1. Two down, one to go. Neither of our home wins in the last five days was especially artistic, but that’s not an issue right now. There are points on the board and there is visible daylight separating our second spot from the rest. Given that we did have a dodgy spell in January, this still looks like a very gratifying position. Not to mention exciting.
2. The one to go is, of course, the visit of Blackburn Rovers to the Circle on Tuesday evening. One would hope for a “Lord Mayor’s show”-esque display from our improving visitors after their surprising but thoroughly admirable win at Arsenal in the FA Cup at the weekend. Nothing should be taken for granted, of course, but our newly-rediscovered winning habit gives us every reason to make it three out of three at home.
3. Derby County are a good team. It’s a pity their negative tactics are designed to shroud this fact; a bit more ambition and they could have won, let alone drawn, the game on Tuesday night. That suited us, but it must drive Derby fans insane if this is the norm for them, and all via a manager in Nigel Clough who was one of the most watchable and cultured deep-lying forwards of his generation. Oh, and talking of Derby fans – no wonder a Twitter parody account (presumably run by a Forest supporter with ample time to burn) claimed that 200 supporters making the two-hour, motorway-only trip from the accessible East Midlands to accessible East Yorkshire on Tuesday night was a “great effort” and “phenomenal”. What a totally paltry turnout that was. In 2005/06 they filled the North Stand, for heaven’s sake.
4. As for Charlton, City couldn’t kill them off but the task looked a bit easier, with the Addicks bigger on ambition but lesser on creativity. These were two potentially awkward games and the Tigers dealt with each most professionally.
5. Just try to imagine Sone Aluko and Gedo as a strike partnership. Cor.
6. It was an eventful week off the pitch, starting with witless hysteria from rugby fans over the removal of their imagery from the Circle, culminating in their complete embarrassment when it transpired this wasn’t some gigantic anti-eggchasing conspiracy, but a straightforward refusal on their part to pay to have their own history displayed. Not that this has been accepted by the minority sport rabble, whose vitriol towards City and their owners has been breathtaking in its scope and misplacement, even after it emerged that the SMC is actually subsidising rugby. Also embarrassing were some local politicians, mindlessly braying along with the mob without troubling to ascertain the facts. Weren’t you, Terry Geraghty?
7. That said, it still feels a little harsh on Mr Whiteley himself – could not an exception be made for him? He is by all accounts a decent man and a City fan. Were the Allams to stick to their policy but make a concession towards the man who has a suite at the stadium named after him, they’d probably emerge a little better from the whole mess.
8. It all raises interesting questions about the long-term future of the Circle and the SMC. The thought of the likes of Messrs Brady and Geraghty running the stadium is a pretty horrifying one, and the council certainly won’t want to become liable for the costs of running the place as it continues to both age and cost. If not the Allams, then whom? And what if their continuingly fractious relationship with both the council and the eggchasers really does prompt them to look at basing City elsewhere – the Circle would be a massive white elephant with only a rugby franchise there. And when Adam Pearson becomes completely bored with owning them, what happens then? The situation is very unclear, and unedifying squabbling doesn’t really help.
9. One thing, however, is worth reiterating over and over again, as many times as is necessary until the idea is killed forever: City moving to Melton is absolutely not acceptable.
10. Amber Nectar is 15 years old on Thursday. It seems a very long time ago that we were stood nervously outside of Boothferry Park prior to a home game with Scunthorpe, earnestly hoping a few of you might find 80p to buy a copy of our first ever fanzine. We were amazed and gratified that so many did, and that so many people still take the time to pay us a visit at our online home. We may indulge ourselves with little online party to celebrate during the week, but if not, sincere thank you to everyone who’s been a part of the fun over this past decade and half.