It has been a strange summer for sport – full of highs and lows that has made even the nerdiest of fans head spin.
Notts County, the world’s oldest football club, is challenging mega-rich Chelsea and Man City for the title of England’s wealthiest team, snapping us superstar Sol Campbell – if only briefly.
Meanwhile Liverpool FC have seen both Premier and Champions League title hopes crash after four straight defeats, their worst run for 22 years.
Jenson Button won his first F1 title, while one rugby players bleeding mouth caused such a stir that it threatened to ruin the game itself.
And if that wasn’t enough, the England cricket team finally overcame that century-old curse and beat the Aussies in one of the most exciting Ashes tests yet.
But back in the East Midlands, this promises to be another sport-packed year in Nottingham – and if it’s your first time at Trent, then you’re in luck.
Once again we find ourselves challenging that “other university” across the city, for the most prestigious sport prizes of all – the Varsity cups.
Remember, these coverted trophies are only handed out to the winning team, so if you’re a football fanatic, an ice hockey hero, a superb rugby star or just crazy about cricket, you must join a Trent sports club, take on the challenge and give our beloved neighbours a deserved battering.
The rest of us will be cheering from the stands, singing that infamous song: “I’d rather be a Poly than a …” – well, if you don’t know it by now, I’m sure you’ll pick it up in the next few months.
Welcome back to Nottingham.
James Haigh – Sports Editor