I was going to write a review of the season, but as I’ve lost track of time it seems a bit late to do so now. Plus it doesn’t feel like we’ve had an end to the season what with the Euro’s starting next Friday and then the Olympic football to come and then it’ll be pre-season again. So instead I’m just going to get a few things off my chest that annoyed the crap out of me towards the end of last season.
My bile today is created by those Sandwell nob-heads just up the road here, yes the shit, the scum, West Bromwich Albion.
The first thing I have to say is that not all Albion fans have these opinions but I’ve certainly heard more than one Albion fan voice them. Most Albion fans have a blind hatred of Wolves and cannot put aside differences, where as Wolves fans do often say, “They are the Shit but they’ve earned that point; that win, or they earned the right to stay up.” That is mostly because we are brutally honest with ourselves and even with our rivals. We hate them but only an idiot would criticise any team, whoever they are, when they’ve done well. (I can remember Albion fans still mocking Wolves when they beat Man Utd and Chelsea etc, etc, regardless of the Wolves performance. Great sportsmanship you clowns!)
So last season I heard Albion fans say, “We won 5-1 and got Mick sacked and sent you down!”
No you won a game of football and we lost. You got 3 points and we got none. We didn’t go down because you beat us in a single game. We went down because we lost 23 games out of 38. Mick was only sacked because of the results leading up to that day. The board helped us go down too by not sacking Mick before Xmas or keeping him to finish off the season. Albion had fuck all to do with us going down; blame was shared by Mick and the board.
Leaving the Wolves-Albion rivalry: I also heard Albion fans say, “Because we drew against Bolton in our last but one game, we saved Aston Villa from relegation.”
No you drew a game and both you and Bolton had a point each. Villa stayed up because the teams below them (somehow) managed to get fewer points over 38 games. End of. It’s a league, you know, a marathon. The only game out of all of them last season that had a significant effect as a stand alone match was the QPR-Man City game on the last day of the season, but even when you say that, without the results in the previous 37 going the way they did they could have already won or lost it so that game was only building on top of the games gone by. Seeing your stupidity yet Albion fans? I hope so.
And finally, my favourite one of all: “We gave England a new manager.” No you didn’t Roy Hodgson and his years of managerial experience coupled with his decision to jump ship as soon as any other offer came his way, gave England a new manager. West Brom just kept a very capable man in employment until he was able to find something better. But good luck in your search for a new manager. We can see how good you are next season without the skills of Roy. I think you might find yourselves wanting a little.
Yes Albion fans you really are deluded. But congratulations for staying up. Enjoy it. You really have played well and earned it, but you didn’t save Villa or relegate Wolves or give England ‘The Messiah.’
All you did was scrap your way through 38 games like every single other team in the Premiership.
Onward and upwards Wolves.
Stale’s in town, the war chest is being prepared, the players are talking about being refreshed and hopeful of a new start under a new manager, there will be players leaving and players coming in… and an extra 8 games to pick up league points.
Bring on the 46 games, and hopefully 90+ points.