Attendances at St Andrews

Here is a first article from Richard Mullen. He tackles the thorny subject of attendances.

The recent game against Coventry was the last kick up the backside I needed to do something that I’d been thinking about for a while. A blog, my first as it happens, about the recent decline in attendances at St Andrews. The attendance versus Coventry was 16,669 of which said 5,604 were visiting fans. So only 11,065 Blues fans turned up for a local derby in the FA Cup where tickets were from £15.

A lot has been said recently about falling gates and Blues fans have taken a lot of stick over their attendances, obviously the Villa game stands out, but our away following which was once large has at times been paltry. At Man City, the home fans were singing ‘you must’ve come in a taxi’ and someone told me that a reporter on 5Live thought there had been an accident on the M6 and we were all late!

Before I go on, I’m not one to judge why people can’t make it to every game as I can’t claim to have been at every match since 1975 including every Anglo Italian Cup match. And I appreciate that some people have to make more effort to see 5 games a season than some do to see 40 odd; I just felt I wanted to get something out of my system and look at the reasons why attendances are on the slide. Some are obvious, but others haven’t really been talked about on forums and phone ins that I’ve heard.

Back in the early 70’s, average crowds at St Andrews were well over 30,000. In the 1972/73 season with Francis, Hatton, Latchford, Burns etc, average attendance was 36,663. I was born in 1971 so obviously don’t remember this era, but it seemed the football was all attacking and tickets were cheap. After a couple more seasons of 30,000 plus averages, attendances slowly drifted off during our yo-yo seasons into the eighties.

The last time we were in the top flight before Sky invented football, the 85/86 season, our average was 10,899 and our last game against Arsenal had a crowd of a scarcely believable 6,234. I guess crowd trouble kept lots of people away during this era, especially families, but the low crowds continued during the dark days of the late eighties when the club was left to rot. Anyone that can remember those days can’t be surprised fans stayed away, what with rivers of urine flowing down the Kop and bits of roof falling down during games in the Tilton.

How we loved it then when Sullivan, Brady and later the Gold brothers rode into town. Money was spent on the team and the stadium was done up. Whether it was their money that did the stadium or a football grant or a share issue, the stadium was a better, more hospitable place to go. Attendances slowly grew and we eventually consolidated ourselves as a decent championship team after dipping our toes into the third tier too often. Next stop was the Premier League.

The promotion season of 2001/02 had an average of 21,283. It started off with 19,091 v Millwall and ended with 28,282 against the same team in the play off semi final. Success brings in the fans and everyone wanted to be in the promised land.

The first year in the Premier League was unreal, there were full houses, everyone was singing and it was an intimidating atmosphere. It was a novelty. More of the same followed in the second season and to a lesser extent in the third, but by the fourth season, things had changed. Attendances slipped from 29,000 in the first three years to an average of 27,386 in the 2005/06 season. Rover had closed, the novelty of the Premier League had worn off and tickets prices were high. During a Premier League season, a club like Blues will only win about 8-10 games and for some, seeing us playing backs to the wall football is not for them. A lot of people had had enough during this season. I remember paying £521 for a season ticket and £260 for my son, then, during the season, deals were done to entice fans in, kids for £5 etc. All well and good to try and get fans in, but it alienated some season ticket holders who felt they weren’t being looked after. Money wasn’t spent during that January window and Portsmouth stayed up at our expense.

So it was back to the Coca-Cola with Season Tickets kept at the same price; we were getting 4 extra games after all! There were lots of non renewals and an average of 22k for a promotion season. We had a 26k average for the 07/08 relegation season, 19k average for 08/09 promotion season, 25k last year and 25k so far this year.

The jury might be out for some on the intentions of the new board, but this season they have listened to fans and reduced prices for season tickets and match day tickets. Gone are the days of £48 tickets during the days of Sullivan/Gold/Brady when the pound signs were flashing in their eyes. My season ticket was £161 cheaper this year than 5 years ago. But some people have got out of the habit of going or claim McLeish’s football is too negative.

I think there’s a stigma in this country when it comes to attendances, some fans seem to get more excited if they are higher in the average attendance table than the actual league table. I get more texts from Villa fans if we have a low gate, than if we lose.

I feel that lately Blues have taken a bit of stick over their attendances, culminating in the Villa game, which to me, was a low crowd due to an extenuating set of circumstances – partial ground closure, previous trouble, early kick off, on tv etc.

