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

It's a kid's world

It's a kid's world


When I said Arsenal annoyed me yesterday, I think that was a bit harsh - I was annoying myself at the Blackburn match.

In recent days, I’ve had a few moments recently of remembering what it was like to support a team when I was a kid…

I mean those special pangs of excitement you get when you’re young and feel like anything’s possible - not disaffected by life, etc.

Kind of hard to describe I guess, but you don’t get those feelings so much as an adult. It’s the kind of inspiration and excitement that binds you to a club from such a young age, and that’s what I’m having so much trouble fighting against when trying to support a club I haven’t previously loved as an adult.

A young fan yesterday

And that’s what the Premier League and Football League trade off - a unique, very British, undying support for a football club.

Of course we’d follow our clubs to America and Japan to watch league games… We’d follow our clubs off the edge of a cliff if it came to it. But there’s no respect for that by the powers who run the game - they just want to make as much money as possible and trade off that undying love.

That’s why this weekend’s game against Man Utd is as crucial for The Silly Season as it it for Arsenal. This could take me out of my pergatory and my give me that special feeling football used to give me.

The anticipation; the match fever; the drama.

I’m not saying winning at Old Trafford will make me love Arsenal and forget about Norwich. Just: is it going to be special?

I hope so… Not least because: Ticket + Train = £103


And when I said “people around me were annoying me” yesterday I didn’t mean the Arsenal fans I go to the pub with, and who help me buy tickets (aka The Family). Just wanted to clear that up before I get a slap…

The main Family pub talking point on Monday night was the United cup match obviously, but also how amazing it was to watch United play a match in a traditional old-style shirts (to honour those who died in Munich). The unanimous agreement was that all clubs should play in sponsorless, old-school shirts from now on.

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Comment from: Ian Culverhouse [Visitor] Email ·

I hate Man U, but I hope they win this weekend just to piss on your "big" day out.

Will be 3,000+ of us supporting little old we are never go to win anything rubbish Norwich at Lester.

You will not be missed.


The Silly Season:

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Comment from: agentmorris [Visitor] Email ·
I have to agree on the shirts topic. I would love it, even if the Gunners current shirt looked even more classic in design but was made of modern material.

However, how great would it be to see 100% cotton shirts, without names on the back throughout the Premiership?

And with Toffs as the official manufacturer? That would be brilliant.

The Silly Season:
Bang right… I can't believe how good it looked. I can't think why, it just did...
PermalinkPermalink 14/02/08 @ 15:12
Comment from: Travis Bickle [Visitor] Email ·
Look, I realise that it's half term, but really, ‘Lester'? That’s surely got to be some sort of joke! It makes you wonder if he's actually spent any time at all following little Norwich. He probably gets as far as Wroxham and then gets nervous about meeting anybody from the outside World.

The Silly Season:
Maybe Lester's a real place. Maybe he's doing the dirty on Norwich City himself, by going to watch Noric Sitee play Lester.
PermalinkPermalink 15/02/08 @ 09:03
Comment from: Richard [Visitor] Email
I think Arsenal's next home kit should have the dark blue and white striped socks from the fifties.

That is all.

The Silly Season:
Oh yes... '50s striped socks are unbeatable.

I can feel a campaign about kits that everyone will ignore coming on…
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