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I'm really getting used to this. Loving it, in fact.

  1. Get to see every single game, hassle-free and cheap.
  2. Don't get wet or cold.
  3. Don't have to drive.
  4. Don't have to park.
  5. Don't get stressed trying to get others out of the house in time to make the pub before the game.
  6. Don't get stressed stuck in traffic.
  7. Don't have to worry about how much I have to drink.
  8. Don't have to waste loads of time and money getting to away games.
  9. Don't have random people farting noxiously around me.
  10. Don't have to queue for a piss.
It's going to be a right pain in the arse going to football matches in the future. :fishing:
 

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Today was one of the few occasions I've actually enjoyed watching one of our games at home - nothing to do with how we are playing, I just think watching at home is only a fraction as good as going to games. Must be saving me a fortune to only have been to one Brentford game since last March.
 
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Forgot to say.... point 11... when you watch from home, you normally win.
 

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.........no thanks...........missing..........
1.My awayday chums...........
2.Returning with three points...........
3.Train journeys with the Eastcote Massive and Ickenham Chapter...........
4.Bringing out the Fake News Filter..........
5.Getting home at 2am from Midweek games...........
6.Talking tactics with opposing fans on trains and trams..........
7.Awayday hats waistcoats and fob and chain............
 

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I’m not the best armchair viewer. Would have given anything to be there today. It’s a YEAR since the last away game at Hull that I got to see. A great result tinged with sadness.
 
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12: you can wear what you want. If anything at all.
Well yes. You don't have to get wrapped up like an eskimo only to end up sweating like fk once you're stuck in the Beehive... and...... point 13. You don't have to queue for a pint.... point 14. You don't have to queue for a pie.... point 15. you take control of the quality of your pint and pie.... and point 16. you can get mushy peas to go with the pie.
 

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Well yes. You don't have to get wrapped up like an eskimo only to end up sweating like fk once you're stuck in the Beehive... and...... point 13. You don't have to queue for a pint.... point 14. You don't have to queue for a pie.... point 15. you take control of the quality of your pint and pie.... and point 16. you can get mushy peas to go with the pie.
You can eat your mushy peas with your fingers but I prefer not to. Unlike York City in that really cold cup game. Really! Mushy peas poured onto of your fish and chips without even a wooden fork. Philistines!
 

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I would add that for many I know, going to a game is a release from their 'normal' life. Nothing beats going to a game on a Saturday, watching it live, signing, (swearing) and drinking with fellow fans and for a few hours being taken away from reality that they may face in their home or work life or both.

For that reason alone - I am sure many can't wait to be back. For me personally the joy of coming out of GP are a good performance or a win is hard to substitute.
 

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It was a good watch today but there was something about the Jensen goal that really made me realise just how much we’re missing out.

It was something about the delayed inevitability of the goal. You could almost feel that moment where everyone stands when they realise he’s one on one, the noise/vibration of the seats flipping up, things go in to slow motion and a nervous hush descends as you grab someone’s arm before limbs ensue as it rolls in to the back of the net and the players celebrate in-front of the fans.

Afraid you just can’t replace that feeling.
 

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£10 is much cheaper than an away match ticket, even for Seniors!
 

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I was thinking the same today. I saw an away match live for just a tenner and didn’t need to endure an early start, getting soaked, getting back late etc. But I’d still rather have gone - meeting mates on the train, putting the world to rights, trying unfamiliar beers, basking in our win in the train home. Just the whole buzz! Hopefully not too long before those days return
 

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How would we know what's going on without a commentary, so much better than that guy two rows in front of me at GP.
 

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It was a good watch today but there was something about the Jensen goal that really made me realise just how much we’re missing out.

It was something about the delayed inevitability of the goal. You could almost feel that moment where everyone stands when they realise he’s one on one, the noise/vibration of the seats flipping up, things go in to slow motion and a nervous hush descends as you grab someone’s arm before limbs ensue as it rolls in to the back of the net and the players celebrate in-front of the fans.

