I left Carrow Road on the hour on Saturday and got some stick from those around me for doing so, including my matchday friends Alan and Mystic Kev. Well deserved probably but getting back home in time to take Geezer for a walk before it got dark suddenly became a top priority.
Talking of the dark, referee Anthony Taylor should be consigned to the depths of Hades for some of his decisions.
Other matchday mates Steve and Michael didn’t turn up at all. Wise men.
Respect to Brentford. As poor as they ostensibly were they had no problem in beating us 3-1 at Carrow Road.
They didn’t need to do very much to beat us from the moment Ivan “F*ck Brentford” Toney was left alone at the far post for his opener as zonal marking caused Brandon Williams to be dragged into the middle. All they then had to do was sit deep and wait for Mr Taylor to make a decision on their behalf, which he did thrice – much to their enjoyment.
We have never been properly equipped for a Premier League campaign in my living memory, although Mike Walker did his best and Paul Lambert had a go too but he wanted to recruit Christian Benteke and Michu and the response concerning Lambert from then-Chairman Alan Birkett was: “He’s the most impatient man I’ve ever met.”
I’m glad I held off from penning this piece until yesterday morning. Waking up to what I’d originally written on Saturday evening made me realise what we are all capable of saying when we are full of bitterness, bile and frustration. A lesson I’ve been taught many times over the years but I wisely thought I’d adhere to it this time around.
MFW regular Alex Bain’s slant on things was probably more targeted than my original effort so here’s what he reckons in full:
“We have a 22-year-old blaming everyone but himself for the reason he went on loan and experienced players who make so many errors in and around the penalty area it’s no wonder we ship goals.
“And an owner that can’t see that her pipedream of self-financing is a major problem.
“Rashica, Sargent, Zimbo, Tzolis, Sorensen Gunn, Byram and Dimi could prove a good base for next season in the Championship. Add in the Irish lads Idah and Omobamidele – and maybe Hanley – there is hope. We have McCallum, Dickson-Peters, Rowe, Tomlinson and Mumba so I am not too downhearted.
“I’m not sure anyone in the Premier League will want Krul except as a backup and Gibson is only a good Championship player.
“We will lose Sinani, Bushiri and Famewo as all are on loans to buy, Soto will be back as he isn’t getting game time in Scotland then there’s a raft of others out on loan who are either not getting games or injured.
“My biggest concern is Smith and Shakespeare as I am not sure their hearts are in it. I hope they have a break clause for the end of the season and leave with nothing as they have given us nothing [that’s a bit strong! – Martin].
“My favourite option would be the “for sale” sign above Delia’s head.
“No one wants to see an octogenarian booed or hounded out but I can see some supporters getting noisy and maybe protesting outside the ground but will she take any notice if they do?”
Although I missed it in real-time, this heart-warming incident involving Brandon Williams should put a smile on anybody’s face:
Talking of Brandon Williams I read an interesting story in The Sun on Saturday where he described his tough upbringing on a council estate in north Manchester and how he’s had a sleeve inked on one of his arms to portray his journey through life, hoping to make further additions as he grows older. It includes the postcode of the street he lived in.
He also explained his classic working-class route to a better life for himself and his family by concentrating on football and it really is an excellent read if you can find it.
Now while Brandon Williams is 21 and I am 64, we unexpectedly have something in common. I have a fair few personal recollections of life tattooed about my person as well, but the only postcode I have is NR1 1JE. The picture is to establish veracity and credibility, not an attempt to turn MFW into a half-hearted version of Skin&Ink magazine!
To end with, although you declare that I’m one of your children Delia, why do we have to go back to the Championship yet again?
I’ve had better times in Southend.
League One once more? I’d prefer a day trip to Nogdam End so don’t even think about it.
But then again I’m the black sheep of the family: