In the 1930 FA Cup final Arsenal beat Huddersfield 2-0. Huddersfield supporters complained that when the Graf Zeppelin flew over Wembley their players looked up and Arsenal scored. In 2020 there was no Zeppelin over the John Smith Stadium when we lost, so we have no excuse, but following the game Vlad Ivic disappeared. Is that a coincidence? – No. As far as I am aware we have never seen the last of a manager/coach after a Zeppelin has flown overhead. Perhaps the Pozzos could institute the idea. Whenever they sack someone an airship flies over the Vic. They could take a photo and send it to the coach to inform him of the need to clear his desk. Another famous zeppelin was named when Keith Moon told Jimmy Page that his idea of forming a band would go down like a lead balloon. The American music people changed the name to ‘Led’ rather than ‘Lead’ because they said that American audiences wouldn’t know how to pronounce ‘Lead’. Led Zeppelin prophesied the result of this home game against Huddersfield. The world was a very different place when the prophecy was made fifty years ago, in 1971. In late 1971 we were bottom of Division Two and Huddersfield were a few places above the drop zone in the First Division, which indicates the prescient nature of the revelation. The prophecy is based on the ebb and flow of the match rather than a breakdown of individual players and actions, though I have interpreted some specifics where appropriate. I will first give a micro interpretation of the prophecy, going through each verse, then give the macro meaning. The prophecy There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold And she's buying a stairway to heaven When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed With a word she can get what she came for The lady knows that blue and white stripes don’t glitter. It is The Golden Boys that glitter. Unfortunately none of us can buy a stairway to the heaven that is a seat at the Vic. So, as the stores are all closed, put your television or computer in the highest part of your home, climb a stairway to that heaven and get what you came for. Do not watch the game in the basement. This is a requirement. We will lose if you do. There's a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure 'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven Words can mean something that represent the addled brain of a rock musician or they can be a prophetic message to the initiated. You just need to look at the right wall. The songbird is still trying to sing but it cannot fly as high as a zeppelin. All our thoughts are misgiven if we fear the yellow songbird. The Birds and the Brook/ The Canary Polka was a record released in the UK in 1930, the year that Huddersfield were startled by the zeppelin and lost to the bunch over the fence from us. We are misgiven if we think that the Canary polka is the dance for the title. (See later verses for confirmation). Brook is one of those words that have two meanings. It is a stream. We will be watching the game with streams. A stream is also found in a valley. There is a Hudderfield player, Vallejo, whose name means ‘Jo Valley’ in Spanish. Jo is pronounced “hwo”. It is a sound of negative surprise and astonishment. Vallejo was on the subs bench in the earlier fixture and once played for Sestao River club. He is not the brook. He is the site of the brook and his thoughts will be misgiven as his side lose. That is important. Huddersfield do not like running water. Huddersfield is an anagram of ‘herded fluids’. If we are too fluid for them they will not be able to control us. Excess fluidity is impossible to herd. If we are not fluid enough Huddersfield will control our movements. Fluids from herds are also known to pollute brooks. This pollution has a detrimental effect on birdlife, whether canaries or swans. We will gain points on Swansea and Norwich. To brook also means to refuse to accept. We refuse to accept that the canary is superior to the hornet just as we refuse to accept that the terrier is. There's a feeling I get when I look to the west And my spirit is crying for leaving In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees And the voices of those who stand looking That's you. To the west of the Vic one can enter Cassiobury Park where there are trees. Cassio Road was our previous home where we never played Hudderfield. Our spirit left Cassio Road with sadness but we looked forward to the Vic. The first meeting between the teams was in 1969 in Division Two. They have won more head to head games but we have advanced further than them. Also, we, the supporters, stand looking as we leave this league. Our voices ring out just as smoke is seen in the trees (Forest). These are trees in addition to the tree by the brook. The rings also represent the ring of changes that are happening to our side. Huddersfield stand looking as we move on. Jonathan Hogg will be crying for leaving. And it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune Then the piper will lead us to reason And a new day will dawn for those who stand long And the forests will echo with laughter Remember laughter? This verse is self-explanatory except it will not just be the forests of South West Hertfordshire that will echo with laughter. It will be the villages and the towns. It will be the A roads and the B roads. The laughter will echo up the M1 to those who changed from white to an orangey puce colour. (It is no coincidence that puce means flea in French). We need to all call the tune, the same tune, then Xisco (the piper) will lead us to reason. When we call the same tune we will move as one and joy will spread though our part of Hertfordshire, but it will not be a simple victory. We will win late in the game when we “stand long” or at least longer than Huddersfield. This will lead to a new dawn, the real start of our revival. We will remember laughter. It has been a long time since we laughed but we will be laughing by then end of the day and into the new day. Here the “new day” also means a new era. The sadness since the FA Cup semi-final will be banished. And it makes me wonder If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now It's just a spring clean for the May queen Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run There's still time to change the road you're on The sterile winter of our recent past has gone. We were alarmed at the appointment of Xisco but now the Kid has changed the road that we were on. The May queen, resplendent in colours of gold, black and red takes us into a clean Spring. Hedgerows bustle as the natural order of things returns. It is only now that we realise that the bustle is positive and we have no reason to be alarmed. Lifeless sticks become resplendent in golden flowers. We have changed the road that we are on in time. The previous road was a problem but in the long run that doesn’t matter. Masina will play well for us. Masina means car in Romanian and with a car we can speed down the road, the correct road. Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know The piper's calling you to join him Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know Your stairway lies on the whispering wind? And as we wind on down the road Our shadows taller than our soul There walks a lady we all know Who shines white light and wants to show How everything still turns to gold Our heads will be full of our songs. Xisco wants you to join the celebrations. Whisper it; you can hear the sounds of the stairway to the Vic. It will be open again but listen to the piper lead us on. He is calling you to join the lady on the right road to the place where everything turns to gold. Her light will banish the shadows of our souls. The wind blows away the obstacles hiding the light. Victory will be ours. And if you listen very hard The tune will come to you at last When all is one and one is all, that's what it is To be a rock and not to roll, oh yeah And she's buying a stairway to heaven Listen. Some of us have to listen harder than others. We will climb out of this league. The tune of the side where all is one, not a disjointed collection of individuals, will come to us at last so that all that glitters is gold. This could mean that we will play really well and easily win but, when taken in conjunction with earlier verses, it is more likely that “at last” means near the end of the game. Victory will come late. The team will rock but overcome that and not roll back. Macro interpretation This is all very well but what does it mean on Saturday. Here is the macro interpretation. Remember that the prophecy was written many years before this game. For prophesies to come true requires work. This prophecy is based on Huddersfield’s fear of zeppelins and the current Covid crisis. We will all be watching this from home. All the shops will be shut but we will still be able to “get what we came for.” This was not possible when the prophecy was made but it is now. As for the game, victory will not be easy. The defence, personified in Masina, will have to concentrate and work together. Speed on the road will bring that victory. Who is the lady? The lady is good fortune, or in the words of the song a fair wind, a whispering wind. With the lady on our side, we need not fear, even when things do not seem to be going well. Late on things will change for the positive. Do we need more than that? No! The prophecy is clear. We are moving on the right road. They beat Swansea away. We lost because we didn’t play as one for the whole game. The tune from the piper is now stronger and better known to the players. Huddersfield beat us in the winter of our discontent but maybe that is what we needed. Two senior players did for Ivic and one of them has now left. Here is the prophecy before the earlier fixture. “Good-morning, good-morning!” the manager bossed When they met him last month on our way to the Town. Now the players he growled at are some of 'em lost, And we're cursing his staff, the incompetent clown. “He's a miserable sod,” grunted forward to back As they slogged up the M1, with kit in a pack. But he did for himself by his lack of attack. (With apologies to Siegfried Sassoon). In the away game Huddersfield’s plan of attack was to wait for us to do the work for them. It was an effective method. Since then they have lost away to Barnsley and won at home to Blackburn. Last time out in the league they lost to Reading at home 2-1. They started well but Reading came back into the game. The prophecy tells us that much the same will happen on Saturday. Our players will all be singing the same tune but that there will be discordant aspects early on. We will not give them the game. In fact their right back, Harry Toffolo, is an anagram of ‘Half Roof Troy’ which can only mean that he will be unable to completely cover Deeney, especially if he is also worrying about Isma*la Sarr, whose name is an anagram of ‘airs alarms’. When Sarr gets the ball the alarms will ring in the Huddersfield defence. Poor Harry Toffolo is in for an uncomfortable time but their whole side will be alarmed. This links to the earlier observation about Vellejo. They have just signed Rolando Adams from Newcastle. He will be controlled by Masina, according to the prophecy. Their star man is Isaac Mbenza but a lone star cannot match the stars of heaven, which is where we will be when we ascend the stairway. He was in self isolation over the cup weekend but is likely to be back for this game. He needs to understand that his isolation is over when on the pitch, not like the tree by the brook. Perhaps a canary on his shoulder will put him off. Look for a white streak down the back of his shirt for confirmation of this. We have signed Zinckernagel, in line with the Pozzo policy of signing players for whom it is difficult to create songs. Zinckernagel means ‘zinc nail’ in German. Zinc nails are used in roofing and ‘half roof’ Toffolo will be disappointed to know that we have the nails he requires thus preventing him from completing his job. I can testify from experience that an uncompleted roof gets destroyed on a windy day. The prophecy tells us that the wind will blow. Zinckernagel doesn’t even need to play to have an impact on the positive outcome for this game. Another star man for Huddersfield is their best known supporter, Jean-Luc Picard, the famous Star Fleet captain in the 24th century. Picard had four pips on his uniform, three for the top flight wins Huddersfield have already achieved and the fourth one for their title win sometime between now and 2345. Some argue that the fourth pip is unjustified because it was won in the Yorkshire Premiership after Yorkshire gained independence from the UK It is rumoured that Picard, whose early career was in archaeology (see https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Jean-Luc_Picard), found a recording of the prophecy for this game and decided that he had to find a way into the heavens. It is not an exaggeration to say that one of the most distinguished careers in Star Fleet was a result of this match. To finally convince you of the validity of the prophecy you only need listen to the discordant tunes of the Terriers. The prophecy tells us that we will win by one goal, the winner coming late in the game as a result of an error by ‘Half Roof’ Toffolo. There are no photographs of architecture in heaven so I have included none. Just imagine buildings of gold, glittering, with a stairway leading up to them.