When new people join my company inevitably within the first few hours someone will ask “which team do you support” (even the blokes get asked this). So it struck me that I’ve seen relatively few footie related threads on the Afterword site – hope Im not transgressing something in the small print ?
For nigh on fifty years Ive followed my home team Rotherham United through good times and bad (cue the cliché joke). I go through periods where my interest is cursory and since moving south in the mid 70s, whilst I don’t get to see them very often, I generally manage at least a couple of games a season. At the moment following two promotions on the bounce including a memorable play off victory at Wembley last year (are there any Orient fans out there ?) and now struggling to keep our heads above water in the giddy heights of the Championship the fervour is most definitely high.
So it got me thinking (as only Afterworders do) who is the Rotherham United of the musical world ?
Got to be someone who has been around a good while but generally under the radar; unbelievably unfashionable; an honest no nonsense style of play and a small but dedicated fanbase. Oh and not forgetting have come within a whisker of going out of business.
So Ive come to the conclusion its either Chris Rea – fits most of the criteria (including the nearly going ‘out of business’) but arguably a bit too successful in the early days or Wishbone Ash.
If Im honest Im a bit disappointed with the result as though I was a fan of the Ash back in the day Id struggle to go and watch them now (and there’s two of them so that’s confusing). Chris Rea I neither like or dislike but if Im doing this objectively the choices seem to work.
The decision Ive come to , and in honour of the two WA’s in existence , is a new band ‘Chris Rea plays the music of Wishbone Ash’.