• Excitement - Isn't that what football is all about?

    It's not all about winning, nor about getting to the playoffs, nor even about reaching the dizzying heights of the Premier League. it's about excitement - and that's what has been lacking for the last year or so at the Albion:

    • Getting excited about reading on a Sunday night that we were about to spend 2.5m on the leading scorer in our division the previous year.
    • Getting excited when Buckley scores a last minute winner against Donny in the first game at the Amex (not to mention the other last minute winners and equalisers in 4 or 5 games that season).
    • Getting excited about signing Vicente - and then pretty much getting excited every time he touched the ball (even though it wasnt often enough).
    • Getting excited about playing and knocking out Premier League opposition in Cup matches
    • Getting excited about finally having a goalscorer to replace FFS and how brilliant he was for the second half of that season.
    • Getting excited about THAT free kick from Spanish Dave


    Vicente - didn't touch the ball enough


    Frankly - what in the last year or so have we had to be excited about? Isnt that what football is all about? It isnt about winning, it's about edge of your seat stuff, the sharp intake of breath when THAT player gets the ball... that is what is missing right now and partly why I don't want us to sell Buckley because he is capable of that albeit so infrequently now.



    Will Buckley - exciting


    Yes, winning is great and last minute winners are exhilarating - but you can't substitute having a player on the pitch who has that "what is he going to do now" X Factor. Players like Vicente, Darren Currie and Mark Gall. Even Peter Smith had it in small doses and, of course, many say that about Peter Ward, although I never got to see him live myself.

    Let's hope we sign someone who may not be brilliant every game, but every so often will bring us to the edge of our seats with something magical and brilliant.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Isn't that what football is all about? started by Reinelt12 View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. JimmyJayUK's Avatar
      JimmyJayUK -
      Agreed, I'm sensible in real life. I don't pay 500 quid per year to watch sensible football!!
    1. TomandJerry's Avatar
      TomandJerry -


      But in all seriousness, I agree
    1. Prince Monolulu's Avatar
      Prince Monolulu -
      Forest game was one outburst of fun and emotion last year. Need more of those.

      Coincidentally, I really enjoyed Brum also, a rare show of emotion from OG after a 1 - 0 win.
    1. Mr Smggles's Avatar
      Mr Smggles -
      Football is a business, its about money.
    1. Reinelt12's Avatar
      Reinelt12 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Smggles View Post
      Football is a business, its about money.
      Sorry, I wasn't clear, I meant from a fans perspective.
    1. goldstone's Avatar
      goldstone -
      Agree 100% about the excitement thing. I do not want to watch boring football played by a bunch of clones with no personality.
    1. Monkey Man's Avatar
      Monkey Man -
      Last season was the first time I remember being bored watching Brighton. I've been exasperated, worried, furious and disheartened at games many times. But not bored. Maybe it's a middle age thing.

      I agree it's not all about winning, or promotion every year - let's be honest, we're not a club that's likely to get much higher than mid-table in the Prem if we're very lucky. It could happen, but I'd say the odds were against us.

      So I agree ... for me I want to go to home games and see attacking, positive play; exciting players; goals. If we lose to better teams along the way, that's just the way it goes.

      I thought the Sheff Weds game was incredibly tedious, regardless of the result. We looked like just another mediocre Championship side. I hope for better or it's going to be a long old season.
    1. sir albion's Avatar
      sir albion -
      The boring negative football is really taking its toll on the fans!!!!
    1. Barrow Boy's Avatar
      Barrow Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Reinelt12 View Post
      Excitement

      Not all about winning, or about reaching the playoffs, or the Premier League... its about excitement, and that's what has been lacking for the last year or so:

      Getting Excited about reading on a Sunday night that we were about to spend 2.5m on the top scorer in our division the previous year.
      Getting excited when Buckley scores a last minute winner against Donny in the first game at the Amex (And then last minute winners or equalisers in 4-5 games that season)
      Getting excited about signing Vicente - and then pretty much getting excited every time he touched the ball even though it wasnt often enough.
      Getting excited about knocking out and playing Premier League opposition in cup matches
      Getting excited about finally having a goalscorer to replace FFS and how brilliant he was for the second half that season.
      Getting excited about THAT free kick from Spanish Dave

