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16 years in the wildereness/ now almost as many years back so taking stock
#11
(04-21-2017, 07:10 PM)spandaubaggie Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 06:56 PM)Seen one wall Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 09:59 AM)spandaubaggie Wrote: I was 20 when we went down in 1986. I'd seen us promoted in 75/76, my first year as a supporter, and seen us spend a decade in the top flight in that period, in which time we'd come close to being champions and winning trophies. I thought it'd always be the case.
86-02 changed all that. Firstly I thought we'd be back in 3 years or so, like we had in the 70s.
We then saw 3rd division football, the Woking embarrassment, and a decade plus of low crowds and some crushing defeats to football's makeweights like Plymouth, Stockport, Crewe and Swindon. The good times were precious few in that period. Only Ardile'ss season, a brief spell under Talbot and even briefer one under Harford gave us any glimmers of hope. 
That rebuild under Megson, which culminated with today's anniversary was little short of a footballing miracle. We were on the road to ruin.
It's time to look at the progress. Has our club evolved in that time in the way we would have dreamt?
By and large, most of us would say yes. Now here we are, looking forward to an 8th year in the top flight.
Only gripes seems to be about Pulis's pragmatism, a bewilderment why more fans aren't coming, and frustration that we seem cemented in a football order cast in stone, where the next stage actually isn't really anything tangible other than feeling more comfy in the Prem than we are, whilst still not challenging for silverware. 
It may not be as much fun as it was in the yo-yo years, but I like supporting my local club, which can compete with some of the biggest football teams on the globe and occasionally beat them.
The Prem's razamatazz is slightly galling to us old enough to see through the hype, but anniversaries like this remind me of Ron Saunders, Gould, Buckley etc which was for years the norm and make me grateful for now.

'Footballs makeweights'

You epitomise what a large a majority of our fans have become....
PC touchy brigade alert. Letting in 5 or so goals v teams who have less than illustrious status in the football chain is something fine with you then. As I said I appreciate where we are and so sorry to have upset you judging the likes of the mighty Crewe.

Imagine the outrage if we were referred to to as 'Premiership Makeweights'

A bit of respect would not go amiss, these clubs were in the same league as us at the time.
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#12
(04-21-2017, 07:12 PM)Dreamkiller Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 07:10 PM)spandaubaggie Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 06:56 PM)Seen one wall Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 09:59 AM)spandaubaggie Wrote: I was 20 when we went down in 1986. I'd seen us promoted in 75/76, my first year as a supporter, and seen us spend a decade in the top flight in that period, in which time we'd come close to being champions and winning trophies. I thought it'd always be the case.
86-02 changed all that. Firstly I thought we'd be back in 3 years or so, like we had in the 70s.
We then saw 3rd division football, the Woking embarrassment, and a decade plus of low crowds and some crushing defeats to football's makeweights like Plymouth, Stockport, Crewe and Swindon. The good times were precious few in that period. Only Ardile'ss season, a brief spell under Talbot and even briefer one under Harford gave us any glimmers of hope. 
That rebuild under Megson, which culminated with today's anniversary was little short of a footballing miracle. We were on the road to ruin.
It's time to look at the progress. Has our club evolved in that time in the way we would have dreamt?
By and large, most of us would say yes. Now here we are, looking forward to an 8th year in the top flight.
Only gripes seems to be about Pulis's pragmatism, a bewilderment why more fans aren't coming, and frustration that we seem cemented in a football order cast in stone, where the next stage actually isn't really anything tangible other than feeling more comfy in the Prem than we are, whilst still not challenging for silverware. 
It may not be as much fun as it was in the yo-yo years, but I like supporting my local club, which can compete with some of the biggest football teams on the globe and occasionally beat them.
The Prem's razamatazz is slightly galling to us old enough to see through the hype, but anniversaries like this remind me of Ron Saunders, Gould, Buckley etc which was for years the norm and make me grateful for now.

'Footballs makeweights'

You epitomise what a large a majority of our fans have become....
PC touchy brigade alert. Letting in 5 or so goals v teams who have less than illustrious status in the football chain is something fine with you then. As I said I appreciate where we are and so sorry to have upset you judging the likes of the mighty Crewe.

You can never make Crewe sound more insignificant than they really are. You let them off lightly.

They've been in the news a fair bit in more recent years, mind...
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#13
(04-21-2017, 07:32 PM)Fido Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 07:12 PM)Dreamkiller Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 07:10 PM)spandaubaggie Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 06:56 PM)Seen one wall Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 09:59 AM)spandaubaggie Wrote: I was 20 when we went down in 1986. I'd seen us promoted in 75/76, my first year as a supporter, and seen us spend a decade in the top flight in that period, in which time we'd come close to being champions and winning trophies. I thought it'd always be the case.
86-02 changed all that. Firstly I thought we'd be back in 3 years or so, like we had in the 70s.
We then saw 3rd division football, the Woking embarrassment, and a decade plus of low crowds and some crushing defeats to football's makeweights like Plymouth, Stockport, Crewe and Swindon. The good times were precious few in that period. Only Ardile'ss season, a brief spell under Talbot and even briefer one under Harford gave us any glimmers of hope. 
That rebuild under Megson, which culminated with today's anniversary was little short of a footballing miracle. We were on the road to ruin.
It's time to look at the progress. Has our club evolved in that time in the way we would have dreamt?
By and large, most of us would say yes. Now here we are, looking forward to an 8th year in the top flight.
Only gripes seems to be about Pulis's pragmatism, a bewilderment why more fans aren't coming, and frustration that we seem cemented in a football order cast in stone, where the next stage actually isn't really anything tangible other than feeling more comfy in the Prem than we are, whilst still not challenging for silverware. 
It may not be as much fun as it was in the yo-yo years, but I like supporting my local club, which can compete with some of the biggest football teams on the globe and occasionally beat them.
The Prem's razamatazz is slightly galling to us old enough to see through the hype, but anniversaries like this remind me of Ron Saunders, Gould, Buckley etc which was for years the norm and make me grateful for now.

