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Re: Baffled

By Paul Butler (legacy user)10/7/2014 13:13Thu Jul 10 13:13:14 2014In response to Baffled

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Offence is taken not given. If people choose to be offended, that's their own choice.

I will attend away games and not homes for the simple reason that at away games I have not been threatened with being banned, for behaving exactly the same as most of the adults did when I was attending games as a kid. I could have easily jumped on the offended bus back in the Claremont Road days when I first attended games in 1999, but I accepted that anger and foul language is part and parcel of a football match atmosphere, if anything a bit of anger ADDS to the atmosphere.

Further to that, I do not feel comfortable paying my money to be condescended to, and the official club statement was both condescending and downright ungrateful to those people who have supported it financially for a number of years. Therefore, I don't feel comfortable financially supporting the club, and have cancelled my Snowball number and will not be renewing my Trust membership.

Is it any wonder that there's only one club in the area that's growing attendances year on year, including getting kids through the door, and at that club swearing is pretty much mandatory and they can behave like hooligans, cause trouble (far worse than us saying a naughty word or two) and usually get away with it.

The way the club have approached this non-issue has backfired already, and will do even more so when kids do turn up, never to return because the atmosphere is more akin to that of a morgue than a football match.

I've never shied away from explaining any opinion or any decision I've ever made, so I'm not going to start now, so I hope that answers your questions.