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Love to Hate

No other fixture ruffles my fighting cock feathers quite like a north London derby.

Tottenham v Arsenal games gone by have illustrated how highs and lows of a season long rollercoaster can be swept away, changed significantly for good or for worse, within two individual 90 minute matches.

The word “Arsenal” will always conjure bile bubonic memories for me.

Whether it is a monkey faced Keown bellowing foully into the deflated horse shaped head of Ruud van Nistelrooy after a failed penalty attempted, Robert Pires plotting a penalty robbery by succumbing to thin air and dramatically throwing himself to the floor with all the theatrical prowess of a Hollyoaks episode, or more recently Jack Wilshere.

I do and will forever hate the Arsenal, a team that inadvertently dictate my life. A team that has done and will forever taint my opinion of people I meet. Anyone in red is met reservedly with caution and cynicism with the underlying doubt in my mind that this individual will break into my house, shag my girlfriend and defecate in my fridge all done whilst donning an Arsenal shirt with the name “Campbell” emblazoned upon it.

[authquote text=”I do and will forever hate the Arsenal, a team that inadvertently dictate my life.”]

Arsene Wenger the epitome of all things evil and so often Spurs nemesis, my nemesis. The unrelenting slayer of past Spurs managers and the creator of one Christian Gross, a tortuous period in my derby lifetime has now relinquished somewhat with a recently resurgent Spurs and Arsenal demise.

With every arduous “I did not see it”, bottle kicked in comedic anger and questionable sleeping bag worn, my inner self rejoices once more that footballing good and not evil was bestowed upon me.

Sulzeer Jeremiah Campbell, or c*** to you and me. A man once blessed with the adulation of an adoring following, a man once profoundly held in high esteem by all of White Hart Lane.
All know of what unfathomable sin he was to commit but perhaps the biggest crime of all was to be his befuddlement and bemusement at the subsequent abhorrent reaction from his once beloved followers.

You are “Tottenham through and through” are you not Mr Campbell?

Did you expect us to give you our blessing as you defected to the scum, perhaps a testimonial held at the Lane as each and every one of us could personally give you the send off that you so, so deserve. Maybe on your exit you could take with you the 14 inch blade lodged between my shoulder blades you so kindly put there.

This most inglorious figure of hate shall never be surpassed.

Jenas Arsenal

Satan’s exodus left a gaping, angry void in my life, leaving me hysterically pronouncing any new incoming centre back sharing visual similarity would, “please god”, make the betrayal meaningless. Alton Thellwell (remember him?) and Anthony Gardner both proving my frenetic ranting fruitless.

Then one day the saviour was born, cleansing my heart, filling it with love and happiness for 13 blissful years, a lesson in loyalty to all and in particular to the Judas, soulless cunt that went before.

Long live the King!

Every Saturday my hatred for the Arsenal is drip fed more antagonising fodder. An incoherent at best Paul Merson, stumbling through the English language as if he were attempting to skip around Younes Kaboul after a day on the sauce. Mispronouncing all but one tenth of footballer’s names, as Jeff and the boys laugh and chortle at this “cheeky chappy” with all of his “cor blimey guvnor” rhyming slang and broken English.

To make the challenge of watching this fool all the more tedious, chances are he’ll be sat next to Glaswegian lesbian Charlie Nicholas, not nice to look and even worse to listen too.

I look forward to each North London derby as much as I fear it. Never quite sure what deep lying torrent of emotions will be evoked. The potential of a scandalous decision, a defensive mix up or a Jack Wilshere goal, rendering my body a shaking wreck of a shell of a man, cursing this Tottenham curse that I so love.

[authquote text=”I look forward to each North London derby as much as I fear it.”]

As well as evoking, each game drives deeper and deeper a cocktail of emotion into my sub consciousness accompanying deep seated memories, good and bad, of old enemy games gone by. All the while knowing that this inverted toxicity will come back the next time we meet, rearing its head uglier, thicker and fuller like a satanic Tony Adams and Martin Keown love child.

The ensuing 90 minutes of battle with the old foe will prove to be a long arduous, emotion sapping, physical examination rife with a melee of incident, action and talking point, for both fan and player.

All I hope for is that the boys in lilywhite aspire to show as much passion and heart as the Yid Army following them, if they do then white will be victorious over red.

Good will triumph over evil.

[author name=”Sammy Hill” avatar=”http://www.thefightingcock.co.uk/forum/data/avatars/l/1/1933.jpg?1353103057″ twitter=”Yido_Rhymer”]


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Published on 16th November 2012

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11 Responses to Love to Hate

  1. Dan 16/11/2012 at 7:08 pm #

    I bet you own a 5-1 mug don’t you?

    If you truly feel this way you really need to take a long hard look at yourself

  2. Bandeedo Gunner 16/11/2012 at 7:18 pm #

    I am so sorry you feel that way Mr. Hill. i am a Gunner and i really do not hate Tottenham, i actully like them over chelsea. when i read your comments i feel very sorry for you man. we are different people so we will see things differently. i may not have experienced what you have, but you need to let it go. you have a good team just pray they do well and not only train to be the Gunners there are 18 more team to beat. The Arsenal is just 1 of the 19 you have to play.

    p.s. Hope you do well this season.
    GUNNERS fa lyfe!!!!!

  3. Spursfan 16/11/2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Dear long-suffering Spursfans

    Do you still have faith in Levy and AVB? Do you blame AVB? If you do, ask who appointed him knowing his achievements at Chelsea? But who sacked Harry and other recent managers and who sold our best players without replacement and who appointed AVB anyway? Levy a Spurs fan? A tough
    negotiator? Or just a money-maker tough businessman? You, the fans to judge.
    I’m just another long-suffering Spursfan.

  4. Jay 16/11/2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Unlike “Dan” and “Bandeedo Gunner” (and there ya go), great read. It touched on a lot of emotions that I’ve undergone over the past years, it’s nice to see others emulate those emotions pertaining to such a tense topic. Long Live the King and his majesty’s heir, Prince Steven

  5. CB 16/11/2012 at 7:50 pm #

    It is interesting that you can hate a team that gives you almost as much pleasure as Spurs do – though they have to lose in order to do so. I’d bet that no other team in the PL can have such a positive effect on you.

    Good, evil… – it is a game of football! I’m sure you will grow up and mature eventually. To help, try to think of true evil (child abuse for one) and compare the effects of true evil to the consequences of twenty two people kicking a ball around a field for 90 minutes…

  6. CB 16/11/2012 at 7:56 pm #

    And by the way – ‘Arsene Wenger the antithesis of all things evil’.

    Antithesis means opposite. So you are saying that AW is all things good.

    Spend less time hating and more time learning things.

  7. Catcher 16/11/2012 at 8:19 pm #

    You Gooners truely are wankers !!!!
    Song for the day
    French Jimmy Saville, He’s just a french Jimmy Saville, french jimmy Saville, he’s just a french Jimmy Saville.

  8. koko61 16/11/2012 at 8:37 pm #

    CB..Sam the yid is kinda right.Antithesis is the opposite of something, so AW is the antithemis of evil.. meaning “Arsenal as evil.
    Not looking to the game against you goons, but still have a good feeling about this one.

  9. moe 16/11/2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Samtheyid – I share your feelings, but ironically you did a typical Tottenham by playing a blinder then undoing all your good work by typing `antithesis` instead of `epitomy`!
    Not feeling good about the game, but then I haven`t had this negative feeling since before thr game at OT.

  10. chris 18/11/2012 at 10:35 am #


    • Jay 19/11/2012 at 3:07 pm #

      24 hours later, you post the score?

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