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Lower league tropes

Discussion in 'League One' started by ThisTinpotLeague, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. ThisTinpotLeague

    ThisTinpotLeague Well-Known Member

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    My absolute favourite thing about supporting a lower league team is the complete freedom to chat utter shit and never be called up on it. Sometimes it all goes a bit too far and Bristol City spend £1.5m (reminder: five Matty Taylors) on a player like Callum O'Dowda who they presumably have not seen play. Even then, O'Dowda never actually plays for Bristol City (why would he?) and their charmingly optimistic fans refuse to acknowledge the idea that they might have fallen for a wind up.

    I love this forum because it's shown me that I'm not the only one who talks utter nonsense about football. In fact, this forum has so much nonsense that trends have emerged. In this, my love letter to the lower league discourse, I'm going to celebrate the most common examples of us all talking shit. If the good people of Britain can vote for Brexit then surely we can muster up some sort of system to automatically ban anyone who perpetuates these utter myths:

    This league is shit this year. It must be if we are X in the table.
    A runaway favourite for number one. Absolutely guaranteed to be said by any supporter of a team in the lower half of the division every single season, except this season they mean it and it's true. Terrible.

    Our goalkeeper is the best in this league, and possibly the league above
    I'm wary of mentioning anything that might just be old-fashioned bias, but the goalkeeper trope deserves a mention because it is totally universal (we all have the best keeper in this league) and utterly unrelated to the actual skill of your goalkeeper. A classic case in point is Swindon, where the resident clown fish is so bad that rival players freely admit they exploit him and his own manager says that he gets distracted by 'crowd noise', and yet their fans have managed to hype him up to such an extent that other fans just end up agreeing without really thinking about it.

    If anyone can think of any I have missed, please share. Otherwise I'll just start looking through the stuff Northampton fans post and I'm bound to find a few updates.
     
  2. Murphy

    Murphy Bloody Nice Chap

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    August after pre-season: If this lot can click and manage to stay fit, we could end up around the play-offs come the end of the season.

    May: Relegated.
     
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  3. Strawberry_Jam

    Strawberry_Jam Active Member

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    But we DO have the best keeper in the league?!...
     
  4. Meadow

    Meadow Not a lad Site Supporter

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    I don't chat shit. I'm an eternal pessimist and only waver from that if/once we've got to the playoffs. Works well for me.
     
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    No you don't. We do.
     
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    Bobbin' Site Supporter Site Supporter

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    'If this manager stays, we're down'

    Said supporters of 12 different clubs.
     
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    Indian Dan Well-Known Member

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    Then there are the fans that follow their club so closely that they think they won L2 last year when they actually finished 3rd.
     
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    Its typical 'insert every lower league club' we always do it the hard way.
     
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    T.A Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    We're that club that ends another clubs horrendous run.

    #BrownOut
     
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    No you don't, we do
     
  11. Jockney

    Jockney Well-Known Member

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    1) "If we play like we did on/at ________, I have no doubt we will win."

    2) After losing when you expected to win: "They wanted it more than us," "They outfought/outmuscled us."

    3) "We sold _____ for £2m which means we have £2m to spend in January" or "We're not spending beyond our means. We bought the fella for £600k and put him on £5k wages but you have to remember that two years ago we sold _____ for £700k!"

    4) More generally, the chairman/owners are to blame for a bad run of form or a poor season despite continually meeting the ever-shifting expectations of the average fan: "I will be forever grateful for John Smith for buying out our £100m debt, for building us a new state-of-the-art academy and for doubling our average attendance in the space of five years, but it's a fucking disgrace that we can't compete with [insert club here] for a player I've never actually seen play!"
     
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    Couldn't agree more with number 1. Another variation of it is 'if we play to our potential, we will win'.
     
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    No in-between with most supporters (including myself at the best of times). A few wins and you're untouchable, a few losses and you'll never win again. Unless you're average two points a game, or are otherwise well clear at the top, there really isn't any claim to be had that you're that much better than any side in this league.
     
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  14. TrinidadsNumberOne

    TrinidadsNumberOne Gizza job?

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    Don't forget those fans after a 7 match winless run who want their managers sacked. Southend fans wanting Phil Brown out was absolutely hilarious now look at them.
     
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    'I expect him to play Premier League football' when a young kid has come into your first team and not been shit.
     
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    Before three years down the line playing Premier League Football... the Evo Stick Premier League!
     
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    One of my favourite lower league tropes is when a journeyman turns up on the opposition team. Always used to love it when Kevin Ellison or Efe Sodje turned up with Rotherham/Morecambe and Bury. It's like seeing an old relative every year :lol:
     
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    TrinidadsNumberOne Gizza job?

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    Managers that constantly bemoan the budget rather than embrace the challenge as well like our former manager who is never getting another job in professional football again.

    Also there was an embarrassing high concentration of Crewe fans who think that any good Academy product is a Championship standard player. Matt Tootle literally sums this one up, such a limited defender but cos he played the passion card half our fans thought he was at least a Championship level player!
     
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    I like when if you play a team who haven't won in a while, you always get a shedload of fans saying "They haven't won in 8? Ah Christ they'll win today then we always end those sort of runs for other teams"
     
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    TrinidadsNumberOne Gizza job?

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    Lower league fans that categorically deny they're selling clubs, they're the worst.

    If Liverpool can't keep Luis Suarez and Manchester United can't keep Cristiano Ronaldo what hope do you have of keeping your half-decent youth prospect?
     
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    the amount of lower league fans that blame referees for their team's ineptitude seems to be pretty high.
     
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    Murphy Bloody Nice Chap

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    If it's Trevor Kettle it's usually fair, to be fair.
     
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    Fans writing off players who sign for their rivals because of a 3 game loan spell with their club 5 years ago.
     
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    TrinidadsNumberOne Gizza job?

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    Nearly every promoted League Two fan underestimating League One and constantly expecting to be promoted to the Championship after one season.
     
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    'We outnumbered the home support'
     
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    Completed it.
     
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    TimeyWimey Sustainable

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    The filtering down of Sky Sports style 'pundit talk' and in depth analysis of a performance to lower league fans. It makes for the worst radio of all time when Radio Stoke dedicate 5 minutes to 'fans in the stand' talking about whether we should play 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-1-3-2 or 4-1-1-2-2. It's all clueless bullshit.
     
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    teams coming down from the Championship ...' with our squad, we should piss this league....' finish mid table
     
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    TrinidadsNumberOne Gizza job?

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    When Sky Sports place fourth division journeymen on a pedestal because they can score a good free kick now and again.
     
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    Lower league fans (mainly from Yorkshire) seem to be obsessed with fan numbers for some reason.
     
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