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

Arsenal 0-1 Norwich

Arsenal 0-1 Norwich

08/02/08

I broke the rules again.

This time I studied the Championship table throughly to see how Norwich City were doing, to make sure they’re not too close to the relegation zone. I got a shock though…

Is this experiment starting to backfire on me?

Earlier in the season Norwich (the team I’ve deserted for a year) were bottom of the Championship, and Arsenal were flying high. Very high.

Now I’m beginning to worry… If Norwich’s superb form under Glenn Roeder continues they will be promoted via the play-offs. After being bottom of the league in October, they are now just seven points away from the play-off ‘zone’.

I wanted to challenge to the culture of football support in England, and know what it was like to support a Big Four club… and while I’m at it take some silverware, because - thanks to the Big Four - it was the only way I was ever going to experience winning a trophy in my lifetime.

However, if Arsenal blow everything (FA Cup, Premier League, European Cup), and Norwich get promoted this will literally be the most flawed football/social experiment in the history of… well, everything.

It could happen…

Would it be too much to ask for Norwich City to wait for a season until I come back?

No? Thought so.

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Overseas league games
Is there no end to the madness? “Arsenal Vs Blackburn Rovers, coming to you live from the Chicago Bollockdome on ESPN.”

No sooner have I embraced Big Four culture (accepting astronimcal ticket prices; credit card-style ground entry; censorship in and around the stadium) than I find I may have to travel thousands of miles to watch Arsenal play.

I think I’d get more enjoyment out of footall if I went down the park and watched a pub team with my mates. You could have a couple of cans of bitter, smoke, talk to people you know, and appreciate/laugh at the skills on display.

If I wasn’t so obssesed with stadia I’d do it tomorrow.

Maybe…

Comments, Pingbacks:

Comment from: Richard [Visitor] Email
I thought the whole overseas malarkey was a terrible idea, but upon mentioning Arsenal v Blackburn in Chicago, a little thrill of excitement ran through me. Maybe it WOULD be pretty cool. Can you imagine Flamini setting the American hearts a'flutter as he dances the ball around Matt Derbyshire? Can you envisage President Obama in his home state shaking hands with Alex Hleb? Can you foresee Mark Hughes giving the Yank crowd a bit of stick? I can see all these things, and I suddenly want it very much.

The Silly Season:
It'd be a brilliant holiday, granted. Imagine some of the gigantic American football stadiums you'd go to...

Bit expensive after a while though…
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Comment from: Rachel [Visitor] Email · http://raz-in-time.blogspot.com
The foreign thing annoys me. I refuse to talk about it.

However the credit-card entry thing? We have that. The video ad hoardings? Yeah, those too. West Ham have high aspirations.

I STILL think that if Norwich are in the play-offs, or in fact come near Arsenal in any way, you'll find it very easy to drop this whole thing. Frankly, if you didn't, I don't think I'd be happy with this experiment anymore!

The Silly Season:
You're bang right, but the thing is... even if Norwich did go up they'd still never get anywhere near Arsenal, such is the gap between The Big Four (and Everton). So it would still be a valid experiment (sort of).

As for that credit card entry, the one I use is a nightmare – it stops eveything else working if you store it with travel cards or a work passes.
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