Yesterday I discovered that I’m in the new ‘History Of Watford Football Club In One Image’. I’m sitting on the left-hand side of the massive illustration – by the corner flag. I’m sandwiched by David Holdsworth (1991-3 shirt) and Rod Thomas (1988/9).
The point isn’t that it’s me, Jimmy Armchair. (I’m just a fictional mouthpiece for a fan with occasional observations.)
The point is what I represent in this image.
I represent you. The fan. In Watford’s history.
That’s you sitting there. (Though you’re probably not as handsome as me.)
Why’s that important? Because, over 135 years, Watford would have been nothing without its fans.
The banners behind me, and at the top of the image, illustrate the same point. The club and its community have travelled together through all the fantastic moments depicted.
The banners, especially, prove another point. Fans contribute to the spectacle. (The 1881 took this to a new level last year.) A football match simply wouldn’t be the same if the fans weren’t there.
But the idea that I am you in Alex Bennett’s incredible work shows what a wonderful creation it really is. When you study the image and recognise the hundreds of references, they’re actually your references. Your memories. It’s a history of you as a Watford fan.
A history of you in one image.
It’s a brilliant thing.
Check it out – and buy a copy – here.
And if you feel moved to do so, follow Alex Bennett on Twitter @footymishmash and thank him for what he’s done for us.
Thank you, Alex.