Perhaps if the 'fans' get one they'll be able to get to the ground??
I was embarrassed for them when match of the day showed all those shiny red seats.
Next week they're putting a 'spot the supporter' competition in the programme. If you get within 50 seats of where a fan was you win a season ticket. Runners up get TWO season tickets.
Delusional no. Sensible yes. I was a season ticket holder from 1968 till 2002. Got sick of watching cr*p football played by overpaid prima donna's. Don't miss it one bit and would hope all sensible people follow suit and bring the game back to reality. For what ever reason geordies and mackems have better staying power and are prepared to waste their money watching boring football and under achieving teams. Hands up all those Newcastle fans who have witnessed their team win a trophy, not many and the rest will have to ask their dads about it. The mackems have 1973 so must give them credit for that. In fairness optimism must be high on Tyneside as they will have a good season. Got rid of the chairman, got a good manager who will rid the club of the "shearer influence" which was about being a one man club and not a team. The mackems will finish about 15th. They will start well but struggle when that initial work ethic wears out as for Boro, i fear the worst, bottom 5 and can only hope to avoid relegation. Poor manager and no money not a good double act. Gudjohnson has said he will come back to the premiership but only for 100,000 quid a week. Its absolute madness. The working mans game has gone middle class. How much was it for a ticket into Sunderland this week a lot cheaper than Boro or Newcastle i bet. All you season ticket holders to whatever club ask yourself "do you get value for your money". You pay a lot of money to be constantly dissapointed. Just go and bang your head against a wall then take a fortnights fishing holiday with the money u saved. How long to Ireland now Simon?
Is it not symptomatic of the sport. Some clubs are now pricing their followers out of the game and the locals just can't afford to attend any more. You have to be fanatical to fork out the required dosh every weekend, the giro's just don't stretch that far any more. Why bother when you can sit in the pub with your mates and watch matches with a pint in your hand.
By the way I've never been to a footy match in my life and I certainly don't miss it in over 50 years.
I agree Dave but it's all about cost and what value u getting. Firstly u can't compare Boro to Sunderland or Newcastle. 25000 fans at Boro equates to 100,000 at Newcastle thats a fact.They have four times the population to draw on.How many games have Boro fans been to in the last couple of seasons when they have walked away feeling happy with their team? (or for that matter the other two) I don't count being good in the Championship coz it is full of **** teams. There are those die hards who would watch paint dry for the cause and fair play to em for such loyalty but most of us have other things to do with 50 every home game. You make a good point about wtaching in the pub/club i can catch virtually every Boro match live on T.V. at my local, 2.20 a pint have 6 = 13.20 atmosphere good coz packed with either ex season tick holders or lads who pick and choose which matches they go to. Its not rocket science is it. No queues to get in, no queues to get out or having your eye's out for a pie or burger. Wake up and smell the roses and just stop going until the game comes to it's senses. 6.5m for Mido. Can't stop laughing. Will the Yak be gone next week now?
The catchment area thing REALLY is tired old trot!!!
You have NO other 'local' team between Whitby and Stockton so the catchment area is VERY wide. Boro has a large population then you can draw from Redcar (68000pop) Guisborough, Marske and New Marske, Stockton, Billingham all the boony towns like Brotton, Loftus, Lingdale etc.
There are those die hards who would watch paint dry for the cause and fair play to em for such loyalty but most of us have other things to do with 50 every home game. You make a good point about wtaching in the pub/club i can catch virtually every Boro match live on T.V. at my local, 2.20 a pint have 6 = 13.20 atmosphere good coz packed with either ex season tick holders or lads who pick and choose which matches they go to.
So THATS where SimonR's armchair fans are?? TV is not even close to the excitement of being there! Perhaps if more fans got off their arses to support the team they might play better? Can't be that inspiring playing in front of preformed shiny red plastic every other week.
If your local has Boro matches they must be illegal coz they are rarely on Sky I'll get them all dobbed in to the breweries so more fans get the chance to go to the game. Be doing the Boro a favour really