Hi everyone, once again it’s been a while since I got a post up here, and once again, I come bearing excuses. Last week I officially graduated from Victoria University of Wellington and so I’m now officially an academic, so I spent a great few days with my family in Wellington. It’s also that time of year where assessments all fall on you at once and so much of my time has been devoted to writing about English Literature rather than football.
That said, I don’t think I’ve really missed much. The World Cup is still, at the time of writing, 14 days, 13 hours, 25 minutes and 15 seconds away from kicking off (yes, I have got a countdown on my desktop…) and it rather feels like we’re stuck in limbo. Pre-World Cup friendlies are still in experimental mode and the couple that I’ve seen (England vs. Mexico and Australia vs. New Zealand) have rather suffered for it. Hell, many nations still haven’t picked a final squad – how can we begin the analysis when we don’t know who exactly is gonna be there!?
However, the coming month will be a busy time in football, it’s what we look forward to for three years at a time, and as such They Think It’s All Over… is going to be rushed of its little feet, or rather, my little feet. Annoyingly, my aforementioned university has had the audacity to arrange the exam period smack bang in the middle of the greatest sporting event on earth too, which further complicates matters.
However, I will soon, happily, have some reinforcement around here, as I am delighted to announce that They Think It’s All Over… will soon have its first ever regular guest contributor. Matilda Hankinson (of The Offside (Bolton) and The World Cup (England) fame) will, as of next season, be writing a weekly Premiership Review column, and I’m delighted to have her on board. In the mean time though, she will be contributing occasional World Cup articles to her weekly slot, which will hopefully keep the place ticking over.
So please everyone, give a warm welcome to Matilda, and stay tuned for some World Cup action from They Think It’s All Over… and of course, because we’re not ones to shy away from showing our allegiance here at TTIAO, come on England!