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Mr. Predictable

Mr. Predictable
Dear Talking Bull,

The regular, and not so regular, fans among us have probably all heard that on more than one occasion. I've been subjected to it far too many times to mention during 39 years of attending our beloved Edgar Street.

The perpetrator of this very predictable comment usually falls into a certain category, mostly Herefordian, and almost certainly a 'supporter' of a bygone age.

He's almost as likely to say:

'You're better off going down the pub. I support Manchester United now.'

'I'd rather go and watch the local football on Widemarsh Common as it's far better'.

'I wouldn't watch them now as they didn't come to see me when I was bad.'(Ho, Ho! Very funny!)

After another Hereford win his most likely comments will be:

'Didn't the other team turn up?'

'They won did they? What went wrong?'

'Did they play a team of OAPs?'

'Did they play a team from the Blind College?' (Very sad).

When the Bulls lose we get:

'Lost again did they?' (Very perceptive).

'I don't know why you bother.'

Yes, he's Mr Predictable!

Of course you often get more than one of these clowns (or clones) in a workplace. This can add to the distress of a Monday morning return to work.

Down the years I've found myself dreading walking into work as paranoia sets in. I could feel a sore-throat coming on, or a bad bout of flu. Mind you going sick would be the easy answer, although my work 'mates' would have a field day if United had suffered a bad loss.

A few years ago one of my work colleagues, and I use the term very loosely, actually shook my hand when I told him I'd given up watching Hereford.

Can you believe that?

Of course, I only said it to wind him up, but it just highlights the mentality of some of our fellow Herefordians.

If you are an exiled Hereford United fan living and working in a far away town or city you can take a bit of leg pulling, but it's the boring and monotonous comments from locals that's so hard to stomach.

The last few years have been superb, but still these idiots turn their back on the Bulls. They call themselves 'football fans' but can't be bothered to attend Edgar Street on a regular basis - unless of course it's a 'big-match' or cup-tie.

Is it too much to ask of these fairweathers, whom we all encounter, to be proud of the fact that Herefordshire has a professional side in the Football League.

Surely it's time to stop the sarcasm every other week - and it's time for them to back John Trewick, Graham Turner, and the lads, rather than Sky TV and Carling!

We are the top sporting concern in the county and it's about time these moaners and windbags got off their backsides and gave us some support, and not just for the FA Cup ties they all seem to come out of the woodwork for.

All United regulars should fightback and put a copy of this article on every workplace noticeboard.

Colin Butler

If you have any thoughts, ideas and recollections please don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at Vital Hereford United.

email: hereford@vitalfootball.co.uk

Writer:Colin Butler
Date:Tuesday July 1 2008
Time: 4:41PM

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