Obviously the recession has played a big part. The West Midlands is highly dependant on manufacturing and the unemployment in the area is higher than the national average. West Brom, Wolves and even Villa have seen a fall in crowds this season. Even Liverpool and Man Utd have seen empty seats this season, unthinkable a few years ago.

Another reason for lower attendances which I don’t think gets mentioned much, is all of the games being available to watch online or in the pub. I know people who think I’m barmy spending money watching Blues when I could be watching the game spending the same money on beer. Gone are the days of a backstreet pub with a dodgy satellite and closed curtains showing the football at 3pm on a Saturday. Pubs on Broad  Street advertise which games are on weeks in advance; even the pub I drink in before the game shows the game live that I’m about to go to! I know someone who goes to a pub by West Ham’s ground which shows all their games; it’s rammed at 3pm on a Saturday, all wearing West Ham shirts whilst there are many empty seats at Upton Park.

Most people know where to look to see the game online. I remember a few years ago there was talk of each club having its own tv channel where you pay a subscription to watch all the games. It was said that it would have a real effect on attendances, but I think this has happened anyway, with people able to watch online for free.

But I don’t think its all doom and gloom. The reason I did a brief history of the attendances since the 70’s was to show that our current average of 25k is the highest it’s been since those days of Francis and Co, apart from the early years in the Premiership when everyone wanted to be a part of it. There are still plenty of Blues fans who will turn up for the odd big game, from the Wembley & Cardiff finals, to the more recent Villa & West Ham cup games. The problem is, I think, we will always compare the regular attendances & atmosphere to that first season in the Premier League. West Brom are a similar size club to us and that reflects in their attendances too.

We all probably know someone who is always banging on about Blues but only goes once in a blue moon. I had one sitting behind me at the West Ham second leg who spent the whole first half slating Stephen Carr of all people! The club have had requests from people wanting to buy half season tickets so that they guarantee their Wembley ticket. If those people can afford it, those are the ones who would bump up the gates if they attended.

I’ll end this where it started, with the Coventry game. It was our fifth home game since Christmas, some people hadn’t been paid since well before Christmas, it was freezing cold, against a side from a lower division and we were always likely to put out a scratch side. Plus, when you make a commitment to buy a season ticket, it can be hard to find the extra money for cup games, especially with an expensive weekend coming up at the end of February. Maybe we should be happy with crowds of 25,000 during these austere times; it makes full houses like the West Ham semi feel all the more special.

Richard Mullen

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36 Comments on Attendances at St Andrews

  1. i would love to come more often, but it is a bit hard from New Zealand!! Seriously though, that was an interesting and thought provoking piece: thanks.

    Oh – i do remember the Francis / Hatton / Latchford days – may they be repeated soon!!

  2. Good article, one thought for cup games ST holders should get automatic entrance to these games. But I guess there is a rule which prevents the club doing this as it deprives the away side of revenue.

    Overall it is a difficult issue, to improve attendances it is probably going to take consistently lower ticket prices but will the extra sales make up for the loss of income?

    I just hope with the quality of players we have just signed that it will entice a few more to make the effort to get down to the ground.

  3. all the fans that cant afford to attend games will suddenly come out of hiding for cup final. If (big if) we got to FA cup semi that will be two games at wembley where you will be spending £200 each time that all these jonny come latelys will be attending. It hasnt been expensive this year but attendances are still terrible. The cost of two trips to wembley is near enough the cost of a season ticket.

    Im sure we could sell 50,000 tickets for the cup final if we had the allocation. Where are all these fans every saturday?!!?

  4. your fans are not mugs! your club are always trying to survive on a small budget with loan signings and cheap rejects that no one else wants! be honest for once and admit there is a lot of jealousy when you look at your local rivals who do actually spend money and don’t look to our recent past form as it was always going to be tough with o’neil walking out 5 days before the start of the season, I have lots of bluenose mates and everyone of them envy the villa, bottom line is you haven’t got the right owners to take the club forward, I really rate your manager but I think he is banging his head against a brick wall and as soon as a bigger club come calling he will be of for sure, all the best in the cup final and I just hope we are both in the prem next season.

  5. Good write-up. It’s all too easy to knock the stay-away fans, but Blues are not the only club to see the decrease in average attendances. If I recall correctly Villa attendances have decreased as well by about the same rates.

