I can’t remember there ever being a match where I couldn’t say who I wanted to win.
Obviously it is easy to go with anybody playing the mackems but maybe some of you struggle with other matches where on the surface things aren’t as crystal clear.
Naturally when I say ‘who I want to win’, I really mean in 99% of cases who I least want to get beat.
Take this weekend’s FA Cup ties, a tournament we unfortunately decided to take a breather from.
Chelsea v Birmingham
Two clubs with generally obnoxious fans and dodgy accents, obviously I can’t want Chelsea to win because their charge sheet goes on and on; Abramovich helping to ruin football, Dennis Wise, underlying threat of violence every visit until they replaced most of that lot with people who had just discovered football in adult life. Birmingham having Chris Hughton is another mark for Birmingham (against Chelsea anyway).
Crawley v Stoke
Never met a Crawley fan but met plenty of Stoke ones, not much going for them coming from a dump like Stoke so no wonder their charva behaviour….and that’s just the players and manager! so come on Crawley.
Everton v Blackpool
The bitter blue fans have never forgiven us sending them and the likes of Villa out of the old ‘big five’ when Keegan stormed the party. ‘Scouse mackems’ is an apt description and I’ve had some canny trips to Blackpool away from football, as man and boy!
Liverpool v Brighton
Made a good friend at Italia ’90 in Sardinia who happened to be a Brighton fan, also remember cheering the Seagulls on at St.James’ Park back in late 70s/early 80s when we were mid-table in the second division and Brighton winning would stop the mackems going up. As for Liverpool – their permanent arrogance summed up with their shocking Suarez behaviour, then you have Dalglish, Bellamy, Lawrenson, Carroll…..
Millwall v Bolton
Bolton are a waste of time and nobody will miss them when they freefall out of the Premier League but anybody who has visited Millwall will find this an easy choice. Old Den/New Den, same horrible people.
Norwich v Leicester
Normally it would be Norwich as I quite like their set-up and Delia is a great antidote to the majority of Premier League owners trying to ruin football. Though I don’t like the celebrity cook quite as much as a friend who still has the hots for her! Got no time for yet another charva club, Leicester, but if Norwich win then we’ll lose our Saturday fixture against them in March.
Stevenage v Tottenham
Surprise to some this one as Spurs are a total tosser club, with ‘arry the king of them. However, no forgiving the trampy behaviour of the entire Stevenage set-up in 1998, especially their chairman who had the look of a used car salesman.
sunderland v Arsenal
There aren’t many who look down their noses more than the Gooners but this is one I definitely don’t have to explain.