Taking a step back to just over two years ago, a pay day loan company had agreed to sponsor us and due to fan power, the powers that be at the club we all love backed down and went with someone else. Without the internet and social media would we have been able to react as quickly as we did in time for the club to get out of the contract? Imagine we had the same methods of communication when Normid was building it's new store practically on the half way line!
How many of the people who opposed the sponsor, did so, because it seemed like the popular thing to do. I know i did, because from what i read, it seemed like the right thing to do. Other clubs have been sponsored by the same industry since, Newcastle and Wonga springs to mind, so, did we miss out on vital revenue because of our own stubbornness or ability to have a mind of our own and just say "well, if the club think it is the right thing to do then let's just go with it!"
Now behind the scenes, it is popular opinion that the club isn't run very well, so the fans voices need to be heard to guide the club in the right direction. Masses of debts, little-to-no transfer activity, training methods under scrutiny due to countless injuries and disarray in the changing rooms when things aren't going our way on the pitch.
Or so we are told.
By complete strangers on the internet.
Let's face it, the internet, forums, social media, it is just one huge massive game of Chinese whispers. We know what we see in black and white, done deals, the clubs accounts, "official" press releases, but how much do we know about what is actually going on in the background.
Football used to be about going to the matches, cheering the team on and every so often checking teletext to see if a rumour you have heard from little Timmy (the one on the playground, not the one trapped down a well) that we are about to sign a star striker is true or not. Now we have news forced in our faces 24/7. We even have a 24 hours a day news TV channel dedicated to sport.
Everyone has an opinion, and in order to give their opinion successfully do they go with the grain and what people want to hear?
So, getting to my main point now, (i will get there in the end) is it how we feel as fans that drive the news and views that is put in front of us. Is it due to the fact that we aren't in the top flight any more, that the squad is a depleted make shift effort that has been tied together using the weakest of shoe strings and the constant threat of huge debts crippling the club that is breeding the negativity and the dark and gloomy views splashed all over the news?
Would that news still be there if we all just agreed that the club can sort it's self out and as long as we support the team things will come right in the end? Positivity breeds positivity right? Or would we just be fooling ourselves and ignoring the glaringly obvious?
So now I've finished forcing my opinions on you, what's yours?