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

Our Day Out

Our Day Out

17/02/08

I know it’s stupid, but I honestly feel like it’s my fault – I’m jinxed.

Arsenal haven’t lost this emphatically to old adversaries for many years…

5-1 against Spurs, 4-0 against Man Utd. Obviously this one hurts quite a bit. Not only is Old Trafford the location of footballing pain once again, but the FA Cup dream is over. Forever.

This was it - this was the best chance for me and ‘my team’ to lift the FA Cup, and it’s gone.

As The Silly Season’s many detractors will gleefully observe, that’s two trophies down, two to go.

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… My day out with the Gooners had it all.

But the deflation after a match like this is immense, simply because of the excitement preceding it. All the Arsenal fans I was with couldn’t wait for this one. And they truly believed Arsenal would win. Why wouldn’t they? They’ve done it before…

I didn’t believe it - I thought Arsenal would lose… But I’m a different kind of fan to an Arsenal fan.

Credit to them though. Even a defeat as humiliating as this is water under the bridge quite quickly for Gooners. Well, apart from whoever it was that did this to my seat after the third goal went in. Maybe he just doesn’t like The Silly Season

Why is it easier to let go for Arsenal fans? Because when you’re a Big Four club, you know you only have to wait one year for the chance to come again - not four decades. And that’s the big difference…

Besides, they’ve got a another huge match (against AC Milan) to think about on Wednesday.

In other news, Norwich lost 4-0, to Leicester, so I suppose it’s my fault as well, now Norwich probably won’t make the play-offs as they’re nine points adrift…


Here’s the humiliating departure for me and The Family, while United fans sing “Same old Arsenal, always leaving“, and Nani stands next to his own penalty area juggling the ball.

THE SILLY SEASON TV

Oh, and here’s a Utd fan alseep on the train home to London (of course). Less than five seconds after this picture was taken he’d fallen off the luggage rack and had his head in one of those bins you get inbetween the seats. Beautiful to watch.

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