Supporting a club is never easy. For any club, it has its highs and lows. Take Manchester United for example, two seasons ago they won a remarkable double, with their star player being crowned World Player of the year. The following year, although still winning the league, they were comprehensively beat by Barcelona on the greatest stage of all, and lost their star to those who, while referring to as a mob, “they wouldn’t sell a virus to”.
I would like to believe the above point. However, there are three teams that I support in the sporting world that seem to give me nothing but constant heartbreak. In no particular order (and that is a massive debate for another day);1)
Republic of Ireland Football Team- Supporting this team is hard. Very hard. The organisation of the association is a shambles and we reached a low when appointing a non- experienced manager in Steve Staunton and getting hammered 5-2 in Cyprus while than coming away from San Marino with a disgusting 2-1 victory thanks to out now-to-be castaway star player Stephen Manchester. Oh Sorry, Stephen Ireland. Of course, with everything under the regime, there was an excuse and this time Staunton claimed. “It’s ok, we always play better in March”. WTF?? I will be shocked if we make South Africa this year.2)
Dublin GAA Team- This might not hold much relevance to most readers so I will keep it short. Every year there is a Gaelic Football Championship between the 32 counties in Ireland. Dublin, although amongst the favourites have not won in 14 years. 1995 !! What a year for me ay!! We were lined up to play the greatest country of all in the quarters this year and the county was buzzing as we were odds on to beat them as we had player so well in the earlier rounds. We lost, by 17 points. The odds of the mighty Dublin losing by this amount prior to the game were roughly 500/1 ! I came home, and put ter jersey away saying that won’t be word for at least a year.3)
Now we have Everton. Supporting this club has often been described as a rollercoaster ride. However, it’s a special roller coaster isn’t it. It’s one of those ones that slowly, slowly, slowly, slowly (see the point), crawls to the top, you just reach the top, and than… bang, in a disgusting, stomach turning, horrifying, drop, we seem to be right down at the bottom. That really was disgusting on Saturday. After getting up all excited, watching two games of ball as a build up, here I was, sat on the couch on my own ( I like to watch Everton games on my own so I don’t have to listen to the United and Liverpool morans spout shite after their eleven pints ) ready for our kick off. Needless to say, the jersey was fucked against the wall, prior to landing on the ground, where it remains.
After Saturday's debacle, I really sat down and had a good think. The thing with Dublin and Ireland is, it’s difficult to stop supporting. It’s where I’m from. The whole community is up for games. I’m certain the inhabitants of Liverpool have this which I am very envious of. However, I don’t think it’s the fact that my local residents aren’t up for Everton, that has resulted in me feeling the need to forget about the whole Premiership nonsense. It’s unfair. Plain and simple. Chelsea and City are prime examples. While Everton kick, scrape, dig, and crawl their way to the top of the mountain, City just hop on a magic lift and there they are, right up there with the other filthy rich “big clubs”.
That has what has me Sat here wondering is there any point in continuing the support. We’re not going anywhere without billions. And if we do get billions, we are like the rest of them aren’t we. The only people that can solve this once competitive league are Fifa. Salary Caps and Transfer Limits are a very easy and simple way to solve it.
The thing is that “Big Club” City and Sir Whisky face will have their finest layers working to insure this does not happen. I’m sure it’s against EU Regulation or companies are aloud pay what they want blah blah blah.
I’m not blaming that for out disgraceful performance Saturday but it really is difficult to keep on supporting. All this never-ending heart-break and for what?
Oh Shit, left Jersey on the floor… It better be bloody ready for Thursday.. God I hate sport…...
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1 Posted 17/08/2009 at 14:46:47
Replace Dublin football with Antrim Hurling and I’m in exactly the same situation - and after going to croke to watch us get slaughtered by those greats of hurling....er......Dublin...I put my shirt away too...
However, as you say the Antrim and Republic allegiances are ones of accident, of birth....the Everton one however comes from a whole different place...that’s why it’s hardest to put down.
2 Posted 17/08/2009 at 15:07:45
Funny thing is, went to put on a top for training yesterday! Nice Everton sweatshirt sitting there neatly folded!