      Frankly - what in the last year or so have we had to be excited about? Isnt that what football is all about? It isnt about winning, it's about edge of your seat stuff, sharp intake of breath when THAT player gets the ball... that is what is missing right now and partly why I don't want to sell Buckley because he is capable of that albeit so infrequently now... Let's hope we sign someone who may not be brilliant every game, but every so often will bring us to the edge of our seats with something brilliant.
      Totally agree, last season I got so bored with our 'style' of football that several times I ended up reading the programme cover to cover during the game. Having followed the Albion on/off for the best part of 51 years I've put up with my fair share of crap, but I have never ever been so bored watching our football as I was last season. It was one of the main reasons I didn't renew our ST's for this season.

    1. ees complicated, no?'s Avatar
      ees complicated, no? -
      If I just wanted excitement, I could think of other cheaper things than the 50 I spend a month. (excluding pie and drink money)
    1. scoobiewhite's Avatar
      scoobiewhite -
      Leicester, QPR, Blackburn at home. Leicester, Forest away. Ulloa coming back to fitness, CMS coming back to fitness (which helped with forest away!). Journey to, and JL's goal in the home leg of the playoffs.

      I experienced excitement on all these occasions. Was let down a few times obviously but was excited none the less.

      Also suffered boredom as well. Can't deny that either.
    1. JBenno's Avatar
      JBenno -
      Quote Originally Posted by Reinelt12 View Post
      Excitement

      Not all about winning, or about reaching the playoffs, or the Premier League... its about excitement, and that's what has been lacking for the last year or so:

      Getting Excited about reading on a Sunday night that we were about to spend 2.5m on the top scorer in our division the previous year.
      Getting excited when Buckley scores a last minute winner against Donny in the first game at the Amex (And then last minute winners or equalisers in 4-5 games that season)
      Getting excited about signing Vicente - and then pretty much getting excited every time he touched the ball even though it wasnt often enough.
      Getting excited about knocking out and playing Premier League opposition in cup matches
      Getting excited about finally having a goalscorer to replace FFS and how brilliant he was for the second half that season.
      Getting excited about THAT free kick from Spanish Dave

      Frankly - what in the last year or so have we had to be excited about? Isnt that what football is all about? It isnt about winning, it's about edge of your seat stuff, sharp intake of breath when THAT player gets the ball... that is what is missing right now and partly why I don't want to sell Buckley because he is capable of that albeit so infrequently now... Let's hope we sign someone who may not be brilliant every game, but every so often will bring us to the edge of our seats with something brilliant.
      Heartily agree with this.
      I don't care about 'having to' get to the Premier league, the price of the food or even losing a fair few matches to be honest.
      Donny and Hereford in '97 apart - The signing of and getting to see occasionally Vicente was my single favourite thing about the last 20 years as an Albion fan.

      In essence, we all just need something to 'fall in love' with again.
    1. Reinelt12's Avatar
      Reinelt12 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JBenno View Post
      Heartily agree with this.
      I don't care about 'having to' get to the Premier league, the price of the food or even losing a fair few matches to be honest.
      Donny and Hereford in '97 apart - The signing of and getting to see occasionally Vicente was my single favourite thing about the last 20 years as an Albion fan.

      In essence, we all just need something to 'fall in love' with again.
      That's exactly what I am talking about... Yes, winning is great and last minute winners are exhilarating - but you can't substitute having a player on the pitch who has that "what is he going to do now" factor like Vicente, Currie, M Gall, even Peter Smith, and many say that about P Ward (although I never got to see him live).
    1. Tony Meolas Loan Spell's Avatar
      Tony Meolas Loan Spell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Monkey Man View Post
      Last season was the first time I remember being bored watching Brighton. I've been exasperated, worried, furious and disheartened at games many times. But not bored. Maybe it's a middle age thing.

      I agree it's not all about winning, or promotion every year - let's be honest, we're not a club that's likely to get much higher than mid-table in the Prem if we're very lucky. It could happen, but I'd say the odds were against us.

      So I agree ... for me I want to go to home games and see attacking, positive play; exciting players; goals. If we lose to better teams along the way, that's just the way it goes.

      I thought the Sheff Weds game was incredibly tedious, regardless of the result. We looked like just another mediocre Championship side. I hope for better or it's going to be a long old season.
      I love you because THATS EXACTLY my view.
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