Has my fire really gone out ?

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Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by lincolnhammer1963 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:26 pm

This Saturday I will be making my first visit to the stadium this season.
Due to other commitments and living 150 miles away ive struggled to make any of the games so far this season.

however on Monday morning this week I decided to get a ticket for this Saturday.
As my finger hovered over the send button for payment, all manor of thoughts entered my head.

Not the usual sense of excitement and anticipation I usually get.
This feeling was a far more overwhelming feeling than id ever had before.
I started questioning myself.
Do I really want to go
Can I be bothered to make the effort
Will I come away with that empty feeling inside that ive experienced pretty much every time ive been recently.
Do I still love the club as much as I did.
All week I keep asking the same question.
Has my fire really gone out on the club ive loved for 50 years

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by ageing hammer » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:27 pm

There's only so many times you can kick a dog in the goolies before he goes away for good

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by fjthegrey » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:30 pm

lincolnhammer1963 wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:26 pm
Has my fire really gone out
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It's never too late to get it back. :thup:

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by kev » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:30 pm

Im close to being done.

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by mc_unit » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:31 pm

I don’t want to raise your hopes, but a lot of fans are feeling the same issues you raise.

I’ve tried to keep optimistic, continued to renew my season ticket. I’ve had countless debates about trying to stay positive about our club.

Most games this year I’ve had the same numb feeling going to and leaving the stadium.

I feel so deflated last night leaving the king Power yesterday.

However the away game at Gillingham a few weeks ago was a positive and I’m hopeful we can continue a good cup run to at least boost any remaining morale we have as a club.

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by Sauce! » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:42 pm

Apart from a few glory years we’ve always been crap, but the Dildo Boys +1 have taken us lower than I thought possible.

However, as long as we still fans that are prepared to stand against the scumbags it ain’t over yet.

Keep the faith.

Over to you Mr Morrissey...




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Post by Big George » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:47 pm

Sauce! wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:42 pm
Over to you Mr Morrissey...
"Siri, show me how to make a bad situation worse"

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by Monkey Mike » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:50 pm

We stayed over at friends recently after a night of food and drink at their home. The following morning before we headed home we went to watch their 9 year old play in his local team. I've got two girls so missed out on that as a Dad, but I must say that I absolutely loved it. Without question I got more enjoyment and satisfaction in watching his team play than I have watching West Ham in as long as I can remember post stadium move.

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by sicknote » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:56 pm

Maybe if some of our underperforming players had a threat of a tree being stuck up their arse like morrissey had on top of the pops , the ****ers might try a bit harder

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Post by e17 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:04 pm

sicknote wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:56 pm
Maybe if some of our underperforming players had a threat of a tree being stuck up their arse like morrissey had on top of the pops , the ****ers might try a bit harder
They’re all a bit more reminiscent of a lyric by James Newell Osterberg Jr* than those of Steven Patrick Morrissey at the moment..

“I am the passenger”

(*better known as Iggy Pop)

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by iLoveLasagne » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:13 pm

My mate is from Luton originally. He's managed to persuade me to go to Luton v Cardiff next month. Tbh it didn't take too much encouragement. Not compared to going to LS to watch West Ham. I have been offered a ticket once in each of the past 2 seasons and I have refused point blank. Whilst, unsurpisingly, I am not excited nor feel any passion about going to Luton, I am still looking forward to it. I will be visiting an old ****hole ground with a team at the bottom of the division littered with West Ham rejects, but it will still be better than going to watch the new hollow version of my own team. Following in the footsteps of so many other clubs, Luton are now looking forward to getting their own new football stadium. It really is something when a Luton fan can look look at our situation and feel pity.

The fire to attend any matches was dead long ago. The fire to follow all of our games on TV/streams was dwindling just as fast. The fire to be bothered about results has practically diminished. I attended the cancelled protest march which reignited some of the fire. But the rate at which things were forgotten by so many, so quickly again caused it to recede.

I missed the last static protest but it has definitely made me want to attend. The only thing fuelling any sort of enthusiam these days revolves around getting the thieves out. Seeing my team's demise on the pitch should sadden me but it in fact brings a smirk to my face as I see Sullivan and junior or Brady frowning on the TV. So for me, there is a fire which flickers but it is not fuel towards the XI on the pitch but rather something more profound for me.

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by Lovejoy2 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:25 pm

I feel the same way, the last match I attended was in April '17 at home to Swansea, we won 1-0, the game was garbage and I sat in the very back row of the top tier, I didn't feel in the slightest bit connected to the match in the way you should when you're live at the game, nothing like sitting in the front row of the Chicken Run and feeling like you're on the pitch with the players.

I used to love going to the Boleyn Ground, these days I can't summon the energy or effort to travel an hour to London then 20 minutes on the tube, pay at least £100 for the match and train ticket combined, see us play like sh** then have all the fun of queuing forever just to get back to Stratford station before even getting anywhere near London Bridge!

However, having said all of the above, my love for the club has never wavered, I still eat, sleep and breathe West Ham, the problem is she just isn't the same anymore.
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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by Gormalysis » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:31 pm

I was having this very conversation with someone at work this morning, I'm so out of love with it all that I didn't even know last night's score. Last ST I had was a couple of years back and I stopped going after game with the board protests when we lost to Burnley.

I can take us being ****, we always have been (aside a few wonderful moments). What I can't take is the way the club is run and the stadium. Doesn't matter anyway, I'm not the kind of person they want there anyway.

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by johnnyb » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:36 pm

Being of an advanced age, I get a half price ST. However the real reason I still go is for the few hours spent in the company of my son and nephew. I've seen a lot of crap West Ham teams in my time but this present one takes the biscuit.

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by lincolnhammer1963 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:43 pm

I know what you mean Lovejoy,
its like meeting a girl when youre young, and having a passionate relationship.
You get married, have kids, have good times as well as bad

You grow old together
you still love each other, but you don't necessarily like each as much.
That's my relationship with West Ham.
its like looking back in an old photo album and putting the rose tinted spectacles on.
Life was wonderful back then.
it probably wasn't, but hehhh who cares we were young and in love

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Post by Samba » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:54 pm

Monkey Mike wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:50 pm
We stayed over at friends recently after a night of food and drink at their home. The following morning before we headed home we went to watch their 9 year old play in his local team. I've got two girls so missed out on that as a Dad, but I must say that I absolutely loved it. Without question I got more enjoyment and satisfaction in watching his team play than I have watching West Ham in as long as I can remember post stadium move.
What a terrible but true, indictment.
You couldn't have said that, once upon a time.

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by Pob! » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:59 pm

All I have left is the embers of a fire that once burned brightly in my heart and consumed my soul.

GSB have killed everything that was West Ham, and it's got nothing to do with our performances on the pitch.

Getting up on a Saturday morning with THAT feeling.
Parking on Southern Road and walking through the back streets to Green Street and over to Ken's cafe for a old fashioned hot dog and a cup of Rosie and a chat.
Then over to the Queens for a pint. Now I'm off to the sweetie stall for my bag of sweets.
Taking my place at the back of the BML saying hello to all the same faces.

Moving us has killed us and I will never forgive or forget them for it. I hope they rot in hell!
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Post by keithwright1977 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:06 pm

There’s is only so much a mere mortal can take, everything has been a struggle since moving stadium and It just seems that hopeless failure is just around the corner although it feels different this time. Every other time this has happened at least we still had Upton Park, our identity

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Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

Post by sendô » Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:34 pm

If I'm honest, I've struggled to really care for a while now.

Even when we lost to Spurs I just sort of shrugged and carried on.

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