We put our mighty brains together after the 4-0 thumping of Fulham but still couldn’t come up with the answer. 1984-85 seemed to be the most popular response but such guess, and others besides, were wrong. Not only wrong, but way out. The source of the question was generated by Everton scoring 4 in three consecutive league games. The pre semi final thrashing of Sunderland followed by the most unlikely comeback at Man Utd had gone before the Pienaar inspired victory over the Cottagers.
Jelavic is on fire, scoring at will, the way that Tony Hibbert can, when he wants. Fellaini has come back strongly and Steven Pienaar adds the industry and class missing so much in the first half of the season.
The game at Man Utd was a pleasant surprise. The pre match forecasts of conceding three were proved correct. What took the Shropshire Blues contingent by surprise was not so much the fact that we went ahead but that we continued looking for goals. And the goals came, the sadistic whoops of joy aimed towards the nearby home supporters (some horrible people in that section) were sincere and unexpected. Of course the comeback (why oh why do people leave early when we are losing?) disrupted our travel arrangements.
The declared aim to get the 15:07 train back was soon put to one side with 19:07 being favoured – followed by a further visit to the Great Western on arrival at Wolverhampton. Laurence was to blame, of course, being the Agent Provocateur once more. It was, though, a wobbly but happy group that finally staggered home.
Just three games to go now before summer and manual labour and things with paintbrushes forced upon us. The focus is on securing 7th spot, small comfort in the chase for silverware and Europe but one that seemed so far away pre Christmas. Stoke away are next up, coming so quickly after the Fulham game. A tough encounter ahead but the Shropshire Blues annual charabanc is available for this game so beer ahoy.
And the last time we scored 4 three times in a row in league games? It was 1964.