Chopped Liver – Give ‘Em Enough Pope

Football is the religion of this country.

But the Pope is visiting us – and not many are really sure why.

It does however give me the opportunity for a couple of footy/Pope related anecdotes.

Firstly, Birmingham City hold a record unlikely to be equalled – they once went through the term of a Pope’s reign without winning a game.

I do like that fact. It is of course tempered by the fact that the Pope in question – I think he was Pope John Paul 1 – died after only about 40-odd days as the Pontiff, and during that time, I think it was in the late 70’s, Birmingham remained rooted to the foot of the old first division – and didn’t win a single game!

My second fact relates to QPR. The last time the Pope visited the UK was the last time QPR were promoted to the top flight! And there they are again – riding high in the second tier of English football – poised to gain promotion to the top flight!

Ain’t that so, Tony L?

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Just follow steps 1, 2 and 3.

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One Comment on “Chopped Liver – Give ‘Em Enough Pope”

  1. Anthony Levy Says:

    Your assumption depends on whether you think the 1981/82 season had finished by the time the Pope arrived late in May! Promotion of course not taking place until almost 12 months later, when the Terry Venables inspired side romped to the Second Division title of 1982/83, playing some of the best football QPR fans have seen this side of Stanley Bowles.

    Judging however from a rant I just received from a Leicester City supporter it would seem that the class of 2010/11 don’t play the game in quite the same style!

    More importantly, based on the photo, when did Barack Obama become Pope?


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