Post by toteend4 on Jan 12, 2020 12:37:19 GMT
If you haven't clocked the sublime and very relevant post from Mickey Barrett, then please take a couple of minutes to absorb:
I don't much watch us in the flesh these days, years since I have really. Just to get that out there first. I remember standing on the North Enclosure at Eastville one night when fans were giving a director (Stephens?) a really hard time after a home defeat when the old place had been rocking and we'd as usual f'd it up on the edge of promotion. I was about 18 I guess and got caught up in the frenzy shouting abuse and even now nearly 40 years later I'm ashamed by how the mob, of which I was part, ranted and railed as this balding bespectacled man stood there and took it. I shouted 'you don't even want to go up' and he looked right at me. Same as when I shouted once at Brian Williams to 'get a move on' in the 90th minute of a game when we were 2 v 0 down at home and he turned to the north enclosure and said with complete authority 'f off'. Fair.
I went to a Bath v Yeovil match in the mid/late 80s, Randall was playing for Yeovil and Graham Withey for Bath. Cup game I think. Twerton of course. Both came to the bar later, Withey was a friend of the manager of the band I was in. Randall told me that city fans are all c...s. Decent insight. Withey asked me if I was a north enclosure boo boy. I mumbled something unsatisfactory and he knew then that I was.
All this background to what end? I took my daughter back to exeter university today. We got there about 2:30 and driving in I realised how close I was to the ground so I parked up and walked. Not been there since about 85. Ground is nicely developed, a big terrace behind one goal and 2 decent modern stands running the length of the pitch. The away end, which I remember as a crumbling heap of low level concrete, seems to have been spruced up with a roof and everything. Well, a roof anyway. Not that there were any away fans in there, all 82 from Cambridge must have been elsewhere.
Had a chat with lots of their fans on the terrace. They are rightly very proud of the club and it's neat modernised ground and all the community stuff they do. The first half the team was terrible and there was a bit of low level moaning. Second half they seemed to have been given a managerial rocket and were transformed, pace down the wings and some coherent movement. 2 well worked goals and in the end well deserved.
The only consolation was that the people I spoke to said if I'd been a City fan they'd have been less welcoming.
I don't know but we seem to be being left years behind.
Yes! We are very much being being left behind, but who is to blame? Is it the UWE? DC? GC? or BG? (the latest Scapegoat). Or are we the 'fans' the 'root cause' of all that's currently wrong with the club, for having no patience?
Yes! We all would like a new training ground a new stadium or a redeveloped Mem. Have we been assured this will happen in the fullness of time ?
Yes! We have! When pressed ' I get It' retort comes to mind. Any sign of any of this taken place any time soon? - Errr No! - Do we know who is to blame?
Yes! We all know where the buck stops, but are we either reluctant or to scared of the repercussions to collectively make our voices heard?
Yes! Therefore, is the conclusion as Adam Ant once sang 'STAND and Deliver' or Naff off?