George Rodger seeks out the road best traveled in today’s route map to footballing happiness.
If football is like a religion, then it’s little wonder that people are losing their belief, their faith and ultimately, their way.
Now I am not a religious man. I am no theologian. In fact Doctor Sheldon Cooper likely has more faith than me. But I am pretty sure that the idea is not that you expect your God to make you happy and provide you with an existence that suits you expectations. Sadly though that appears to be exactly what your average Arsenal fan expects from the club.
They buy tickets, wear the latest replica shirts and maintain subscriptions to Arsenal Player. Surely that means the club has a duty to make them happy? I mean this is a big investment we fans have here. A great deal of time and money is spent supporting the club.
It’s a huge commitment on our part.
Where are the returns on our personal investments? We don’t invest like this so as some cheeky Chav from the King’s Road can snigger at us in the pub and make us feel like second-class fans.
We deserve much better than that after all we have done for Arsenal.
But ask yourself.
What exactly have you done for Arsenal?
By “Arsenal” I don’t mean the stadium, team or board. I mean the institution. The whole package. Everything and everyone connected to the club.
But some people blame the club for their unhappiness. For them, their unhappiness is the fault of Arsene, Stan or even, this week or maybe last week, some poor Ivorians. And they should bloody well know how they are not meeting our expectations.
Well here is the thing – it is actually your own fault.
Everyone should look to themselves. Instead of demanding that the club makes your life better, try making your own life better.
You can do this by simply enjoying the football. And helping others to enjoy it.
It must be better if, as human beings, we channel our efforts into making life happier for those people at the club rather than trying to make them miserable. If you are concentrating on bringing misery to others, booing at the ground, making banners designed to hurt people, or ‘just’ abusing other fans who only want to enjoy the team and the game, what does that say about you as a human being?
We should attempt to be positive with our efforts, and make those around us and at the club happier. Not try to bring them to their knees because we want more for ourselves. The easier we make it for the manager, players and club to do their jobs to the best of their ability, the more we will all benefit.
So why not try being responsible for the happiness of others rather than demanding that they meet your individual needs? Life is what you make of it, but presently it seems to me that some are determined to make it miserable for others.
Lets help the club – and each other – by supporting the club rather than trying to destabilize it.
Take a trip along Happy Street and choose the ‘high’ road rather than the ‘my’ road.
See where you end up; you might just surprise yourself.
You can catch George in the fast lane on Twitter @Blackburngeorge