Afraid you just can’t replace that feeling.
4 of the goals today would have been right in front of the away section too.
 

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Well yes. You don't have to get wrapped up like an eskimo only to end up sweating like fk once you're stuck in the Beehive... and...... point 13. You don't have to queue for a pint.... point 14. You don't have to queue for a pie.... point 15. you take control of the quality of your pint and pie.... and point 16. you can get mushy peas to go with the pie.
Point 16 👍👍👍
 

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4 of the goals today would have been right in front of the away section too.

Yeah and when Toney hit the 4th he would have come sliding over to the away fans along with the rest of the team and everyone would be piling down to the front to celebrate while the home fans including the dick with the drum would have been piling out! 😂
 

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Yeah and when Toney hit the 4th he would have come sliding over to the away fans along with the rest of the team and everyone would be piling down to the front to celebrate while the home fans including the dick with the drum would have been piling out! 😂
...............to huge chants of ............Cheerio...........
 
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They're the best, aren't they? You're a northerner now, Shorts. So tell me, have you had the pleasure of our staple, often the repas de choix at committee meetings and the like... pork pie (warmed in oven), mushy peas and mint sauce?
 

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They're the best, aren't they? You're a northerner now, Shorts. So tell me, have you had the pleasure of our staple, often the repas de choix at committee meetings and the like... pork pie (warmed in oven), mushy peas and mint sauce?
Tried it but wasn't keen in the mint sauce. Thursday night is PPASRC (pork pie appreciation society running club) and we have warm pork pies afterwards. Yes, I am a Northerner now, for good or bad.
 
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Tried it but wasn't keen in the mint sauce. Thursday night is PPASRC (pork pie appreciation society running club) and we have warm pork pies afterwards. Yes, I am a Northerner now, for good or bad.
So the Pork Pie Appreciation Society is so large that it has its own running section? That is impressive. Which other offshoot clubs and activities are available? How does the Black Pudding Institute compare?
 

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They're the best, aren't they? You're a northerner now, Shorts. So tell me, have you had the pleasure of our staple, often the repas de choix at committee meetings and the like... pork pie (warmed in oven), mushy peas and mint sauce?
Bonfire night "tea" in our house.....
But imagine that probably doesn't surprise you.....😁
 

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I'm really getting used to this. Loving it, in fact.

  1. Get to see every single game, hassle-free and cheap.
  2. Don't get wet or cold.
  3. Don't have to drive.
  4. Don't have to park.
  5. Don't get stressed trying to get others out of the house in time to make the pub before the game.
  6. Don't get stressed stuck in traffic.
  7. Don't have to worry about how much I have to drink.
  8. Don't have to waste loads of time and money getting to away games.
  9. Don't have random people farting noxiously around me.
  10. Don't have to queue for a piss.
It's going to be a right pain in the arse going to football matches in the future. :fishing:
Mrs Mazz even put onions on my burger today. And although she gave me the strangest look, she even agreed to boil it for me.
 

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Got to be honest. The path life has taken has made it impossible for me to get to matches for several years now. The last time I walked out of Griffin Park, Trotta had just hit the crossbar from the penalty spot. :( I had my match ticket, ferry ticket, was all set for my first visit in almost seven years and to say goodbye to Griffin Park at the West Brom game last March. Then things started getting dodgy and I called the trip off. Obviously the game didn't happen in the end anyway.

But the point is, from a selfish point of view I'm absolutely loving this iFollow malarky. For the first time in years I've been able to watch my team home and away. Not just now and again, but every single game! Of course, I want a safe world and people back in the stadium as soon as possible. But boy am I going to miss this coverage when it happens.
 

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Got to be honest. The path life has taken has made it impossible for me to get to matches for several years now. The last time I walked out of Griffin Park, Trotta had just hit the crossbar from the penalty spot. :( I had my match ticket, ferry ticket, was all set for my first visit in almost seven years and to say goodbye to Griffin Park at the West Brom game last March. Then things started getting dodgy and I called the trip off. Obviously the game didn't happen in the end anyway.

