After sailing around the Whitsunday Islands for 3 days, my next stop was Fraser Island. Again, this was a three day, two night experience, but instead of being stranded at sea we visited shipwrecks, champagne pools and drove off-road in 4X4s.
In my 4×4 was Ryan from Leicester, and we began talking after both asking the inevitable question “So who do you support then?”
Ryan (pictured) was a massive Manchester United fan and, as many others have, brought up the 2011 FA Cup fourth round tie between the two sides when Reds were mentioned. It seems we have stuck in a lot of people’s minds since that defeat, with many believing Crawley gave a great account of themselves and were unlucky not to come away with a replay.
Of the eight passengers, five were boys and spoke about football for the majority of the three days, while the three girls were crammed in the back and couldn’t get a word in.
One of the boys on the tour was a Leeds fan and looked distraught when I brought up the appointment of ex-Reds boss Steve Evans. He acknowledged the success he’d had at Crawley and Rotherham United, but described him as a ‘clown’ and crazy to take the job at a club who have had seven managers since June 2014.
With Massimo Cellino vowing to stay away from Elland Road and fans looking to buy a majority stake in the club, maybe Evans can try and emulate the promotions with CTFC, but it definitely won’t be in the foreseeable future.
Let’s hope Reds can prove the magic of the FA Cup is still alive and conjure up a similar cup campaign to 2011, starting with the first round at home to Luton on Saturday.