The Seven Ages Of Fan, Part Five: The Justice

As some of you will already be aware, for the next few weeks Monday night is now literature night here on Twohundredpercent. We are delighted to welcome Football Hobo’s Alan Smithy back to our pages this evening for the fifth act of his seven part epic which traces the life of the football supporter in relation to the celebrated monologue from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, which is better known as “The Seven Ages Of Man”, or “All The World’s A Stage”. This evening: The Justice. Disappointment and frustration pervade a number of Shakespeare’s greatest works in much the same way as they litter the path of the football fan. A prolonged losing run that seems never ending can result in a winter of discontent for us all, and yet we continue to throw ourselves willing into the breach each week and carry on supporting our side regardless, like fortune’s fools. Would life not be A thousand times more fair, ten thousand times more rich if you could just win a game? I reckon Shakespeare would’ve been more than able to pen (or should that be quill?) a decent play about footie if he were around today, but perhaps he was more prescient about football than we give him credit for. If you take one of his most famous soliloquys and squint ever so slightly while reading it, you...

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