Date:Tuesday February 16 2010
Last weekend, you know the one when we beat the scummers 4-1 in their own backyard, was a throwback to how football USED to be for me!
The enjoyment I got from this game, granted probably more so because we won - had we lost, with everything else going on I would have probably been suicidal! - was something else, and how I long for this feeling to be able to return at a weekend.
Do not get me wrong I still enjoy it, to a degree, as I can have a laugh and a few beers with my mates but as we ALL know the constant 'off-the-field' b******s has drained so much away from us all.
But last weekend was fantastic!
The lead-up to the game, and the rest of the weekend that followed was purely about the football and everything else was forgotten.
I know it might be seen as 'the easy life' but not having to fear about what will happen next, off it, is something that I want, I will happily admit that I want that easy life, if I never have to get involved with any off-the-field stuff again for the rest of my life I will not be unhappy, all I want to be able to do is go to football and enjoy it again, which I will win, lose or draw whatever level we play at, if there is not a HUGE cloud of doubt hanging over Fratton Park, or wherever we might be playing that weekend...
I made a promise to myself that EVERYTHING that was going on would be forgotten that weekend, and ALL that mattered was the game - and I cannot remember the last time I had this when I went to a game, how I want that feeling to be able to return!
Assuming we make it through these grim times I cannot wait to go back to being able to talk solely about 'how good, or bad, the players, the tactics, the game, the fans, the ref and so on were' because THAT is what football should be all about along with the occasional 'how good or bad the, realistically priced and paid, footballer we have bought in is', or 'how much the player sold, and only if they wanted to go or we are offered stupid money, will be missed'.
All the off-the-field matters should remain that way and those running you SHOULD do this in a manor that is maintainable and should not have us worrying about this, lets just hope that this HAS taught us this lesson and things will be different if/when we sort things out?
Here's hoping we do!
Football should be about what you do on the park, not off it - transfers aside, as that is off it of course - how I long for us to be able to go back to talking about that regularly...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday February 16 2010
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