“I just think that we are certainly capable of playing at a higher level,” Mark said. Milne and Paddy Kenny had sat down for a few drinks in Leeds City Centre during the international break. The pair had become good friends ever since the Leeds United players began coming to Mark’s local pub in Wetherby and had kept in contact most days.
“We’ve shown that for years now: the cup win, the easy league wins in reasonably good-quality divisions, the constant battering that we’re giving teams that come up against us. It’s just getting quite boring actually!” Mark laughed as him and Kenny discussed a variety of topics from Leeds United, internationals, politics and now they had got onto Wetherby Athletic’s status.
“Well, a little birdie down at the FA divisional coordination department has told me that Yorkshire Amateur has taken a spot in the ninth tier for next season,” Kenny told Mark. “It’s ever since North Ferriby had that trouble with the reformation and everything, and especially now with Bury and Bolton in terrible shape - you never know how that might end up!”
Mark nodded his head in agreement. “Wait!” Mark said suddenly, as if he’d just picked up on something Kenny mentioned. “You’re telling me that Amateur have snuck into next year’s division?”
Paddy Kenny smiled towards Mark before glinting his eyes side-to-side. “Well, yeah that’s about the size of it. However, in the same division that Amateur have just gotten into, I’m hearing that another team in that division are having a little bit of trouble coping with the demands of that level - Bottesford Town, down in Nottingham - they’re increasingly looking like they’re off down the pan.”
Mark squinted his eyes at Paddy, intrigued at what he was transmitting to him. It sounded like an opportunity. “So you’re telling me-”
“Yes. To put it simply,” Kenny interrupted the impending question. “If Yorkshire Amateur can get in, then you will be able to get Wetherby in - easily. All I’m saying is I can put you through to the right channels, however, it’s not just you that has got to really want it. You can’t have a team, apply to be entered into that division and then your team suddenly jack it in because I have seen that before.”
Mark sipped his pint, looking at Kenny when he was giving him the suggestions. “Yeah, I’ll have to discuss it with the lads obviously for the reasons you just mentioned. I’m sure they’ll be bang up for it but I am also aware of their other commitments, be it work or parenting, you name it.”
“Well, in that case, cheers to Wetherby Athletic!” Paddy Kenny raised his glass.
“And to the mighty Whites!” Mark joined in, referring to Leeds United.
Scott: Glad to be back. We'll see how Mark compares to Aapo within that department
Griffo: *love is in the air...*
Seb: Thanks for parroting