Faith needs to be restored in game
Adam Brandon Football in 2007 is the most popular sport in the world. It's all about money, WAGS, fast cars, advertising, Sky TV, soulless club takeovers and a feeling that your club is exploiting you at every opportunity.
Football in 2007 is the most popular sport in the world. It's all about money, WAGS, fast cars, advertising, Sky TV, soulless club takeovers and a feeling that your club is exploiting you at every opportunity.
On the pitch it's predictable and boring. It's also November and all I know is that there has never been a colder or darker one in my lifetime, I swear.
Anyway, such misery isn't helped when your football club is heading straight for the third tier for the first time in nearly half a century. I didn't go to Plymouth, actually my last game was QPR away, which was so depressing and laughable all at the same time I decided to delete the game from my mind.
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I actually sat on the tube after the game, violently banging my head against the arm rest until I couldn't remember any aspect of the game. If it had stayed in my brain I would never watch football ever again. That does actually sound quite tempting for me at the moment as you've probably guessed.
I think the 1990 World Cup is mainly responsible for getting me obsessed with football, Roger Millar, Gazza, Lineker, Maradona, Baggio, Klinsmann and Schillaci. More importantly before that I do remember Flecky's winner on ITV against Millwall at the Den in '89. That was my first Norwich memory. I'm nearly 24 years old now and for the first time in my life I kind of wish I didn't even like football, it really does get more dislikeable by the week.
- 1 “It was high on Ben and it was a red card' - Giannoulis bang to rights for Woodgate
- 2 Paddy's Pointers: Five observations from the Premier League-bound Canaries' 3-1 defeat against Bournemouth
- 3 Paddy Davitt: Player ratings after Canaries' 3-1 Bournemouth defeat
- 4 City players and fans celebrate promotion on social media
- 5 Farke savours sweet Premier League promotion after rollercoaster ride
- 6 WATCH: Delighted Delia Smith leads Canaries fans in Emi Buendia sing song
- 7 'Amazing' - Buendia hails City's special promotion achievement
- 8 Paddy Davitt verdict: I'll have a P please City
- 9 'A wonderful season' - Praise pours in for City from legends and pundits
- 10 Norwich City fans gather at Carrow Road to celebrate promotion
Whether it's Norwich players never turning up to games or every cup competition being dominated by the biggest clubs or as already mentioned the soulless club takeovers, it's all quite unpleasant.
So what's Football's appeal exactly and why do Norwich supporters keep going? Loyalty and hope I suppose. However, it's a lack of loyalty from the players that has contributed to our club free-falling down the league.
Combine this with the whole WAG factor that has been highlighted by Roy Keane last season and Roeder this, the players are happy to just pick up their weekly pay packet for basically doing nothing, there is no will or ambition left in a lot of them anymore.
We all need to have hope as a football supporter. I'd like to wish Glenn Roeder the best of luck as Norwich City manager. He'll do very well to keep us up in my opinion. I'm hoping he can get sufficient funds from our loyal and passionate owners.
I'm hoping we can put in a few performances full of passion and good football, much like we saw against Ipswich. I'm also hoping I can go to the next couple of home games and enjoy football once again.
However, I feel that the game basically isn't the game I fell in love with back in 89/90. We are very much in troubled waters at the moment; other clubs such as Manchester City have been here before.
They survived the wreckage and came back stronger albeit with fresh steel and new sails.
To survive in these unforgiving waters and to steal a quote from Jaws: “I think we're gonna need a bigger boat.”