Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Nicky Wire: What are you doing?

JUST STOP IT

I've always known he was a Spurs fan (well, not always of course, but ever since I first got into the Manics. Which is really when I consider my life to have started, so yeah, I'll go back to my original lexichoice: always), but this is awful. I don't like to see my heroes acting in this manner. This is the equivalent of Morrissey being photographed spitting in the street and then scratching his crotch and burping. I suppose I should be grateful Nicky hasn't donned a Sunderland or Newcastle shirt, but I bloody hate Spurs too. The White Hart Lane lot are so cocksure, so consumed with self-importance, so convinced they belong to football's higher echelons, and somehow so misled that their club represents the way football should be played in its purest form, that they're hard to like.

I admire Wire's encyclopedic knowledge of football, really I do. In fact I've often become quite excited whenever he's opened up about his love for the game during interviews, in between referring to 1960s US politics and slagging off other bands. I think the fact they're all football (and other sports) obsessives, and the way that doesn't particularly correlate with everything else the Manics are seen to have represented down the years, is brilliant. But photos like this are vile and unnecessary. He only started supporting them because he thought Glenn Hoddle was good when he was young. He simply can't be a real Spurs fan because he's from Gwent, Wales for Pete's sake. Who is 'Pete' anyway? Sampras? This is a rant by the way, so I'll carry on. The above photo was printed in the official Tottenham Hotspur magazine, along with an interview in which he gushes about Tim Sherwood (who played for Spurs at the time) attending gigs when Everything Must Go came out: "He was great - a proper Tottenham boy." Oh, please. I've had a quite miserable enough evening football-wise after watching Boro slump to defeat at Wigan on TV, and now this.

N.B. This has all been a bit negative towards the man (but not without reason), and so I'll provide a fine old Wire quotation by way of balance: "I do consider myself to be something of a pretentious wanker." (1993)

20 Comments:

Blogger D.B. said...

Agreed.

The White Hart Lane lot are so cocksure, so consumed with self-importance, so convinced they belong to football's higher echelons, and somehow so misled that their club represents the way football should be played in its purest form, that they're hard to like.

From what I can gather, that's exactly why he supports them! I'm sure I've read quotes where he literally says that Spurs play/ed the game how it should be played.

To be honest, the fact that he even considers himself a Spurs fan meant that I never really took him seriously on football. I'm sure his knowledge of the game is vast, and you could probably have a decent conversation with him about it, but then again I know a few decent Man Utd "fans" who are exactly the same. The man clearly has no concept of what being a proper football fan is really about. Except, possibly, when he's supporting Wales...

August 16, 2007 2:52 pm  
Blogger Paddy said...

Yeah you're right, and in fact it's the same with JDB (Notts Forest) and Sean (Liverpool) too. All three of them clearly just picked whoever was successful at the time, with Forest winning the European Cup and Liverpool winning the league every year. I suppose if you grow up in deepest darkest Gwent your options are limited but still, as you say, it's a different sphere of football fandom.

I bet Richey was a hardcore Cardiff City fan though, and could be found waving his rattle on the terraces every other Saturday. In fact, rumour dictates that it was Cardiff's imminent relegation to the old Division 3 in 1995 that finally made him fire up that Vauxhall Astra and set off on Feb 1st. Or, maybe not.

August 16, 2007 6:50 pm  
Blogger Gez said...

Brilliant, Kerouacian rant Paddy. Although I've never really liked the Manics' personalities (even the "legendary", Ritchie Edwards was a sour, attention seeking bore in my opinion) Wire was previously fairly tolerable. Now he's gone and done blew it (the football tenses are deliberate).

I'm sure you are aware of this but my Forest supporting mates would get miffed at your use of the term "Notts Forest" as Notts refers to the county of Nottinghamshire as opposed to the city of Nottingham. Or something.

August 18, 2007 10:18 am  
Blogger Paddy said...

That's correct Gez, and I was aware of the Forest fans' dislike for the 'Notts' tag but it's so much easier. Thanks for correcting me.

It's Richey, not 'Ritchie'.

August 18, 2007 12:58 pm  
Blogger Gez said...

Thanks for correcting me. Call it quits?

August 21, 2007 2:43 pm  
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