What Our Opponents' Fans Are Saying About Us 19/20

Metalhead

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That's true but whilst there is no 'hidden agenda' the media portrayal of us is disproportionately negative.

Even when we were 'media darlings' (as we should have been) we still suffered from an engrained negativity in how our coverage was presented. Even at our high points they would swing the narrative towards something that would diminish us or worry the fans.

There's lots of reasons but they broadly centre on our position: Big but not big enough. It manifests in many ways. We're big enough to turn our opposition into plucky underdogs, but not big enough to turn commentators into squealing k-pop fans who'll look favourably on every misplaced pass. We're noticable enough to generate strong opinions from reporters and ex-players of a certain age, but not good enough to have instilled genuine respect. etc. etc.

It means everything is far more likely to tend towards disrespect and negativity as soon as the opportunity is there. It's not like that for other big teams. Arsenal and Man Utd have been terrible and criticised recently, but when there's a glint of hope the media story will be about their inevitable ressurection and they'll get puffed up with outrageously optimistic stories.
This is a good observation. When we were at our best under Poch, the narrative was always: "how long can they hold onto Poch, how long can they hold onto Kane."

We are definitely in that 'too big for underdog but not big enough'. Good case in point was when Leicester won the title. Because Leicester had the 'people's team' tag, it wasn't acknowledged that actually, the concept of a team that had badly underachieved for decades actually being in the title hunt was a good story. We were bigger than Leicester so the narrative was with them.
 
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Fat Freddie was a parasite who had a penchant for massage parlours, so rumour has it.
Shepherd was a rag n bone man from out Hexham way. He built himself up from the terraced streets before working with the Hall's. He definitely liked the seedier side of life, but he was far from a parasite.
 

Locotoro

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Who the hell is that in the first tweet? They could be twins they look alike so much
 

Locotoro

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Saw this tweet and thought it was pretty good.
To the theme of Roxanne

fake matt camp
@mattiecamp

@AardigOranje

JAAP STAM
You don't have to put up the wrong guy,
I know he's bald but Not all bald dudes look alike
JAAAAP STAMMM
You don't need to tweet that pic tonight
Oh Cincinnati
You don't ever do anything right
 

SpunkyBackpack

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They all look the same...
That's right dear, oh look Green Street is on tv, your favourite. You watch that while i set the bingo up for later. And remember, if you need the toilet you need to let one of us know beforehand, I'm not having a repeat of Tuesday morning.
 
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