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

The Family: "It was better when winning wasn't the norm"

The Family: "It was better when winning wasn't the norm"



Never mind what The Silly Season thinks of what it’s like to support a Big Four club, I wanted to find out how The Family feel about supporting what I’ve discovered over this season to be something of a ‘business’.

To be honest, what surprised me the most was what one of the lads said about winning trophies…

“It was better when winning wasn’t the norm. They seemed harder earned and more deserved somehow.”

So there you have it: Even some Big Four fans understand the nature of true, fair competition. Not every fan is gorging glutenously on an annual silverware haul, laughing at the small fry below.

A Family member yesterday

This is what one of the lads said after a heart-to-heart I had in the pub with them last week…

“My fundamental feeling for the club in terms of the football hasn’t changed much, but I do think that the club has changed way it views me. Where once the supporter was the core to what the club was, we are now another captive segment that the marketing people target. Season ticket holders are probably described as ‘guaranteed consumers’ or some other tosh.”

Here’s his kind of pro and cons list of comparisons from the (fairly recent) past to now…

“Great football; great stadium, but we’ve all seen mega domes; it costs a ridiculous amount to watch a game; there’s overzealous stewarding; you can’t stand; ID cards via the back door; me being seen as a marketing opportunity; poor atmosphere except for a few games; not winning things is seen as an exceptional thing; Jocasta and Barnaby [the upper-middle classes]; the club is a business first and a club second”

“Defensive football; great atmosphere the norm; standing; deciding to watch a game on the day and pay on the door; not winning things the norm – and therefore better; the stadium is totally unique and feels like home; Stan and George; Club was a club first and a business second. Happy days.”

So there you go… As a Norwich fan, I may have been denied the hope of winning trophies, but perhaps the Arsenal fans are losing their own club.

Maybe we’re a generation of fans who have transcended with football… We’ve gone from inclusive, atmospheric shacks to this sanitised and americanised sport. Inevitably, we’ve seen both sides of it, so we’d probably suffer the most.

Some kid tomorrow will go to his first ever football match, and he’ll absolutely love it. He won’t know any better…


Inevitable perhaps, but considering Arsenal are playing Derby, my attention has turned to an obvious place, as Norwich’s relegation struggle beckons…

Score prediction: Norwich 2-2 QPR

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Comment from: Ian Culverhouse [Visitor] Email ·
What an atmosphere at Carrow Road yesterday!

25,000 proper fans going mad. Four stands singing.


And not having a p**ck like you there made it
all the better.

Please stick with Arsenal you Judas w**ker.


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