Heard some so called Batley fan saying if they went down he would stop watching them, well i consider myself a real fan and even if they do go down i will be there for my season ticket next season and supporting them,that's what real fans do and its times like this when the club needs loyal fans more than ever.If we stay up great,if we don't i'll still be there next season cheering them on.
I'm sorry, but events this season have pushed even the most loyal fans to the brink. As I've posted elsewhere, after 2013 there was a real belief amongst the fans that, after decades of struggle, we might finally be on the verge of establishing ourselves as a genuine power at this level. For those who have persevered with the club for a long time and loyally waited for a glimpse of success, this season has been a massive kick in the teeth. The prospect of going from a Grand Final to the games basement league - a level which is, in reality, not far removed from the National Conference and the amateur game, is heartbreaking for many. It looks like the chance to really develop the club and move us to the next level may have been absolutely squandered by those charged with the task of decision-making.
I wouldn't condemn anyone who felt so demoralised by the way the club has been managed this season that they are considering walking away. I've watched the club home and away, every season since 1988-89, and I don't know whether I'm prepared to carry on doing so in 2015 if we go down - mainly because I'm extremely disenchanted with the way the club is/has been run. In short, I feel hugely let down. I know a number of people who feel exactly the same right now. Many of those people have young families and other priorities, and are seriously questioning whether it's worth their while paying to watch us play a virtual amateur team in front of 200 fans at Mount Pleasant when they could instead spend Sunday afternoon doing something more valuable. If you believe that's being a 'bad fan', then fine.
What might convince those disillusioned fans to reconsider their choice to walk away would be a top to bottom strategic rethink of how the club is run - including an exciting, publicly declared plan to redevelop the club from within with a view to ensuring a quick return to The Championship. The way things are at the moment, there would be at least four or five clubs ahead of us in the promotion pecking order.
Edited by TheTerminator, 15 August 2014 - 09:32 AM.