No the 89/90 season was a bit of a disappointment as the title was rather meekly conceded to Liverpool with Arsenal finishing fourth, one place below Tottenham(!). Which may go some way to explain why it was, in particular, a video of this campaign that Mrs. G found, wherever she found it.
However with much joy I settled down to watch and was soon delighted to be watching footage of players I haven’t seen in ages. We do still ’all live in a Perry Groves world’ after all, well some of us do.
But after all of the ohhs, ahhs and ‘blimey it’s….. moments (Peter Shilton in Goal for Derby at the Baseball Ground - You get the general idea) I ended up looking at the pictures of the stands as much as the football being played
These were of course grounds as yet unaffected by the recommendations of the
Although I don’t remember them as such the footage made the grounds look pretty austere, colourless and rather forbidding places
No massed ranks of fans clad in the same colour, no bright flashing advertising hoardings or jumbo scoreboards with replays. The only prominent colour was the green of the pitch.
And the other thing that struck me was the quality of the presentation on the video itself. This was an ‘Official League Product’ but still seemed pretty amateurish and would suffer badly when compared with similar products available today. Notwithstanding the advances in graphics it was still a pretty poor show.
For all of its many and manifest failings it just seemed to underline the positive benefits brought to clubs who are consistent members of the Premier League.
I had never been a great fan of the idea and railed against the League restructure at the time, particularly on the effects for club in the lower divisions. As I think I have mentioned before I was one of the ‘Idiots’ who released balloons at games in protest at the creation of the new league structure way back when.
But sometimes you forget the world of difference between then and now.
And the price of progress? I would be more than happy to take my eldest to Ashburton Grove / Dubaibury / The Emirates but I can’t afford it. Tickets, travel etc would be about a weeks grocery bill. Maybe I’m not a true fan as I think I would rather eat than watch a game of football.
I could easily have afforded to take him to Highbury in 1989 but would have had some reservations as he has only just turned seven. Ten maybe, but seven would have seemed to me to be just a little too young to huddle on the North Bank
Unless I knew that Perry Groves was getting a game. That would be different.