It’s all going to be okay. Lancashire have won the County Championship.
Moments after it was confirmed, we got into our car, turned on the radio and were greeted with the perfect party music: Paranoia Man In Cheap Shit Room by The Fall – perfect if, like us, your idea of a party involves sitting around on your own listening to The Fall.
When we said ‘radio’ just then, we should more accurately have said ‘CD player’, but don’t blame us for our musical choice because what could be more appropriate at a time like this than The Fall? It is estimated that 30 per cent of all Lancastrians have played rhythm guitar in the band at one time or another. Like our cricket team, they’re a cultural touchstone.
We’re popping round the corner for a pint of Sawley Tempted now with which to toast Glen Chapple’s boys. Finally, Lancashire have given us a joyous reason to turn to alcohol.