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Spare a thought for Roosters fans

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Lamington new author
Roar Rookie
4th November, 2019
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Yes, I know what you’re thinking – gee it must be hard supporting the most successful club of the 2010s, and those latte sipping yuppies from Bondi don’t deserve our empathy.

But that’s where you’re wrong.

Since the grand final, the majority of the talk has been focused around either the refereeing or the Raiders not winning. I’ve hardly seen any celebration of the Roosters’ tremendous seasons, winning back-to-back grand finals as well as laying the blueprint for all coaches going forward on how to do so.

Cast your minds back to either the recent Sharks or Cowboys premierships – popular media ran for months with the underdog story and how good breaking a drought was. Conversely, the Roosters got the 6 pm news the next day and then it was back to regular scheduling.

Does winning regularly mean each successive win means and should be celebrated less? I assure you QLD enjoyed their eighth Origin in a row just as much as their first of the streak.

Not only have poor Roosters fans been neglected by the media, but they have also been silenced by other fans as well. We all know that being a Roosters fan isn’t the most popular occupation, but to actively drown out any celebration with claims of a fixed premiership or undeserved win is both ignorant and unfair.

If your club was to win the premiership next year, you’d want to talk about it for months following. But any time a Roosters fan mentions the grand final they first have to add in the addendum that the Raiders were hard done by or risk having their opinion discarded and often personal abuse hurled their way.

So while you might think Roosters fans have it all, spare a thought for them – it gets lonely up the top with no one to talk to.