    There are a multitude of reasons and one big reason that did’nt feature in the good old days was the excessive costs of today’s transport. With many Blues fans scattered far and wide, the price of a Blues ticket is nothing compared to a £150 return rail ticket or £6pg for fuel. So I suspect there is not much the club can do to raise gates other than wait for an economic recovery and more money in peoples pockets. Even if they played super-attractive ‘Arsenalesque’ football, I doubt it would add more than a thousand onto the average.

  6. Small budget and cheap rejects? You mean we’re not foolish enough to spend 25 million on one player?

    As far as being jealous of villa, brilliant attempt at a wind up. lol.

    But as you took the time to comment, I will give you a respectful response. The reduction in numbers at games, as Richard said, is not as simple as people choosing to go or not.

    I live in Devon, maybe get to 3 games a season because of 1. finances, 2. family committments and 3. distance. Would I go more regularly if I was nearer? Probably, but it wouldn’t be every week – my income wouldn’t allow it.

    As Richard said, all West Mid clubs are sufferent, including your lot – yes you get a higher number but percentage wise you are down. We suffered over the years with poor club management, causing fans to get frustrated and leave and therefore not be bringing their kids along as the next generation.

    A lot of those kids started following Villa because they were successful in the 1980s. It’s not really rocket science.

    We are at an important point in the clubs history. We had a terrific season last year, and this year has been pretty good too. We have a final to look forward to, and as long as we stay up – it could set us up nicely for next year.

    This board have shown they are prepared to back the manager with players and I’m certain that as the economy improves and if we can do well again next year, the fans WILL come back.


  7. As has been written before (in BMail), ManU has a much higher proportion of young fans. The average age of a Blues fan is higher and possibly due to a generational gap caused by the years spent in the lower divisions.

  8. For the last few seasons it’s been the lack of quality football I believe which has been the major, although not overwhelming, factor in the gradually reducing attendances. The last promotion season was, to me, emblematic of the placing of an objective, promotion, above a broader vision or commitment. To be frank, there was little reason to go to a match where your team set out to defend their half of the pitch and possessed so little forward threat that you would be lucky to see one goal a game from them. The club seemed to think that reults were the only thing which mattered, the method being irrelevant. Why would one pay more than thirty pounds a match to watch turgid football? One could get as much pleasure by watching the results evolve over an afternoon on Teletext. In the early days of football clubs, over a period of one hundred and forty years ago to about ninety years ago, people were drawn from distances of one to five miles away by the fact that a group of footballers had been assembled who collectively had better skills than the bunch of lads from one street, who were kicking a ball about on a rough local pitch. It wasn’t tribal, it was the draw of seeing higher quality. I have supported the Blues for over fifty years. I gave up my season ticket about fout or five years ago because I was tired of watching the rubbish generally produced by Bruce’s teams, mainly aimless hoicks into the lower atmosphere. I only attended home games but, from watching away highlights on TV, I recall that of a total of more than ninety games over a period under his charge, there were only five or six which were worth watching

  9. Good article and analysis. However there is one thing you and others overlook – the elephant in the room. This is the changes to demography. I was brought up in Small Heath and although I now live in London my parents still live in Small Heath so I am regularly in Brum. I have been watching the Blues since the mid-1960s and I remember that a lot of the support came from areas of east Birmingham. Many people now living in Small heath, Bordesley Green etc seem to have little interest in football and if they do they have little interest in their local club. A recent posting on a Blues fans website referred to “Small Heath natives” as having hit some fans with their car in the crowd congestion on the way to the semi-final the other night. I was a bit miffed about this term, until a Hammers website referred to the same people in the vehicle as “Asians”. It is now taken as read but without commenting publicly that most of the inhabitants of Small heath, Bordesley Green, Balsall Heath etc. etc. are aliens! I suspect that most BCFC supporters these days live farther away and that there is a gradual diminishing of the support base. It might be a good idea for the club to try to appeal to the new demography as well as continue to attract the old fan base now dispersed throughout Birmingham and elsewhere.

