Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Slough and Ankara - twin cities

Following a link from the Guardian I came across a blog concerning the life of a Slough Town supporter. Just read the following extract from the blog and tell me if there are any similarities between us here in Ankara and the poor Berks boys and girls.

It must be boring being a Chelsea/Man United/Arsenal fan, where a season of crisis usually means finishing third and only reaching two cup finals. When they do lose a game their whinging managers always blame everything else and cry that its not fair - ban FA Cup replays, international matches; blame injuries (ignoring the fact that they’ve got 16 internationals on the subs bench) or refs that have got it in for you. It’s like listening to some millionaire boss complaining about not having enough perks of the job. In fact I’m surprised one of them hasn’t complained that their opponents scored a goal cos the ball was too round.

For the rest of us plebs who have to put up with season after season of not-very-much, the anticipation of a fresh start brings out the optimist even in the most pessimist of people, telling ourselves ‘just wait till next season.’

Just replace Chelsea/Man United/Arsenal with Galatasaray/Fenerbahce/Besiktas and it could easily be a story of our own League here. Glad to see that we are not the only ones suffering in this cruel, cruel world.


  1. Have you ever been to Slough????????.....I would have thought you would compare yourself to Leeds, Sheffield etc. you know places with no hope of enjoying quality football in the near future except when one of the top teams visits........

  2. Yes, I've been to Slough - a bonnie wee toon, even though it IS in Ingallind !

    As I mentioned to the author from Sloughin a post on his Blog, I used to referee in The Rothmans Hellenic League and The Old Southern League in a previous life, and can easily remember the high standard of footie served up.

    Cheltenham Town, Didcot, Abingdon Town, Oxford spring to mind. Certainly was more enjoyable than some of the horror shows from Ali Sami Stadium this season !!!

    C'mon you Slough Town boys. Look forward to seeing them in The Conference in a year or two's time perchance ??!!