But the point is, from a selfish point of view I'm absolutely loving this iFollow malarky. For the first time in years I've been able to watch my team home and away. Not just now and again, but every single game! Of course, I want a safe world and people back in the stadium as soon as possible. But boy am I going to miss this coverage when it happens.

I would imagine streaming access to every game is here to stay one way or another.
 

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I would imagine streaming access to every game is here to stay one way or another.
I would love to think so, but somewhat doubt it. Pretty sure it's only a thing while the grounds are closed or it would effect attendances. I'd gladly pay the price of a match ticket to keep it going. But I guess clubs would still lose out because there would be nothing to stop someone buying it and then have half a dozen mates round.
 

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Got to be honest. The path life has taken has made it impossible for me to get to matches for several years now. The last time I walked out of Griffin Park, Trotta had just hit the crossbar from the penalty spot. :( I had my match ticket, ferry ticket, was all set for my first visit in almost seven years and to say goodbye to Griffin Park at the West Brom game last March. Then things started getting dodgy and I called the trip off. Obviously the game didn't happen in the end anyway.

But the point is, from a selfish point of view I'm absolutely loving this iFollow malarky. For the first time in years I've been able to watch my team home and away. Not just now and again, but every single game! Of course, I want a safe world and people back in the stadium as soon as possible. But boy am I going to miss this coverage when it happens.

I’ve watched many more games since the resumption behind closed doors last season than ever before. I bought a ST for the first time this season, but realistically, had the ground been fully open probably wouldn’t have got to more than half a dozen home games, maybe a few more just to be there late season to watch us win promotion. I’d have been at Boro today but probably for the best I wasn’t as since 2015 I’ve got two speeding tickets and had someone crash into my car during the match on trips up there!

Also, after years of dragging my son along to a few games a season where it was clear he was only there on sufferance, suddenly in lockdown he’s got massively into football and those somewhat miserable years of investing time in bringing him (last game was last season’s away game at Leeds and he whinged so much despite it being local I said I wouldn’t inflict it on him or me again!) is really into watching the games and enjoyed the banter with his Leeds mates in the run in. He’s now looking forward to coming to games with me when we can, though probably mainly away ones as it won’t make much sense to get him an ST yet (if changing mine to have another next to it is even feasible next season).
 
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And sometimes, “things” happen at half time 😳
Well quite. That's very much benefit no. 17: the potential for carrying out essential household chores during half-time or extended injury breaks. Hoovering, cooking, ironing, gardening, minor decorative tasks and so forth.
 

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I find it hard to watch games at home. I suppose the atmos is a big part of a live game, experiencing highs and lows with others.
 

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I’ve saved a fortune on tickets, mileage and meals and had many a miserable trip to Teesside but I’d have paid for a private jet to have been there with a sell out away contingent yesterday. Scenes!
 
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I’ve saved a fortune on tickets, mileage and meals and had many a miserable trip to Teesside but I’d have paid for a private jet to have been there with a sell out away contingent yesterday. Scenes!
Hey, if you're gonna start doing this, I'm sure there's a few of us happy to chip in a fiver to join you.
 

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Hey, if you're gonna start doing this, I'm sure there's a few of us happy to chip in a fiver to join you.
I'll get on to Lorna Falconer (the club's Logistics Manager) to see what the arrangements are.
 

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I’ve saved a fortune on tickets, mileage and meals and had many a miserable trip to Teesside but I’d have paid for a private jet to have been there with a sell out away contingent yesterday. Scenes!
Hey, if you're gonna start doing this, I'm sure there's a few of us happy to chip in a fiver to join you.
Sounds like a plan and I too will chip in towards the petrol. How many seats will jlove's unofficial have? And would it be possible to pick me up from the Isle of Wight? There's a very large field here that I could make my way to. You can't miss it. It's in between the two buildings. :sorted:
 

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Sounds like a plan and I too will chip in towards the petrol. How many seats will jlove's unofficial have? And would it be possible to pick me up from the Isle of Wight? There's a very large field here that I could make my way to. You can't miss it. It's in between the two buildings. :sorted:
You'll probably need to get to Blackbushe ... sounds like there's demand for a Premier League away weekend special to be planned... Bigg Market, anyone?
 

