I think we all sympathise with supporters of all clubs who get into problems. The supporters are the ones who have spent years and years of their lives tramping around the country to watch their team, been elated by the highs and devastated by the lows and allowed hope and loyalty to triumph over logic! The problem is that football has become grotesquely unbalanced with all the money (and stupid amounts of it) concentrated at the top - which then seems to require that they get minted owners to pour in even more millions to keep them at the top of the greasy pole. Clubs slightly further down the pyramid have to accept finance from people who you'd normally cross the road to avoid just to try and keep going. Meanwhile, grass roots clubs are folding due to the lack of a few hundred quid.The level of literacy is worryingly low. The level of logic is lower.
I think we should always sympathise with other fans in this position. It might be us. Bury's fans are blameless. The fault lies with those in football who are happy to accept cash from any source just to keep the gravy train rolling. I cannot imagine that the current owner was in the least convincing or credible when he bought the club.
Organisations like FSF have been trying to educate the football community about this for years, but seemingly to little avail. The statement from the chair of Accrington Stanley pointing out that the Pogba transfer would have funded his club for 16 years was eye-catching and entirely relevant. Perhaps two things we can do:
- encourage fans, especially younger fans, to go to games rather than watch Champions League etc online
- avoid joining the inevitable chorus on websites like this urging the broad to 'splash the cash' at all costs.
Reading it again:
The Bury owner has with his threat of lawyers has followed the Oystons playbook.
That he takes credit for the men and women's teams getting promoted is laughable. I would suggest ALL credit goes to the players and the staff for doing it whilst not being paid (and the additional stress that involves).
And his praise of Shaun Harvey, hmmm, 2 peas in a pod I guess.