Have you had enough and yearn for the "old days"?
There is quite a bit of discontent on here if I am reading NSC emotions correctly, so interested in people's thoughts as to where they'd like us to be
Has the PL lost it's glamour for you?
I am loving being in with the big boys personally
I am incredibly proud of where we are and what we have achieved. Playing the best football we have ever played, with, in my opinion, the best manager we ever had.
Happy we are in the Premier League and hope we stay there.The logical alternative is to hope that we lose games, and what football fan will do that?
And (not but) I loathe the money-driven, contemptible procession which modern football has become.
When Man City signed Grealish and tried to sign Kane it was, for me, just another nail in the coffin of the Premier League as a credible sporting competition.
The idea that I'll spend the rest of my life as a football fan thinking avoiding relegation is the goal and a top 10 finish would be a marvellous achievement is ridiculous - it is not what you sign up for as a fan of any sport.
I feel like a long time goldfish owner who loves his goldfish as much as ever but hates the water it is swimming in now.
So how to come to terms with it all? Simple answer is: have your cake and eat it.
I support the Albion as much as ever and am now helping my even more local club, AFC Southwick, come back from the dead at the other end (in fact just outside) the football pyramid. The one advantage of PL bollocks is that we hardly ever play on Saturdays any more so it's not even a clash of loyalties!
First home game ground sharing at Whitehawk 2pm Saturday. Loud Shirt Psychadelic IPA on the bar, punk/ska/reggae on the PA. (Guess who's back on the mic? ) Free admission with collection. All welcome.
Come and join us if you like - or enjoy your own non league club when we're not playing. It's not a substitute. It's complementary. Getting involved in the Wickers has stopped me fretting about 'modern football' as I used to and enabled me to enjoy the wonderful fare the Albion serve up week by week without fretting about the corporate contradictions. It's brilliant. And yes, if there is a clash the Albion come first.
So, in answer to the question, no I wouldn't.
Sounds like a paradigm of adult life. Some of it is shit, some is sublime. We could play at being kids forever but it isn't enough, and eventually you'd find yourself forcing yourself to pass up the golden chance for better and more, when they manifest, in order to stay reletively unpressured in life's lower divisions. Bollocks to that.
I am loving every minute and can take the rough for the hope of glory. Same at work. Mind you, I will call out twattery when I see it. Luckily this is more a work thing than a Brighton thing
I like to push myself and I (famously) DEMAND results from my football team. Sitting unpressured in the lower divisions strikes me as the equivalent of the guy who's spent 30 years in the same undemanding job so he can dribble in the corner and wait for his pension to kick in. ***k. That.
But no one really does that in football do they? Because there is no such thing as lack of pressure in the lower divisions. Every bill is a step nearer to bankruptcy. Every game is a step nearer the promised land of the Premier League or the obscurity of the National League and glory can be achieved at any point or place in that ladder. Example? Hereford.
But adult, or not, glory or not, pushing yourself or easy life there is one thing that is unremittingly true. There is a ceiling, For everyone. However successful any of us on here are we'll never be Tony Bloom. Princess Beatrice will never be Queen, however Royal you consider her. Bezos may be the world's richest man but he'll never be God. He'll never control EVERYTHING.
And we have hit our ceiling. Poyet was right about that, at least.
No, but it's not as enjoyable as competing for promotion or playoffs. Of course, there are relegation worries in any division, but a lot of games I'm resigned to getting a draw at best.
Yes, we've had games where we have beaten the top clubs, but they are few and far between.
It's something we have to put up with to be in the PL.