  10. Very interesting article, I turned 18 in september so my dad bought me a season ticket as an early present for the first time since we got relegated and prices didnt decrease. 8 years ago i moved up to county durham and my dad and I still continued to have season tickets throughout premiership season but when we got relegated and I had moved to secondary school it became more expensive to travel and more inconvenient to my education so we stopped and just travelled down to between 5-10 games a season and maybe a few northern away games. Now i make the effort to travel on the train to every home game except night matches and i am a fulltime student. I even travelled down for the newcastle home game to find out when i got off the train that the match was called-off. So if i can travel a 6hour round trip i think some people should make more of an effort to go and support there team inside the ground and make st andrew’s the hostile place it once was. however i do believe that big eck’s negativity of playing 451 has something to do with the low attendances.

  11. You are missing the whole point of my comments and they certainly weren’t to wind you up, look we are always going to be envious of the top clubs who attract top players, look at man city wow! how much would you like to see a rich arab come in and spend all that money! you would sell every seat every game! yes are you finally getting the point!!!!!!!!

  12. Bygblueman – you’ve backed up the point I was making. I also think Jack has a fair point.

    Actually virtually everyone has made good points! lol

  13. Another problem is whilst the prices were from £15 that was only to advanced Season Ticket holder purchases. In years gone by fans could get up on saturday and say “lets go the match”. Well if anyone done that it would have cost them £30. I worked at the club last year and such is the control over match day walk ups the club can estimate the crowd within 1-2000 as fans who simply do this every home game.

    When I started in the 80’s our gates could swell by 20% at the last minute on the back of a signing or after a brilliant performance in a previous match.

    I also lay a lot of the blame with Sullivan & Gold. They spent twelves years building our support up from 12,000 to 28,000 but then spent 5 years dragging their heels going through the motions and showing a generally poor attitude to the core support. The key element to good support is now through season tickets under them it eventually got to the stage when apparently owning the season ticket without all the hassle of match to match purchases was profit enough according to KB. I remember one season we gained £40 over match day supporters. If you then had a casual fan who stayed at home for the televised games then they were £100 up. Many season ticket holders were constantly lied to about fixed prices to then see various incentives for pay on the gate fans, they also have bred a generation of fans who are now so used to being allowed in for a tenner that is usually the only time we get full houses.

    The yanks got it spot on at the villa ‘CUSTOMER IS KING’ we are customers, Karen Brady once said you pay £30 for a concert and only £10 for a match but both events are around 2 hours entertainment. So up the prices went. What she forgot to realised is when you go to a concert you are 99% guaranteed your enjoyment and concert goers don’t attend them two or three times a month and they certainly would not return if the entertainment was SH*TE!!!

    Randy Lerner invited all former season ticket holders in sat them down told them his plans then bent over backwards with various incentives in order for them to re-commit. The theory is when you have a season ticket you will be there all the time when you dont have one there is always a ‘GAS BILL’ or various other lifes expenses that mean you take a rain check on the match you were meant to go to. Once you have 100% season tickets sold and a full away end you then only have about 15% of your capacity to fill match to match and then you make tickets a valuable commodity. If the ground is never full then casual supporters will continue to have the attitude of it’s easy to get tickets.

    The internet explosion is another key factor, I currently pay £6 for 60 days access to football across the world and the picture quality is better than the free sites, this supplements my need to see away matches. But as long as I can afford it my season ticket will always be a priority in my life and under Yeung I now paid £480 for a whole season on the Tilton with my teenager under Sullivan it got to £700. So effectively my habit costs me a tenner a week out of my disposable income. I still fully believe regardless of all my points that if fans really want to go they will go an average man probably spends more on a couple of pints and 20 fags than he would on the average weekly amount to watch the blues.

    It’s simply what you class as important in your life, blues are important me and it’s great father son time….. And now I will be paying market rate for Wembley tickets whilst plenty of others tell me their own stories about how they deserve to go.

  14. i think another reason is quite simple most clubs have a hero a goal scorer when did we last have a hero duggary we had full houses then fans will flock to worship quality its that simple kro

  15. chasrack – if your intention wasn’t to wind up, then I apologise. However I don’t agree with the point you made that Blues fans are jealous of villa.

    If you had re-phrased it in a different way and said that success brings fans back, of course I’d agree. However being jealous of Man City or Chelsea? I can’t speak for others – but I’m not. I’m happy with the way we are developing as a club. Look what happened with Blackburn. Loads of money, won the EPL and now could be seen as a possible candidate as relegation. (I don’t think they will – but you understand my point). Money doesn’t always buy you success anyway.

