Thursday, March 20, 2008

So Fucking Close...........

The Thistle support get ready for the 2nd half. Guy on the phone: Ye did what with my coupon!!??

Tonight was my first trip in many a year to Ibrox (otherwise known as Castle Greyskull, Snake Mountain or The Death Star), home of Glasgow Rangers. Partick Thistle had drawn them in the Scottish Cup Quarter Finals and three and a half thousand Jags fans took Rangers up on the kind offer of fifteen pound tickets. What a night! Rangers were fucking woeful, it has to be said. Nacho Novo, known by many Thistle fans with long memories for being a dirty wee shit, ended up on his arse for most of the first half as Thistle just went about their job frustrating the Huns. Midway through the 2nd half we scored and the whole Thistle end went into meltdown. We were still celebrating, as were the players I think, when Rangers took advantage of the only time in the whole game where we failed to clear our lines properly. Kris Boyd doing what he does best, bundling the ball over the line like he was humping a sack of coal onto a lorry. The fucking big wank!
Not that we saw that goal go in. The seats we got were about six rows from the front and behind the goal. You had no idea how far up the pitch either team was. What looked to be an attack on the edge of the penalty box often turned out to be merely a series of passes somewhere in the middle of the park when viewed on the video screen situated in the corner of the stadium. We got a great view of our goal, but what was happening at the other end of the park was anyones guess.

So, a replay, more cash for Thistle and a definite advantage to Rangers, as our pitch is like ploughed field with the Rugby that's being played on it. On tonights evidence, Rangers are much Like Glasgow Warriors in that they aren't overly keen on keeping the ball on the ground either. Rangers will whinge about fixture congestion and in a surreal twist, the game will be played on the weekend of the following round of the Scottish Cup (are you following me at the back?), but fuck it! These guys get paid monstrous amounts of money and are supposed to be professional athletes, they can go and fuck themselves if they want to play the "I'm a tired little bunny now" card. Try being a speedway rider and doing three meetings a week in three different countries and see how far you'll get with that pish.

Anyway, my throat is fucked and I'm on my third can as I type this. Damn work in the morning, though it'll be nice to patronise the Rangers fans for a change.............

"Aye, well, ye never know, we could have an off day in the replay and ye might sneak a goal........."

5 comments:

ZinZin said...

A Walter Smith team is always going to be woeful, his brand of football is dour, defensive and lifeless. Football is entertainment, under Smith its sensory deprivation.

Rangers fans have my sympathies, I had to suffer the blessed one for three years. It doesn't do your mental health any good.

iLL Man said...

A lot of fans don't care about the football as long as they win. This applies to Rangers fans more than most. I can see 'Uncle Wattie' taking over for the replay at Firhill. McCoist seemed to be in charge at ground level while Smith served a ban for having it out with Hibs manager Mixu Pantyliner. I reckon Thistle manager Ian McCall should have provoked a fight with Coisty, might have been an interesting last half hour............

Rangers play 'anti-football', but it seems to work. Dundee United ought to have won the League Cup on Sunday, if we're talking in terms of the quality of the football on show. Sadly, such adventurous play leaves you open to the incessant progress of the Rangers dreadnought. They're like the Borg from Star Trek.

I'm just happy that my team got the ball on the deck and played some cracking football when they got the chance. I recognised the play actually, it was the same type of game that ripped Thistle to shreds about three seasons ago when Ian McCall was the Falkirk manager. I get the impression we're on a journey somewhere, watch for the name on yr fixd odds folks.

Oh, and it wasn't me who mangled the Huns players car. No sympathy to the fucker though, you get all you deserve if yr dumb enough to drive yr car to the ground. I'm just pissd it wasn't Nacho Nobcheese and his crappy Porsche.

ZinZin said...

It says a lot about Gordan Strachan, that a team managed by Smith is going to win the title.

Football is entertainment. I actually got pissed off with Everton and David Moyes earlier in the season, during a 2-0 win over Boro, over the performance and his decision to bring on defenders for attackers. Still he must have listened as six weeks later they scored seven!

Malc said...

Thoroughly enjoyed the highlights. I was happy at 0-0, but chortled heartily when Thistle scored and the merriment was only marginally dampened by the equaliser. Great stuff!

iLL Man said...

Zinzin - Rangers fans couldn't care less how they win games, it's all about beating Celtic. If they can do that, they're happy as pigs in shite. It's the way it is with the Old Firm. Scotland's curse in many ways. Rangers will win the replay, Thistle's pitch suits their arial assault style.

Malc - There was something inevitable about the equaliser. Just watching the players celebrate after the goal told me they were in no fit frame of mind to defend properly until they had sobered up. Their goal did just that. More money for an assault on the 1st division next season I suppose, but it would make my year if we could beat them.