By Aiden Mynott
Well, the magic of the FA Cup faded away for another season on Tuesday night at the hands of Kidderminster Harriers, for the second time this century. It unfortunately highlights the reality between the different levels in the Football pyramid. There is no doubt talent and skill cost money. A person with a degree would not expect to earn the same as an apprentice. The apprentice will be expected to train on the job. The graduate will be expected to be able to start with a knowledge of the job.
We are lucky at this Club to have a manager who has started as an apprentice. I know because I gave him his first chance. He has come through his apprenticeship and but for Covid would have raised the Club up another step on the pyramid. Paul wears his heart on his sleeve during a game and can revert to industrial language at times. He deserves the chance to take the Club to the next level. He deserves the support to take the Club to the next level.
When we last played Kidderminster all the players were on £30 a week. Therefore, we decided to split the winnings from the Cup 50/50 between the players. I do not believe a Club at this level could find 14 or 15 players of the quality we had available for that game for such little reward. I do believe however that we have a manager that given the right support can produce a team of similar quality.
50 years ago, The Generation Game started on a Saturday evening with Bruce FORSYTH and Andrea REDFERN and the catchphrase “Nice to see you….” was born. My favourite is “We’re the Sweeney son and we haven’t had any dinner yet”.
50 years ago, also saw the launch of the Jensen Interceptor as well. The poor man’s Aston Martin. The Jensen built in West Bromwich was called the SP. The SP stood for six pack, because it mixed muscle and style. I think that’s the best description for our current manager emerging from his apprenticeship, Paul HALSEY SP.
And on that bombshell