I went for the Dublin one! Time is a great heeler!
3 Posted 17/08/2009 at 15:17:36
Everton are able to provide me with as much heartache as I can handle.
4 Posted 17/08/2009 at 15:22:28
5 Posted 17/08/2009 at 15:38:20
Nice one, Stephen, you made me smile for the first time since Saturday.
6 Posted 17/08/2009 at 15:40:46
7 Posted 17/08/2009 at 16:04:16
I actually considered not renewing this season but the sado-masachist inside me won out.
I would never, ever stop supporting Everton but the time as when I stop going the game is an near now as it ever was.
Do feel better though after reading Stephen’s post...
8 Posted 17/08/2009 at 16:25:07
Although I must admit to having been surprised on Saturday...
9 Posted 17/08/2009 at 16:42:48
Not so sure anymore.
10 Posted 17/08/2009 at 18:18:49
Did you watch the game on Saturday? I was in Scallywags at St Clair. Obviously it was pretty embarrassing as the place was full of Gooners!
If you don’t already, get up to Scallywags. The Toronto Toffees are based there and they seem like a really nice bunch. Maybe I’ll see you in there Thursday??
11 Posted 17/08/2009 at 18:27:24
I get excited by the prospects of the blues and frustrated by the lack of progress but there’s nothing as bad as your local team letting you down as the Breffni Blues do. But then we realise it’s hardly life and death. Come on you Blues,Blues and Greens.
12 Posted 17/08/2009 at 19:45:15
13 Posted 17/08/2009 at 20:53:23
14 Posted 18/08/2009 at 01:07:05
15 Posted 18/08/2009 at 09:03:09
16 Posted 18/08/2009 at 09:02:09
What was it Alan Ball once said? Once Everton has touched you etc.
17 Posted 18/08/2009 at 09:23:01
Great article by the way.
18 Posted 18/08/2009 at 10:37:53
19 Posted 18/08/2009 at 11:43:02
The fact remains that if my missus pissed me off as much as Everton do, I would have chucked her out years ago!
20 Posted 18/08/2009 at 13:06:05
21 Posted 18/08/2009 at 13:30:21
22 Posted 18/08/2009 at 13:35:50
But you just can't but not love the Blues because that's why I love football, you never know when you're going to hammer someone or derail their Championship aspirations like Cahill did last year.
23 Posted 18/08/2009 at 16:51:40
24 Posted 18/08/2009 at 18:40:56
Last game was at O’Connell Park when Westmeath battered the footy boys about 12 months ago. Opposite of Irish lads following the prem I suppose. I work with a Killkenny lad who never shuts up about hurling, for obvious reasons.
25 Posted 19/08/2009 at 00:31:02
Good post Simon, but number 3 is the one you have to live with the most. Things can’t get any worse. Get your shirt washed in readiness of things to come!
See ya in Fraser’s for a European game soon. COYB!
26 Posted 19/08/2009 at 02:55:49
Stephen Graham — I’m, of course, a Boston Bruins fan as well. I played hockey from the age of 5 to 38. Having lost 4 front teeth — I’ve some really nice fake ones now — I quit hockey. The Bruins are brutal to root for — but the Mapleleafs are just pure Hell. How do they not win a thing with the money they have and the support? My condolences. They are great fans! And they not only don’t win shit, they can’t even make the flippin playoffs!. Seriously, my condolences.
I was in the Lucky Leprachaun in Orlando, Florida 2 weeks ago and met a really, really good fella who runs the Orlando hurling club. With Irish roots in my gene pool, I’d love to pick a team and jump on a bandwagon. But there’s no coverage in the States.... It’s the only game "man" enough for me to add to my sporting "world." Ciaran, as a guy I read often and enjoy your contributions, any chance you might direct me to any website where I can educate myself on Atrim? Although my family’s from Cork — and I think there’s a pretty good club in those parts that wouldn’t cause so much suffering — at least a friend originally from Dublin tells me.
Hurling is fantastic I think. What other sport can you ignore the ball and take a piece of wood and drive it into an opponent’s mouth?
If you have a second Ciaran, give me a brief education on hurling. I’d love the info.
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