Reader ‘Ytarmy Ytarmy’ shares some strong words of opinion on some behaviour from some of our fans:
I’ve been a Bolton Supporter all my life (well as long as I remember, sitting on the crush barrier in the Great Lever End when I was 6 with my Dad), and I have to say I’m getting very disappointed with our fans at present and after the win versus Burnley I want to air a few of my opinions regarding our fans.
Too many believe the hype that the media/bookies put on our team at the beginning of the season being the best in the division and favourites to bounce straight back. They expect us to play like Barcelona and win 4 – 0 every game, yet when we start to play out from the back and keep possession as we did against Burnley the boos start to ring out and fans bay for the ball to be hoofed up front (worst a few weeks ago now, I think the penny may have dropped that football can at times be played on the green stuff). A lot of fans must have very short memories as it wasn’t long ago we were FIGHTING to get out of this division and into the promised-land that is the Premier League. I’m sure everyone connected with Cardiff will testify that its bloody hard to get promoted from the Championship!
I’ll get to my point, I know football (like lots of other things in life) is about opinions but I think we can all agree we love Bolton Wanderers and want to support them as much as we can. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I leave the Reebok down and dejected and have plenty of time to mull over the game on my drive back to North Wales, but some of the actions by fans at the Burnley match when Dougie made a double (and may I say inspired) substitution were… well, downright disgusting!
Personally I thought the substitutions were bang on. Eagles had looked lost most of the game floating about behind Sordell and having no real impact. OK maybe Sordell was having a tough time on his own up front, and not getting the service, but 2 pairs of fresh legs would inject pace at that time of the game. So to move Eagles out to try and play in his more familiar role whilst taking off an on-loan player: OK he had a half-decent game, but hey someone’s gotta come off!
These subs were greeted with a chorus of “You don’t know what you’re doing” and boos by large sections of muppets in the crowd. 2 blokes in our end nearly came to blows discussing Dougies choice. If we put enough effort into getting behind the team we would have the best fans in football and not a bunch of mindless *%&$%£s (I’m not tarring everyone with the same brush here, but they do tend to get heard a lot!). I’m getting to a point where I’m beginning to despise some of our fans. Lo and behold the 2 subs score the goals and they all forget that 10 minutes earlier he didn’t know what he was doing!! The idiots who boo’ed and sang the song should be ashamed of themselves and next time just think about what impact their actions have on the team and management. I can understand now why Megson used to come out with some of the comments when put under this sort of tirade!
I think Dougie is making good progress now and unless we go on an unbeaten run of 5 games we can basically look at mid-table this season, but I expect next season to be a bumper year. So COYWM!!!!!!
(PS can someone please tell Bogdan to aim for the large rectangular piece of grass when kicking the ball out. 75% of his kicks yesterday must have gone into touch!)