Martin Smith column: Season ticket silver lining for frustrated Sheffield Wednesday fans
‘The world has not ended just yet.’
Wise words from Wednesday’s Adam Reach after his side’s 5-0 dismantling by Blackburn on Saturday.
Keeping things in proportion is difficult on such days and Wednesday fans voted with their feet, signalling an early end to the game for them, if not the world as such.
But for ardent Wednesdayites it’s pretty much the same thing.
By half time they were streaming out of Hillsborough, shaking their heads and wondering how this could be the same side that beat Brighton and Leeds in successive away games.
Paradoxically, poor performances like Saturday’s make the Owls new 10-year season ticket offer look better value.
Take the deal now and your ten year-ticket only kicks-in when the club get to the Premier League.
Until promotion your seat is free. Though they have your money in the mean time of course.
A good deal in some ways but probably not something in the immediate plans of those walking down Penistone Road at 3.45 on Saturday.
*Sheffield United have given Liverpool two tough games this season and lost them both, no other team has done that to the Blades.
There is some residual ill-will towards Jurgen Klopp’s side from the Liverpool’s days as top dogs in the 80s, people have long memories and for a lot this season feels like a turning point.
Many remember the days when Liverpool ruled supreme and took for granted they would be fighting for league titles every year.
That was 30 years ago.
If you’d have told any football fan in 1990 that Liverpool would not win the league again for three decades you’d have had people tapping the side of their heads and rolling their eyes at your madness.
But once a club loses its way, properly loses its way, there no telling when it might find it again, as we know.
Money, reputation, past glories mean nothing when clubs take bad decisions and put faith in the wrong people, year after year.
Liverpool did that through the 1990s and early 21st century, though the odd European Cup helped lift the gloom, the Premier League title remained a distant dream.
Until this season.
They are the best team, mostly playing irresistible football and still winning when they don’t.
This Liverpool side is something special, they’re going to be champions and they deserve to be.