Enemies and friends

In Omar Bogle’s interview on BluesTV, he talked about scoring a goal against Jack Butland, a former Academy team mate of his. He said he talked with Jack after the game, but he didn’t talk about his goal. It sounded as though he had the ability that professional football players need to have, to regard opposing players as enemies during a game and as friends at other times.

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5 thoughts on “Enemies and friends

  1. Ijaz

    Players and supporters always see things differently. To the players it’s a job. Yes they’ll reciprocate the crowd and many carry on with a ‘soft spot’ for a club they have played for no doubt because of good memories there. To the fans a player who is worshipped one week may be playing for their bitter rivals the next and be seen as the ultimate ‘Judas’. Players will come and go though but as long as he is wearing your team colours you support him. Butland however is a bad example. He is always given a good reception as he didn’t ask to leave. We want to score past him but no one really sees Butland as the enemy.

    1. Puddleglum Post author

      The point I was trying to make is that we shouldn’t see fans of other teams as our enemies. Some of my friends are Villa fans.

  2. Robert j Clancy

    About 65 years ago in the railway end ? How old are you buddy?
    Was you around when we served fleur de lys pies?

    1. Puddleglum Post author

      I’m 76. My dad never bought any food at the ground so I have no idea what they served.

  3. mick orton

    Absolutely. Last weekend I texted a friend who supports Villa and commented on the fact that Blues are above Villa at the half way point of the season. I told them that I will give them a cabbage for Christmas. Last night I saw them – they told me to f*** off and then they bought me a drink. That is how it should be between rivals. Loads of banter, even some hostility during the match, but then a slap on the back and a shared drink after. Another friend who is a Wolves fan received a constant stream of barbed texts from me last season. This season I have been texting my congratulations on their promising start to their season in the Premiership. Of course, next season might be different …… !

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