What a story right?
Leicester City have had the audacity to go and win the Premier League against all odds. In all honesty, we should have seen this coming - this form started last year and everyone wrote off the great escape as just that.
An escape, but not the launchpad to the title. Well done.
Saying that, I can feel my jealousy rise within like an ulcer. Burning so acidic within my soul. I can't help it, don't blame me. I've made my love for the city of Birmingham known throughout my writing. I love my home. An upstart city that punched above its own weight to ride the Industrial Revolution in becoming the 'worlds workshop'. Then everything came to a halt. The city became of victim of its own size and was encased in a ring road along with ugly architecture. To the outside looking in, I guess you can see why so many people who don't ever visit the city criticise it.
To be mocked by outsiders, southerners and panel show comics became the fate of Birmingham until very recently. An example of this attitude lies in this article which writes off Birmingham's bid for the 1992 Olympic Games as 'audacious'. Is it audacious that the second city of England, the largest metropolitan area in Europe bid for the Olympic Games? Not only that, they beat out Amsterdam, a remarkable city, and made it to the second round of voting. The UK's own Prime Minister at the time, Margaret Thatcher downright refused to offer public support for Birmingham's bid and thus the Government at large never backed the bid. Birmingham had to pretty much fight on its own.
And that's the way it always has been and always will be. Despite the emergence of Liverpool and Manchester, Birmingham will always remain the second city of England. But now, it'll be the biggest city without a Premier League football team. Emerging fans in Birmingham without family ties may be tempted to follow the Foxes instead of the two existing football clubs in the city. Don't get me wrong, it's great for the Midlands that Stoke, Leicester and West Bromwich are competing at the highest level, but the centre of this footballing hub can't string a top level football team together to save it's life. That's bad.
The 'big clubs' could respond in two ways. First off, this might be a new era in football where 'small clubs' become as fearless as Leicester and just go all out. Either that or the 'big clubs' get to their senses following this hangover and smack the living daylights out of the other teams in the transfer market and beyond, back to the status quo.
Suddenly, we might be looking at a reality where as amazing as Leicester's success is, it might have truly woken the sleeping bears of the Premier League. I hope that's not the case, because if so - Aston Villa (and even Birmingham City FC) don't stand a chance without a sugar daddy and a new ideology.
So again, congratulations to the Foxes - I just bloody well hope this hasn't damned my city to the footballing archives. Then again, it's Villa's own fault for not giving Birmingham the football club it truly deserves.