Pompey till I die – Something all Pompey fans should be saying. Reminding themselves whenever they complain about our beloved club.
It is an interesting point though. You support your club, and want the best for your club. The club loses its talismanic manager, and results falter: What do you do? What about when your best players are sold? What about when your teams gets knocked out of the cup you won the previous year – by a club in a lower division? Hopefully, the answer is always the same – Pompey till I die! Still, what does that actually mean? Does it mean that you should be making decisions as to what is best for the club? Should you be telling the chairman whether or not our manager is up to the job? Are you entitled to tell the club how you feel? Or, on the other hand, should you support them through thick and thin? Should you be there, backing the manager, the club, the chairman and the owner no matter what the result?
Supporters with season tickets have an even bigger conundrum. They have forked out massive amounts of money for an afternoon’s entertainment. And when our players don’t perform, is that money wasted? Here is where you have a choice to make: when your paying for the season ticket, have you paid for the right to “boo” the players, and express your opinion (don’t you think they, and the manager, already know they haven’t performed up to the standards? Do you really think it helps?) or, are you paying for the privilege to watch our club, and therefore view it as your responsibility to support the team? The moral boast this gives the players spurs them on to put in that extra bit of effort, and make that last-ditch tackle or block.
It certainly is an interesting question. Hopefully however, one with an easy answer.
As a football fan, we are often treated with little respect. By our clubs, that charge us extortionate amounts for tickets, by the players we support, who all to often can’t care less about us, even though we are paying there wages, and by the police, who view us all as hooligans, who should not be allowed to express our opinions, and sing and chant and
shout. However, despite all that, it is not our place to demand the manager be sacked (that is a job for the chairman, directors and owner). It is not our place to “boo” our team (like they don’t know they’re playing badly!). It is not our place to needlessly demoralise our team. We should support the team 100%, if we are destined for the championship, or the champions league. It should make no difference. We are Pompey fans, and we should support our club.
Written by pompeycarpet.
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