Just thought i'd make those going aware of the protests planned early in the game tomorrow.
We are not a happy bunch down in SE London these days. We were bought a couple of years ago by some Belgian eccentric who owns a number of other clubs, and had this vision of some Good Life style, self sufficient approach. In reality, we got a heap of surplus to requirements players from Belgium and Hungary, and a succession of unsuccessful foreign managers (5 managers in just over 18 months).
The latest incumbent was manager of the 12th placed side in the Belgium 3rd division which played to crowds of 200. Our scouting and player recruitment is headed by 2 data analysts in Belgium playing money-ball, we have an incompetent CEO whose strategy medium-term is to sell more players whilst increasing home attendences by 50%. Alongside this we are having a series of hated gimmicks such as cheerleaders and pitchside sofas thrown at us.
Key issue is for a close, small family club, the supporters no longer seem valued in any way. Last home game 700 protested outside the main entrance. The CEO came to the glass windows, laughed, took pictures and dismissed by saying it is only 2% of our support that is unhappy.
Look around tomorrow and you will see a half empty ground,but those still going want to show it is not just 2%. So in the 2nd minute there is an intended card display and 60 seconds of 'standing up for the 2%'.
If you pass a poster distributor outside the ground, we would be delighted if you took one and if you feel for our viewpoint, show your support in the 2nd minute either by holding up or clapping along.
Dont post on here much, but thought I'd share what I think is pretty shoddy treatment of supporters.
My parents (pensioners) went to Planet Blue yesterday to buy my son a full replica kit (and other souvenirs) for Christmas, which they did. They had my son's Junior Blues voucher for 10% off a shirt.
Somewhat surprised by the total cost of the kit, they asked whether the 10% discount could be applied to the full kit, but were told No, that was not possible and that it was definitely shirt only.
So after having spent nearly £90, today they and I receive an email offering 15% off all replica kit. Less than 24 hours after being refused a 10% discount, which was supposed to be a "Benefit" of being a Junior Blue
I know I am one of the serial complainers when it comes to a change of strip every season and the adidas template designs but this is a slightly different topic.. Basically I just read on the Eastern Daily Press about Norwich having the best behaved fans last season and noticed that nearly every supporter in their pictures has a replica shirt on.
Now I know we have a few people who will wear the shirts but I don't recall it being that many.
I was wondering if any fact finders out there knows roughly how much we make on shirts home/away each year and has the change every year and increased prices actually had an impact on the sales? A key to improving our position is increased income so you would think the club has to be looking at ways to increase it's revenue streams. I also saw that we are re-releasing our kit from the early 90's (again..) with Premiership badges and numbers on for example (but weirdly no DVD...) and are having a signing session with the players next month to launch those. I wonder if that will draw many?
"Fellow Town fan Paul Bloomfield had the same idea and he was able to source the minds of many other fans and, between us, we have created a list which we now believe to be complete (thanks for all your help Paul). "
It would have been polite of Mr Fuller to reference TWTD there since that was where a great deal of this work cam from.
Shadow Chancellow reported by the Times as having in in the 80s supported the terrorist tactics of the IRA and joked about kneecapping councillors. I think this is a high tariff manouvre, but loses marks due to the historical nature of the comments.
Former Labour Mayor says on question time the 7/7 bombers gave their lives [in protest at the Iraq war]. Definitely hugely insensitive language and liable to offend people, but the underlying point he made was a reasonable one (that we should take the word of martys as to why they are blowing themselves (and others) up).
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development said that on balance Chairman Mao did more good than harm. Under Mao there were 45 million deaths.
These geniuses clearly decided that if they are all outrageous at once the media can't pick on any single individual. I look forward to what today will bring.
Yo. Got an email about an Uber Promo, where 5 people (who haven't used the app before) can get £15 off their first journey if they use my personal code. I get free credit as well, if anyone does it, so if anyone fancies it for tomorrow for getting around...
I would have gone further than the last paragraph and wondered whether season tickets and priority waiting lists are a de facto ID card scheme anyway. Although of course, they wouldn't be necessary without the demand for the 'product'