It’s an impossible task to get the majority Wolves fans to agree on a subject
So when I had a 75/25 split in favour of my last post Why I’m glad I no longer have a Wolves season ticket I was more than surprised.
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The positive and thought provoking comments (from both sides of the argument) were greatly appreciated.
The reality is, had there had been no-one who agreed with me it wouldn’t have altered my stance and my view. It was written almost autobiographically and was never something to persuade those who have a season ticket to give it up or those who are thinking about getting one to forget about it.
And it certainly wasn’t questioning those dedicated fans who would turn up every week even if we moved to Bantock Park and played the Dog & Duck – no chance.
It is why the article was titled ‘Why I’m glad I no longer have a Wolves season ticket’ and not ‘Why you shouldn’t buy a Wolves season ticket’.
Let me make it absolutely clear. I am a Wolves fan, a passionate Wolves fan and someone who has endured the highs and lows just as much as any fan supporting them in the last 20 odd years.
I go to games frequently but not as much as I’d like but still feel I have a comprehensive grasp of ins and outs at Molineux.
I’m aware my stance isn’t for everyone and as stated earlier it is impossible to get every Wolves fan to agree on everything (just think there will be one fan out there who is gutted we sold Eggert Jonsson).
But my reasons for not buying a season ticket are just that – my reasons.
There is no formula for supporting Wolves, no supporter is the same. Back the lads, wear the colours with pride and have a healthy feeling of hate for West Brom and you pretty much qualify.
Of course there are those who give more to the cause than others. At the time I gave up my season ticket I was travelling from Bedford meaning every home game was in effect an away game but I’ve met fans at games who do the round trip from Cornwall – I’m sure others have met fellow fans who have travelled further.
Luckily I’m only three miles away now and I have a sign above my kitchen window pointing the way to Molineux – not that I needed reminding.
Some have questioned if I’m a fan or (as one bloke on Facebook encouraged me to do) told me to ‘f**k off’. But you know what even for that supporter/life coach no fan deserves to be taken for granted and that’s what the last post was about.
It is why I joined the Fans’ Parliament (FP). I couldn’t stand the FP I felt little was progressed and many people involved had their self interests at heart rather than that of the majority of fans. I wanted to take advantage of a rare and privileged opportunity to question the powers-that-be at Molineux face-to-face. It is mocked among our fan base for focusing on trivial matters such as pies, Pringles and Scott Golbourne’s on-pitch fashion sense and when such matters arise it deserves to be slaughtered.
My attitude when I go to the FP is, if I feel it will benefit our fans then it’s worth asking. Since the first meeting in September I have tried to get a reduction in match ticket prices and a percentage refund for season ticket holders for televised games. I have also sought deals for university students who attend Molineux and called on Jez Moxey to use his position on the Football League board to cap tickets for away fans after Ipswich charged £38 for some Wolves fans. The battle continues on those fronts.
The good of the club and our supporters are always at my heart. It is why I used the example of Borussia Dortmund who have built their reputation around the passion of the support as much as the success on the pitch. I feel Wolves can do more and should do more and I won’t hide behind a Twitter handle or Facebook account to demand it, I’ll be there at the next FP doing just that.
I was asked by a friend of mine David Evans of Wolves Football Fancast what would entice me back.
I told him investment in the squad, an elected fan representative on the board and incentives for season ticket holders who have stuck with the club for years.
Will any of that come to fruition? Who knows. I mean an elected fan rep on the board would take some doing.
But you’ll see my issues are not about form, the manager or team selection. I don’t turn up at games and berate our players and I have never booed a player wearing a Wolves shirt (I’ve come close, I’ll tell you). They are largely about valuing the fans, listening to our support and rebuilding bridges.
By buying a season ticket I feel it would be rewarding the board despite falling short of my expectations as a fan. I just I can’t do that. I’ll go to the games when convenient for me (and friends) but officials won’t have my commitment until I see progression in the form of fan relations.
What surprised me was the number of people who messaged me to tell me they had binned their season ticket for the same reason as me. For years they had season tickets but became frustrated by the club’s attitude and opted to take in the odd game a season. One even said he had walked away all together and now follows Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga – I suppose it’s a Wolves of some kind.
When examples above are happening surely someone at board level has to sit up and take notice. What I do know is Jez Moxey monitors Wolves message boards so hopefully he’s seen the reaction to the previous article.
Whether the club wishes to believe it not, it is haemorrhaging supporters and frustratingly it can be avoided.
I spoke in the last article about ad slogans to encourage me to stump up my money. Fittingly, this week I discovered on the back of my fixture list card a slogan that read ‘players score goals, fans win matches’ if Wolves genuinely believe that then a bit of love for the match winners would be a start.
BY ADAM THOMPSON