Now, generally I disapprove of renaming schemes, I like things very much the way they are, but I confess I was happy to hear this news. As a case example - I am sure there are still many of you out there who still deny the existence of referee’s assistants, opting instead for their traditional ‘linesmen’ job title, and rightly so. The difference here is that linesmen were only renamed because of some kind of trade union and FIFA deal, which serves only to make them sound more important, pure nonsense I think you’ll agree. In the case of ‘The Stadium Formerly Known as Meadow Lane’ however, the repackaging could well be a key aspect in saving the club, which is clearly a very good thing indeed.
Of course the renaming will mean nothing to us stubborn fans, who will no doubt still refer to it as Meadow Lane. You will likely only see the new title used in the media and for official use - unless the deal becomes permanent, in which case I’m sure we’ll all gradually convert to the ways of Aaron Scargill.
So, it’s not a particularly catchy title, it’s got no history, no passion surrounding its utterance (except from the estate agents themselves I shouldn’t wonder), and cynics will probably see it as a further decline for football into the inevitable corporate takeover. But I’m no cynic. Hopefully both sides can prosper from the deal - Aaron Scargill will rake in the ‘greenbacks’ from their local sporting affiliation and, more importantly, the club will go on to footballing and financial success.
By the way, if you do require an estate agent, give them a call first - you’ll be helping your club!