Backchat was amazed to hear there would be nail-biting tension at the annual general conference of Alarm, the association of local authority risk managers, on April 8.

Thankfully, it is not over insurance. Chairman Kevin McGlone is an ardent Liverpool fan, and chief executive Sheila Boyce a lifelong supporter of Wycombe Wanderers. And the two teams are playing that afternoon in the FA Cup semi-final.