Suppose (click, cluck, click, goes the chicken counter) that we get to
(cluck) the play-offs final. Forget Grimsby (click) and (cluck) the
semis, there's (click) no way I can take the time (cluck) off work.
However tickets for Wembley will (click) obviously be limited. So
(cluck) the question is: am I worthy of a ticket for (click) Wembley?
THE CASE FOR
Lived in Leavesden between ages five and ten. Recall at age eight (1976) being
scoffed at by Liverpool "supporters" for being a Watford "supporter".
Six months later all Liverpool "supporters" had converted to Watford.
Saw my first match against Chelsea - it was before it looked likely we'd
go up. We won 3-1 with a good performance from the seventeen-year-old John
Barnes. I spent all my scant pocket money watching Watford that season -
I went to Orient(a) 3-0 (I think), Bolton(h) 3-0, Sheffield W(h) 4-0. My
winning run continued the following season with Everton(h) 2-0,
Arsenal(a) 4-2, and Arsenal(h) 2-1. I kept up a sporadic interest the
following seasons - I recall the home defeat against Wimbledon the year
they were promoted, as well as the home defeat of Wimbledon the
following year which I think was Bassett's first home game. Certainly it
was one of his few wins.... Can't remember any matches the next season,
except listening to very crackly commentary of the playoffs (Three Counties
Radio or its predecessor in South London). Continued to go to matches albeit
on a sporadic basis - I vividly remember a home defeat by bottom-placed
Hull during the Perryman era (which, although we somehow escaped
relegation that season, was a lower low than anything since). A salary
to spend, and later WML and BSaD, rejuvenated my interest in the Golden
Boys - run an Alta Vista search on Andrew Barnard or Andy Barnard for
some details. A home match from Tbilisi is a 6,000 mile (or something)
round trip and costs 400 quid - that's more than most regulars clock up
and spend in a season. Despite that I've seen four matches this season:
Cambridge away twice, Ipsh!t and Stockport away.
THE CASE AGAINST
Lived in Watford for five years but never saw a match then. Have never been to
more than a dozen matches a season. Hardly bothered going during the
(old) Div One spell as I assumed we'd be there forever. Thought Dave
Bassett would be a good successor to GT. Supported Roeder almost up
until the death, though to be fair not quite as long as ig did (Yeah, thanks - Ed). Never,
as far as I remember, saw Nogan, Beadle, Charlery or Butler in Watford
colours (though I have seen a couple of them score against us since).
Have never jumped in the ponds. Suggested that GT should not come back
for fear of spoiling memories of his first stint at the Vic. My only
replica shirt is the 1997-98 home one. In 1997 I accepted a job in
Tbilisi despite knowing how far it is from the Vic. In April 1997 I
thought Kenny Jackett should be kept on as manager after the 1996-97
season, though I didn't know that GT had already taken over then. In
September 1998 I tipped us for relegation on the basis of watching those
two defeats to Cambridge.
So - for or against me deserving a (click) ticket at (cluck) Wembley?
Answers on a postcard to:
c/o 26 Gabriel Episkopos Street,
Europe (member of the Council thereof),
Between Turkey and Russia,
Not the American Georgia
By the way, most of the postcards will take weeks if not months to arrive. But,
just supposing (click) the vote goes my way, how the f*?k do I get a