Football – A Cruel Mistress

Football fans endure highs and lows every 90 minutes, week, month and season, the idea is when we encounter a low something good is coming soon. Supporting some teams means the good times outweigh the lows but fans of certain ages appreciate KDB, Salah or Hazard because at one time Mike Sheron, Steve Harkness or Mark Stein played for their club.

Project Restart has been amazing for Brentford FC, winning every game, playing each game as it comes on its own merits and the gap to the top 2 was gradually reducing. Going into last Fridays Huddersfield v WBA game the Bees were 1 point behind West Brom and a superior goal difference on their side. Any slip and the Bees was going to pounce, the dream scenario for the last season at Griffin Park was within touching distance, promotion and Premier League football at the new stadium.

As a fan you hope and even though West Brom’s form was shaky you didn’t believe they would drop points against Huddersfield or QPR. The miracle occurred though Friday night, twitter was off key the news was coming through WBA have lost 2-1, you are joking, Brentford need 4 points from 2 games against Stoke & Barnsley….PREMIER LEAGUE HERE WE COME…..COYB

Dream over, the nightmare begins, what were we thinking, fans in the stadium or not Stoke is an awful place to go play football (usually windy), they possess a few Premier League experienced players and a manager whose tactical nous focuses on defending. The players didn’t choke on Saturday that’s for sure, ultimately the game was lost and labels can be lodged on the game but as a fan the defeat was sore, it summed up being a football fan. Hope, reality, optimism, joy and sadness all within 24 hours.

As I write this 4 hours till kick off my head tells me its playoffs WBA are at home, QPR are one of our rivals, former manager Warburton & former player Barbet are at the hoops and if WBA get promoted tonight QPR receive transfer add on’s from WEST BROM! But I am a fan I live in hope, hold on to omens (my friends late father held a season ticket seat his seat number was 121, his daughters artwork is in today’s final programme, which page, you’ve guessed it page 121), the knowledge this is the greatest squad the club has ever assembled and on the final game at Griffin Park a miracle fit for a Disney film in 5 years will happen.

Brentford 5 Barnsley 1