Monkeybubbles wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:56 am
I don't understand the requirement to stay in the prem. Its not what football's about, for me, and its just not that enjoyable. As is often said, it's become about the business rather than the game. I wouldn't miss it.
I enjoyed our stints in the championship far, far more than most recent seasons. I've got mates who support Fulham, Pompey, Orient, and even with all the bad times they've had they still care and they still enjoy a day out.
I would rather watch 11 players giving it a go in front of 5k proper fans against Gillingham, than endure more "what's the least we can get away with" while the stooges bend us over. In fact, I'd start going again if that happens.
So what's the point in even existing then? A football club exists to do the best they can. So what do we do, go down and wish to stay there? Because ultimately we'll go down just to try and get back up again. Even the clubs you mention have experienced promotion, or at least attempted promotions. But, you know, if you're happy to see us never sign the odd lucky player like Payet again, see Rice go, academy graduates go before they've kicked a ball for us, then fill your boots. I was at the Gillingham game, and it wasn't a 11 players giving it a go, it was 11 players on one side being cloggers, and 11 players on the other side unable to break them down until the end of the game. It was bloody awful.
Personally, I would rather be in the top flight and even struggle, because for me, nothing feels better than getting one over on the big-boys, something that, despite the crap we've seen this season, we've done twice V Man Utd and Chelsea, or getting one (or 3!) over Tottenham.
There's something pretty **** about heading up to town on a Tuesday night going to see West Ham v Preston North End, whilst fans of clubs we got the odd win over are on the same train as you about to watch their team vs Barcelona in The CL.
Where I grew up, the fan rivalry is between West Ham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and at the time Liverpool then Man Utd. Personally, I still want to be playing those clubs and having the occasional bragging rights with my mates that support those clubs, having the banter with them, and them giving it back in return.
Their our rivals in the strictest sense, not bloody Charlton, Orient, Fulham or whoever. It's not just about the day out, the quality of football and stuff like that. it's the afterwards, the chats in the pub with the mates who support those teams that I grew up with. Perhaps you feel different down there on the South coast, but for a lot of us who grew up in London, Essex, even Kent.
But yeah, let's go down because it will be fun. After a few years, I bet it won't be when we can't banter with our Spurs mate because we beat them 3 times in a season, or take the piss out of our Chelsea mate when we nick a win off them. Doing the same with our Orient mate, our Fulham mate, our Pompy mate - nah, just doesn't have the right ring to it for me.