Support Super Synners Wembley Dream

A WORD of thoroughly deserved praise for bubbling Billingham Synthonia, the pyramid part-timers who are within sight of a fairytale trip to the spectacular new Wembley Stadium that could pour second hand consolation glory into the vaccuum left by Boro’s bitter FA Cup exit.
Super Synners face on Southampton-based side AFC Totton on Saturday taking a 2-1 advantage into the second leg of their FA Vase semi-final. They have the upper hand and a pyschological edge after a dogged tin hats defence and a late winner in a sparkling show against the cloud-scraping Southampton outfit’s Land of the Giants aerial attack.
Victory – or even a draw – on Saturday will set up a thrilling climax to the season with a silverware showdown in the shadow of the iconic arch. I am so excited I could explode. The people of Teesside show be proud of their mighty minnows and football fans should get themselves to Central Avenue on Saturday.

Boro fans used to the confined ridigity of seating in a designated seat will enjoy the freedom of choosing to sit – or stand – where they want. There will be no furry mascots, no half time hard sell from the sponsors, no exhorbitant food prices, no over-zealous stewards and no barely suppressed fury and habitual moaning. And there will be no diving, shirt pulling, feigning injury or four letter blasts at the referee.
There will be a smiling welcome from a homely club, players who show honesty and endeavour, skill, passion and a robust approach to firm but fair contact. There will also be excitement, tension and nerves but also expectation, anticipation and hope. It will be brilliant.
For fans frustrated at the excesses and commercialisation of the top level entertainment industry, the grassroots experience offers a refreshing chance to reconnect with the soul of the game, to engage with the competitive spectacle at the core without the self-important bluster, over-hyped expectations and cynical packaging.
For Synthonia to get this far is an incredible achievement. The injury wracked side has seen off a string of sides that have gone into their knockout clashes as either the leaders or reigning champions of their leagues. They were 66-1 outsiders back in the fourth round.
The game costs £8 with £4 concessions – it is not a ruthless con job rasining it from the usual £4 but is the FA mandated minimum charge. Invest in the grassroots, get youslef along and cheer our minnows on to Wembley. And come and see me.


7 thoughts on “Support Super Synners Wembley Dream

  1. any truth in the rumours that mendieta now plays for billingham ;o) if not where is he now?
    **AV writes: Well, I think he has played at Central Avenue more often than the Riverside this season.

  2. Av no one is interested son, like last time you blogged about the non leagues. it is boro boro boro. that is why so many boro fans dont know what they are talking about coz they have tunnel vision

  3. A great achievement for Synners, I hope they get the result on Saturday, it will be great to have a Teesside team playing at the new Wembley.

  4. I am Billingham Town through and through, but come Saturday I will be with the opposition over the road.
    Club loyalty will have to give way to Billingham pride. Proud of a Billingham team that is going to represent TEESSIDE/ CLEVELAND. (Just wish it had been the BLUE of TOWN)
    They are just a small town in TEESSIDE
    just a small town in TEESSIDE.
    I hate to say this but ‘COME ON SYNNERS’ – Lets see you ‘do’ those soft southern yakkers.

  5. I read your other artcile on the game at Totton on saturday and believe me, there was a lot more Synners fans there than came on the bus.
    Having lived in Southampton for over 20 years, and being Billingham bred, I was incredibly proud not just of the team and those that made the journey but of the dozens of expatriate Teesiders who were there.
    Synners will complete the task tomorrow, but just to follow through on your point made – there was a great relationship between the Synners fans and the club, that would be great to see at the Boro!
    **AV writes: Yes it would. See you at Wembley.

  6. As an ex Billy Town man from the early 80’s, and a Hampshire based ex-pat, it was good to speak to my old mate Stewie Coleby’s and see his boys earn the win.
    At times in the first half, Synners were hanging on, but played well second half. Having seen Totton play before, I think the long ball tag is a bit unfair on them, and would say that they are a better team than they showed on the day. This tie is far from over. Totton are a very young side with great pace.
    Good craic between the fans and with the players at the end. Refreshing that a game one step from Wembley was played in such a good, tough-but-fair spirit. Synners experience to see them through….just. Come on boys!

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