There's only four teams involved in football's top honours these days, so what's it like to win silverware every season? This is the blog of one football fan who decided to, fully and unconditionally, do the unthinkable and change the football team he supported to spend one season at the top... AND NOW HE'S DOING A SIMILAR THING FOR EURO 2008 WITH A MATE BECAUSE THE SEASON'S FINISHED AND THEY'RE BOTH BORED

Archives for: February 2008, 15

'Cup final' Saturday


So it’ll be early doors at Euston station tomorrow…

The Family (the Arsenal fans) have told me to turn up some ungodly hour for a Saturday, armed with a crate of ale and a lot money.

We will join a very long queue of football fans getting on the train to Manchester Piccadilly. It feels strange to be going ‘home’ to the city where I spent about 20 years of my life for what is effectively the Cup Final.

I’m nervous, not least in case someone I know from Stockport sees me being herded through Piccadilly train station wearing an Arsenal shirt.

But, it’s the reason why I did this… To experience a clash of two titans.

Will it be different? Will it be unforgettable? Will it shine the badly needed light on The Silly Season experience? Or will I still be fighting the 25-year bond with Norwich City that I just can’t shake?

It’s definitely going to be different… Watching league home games and drinking in the domination of The Big Four has so far been an experience which is normal for them and, so far, quite unrewarding for me.

No, this time it’s different. This time everybody’s nervous… The Family, Cliff The Arsenal fan, The Club Level Boys (another set of Arsenal fans introduced to me)… Even me. I know I’m going to feel extremely deflated if Arsenal lose.

I’ve come far enough on this journey to care…

The Family have kissed their children, wives and girlfriends goodbye… Apart from ‘Gonch’ who’s at home washing his lucky redcurrant Arsenal socks from the 05/06 season and ironing his Giles Grimandi T-shirt.

I watched this vid I took at the end of the Blackburn match to raise the spirit (and sticking it to The Man at the same time by infringing Arsenal’s copyrights).


So to Saturday… A day of success? A day of epiphany? A day standing in queues while other football fans vomit cheap lager and let off fire extinguishers on the train? Almost certainly the last one…

Can’t bloody wait!


Score prediction: Thanks to Richard for his comment. He’s predicted a 1-2 win for Arsenal, so I’ll put a fiver on that too (plus a fiver on 2-0 for Utd because I’m scared that’s what the score will actually be).

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