Recordbreakers Giggs and Wilkinson get the scripts they deserve
Whoever is writing sport’s scripts at the moment is doing a fantastic job.
Take Ryan Giggs, for one. The Welsh Wizard tonight equalled Bobby Charlton’s record for the number of league appearances in a Manchester United shirt, an astonishing feat, worthy of praise and lustre in it’s own right. The fact he does so the day before the 20th anniversary of his debut is apt (and a journalist dream) and then all of that is topped by the quaint coincidence that it’s St David’s Day, the feast day of the patron saint of Wales. The country that the winger gave years of his career and captained on numerous occasions. You just couldn’t make it up (apart from the winning goal to all but seal United’s title, of course).
Then, at the weekend, there was the man, Johnny Wilkinson. The England fly-half, so often injured since kicking his country to World Cup glory in 2003, so often criticised for his decision to resurrect his career at Toulon, came on to replace the injured Toby Flood in the Six Nations match against France on Saturday. His first task was to kick a MASSIVE penalty to take back the world record for individual points scoring from Dan Carter and give England some breathing space at the home ground, Twickenham, where the former Newcastle Falcon has so often shone. It happened to be the case that England were playing marvellously well and that the game, with Johnny his usual hustling and bustling self in the midfield, eventually ended up with him on the winning side. And, even more than that, he’d, out of sheer luck, had a HAIR CUT meaning he sashayed round the pitch like the OLD Johnny of 2003, cropped and smart (none of this Hunter from Gladiators mop any more), majestic and tireless.
Nothing pleases us more at Pope and Swift to see the good get given what they deserve. And, for Ryan Giggs and Johnny Wilkinson, an appropriate script that befits their career is the least we can do.