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[Albion] Barney Ronay at his best - Grimsby match







Greg Bobkin

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May 22, 2012
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Some great bits in there, including: "The traditional route of “getting in their faces” isn’t really available either. Brighton are already there, face‑getting monsters in their own right."
 




Tom Hark Preston Park

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Jul 6, 2003
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'This was an occasion so polite even the half-time entertainment was a deeply moving presentation from the life‑saving stadium medical team, followed by a mascot race, a kids’ race and then a succession of Mother’s Day announcements so heartfelt you half-expected the match officials to come running out for the second half holding a cake and flowers.'

Barney Ronay :bowdown:
 


Swansman

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May 13, 2019
22,320
Sweden
He wrote a very funny piece about Potter at the weekend too. (Spoiler alert: he really likes him.)
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Seriously though, can't be bothered to read a text starting like that. "Roberto De Zerbi has such an impact that Brighton were never likely to lose...". Cult of personality gone wild if you think Brighton were likely to lose against Grimsby with Potter, Hughton, Tom Hark Preston Park or the Holmesdale admin in charge of the team.
 




Deportivo Seagull

I should coco
Jul 22, 2003
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Mid Sussex
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Seriously though, can't be bothered to read a text starting like that. "Roberto De Zerbi has such an impact that Brighton were never likely to lose...". Cult of personality gone wild if you think Brighton were likely to lose against Grimsby with Potter, Hughton, Tom Hark Preston Park or the Holmesdale admin in charge of the team.
Clearly havent watched us get turned over in years gone by.
 




Guinness Boy

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'This was an occasion so polite even the half-time entertainment was a deeply moving presentation from the life‑saving stadium medical team, followed by a mascot race, a kids’ race and then a succession of Mother’s Day announcements so heartfelt you half-expected the match officials to come running out for the second half holding a cake and flowers.'

Barney Ronay :bowdown:
But, but, but they threw PAPER on to the pitch and sang a RUDE song :tears:
 




JBizzle

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Apr 18, 2010
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Seaford
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Seriously though, can't be bothered to read a text starting like that. "Roberto De Zerbi has such an impact that Brighton were never likely to lose...". Cult of personality gone wild if you think Brighton were likely to lose against Grimsby with Potter, Hughton, Tom Hark Preston Park or the Holmesdale admin in charge of the team.
Under Hughton, we lost 0-1 to Sheffield Wednesday (who were on their way down to League One that season and utterly wretched). We drew 1-1 with Newport under Potter in 20/21 and scraped by on penalties, then only just limped past Blackpool. Last season we scraped past West Brom under Potter.

I also recall us losing to Canvey Island and Kingstonian, so not as far fetched as you'd think if you've been around for more that 5 minutes.
 


Swansman

Pro-peace
May 13, 2019
22,320
Sweden
Under Hughton, we lost 0-1 to Sheffield Wednesday (who were on their way down to League One that season and utterly wretched). We drew 1-1 with Newport under Potter in 20/21 and scraped by on penalties, then only just limped past Blackpool. Last season we scraped past West Brom under Potter.

I also recall us losing to Canvey Island and Kingstonian, so not as far fetched as you'd think if you've been around for more that 5 minutes.
"Of course we were likely to lose against Grimsby if anyone but the current bloke was in charge, because we lost Kingstonian in 1994."

Well, I'll just leave this to the current fantasy world.
 








Bold Seagull

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Mar 18, 2010
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Seriously though, can't be bothered to read a text starting like that. "Roberto De Zerbi has such an impact that Brighton were never likely to lose...". Cult of personality gone wild if you think Brighton were likely to lose against Grimsby with Potter, Hughton, Tom Hark Preston Park or the Holmesdale admin in charge of the team.
We did manage to lose to Charlton in a big cup tie not so long ago...
 


