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That Fulham / Chelsea Thing!

Life can be so very strange if you`ll hear me out!

In my adolescent days I was told that it was wrong to gloat and wrong to worship false idols and also wrong to yearn for what others have. I didn`t come from a god-fearing family but one who held family values close to their heart. Now in my older years I thought I could see the purpose behind my breeding.

Over the last three years, I`ve watched on as those down the Fulham Road have swept all before them. I`ve put up with the victory parades and I`ve put up with the constant jibes about being their little brother, a little brother not worth bothering about, a little brother to constantly put down.

I knew it was wrong to gloat. I was simply grateful that, after years in the Premier League wilderness, Fulham had returned to the top flight. I suppose to those down the road it would seem scant reward. I never yearned for untold wealth or instant success.

I`ve also never, knowingly, worshipped false idols. I appreciated that Mr Al Fayed has spent some of his cash on Fulham and for that I was grateful. He was never going to get my adulation as a person; I don`t know him well enough to fall at his feet in gratitude. Also, I`ve always believed that the players were simply doing a job, albeit for substantially more money than I`m likely to earn in a week. If I walked past one in the street, I wouldn`t put myself out to seek a conversation or to offer plaudits.

I also never yearned for what we didn`t have. In a way I was happy at Loftus Road supporting Fulham. The fact that we returned to our ancestral home made it even more pleasing that we`d survived and that Mr Al Fayed had engineered a return to the quaint ground next to the river.

Unfortunately, I think society has slowly enveloped me in its failings.

I`ve read the thousands of column inches devoted to our big-brothers problems and I can feel this urge growing inside of me. I no longer want to turn my back on them, I no longer want to concentrate on the good things in life, I want to laugh aloud.

After years of, what they thought were humorous jibes, I want to laugh from the roof-tops at their sudden demise, their dramatic failings and the way their all consuming greed has been their downfall.

Does that make me a changed man?

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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 25 2007

Time: 7:00PM

Your Comments

changed man - no! you're still a feckin wuss!
is that big brother to little brother speak?
ohh ok then, a deap and meaning full article umm very good. and i'll also laugh with you at the temporary slight dip in the performance on the money bag that is still in fulham.

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