• West Bromwich Albion Message Board

  • Mark Mark Jun 19, 2007 02:07 Flag

    Interesting Times

    It was a crazy ride; the usual crazy ride, and I had the usual season ticket so I had all the usual highs/lows to look forward to. They duly arrived. Trish and I booked a holiday to Tunisia for the end of May. I didn't think about the possibility of a play-off final because I thought we'd go up automatically. Then, of course, ka-boom...

    So I'm in a muslim country where you can't get a beer for love nor money, been there a day, trying to find a bar with (a) beer and (b) Sky Sports, on the day of the play-off final. We met up with another couple - Derby fans - who were equally trying to find a bar to watch the game. Everybody kept telling us to find the 'Irish Bar', the only one in the (small-ish) resort but when we did we found out it didn't open until half-time on The Day. Cue about a dozen English footie fans waiting on the pavement for the bar staff to arrive for work...

    Anyway, the rest, as they say, is history, and Trish had just agreed to marry me so in the aftermath of the game I was elated and heartbroken in equal measures: that was nice but weird, because I'm used to feeling one or the other, but both at the same time...wow...

    So upward and onward. We're getting married in October. Before then I'd like to see Ellington on his way, Gera likewise, and Hartson losing a good few pounds and rediscovering his zest for a game he professes to love. Robinson will be a sad loss, but in common with several other people on these boards I reckon Davies is a tad overrated. I'd take the money there, for sure...

    Mowbray is experienced and wise enough to know that you can't get out of the Chapionship playing the kind of football we played last season. We need at least half-a-dozen new faces in all areas of the park. He's shown he can bring in good talent, though: both Koren and Kiely were inspired signings and made a huge difference during the run-in. Now we need a good few more. It may not be pretty or attractive at the Hawthorns next season but I'll have all that at home. On the field, we'll need to keep the leads we take and not lose concentration like we did too often in the last campaign. With a bit of luck and a fair wind we'll be there or thereabouts at the end of next season. I won't be booking up any trips for next May, though. Just in case...