  16. There is nothing like success and a dynamic approach to draw in the crowds, not to mention a crowd pleaser – Trevor Francis added about 10,000 to the gates when he started playing aged 16 and 17! Also the likes of ManU attract fans from far and wide because of the glamour of their success – a lot of people just want to back a reliable winner rather than staying loyal through thick and thin!

  17. I don’t know about you but I like to be entertained, I like to watch good football and if I am being honest I do envy the top clubs who buy the top players because their fans are watching quality football and I like you have been to far too many games were the football has been sh*t*
    (Money doesn’t always buy you success anyway)
    Well without money you will get nowhere and looking from outside your club I do’nt think your owners intend to spend decent money to attract decent players.
    I just think that until you actually have an owner who will spend money you will always struggle.

  18. I think that this is really well writen blog, with excellent analysis and some really good points made by other participants, adding extra reasons for the decline in attendances many of which I relate to.

    But CHAVRACK the Viler what is he going on about……

    p.s. no need to answer Chavrack

  19. prob in my opinion is the bi games you want to go to are far too expensive and the cheaper ones are against opposition that barely registers a glimmer of interest in, burnley, wigan, blackburn , hull etc

    Until we see the likes of leeds, forest etc replace them nobody can get that up for the occasion

  20. Good football….. The premier league is largely boring. Have a good think about how many matches out of the 380 per season that you could see where you say WOW! at the end.

    The league is so dominated by money that the majority play with fear of losing and the first task of most managers is NOT TO LOSE!

    Some fans can all point to Blackpool as a breath of fresh air but the reality is that in your first season just like us the pressure is not there and it is less with Blackpool because after their summer spending most were predicting they would be down by November.

    Next season the fans will start moaning at Holloway if they are not winning at home to teams like Bolton and Fulham and then expectancy to get results will see the manager become less adventurous. After all to a degree Eck has become more about not losing than last season.

    Personally I would make it 4 points for a win just to stop managers playing with only one striker because most now say if you cant beat them join them and I believe away from home 14 clubs play with 1 up front.

    I do also believe the saturation of the game on TV is counter productive and it also has fans of lower clubs like ourselves benchmarking what our players do in comparison to what the Rooney & Torres’s do then it leaves us having unrealistic expectations of the Jerome and McFadden’s.

    In the early 80’s and some of the 90’s I was lucky if I saw blues on TV more than once a year so therefore if I wanted to see my club I went to the match. These days people like me in my teens and twentys just switch on the TV or the laptop and it’s there on tap.

    One day the bubble will burst and in the premier the top 6 will still play in front of full houses and the rest of us will stop leaving half empty stadiums like in the SPL when teams who have no chance have fans who simply give up 6 of the current teams in the SPL average 5,000 or less.

  21. WillG, I like the V you inserted in my name but why don’t you go and insert your finger were the sun don’t shine.

  22. Expectation is a big problem

    I am in my early 50’s and was a regular supporter through the 70’s and 80’s. I am a casual supporter now although my son goes regulary.

    When I do go down I am flabbergasted by the negativity. Many supporters spend the whole match moaning and it does impact on the enjoyment of those around. l feel we need a reality check, during the years I was a regular we were up and down (mainly down) all the time but in GENERAL the fans understood the position and avoiding the drop was an enjoyable and passionately supported campaign. Now it seems many fans expect us to be challanging for a champions league place and when we are not constantly make their depressing views clear. That attitude is infectious and brings the whole place down making it unattractive to new or casual fans and new players.

    Even players with class like Hleb are viewed with suspicion and when we held possession against Cov on Saturday you could sense the agitation.

    I hate to say it a significant number of Blues fans need to realise we are SUPPORTERS not moaners.

  23. Good article …. now empty seats = no revenue ….
    SO, if we are not going to have a sell out, why not offer the local schools free tickets for those games (Maybe tie it in with the sports dept or as an ‘school’ incentive eg attendence/exam results)…. let the kids enjoy a game. I bet u it will be the first live game many of them have ever been to …. And after watching the game they MIGHT become ‘future’ Blues fans. Its a win, win, win situation…. No?

  24. Interesting article Richard, it’s nice when something provokes debate like we’ve seen here. I look forward to your next piece. I use the excuse that it’s too far and too expensive to take my two boys to Stans, but I would most certainly take them more often if the entertainment was more……..well, entertaining really. They would be more enthused. which would help oil the wheels of power…or “No, you can’t” as she’s known. Maybe those days are coming around again as Carly Simon would say – I’m sure we all hope so!!

