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.
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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.


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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.