Play-Off’s with no fans
I had one eye on the League Two Play-Off final tonight. Northampton Town who looked dead and buried after the first leg of their semi, shoved Exeter City’s feeble challenge aside to win 4-0.
Congratulations to the Cobblers and their fans tonight, who I’m sure are running around their gardens popping champagne corks, but my, what a real shame they could not be at Wembley to witness their team’s famous victory.
On Play-Off Final days Wembley Way is alive in equal measure of anticipation and angst and the interior of the countries national stadium is bursting with noise and hope. Can you imagine if us Addicks weren’t able to witness our historic victory last year and have those memories from the day?
I mean, sitting at home watching Palace and Burnley run around in an empty stadium to snag 10th place is one thing, but to be unable to witness first hand the Play-Off’s and a trip to Wembley? That’a something else altogether.
This theme also brings to wonder why the FA Cup semi-finals are being played at Wembley? Does it matter where those four teams play? It has to be cheaper to play at a neutral ground – what happened to that idea? 🤷♂️
What a real boost it would be to clubs down the pyramid if those games could be played at smaller but neat stadiums like Walsall’s Bescot or Mansfield’s Field Mill?
To heck with it, play the final at Welling. ☺️
Why did they use Wembley for the FA Cup semis? No idea, possibly it was contractual the ground wil have been booked years ago for these matches and since they had to be held at a neutral venue why not at ground that had already been booked? That and I cn’t imagine any other nuetral venue wanting to play extra matches in a lockdown situation.