  25. I agree with many of the comments on here, though I think the reality is that there are less stay-away fans than is made out. Whether it be for demographic reasons or our lack of recent success on the field, we have an older cross-section of support than many clubs, and this results in a higher proportion of occasional spectators, i.e. those who attend only every now and then when their circumstances and finances allow. This does not make them any the less committed supporters.

    Yes, if we were more successful it would bring in younger support who would have more disposable income.

  26. Good article.
    Like most other Blue’s fans I would love to go to every match home and away simple economics makes this impossible.Five home games since Christmas 4 of which I attended with a total outlay of £150 Quid just for tickets add the obligatary Pie & Pint and youre not far short of £ 200. Add to that 24 Quid for the Man city game 24 for Stoke 24 for newcastle lets say 15 for Sheff Wed and a minimum of 38 for wembley.Thats £ 275 quid just on tickets within the space of 30 Days ask around how many people who actually love the game can afford this sort of outlay over such a short period of time.And thats just the home games.
    Then their is always the feeling of getting riped off why oh why did it cost me 25 quid to go to West ham Away ( Carling Cup ) but 30 quid to watch the home leg with an obscured view.I almost fogot my pet hate “the booking fee “. Why ??
    As for atmospere bring back terraced areas behing the goals and you will soon notice a change.


  27. A very though provoking article and debate. As a London based season ticket holder, I certainly agree with Bygblueman’s point about travel costs.

    The joy of going to a match for me is partly the football, and partly the passion and humour of the fans (who I hope will bring “Let’s all do a Wenger” to a worldwide audience on Cup Final Day). The two of course feed off each other, but we can have a real influence on the team’s performance when we are passionate and rocking and determined to have a good time. Now that Eck is bringing quality and attacking intent to our beloved team – and I think this will prove to have been a great transfer window for us – let’s go and rock the place!

    My dream has always been to follow Blues in Europe. We’re only one game away!

  28. Great post – certainly provoked some serious comments and rationales

    I didn’t notice anyone mentioning the changeover to all seating and I was wondering if there are any stats comparing attendances before and after all-seating was introduced.
    I ask this because back in 72/73 you could stand. In those days at away games we’d treat ourselves to seats if finances permitted, probably so as not to be intimidated (no fan segregation then), but it was magic standing on the Spion Kop in a big crowd. And always around you there were the same people always in the same places. It’s weird when you look back at it. Also to be part of those 36000 it cost you less than a quid (I think).

  29. For me the worrying thing is the sinister element that’s creeping back in to our support. I know for a fact that most people (certainly those that I know) can’t see anything wrong when you have people invading the pitch. The mantra is,”what did they do that is so wrong?” Mention the hooligan element and the reply goes, “well it’s Blues it’s always been there” Ask them why decent people have to put up with it and it’s “don’t go then” Hardly a family atmosphere is it?

  30. KevB8ll, re your post at 2 above, no i don’t think they’ds struggle with the pace of the game now – the trainer would see to that i hope. If Francis / Hatton / Latchford were all reincarnated as, say, 25 year olds i would sign the 3 of them without hesitation, funds permitting: they simply had the class that wins games and draws crowds, and i don’t think the passing of 30+ years and adoption of newer styles of play would have changed that. I see some parallels betwen Latchford and a younger Kevin Phillips actually – finely honed dead eye dick predatory skills, and a great sense of where to be when. And while i was signing them, i’d sign Latchford’s brother Dave too, and off load Doyle!! KRO

  31. Man u don’t sell out, they couldnt shift all their season tickets this season either. Times are hard.

  32. As others have said a very good thought provoking article .My background is having been a season ticket holder through the sixties and seventies (and thoroughly enjoying those days ) I left the country to go to South Africa and came back in 1999. Got a season ticket then until we got relegated a second time from the premiership The decline of the club in the time I was away I could not believe. All I can blame this decline on is the spread of the negativity that as quoted by one of my mates fathers ( who was also a life long Blues fan ) that “Blues will always let you down ” Sadly up till now that statement has been correct , I think my biggest disapointment was Fulham at Maine rd in the FA cup. but going back to my mates Dad , I am now saying the same thing and I believe many hundreds of thousands of let down Blues fans feel the same. We must be the only club in the country that takes pride in singing “We have never won f*** all.” Perhaps Feb 27 will change all that. ( I pray )

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