Tony, I have been mulling in my head, for quite sometime now, a fictitious sports story that could be a great book, a play or even a movie or mini series screenplay, Or all of them, It could either be a serious, sentimental and heart wrenching tale ; a lighthearted, feel good comedy or even a mystery thriller ,
Anyway, allow me to pitch it to you, and the regulars here on UA, to see if it is too far fetched, or bordering on the ridiculous or if it is entirely plausible, I would like the regulars here to interact and add on to the story or suggest changes and options, Add on new characters or move the plot in a different direction, Let it be a concerted UA effort, and with you being an accomplished author, are elected the editor in chief, and you have the last say,
This could be added to your already impressive collection of books in your stable, Indeed, I have always wanted to read in particular the non fiction book that is repeatedly mentioned on the Untold Arsenal Blog site called ‘The long sleep ‘, but have not yet got around to buying and reading it. Is it by any chance the biography of Rip Van Winkle ? Or is it the prequel to that fine 1973 non-fiction book by Oliver Sachs titled, ‘ Awakenings ‘?
Sorry, I digress too much, methinks, So, here is my basic story line and the myriad of colourful characters therein contained.
THE PLOT –
An unfancied team has just won a major trophy for the first time in its history, against great odds and in an unprecedented manner, with many of their players and the new manager also breaking a number of records along the way, It seemed that the whole world was enthralled by their great achievement, and did indeed rejoice with the team and town.
There was hardly a dry eye at the stadium on the final day as the trophy was presented, Many even broke down as the world famous plump and greying diva, an ex-love of the manager, sang her famous operatic piece,
While the majority seem to have loved this underdog coming on top fairy tale, many others have started to question certain inconsistencies and believe that the whole sum does not add up.
Was there really a conspiracy ? Was there collusion between the various involved parties, that had gained somewhat from this episode ? Especially since everything good had unravelled almost immediately the next season, The form of the team and the players have plummeted, and the team is once again in a relegation struggle, The manage has been sacked, and confusion reigns, The blame game starts, and the search for the truth begins,….from the beginning…….
THE TEAM –
– A sports team that has been yo-yoing up and down divisions since their inception without much success to their name. They are well liked and revered in their hometown. Their greatest triumph to date is regularly whopping the teams of the neighbouring towns.
They are however often forced to sell their best players to the top teams in order to survive. Some have also become prima donnas in the media. Their nickname denotes or refers to the local tenacious, cunning and fierce. feral animal, like the coyote, the dingo, the dhole, the hyena, the jackal, the wolverine or the snow leopard, depending of course on where it is set.
We wouldn’t want any clash, or similarity or inferences to be made to any established or existing teams that may have similar nicknames.
THE INCUMBENT MANAGER
A hard as nails ex-club player who brooked no shit either as a player or as a manager. Loved by the fans, especially as he has just saved the club from relegation and unmentionable financial disaster, after a spirited end of the season fightback from a seemingly impossible and untenable position.
Inspired his players to play above and beyond themselves by instilling belief in themselves and fighting hard, His loyalty to the club and his players remains unquestionable and unwavering, Vinny Jones would be a shoe in for this role.
His Achilles heel? His young, brash and uncouth son, who is a promising player at the same club.
An hereto unknown consortium of alleged nouveau riche venture capitalists from the Way Far Out Orient, with reported close links to that region’s despotic leaders, to the military as well as many of the various government quangos.
They had bought out the previous owners in a complicated and hostile takeover manoeuvre, but like many before them, have passed the stringent and detailed FA’s Fit and Proper Person’s Test.
Their brush with relegation and near impending financial loss, have shaken them to the core. After all, it was thought that just buying up the club and injecting it with funds would spell success. Like Chelsea and Man City before them. Any demotion would hinder the future free flow of funds.
Members have also large shareholdings in various local, regional as well as international companies that included The Holistic and Alternate Rejuvenator Medicine (HARM) Therapy; many Biochemical and Genetic R&Ds, Yuge Pharmaceuticals; The Regenerative Neuromuscular Research (RNR) Co, The Happy Ending Always and Vigour Restorative group of Resorts, Herbal and Exotic food supplements, additives and condiments used extensively locally but not yet approved by the FDA.
Also known as the potential new manager. An old benign, honest, well-travelled and well liked foreigner. A grandfather like figure and the ‘Always the bridesmaid, and never the bride ‘ type, who has had some modest club success, but never ever the big one. Has been the butt of many a unkind joke, but has always carried himself with dignity.
For never having walked out of a job, or never have being difficult or showing any disrespect to club, players or the board, has always been regarded as being honourable and just.
TO BE CONTINUED,……
To the best of our knowledge there have only been two Arsenal novels to date: the “Arsenal Stadium Mystery”, a murder mystery written and set in the 1930s, and “Making the Arsenal” written in 2010 and set in 1910. Full details are here.