Anyone who watched this week's excellent BBC documentary about Derry City FC couldn't help but be mightily impressed at how the club not only survived imminent closure but practically rebuilt themselves back into an institution the city can be proud of once again.
Most people from my era will well remember when the Troubles dominated the Northern Ireland landscape and how the final involvement for Derry City as an Irish League club came about whenever the Ballymena United team bus got set on fire, with the result that other clubs simply refused to play at the Brandywell anymore.
What I didn't realise until I watched the documentary was that Derry continued to apply to the Irish Football Association for membership to return, but those applications kept being turned down, more than likely because the area was deemed too unsafe for other teams to travel to back then.
From memory, the Candystripes tried using the Coleraine Showgrounds as their home venue for a period, but that never really caught on and the club was teetering on the edge of extinction.
But the city is a true hotbed for football and what can only be described as four club die-hards were not prepared to just stand by and watch their club disappear. They took it upon themselves to do everything and anything in their power to resurrect what to many others must have looked like a lost cause and somehow get this famous club back playing senior football at the Brandywell.
Tony O'Doherty, Terry Harkin, Eddie Mahon and Eamonn McLaughlin realised that, with the door back to the Irish League firmly shut, the next best option was to cross the border and try and gain entry to the League of Ireland - and the rest, as they say, is history.
However, as I watched in admiration at how this great club overcame all of their trials and tribulations, I couldn't help but feel just how good it would be to have Derry City back in the Irish League, and I say that for several reasons.
First and foremost, everyone would need to park their political hats on the shelf. This is football and, as I've said many times before, football and politics don't mix. We simply cannot live the rest of our lives looking over our shoulder at the past.
Secondly, I'm fairly certain that all the other teams from Northern Ireland could now play at the Brandywell without any fear of trouble. Yes, I can hear the 'tut-tuts', but I am genuinely confident of that - after all, Institute have used the ground to host Danske Bank Premiership fixtures in recent times.
There is absolutely no doubt we have all moved on from the bad old days, and I'd just love Derry and the other Irish League teams to get the chance to prove it.
We currently have a tremendous product in Irish League football, as good as it's been for many years, but we must always look at ways to improve and the inclusion of a massive club like City would certainly lift the whole profile. It would undoubtedly raise the standard and quality of what we already have, as well as guaranteeing an increase in revenue to each and every other club when the Candystripes came to town because the Derry City fans support their club in substantial numbers.
Geographically, it would most definitely trim the club's own travelling expenses because they wouldn't have to travel the length and breadth of the Republic of Ireland to play football.
I know the very mention of Derry City returning to the Irish League would be met with an emphatic 'no-no' by a number of football supporters on both sides - particularly the City fans, who I know are still bitter at the IFA's refusal to accept them back during those dark days - but, like I say, life has moved on considerably.
It's time to take the blinkers off and look at the big picture, and the thought of Derry City back playing in the Irish League is definitely something I'd really like to see again - and before too long at that.
The clubs involved were quickly branded the 'Dirty Dozen' but it was great to see football fans from near and far speaking out loudly and clearly with one united voice to scupper the European Super League, which thankfully disintegrated almost as quickly as it was announced this week.
The proposed multi-billion pound venture, consisting of the so-called 12 biggest club sides in Europe playing glorified friendlies among themselves, was met with probably the biggest wave of revulsion that I think I have ever witnessed.
For as long as I can remember, football has always been a working class sport, but these 'super clubs' are already making it extremely difficult for the ordinary man and woman in the street to afford, such are the extortionate prices already being charged for replica shirts, not to mention the hefty admission prices.
I am on record highlighting my concern at so many filthy rich foreign billionaires with hidden agendas buying up English football clubs like expensive toys, and the actions of some of them this week surely proved my point.
Led by Manchester United co-Chairman Joel Glazer, the clubs who tried to shaft the rest are the epitome of sheer arrogance and, where some actually had the audacity to say they may have 'lost touch' with their supporters, it's my assertion that they have never been in touch with their fanbase from day one.
These owners are nothing more than downright greedy business people who will always look at the financial profits and loss spreadsheets first and the football League table a distant second.
They are not proper sports people and, if the truth be told, they don't give a damn about supporters.
This time, however, they seriously underestimated the power of the people. This was one step too far for already totally exploited supporters.
There was widespread resentment right across the country immediately after the announcement was made, and these incredibly blinkered owners, most with a degree in arrogance, had to tuck their greedy little tails between their legs and crawl back inside their wallets and admit defeat.
It just goes to show that if everyone speaks out as one when these and any other crazy proposals are forced upon us, it is indeed possible to have them gift-wrapped and sent back where the sun don't shine.
Thank goodness that many Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are soon to be relaxed or lifted completely - and it all comes down to a combination of two things; the public adhering strictly to the guidelines laid down and, of course, the mass vaccination programme.
While I applaud the encouraging signs of the country beginning to open up properly, and I agree we must all be cautious, I still feel the time has come to permit a limited number of Irish League fans back in to see the live action once again.
Despite the stop-start and condensed nature of our domestic season to date, the entertainment factor has been nothing short of superb.
I've been fortunate to attend most grounds this season and every club I've been to has been incredibly well prepared and disciplined towards keeping a strict policy with regards to the Covid-19 guidelines laid down by the Executive and medical powers-that-be.
Surely these clubs have earned the right and indeed deserve to be rewarded with an acceptable number of their supporters being allowed back in to enjoy what's left of the season?
After all, they've been through in being locked out entirely for four months now, the fans deserve it too.