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Some of the best football I have seen in my life and I can't witness it.
The highlight package makes it even more depressing.
Best I could get is Ally McCoist telling me it is wonderful to watch and Brentford are a fantastic football team.
Thanks Ally.

I am not an armchair fan, but will be watching Wednesday via the Red thing, but I would sooner be there in the cold, in the rain, in the wind, in the car, in the traffic, in the crowd, on me own, with the saucepans, with my macdonalds, with me mates, with strangers, on me Manor, on a train, on a bus, in the fresh air, with me programme, with a team sheet, with me coffee, with me funny ways, with my opinions, with my own eyes and I guess I will have to wait just a little bit longer.
 

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Not sure whether it has been mentioned above but when we go back to 'normal', one long-overdue change from before Covid would be to make all midweek away games over a certain distance from the home stadium (say 100 miles) automatically available on iFollow.

The loss of atmosphere and income from attendance would be miniscule and lots of fans would get to see more of their team. I am sure there are contractual reasons at the moment this cannot be done but contracts can be changed where there is a will. Make it so! :)
 

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Some of the best football I have seen in my life and I can't witness it.
The highlight package makes it even more depressing.
Best I could get is Ally McCoist telling me it is wonderful to watch and Brentford are a fantastic football team.
Thanks Ally.

I am not an armchair fan, but will be watching Wednesday via the Red thing, but I would sooner be there in the cold, in the rain, in the wind, in the car, in the traffic, in the crowd, on me own, with the saucepans, with my macdonalds, with me mates, with strangers, on me Manor, on a train, on a bus, in the fresh air, with me programme, with a team sheet, with me coffee, with me funny ways, with my opinions, with my own eyes and I guess I will have to wait just a little bit longer.
No Sky Red Button on Wednesday.
(Paid for) iFollow only.....
 

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Not sure whether it has been mentioned above but when we go back to 'normal', one long-overdue change from before Covid would be to make all midweek away games over a certain distance from the home stadium (say 100 miles) automatically available on iFollow.

The loss of atmosphere and income from attendance would be miniscule and lots of fans would get to see more of their team. I am sure there are contractual reasons at the moment this cannot be done but contracts can be changed where there is a will. Make it so! :)
I wonder if, in more normal times, they will continue to screen all matches on iFollow. Lots of additional income for clubs and I doubt there’d be much of a drop off in attendances
 

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I wonder if, in more normal times, they will continue to screen all matches on iFollow. Lots of additional income for clubs and I doubt there’d be much of a drop off in attendances
Howsabout making iFollow video available for matches which are sold out for Bees fans?

They used to do something similar in the NFL - live TV games were blacked out in the local region if the game wasn't sold out.
 

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I would love to think so, but somewhat doubt it. Pretty sure it's only a thing while the grounds are closed or it would effect attendances. I'd gladly pay the price of a match ticket to keep it going. But I guess clubs would still lose out because there would be nothing to stop someone buying it and then have half a dozen mates round.

Under normal circumstances this wouldn't be allowed under UEFA article 48.

The question is will UEFA reimpose this once all this is over?

And if so when is over defined? Presumably when stadiums are full and away fans are allowed to travel.
 

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I actually paused for thought last night and was sombre to think we’re missing out on experiencing this.
I sat up from the sofa and punched the air when Jensen tucked the third away. If I was there I would have been singing my head off, jumping up and down like a loon, hugging a stranger and standing in my seat giving verbals to the opposition team. That’s before the warm glow of the journey back.
I shut my laptop lid and did some hoovering after the game yesterday :eek:(

It’s absolutely devastating that we’re missing out on being there when we have the best team in about 90 years given the crap we’ve had along the way.

This is also why I chuckle to myself when I talk to ‘fans’ of big team who may have seen them win leagues but only when watching them at 4pm on Sunday on Sky, just like me. Where’s the fun in that!?
 
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