and responsibility to David Moyes. Farewell to Michael Owen, Paul Scholes..again.
Lets sit back and enjoy the first ever all German final in the history of The European Cup/Champions League. Two clubs which put fans first and have huge average crowds... and loyalty.