'Footballs makeweights'

You epitomise what a large a majority of our fans have become....
PC touchy brigade alert. Letting in 5 or so goals v teams who have less than illustrious status in the football chain is something fine with you then. As I said I appreciate where we are and so sorry to have upset you judging the likes of the mighty Crewe.

You can never make Crewe sound more insignificant than they really are. You let them off lightly.

They've been in the news a fair bit in more recent years, mind...

That academy of theirs always did get them talked about.

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#14
(04-21-2017, 07:42 PM)Dreamkiller Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 07:32 PM)Fido Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 07:12 PM)Dreamkiller Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 07:10 PM)spandaubaggie Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 06:56 PM)Seen one wall Wrote: 'Footballs makeweights'

You epitomise what a large a majority of our fans have become....
PC touchy brigade alert. Letting in 5 or so goals v teams who have less than illustrious status in the football chain is something fine with you then. As I said I appreciate where we are and so sorry to have upset you judging the likes of the mighty Crewe.

You can never make Crewe sound more insignificant than they really are. You let them off lightly.

They've been in the news a fair bit in more recent years, mind...

That academy of theirs always did get them talked about.

I don't think I ever mentioned my mate who met an ex-England international who was friends with another lad who was in the news who mentioned how someone at that club would have hard core porn on TV whilst kids came round to his house*


*this post may have to be deleted at some point but is true, nonetheless.
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#15
(04-21-2017, 09:59 AM)spandaubaggie Wrote: I was 20 when we went down in 1986. I'd seen us promoted in 75/76, my first year as a supporter, and seen us spend a decade in the top flight in that period, in which time we'd come close to being champions and winning trophies. I thought it'd always be the case.
86-02 changed all that. Firstly I thought we'd be back in 3 years or so, like we had in the 70s.
We then saw 3rd division football, the Woking embarrassment, and a decade plus of low crowds and some crushing defeats to football's makeweights like Plymouth, Stockport, Crewe and Swindon. The good times were precious few in that period. Only Ardile'ss season, a brief spell under Talbot and even briefer one under Harford gave us any glimmers of hope. 
That rebuild under Megson, which culminated with today's anniversary was little short of a footballing miracle. We were on the road to ruin.
It's time to look at the progress. Has our club evolved in that time in the way we would have dreamt?
By and large, most of us would say yes. Now here we are, looking forward to an 8th year in the top flight.
Only gripes seems to be about Pulis's pragmatism, a bewilderment why more fans aren't coming, and frustration that we seem cemented in a football order cast in stone, where the next stage actually isn't really anything tangible other than feeling more comfy in the Prem than we are, whilst still not challenging for silverware. 
It may not be as much fun as it was in the yo-yo years, but I like supporting my local club, which can compete with some of the biggest football teams on the globe and occasionally beat them.
The Prem's razamatazz is slightly galling to us old enough to see through the hype, but anniversaries like this remind me of Ron Saunders, Gould, Buckley etc which was for years the norm and make me grateful for now.

Could not have put better wecare were we are throught the hard work and bloody mindlessness of megson ,JP's we will not be held to ransom stance and the pragmatisem and organisation of Pullis, the next level for me would be winning a trophy or 2 and regular european football but this would depend on a huge investment in transfers 100's of millons+ so until then i will continue to attend games cheer shout me self horse chew the fat over the result onway home because fans of a certain age like me remember the dark days of the late 80's & 90's and the sense of despair so enjoy it now hopefully it will last .
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#16
(04-21-2017, 08:33 PM)Fido Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 07:42 PM)Dreamkiller Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 07:32 PM)Fido Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 07:12 PM)Dreamkiller Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 07:10 PM)spandaubaggie Wrote: PC touchy brigade alert. Letting in 5 or so goals v teams who have less than illustrious status in the football chain is something fine with you then. As I said I appreciate where we are and so sorry to have upset you judging the likes of the mighty Crewe.

You can never make Crewe sound more insignificant than they really are. You let them off lightly.

They've been in the news a fair bit in more recent years, mind...

That academy of theirs always did get them talked about.

I don't think I ever mentioned my mate who met an ex-England international who was friends with another lad who was in the news who mentioned how someone at that club would have hard core porn on TV whilst kids came round to his house*


*this post may have to be deleted at some point but is true, nonetheless.

DG known dirty bastard, this from an ex-England player and current pundit.
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