Red-n-Blue wrote:shotshammo wrote:P.S. We are witnessing how fickle success is at the moment within the club, that is football for you, we are a great club and I'm confident things will get better on all levels.
I doff my cap to you, sir - but as a fan of many years, would you say things are better today than they were in, say, the 1960s, or 1970s?
The world has changed beyond all recognition and football is no longer the only entertainment option for the youth of today. Speaking as a father of two teenagers, I'd say it's actually pretty low on their list of options, well, as far as supporting their local team is concerned (my son goes to Chelsea 7-8 times a season).
I have a middle-aged friend who lives in Fleet but works in Aldershot. He had no interest in football until his young sons started getting interested. Fast forward ten years and they're all season ticket holders at Reading, and attend every home match as a family. I asked him why he never took his family to Aldershot. His reply: "My boys said Aldershot aren't a proper football club."
Make of that what you will but it's not how we see our club, but how those outside see it.
Please excuse the motoring analogy but we love The Rec in the same way some people love old cars because they're full of nostalgia and old world charm - but how many old cars do we see on our morning commute? The next time you drive past a poor bloke stood on the edge of the road in the pouring rain, next to his broken down MG, consider if you'd swap your soulless modern box with his relic. At the moment, our club is an Austin Allegro - a few people love it but most don't, and never will. We're well past the time to upgrade.
You're post is 100% correct.