Monday, 5 April 2010
Brilliant Support At Goodison Park
Now I did ask HammersFan to write a little something on how exceptional our fans at Goodison were, in the hope that he may get a few people outside his immediate family to like him (kidding HF!), but I decided to do it myself in case his positivity started to rub off on all of us and we began losing touch with reality. So, I’ve sent him away to have a good look at Gianfranco Zola’s celebrations for our two goals whilst asking him to try and ignore the red-head sitting behind our bench. Fingers crossed he comes back smiling for all the right reasons.
Being a loyal fan for clubs that lose more matches than they win is not the easiest thing to do. When we were relegated under Glenn Roeder, my glory hunting friends thought I was mad for continuing to support our club. But that in itself is the difference between fake fans and real ones. Just flicking through photos of our promotion parade on Barking road and Green Street, and remembering the joy of that day, served as a reminder to me that this bad situation we find ourselves in will be followed by a good one, that this trough will soon be followed by a peak.
And supporting your team in adversity isn’t always just blind support, as our fans at Goodison showed yesterday, it works. Playing away, twice we went behind and came back because our fans did not stop singing and cheering. When was the last time we came back twice away against a team fighting for Europe and one that hasn’t lost at home for nine league games in a row? The response of our players was clear to see and their appreciation of the support was evident at the end of the game.
Speaking of playing away, I can’t help but feel had that game been at home, our players would have just surrendered under the pressure and Everton would have ended up comfortable winners. Let’s keep the spirit our fans showed at Goodison and bring it home to Upton Park. I know it’s going to be difficult and will be touch and go if we survive, but let our adversity make us better fans, not bitter fans. Let us fans do our job and let’s see where our team ends up. "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional" - M. Kathleen Casey. Let's not waste time and energy suffering.
If you were at Goodison yesterday, hats off to you, you did us proud.
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:25