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

'Cup final' Saturday

'Cup final' Saturday

15/02/08

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).

THE SILLY SEASON TV

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!

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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).

Comments, Pingbacks:

Comment from: Ulysses [Visitor] Email
I can understand your decision to choose a team that will win something, as I often wonder what other supporters feel about it in the era of moneyed teams buying everyone in sight. Your selection also doesn't surprise me, since barring their temporary form today, Arsenal play beautiful football. I know you won't give up on Norwich and this is but an experiment, so don't let people get you down. It could always be worse, it could be the SPL and thats ALWAYS a 2 team race

The Silly Season:
Ha!

There's always somebody worse off… And it's usually Scotland.

It's not easy getting grief from Norwich fans, but then they write stuff like Mark Bowen has above, which keeps the humour levels up.

Cheers for your comment mate.
PermalinkPermalink 16/02/08 @ 20:02
Comment from: shelfsidestew [Visitor] Email
HA HA bet your gutted, The Scum and Farmer Boys both get spanked 4-0 in one day. love it. And dont worry about Norwich in a play off. You know what the canaried are like always choke on the big occasion.

Still, keep up the experiment, its honestly a fascinating experiment. Especially as the ironic thing is you've gone to win some silverware and the gooner scum are going to cock it up whilst the pride of North London brings home a cup next week. Yid Army ;)

The Silly Season:
Yeah, thanks for pointing that out Shelf.

I say good luck in the Carling Cup final. Gutted I'm not going, but I honestly want Spurs to do it. It'll make me look even more like a massive idiot if a Big Four club doesn't win it, but it's good for football.

Cheers for your comment mate…
PermalinkPermalink 16/02/08 @ 21:45
Comment from: Mark Bowen [Visitor] Email
Two down now, you tosser.

Oh, and please update us about what it was like to catch a train early in the morning, spend lots of money on booze and travel, and see your team lose four nil...

You stupid pr*ck.

The Silly Season:
Only if you leave a comment about what it was like to catch a train early in the morning, spend lots of money on booze and travel, and see your team lose four nil...
PermalinkPermalink 17/02/08 @ 11:48
Comment from: Ian Culverhouse [Visitor] Email · http://www.pleasefuckoffandsupportarsenalforgood.com
Precisely my point.

"Don’t be under any illusion that it wasn’t an enjoyable experience though… A sunny away day: banter on the train and in the pub; terrace chants; standing up throughout the match; ordering what I expected to be a roast veg and mozzarrella pannini and being served a baguette with peppers, carrots, and Red Leicester cheddar in a ‘cosmopolitan’ Manchester pub..."

Sounds just like my Saturday - location aside. So what's the point? You write as if you are a Japenese tourist - something compounded by your obsession with taking boring photos inside the ground.

"Look, it's a footballer!" Wow.

Were you really a football fan before you started this silly - and offensive - "experiment"?

The Silly Season:
Boring photos? Where else would you find such a dramatic picture of a broken seat?

Mate, could you explain why you're so offended by The Silly Season?
PermalinkPermalink 18/02/08 @ 11:30
Comment from: Ian Culverhouse [Visitor] Email · http://www.pleasefuckoffandsupportarsenalforgood.com
Please don't call me mate. Although you are clearly desperate for friends - I do not want to join such an exclusive circle.

Why am I offended?

Because you deserted Norwich when they were at their lowest ebb; to embark on a vile bout of self-publicity.

I am proud of my team, and for someone to do what you have - even as an "experiment" - undermines that.

Everyone I go to football with feels the same: that you are just a c**t.

Please stick with Arsenal, you deserve each other.

Norwich and proud. OTBC.

The Silly Season:
Mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate
Mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate mate…



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