If you live and work in Britain (and much of the English speaking world in fact) then you will probably know recognise Thursday as the 4th day of the week. It comes after Wednesday and before Friday.
I associate several things with Thursday: it is my heaviest teaching day during term time, it is the day named after my favorite deity (Thor), it is the name on which elections are usually held in the UK, and (from by old bookselling days) ‘super’ Thursday is a day when huge numbers of new titles are published in the run up to Christmas.
Apart from its link to Thor (and Jupiter) Thursday has other religious connections: Maundy Thursday celebrates Jesus’ commandment to his followers to wash their (and other peoples’) feet. In Judaism Thursdays are good days to fast. In Thai Buddhism Thursdays are meant to be ‘teacher’s days’ (I like that) and a good day to start your education. Maybe this is why A level and GCSE results come out on a Thursday.
In popular literature Thursday’s child ‘has far to go’; in Thursday’s Fictions by Richard James Allen and Karen Pearlman, ‘Thursday’ is a woman who tries to cheat the cycle of reincarnation to get a form of eternal life.
Inspector Thursday is also the young Morse’s boss and guide in the excellent prequel (to Inspector Morse) entitled Endeavour.
In Chesterton’s The Man who was Thursday a group of anarchist conspirators all turn out to be agent provocateurs. In the Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams has Arthur Dent say, “This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays”. A few minutes later the planet Earth is destroyed (by Vogons – quoting awful poetry).
In some parts of the world (Scandinavia for example) you can shop late on a Thursday (come to think of it my branch of Waterstone’s opens late on Thursdays). There also appears to be a retail thing called ‘orange Thursdays’ but I don’t pretend to know anything much about it.
What I am trying to say is that whilst I associate Thursdays with a lot of things I
MOST CERTAINLY DO NOT ASSOCIATE THURSDAYS WITH FOOTBALL.
And yet this coming Thursday (21st April) Arsenal are playing West Bromwich Albion (not to be confused with perfidious Albion, or “albion the next train home my dahlin”…) ON A THURSDAY evening.
Why is this? Can anyone please explain what was wrong with the Wednesday? Why am I having to dash home from work in Northampton to race to the pub to get a drink in before the short hop to the Emirates?
This is not right. Football does not take place on Thursdays – unless…
…unless teams are competing in the Europa League.
So is this designed as a rehearsal for next season? In fact can we explain our recent collapse/s against West Ham and Crystal Palace as evidence of a desire to play Europa League football next season instead of our traditional Champions League fare?
Do the club know something we don’t? Because I can tell you that getting to Arsenal on a Thursday night having (usually) finished teaching at 5 over 60 miles away is not going to be easy. Especially given that some EL matches start much earlier than CL games.
So Arsenal, if you would be so very kind can we endeavor to keep Thursdays free of football in future?
Thank you ever so
Editor’s note: Apologies for the lack of a lunchtime post today and other slow things – I’ve been having my day in court – and their lordships tend not to like defendants to bring their laptops into the hallowed courtroom and start writing football blogs. I shall publish details (should anyone be interested) on my facebook page shortly https://www.facebook.com/TonyAttwoodofLondon
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