Part of being a football fan is the pride taken in your team. Buying the latest shirts, boring your friends’ senseless with details of your recent win. Feeling great that " Little Bolton " are standing equal with the best teams in the world.
To see on the internet and watch on the TV people laughing at Bolton Wanderers is sickening. Nothing makes up for the weak surrender last night’s game against Sporting Lisbon in the last 16 of a European competition. Phil Gartside (Bolton Chairman) obviously dishes out the orders, Gary Megson (Bolton Manager) cringingly and spinelessly follows.
But, what about the players? Did none of them beat down Megson's door insisting they wanted to play? Kevin Davies at 30, will he ever have that chance again? Ivan Campo former Real Mardid & European Champions League winner – surely he wanted to play?
I’ve travelled this season to Macedonia, Munich and Madrid and what a campaign it has been – to play such a weakened team is a disgusting way to treat fans. For the three away games it has cost over £1,500 – to a footballer I agree this is merely a goal bonus? or a days wage? But for the majority of Bolton fans it has meant serious sacrifices, no family holidays, extra credit card – and Bolton re-pay them with such a poor team.
And so to the future. The options? Scrape safety this season, 4th bottom. Next season and the one after, much of the same. Survival appears to be all that counts, eliminated in first round of cup competitions. Crowds gradually going down and down, 13000 averages not far off.
There is no match day excitement anymore, basically as money is the God of all. The sad thing about it all is the club could exist without the fans buying tickets. The sad thing about that is that it looks like the club agree and are going all out to alienate as many as possible.
Maybe that is the master plan. To get rid of the fans in the crowd, thus saving on match day expenses.
Hearing opposition fans singing the 'empty seats' song like Man City did in the Carling Cup. Not a good time to be a fan admittedly, but the problem with being a fan of BWFC is it is so annoyingly addictive.
How are Bolton going to get the fans back, the fans back to their club? I’d love to pitch some ideas to Gartside and I might just. Bolton Wanderers for me has been passed on by generations and although now living in London, I proudly stand as a Bolton fan – the passion internally from the club seems to have gone…
As always I will keep the faith but this is a growing problem I see with football, the money men have it and it might be better back in the second division and playing all the “so-called” big boys in the FA cup and gaining pride again – just look at Barnsley and the level of general football fans they will now have.
I long and frustrated rant…
Keep the faith!