Thunder Bolt

Silly old bat
When was the last time Brighton got beaten by a League Two side? Or League One side for that matter (before Charlton)?
2017 by Lincoln who coincidentally had Waterfall in their team.

Strange stat.
We lost 3-1 to Lincoln in 2017 but went on to get promoted to the PL.
In 2003 we also lost 3-1 to Lincoln in the FA cup but got promoted at the Millenium stadium to the Championship, that season.

Newport County and Walsall have also knocked us out of the League Cup in recent years.
 
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Swansman

Pro-peace
May 13, 2019
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Sweden
I think any bigging up of RDZ is perceived by our swedish friend as a direct slight on GP.

It is what it is.
*sucks teeth*
Nah, just tired of the cult of personality reducing everyone else (current or former) in the club to a bunch of losers.

I've watched most of these players for several years. I've seen the club play, I've noticed how it operates. Claiming that any specific manager or player is the reason why Brighton aren't likely to lose against Grimsby is not only thick as mince but belittling the capacity and efforts of the 100+ people involved in getting the club to where it is now.
 




Swansman

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May 13, 2019
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Sweden
You can’t say when did we last get beaten by a division 1 side then actually name one 🤣
Reason I didn't mention it was because the manager who is apparently the difference between Brighton being likely to beat Grimsby or not being likely to beat Grimsby was in charge of that particular game.

I didn't blame RDZ for the loss against Charlton and I'm not going to pretend he is the reason Brighton won against Grimsby.
 


Thunder Bolt

Silly old bat
Nah, just tired of the cult of personality reducing everyone else (current or former) in the club to a bunch of losers.
Irony personified.

Edit to add, this summed up the day for me

But there was evidence here also of the fun, the joy, the boisterous life of English football’s matchday culture.
 
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JBizzle

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Apr 18, 2010
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Seaford
Nah, just tired of the cult of personality reducing everyone else (current or former) in the club to a bunch of losers.

I've watched most of these players for several years. I've seen the club play, I've noticed how it operates. Claiming that any specific manager or player is the reason why Brighton aren't likely to lose against Grimsby is not only thick as mince but belittling the capacity and efforts of the 100+ people involved in getting the club to where it is now.
And again, weirdly hostile. If you think that the actual Brighton fans on here aren't fully aware of the inputs of those others you mention then it's perhaps you that's (what was it?) "thick as mince".

Let me spell it out for you: As Brighton fans, we have seen us lose repeatedly over the years to lower League opposition because we don't take Cup games seriously enough. De Zerbi does, that's why it's different. If you have 100+ employees all trying to win and your manager throws the Cup games to make sure we secure 12th in the League, do you think that doesn't make a difference?

Thick

As

Mince
 


SeagullsoverLondon

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Jun 20, 2021
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Reason I didn't mention it was because the manager who is apparently the difference between Brighton being likely to beat Grimsby or not being likely to beat Grimsby was in charge of that particular game.

I didn't blame RDZ for the loss against Charlton and I'm not going to pretend he is the reason Brighton won against Grimsby.
But he is part of the reason! He manages the side, coached the players chose the tactics and picked the team.
If GP or CH were still the manager and they had beaten Grimsby, it would be true for them as well.
The personality of the manager is important, e.g. the first time we got promoted to the top league we had a manager who instilled belief in his side. The first time we got to an FA Cup final we had a larger than life manager (who wasn't actually very good!) and that was part of the reason we got there. When we were at rock bottom, a manager came in to take us back from the abyss.
We now have a manager who many of the players are saying is the real deal, and they have bought into his philosophy. They are better judges of managers than you or I.

The difference between a good and a great manager comes down to the personality and how they get the players to go the extra mile for them.
(Shankly, Clough, Revie, Ferguson, Wenger, Pep, etc). It doesn't always last, but for a time, the personality of the manager shapes the direction of the club.

It may not last here and may indeed be a false dawn, but in this moment, RdZ is doing something special for my club, that no other manager has done.
 


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