It could have been us...
I think I would go as far as saying it WOULD have been us had we not pulled out the running!
People of London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Bristol, Plymouth and Milton Keynes will now be over the moon at, and as Ken put it over on Vital England, becoming 'the chosen ones' for our potential world cup bid in 2018, or 2022 if needed.
The people of Hull, Derby and Leicester not so - as they were omitted from the list of possible host cities for the world cup. I can imagine that they are truly gutted at the moment having missed out on the 'chance' of being a host nation for the world cup, that is assuming England get it?
The benefit they have is AT LEAST their cities made it through to the final stages, if that is any consolation...
Portsmouth on the other hand PULLED OUT a couple of weeks back, so we will never know 'if' we would have been successful or not, although - not that it makes any difference now - I am certain we would have been selected as I know they were very keen to send the world cup our way.
With the announcement on Wednesday of these host cities I really am GUTTED, even more so now - as this selection process makes it fully hit home that Pompey has missed out.
Like I say I am sure we would have been selected had we not dropped out, but it was the short sighted council officials and of course the shambolic state that Portsmouth Football Club is in that has cost our city!
I will be even more gutted 'if' England is confirmed as the host nation - and we will know if this is the case this time next year - because then I will certainly know that a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world converge on my hometown was well and truly missed...
Something that makes it even worse still for me is that I currently live just outside Plymouth, and these buggers got it! So, the world 'could' be hearing countless 'Geddon ya Janner' tones as opposed to 'Alright Mush' instead!
PLAY UP POMPEY!