(UPDATE: Thanks Matt – taking earnings into account, the price of that 1920 pint would have come to c. Â£4.21. See the comments for more details. I’ll have a half…)
Nick Booth at Peter Watts’ Big Smoke Blog comes up with a piece of pure genius:
Could a crap football team be transformed into winners, by a fanatically supportive crowd?
Do you fancy finding out?
Iâ€™m looking for like-minded (disillusioned) football fans, who miss the days when fans got supportively behind their team, rather than gather menacingly behind the managerâ€™s dug out.
Iâ€™m looking for supporters who fancy adopting an out-of-form team we can encourage. In the next few months, one team in the London area will sink to the bottom of their table. It matters not whether theyâ€™re in SE22, or NW20, just as long as theyâ€™re propping up their division. I donâ€™t care whether the players are pro, or semi-pro, as long as theyâ€™re totally demoralised. This is where we come in. What an early Christmas present it would be, if hundreds (or even thousands) of fans suddenly got behind them, chanted their names and lifted them. Loudly.
It would be a good social event too. And Iâ€™m sure thereâ€™d be low prices and plenty of room at the bar.
Anyone fancy it?
Yes, but I’m in Edinburgh, dammit! And Scottish players never get demoralised, as you all know.
But if it’s cheap prices you’re after, we need a time machine. I’m imagining 40-50 modern fans showing up at e.g. Burnley 1920-21’s first three matches, all of them lost remember, and – in addition to the obvious “We’re going to win the League” – throwing in a host of modern chants, perhaps even a rendition of “Football’s Coming Home.”
In 1921, the average price of a pint was 7d – about 67pence today taking inflation into account but not the cost of living.
Anyway, Nick’s is a fine idea, and if you are in London, pop over to the Big Smoke Blog to give it your support.