Just a quick one here; as you may know from my previous articles, I like West Brom about as much as I do getting caught with diarrhoea five miles from a toilet. Normally, all the drivel you get from them about their superior quality of football and Stoke’s root one style makes me angry, but I’ve just come across one quote, and I simply laughed. Well worth a blog post on.
“Ours is brave football, heroic football, football that gives people entertainment, ignites dreams and offers value for money, an absolute moral imperative. Albion football is football with principles, a belief system, a style you can be proud of, win, lose or draw.”
Fantastic isn’t it. What’s heroic about slumping to pathetic defeat after pathetic defeat and once again looking condemned to relegation from the Premier League? Where’s the entertainment value when half the home fans left the game fifteen minutes early on Saturday? What’s to be proud of when the fans boo their “heroic” players off the pitch?
Which inspires more pride?
Now flip the situation to look at what Stoke have achieved this year. Yes it’s heroic to fight back from 2-0 down with three minutes to go to gain a crucial point away at Aston Villa. Yes it’s very entertaining to see Stoke beating the likes of Arsenal. Yes it represents value for money to watch Stoke play, and compete with some of the best Premier League clubs at prices cheaper than those at many Championship clubs. Finally, while our style is admittedly, somewhat rugged, week in, week out, we see a level of commitment and endeavour from the Stoke players that we can be proud of whatever the score, be it Stoke City 1-0 West Brom, or West Brom 0-2 Stoke City.
I hope the fans at London Road, Peterborough and the Stadium MK enjoy West Brom’s absolute moral imperative football, as that’s where it’s heading.
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