Trying to look for positives, and really it was only my Son’s singing “scarf my father wore” that created a resemblance of a smile. Both he and I just had to be at Kidderminster – it’s almost part of the ‘religion’. How could we even consider such a thing – that is to miss the fixture?
First half was okay – certainly held our own against a promotion chasing side. Second half ‘it kicked off in the stands’ and the performance after an enforced delay deteriorated. So the inevitable happened and as play resumed the County fans realised that we were down.
Prone to my nervous twitch I simply had to ‘Tweet’ throughout the match. Of course, the rival fans picked up on my proximity and I faced a tirade of abuse. I do however, repeat the main theme of my communications – that is, that Kidderminster Harriers managed this fixture, with such magnitude, in a manner befitting Disney.
No police until after half time (and after trouble!); fans locked outside; not having made All Ticket designation; supporters of both teams in the same end with virtually no segregation; an alleged crowd in excess of the Stadium’s capacity etc.
So Blue Square North next year. Regional football in the 6th tier of the English hierarchy. An imminent announcement was promised from the Club. It came and somewhat surprisingly was that new Directors would be joining the Board. Both Stockport County stalwarts – one a shareholder (who incidentally I approached to join a prospective Board in the past). At least one other ‘fan’ was also offered the position, but rebuffed the invitation – at least for now.
Strategically, if a sceptical outsider like me is right, it means an attempt to pacify us the supporters. More Stockport-people. The real test is if they ‘will have any teeth’.
Going part-time was the second announcement – and one that I had expected first. Well either that or even going back into administration.
Let’s see how the season tickets sell – as to the groundswell of fans opinions.
For now it’s over and out!
Okay let’s not split hairs, I know that only one is Manchester City and the other Manchester United – but the headline is used to take two perceptions on recruitment from two teams both of which think it’s their City.
I share with you a personal experience of each and leave you to think which was the right approach? Certainly if you subscribe to ‘relationship marketing’ and longevity of loyalty only one fits the bill for me.
I take my Son to the Etihad Stadium for the first time (having been rebuked a sufficient number of times from following Dad’s team!). The receptionist answers the phone and one learning it was his first visit says he will get a ‘City Card’ with his own name on – naturally adding to their database in doing so. But what goes to follow is: entry for only £5, a free first team shirt (name on reverse was extra) and a goody bag swiftly following in the post. Great!
Compare with ‘the Theatre of Dreams’. First you had to become a Member at: £22 (card included). Then buy a ticket admittedly £10 – so again value. But we really wanted to go to the Real Madrid replay and so had to enter a ballot. Some weeks’ later we were notified that we had been unsuccessful. Then an SMS arrives saying go to the website to get tickets. We have to again register on that site. And after tooing and froing it says you are not eligible to buy tickets. Great!!
Not ‘football’, not ‘finance’ (maybe?) but certainly adored by ‘fans’ worldwide. An athlete’s story brings a change in my outlook.
Oscar Pistorious’ arrest for an alleged murder of his girlfriend remains a haunting prospect for all concerned. The depression and mental health issues witnessed in football, recently with Collymore and Speed, has increased an awareness in symptoms and side-effects. Many cannot appreciate the pressures associated with expectation and the constant focus in the public eye. Could this have broken the Legend on blades? There were signs of it getting too much when losing to a rival in London 2012.
M-Net, a South African TV Station has withdrawn all its brand association with Pistorious. Not that his wallet will be hit or needed in the place he may be destined to train in. Not surprisingly, his agent proclaims business as usual: “All sponsors are still on board, and they have given us their commitment towards Oscar, based on the relationships that they have formed with him over the past years,” said Peet van Zyl, who represents the double-amputee. “They are quite happy to allow the legal process to take its course before they make any other further and formal announcements on it.” This unlike the parallel disdain of sponsors of cyclist, Lance Armstrong, that are now suing for damages and return of their investments.
Pistorious’ sponsors include Nike and Oakley, neither of which were available for comment when contacted by the Associated Press, though are reportedly distancing themselves from any association. Of course, these events are exceptional but it does bring fresh debate to the pros and cons of sportsperson’s endorsement.
So ‘JG’ was sacked yesterday after a poor run of form. Defeat to Mansfield being the last straw. The decision was never going to be popular. A West Brom representative has posted on Facebook that it was an understandable, but not necessarily right, move. Oldham supporters on the same forum are saying that they cannot believe that County have removed their equivalent to ‘Joe Royle’.
Whilst, I’ve not always applauded his every move. He certainly was a fans favourite.
But in County there’s more wrong than just Jim Gannon. I never thought I’d say it but I’m rapidly falling out of love with the set-up. I’ll always be a County-fan (and will not stray to other teams apart from taking my Son to watch the ‘reds’). Just lost faith in the people running our club.
Confidential data is still leaking out of Stockport County. Meetings still going on behind officials’ and shareholders’ backs. I’m pleased to report I’m not involved in any and have indeed resigned from the Stockport County Supporters’ Co-operative. A new CEO has been appointed. I’ve met him once and he was pleasant enough and well-connected. The fear is that he might not have the experience and strength to be anything other than a ‘mouthpiece’ for Spencer Fearn. As a top journalist said to me tonight: “where now for the club?”
As to me, I’m working on projects with a focus in the main around sponsorship and licensing including for some of the top brand names and football clubs in the World (a million miles from Edgeley and its’ woes!) as defined in the Deloitte’s “Football Finance Report” and Brand Finance’s “Sporting Brands 2012″ intelligence.