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11th April


Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Robin van Persie pen 9, Theo Walcott 11, Yossi Benayoun 69
Wayne Hennessey     Wojciech Szczesny    
Ronald Zubar     Bacary Sagna     84
Richard Stearman     Johan Djourou    
Sebastien Bassong     Thomas Vermaelen    
Stephen Ward     Andre Santos    
Michael Kightly     Mikel Arteta    
Karl Henry     Alex Song    
David Davis     10 Theo Walcott     76
Matthew Jarvis     Aaron Ramsey    
David Edwards     53 Yossi Benayoun    
Kevin Doyle     78 Robin van Persie    
Dorus De Vries     Lukasz Fabianski    
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake     Tomas Rosicky    
Steven Fletcher     78 Chu-Young Park    
Roger Johnson     Oxlade-Chamberlain     76
Christophe Berra     10 Sebastien Squillaci    
Nenad Milijas     53 Carl Jenkinson     84
Anthony Forde     Marouane Chamakh    
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Date:Wednesday April 11 2012
Time: 9:42PM


Arsenal used to be a 'proper' club like us. They had proper fans like us, too.That was a few years ago now;when they played at a proper ground, with proper heritage. Fans of other proper clubs,know who the other proper clubs are,and which clubs aren't. It's got nothing to do with size (sometimes that's true), or trophies won.You either have an innate sense of what is meant by 'proper' in this context or you won't be 'supporting' Wolves until we're in the PL again. I remember reading a piece by Dara O'Briain (him who does 'Mock the Week')a few years ago, and he was pointing out that fans at The Emirates no longer dirtied themselves with the old fashioned practice of verbally supporting their team through the fine art of traditional, tribal chanting;that was beneath them. That's what the plebs do.They were now 'consumers' of football, not 'fans'. If what they want to happen ISN'T happening, then they soon let their displeasure known by finding their voices in a way that they never would to encourage and cajole their team on to a better level of performance.Sound familiar? It should. After three seasons in the PL,'consumers' rather than 'fans' had found their way to The Molineux, too. It's the PL thing that does it. The Craig Bellamy badge tap;on his way off a pitch with his team about to be knocked out of the oldest cup competition in world football by a team from a division below them.So what?The first part of that sentence was of no concern to him. He let us all know how things were now. He even mouthed the sacred words, just in case you missed the fact that he was tapping his finger on the logo on his sleeve, rather than the badge on his chest; "Premier League" he said. Nothing else mattered;no further display of contempt for that particular match necessary.Our 'consumers' will disappear next season, of course. Just like they do at all relegated clubs. The Championship is not the place for them.It's the logo on the side of the shirt that matters most. The badge on the chest is secondary.We're not relegated yet, but the chubby bird in the frock has finished her warm up and is close to taking centre stage.Farewell PL, i'd like to say it's been a pleasure knowing you but i'd be lying.The Championship, here we come. Would I swap places with Arsenal or Craig Bellamy? No, I wouldn't. It's always been the badge on the chest that matters to me.
12/04/2012 10:01:00
well said winston
gregory house
12/04/2012 10:40:00
Absolutely, WB84.
12/04/2012 11:38:00
I mean, WS84 ... it's the strange keyboard and computer, that's putting me off.
12/04/2012 11:40:00
Whilst I agree with you Winston about the state of football at the lump everybody who is not renewing their tickets this year into a generalised " good time fans" bracket is completely unfair. Yes.....early bird tickets are down slightly this year and no doubt gates in general will be slightly down next year, you cannot blame all that on relegation. My partner and myself have not renewed this year. For me.....that will be the first time in over 20 years. Am I annoyed with the way this season has gone...yes!!! Will I miss the be honest, not really although it has obvious benefits. For some of us......£800 is a lot of money in these uncertain times. I had my season ticket money set aside but I also had a real choice. Do I do the repairs urgently needed on my house or do I go and watch football? Regardless of how pationate about my club I families safety comes first. Does this make me a disloyal sunshine supporter??? Or just a person who knows his real priorities. People are being made redundant left right and centre and sadly a season ticket doesn't necessarily come high on their list of priorities. My missus and me have agreed to try and save for a half season ticket later in the year as Xmas presents for each other. I will attempt to attend as many games as I can in the meantime. One thing I will say is that I will try and convince her indoors that the Southbank is the place to be as this season any passion in the Northbank seems to have vanished. Being one of those VOCAL fans, I find it hard to get a good singalong going in the new Northbank. I am Gold and Black to the core and will continue to be until I depart this mortal coil. Which league we are in is incidental. I may not be able to get to all the games but I will always be their in soul if not in body..
12/04/2012 13:05:00
I've read what I wrote again, Rustmonkey, and I think I was very specific in who I was talking about.It was a reference in TOTAL to the state of modern football, not just in part.I don't make any distinction between supporters that attend the matches and those that don't. In fact i've made a point on a previous thread that I might not travel to home games if I lived where some supporters do;on another thread I made the clear distinction between our club's most successful period coinciding with this country's post-war economic boom, and this season of complete disappointment for all involved coinciding with the most uncertain of economic times since 'the war'.As far as i'm aware everyone on this site is quite open as to whether they 'go' or not and i've never once questioned their right to express their opinion about the going's on at their club,but that doesn't mean I have to agree with it.Wolves supporters, in common with supporters of clubs all over the country (including Arsenal), have been priced out of going for years now.There's been nothing accidental in that; those that can't afford to spend aren't welcome.That's part of the 'awful truth'.I used Arsenal as a prime example of what i'm glad Wolves aren't. The 'prawn sandwich brigade' can stay where they are. They're PL fans, NOT fans of their clubs. There will be fans that don't go who are more genuine in their support for their club than the PL fans that can afford to go and spend without a thought for the cost involved. Wolves have their share, and they know who they are, they won't make the decision not to go next season based even in part on finances.They'll not go because the PL is the 'only place to be'.For those of us that are left(the vast majority I suspect) to support our club, from near or far,I think it's safe to say they won't be missed.
12/04/2012 13:59:00
As a gooner I can understand and appreciate what you say. A couple of years back I decided I could no longer afford to pay for my season ticket and gave it up. Now I use a mate's , if he happens not to be going. However I have definitely noticed a subtle sea change in the way the club is supported, largely epitomised by the corporate layer that rings the stadium. People come to the Emirates these days expecting to be entertained, and if the players don't perform they will feel short-changed. You can kind of understand that given the sort of ticket prices being paid, but it does tend to put a brake on the vocal support, which is a shame. Having said that Arsenal have always had a strong core set of support, and that hasn't changed. The atmosphere at some home matches have been magnificent and our away supporters never fail to make a racket. But one has to accept that like many teams striving for consistent success we have to follow a sustainable business model where income is generated to attract, keep and pay for the transfers and fees of our highly paid top players. We can't be too fussy about who we let through the turnstiles these days. That's the price of staying in the top flight. I'm sad to see Wolves drop out of the league. As you've said your club is one of the 'proper' ones, but our clubs will all have to adapt to survive.
Wyn Mills
13/04/2012 15:56:00
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